Marvin Gaye’s More Trouble is a vinyl-only collection of alternate and extended versions of tracks from his Trouble Man album. It marks the first time these fascinating examples of his genius have been available on vinyl.
Motown’s “Prince Of Soul” released Trouble Man in 1972 as the soundtrack of the cult film of the same name. In 2012, an expanded edition marked its 40th anniversary in a CD release featuring these alternative versions. 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.
Gaye’s Trouble Man soundtrack was the ever-unpredictable next move by this creatively inquisitive and restless spirit, after the huge commercial and critical success of his 1971 classic, What’s Going On. It was a chiefly instrumental, orchestral jazz-soul soundtrack for a blaxploitation film.
The title track from Trouble Man was one of the album’s few vocal cuts. It became a No. 7 hit on Billboard‘s Hot 100 in January 1973, reaching No. 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 new liner notes by musicologist Dr. Andrew Flory, who wrote the essay for the Trouble Man: 40th Anniversary Expanded Edition gatefold jacket.
The nine tracks include an alternate vocal version of ‘Trouble Man,’ featured in the film’s opening sequence but not on the soundtrack. There’s an extended take of the much-sampled ”T’ Plays it Cool,’ as well as a rare vocal version of ”T’ Stands For Trouble.’