Last month, UMe announced a new, expanded version of Marvin Gaye’s A Tribute To the Great Nat King Cole (you can read all about it here). Today, Motown has announced further Marvin Gaye rarities on the way. On March 29, just a few days shy of what would have been Marvin’s 80th birthday, the label will released You’re The Man. The lost album recorded in 1972 and was slated to be the follow-up to his masterpiece, What’s Going On.
Following that landmark release, Gaye returned with the song “You’re The Man,” written about presidential candidate George McGovern. When that track failed to reach mainstream audiences, Gaye went back to the studio and recorded an album’s worth of material, producing himself and writing with the likes of Willie Hutch; Hal Davis; Pam Sawyer and Gloria Jones; and Freddie Perren and Fonce Mizell. Apart from the “You’re The Man” single, none of that material was released at the time.
Now, the new, 17-track collection is set to bring together all of the soul legend’s solo and non-soundtrack work from ’72, 15 tracks of which are making their vinyl debut. In addition to the material recorded for the proposed album, You’re The Man will also include a rare, long version of Marvin Gaye’s cancelled 1972 Christmas single called “I Want To Come Home For Christmas,” and an unreleased mix of its instrumental B-side, “Christmas in the City.” Also among the tracks are three new mixes by acclaimed writer and producer Salaam Remi (or SaLaAM ReMi), who has worked with Amy Winehouse, The Fugees, and Nas. Remi has remixed “Symphony,” “I’d Give My Life For You,” and “My Last Chance,” the latter of which is available now on digital and streaming services and will be included with pre-orders of the album. In addition to the music, the 2-LP edition of You’re The Man will include new liner notes by Marvin Gaye biographer David Ritz.
You’re the Man is currently planned for vinyl and digital release only. Get ready to enjoy some lost Marvin Gaye! Scroll down to check out the full track listing and place your pre-orders with the links below!
- You’re The Man
- The World Is Rated X
- Piece Of Clay
- Where Are We Going?
- I’m Gonna Give You Respect
- Try It, You’ll Like It
- You Are That Special One
- We Can Make It Baby
- My Last Chance (Salaam Remi Mix)
- Symphony (Salaam Remi Mix)
- I’d Give My Life For You (Salaam Remi Mix)
- Woman Of The World
- Christmas In The City (Instrumental)
- You’re The Man (Version 2)
- I Want To Come Home For Christmas
- I’m Going Home (Move)
- Checking Out (Double Clutch)
Track 1 originally released as Tamla single T 54221F, 1972
Tracks 2 and 16 originally released on Motown Remembers Marvin Gaye, Motown 6172 TL, 1986
Tracks 3 and 17 originally released on The Master 1961-1984, Motown 314 530 492-2, 1995
Tracks 4-8 and 14 originally released on Let’s Get It On: Deluxe Edition, Tamla/Motown 440 014 757-2, 2001
Original version of Tracks 9 & 11 and Track 15 released on The Marvin Gaye Collection, Motown 374 636 311-2, 1990
Original version of Track 10 released on Dream Of a Lifetime, Columbia FC 39916, 1985
Track 12 originally released on Blue Note/Motown/UMe 12″ single B0020266-11, 2014
Track 13 originally released on Christmas In The City, Motown 374 636 326-2, 1993