Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African-American Newspapers

October 27, 1973

On October 27, 1973, the Pittsburgh Courier published a review of Marvin Gaye’s album Let’s Get It On. Courier music and drama critic Greg Mins wrote, “Gaye has utilized the highly listenable techniques of his past two albums [What’s Going On and Trouble Man] and applied them to the subject of sex on Let’s Get It On. Surrounded by the same ‘wall of sound’ technique as utilized by Phil Spector during the late 50’s and early 60’s, Gaye croons, coaxes and cajoles the listener with different aspects of the sexual experience...What saves the album from being a crass invitation to indiscriminate intercourse, is the meticulous production and quality of the music enclosed. Gaye himself has never sounded better than in this set of alternately gritty/polished vocals. His voice is often times double-tracked, giving each cut a fuller richer sound. Taking a leaf from Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye is tastefully everywhere, that is singing lead, and at the same time squeezing in an, unexpected but pleasing, groan here and a ‘Whoooo’ there.” (Click to view article PDF.)

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