You're the Man (album)

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You're the Man
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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 29, 2019 (2019-03-29)
StudioGolden World, Detroit & Hitsville West, Los Angeles, California
GenreSoul, funk
ProducerMarvin Gaye, Hal Davis, Gloria Jones, Pamela Sawyer, Fonce Mizell, Freddie Perren, Willie Hutch
Marvin Gaye chronology
You're the Man

You're the Man is a posthumous studio album by American singer Marvin Gaye, originally intended to be released in 1972 as the follow-up to What's Going On. It was released on March 29, 2019, through Motown, Universal Music Enterprises, and Universal Music Group to celebrate what would have been Gaye's 80th birthday on April 2, 2019. The album includes the single of the same name, as well as the intended original album in full and other songs Gaye recorded at the time.[1]

Salaam Remi's remix of "My Last Chance" was released in promotion of the album on February 8, 2019.[1]

Background and release[edit]

You're the Man was intended as another socially conscious record like What's Going On (1971), but following the release of its lead single, the title track "You're the Man", Gaye cancelled its release.[1] This was in part due to the reception of the song, as well as the fact that Gaye's political views were different to those of Motown founder Berry Gordy.[1] For these reasons, You're the Man was long considered a "lost" album.[1]

15 of the 17 songs have not previously been released on vinyl,[1] but most were made available on CD compilations over the years.[2] The album will include a longer take of "I Want to Come Home for Christmas", which was first made available in 1990 after being recorded in 1972.[2] The physical release of the album will include liner notes written by David Ritz.[3]

Track listing[edit]

1."You're the Man"Marvin Gaye, Kenneth Stover5:46
2."The World Is Rated X" (alternate mix)Ezra Bolton, Marilyn McLeod, Mel Bolton and Robert Gordy3:52
3."Piece of Clay"Gloria Jones, Pamela Sawyer5:11
4."Where Are We Going?" (alternate mix 2)Larry Mizell, Larry Gordon3:51
5."I'm Gonna Give You Respect"Willie Hutch2:56
6."Try It, You'll Like It"Willie Hutch, Kathy Wakefield3:57
7."You Are That Special One"Willie Hutch3:38
8."We Can Make It Baby"Willie Hutch3:24
9."My Last Chance" (Salaam Remi remix)Marvin Gaye3:40
10."Symphony" (Salaam Remi LP mix)Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson2:53
11."I'd Give My Life for You" (Salaam Remi LP mix)Marvin Gaye3:31
12."Woman of the World"Larry Mizell, Larry Gordon3:30
13."Christmas in the City"Marvin Gaye3:48
14."You're the Man" (alternate version)Marvin Gaye, Kenneth Stover4:41
15."I Want to Come Home for Christmas"Marvin Gaye, Forest Hairston4:46
16."I'm Going Home"Marvin Gaye4:42
17."Checking Out (Double Clutch)"Marvin Gaye4:53


Chart (2019) Peak
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[4] 57
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[5] 77
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[6] 46
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[7] 80
US Billboard 200[8] 168


  1. ^ a b c d e f Roffman, Michael (February 8, 2019). "Marvin Gaye's lost 1972 album You're the Man to receive official release". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Blistein, Jon (February 8, 2019). "Marvin Gaye's Lost 'What's Going On' Follow Up, 'You're the Man,' Set for Release". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  3. ^ Monroe, Jazz (February 8, 2019). "Marvin Gaye's Lost 1972 Album You're the Man Set for Release". Pitchfork. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  4. ^ " – Marvin Gaye – You're the Man" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  5. ^ " – Marvin Gaye – You're the Man" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  6. ^ " – Marvin Gaye – You're the Man" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  7. ^ " – Marvin Gaye – You're the Man". Hung Medien. Retrieved April 10, 2019.
  8. ^ "Marvin Gaye Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved April 9, 2019.