In the week of what would have been Marvin Gaye’s 80th birthday on 2 April, Motown/UMe will release his never-issued Motown album of 1972, You’re The Man, on 29 March. It will be available in 2LP gatefold vinyl and digital editions.
The set contains all of the soul figurehead’s solo and non-soundtrack recordings from 1972, with most tracks making their first appearance on vinyl. A new mix of the romantic ballad ‘My Last Chance’ by acclaimed writer-producer SaLaAM ReMi, known for his work with Nas, the Fugees and Amy Winehouse, is now available for streaming, and for immediate download with pre-orders of the album. ReMi has also remixed ‘Symphony’ and ‘I’d Give My Life For You’ for the album..
The transitional year of 1972 was one in which Gaye was enjoying universal acclaim for his masterpiece of the year before, What’s Going On. The three singles from it, the title track, ‘Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)’ and ‘Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler),’ were all US R&B No. 1s and top ten pop successes. He followed them with another soul top tenner, the politically-inspired ‘You’re The Man,’ but after the song’s failure to cross over to the pop market in a big way, Gaye retreated.
During the year, in Detroit and Los Angeles, he recorded enough music for an album, producing himself and working with writers such as Willie Hutch, Hal Davis and the teams of Pam Sawyer & Gloria Jones and Freddie Perren & Fonce Mizell.
None of this material, apart from the single, was released at the time; it’s now gathered together on You’re The Man, which also includes the rare, long LP version of Gaye’s cancelled 1972 Christmas single and an unreleased mix from the vaults of its instrumental B-side. Songs from the album have appeared on various CD releases over the years, but 15 of the 17 tracks are making their vinyl debut.
The 2LP vinyl edition of the album includes new liner notes by Marvin Gaye biographer David Ritz, who explores Gaye’s internal conflict of the time as a source of both creative vigour and emotional burden. In an interview first seen in Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin Gaye, the artist said that, in the wake of What’s Going On, “now I could do what I wanted. For most people that would be a blessing. But for me the thought was heavy.
“They said I’d reached the top, and that scared me because Mother used to say, ‘First ripe, first rotten.’ When you’re at the top there’s nowhere to go but down. No, I needed to keep going up — raising my consciousness — or I’d fall back on my behind. When would the war stop? That’s what I wanted to know — the war inside my soul.”
Despite his inner conflicts, 1972 was also the year in which Gaye continued work on the Diana & Marvin album of duets with Diana Ross, and accepted an offer to write what became the Trouble Man film score.
You’re The Man is released on 29 March. Scroll down for the full tracklisting, and pre-order it here.
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Marvin Gaye - Sanctified Lady - UK - 7" vinyl - £7.99, $9.75, €8.87 (New Item) (arrived 14-Nov-2019 15:10)
MARVIN GAYE Sanctified Lady (1985 UK 7" vinyl single, also including the Instrumental of the title track, picture sleeve. The sleeve is in great shape, with just some minor ringwear to the rear sleeve, whilst the vinyl barely looks played A4894)
Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through The Grapevine - 4pr - UK - 7" vinyl - £8.00, $9.76, €8.88 (New Item) (arrived 14-Nov-2019 08:17)
MARVIN GAYE I Heard It Through The Grapevine (1968 UK 7" vinyl single with intact four prong centre & 'Sold In The UK' label text, also including Need Somebody, issued in the Tamla Motown company die-cut paper sleeve. With a few light surface scuffs showing some evidence of play & age, the vinyl appears in otherwise excellent condition TMG686)
Marvin Gaye - Come Get To This - UK - 7" vinyl - £15.00, $18.30, €16.65 (New Item) (arrived 13-Nov-2019 16:01)
MARVIN GAYE Come Get To This (1974 UK 7" vinyl single with an intact four prong centre, also including Distant Lover. Issued in a Tamla Motown company die-cut paper sleeve, the vinyl appears in excellent condition TMG882)
Marvin Gaye - It's Madness - UK - 7" vinyl - £6.99, $8.53, €7.76 (New Item) (arrived 12-Nov-2019 12:08)
MARVIN GAYE It's Madness (1985 UK 7" vinyl single, taken from the album Dream Of A Lifetime, backed with Ain't It Funny [How Things Turn Around], picture sleeve A6462)
Marvin Gaye - Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide - US - 7" vinyl - £12.00, $14.64, €13.32 (New Item) (arrived 11-Nov-2019 10:50)
MARVIN GAYE Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide (2015 US limited edition wide centred issue of his 1961 7" vinyl single released as part of Jack White's Third Man Records' partnership with Universal Music to bring Tamla's classic early Motown records back to vinyl, also including Never Let You Go and comes housed in a replica Tamla company die-cut sleeve TMR-357)
Marvin Gaye - What's Going On - UK - 10" vinyl - £20.00, $24.40, €22.20 (New Item) (arrived 11-Nov-2019 09:26)
MARVIN GAYE What's Going On (2016 UK & European limited edition 4-track remastered 10" vinyl EP comprising the original MONO single versions of the title track and God Is Love while the B-side is dedicated to a 'Motown Re-Imagined' pair of tracks including a 21st Century duet version of 'What's Going On' featuring BJ The Chicago Kid and a new unplugged 'Coffeehouse' Mix. The picture sleeve has minimal shelfwear while the vinyl remains in 'near as new' condition)
Marvin Gaye - The Hits Of Marvin Gaye - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $18.30, €16.65 (New Item) (arrived 02-Nov-2019 18:08)
MARVIN GAYE The Hits Of Marvin Gaye (1972 UK Tamla Motown 14-track stereo LP compilation, fully laminated picture sleeve. The sleeve shows just a little light laminate creasing & the vinyl remains in Excellent condition with few signs of playSTML11201)
Marvin Gaye - Volume Two 1966 - 1970 - Sealed Box - UK - vinyl box set - £125.00, $152.50, €138.75 (New Item) (arrived 30-Oct-2019 08:37)
MARVIN GAYE Volume Two 1966 - 1970 (2015 UK limited edition 'Back to Black' series EIGHT x VINYL LP set comprising remastered versions of his solo albums: Moods Of , In The Groove , M.P.G. , That's The Way Love Is  plus'Take Two' [with Kim Weston] and his THREE collaborations with TAMMI TERRELL. Complete with a download code voucher, all eight discs have repro labels and are UNPLAYED nestled in individual picture sleeves, housed together in the heavy duty picture slipcase which remains sealed within its hype-stickered shrinkwrap)
Marvin Gaye - (Sexual) Healing - P/S - UK - 7" vinyl - £6.99, $8.53, €7.76 (New Item) (arrived 28-Oct-2019 09:10)
MARVIN GAYE (Sexual) Healing (1982 UK injection moulded 7" vinyl single, also includes the Instrumental version, picture sleeve. The sleeve is showing some light wear to the opening edge,this particular copy has two small handwritten annotations on the cover but the vinyl remains in excellent condition CBSA2855)
Marvin Gaye - Sexual Healing - Picture Sleeve - UK - 12" vinyl - £10.00, $12.20, €11.10 (New Item) (arrived 04-Oct-2019 08:36)
MARVIN GAYE Sexual Healing (Classic 1982 UK 12" vinyl single, including the Club Mix and Instrumental Version, picture sleeve. The sleeve has only a little foxing, whilst the vinyl looks barely played CBSA132855)