My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Let’s Get it On was recorded over a period of three years at Motown’s Hitsville studios in both Detroit and Los Angeles. Where Gaye’s previous record What’s Going On focused on social issues, this album focuses on sexual revolution.
What I think: One thing is for sure, “Let’s Get It On” is a catchy song, but it’s cheesy as hell. I think that really sums up most of the music on this album. I just can’t get behind the slow jams, and doubt they will ever be something I enjoy. I contend that it is the cheesiness factor to it, but I will allow that it may have something to do with being brought up Catholic. Beyond that though there are some great here, with “Come Get to This” and “Distant Lover” really standing out. Oh… and I know it’s not Gaye’s fault, but whoever licensed the title track to a fast food place is awful. The song now makes me think about a hamburger more than anything else. No matter my view of the song, it’s really a shame for that to happen to somebody’s music.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? It’s just not my thing, give me the socially consciousness of What’s Going On anytime. That being said, I think this album is important and should be here.
Rating (Out of 5): 2
Let’s Get it On Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (223/291)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 77%