- Trouble Man (album)
Infobox Album | Name = Trouble Man
Type = Soundtrack
December 8, 1972
Recorded = 1972
Hitsville U.S.A., Detroit, Michigan Hitsville West, Los Angeles, California
Genre = Soul,
Length = 38:25
Label = Tamla
AllmusicRating|3.5|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:fifyxqu5ld6e link]
Robert Christgau(C) [http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_artist.php?name=Marvin+Gaye link]
*"MusicHound" Rating|4|5 [http://www.acclaimedmusic.net/Current/A1368.htm link]
Rolling Stone" (mixed) [http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/marvingaye/albums/album/232776/review/6067782/trouble_man 3/01/73] | Last album = " What's Going On"
This album = "Trouble Man"
Next album = "
Let's Get It On"
"Trouble Man" is a
soundtrack albumby soul singer Marvin Gaye, released December 8, 1972on Motown-subsidary label Tamla Records. As the soundtrack to the 1972 blaxploitation filmof the same name, the "Trouble Man" soundtrack was a more contemporary move for Gaye, following his landmark politically-charged album " What's Going On".
Fresh off the left-field base success of his classic 1971 album, "
What's Going On", Gaye was intrigued by Hollywood. Gaye had acted in two films, including "The Ballad of Andy Crocker" and "Chrome and Hot Leather". The singer moved to Los Angelesin 1972after he accepted the offer to do a soundtrack album.
Isaac Hayesand Curtis Mayfield, Gaye took to recording a soundtrack for a blaxploitationfilm. " Trouble Man", a thriller based in the ghetto, was made solely for the soundtrack Gaye composed and produced himself. Unlike " Super Fly (soundtrack)" and "Shaft", the soundtrack to "Trouble Man" doesn't feature lovesongs; except for a few vocal jabs by Gaye, it is made up entirely of instrumental pieces. The title track was released in several different mixes. The song was also Gaye's venture into a more bluesinfluenced sound missing from his previous work. According to Gaye, the song was autobiographical to his nature. The vocal version became another big hit for Gaye, reaching #7 on the Billboard Pop Singles Chart in 1973. The song was later covered by long-time Gaye admirer and Motownartist, Chico DeBarge. Critics deemed "Trouble Man" on par with Hayes and Mayfield's albums. Gaye was soon followed by other contemporaries including James Brown ("Black Caesar"), Willie Hutch(" The Mack"; "Foxy Brown") and Barry White("The Together Brothers").
"All songs written by Marvin Gaye."
#"Main Theme From Trouble Man (2)" – 2:30
#"'T' Plays It Cool" – 4:27
#"Poor Abbey Walsh" – 4:13
#"The Break In (Police Shoot Big)" – 1:57
#"Cleo's Apartment" – 2:10
#"Trouble Man" – 3:49
#"Theme From Trouble Man" – 2:01
#"'T' Stands For Trouble" – 4:48
#"Main Theme From Trouble Man (1)" – 3:52
#"Life is a Gamble" – 2:32
#"Deep in It" – 1:25
#"Don't Mess with Mister 'T'" – 3:04
#"There Goes Mister 'T'" – 1:37
*Marvin Gaye: all vocals, drums, keyboards, piano
*Trevor Lawrence: alto, tenor and baritone saxophone
*Dale Oehler: horns
Gene Page: strings
*Bob Ragland: piano, strings
*James Anthony Carmichael: horns
*Composed, written and produced by Marvin Gaye
*Arranged by Dale Oehler, Marvin Gaye, Gene Page, Jack Hayes, J.J. Johnson, Bob Ragland and Leo Shunker
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