Marvin Gaye’s shelved album You’re The Man has made its way out of the vault. The album arrives just in time for what would be his 80th birthday on April 2.
Consisting of unheard work from Gaye’s 1972 recording sessions, the album features 17 tracks, including updated mixes of “My Last Chance,” “Symphony” and “I’d Give My Life For You,” done by producer SaLaAM ReMi.
The album also includes Gaye’s canceled 1972 Christmas single, plus an unreleased vault mix of its instrumental B-side.
The decision to shelve You’re The Man came after Gaye’s politically-charged title track failed to impact the charts. Additionally, Gaye received backlash from Motown label head Berry Gordy, who felt the label’s conservative supporters wouldn’t be happy with the song’s message on radio. Therefore, Motown decided not to properly promote the song at radio, which in turn led Gaye to scrap the album.
Take a listen to You’re The Man.