Marvin Gaye at his very best! Two classics from Gaye’s esteemed catalogue, ‘I Wanna Be Where You Are’ and ‘I Want You’ with alternative mixes that have never been on 12 inch before. Plucked from the Deluxe Edition of the spellbinding ‘I Want You’ album that was mixed Kevin Reeves & remastered by Ellen Fitton, these two cuts have always called out for loud and proud pressing on either side of a 12.
Up first, ‘I Wanna Be Where You Are’ written by the magical pairing of Leon Ware and Arthur ‘T-Boy’ Ross with Ware also behind the production controls. An abbreviated cover of Michael Jackson’s hit, it sees Gaye take a brief respite from his usual steamy and sensual swooning to express his love for his family. Jackson would then return the favour, taking influence from Marvin’s 1977 hit ‘Got to Give it Up’ to make ‘Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough’.
Originally a 1:17 minute segue on the album, the Unedited version clocks in at over 6 minutes, turning it from a transitionary passage to a standalone gem. Extending those delectable grooves, building and breaking with a sun-kissed, funk channelling feeling that washes over like a warm wave. With the 7 inch release trading hands for over £75 on Discogs this ain’t one to miss.
On the flip, ‘I Want You’ written by the same duo as the A, with Leon Ware once again on the production and released as part of the same ’76 album. It was an LP that introduced a change in musical styles for Gaye, songs such as this giving him a disco audience thanks to Leon Ware. The Jam-Alternate version leaves Gaye’s vocals till the final section, letting that sweet soaring soundtrack sing to its absolute emotive peak. Sunrise or sunset, this one is not to be used lightly – tears of joy on the dancefloor guaranteed.
Gilles Peterson Worldwide FM Play
Colleen Cosmo Murphy Balearic Breakfast Play
GILLES PETERSON / WWFM
Oh my gosh!
DANNY KRIVIT/ BODY & SOUL
Very very nice!!
HOT TODDY / CRAZY P
Ace, the fully extended mix of I Wanna Be Where You Are is glorious
BILL BREWSTER / DJ HISTORY
classic, love these reissues of Motown catalogue.
KID FONQUE / DEFECTED
Magic, please send.
Uhh, need thiiiiiissss! <3
Now that’s an essential 12″ to get 🙂
Absolutely amazing! So good to see these coming out on vinyl at last.
CHARLIE DARK/ RUN DEM CREW
An absolute classic of a record, perfect for opening or ending a set and a great transition tune. Every record collection needs this piece of timeless magic.
LUKE SOLOMON/ DEFEFCTED
MELVO BAPTISTE / GLITTERBOX RADIO
PHIL MISON / CANTOMA
Loving this . ‘ I want you’ was a big josé favourite , always reminds me of him !
JACQUES RENAULT/ LETS PLAY HOUSE
I Want You – so good.
KENNETH BAGER/ MUSIC FOR DREAMS
My all time fave Marvin track – when I meet my wife I played this song constantly for 2 hours.
DOMENIC CAPPELLO / SUB CUB
wow wow these are incredible !
RICHARD DORFMEISTER/ KURDER DORFMEISTER
What a classic – wonderful music
QUINN LUKE LAMONT/ THE PHENOMENAL HANDCLAP BAND
Absolutely stunning! This is music at its absolute finest!!! LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. Inspiration to the max.
HECTOR ROMERO/ DEF MIX
This is special in every way. I’d love to have this as part of my collection please. Great release.
LEO MAS / AMNESIA IBIZA
I love listening to I Want You Jam-Alternate, spectacular
HORSE MEAT DISCO/ SEVERINO
OH yes please!!!
DJ DEEP / DEEPLY ROOTED
Sounds really nice
Really digging this tune
Such iconic and timeless music.
FRANK BOOKER / RNT
All time faves!!
YUKSEK / PARTYFINE
Love this whole album
J KRIV / RAZOR-N-TAPE
TOM FINDLAY / GROOVE ARMARDA
These are both gorgeous – summer can’t come soon enough
MAX ESSA/ BONOBO JAPAN
Wow, what can you say, two absolute beauties here! These versions are fantastic.
Oh good GOD ! Definitely loving that alternative version.
DAN COOK / POTATO HEAD BALI
Big fan of this album so i’m very happy to hear these are getting a pressing of their own! I wanna be where you are: awesome extended version, a spectacular example Leon Ware’s song writing
DAVIS JAVIS / FAITH
This is excellent- love yes please xx
GRAEME PARK / 6TH BOROUGH PROJECT
The unedited “I Wanna Be Where You Are” is an absolute and utter delight. It’s just incredible, glorious and utterly joyful. But hang on a moment… an Alternative Mix of “I Want You”? What the… ?! Oh. My. Days! Immense! Amazing! Unbelievable!
MARCIA CARR / EVERYTHING GOOD
Stupendous! I could listen to these on repeat continuously.
DOM SERVINI / WAH WAH 45
I mean, what can you say? Two absolute monsters of the genre. So good to have these full 12″ versions pressed nice and loud! Essential!
THE SILVER RIDER / SWSX
OMG….I want you is in my top 5 songs of ALL TIME! Such an epic reissue for me.
FRANK TOPE / MIX MAG
Both excellent, love the jam version of I Want You, a peerless epic version of an already amazing song. A worthy tribute to the late Leon Ware.
DANNY DUBBED / MOODYMANC
Oh. My. Goodness! From one of my favourite albums… Of course these versions are every bit as amazing as expected!
FREDDY GARCIA / SANCHO PANZA
What !!!! My all time favorite artist !!!!Oh yes, amazing version.
GINO GRASSO / BBE
Amazing release…….I want you is the track for all the time