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 - Lets Get It On - UK - 7" vinyl - £8.00, $10.16, €9.12 (New Item) (arrived 16-Aug-2019 12:48)
MARVIN GAYE Lets Get It On (1973 UK 7" vinyl single with intact four prong centre, also featuring I Wish It Would Rain, Tamla Motown company die-cut paper sleeve TMG868)
Marvin Gaye - Greatest Hits - UK - vinyl LP - £10.00, $12.70, €11.40 (New Item) (arrived 12-Aug-2019 16:31)
MARVIN GAYE Greatest Hits (1983 UK 16-track vinyl LP compiling his classic Motown hits with tracks recorded for CBS in the early '80s including I Heard It Through The Grapevine, You're All I Need To Get By, The Onion Song, Sexual Healing, Midnight Lady and My Love Is Waiting. The glossy picture sleeve shows just a little light shelfwear and the vinyl remains in excellent condition with few signs of play STAR2234)
Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through The Grapevine - UK - 12" vinyl - £8.00, $10.16, €9.12 (New Item) (arrived 08-Aug-2019 17:37)
MARVIN GAYE I Heard It Through The Grapevine (1988 UK 4-track 12" vinyl single, as featured in the Levi's 501 Commercial, also including That's The Way Love Is, Can I Get A Witness and You're A Wonderful One, classic glossy picture sleeve. Thesleeve shows some light wear, a little ringwear creasing and scuffs, the a-side label has a small annotation but overall the vinyl is in excellent condition ZT40701)
Marvin Gaye - Greatest Hits - UK - vinyl LP - £20.00, $25.40, €22.80 (New Item) (arrived 02-Aug-2019 14:36)
MARVIN GAYE Greatest Hits (1968 UK first issue 16-track stereo compilation LP, front laminated flipback picture sleeve. The sleeve shows just a little light shelfwear & the vinyl is superb with just a couple of light surface scuffs to show for its fifty years STML11065)
Marvin Gaye - I Want You - German - vinyl LP - £20.00, $25.40, €22.80 (New Item) (arrived 02-Aug-2019 14:33)
MARVIN GAYE I Want You (1976 German 11-track vinyl LP, Marvin's classic sexually charged work with standout production from Leon Ware, picture picture sleeve with stunning artwork. The sleeve shows just a little light shelfwear with some scuffing to the corners and the vinyl remains in excellent condition with few signs of play)
Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On - German - vinyl LP - £45.00, $57.15, €51.30 (New Item) (arrived 02-Aug-2019 14:21)
MARVIN GAYE Let's Get It On (1973 German 8-track LP, unique front laminated gatefold picture sleeve. The sleeve shows just a little light shelfwear with some scuffing at the corners and the vinyl remains in excellent condition with few signs of play)
Marvin Gaye - Dream Of A Lifetime - Dutch - vinyl LP - £10.00, $12.70, €11.40 (New Item) (arrived 02-Aug-2019 14:14)
MARVIN GAYE Dream Of A Lifetime (1985 Dutch 8-track LP featuring tracks intended as the follow up to Midnight Love and several previously unreleased tracks, complete with picture inner, hype stickered picture sleeve. The sleeve shows minimal shelfwear & the vinyl remains in excellent condition & looks barely played)
Marvin Gaye - Dream Of A Lifetime - UK - vinyl LP - £8.75, $11.11, €9.97 (Back In Stock) (arrived 02-Aug-2019 14:12)
MARVIN GAYE Dream Of A Lifetime (1985 UK 8-track LP featuring tracks intended for the follow up to Midnight Love and several unreleased tracks, stickered picture sleeve with illustrated inner. The sleeve shows minimal wear & the vinyl looks barely played)
Marvin Gaye - Trouble Man - 1st - UK - vinyl LP - £35.00, $44.45, €39.90 (New Item) (arrived 02-Aug-2019 14:09)
MARVIN GAYE Trouble Man (1972 UK first issue 13-track stereo LP, fully laminated picture sleeve. The sleeve shows just a few light laminate creases & the vinyl remains in excellent condition with few signs of play STML11225)
Marvin Gaye - I Want You - UK - vinyl LP - £20.00, $25.40, €22.80 (New Item) (arrived 30-Jul-2019 16:10)
MARVIN GAYE I Want You (1976 UK 11-track vinyl LP, Marvin's classic sexually charged work with standout production from Leon Ware and including the singles After The Dance, Since I Had You and the title track. The picture sleeve with stunning 'Sugar Shack' artwork shows just a little shelfwear while the vinyl appears barely played STML12025)