Marvin Gaye’s 1972 album ‘You’re the Man,’ previously unreleased, is finally available for the world to hear. Being dubbed the “lost album,” the 17-track project makes Marvin Gaye’s signature sound and style come alive in this makeshift project.
Gaye began recording the album shortly after the success of his classic album ‘What’s Going On.’ Due to personal and professional matters, the project was never completed. Shortly after he began recording the album, it took a backseat to Gaye’s duet album with Diana Ross, as well as the Trouble Man soundtrack. The songs he recorded towards the project were either added to other albums as bonus tracks, or simply kept in the archives of the legend’s unreleased music.
The track’s on this album were never meant to come together as a cohesive piece. Surprisingly, however, they work well together. They bring alive the political and social issues that were occurring during the 1970’s. The sound on this album was unlike his hit project ‘What’s Going On,’ as he employed emerging producers and arrangers such as Willie Hutch, Gloria Jones and Fonce Mizzelll, as well as veteran producers Hal Davis and Gene Page. The result was a string of socially conscious, eclectic sounding tracks that reflected a series of ideas and powerful thinking.
Check out the unreleased work of Marvin Gaye on ‘You’re the Man’ here!