2/11/19 – Marvin Gaye “Sexual Healing”

I read the other day that there’s a new Marvin Gaye album coming out.  It was referred to as “the lost album from 1972.”  So I really don’t know if it truly is an album Marvin was excited about releasing all those years ago, and the record company didn’t want to put it out or vice versa.  Or it could be that somebody has assembled some songs that were never released, and now they’re just trying to make money off some lost recording tracks.  I don’t know.  I do know that Marvin died in 1984, and it seems like if this was up to his usual standards, he would have made sure something was done with this music in the dozen years between the time it was recorded, and when Marvin passed away.  At any rate, the album is going to be called “You’re The Man.”  And it’s slated to be released at the end of next month.

You know, Marvin Gaye’s career can be separated into 2 categories.  The early days found him doing songs like “Stubborn Kind of Fellow,” “I’ll Be Doggone,” and “Try It Baby.”  Also during the first part of his career, he did some awesome duets with some of Detroit’s finest female artists, Mary Wells, Kim Weston, and Tammi Terrell, all under contract to Berry Gordy’s record label.  And Gordy just happened to be Marvin’s father-in-law.  Marvin was always fighting to break away from the Motown mold, and finally convinced Gordy to let him do some more socially conscious songs, like “What’s Going On?” And “Mercy, Mercy Me.” And he followed that up with some highly charged, sexually oriented stuff, like “Let’s Get It On,” “I Want You,” and the song that’s in my head today: “Sexual Healing.”  These days, he’s probably more famous for these latter-day songs, in particular, “What’s Going On?” and “Let’s Get It On.”  Both are classics, in my opinion.  As is the song that’s been playing in my head for a couple of days now.  This is “Sexual Healing.”