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“I Want You” is the lead single off of the 1976 album of the same name that would go on to become one of Marvin Gaye’s most successful records.

Having struggled to come up with material since releasing Let’s Get it On, Marvin teamed up with fellow Motown musician Leon Ware to help him write and produce the record. Ware initially composed much of the music in the same vein as his own similarly erotic-themed album, Musical Massage, with low-key production and steamy after-the-party beats and vocals.

I Want You, however, evolved into a sensual autobiographical narrative centered around Marvin’s real life love affair with Janis Hunter. Marvin and Janis met in 1973 which influenced his music from Let’s Get it On until the end of his career. I Want You’s lyrical content is heavily based on his attraction to a woman whom he initially asks for reciprocated love from, then to live, feel his love and dance with him. The sentiment is delivered so passionately that Marvin calls Janis’s name throughout the album in different songs.

As author Michael Eric Dyson wrote in his book, Mercy, Mercy Me: The Art, Loves, and Demons of Marvin Gaye:

“I Want You is unmistakably a work of romantic and erotic tribute to the woman he deeply loved and would marry shortly, Janis Hunter. Gaye’s obsession with the woman in her late teens is nearly palpable in the sensual textures that are the album’s aural and lyrical signature. Their relationship was relentlessly passionate and emotionally rough-hewn; they played up each other’s strengths, and played off each other’s weaknesses.”

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Marvin Gaye – I Want You Übersetzung

I want you, (& I want you) The right way (& the right way) I want you (Yes I do) But I want you to want me too (Want me too) Want you to want me, baby (& I wanna it 2 be the right way) Just like I want you I give you all the love I want in return sweet darlin‘ But half a love is all I feel It’s too bad, it’s just too sad You don’t want me now But I’m gonna change your mind Someway, somehow, oh baby I want you, the right way I want you, dear But I wan’t you to want me, too Want you to want me, baby Just like I want you This one way love is just a fantasy, oh sugar To share is precious, pure and fair Don’t play with something you should cherish for life, oh baby Don’t you wanna care Ain’t it lonely out there I want you, I want you, baby I want you But I wan’t you to want me, too I want to get down, baby with you! Yeah! Darling! Ohhh, Oooo! Get down, baby! Have mercy! Listen precious, I wanted you For a long, long time I wanted you For so long Oh baby, somehow I want you the right way, baby But want you to want me, too Gotta, gotta, gotta Love me sugar The way, that I want you

Ich will dich, ich will dich Der richtige Weg (und der richtige Weg) Ich will dich (ja ich) Aber ich möchte, dass du mich auch willst (willst mich auch) Willst du, dass du mich willst, Baby (& ich will es 2 der richtige Weg) So wie ich dich will Ich gebe dir die ganze Liebe, die ich will, Aber eine halbe Liebe ist alles, was ich fühle Es ist zu schlimm, es ist einfach zu traurig Du willst mich jetzt nicht Aber ich werde deine Meinung ändern Irgendwie, irgendwie, oh Baby Ich will dich, der richtige Weg Ich will dich Liebling Aber ich will dich auch nicht Willst du, dass du mich willst, Baby So wie ich dich will Dieser Einweg Liebe ist nur eine Fantasie, oh Zucker Zu teilen ist kostbar, rein und fair Spielen Sie nicht mit etwas, das Sie für das Leben schätzen sollten, oh Baby Willst du nicht kümmern Ist es nicht einsam da draußen Ich will dich, ich will dich, Baby Ich will dich Aber ich will dich auch nicht Ich will runter, Baby mit dir! Ja! Liebling! Ohhh, oooo! Runter, Baby! Erbarme dich! Hören Sie kostbar, ich wollte Sie Für eine lange, lange Zeit ich wollte dich Für so lange Oh Baby, irgendwie Ich will dich den richtigen Weg, Baby Aber willst du auch mich Muss es sein Lieben Sie mir Zucker Der Weg, dass ich dich will

Marvin Gaye - I Want You Übersetzung

Why Marvin Gaye’s Death Is More Tragic Than You Know

Beloved Motown recording artistMarvin Gaye is known for many things throughout his nearly three-decade career in the music business. Born Marvin Pentz Gay Jr., the legendary musician added an E to the end of his name and topped charts with hits such as „Got to Give It Up,“ „I Want You,“ and „Sexual Healing.“  described Gaye as someone who „blended the soul music of the urban scene with the beat of the old-time gospel singer and became an influential force in pop music.“

Casual fans may not know the tragedy behind the soul singer’s iconic music. Gaye struggled with drug addiction, relationship troubles, and financial problems. Gaye’s family life had never been easy; his father, Marvin Gay Sr., was a preacher in the Hebrew Pentecostal Church in Washington D.C. and was a strict parent of his four children. The acclaimed R&B star’s life took a turn for the worst when he was shot and killed by his own father just a day before the son’s 45th birthday.

One year prior to the fatal incident, Gaye moved back into his parents‘ California home during a low point in his battle with depression, debt, and drug abuse. April 1, 1984, the morning of his death, began with his parents fighting. When Marvin Jr. intervened, the argument, now between father and son, escalated into a brawl that went out of control.

Beloved Motown recording artistMarvin Gaye is known for many things throughout his nearly three-decade career in the music business. Born Marvin Pentz Gay Jr., the legendary musician added an E to the end of his name and topped charts with hits such as „Got to Give It Up,“ „I Want You,“ and „Sexual Healing.“  described Gaye as someone who „blended the soul music of the urban scene with the beat of the old-time gospel singer and became an influential force in pop music.“

Casual fans may not know the tragedy behind the soul singer’s iconic music. Gaye struggled with drug addiction, relationship troubles, and financial problems. Gaye’s family life had never been easy; his father, Marvin Gay Sr., was a preacher in the Hebrew Pentecostal Church in Washington D.C. and was a strict parent of his four children. The acclaimed R&B star’s life took a turn for the worst when he was shot and killed by his own father just a day before the son’s 45th birthday.

One year prior to the fatal incident, Gaye moved back into his parents‘ California home during a low point in his battle with depression, debt, and drug abuse. April 1, 1984, the morning of his death, began with his parents fighting. When Marvin Jr. intervened, the argument, now between father and son, escalated into a brawl that went out of control.

Why Marvin Gaye's Death Is More Tragic Than You Know

Marvin Gaye I Want You

„Soon, soon, soon I’ll be loving you, oh Janis“, singt Marvin Gaye, natürlich über die Liebe, und dann singt er über Sex, „Feel All My Love Inside“, aber er singt auch über die Konsequenzen: „Come Live With Me, Angel“. Gaye, 37, war in seine Janis Hunter verliebt, alle sollten es wissen, und er wollte raus aus seiner Ehe mit Anne Gordy, die Scheidung war bereits eingeleitet.

Als „I Want You“ vor 40 Jahren erschien, waren die meisten Kritiker enttäuscht. Sie liebten „den politischen Gaye“ von „What’s Going On“ (1971), sie wollten auch den „Gaye fürs Schlafzimmer“ aus „Let’s Get It On“ (1972). Denn der Schlafzimmer-Philosoph sang ja für sie (glaubten sie damals noch). Gayes Song-Material, so das Kalkül, ließ sich für den Eigengebrauch verwenden, der Mann arbeitete quasi für uns.

 Marvin Gaye I Want You

Family turmoil led to his tragic death

Per , the mother, Alberta, tried desperately to de-escalate the situation, but her efforts were fruitless. While Alberta attempted to calm her son down in his bedroom, Marvin Sr. pulled a revolver — a gift from Marvin Jr. — and shot his son three times in the chest. The Los Angeles County Coroner labeled the cause of death as „gunshot wound to the chest perforating the heart, lung and liver,“ according to the History website.

The artist’s last minutes were fleeting: the first shots were fired at 12:38 p.m., according to David Ritz’s Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin Gaye. The singer was pronounced dead at 1:01 p.m. when his body arrived at California Hospital Medical Center. Although Gay Sr. was initially charged with first degree murder after his son’s death, the charges were reduced to voluntary manslaughter following his brain tumor diagnosis. He was given a suspended six-year prison sentence and probation. He died in a nursing home in 1998.

Gaye’s brother, Frankie, who lived the next house over from the family, held the iconic musician in his arms during Marvin Jr.’s final minutes. Frankie later wrote (per Today I Found Out) that Gaye’s final words were, „I got what I wanted …. I couldn’t do it myself, so I made him do it.“

Per , the mother, Alberta, tried desperately to de-escalate the situation, but her efforts were fruitless. While Alberta attempted to calm her son down in his bedroom, Marvin Sr. pulled a revolver — a gift from Marvin Jr. — and shot his son three times in the chest. The Los Angeles County Coroner labeled the cause of death as „gunshot wound to the chest perforating the heart, lung and liver,“ according to the History website.

The artist’s last minutes were fleeting: the first shots were fired at 12:38 p.m., according to David Ritz’s Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin Gaye. The singer was pronounced dead at 1:01 p.m. when his body arrived at California Hospital Medical Center. Although Gay Sr. was initially charged with first degree murder after his son’s death, the charges were reduced to voluntary manslaughter following his brain tumor diagnosis. He was given a suspended six-year prison sentence and probation. He died in a nursing home in 1998.

Gaye’s brother, Frankie, who lived the next house over from the family, held the iconic musician in his arms during Marvin Jr.’s final minutes. Frankie later wrote (per Today I Found Out) that Gaye’s final words were, „I got what I wanted …. I couldn’t do it myself, so I made him do it.“

Family turmoil led to his tragic death

Disco wartete bereits

„I Want You“ war den Leuten aber zu intim, Hörer fühlten sich unfreiwillig wie Voyeure, war ihnen zu hoch gesungen, inhaltlich angeblich sogar zu flach. Marvin Gaye konzentrierte sich ganz auf seine Geliebte, ihr Name fiel immer wieder, und die Fans wollten nicht Teil dieses Kosmos sein. Das war wohl die Kehrseite des Quiet Storm, jener irreleitend bezeichneten Musikrichtung der Siebziger, die große Gefühle in gedimmtem Soul präsentieren zu glaubte. Gaye ging eben so weit an die Grenzen des „Quiet“, wie nur möglich. Nun warf man ihm auch noch vor, zu alt zu sein, zu altmodisch. Das Tempo in der Musikwelt sei ja, ein halbes Jahr vor dem Durchbruch von Disco, längst erhöht. Sexualität funktionierte jetzt vor allem über Antanzen im Club.

40 Jahre später sind Fragen danach, welcher Stil in den Siebzigern den anderen abgelöst hatte, für die Bewertung der jeweiligen Platte eher uninteressant. Es zählt das Material. Mit „I Want You“ sollte Marvin Gaye noch ein letztes Mal zu Großform auflaufen. Die Arrangements, die er und sein Produzent und Songschreiber Leon Ware sich zurechtlegten, waren komplexer denn je. Der Titeltrack, und zum Glück war er langsam, eröffnete mit einer nie zuvor gehörten Fusion aus Congas, Bongos und Streichern. Mit „I Wanna Be Where You Are“ kassierte er die 1972er Vor-Version von Michael Jackson umgehend ein. Den Gipfel aber erklomm der Sänger mit „After The Dance“, er liebte inzwischen die elektronischen Tasteninstrumente, und das Synthesizer-Solo, von Gaye selbst gespielt, klingt so, als würde ein Spacebird im Dschungel landen; es jubiliert, klingelt und jauchzt aus jeder Ecke des Songs, wo einzelne Melodien hinter Palmenblättern hervorlugen. Die Instrumental-Version mit dem herausgestellten Synthi ist sogar noch schöner.

Ähnliches gilt für „You Are The Way You Are“, in dem Gaye komplett auf Worte verzichtet, sondern einfach die Melodie seines Instruments mitsingt. Das war Romantic Funk, der eine perfekte Verbindung herstellte aus Motown und eben jener Disco-Musik, die im zweiten Abschnitt der Siebziger groß werden würde. Wer aus diesen Oden an Janis Hunter nichts für sich selbst herausziehen, die Lieder mit eigener Bedeutung füllen kann, ist selbst schuld.

Alimente zahlen!

Fast wäre uns „I Want You“ vorenthalten geblieben, zumindest das Album von Marvin Gaye. Leon Ware hatte die Songs eigentlich für T-Boy Ross komponiert. Der Intervention von Motown-Boss Berry Gordy ist es zu verdanken, dass die Songs an Gaye weitergereicht wurden. Der hing seit zwei Jahren in der Luft. Hier fand er eine neue Aufgabe. Einen interessanten Vergleich bietet Wares kurze Zeit später veröffentlichte Platte „Musical Massage“, welche auch Versionen der „I Want You“-Lieder enthält, die aber von Gayes Aufnahmen kaum abweichen. Warum hätte er auch die Produktion großartig variieren sollen? Die Songs klangen vollendet.

Auch Marvin Gaye machte weiter. Und mit den Erlösen aus „Here My Dear“, zwei Jahre später, hatte er dann seine Alimente auszuzahlen, Ex-Frau Anna wartete.

Marvin Gaye: Seltenes Instrumentalalbum erstmals digital verfügbar

Das Album trägt den Titel „Funky Nation: The Detroit Instrumentals“ und wurde 1971 aufgenommen, nachdem sich der Musiker weigerte, auf „What’s Going On“-Tour zu gehen.

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AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek

I Want You, while it a Top Ten smash for Marvin Gaye in 1976, is not as generally as well-known as its predecessors for several reasons. First, it marked a sharp change in direction, leaving his trademark Motown soul for lush, funky, breezy 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, in retrospect is 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. 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 StewartGaye’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. BligeD’AngeloChico DeBargeTodd Rundgren, who performed the title track live regularly. By the time it is over, the listener should be a blissed-out, brimming container for amorous hunger. 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.