Title - 'More Trouble' [Vinyl LP]
Artist - Marvin Gaye
For those not in the know, More Trouble is a collection of bonus tracks and alternate takes from Marvin Gaye’s Trouble Man sessions, and taken from the Trouble Man: 40th Anniversary Expanded Edition.
Released on April 3rd, 2020 (via Motown Select / UMe), and all now on vinyl for the very first time, the soundtrack to the 1972 Ivan Dixon-directed film of the same name, Trouble Man was the first album to be written and produced solely by Gaye.
This wondrous 9-track More Trouble (released as a delightful gatefold jacket that, in keeping with albums theme, is an alternate to the iconic one on the original soundtrack) collects tracks from Trouble Man’s recording sessions, including an unedited version of ‘“T” Plays It Cool’ and an extended version of the titular song.
1. 'Main Theme From Trouble Man' (2) (Alternate Take With Strings)
2. '“T” Plays It Cool' (Unedited)
3. 'Poor Abbey Walsh, Part 2' (Take 1)
4. 'Trouble Man' (Extended Version)
5. 'Theme From Trouble Man' (Vocal Version)
1. 'Main Theme From Trouble Man' (Vocal Version)
2. '“T” Stands For Trouble' (Unedited Vocal Version)
3. '“T” Stands For Trouble' (Alternate Version)
4. 'Trouble Man – Trouble Man Original Score'
Side A (of this luscious, absolutely magnificent new vinyl release) opens with a gently moderated, yet fervently impatient wailing guitar, which bleeds into the two and a half minute piano, saxophone and drum masterpiece 'Main Theme From Trouble Man' (2) (here as an alternate version with orchestrated strings added), and that's backed by the longer, sterner, drum-led backbeat of the much-sampled '“T” Plays It Cool' (Unedited).
The sumptuous, saxophone-driven 'Poor Abbey Walsh, Part 2' (Take 1) is a pure, unadulterated joy to behold, and is backed by a rousing, and extended version of the title track, with the first side coming to a close with some oh-so sweet horn play that simply melts the soul on the two minute vocal version of 'Theme From Trouble Man' (which was featured in the film’s opening sequence, but not on the soundtrack).
Side B pretty much gives us more of the same, which ain't no bad thing, kicking things off with a vocalized version of 'Main Theme From Trouble Man' before unveiling two versions of '“T” Stands For Trouble' (an unedited, and very rare vocal, and an alternate version).
Culminating the musical experience with a quite magnificent 'Trouble Man – Trouble Man Original Score' (which showcased Gaye's trademark duet of high and low vocals), much like the original soundtrack album, each and every track here is as smooth as silk to the ears.
It's that classic Motown sound from Marvin Gaye, when songwriters had something to say and sang their own songs. For me, not only was Trouble Man one of the more underrated, overlooked and understated soundtracks of the '70s, but it most assuredly captures the great man at his musical peak.
While 1971's What's Going On and 1973's Let's Get It On are regularly acknowledged as Soul masterpieces (let alone name-checked by everyone who is anyone in love with music that genuinely touches you), real Marvin Gaye devotees have always had a rush of blood to the head at the mere sight of 1972's Trouble Man (which Gaye himself rated as some of his best work).
These 1972 outtakes, and which have been stunningly remastered by UMe for vinyl, are the newest celebration of Gaye’s unrivalled legacy and a further illustration of a significant chapter in his discography.
Indeed, all the tracks have been mixed in high resolution audio from Motown’s original 16-track session reels by the famed John Morales, and remastered by Alex Abrash at AA Mastering.
The title track from Trouble Man was one of the album’s few vocal cuts. It became a #7 hit on Billboard‘s Hot 100 in January 1973, reaching #4 on the R&B chart.
The vinyl More Trouble echoes the design of the original album, with an alternative image of Gaye on the gatefold cover.
Additional photography includes scans of the original session tape boxes.
There are also new liner notes by musicologist Dr. Andrew Flory, who wrote the essay for the Trouble Man: 40th Anniversary Expanded Edition gatefold jacket.
A gifted, visionary talent, Gaye tragically died April 1st, 1984, just one day before his 45th birthday. Three years later, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
With More Trouble as proof, Gaye continues to hold his place as one of the greatest singers, composers and producers of all time.
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