If the legendary soul singer and songwriter Marvin Gaye were still alive, he’d have turned 80 on April 2nd. On March 29, fans of the musician will get a bittersweet gift: Gaye’s lost album, You’re the Man, recorded in 1972.
With numerous hit songs already credited to him, Gaye released the watershed concept album What’s Going On in 1971. Reluctantly released by his label, Gaye wrote the album from the perspective of a Vietnam war veteran returning to a society riddled by poverty, drug abuse, and social injustice. It carried an anti-war statement, addressed problems with the ecology and economic inequality. The album became an instant commercial and critical success, and is as timely now as it was when it was released in 1971. Gaye followed this with a movie soundtrack to Troubled Man in 1972, and an album with Diana Ross of The Supremes, Diana & Marvin, released in 1973.
While Gaye had a prolific recording period in the early 70s, he also recorded You’re The Man, in 1972, that was never released. While many of the songs have appeared on various compilations, the proper album has never seen the light of day, until now. The album is being released on vinyl and digitally for the first time as Gaye intended. Below, listen to a new mix of “My Last Chance,” remixed by SaLaAM ReMi, a producer noted for working with Amy Winehouse and The Fugees.
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