I created a Recently Viewed block for use on a homepage and I couldn’t for the life of me get the product attributes to feed through.

$man = Mage::getModel('catalog/product')->load($_product->getId())->getManufacturer();
$roundel = Mage::getModel('catalog/product')->load($_product->getId())->getRoundel();
$roundel_txt =  Mage::getModel('catalog/product')->load($_product->getId())->getAttributeText('roundel');

And I could use these attributes within the item!

if ($roundel):
  echo '<div class="product-roundel roundel-' . $roundel . '">'. $roundel_txt .'</div>';
endif;