On March 29, the world will hear soul legend Marvin Gaye’s lost 1972 LP, You’re The Man in its entirety for the first time.
Originally, the release was slated to be the follow-up to Gaye’s 1971 smash-hit What’s Going On, but a clash with Motown CEO Berry Gordy forced the singer to shelve the album completely.
The story goes that You’re The Man was primed to be Gaye’s most socially conscious work, which made Motown executives – namely Gordy – nervous. Gordy believed that overt politicism would negatively affect Gaye’s perceived status as a sex symbol, and he pushed for the album to be buried.
Shortly thereafter, Gaye turned to other projects, eventually releasing Trouble Man in 1972.
According to Rolling Stone, “While the majority of the tracks on You’re the Man have been previously released on CD compilations, this marks the first time 15 of the album’s 17 cuts will be available on vinyl.”
Click here to pre-order You’re The Man.
Listen to the album’s newly-mixed version of “My Last Chance” via Spotify below: