I Want You

Motown Records
Release date
7 Apr 1998
Running length
11 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 I Want You 3:37 123,104
2 Come Live With Me Angel 6:29 18,724
3 After The Dance ((Instrumental) Album Version) 4:24 207
4 Feel All My Love Inside 3:24 13,698
5 I Wanna Be Where You Are 1:18 15,568
6 I Want You (Intro Jam Edit) 0:19 29
7 All The Way Around 3:50 5,917
8 Since I Had You 4:05 12,969
9 Soon I'll Be Loving You Again 3:14 14,828
10 I Want You (Intro Jam) 1:41 6,495
11 After The Dance 3:31 28,350

About this album

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.

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  • pogopatterson

    Just heard recently that it was Stevie Wonder who encouraged Marvin to write his own stuff. If Stevie's output wasn't enough we have him partly to thank for Marvin's work- staggering.

    25 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Akayz7

    the entire album has a great unique vibe

    22 Jun 2014 Reply
  • kibble

    I agree w/ "criminally underrated" guy. Its eroticism seeps like prime maple syrup. I loved it from day one.

    19 Sep 2013 Reply
  • DickBigems

    This is such an self-indulgent release I think, even though most of the tunes are originally from Leon Ware, the subject matter is so Marvin Gaye. I admire the cohesiveness of this record, it's very smooth, but almost too smooth. I think Gaye really perfected his vocal layering technique on this album and took it too a further extent than his previous releases. Now, I say it's almost too smooth a suite of songs because, while it does compliment Gaye's vocal layering ability and pushes forth his erotic nature, it doesn't quite allow for as much power, angst, or strain to be exhibited in his singing as the songs on Let's Get It On do.

    30 Jun 2013 Reply
  • showMeYourList2

    Much credit also to Leon Ware for these great tunes. I could not imagine any other to perform the songs though, than Marvin. This voice...,.Definitely get the DELUXE Editions of this album, the re-mixes and alternate versions are such great variations, finally like them better than the original ones.

    6 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Impakted

    I completely understand the album cover of Lil B's I'm Gay (I'm Happy) now

    30 Nov 2011 Reply
  • kibble

    actually, i think, this was a breakthru album and a nice deviation from his usual (read "predictable"?) work. postdating tough love times, you absorb the work organically and immediately. aartim, below, called it "sophisticated" and she's right.too bad the actual versions we hear here are not duplicative of the original recording.

    12 Nov 2011 Reply
  • mk741

    A great continuation of the style he mastered on Let's Get It On. Come Live With Me Angel might be my favorite Marvin Gaye song.

    20 Sep 2011 Reply
  • aartim

    There's an art to being sexy, yet sophisticated. Marvin mastered that art and then some. People get desperate and try way too hard; he's so effortless and sensual. Start taking notes ;)

    23 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Ldog50

    "Marvin Gaye was the man!

    4 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Morenox

    @ Tharman the young generation don't know much about marvin and our older who grew up on marvin rarely come online

    10 Feb 2010 Reply
  • PappaWheelie

    Soundtrack of a lifetime.

    3 Jan 2010 Reply
  • sunsamba

    amazing album, can't believe i haven't picked up on it before

    8 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Crustclock

    My favourite, even though Marvin had little songwriting involvement.

    16 Nov 2009 Reply
  • headswillroll88

    " I want you to want me too, want you to want me baby just like I want you..." Classic.

    2 Nov 2009 Reply
  • thesoulution28

    Dangerous album, my favorite from Marvin :)

    9 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Vhien

    This is perhaps my favorite Marvin Gaye album.

    30 May 2009 Reply

    Agreed....fiyah album. Hear My Dear is a major sleeper too....that joint has nothing but creativity on it! He was in another zone on it.

    3 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Tharman

    Sad this album doesn't get the last.fm recognition it deserves. Love this album....and definitely a knickers off record.

    27 Oct 2008 Reply
  • turnstone

    a knickers off record if ever i've heard one

    25 Aug 2008 Reply
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