What’s Going On 

Considered by many to be one of the greatest albums ever … Marvin Gaye releases his 11th album on May 21, 1971.

It’s #6 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

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I Want You

Marvin releases his 14th on March 16, 1976. It’s considered one of The Prince of Soul’s most controversial albums and signals a move from the Motown Sound to a funkier Marvin. Conventional wisdom is that the album was inspired by Janis Hunter, Marvin’s longtime crush. Whatever and as with all Marvin albums, it’s a cool as the backside of the pillow.

Here, My Dear …

In this life of happiness and sadness
When you’ve lost out on love and it all ends up in madness

And you say, “Love, please go away don’t torture me night and day”
Then someone real, someone who feel comes in …

Marvin Gaye, Falling In Love Again

It’s Marvin’s 15th album … released on December 15, 1978. It was ravaged by the critics but, after his death, it’s become hailed as one of his finest all-around works. I can’t disagree.

Marvelous Marvin 

Marvin Gaye releases his landmark soul album on August 28, 1973. The sexiest of Marvelous Marvin’s work is also his most spiritual. As found in the liner notes on the album:

“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 contend that SEX IS SEX and LOVE IS LOVE. When combined, they work well together, if two people are of about the same mind. But they are really two discrete needs and should be treated as such. Time and space will not permit me to expound further, especially in the area of the psyche. I don’t believe in overly moralistic philosophies. Have your sex, it can be exciting, if you’re lucky. I hope the music that I present here makes you lucky.”

I Want You

Marvin releases his 14th on March 16, 1976. It’s considered one of The Prince of Soul’s most controversial albums and signals a move from the Motown Sound to a funkier Marvin. Conventional wisdom is that the album was inspired by Janis Hunter, Marvin’s longtime crush. Whatever and as with all Marvin albums, it’s a cool as the backside of the pillow.