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Encyclopedia > Let's Get It On
Let's Get It On
Album cover
LP by Marvin Gaye
Released August 28, 1973
Recorded 1970 - 1973
Genre Soul/Funk
Length 31:36
Label Tamla
Producer(s) Marvin Gaye
Professional reviews
Marvin Gaye chronology
Trouble Man
Let's Get It On
Diana & Marvin

Let's Get It On is a landmark soul album by Marvin Gaye, released on the Tamla (Motown) label in 1973. Image File history File links Lets Get It On This image is of a music album or single cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the album or the artist(s) which produced the music in question. ... A gramophone record, (also vinyl record, phonograph record, LP record, or simply record) is an analogue sound recording medium comprising a flat disc rotating at a constant angular velocity, with an inscribed concentric spiral groove. ... Marvin Gaye (born Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr. ... August 28 is the 240th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (241st in leap years), with 125 days remaining. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... Genres of Cuban music and other popular music A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... Soul music is a combination of rhythm and blues and gospel which began in the late 1950s in the United States. ... Funk is a distinct style of music originated by African-Americans, e. ... A record label is a brand created by companies that specialize in producing, manufacturing, distributing and promoting audio and sometimes video recordings (especially music videos), on various formats including compact discs, LPs, DVD-Audio, SACDs, and cassettes. ... Motown Records, Inc. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the performers, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Marvin Gaye (born Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music owned by All Media Guide. ... Image File history File links 5_out_of_5. ... Marvin Gaye (born Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr. ... The Trouble Man soundtrack was another experimental and freeing project for Marvin Gaye. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year that started on a Tuesday. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... Diana & Marvin was the successful duets project released by legendary soul singers Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye in 1973. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... Soul music is a combination of rhythm and blues and gospel which began in the late 1950s in the United States. ... Marvin Gaye (born Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr. ... Motown Records, Inc. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ...

It is a sexually and romantically charged album that was very successful on the charts and remains "a record unparalleled in its sheer sensuality and carnal energy." [1] Let's Get it On was Gaye's second venture into funk music, and pushed his multi-tracking vocals to the forefront. Funk is a distinct style of music originated by African-Americans, e. ... Multitrack recording is a method of sound recording that allows for the recording and re-recording of multiple sound sources, independent of time. ...

Let's Get It On also is a tribute to Gaye's doo-wop roots, as he co-composed half of the songs with a fellow soul pioneer, Ed Townsend. Gaye composed the other half of the album with Motown chief Berry Gordy's sisters Gwen Gordy and Anna Gordy, his wife. By this time, Gaye's marriage to Anna had fallen apart, and he dedicated most of this album to his new girlfriend, a teenager named Janis Hunter, who was seventeen years old when the two started dating. Doo-wop is a style of vocal-based rhythm and blues music popular in the mid-1950s to the early 1960s in America. ... Ed Townsend (April 16, 1929–August 13, 2003) was an American singer/songwriter known for the 1958 hit For Your Love, and also for co-writing and co-producing with Marvin Gaye his 1973 hit Lets Get It On (along with three other songs on Gayes highly successful... Berry Gordy, Jr. ... Janis Gaye (born Janis Elizabeth Hunter on January 5, 1956 in Los Angeles, California) is a singer and actress. ...

Many musicians have since copied aspects of the album. The album's success lead to a sexual revolution in music, influencing the future careers of sex symbol R&B singers such as Barry White, Teddy Pendergrass, Rick James and Prince. Some have gone so far as to take Gaye's fashion style, with his red kufi, unshaven beard, and singular earring as part of their look, in the same way hip-hoppers would later decide not to polish their looks starting with Run DMC's success. The album became his biggest-selling recording ever for Motown, surpassing What's Going On. It peaked at #2 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart, and at #1 on the Billboard Black Albums chart for 11 weeks, becoming the biggest selling R&B album that year as well as Motown´s largest seller to that date with over three million units sold in 1973-1974. Modern film star Angelina Jolie is considered a sex symbol primarily because of her exotic looks. ... Barry White Barry Eugene White (September 12, 1944 – July 4, 2003) was an American record producer and singer responsible for the creation of numerous hit soul and disco songs. ... Theodore DeReese (Teddy) Pendergrass, Sr. ... Rick James (born James Ambrose Johnson, Jr) (February 1, 1948 – August 6, 2004) was an American funk and soul musician, who worked as a singer, keyboardist, bassist, record producer, arranger, and composer during his long career. ... Prince in 2006 Prince (born Prince Rogers Nelson on June 7, 1958), known as from 1993 to 2000, is a popular and influential American musician. ... A kufi is a short rounded cap, traditionally worn by persons of African decent to show pride in their hertiage. ... Run-DMC is a hip hop crew founded by Jason Jam Master Jay Mizell that included Joseph Run Simmons and Darryl DMC McDaniels. ... Whats Going On is an album by American soul singer Marvin Gaye. ...


  1. "Let's Get It On" (Gaye/Townsend)
  2. "Please Stay (Once You Go Away)" (Gaye/Townsend)
  3. "If I Should Die Tonight" (Gaye/Townsend)
  4. "Keep Gettin' It On" (Gaye/Townsend)
  5. "Come Get to This" (Gaye)
  6. "Distant Lover" (Gaye/Gordy/Greene)
  7. "You Sure Love to Ball" (Gaye)
  8. "Just to Keep You Satisfied" (Gaye/Gordy-Gaye/Stover)

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