Got To Give It Up (Pt 1) by Marvin Gaye


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but laurenwierenga was first  

One of the best disco soul tracks of all time,from 1977 (albeit missing the 'party' intro in this Part 1 edit). This song has been hugely influential, covered by many & recently made infamous by the court case over the song 'Blurred Lines'. In this song, Gaye shows the value of vocal control. His falsetto isn't tempted to over-sing the notes, favouring sliding and bending a long note around the addictive syncopation. The clipped steady rhythmic accompaniment keeps everything together on the pulse. His texture comes from multi-tracking his voice so that small natural interpretative variations in pitch shine through. The simple & at times extended chord changes, must owe something to earlier 70s funk like James Brown's 'Superbad', where repetitive riffs & motifs through simple chords let Brown's vocal mobilise around the rhythm and melody. Gaye has done something similar here but in a disco soul genre. Note the innovative sound world of an ongoing party in this too. One to treasure.   4

karenmonid 27 Apr 2015

Feel good music

laurenwierenga 28 Feb 2012

Haven't heard a single Robin Thick(e) song! Feeling pretty good about myself.   4

PhilPhil 19 Aug 2013

#LastJams #ThisIsMyJam #LongLiveTheJams   3

Dalek 21 Aug 2015

C'mon peeps - you 'Got to Give It Up' for #FridayDiscoBackup. Who can say no to Marvin Gaye?

FriDiscoBackup 26 Sep 2014

Had hoped to find a video of wotsit dancing to this in Charlie's Angels.... failed! Punishment is hula hooping to parts 1 and 2 in limited kitchen space!   3

meddlingwitch 4 Oct 2013