Gaye, Marvin: Let's Get It On (Vinyl LP)
In 1973, the Marvin Gaye album Let's Get It On brought new dimensions to R&B/soul music, expanding the genre's boundaries musically as well as delivering a sexual-liberation message that gelled with the youth "love-in" philosophy in full force at the time.
Many elements came together to build the album's creative success. U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War had ended earlier that year. Gaye's previous socially conscious album What's Going On had been followed by his soundtrack to the movie Trouble Man, and the intimate, slow seductiveness of Let's Get It On was embraced by America as a message that felt just right. As an artist, Gaye's previous sales earned him creative control he took full advantage of, blending previously recorded tracks with new ideas, layering passionate background vocals of his own including moaning vocals, which were daring for the time. This was a turning point for the Berry Gordy music empire as well. He had started the album's Tamla label even before Motown and was expanding to the West Coast.
Let's Get It On features the influential collective of studio musicians known as the Funk Brothers, who helped create a musical platform for Gaye.
- Let's Get It On
- Please Stay (Once You Go Away)
- If I Should Die Tonight
- Keep Gettin' It On
- Come Get to This
- Distant Lover
- You Sure Love to Ball
- Just to Keep You Satisfied