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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This Deluxe Edition is a two-disc celebration of the hedonistic R&B masterpiece Let's Get It On. The album is Marvin Gaye's follow-up to the groundbreaking social statement he made on What's Going On, which can also be thoroughly examined on the likewise expanded What's Going On [Deluxe Edition]. The two-and-a-half-hour package is divided into four sections, beginning with a complete sonic resurrection of the original eight-song album, which now boasts a 24-bit digital transfer exclusive to this collection. A nine-track sessions segment follows consisting of entirely unissued materials. These exist in the form of instrumentals and undubbed and alternate versions of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This Deluxe Edition is a two-disc celebration of the hedonistic R&B masterpiece Let's Get It On. The album is Marvin Gaye's follow-up to the groundbreaking social statement he made on What's Going On, which can also be thoroughly examined on the likewise expanded What's Going On [Deluxe Edition]. The two-and-a-half-hour package is divided into four sections, beginning with a complete sonic resurrection of the original eight-song album, which now boasts a 24-bit digital transfer exclusive to this collection. A nine-track sessions segment follows consisting of entirely unissued materials. These exist in the form of instrumentals and undubbed and alternate versions of previously issued songs. This is continued throughout the third section, which contains demos, alternate mixes, and more, ending with a further ten alternate mixes and unissued pieces in various states of completion. These are in effect the recordings that connect such diametric and otherwise polar opposite musical sentiments as What's Going On with Let's Get It On. The sound is uniformly breathtaking. The often-jarring and always harsh and brittle sonics that previously plagued the high frequencies throughout the original disc -- most specifically the tambourine and other percussion during "Distant Lover," for instance -- is now organic and unprocessed. The copious bonus material sounds opulent considering it spans over five years. Any slight audio anomaly should be regarded as proof of authenticity. The laid-back strings on "Cakes," "Symphony," and "Song #3" observe a new side of Gaye's talents that rivals the likes of Barry White in terms of swinging soul arrangements. The inclusion of various works-in-progress and other related productions -- such as the Miracles' "I Love You Secretly" as well as the Originals 1968 and the Monitors' 1970 respective renditions of "Just to Keep You Satisfied" -- examine the close-knit influence that Motown had among its own ranks. Accompanying the two discs -- which are housed in a cardboard digipack -- is a 24-page booklet replete with previously unpublished photos as well as essays from Gaye biographers David Ritz, Ben Edmunds, and Harry Weinger, producer and annotator of Let's Get It On [Deluxe Edition].
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2001
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 044001475726
  • Catalog Number: 014757
  • Sales rank: 50,585

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marvin Gaye Primary Artist, Percussion, Piano, Celeste, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
The Monitors Track Performer
Buddy Collette Flute, Saxophone
Leslie Drayton Conductor
Johnny Griffin Piano, Celeste
Joe Sample Piano, Keyboards
Billy Griffin Leader
Gene Page Conductor
David T. Walker Guitar
The Miracles Track Performer
Dan Ackerman Trumpet
Jack Ashford Kazoo, Marimbas
Harry Bluestone Concert Master
George Bohannon Trombone
Eric Dolen Background Vocals
Leroy Emanuel Guitar
Chuck Findley Trumpet
Ed Greene Drums
Rene Hall Conductor
Paul Hubinon Trumpet
Willie Hutch Background Vocals
James Jamerson Bass
Marvin Jenkins Piano
Uriel Jones Drums
Bobby Keys Saxophone
Madeline Background Vocals
Dean Parks Guitar
Donald Peake Guitar
Emil Richards Mallets
Fred Ross Background Vocals
Richard Street Leader
Earl Van Dyke Piano, Celeste
Ernie Watts Flute, Saxophone
Eddie Willis Guitar
Arthur Wright Guitar
Bobby Rogers Band
Julia Waters Background Vocals
Wally Cox Background Vocals
Sandra Fagin Band
Louis Shelton Guitar
Ronald White Band
Gemi Taylor Guitar
Michael Torrance Background Vocals
Robert White Guitar
Michael J. Henderson Bass
Technical Credits
Marvin Gaye Composer, Producer, Engineer
Leslie Drayton Arranger
Victor Feldman Vibe Master
Steve Smith Engineer
Gene Page Arranger
Hamilton Bohannon Composer
Jack Ashford Vibe Master
David Blumberg Arranger
Mel Bolton Composer
Harvey Fuqua Producer
Gwen Fuqua Composer
Anna Gordy Gaye Composer
Rene Hall Arranger
Michael Henderson Composer
Rudy Hill Engineer
Glenn Jordan Original Album Producer
Marilyn McLeod Composer
Larry Mizell Composer
Kevin Reeves Mastering
Emil Richards Vibe Master
Ken Sands Engineer
Bill Schnee Engineer
Art Stewart Engineer
Ed Townsend Producer
David Van De Pitte Arranger
Harry Weinger Producer, Annotation
Ron Jackson Original Album Producer
Robert Gordy Composer
Sandra Greene Composer
Elgie Stover Composer
Ezra Bolton Composer
Edward Gordon Composer
Calvin Harris Engineer
Edward Townsend Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best artist ever.

    I have just about everything Marvin Gaye has ever released from The Soulful Moods of Marvin Gaye to Let's Get it On (deluxe edition) and I still never get tired of hearing this man sing. As well reconized as Marvin Gaye is world wide, I still think he is underrated. I say this because this man was the biggest selling artist in Motown history with mega hits like What's Going On, Let's Get It On and Got to Give it Up and if they were giving Grammy's out in 1968, I Heard it Through the Grapevine would have definitely gotten some nominations, yet he didn't win his first Grammy until he was with Columbia Records for the song Sexual Healing. Let's Get it On is a prime example of that. That was and still is one of the greatest songs not just as far as R&B is concerned but pop, rock, country and whatever other musical category out there, selling well over 4 million copies back in 1973 and is still selling. I like everything on this two cd set and I especially like the Just to Keep you Satisfied version done by the Originals and I Love You Secretly done by the Miracles. I say this because we all know how great a singer Marvin Gaye is but to hear other singers and singing groups perform his music is fascinating to listen to. You actually hear him singing with the Originals in (Just to Keep You Satisfied) and you can hear his influence strongly in the Miracles(I Love You Secretly). I also liked the original demo of Let's Get it On. Alot people including myself didn't know that there was a different version of that song until now. The Let's Get it On song as we have all grown to love and appreciate was totally improvised. He actually recorded the first version before he met his second wife to be Janis Hunter but once she walked into his life, he resung the song with a passion unlike none before or since for that matter. As far as the demos and alternate versions, I like them all. It shows you the progression and work leading up to the final product. We as fans take for granite the work that it takes to put together a final album but with this cd it takes us into the studio and makes us feel like a part of the sessions. I read one persons review and they wondered why they wait 30 some odd years to release material and thought it was just a way to make money. My answer is I am glad that they do because hearing new music from Marvin Gaye makes me appeciate him even more and gives me something to always look forward to plus if you read anything about Marvin Gaye, you know he was a perfectionist and would have never allowed them to release it while he was alive. If you only like the commercial hits of Marvin Gaye you might not enjoy this cd but if you are a true fan like myself, get this cd and get it fast. Also get the What's Going On Deluxe Edition, it is a great cd as well. Marvin Gaye is the best artist ever and that includes rythym and blues, rock, pop, country, jazz, folk, easy listening, new wave, techno, heavy metal, hip hop, etc.

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