Wednesday, August 28, 2013

40 Year Itch : Ballads for the Bedroom

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 reproduction process has been assured by the pleasure both parties receive when they engage in it
--Marvin Gaye

On August 28, 1973 Marvin Gaye followed up his Trouble Man soundtrack by releasing Let's Get It On, a concept album devoted to the celebration of sex and love. With his volatile marriage to Anna Gordy Gaye at a low point, Gaye became infatuated with 17 year old Janis Hunter. Their sexually charged affair is documented all over this album especially in its unforgettably carnal tour de force  "You Sure Love to Ball".

Atmospheric and seductive, Let's Get It On is responsible for a lot of people who will be celebrating their 40th birthdays in the Summer of '74.

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