Trouble Man

Label
Universal Music Division Def Jam Recordings France
Release date
2 Apr 1999
Running length
13 tracks
Running time
38:25

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Main Theme From Trouble Man (2) (Instrumental/Soundtrack Version) 2:31 170
2 "T" Plays It Cool (Instrumental Soundtrack Version) 4:27 660
3 Poor Abbey Walsh (Soundtrack Version) 4:12 235
4 The Break In (Police Shoot Big) (Instrumental/Soundtrack Version) 1:57 143
5 Cleo's Apartment (Soundtrack Version) 2:10 295
6 Trouble Man (Trouble Man/Soundtrack Version) 3:50 1,156
7 Theme From Trouble Man (Instrumental/Soundtrack Version) 2:01 134
8 "T" Stands For Trouble (Instrumental Soundtrack Version) 4:49 212
9 Main Theme From Trouble Man (Instrumental/Soundtrack Version) 3:53 111
10 Life Is A Gamble (Instrumental/Soundtrack Version) 2:31 113
11 Deep In It (Instrumental/Soundtrack Version) 1:24 68
12 Don't Mess With Mister "T" 3:03 3,067
13 There Goes Mister "T" (Soundtrack Version) 1:37 206

About this album

Marvin Gaye turned to soundtracks in the early ’70s, and came out with one that ranked right alongside the epic scores done by Curtis Mayfield and Isaac Hayes. The film itself was a typical ’70s “blaxploitation” effort, but Gaye’s vocals, seamless production, and a nice mix of up-tempo funk, light ballads, and pseudo-macho camp were brilliant.

The album, as with most Marvin Gaye LPs of the seventies, is centered around it’s title track which in this case is a very mellow tune about a man who has “come apart” and is very much an autobiographical lyric of Gaye’s as he claims the only things sure in life are “taxes, death, and trouble”. Towards the end of his life he became very paranoid of assassination attempts on his life and his problems coupled with the fact that he had a mountain of debt apparently totalling in the millions. In many ways, Marvin Gaye was a troubled man.

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