I Want You

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
I Want You, while it was a Top Ten smash for Marvin Gaye in 1976, is not as generally well-known as its predecessors for a number of reasons. First, it marked a sharp change in direction, leaving his trademark Motown soul for lush, funky, light disco. Secondly, its subject matter is as close to explicit as pop records got in 1976. Third, Gaye hadn't recorded in nearly three years and critics were onto something else -- exactly what is now anybody's guess. From the amazing Ernie Barnes cover painting "Back to Sugar Shack" to the Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson string and horn arrangements to Leon Ware's exotic production that relied on keyboards as well as drums and basses as ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
I Want You, while it was a Top Ten smash for Marvin Gaye in 1976, is not as generally well-known as its predecessors for a number of reasons. First, it marked a sharp change in direction, leaving his trademark Motown soul for lush, funky, light disco. Secondly, its subject matter is as close to explicit as pop records got in 1976. Third, Gaye hadn't recorded in nearly three years and critics were onto something else -- exactly what is now anybody's guess. From the amazing Ernie Barnes cover painting "Back to Sugar Shack" to the Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson string and horn arrangements to Leon Ware's exotic production that relied on keyboards as well as drums and basses as rhythm instruments, I Want You was a giant leap for Gaye. The feel of the album was one of late-night parties in basements and small clubs, and the intimacy of the music evokes the image of people getting closer as every hour of a steamy night wears on. But the most astonishing things about I Want You are its intimacy it was dedicated to and recorded in front of Gaye's future second wife, Jan, silky elegance, and seamless textures. Gaye worked with producer Leon Ware, who wrote all of the original songs on the album and worked with Gaye to revise them, thus lending Gaye a co-writing credit. The title track is a monster two-step groover with hand percussion playing counterpoint to the strings and horns layered in against a spare electric guitar solo, all before Gaye begins to sing on top of the funky backbeat. It's a party anthem to be sure, and one that evokes the vulnerability that a man in love displays when the object of his affection is in plain sight. Art Stewart's engineering rounds off all the edges and makes Gaye's already sweet crooning instrument into the true grain in the voice of seductive need. "Feel All My Love Inside" and "I Want to Be Where You Are" are anthems to sensuality with strings creeping up under Gaye's voice as the guitars move through a series of chunky changes and drums punctuate his every syllable. In all, the original album is a suite to the bedroom, one in which a man tells his woman all of his sexual aspirations because of his love for her. The entire album has been referenced by everyone from Mary J. Blige to D'Angelo to Chico DeBarge and even Todd Rundgren, who performed the title track live regularly. By the time it is over, the listener should be a blissed-out container of amorous vibes. I Want You and its companion, Ware's Musical Massage, are the pre-eminent early disco concept albums. They are adult albums about intimacy, sensuality, and commitment, and decades later they still reverberate with class, sincerity, grace, intense focus, and astonishingly good taste. I Want You is as necessary as anything Gaye ever recorded.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/7/1998
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 731453088726
  • Catalog Number: 530887
  • Sales rank: 9,928

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Want You (4:34)
  2. 2 Come Live with Me Angel (6:30)
  3. 3 After the Dance (4:25)
  4. 4 Feel All My Love Inside (3:22)
  5. 5 I Wanna Be Where You Are (1:18)
  6. 6 I Want You (Intro Jam) (0:19)
  7. 7 All the Way Around (3:50)
  8. 8 Since I Had You (4:05)
  9. 9 Soon I'll Be Loving You Again (3:15)
  10. 10 I Want You (Intro Jam) (1:40)
  11. 11 After the Dance (4:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marvin Gaye Primary Artist, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals
Chuck Rainey Bass
Dennis Coffey Guitar
David T. Walker Guitar
Bobbye Hall Bongos, Conga
Eddie "Bongo" Brown Bongos, Conga
Ron Brown Bass
Gary Coleman Percussion
Henry Davis Bass
Wilton Felder Bass
James Gadson Drums
Jay Graydon Guitar
Ray Parker Jr. Guitar
Jerry Peters Piano, fender rhodes
Melvin "Wah Wah" Ragin Guitar
Sonny Burke Piano, fender rhodes
Henry E. Davis Bass
John Arnold Percussion
John Barnes Piano, fender rhodes
Technical Credits
Marvin Gaye Executive Producer
T-Boy Ross Composer, Producer
Hal David Producer
Hal Davis Producer
Berry Gordy Jr. Executive Producer
Fred Ross Engineer
Art Stewart Engineer
Leon Ware Composer, Producer, rhythm arrangement
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Frank Mulvey Art Direction
Ernie Barnes Paintings
Jacqueline Hilliard Composer
Marilyn Devedjiev Package Redesign
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    marvin gaye

    marvin gaye to me was very soulful and sexy. he'd make a crowd feel his music deep inside of the heart. i always felt very sexy and touched with all of his music. his music was so meaningful. he'd be on stage and you always felt like he gave a part of his heart to you. his back ground singers made marvin gaye sparkle. to me no other singer made me feel as sexy and alive. to loose such a soulful spirited singer was devastating and no one can replace that spirit. so i'm sure marvin is greatly missed. a lot of people probably share my enthusiasum about the late great MARVIN GAYE. it is essential for me to keep me some marvin gaye music. i simply just love the man and all that he accomplished during his life time. melva

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Most Prolific Love Album of All Times

    This is Marvin at his peak of sensualism...The songs are in chronicalogical love order which makes this an easy listening album. If you are looking for the ultimate mood music, this album is a sure bet....

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