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Trouble Man Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Soundtrack

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 7, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: 1972
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Soundtrack
  • Label: Motown
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000060NH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,100 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

Two phenomenons of early-'70s soul--Marvin Gaye and the soundtracks of blaxploitation flicks--met on this 1972 souvenir of the violent Robert Hooks vehicle. Unlike Curtis Mayfield's concurrent Superfly, however, Gaye's record mostly fails to rise above the clichés of film music. Save for the pained, dramatic title single and a few moments of sax-and-wah-wah strutting, much of what's here fails to touch Mayfield's song suite. That's ironic, given that Gaye bookended Trouble Man with two conceptual triumphs, What's Going On and Let's Get It On. His fans, and students of the genre, won't find this a total disappointment, but with "Trouble Man" itself available on a number of best-of CDs, it's inessential. --Rickey Wright

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Soundtracks are all about incidental music too, you know!
The instrumentals that comprise this collection incorporate elements of jazz, soul, classical and light pop, to stunning effect.
If there's any testament to the talent of Marvin Gaye, it's this album.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Det. Abilene on August 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Marvin long considered his score to the forgotten film TROUBLE MAN to be his best work. While I would not call it his best (could anything really top WHAT'S GOING ON, LET'S GET IT ON, or HERE, MY DEAR?), it is a fantastic album in it's own right. Textured and atmospheric, this lovely, complex score deserved to be featured in a much better movie. It's often compared with the ground-breaking soundtracks SHAFT and SUPERFLY, however TROUBLE MAN is much more poised and intricate than those funk classics. It sounds more like a bittersweet separation, rather than a head-on collision. Though largely instrumental, TROUBLE MAN does contain the hit title song (#7 Pop, #2 R&B), which is justifiably considered one of Gaye's classic singles.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 9, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Marvin Gaye's body of work never ceases to amaze me. While it is true that "Trouble Man", the soundtrack, has been actually produced by the 5 or 6 arrangers listed in the jacket credits, Marvin lent his name to the final product, and if you listen to his output from the "What's Going On"- "Let's Get It On"-"I Want You"-"Here My Dear" era there are some awe inspiring, but lesser commercial ventures. "Marvin and Diana" and this are prime examples of what I'm saying. Listen to the butterscotch and blues multi-vocal tracking on "Cleo's Apartment" and listen to how it segues into the "Trouble Man" single--sublime! The bluesy Marvin Gaye vocals and the Trevor Lawrence (he sounds as if he were playing on a late night street corner, doesn't he?) saxophone work makes this an excellent CD. It was remastered using 20-bit technology in 1998 and it will hold it's own against any pure jazz album. Get it from, now.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By L. Boki on November 20, 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
3 Cheers, a toast of Dom and a 15 minute standing ovation as the final entry into the expanded editions of Marvin's golden era is finally here in time for Thanksgiving 2012. Like millions of others, "What's Goin' On" felt like the soundtrack of my formative years. Coming right during the spring I graduated from high school, okay yes I'm near ancient, I declared it as my "Best Album of All Time"!!!! It wasn't necessary for Marvin to follow it up right away because I listened on a daily basis, never tiring of it.

But then, after dropping the single "You're the Man", Marvin made a complete left turn and expressed his musicality and jazz instrumentation with the soundtrack to a 70s movie that I never had any intention to of seeing, "Trouble Man". What I liked about the album immediately was the challenge it brought to my musicality. It was another opportunity to expand my musical knowledge. I had followed Santana's transformation into jazz at around the same time with "Caravanserai" and "Love, Devotion and Surrender" with John McLaughlin. ("You're the Man" may have proven that it was impossible to top "What's Goin' On". It is not like there wasn't more to say about any of the number of topics that album presented. I anxiously wanted a follow- up or so I thought. But it was clear that he had made such a definitive statement that, for the time, all that could be said, Marvin had said).

Diana Ross had offered the Great American Songbook via Billie Holiday's vast repertoire. And that was jazz and blues with vocals. Marvin was stepping into a jazz soundtrack possibly closer to Quincy Jones' early A&M releases. It was different from the transcendental jazz that Santana was venturing into.
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40 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Campbell Roark on April 29, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I don't care for What's Goin On, or most of Marvin gaye's material for that mattter- heresy! I know, I know... Just never cared for him so much. But I love this strange, pained, noirish jewel of a soundtrack. Probably because it's mostly instrumental. Gaye's voice an lyrics always struck me as s bit overwrought, bordering on affectatious- make of that what you will... I go more for funk and jazz than R&B; the urban yodeling school of vocal delivery.
I've never seen Trouble Man, but I listen to this all the time! In terms of the mood- it veers from sounding like a 40's Bogart detective film to (how apropos) 70's blaxploitation (with the tinsel horns)to damn near something that could have been released a week ago... Some of the tracks (T plays is cool, for example, with those thick, bone-breaking drum beats and the slick synth mixing tight with the sax- sounds like a band boxing it out- I LOVE how you expect a cymbal at the end of the stuttered tom-tom beat fill but the drummer must have left them in the van, no cymbals! It's unexpected and sweet as hell!!!!) sound so modern- they sound like they could have been put down by a R&B genius yesterday.
The jazzy interludes are deft and restrained with lush strings and evoactive sax. The bluesier momenst work well too- My only minor beef with this is that it clocks in at a little under 40 minutes... wish there were more.
Cleo's Apt with the cooing 'wooo-wooh-wooos' is seductively gorgeous, a fave. This is one of those albums you can write to or read to or kick back to, wash dishes, go running, lift, clean your car- it's infectious and immediate and dark as pitch.
Recommended for all who love marvin, funky jazz, laid-back R&B, or bleak, anguish-laden groovy music!
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