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You're The Man

Marvin Gaye

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Putting the words “previously unreleased” next to the name Marvin Gaye has always had quite the effect. When the Deluxe Editions of What’s Going On, Let’s Get It On, Hear, My Dear and other albums were released, fans of the master of soul who died in 1984 got their money’s worth of alternative takes and previously unreleased recordings. This time, You’re the Man released in 2019 is a kind of Holy Grail of his music that has finally been unearthed. When he published What’s Going On in May 1971, Marvin Gaye completely transformed soul music and Motown as well as the history of popular music in general. This very mindful and deliberate masterpiece forced Berry Gordy, the label’s boss, to face the war in Vietnam, interracial tensions and the poverty in American cities. This was the first time that a Motown album was produced without Gordy’s total control and dealt with social issues rather than pleasant love songs. It was also the first time that Marvin Gaye, the entertainer, now had a social and political voice. In the wake of What’s Going On, the star began working on a new album called You’re the Man and released a single with the same title as an attack against the incumbent president, Richard Nixon. However, this attack was not to Gordy’s taste and after agreeing to release the single he refused to proceed with the album and even persuaded the singer to change his mind too. Some of the songs planned for You’re the Man were added here and there on some of his future recordings, but the 2019 version finally presents the album that Marvin Gaye dreamed of releasing in its entirety. This album’s resurrection is all the more enjoyable in the midst of Donald Trump’s presidency and lyrics like We don’t want to hear more lies / About how you plan to economise emphasise the timelessness of his music. The same struggles faced by black people under President Nixon are now faced by those under Trump. He even touches on feminism in the song We Can Make It Baby. For the production of You’re the Man, Marvin Gaye alternated between what he did on What’s Going On as well as the soundtrack of the film Trouble Man released in 1973. His voice fits perfectly with an instrumentation that is somewhere between groovy soul and light funk. To bring all of this together, it is also worth pointing out that Motown relied on producer Salaam Remi, known for his association with Nas, Amy Winehouse, the Fugees and Miguel. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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Marvin Gaye

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1
You're The Man (Pts. I & II / Single Version) 00:05:46

Craig Irving, ComposerLyricist - Maryann Vieira, ComposerLyricist - Ishmael Butler, ComposerLyricist - Kenneth Stover, ComposerLyricist - Marvin Gaye, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1972 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
The World Is Rated X (Alternate Mix) 00:03:51

Marilyn McLeod, ComposerLyricist - Marvin Gaye, MainArtist - Hal Davis, Producer - Mel Bolton, ComposerLyricist - Robert Gordy, ComposerLyricist - Ezra Bolton, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2001 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Piece Of Clay 00:05:11

Pamela Sawyer, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Marvin Gaye, MainArtist - Gloria Jones, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1995 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Where Are We Going? (Alternate Mix 2) 00:03:52

Fonce Mizell, Producer - Larry Mizell, ComposerLyricist - Marvin Gaye, MainArtist - Freddie Perren, Producer - Edward Gordon, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2014 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
I'm Gonna Give You Respect 00:02:56

Marvin Gaye, MainArtist - Willie Hutch, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2001 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Try It, You'll Like It 00:03:57

Kathy Wakefield, Author - Marvin Gaye, MainArtist - Willie Hutch, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2001 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
You Are That Special One 00:03:38

Marvin Gaye, MainArtist - Willie Hutch, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Jasun Smith, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2001 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
We Can Make It Baby 00:03:23

Marvin Gaye, MainArtist - Willie Hutch, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2001 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
My Last Chance (SalaAM ReMi Remix) 00:03:40

Marvin Gaye, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - SALAAM REMI, Re-Mixer, StudioPersonnel

A Motown Records release; ℗ 2019 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Symphony (SalaAM ReMi LP Mix) 00:02:53

William Robinson, Jr., ComposerLyricist - Marvin Gaye, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - SALAAM REMI, Re-Mixer, StudioPersonnel

A Motown Records release; ℗ 2019 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
I'd Give My Life For You (SalaAM ReMi LP Mix) 00:03:30

Marvin Gaye, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - SALAAM REMI, Re-Mixer, StudioPersonnel

A Motown Records release; ℗ 2019 UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Woman Of The World 00:03:29

Fred Perren, Producer - Fonce Mizell, Producer - Larry Mizell, ComposerLyricist - Marvin Gaye, MainArtist - Larry Gordon, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2014 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
Christmas In The City 00:03:47

Marvin Gaye, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

A Motown Records release.; ℗ 2019 UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
You're The Man (Alternate Version) 00:04:40

Kenneth Stover, ComposerLyricist - Marvin Gaye, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2001 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

15
I Want To Come Home For Christmas 00:04:46

Marvin Gaye, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Forrest Hairston, ComposerLyricist

A Motown Records release; ℗ 2019 UMG Recordings, Inc.

16
I'm Going Home 00:04:41

Marvin Gaye, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1995 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

17
Checking Out (Double Clutch) 00:04:53

Marvin Gaye, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1995 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

Putting the words “previously unreleased” next to the name Marvin Gaye has always had quite the effect. When the Deluxe Editions of What’s Going On, Let’s Get It On, Hear, My Dear and other albums were released, fans of the master of soul who died in 1984 got their money’s worth of alternative takes and previously unreleased recordings. This time, You’re the Man released in 2019 is a kind of Holy Grail of his music that has finally been unearthed. When he published What’s Going On in May 1971, Marvin Gaye completely transformed soul music and Motown as well as the history of popular music in general. This very mindful and deliberate masterpiece forced Berry Gordy, the label’s boss, to face the war in Vietnam, interracial tensions and the poverty in American cities. This was the first time that a Motown album was produced without Gordy’s total control and dealt with social issues rather than pleasant love songs. It was also the first time that Marvin Gaye, the entertainer, now had a social and political voice. In the wake of What’s Going On, the star began working on a new album called You’re the Man and released a single with the same title as an attack against the incumbent president, Richard Nixon. However, this attack was not to Gordy’s taste and after agreeing to release the single he refused to proceed with the album and even persuaded the singer to change his mind too. Some of the songs planned for You’re the Man were added here and there on some of his future recordings, but the 2019 version finally presents the album that Marvin Gaye dreamed of releasing in its entirety. This album’s resurrection is all the more enjoyable in the midst of Donald Trump’s presidency and lyrics like We don’t want to hear more lies / About how you plan to economise emphasise the timelessness of his music. The same struggles faced by black people under President Nixon are now faced by those under Trump. He even touches on feminism in the song We Can Make It Baby. For the production of You’re the Man, Marvin Gaye alternated between what he did on What’s Going On as well as the soundtrack of the film Trouble Man released in 1973. His voice fits perfectly with an instrumentation that is somewhere between groovy soul and light funk. To bring all of this together, it is also worth pointing out that Motown relied on producer Salaam Remi, known for his association with Nas, Amy Winehouse, the Fugees and Miguel. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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