Marvin Gaye – My Last Chance (1972)
“My Last Chance” was first in production during the 1970 Hitsville sessions during the singer’s period of protest against his record label for not wanting to release the “What’s Going On” single.
Marvin revisited the track in 1972 in which this version was recorded. Still pretty much a demo, Marvin later presented the record in a very different format for The Miracles, who had recruited Billy Griffin to replace Smokey Robinson as Robinson departed for a solo career. The song was released as the ballad “I Love You Secretly” on their album, Renaissance, fully written and produced by Marvin. The track could be interpreted as either a message of interracial love or same sex romance, but it was left up to be interpreted by the public when it came out in 1973.
A remixed version of the song was released as a promotional single in 1991 by Motown. This version was later issued on the compilation, 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Very Best of Marvin Gaye, Vol. 2 (The ‘70s)