Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
No matter what genre of music you might consider to be your favorite, no vinyl collection would be complete without a heavy dose of R&B and soul. While you really can't go wrong with any number of soul artists like James Brown and Aretha Franklin, if you're really going to start with one album, it should be Marvin Gaye's classic-of-all-classics, What's Going On.
Not only does Marvin's heavenly voice sound even more powerful on vinyl, and not only does that lush instrumentation get even richer, but there's something very real and powerful about listening to the album in the same way people did when it first came out in 1971. The music is the definition of timeless, and many of the social messages about peace and love Marvin was delivering are still relevant today. Put this one on and let it spin. We guarantee it will improve your life. And if that sounds like a lot to promise from one album, you’ve clearly never listened to What’s Going On.