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Trouble Man Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Soundtrack

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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


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 7, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Soundtrack
  • Label: Motown Records
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000060NH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,040 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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18 of 19 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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18 of 20 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 Amazon.com, now.
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13 of 14 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By McG on September 10, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I'm with the previous reviewer, did the amazon reviewer actually listen to this?

This a fantastic record. It stands strongly with the other two mentioned.

I tracked it down for myself on cassette in the early 90's, the finally got it on vinyl - now CD. I gets better and better, upon repeated listenings, it is satisfying on so many levels - there is a real unfolding emotional intensity in this album.

Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye were on totally different orbits, just listen to any of their other works for comparison. In my opinion Mayfield, whilst catchy, went the route of James Brown for soundtracks i.e. did their usual stuff, but for soundtrack.

Soundtracks are all about incidental music too, you know! Gaye created atmosphere.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By W. Noshie on March 4, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Marvin Gaye is one of the most gifted and visionary talents of the popular black music ever launched by Motown. Through out his disturbed music career, Marvin released plenty of great albums:
'what's going on', 'Let's get it on' and more releases, yet 'Trouble man' stands apart.

Marvin released this soundtrack in the early 70, and came out with one that ranked right alongside with Isaac Hayes in 'Shaft'.
More, this album is soul consistant from beginning to end.
Any new artist playing soul music today, Marvin Gaye's 'Trouble man' is the roots to all.

If you are into soul music and don't own 'trouble man', your music collection is missing biiiig time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 17, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This has a much smoother, more mellow sound than most blaxploitation soundtracks. Hey it's Marvin Gaye what would you expect? Limited amount of vocals probably hurt this cd in some fans eyes but I loved it!! In it's own way, Trouble Man is the equal of the more noted soundtracks of the period. Again if you like super smooth intrumentals this is the cd for you! Beautiful music. If I was to list the essential blaxploitation soundtracks I would go with SHAFT, SUPERFLY, TROUBLE MAN, and THE MACK! The Trouble Man theme is as good as any of the other themes. Check this out!
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