I Want You [Expanded Edition]

I Want You [Expanded Edition]

by Marvin Gaye
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I Want You [Expanded Edition]

This is the third title in Marvin Gaye's catalog to appear in Universal's Deluxe Edition series, following What's Going On and Let's Get It On. I Want You, while it was a Top Ten smash for 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. The first 11 tracks on disc one comprise the album as it was issued. Tracks 11 through 14 are mixes of the title track and instrumental versions of it and "Strange Love (Feel All My Love Inside)." Disc two features unedited mixes of "Come Live with Me Angel" and "I Wanna Be Where You Are," alternate mixes of "After the Dance" and "Since I Had You," among others, and an a cappella vocal mix of "I Want You," as well as ten other versions, outtakes, backing tracks, and rough mixes. Given the high quality of engineer Fred Ross' basic tracks, it's a captivating listen -- perhaps obsessively so -- for those interested in process or even just alternate takes. As if the music weren't enough, the package, in a stunning foldout presentation, includes a booklet with rare photos, commentaries by Ware, Jan Gaye, and Art Stewart, among others, with captivating and complete session notes by Richard Torres -- including essays on Barnes' cover painting and Perkinson's string and horn arrangements. I Want You and its companion, Ware's Musical Massage, are the preeminent 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, and is as compelling in the 21st century as when it was first issued.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/29/2003
Label: Motown
UPC: 0044003865624
catalogNumber: 000046702
Rank: 95386

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marvin Gaye   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals,ARP
Bobby Bryant   Horn
Chuck Rainey   Bass
Dennis Coffey   Guitar
David T. Walker   Horn
Bobbye Hall   Bongos,Conga
Jack Arnold   Percussion,Vibes
Oscar Brashear   Horn
Eddie "Bongo" Brown   Bongos,Conga
Ron Brown   Bass
Charles Veal   Horn
Gary Coleman   Percussion,Vibes,ARP
Henry Davis   Bass
Wilton Felder   Bass
James Gadson   Drums
Jay Graydon   Guitar
William Green   Horn
Jim Horn   Horn
Ray Parker   Guitar
Jerry Peters   Piano,fender rhodes
Melvin "Wah Wah" Ragin   Guitar
Ernie Watts   Flute,Horn
Leon Ware   Vocals,Background Vocals
Sonny Burke   Piano,fender rhodes
George Bohanon   Horn
Lem Barney   Background Vocals
Paul Rubinson   Horn
John Barnes   Piano,fender rhodes

Technical Credits

Marvin Gaye   Composer,Executive Producer
T-Boy Ross   Composer,Producer
Berry Gordy   Executive Producer
Art Stewart   Engineer
Harry Weinger   Producer
Leon Ware   Composer,Producer,rhythm arrangement,Original Album Producer
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Vartan   Art Direction
Frank Mulvey   Art Direction
Arthur Ross   Composer
Ernie Barnes   Cover Art
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Jacqueline Hilliard   Composer
Ed Ross   Engineer

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I Want You 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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....
threechildrenfor More than 1 year ago
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