Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Let's Get It On by Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye's follow up to his very successful and ground breaking album What's Going On was the sexually charged  Let's Get It On. It was a record that was just as forward thinking as his previous one, but in a different way. Instead of taking on the problems of the world, Gaye turned his attention to the interaction between men and women and once again created a landmark album. No record has even covered the subject with better lyrics or music. From the opening sensual notes of Let's Get It On, which sold a million copies as a single at the time, he set a new standard for sexual ballads.

In the fall of 1973 when this album was released, the Floyd's Hotel staff was turned on to this album by the great Buddy Wolf. The Don, as he was know in the day, was a little rougher cut than most of the hotel staff. He added many things to hotel culture including his great appreciation and knowledge of soul music. Buddy swore by this album as a part of his seduction process, calling it the best sound track for a night of love ever recorded. After a few spins, we all agreed. The hotel staff might not have known a lot about the language of love, but we did know good music when we heard it.

Almost 40 years later, Let's Get It On is still the gold standard because of it's seductive sound, lyrics and soulful groove. Many singers and songwriters have worked this ground since, but nothing can compare to this masterpiece. Dust off your old copy and give it a spin or buy a new one now. It is a true classic.


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