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Album review: Marvin Gaye, Trouble Man: 40th Anniversary Expanded Edition (Motown)


Rarely has the disparity in quality between sound and pictures been as huge as during the Seventies “Blaxploitation” phenomenon, when crude, brutal thrillers like Shaft and Superfly were salvaged by skilled soundtracks.

Nowhere is that disparity more pronounced than on Trouble Man, a forgettable joint that boasted what may be Marvin Gaye's most brilliant music. This 2CD edition includes the usual alternative takes, along with virtually an entire second disc of material featured in the film that didn't make it to the album.

Download: Main Theme; 'T' Plays It Cool; Trouble Man; 'T' Stands for Trouble