In honor of the late Marvin Gaye’s 80th birthday on April 2, Motown/Ume/Universal Music Canada, the industry’s leading music company, will release his never before released album “You’re The Man”, in vinyl and digital formats on March 29. “You’re The Man” features all of Gaye’s solo and non-soundtrack recordings in 1972, with most of the tracks making their vinyl release  debuts. Producer SaLaAM ReMi’s mix of the track “My Last Chance” is now available for streaming and download with album pre-order. In 1972, Gaye had topped the charts with the singles “What’s Going On”, “Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology)” and “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler).” His new single, “You’re The Man”, a percolating, sarcastic riff on political non-action, reached #7 on the Billboard Hot Soul singles chart. Gaye saw Motown schedule “You’re The Man”, but when the  lead single failed to cross over, he retreated. During what was a transitional period for the legendary singer, Gaye recorded an album’s worth of material in Detroit and Los Angeles. He produced himself, creating a collection of aching ballads. He worked with singer/songwriter Willie Hutch, known for the Jackson 5 hit “I’ll Be There”, and Pam Sawyer and Gloria Jones, whose composition for Gaye, “Piece Of Clay”, was used in the 1995 film “Phenomenon.” He cut two tracks with Freddie Perren and Fonze Mizell, half the hit making machine behind the Jackson 5; he collaborated with Hal Davis, who was preparing a Marvin Gaye-Diana Ross album, on the track “The World Is Rated X.” Marvin also channeled his anger over the Vietnam war and his brother Frankie’s experiences there into a sequel to “What’s Going On” of sorts in the form of the ballad “I Want To Come Home For Christmas.” He even re-cut “You’re The Man” as a funk jam perhaps for the LP as a bookend to the single. Neither these tracks nor any others from the LP were released at the time. Producer SaLaAM ReMi, who has worked with Nas, the Fugees and Amy Winehouse, mixed the tracks “My Last Chance”, “Symphony” and “I’d Give My Life For You.” In addition, a rare long version of Gaye’s cancelled Christmas single is included along with an unreleased vault mix of its instrumental B-side. Over the years, songs from “You’re The Man” have been featured on CDs, but 15 of the album’s 17 tracks have not been released on vinyl until now. “You’re The Man’s” vinyl edition includes liner notes by writer David Ritz. Despite Gaye’s personal turmoil at the time, he recorded a duet album with Diana Ross and scored the film “Trouble Man.” A year later, he released “Let’s Get It On”, the biggest hit of his career. In addition to “You’re The Man”, Motown/Ume/Universal Music Canada will also release an expanded edition of Gaye’s 1965 album “A Tribute To The Great Nat King Cole” on March 15 honoring what would have been Cole’s 100th birthday. The project will feature original mono mixes and a dozen bonus tracks, including six alternate takes from the studio sessions.

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