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 - Save The Children - UK - 7" vinyl - £12.00, $15.00, €13.44 (New Item) (arrived 27-Jul-2020 10:45)
MARVIN GAYE Save The Children (1971 UK solid centre 7" vinyl single, also including Little Darling [I Need You]. Issued in a Tamla company die-cut paper sleeve, the vinyl shows light signs of play but remains in excellent condition TMG796)
- Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On - UK - vinyl LP - £25.00, $31.25, €28.00 (New Item) (arrived 24-Jul-2020 12:27)
MARVIN GAYE Let's Get It On (1973 UK 8-track vinyl LP including Come Get To This & You Sure Love To Ball. The gatefold picture sleeve shows a little shelfwear to the edges but the vinyl is in Excellent condition with just some spindle wear anda few faint hairlines not affecting play STMA8013)
- Marvin Gaye - It's Madness - UK - 12" vinyl - £10.00, $12.50, €11.20 (New Item) (arrived 15-Jul-2020 17:30)
MARVIN GAYE It's Madness (1985 UK 3-track 12" vinyl single, also including Ain't It Funny [How Things Turn Around] plus an Special Extended mix of Joy [Parts 1 & 2]. The picture sleeve has just light wear and some age discolouration / foxing to the back but the vinyl remains in barely played condition. This is only the second copy of this single that we've had but is also the first we've seen in TWENTY years! TA6462)
- Marvin Gaye - Midnight Love + Hype Stickered Sleeve - UK - vinyl LP - £12.00, $15.00, €13.44 (New Item) (arrived 14-Jul-2020 07:47)
MARVIN GAYE Midnight Love (1982 UK 8-track LP, his final studio album including the classic hit Sexual Healing, housed in the song hype-stickered glossy picture sleeve complete with illustrated lyric insert. The sleeve has minimal shelfwear and the vinyl appears in barely played condition CBS85977)
- Marvin Gaye - Sexual Healing + Picture Sleeve - UK - 12" vinyl - £10.00, $12.50, €11.20 (New Item) (arrived 14-Jul-2020 07:44)
MARVIN GAYE Sexual Healing (Classic 1982 UK 12" vinyl single, including the Club Mix and Instrumental Version. The picture sleeve has only a little foxing while the vinyl remains in excellent condition CBSA132855)
- Marvin Gaye - Too Busy Thinking About My Baby - 4 prong - UK - 7" vinyl - £8.00, $10.00, €8.96 (New Item) (arrived 06-Jul-2020 16:50)
MARVIN GAYE Too Busy Thinking About My Baby (1969 UK 7" vinyl single with intact four prong centre, also including Wherever I Lay My Hat, Tamla Motown company die-cut paper sleeve TMG705)
- Marvin Gaye - Where Are We Going? / Woman Of The World - US - 12" vinyl - £25.00, $31.25, €28.00 (New Item) (arrived 04-Jul-2020 19:37)
MARVIN GAYE / DONALD BYRD Where Are We Going? / Woman Of The World (2014 US limited edition 4-track 12" vinyl EP, featuring both songs recorded by each artist, issued to celebrate what would have been Marvin Gaye's 75th, with initial copies available only from 'Blue Note Authorized Dealers', and designated as part of Blue Note's 75th anniversary celebrations. Although not sealed, this example remains in the oprn shrink therefore the picture sleeve has minimal wear and is otherwise in 'near as new' condition with little signs of play B0020266-11)
- Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On - 180gm - US - vinyl LP - £15.00, $18.75, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 27-Jun-2020 13:20)
MARVIN GAYE Let's Get It On (90s US limited edition issue of the 1973 8-track LP pressed on 180gram Vinyl, including Come Get To This, You Sure Love To Ball & the the hit title track, housed in a deluxe gatefold picture sleeve. The sleeve is Excellent with some light scuffing & the vinyl remains in Excellent condition with few signs of play T329V1)
- Marvin Gaye - [Sexual] Healing - UK - 7" vinyl - £6.99, $8.74, €7.83 (New Item) (arrived 19-Jun-2020 12:53)
MARVIN GAYE [Sexual] Healing (1988 UK Old Gold series issue of his classic 1982 solid centre 7" vinyl single, also including My Love Is Waiting. Issued in the series die-cut paper sleeve, the vinyl remains in excellent condition OG9749)
- Marvin Gaye - How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) - 180g -RSD 2015 - UK - 7" vinyl - £15.00, $18.75, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 29-May-2020 09:20)
MARVIN GAYE How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) (2015 UK limited edition RSD 2015 7" single pressed on 180g vinyl, picture sleeve. Gaye's classic '45 gets a unique pairing with Once Upon A Time his duet with Mary Wells. The sleeve and vinyl are 'as new')