While MCRU are not known for LPs or associated products, we have used turntables in our reference system for more than thirty years, so we know a thing or two about the black stuff.
We love vinyl. There is so much life changing information, heart and soul lying in those vinyl grooves and we are dedicated to helping you retrieve as much of it as possible. From record storage, through to turntables, cartridges and tone arms, plus everything you need to care for your records, we have everything you need to show your precious vinyl collection some love and get the most out of it.
Alongside audiophile quality turntables from the likes of Clearaudio and AMG, we also stock a whole host of LPs to suit everyone from the casual listener, to serious collectors.
Essential Albums – Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On’
One album that should be in every record enthusiast’s collection is Marvin Gaye’s 1971 masterpiece ‘What’s Going On’. Whilst the album was released close to 50 years ago, the themes of social upheaval, environmental concerns and employment issues remain just as relevant today.
Many would argue that ‘What’s Going On’ is not only some of Marvin Gaye’s finest work, but also one of the greatest albums of the 20th Century, if not all time – Rolling Stone magazine named the album the 6th best in music history. These plaudits are all the more influential given that the album almost didn’t get made. Berry Gordy, head of Motown records, described the title track as “the worst thing I ever heard in my life”.
Luckily, the single was released without Gordy’s knowledge and was a huge success. As a result, Gaye was told he could release a whole album where he had complete creative control, providing it was recorded within 30 days. The album was released on the 21st May 1971, becoming Motown and Gaye’s best-selling album to date (until the release of ‘Let’s Get It On’ in 1973).
There can be no denying that ‘What’s Going On’ is a hugely influential album that was drastically different to anything Motown had ever released before, spurring fellow artists on to up their game in terms of their lyrical content, arrangements and instrumentation.
‘What’s Going On’ Mobile Fidelity Super Vinyl Boxed Set
For record collectors searching for the ultimate version of this ground-breaking album, the limited edition ‘What’s Going On’ Mobile Fidelity Super Vinyl box set is the holy grail. Limited to 7,500 numbered copies, this box set is mastered from the original master tapes and pressed on MoFi SuperVinyl.
MoFi SuperVinyl is the most exacting-to-specification vinyl compound ever created, featuring the world’s most accurately cut grooves and quietest surfaces. In this format, Marvin Gaye’s definitive social statement reaches new sonic and emotional levels, bringing listeners closer to the music than ever before. Every tiny detail of the original performance is reproduced with astounding clarity and accuracy. Listeners can pick out each layer of the recordings, from James Jamerson’s expansive bass tracks, to Marvin Gaye’s dual-vocal approach.
The Mobile Fidelity Super Vinyl box set is packaged in a deluxe box, with foil-stamped jackets and the original graphics, perfectly complimenting the amazing recordings. No expense has been spared in the creation of this box set – every aspect is designed to be examined and enjoyed, both aurally and visually, allowing collectors to completely immerse themselves in the art of the album.
This is a must-have item for any collector, so secure your lowest-number copy today from MCRU!
The only question left to ask is, will we ever know what’s going on?