Unreleased Marvin Gaye Album Recorded Over 40 Years Ago Will Be Released In March

Motown Records is set to debut a previously unreleased Marvin Gaye album next month, days ahead of what would have been the late soul legend’s 80th birthday.  You’re the Man, an album that Gaye recorded more than four decades ago, will officially be released on March 29.

The “socially conscious” project was originally recorded as a follow-up to Gaye’s 1971 platinum LP, What’s Going On. Gaye decided to shelve the album because the lead single didn’t do as well as he expected, and his political views didn’t mesh with that of Motown label boss, Berry Gordy.

Gaye went on to release Trouble Man in 1972 and Let’s Get It On, the following year. He released four more solo albums before he was killed in 1984.

Though some of the songs from the forthcoming You’re the Man album have seen the light of day, this album marks the first time that all of the tracks have been released as a full studio effort.