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Let's Get It On (Remastered) Extra tracks, Original recording remastered

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The slinkiest, sexiest, most seductive Marvin Gaye album climaxed at #2 and features the hits Come Get to This; You Sure Love to Ball , and the title smash. Bonus tracks: the single edits of those last two hits!

Marvin Gaye's 1973 album, Let's Get It On, is a marvel of sexual blandishment every bit the artistic equal of, say, John Donne's best seduction poems. The difference, though, is that the poetry here isn't in the verse--which gets a trifle clichéd--but in the supple pulse of the grooves and in the aching need of Gaye's sensual voice. The marvelous title track, a No. 1 hit, riffs on the earlier hook of Gaye's "What's Going On" to reach a more primal climax, and everything else here--a steamy swirl of sax, strings, and backing voices--is sexy, beautiful, and simply sublime. --David Cantwell

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 14, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Motown Records
  • ASIN: B00007FOMQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,445 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By R. Riis VINE VOICE on January 24, 2003
Format: Audio CD
An utterly classic, highly-recommended album, but if you have the previously-released remastered version you don't need this. The two bonus tracks are the abbreviated single edits of two album tracks - hardly worth an upgrade. If you have the two-CD special edition, you've got it all.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jason Veazey on January 19, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Music critics always cite "What's Going On?" as Marvin's best album. It's a great album, for sure, but this one is better. It was Marvin's biggest selling Motown album, it went triple platinum within a year back when the US had about a hundred million fewer inhabitants than it does now.

Let's refer to this as an album as opposed to a CD. When it was released in 1973, it was a concept album, and if you listen to it start to finish, it takes you through the phases of a relationship that starts out with a bang, and ends with the banging of a gavel.

It begins raw and pleading with "Let's Get It On", moves to declarations of true love with "If I Should Die Tonight" and ends on a sad note with "Just To Keep You Satisfied". The additional tracks don't add to the total enjoyment of the album as it was intended. It's like a going back for a salad after dessert at the end of your 7 course meal.

As a single (with a remake of the Temptations' classic "I Wish It Would Rain" as its B-side), "Let's Get It On" sold over 2 million copies during its first 6 weeks of release, eventually topping 4 million copies sold. The lyrics were originally penned by Ed Townsend, but Marvin changed them to impress his very young girlfriend, who was present at the recording of the song. You can hear an example of what the original lyrics were on "Keep Gettin' It On", which is track 4 here.

Marvin wrote or co-wrote all of the songs on the album. He also arranged and sang background vocals. He got his start in Washington, DC with a doo-wop group called the Moonglows, and that doo-wop influence is evident throughout this album, especially on "Please Stay" and "Distant Lover".

Listening to this album demands that it be dark outside, the lights inside dim, and you have someone with you that you don't mind being real close to.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Samhot on March 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
In 1971, Marvin Gaye put out his classic album _What's Going On?_, which largely focused on ever-present world issues (drugs, war, racism, etc), then the next year, he put out a soundtrack to a fim called _Trouble Man_. And, in 1973, he put out _Let's Get It On_. Yes, that last title means *exactly* what you think it means!

On these eight wonderful tracks, Marvin takes us on a romantic odyssey which is every bit as seductive as the title suggests - so seductive, you can almost taste it. Smooth-as-silk vocals give way to fiery, impassioned, ecstatic releases, which are punctuated by the caramel harmony vocals, hushed congas and bongas, strings and a multitude of other instruments. The result? Something as close to the actual...real thing, it's overwhelming. To borrow a quote from the man himself, "you know what I'm talkin' 'bout..." it's so good, it almost makes me cry.

Some singers had the ability to do things with their voices, that, when hearing them, they almost seemed like a totally different being than human, and they almost seemed as if they went somewhere else, while they were doing what they did with their voices, and as listeners, we were able to go somewhere else -- someplace higher -- while we were listening, too. Some singers had this, some didn't. Marvin had it, and he had it in droves.

The things listed in the last two paragraphs apply *largely* to tracks like the title cut, and it's companion "Keep Gettin' It On." In fact, the latter seems more like an extended coda to the title hit, and it could have easily been added as the coda to the original. Either way, both are a sheer joy to have.

On "Come Get To This," things fasten up a bit.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Det. Abilene on August 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The original, sensual soul classic - often imitated, never duplicated. While the smash hit title track (#1 Pop, #1 R&B) is reason enough for most listeners to give this disc a listen, they will be pleasantly surprised to find that the entire disc is much deeper than it may first appear. "Let's Get It On" is basically the main theme behind each of the album's eight tracks, with the a reprise of the title cut, entitiled "Keep Gettin' It On," the only track that even comes close to sounding repetitive.

While using the same motif, Marvin manages to hit the theme from a different angle with the remaining tracks. The emotive pleading of "Please Stay (Once You Go Away)" and the concert staple "Distant Lover" (#28 Pop, #12 R&B) combines with the erogenous seduction of the hit "Come Get To This" (#21 Pop, #3 R&B) and the failed (yet brilliant) single "You Sure Love To Ball" to form one of the most multi-layered portraits of love making to ever hit the mainstream. Things get very personal on the pained, slightly bitter "Just To Keep You Satisfied," which makes the concept of gettin' it on seem more shallow than it used to be.

While Marvin was always in great voice throughout his entire career, there is something even more passionate in his delivery here, especially on "If I Should Die Tonight" and the title track, that really stands out to me. Like the single of the same name, the LET'S GET IT ON album was a massive success, hitting #2 on the Hot 200 and becoming Marvin's biggest selling album.
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