“Let’s Get It On” was the title track to the thirteenth studio album by American singer and songwriter Marvin Gaye and forty four years ago, today, (in 1973) it spent two weeks at #1 on the American pop charts.

Following the breakthrough success of his socially conscious album What’s Going On (1971), Let’s Get It On helped establish Gaye as a sex icon and furthered his mainstream appeal. It produced three singles—the title track, “Come Get to This“, and “You Sure Love to Ball“—that attained Billboard chart success. Let’s Get It On became the most commercially successful album of Gaye’s recording career, and it further expanded his creative control during his tenure with Motown. Its sexual balladry, multi-tracking of Gaye’s vocals, and seductive, funk sound influenced later R&B artists and production.

The album has been regarded by many music writers and critics as a landmark recording in soul music. It furthered funk music’s popularity during the 1970s, and its smooth soul sound marked a change for his record label’s previous success with the “Motown Sound” formula. Let’s Get It On has been ranked on many critics and publications’ lists of the best albums of all time. In 2001, it was reissued by Motown Records as a two-disc deluxe edition release.

 

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