Today (April 1st) is the 36th anniversary of the death of Marvin Gaye, with Thursday (April 2nd) marking what would have been the singer's 81st birthday.
Last year, in celebration of the Gaye's 80th, Motown/UMe released his never-issued 1972 album You’re The Man in a double-album gatefold vinyl and digital editions. You’re The Man features all of Gaye’s solo and non-soundtrack recordings from 1972, with most of the album’s tracks making their vinyl release debuts.
According to the album's press release, following the massive success of the previous year's What's Going On album, “His new single, 'You’re The Man' — a percolating, sarcastic riff on political non-action issued as the U.S. presidential campaign was kicking off — reached Number Seven on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart. He saw Motown schedule a You’re The Man album (for release) but when the lead single didn’t cross over (to the pop charts), stalling at Number 50, Marvin retreated. Ambivalent about recording, stubborn about moving to Los Angeles with Berry Gordy and Motown, Marvin by his actions proclaimed no more new Marvin Gaye music. Or so it seemed. In this singular and transitional year for the late music legend, Gaye recorded more than an album’s worth of music in Detroit and L.A. (that) he produced himself. None of these tracks or any other on the LP, except the single, were issued at the time.”