Marvin Gaye ‎– Trouble Man

Tamla ‎– T 322L, Tamla ‎– T-322L
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A1 Main Theme From Trouble Man Part 2
Arranged By – Dale Oehler
A2 "T" Plays It Cool
Arranged By – Jerry Long
A3 Poor Abbey Walsh
Arranged By – Bob Ragland, Jack Hayes, Leo Shuken
A4 Break In (Police Shoot Big)
A5 Cleo's Apartment
Arranged By – Bob Ragland
A6 Trouble Man
Arranged By – Dale Oehler
A7 Theme From Trouble Man
Arranged By – Bob RaglandArranged By [Horns] – James Carmichael*
B1 "T" Stands For Trouble
Arranged By – J.J. Johnson
B2 Main Theme From Trouble Man Part 1
Arranged By [Horns, Rhythm] – Dale OehlerArranged By [Strings] – Gene Page
B3 Life Is A Gamble
Arranged By – Jack Hayes, Leo Shuken
B4 Deep-In-It
Arranged By – Jack Hayes, Leo Shuken
B5 Don't Mess With Mister "T"
Arranged By – Jack Hayes, Leo Shuken
B6 There Goes Mister "T"
Arranged By – Jack Hayes, Leo Shuken

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Original soundtrack for the 1972 film "Trouble Man", directed by Ivan Dixon and starring Robert Hooks. Except for the track "Trouble Man" (A6), the album is mostly instrumental.
All selections published by Jobete Music Co., Inc. & Twentieth Century Music Corp., admin. by EMI April Music, Inc., (ASCAP), copyright 1972.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A): HS 2013-1 B5RS 8386 T-322L 1233213 H
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B): HS 2014-2 B5RS 8387 T-322L 1233213 H
  • Other: This pressing has a unique half gatefold sleeve

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
T 322L Marvin Gaye Trouble Man(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180) Tamla T 322L US Unknown Sell This Version
530 884-2 Marvin Gaye Trouble Man(CD, Album, RE) Motown 530 884-2 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
T322L, T 322L Marvin Gaye Trouble Man(LP, Album) Tamla, Tamla T322L, T 322L US 1972 Sell This Version
T 322L Marvin Gaye Trouble Man(LP, Album, RE) Tamla T 322L US Unknown Sell This Version
STML 11225 Marvin Gaye Trouble Man(LP, Album) Tamla Motown STML 11225 UK 1972 Sell This Version


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November 16, 2015
my favourite album. but it has to be raining to play it.


April 10, 2015
This is my fav blaxploitation soundtrack of all time .... and I believe it's the only Marvin Gaye album where every single track was written by him, with no shared credits. I've seen the film, it's poor and not a patch on the album. That said, we should be thankful for the film because without it, this marvellous album would not exist.


January 11, 2015
edited about 1 year ago
Hey, if Ike could do "Shaft", and Curtis could do "Superfly", why couldn't Marvin do "Trouble Man?" It's a classic(I haven't seen the movie though). The music is stunning, with Marvin expanding his landscape of produtions, and showing the public how serious of a musician he really is. Now do you all understand why I love '70's music so much. To me, it was the only era where an artist like Marvin could get away with doing something like this. Let Usher, Ne-Yo, or even John legend try to do something like this. I think they could, but the public would nail them to the wall for it! Sad!


June 6, 2014
If you like fat drums this is the album to get. The drum fills on "T" Plays It Cool absolutely kill it! A brilliant moody soundtrack from the master, only a couple of vocal tracks, mainly this is dark moody jazz. It practically invents trip hop and acts such as Massive Attack and labels like Mo' Wax owe this a huge debt. Marvin was a session drummer at Motown before becoming a star and even plays on "Dancing in the Street", so his albums always had exquisitely recorded drums. If it was just drums however it would be a sampling curio and nothing more but the whole album shimmers with strings, brass and the usual magnificent ensemble playing of the Funk Brothers.

In my mind this is a greater album than Shaft and a very close behind Super Fly as the number 1 Blaxploitation soundtrack.

frank @ london school of sound