“I can’t see anything wrong with sex between consenting anybodies. I think we make far too much of it. After all, one’s genitals are just one important part of the magnificent human body. I have no argument with the essential part they play in the reproduction of the species; however, the reproductive process has been assured by the pleasure both parties receive when they engage in it.
I contend that SEX IS SEX and LOVE IS LOVE. When combined, they work well together, if two people are of about the same mind. But, they are really two discrete needs and should be treated as such. Time and space will not permit me to expound further, especially in the area of the psyche. I don’t believe in overly moralistic philosophies. Have your sex, it can be very exciting, if you’re lucky.
I hope the music that I present here makes you lucky.” – MARVIN GAYE
The message written on the inside of the record sleeve quoted above tells you a lot about this album. ‘Let’s Get It On’ has been a song associated with the physical intimacies of relationships since the day it was released, and the rest of the tracks on the album of the same name are an extension of that. Marvin Gaye was a sex icon, largely thanks to this record, and listening to it in its entirety once again reaffirms why.
Record Store Day 2018 marked the release of Gaye’s Let’s Get It On record on a stunning red vinyl, 45 years since its initial release in August 1973, and I was never going to pass up the opportunity to add this gem to my collection. Gaye never topped the US album charts, but this was the closest he ever came, with it peaking at number two, whilst the title track went on to provide him with the second of three US number one singles, sandwiched between 1968’s ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’ and ‘Got to Give It Up’ in 1977.
Marvin Gaye has one of those distinctly recognisable voices, enriched with soul and silky tones. Everyone is familiar with the iconic title track, but I was more interested in hearing what the rest of the record has to offer. The entire album is built upon sexually-charged lyrics, preaching about the bridge between sex and love and how they can be brought together. This is one of those records where there is no better way to listen to it than to put it on your record player, listening to it digitally or on a CD or tape just doesn’t give you the same feel or effect.
“I hope the music that I present here makes you lucky” – Marvin, I think you’ve made a lot of people very lucky thanks to this gorgeously written and composed record.
Format: 12″ LP in Red