Nearly 35 years to the day of his passing, the power of Marvin Gaye‘s recordings still have a way of sticking with you. Now, his estate has released a believed “lost” album, an album Gaye was working on as the follow-up to his wildly successful What’s Going On album in 1972.
Gaye didn’t want to create a near replica of What’s Going On with his follow-up. Armed with creative control due to the success of his prior album, Gaye turned to a crew of new producers and arrangers from Willie Hutch to Gloria Jones and Fonce Mizzell along with veterans such as Hal Davis and Gene Page. You’re The Man, the believed follow-up to What’s Going On contains much of the same themes that What’s Going On led with, socially conscious anthems such as “Piece Of Clay.”
For a multitude of reasons, many of which Gaye never truly disclosed, the songs were shelved. Compelling from top to bottom, it’s a mixture of Gaye’s incomparable voice working with some of the best emerging soul musicians around. 47 years after its original process and long after its creator shifted gears to a duet album with Diana Ross and the Trouble Man soundtrack, You’re The Man is a testament to the greatness that was Marvin.