Marvin Gaye

I Want You

Composed by Arthur Ross / Leon Ware

Song Review by

When walking through Motown's recording studio, label founder Berry Gordy heard a track that caught this attention. Staff songwriter/producer Leon Ware was listening back to a smooth ballad called "I Want You," intended for his own solo album. Gordy thought the song would be perfect for Marvin Gaye who hadn't released anything since 1973's Let's Get It On. Actually, Gaye had heard some of Ware's tracks as he worked on them at Gaye's ranch/recording studio. The veteran singer expressed interest in working with Ware. While the sexual tone of "Let's Get It On" was more explicit, "I Want You"'s romanticism was steeped in a kind of updated lovey-dovey-ness that hearkened backed to such '60s Gaye side as "Forever." Co-written by Ware and T-Boy Ross (Diana's brother), "I Want You" glided to number one R&B and number 15 pop in the spring of 1976. The I Want You album went to number one R&B and number four pop and listed "After the Dance," which was covered by Fourplay on their self-titled 1991 album.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Anthology [1974] 1974 Motown 3:55
I Want You 1976 Motown 4:34
No Image 1976 Motown
No Image 1980 Motown
Marvin Gaye's Greatest Hits 1981 Motown 3:58
Compact Command Performances: 15 Greatest Hits 1984 Motown 3:57
The Marvin Gaye Collection 1990 Motown
Great Songs & Performances That Inspired the Motown 25th Anniversary 1990 Motown 3:56
Greatest Hits Live [Video] 1991 Delta Distribution / Xtra
Hitsville USA, Vol. 2: The Motown Singles Collection 1972-1992 1993
Various Artists
Motown 3:56
Sounds of the Seventies: The Late '70s 1993
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:57
The Master 1961-1984 1995 Island / Island/Def Jam / Motown / Universal 4:34
Motown Year By Year: The Sound of Young America, 1976 1995
Various Artists
Motown 3:52
Anthology: The Best of Marvin Gaye 1995 Motown 3:56
Classics Collection 1995 Motown 4:34
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Marvin Gaye, Vol. 2 2000 Universal 4:37
The Love Songs [Universal] 2000 Universal Distribution 3:56
Live: The European Tour 2000 Omaha Productions
Universal Masters Collection 2000 Universal Distribution / Universal 3:56
I Heard It Through the Grapevine/What's Going On 2000 Universal Music 3:57
Body and Soul: Smooth Jams 2001
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:36
The Very Best of Marvin Gaye [Motown 2001] 2001 Hip-O 3:58
No Image 2001
Various Artists
No Image 2002 Vista 4:37
Pure Slow Jams 2002
Various Artists
UTV / Universal Distribution 3:55
Free Soul: The Classics of Marvin Gaye 2002 Motown 4:32
Forever Gold: Marvin Gaye 2002 St. Clair 4:37
No Image 2003 Laserlight 4:36
Live in Montreux 1980 2003 Essential Records / St. Clair 4:37
Greatest Hits Live [Delta] 2003 Laserlight 4:33
No Image 2003
Various Artists
Universal Music TV
Motown Greatest Hits 2003
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 3:55
Love and Romance from the Heart 2004
Various Artists
St. Clair 4:36
The Concert Anthology 2004 Cleopatra / Goldenlane 4:36
Ultimate Collection 2004 Universal International 4:32
Retro '70s 2004
Various Artists
Sonoma Entertainment 4:36
Gold: Greatest Hits [Universal Canada] 2004 Universal Distribution / Universal International 3:56
Greatest Hits/Rockin' After Midnight 2004 Laserlight 4:33
Timeless Classics: Live 2004 St. Clair 4:39
Body + Soul: The '70s 2004
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:33
Icons 2004 Motown 3:55
100 Love Songs 2005
Various Artists
Madacy
Gold 2005 Motown / Universal 3:58
Best of Motown, Vol. 3 2005
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:55
Marvin Gaye Live 2005 Direct Source 4:37
Soul for the Midnight Hour 2005
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:57
Chronicles 2005 Motown 1:41
Broken Flowers: Music from the Film 2005
Original Soundtrack
Decca 3:57
No Image 2005
Various Artists
Universal 3:56
Classic Soul Hits of the 1970s 2006
Various Artists
KRB Music 4:37
R&B Soul Lovers 2006
Various Artists
Direct Source 4:37
Golden Legends: Marvin Gaye Live 2006 Madacy 4:38
Hall of Fame 2006 Laserlight 4:35
The Real Thing: In Performance 1964-1981 [Motown DVD] 2006 Motown / Universal
Love Collection 2006 Universal International 3:56
Soul Legends 2006 Universal Distribution
Best of Marvin Gaye: Live [Direct Source] 2006 Direct Source 4:37
The Very Best of Marvin Gaye [Mastersong] 2006 Mastersong 4:37
Live in Belgium 1981 2006 Motown
The Best Romantic Music 2006
Various Artists
St. Clair 4:36
Live in Concert: The Platinum Artist Series [St. Clair] 2007 St. Clair 4:35
Colour Collection 2007 Universal Distribution 3:55
Number 1's 2007 Motown 3:54
Live! [Bayberry] 2007 Bayberry Records 4:36
The Essential Collection [The Exclusives] 2007 The Exclusives 4:39
Marvin Gaye [Madacy] 2007 Madacy 4:36
Very Best of Marvin Gaye/Montreux 1980 2007 Universal Distribution
R&B Soul: Live 2007 Direct Source 4:37
Marvin Gaye [St. Clair] 2007 St. Clair 4:37
50 2007
50
Universal 4:32
Greatest Ever! Smooth: The Definitive Collection 2007
Various Artists
Greatest Ever / Union Square Music
Sexual Healing, Disc 1 2007
Various Artists
St. Clair 4:37
Marvin Gaye for Lovers 2008 Q Records 5:03
Playlist Plus 2008 Motown 3:56
Lifestyle2: Soul Grooves, Vol. 2 2008
Various Artists
Universal International 4:33
Favorites 2008 Island/Def Jam / Universal Music 3:55
The Ultimate Live Collection 2008 Goldenlane 4:36
Motown: The Complete No. 1's 2008
Various Artists
Motown / Island/Def Jam / Universal Music 3:55
The Masters Collection 2008 Spectrum Music 3:56
The Complete Collection 2008 Motown 3:55
No Image 2009
Various Artists
Motown / Universal 3:54
I Want You/Here My Dear 2009 Motown
Motortown Review 2009
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:57
Sweet Soul of the '70s: Just to Be Close to You 2009
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:58
Love Marvin: The Greatest Love Songs Of Marvin Gaye 2010 Island / Motown / Universal Music TV 4:34
Icon 2 2010 Motown 3:57
Marvin Gaye 2010 Sonoma Entertainment 4:36
Sweet Soul of the '70s [Time Life] 2011
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:58
5 Classic Albums 2012 Motown / Universal Motown 4:36
20 No. 1's: R&B Love Songs
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:35
202 Motown Songs: The Complete #1's
Various Artists
Island/Def Jam / Universal Music 3:55
Classic Love Songs [2017]
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 4:33
Classic Soul Anthems
Various Artists
Rhino / Wea UK 3:54
I Heard It Through the Grapevine Fontana / Hip-O / Spectrum Music 3:58
Let's Get It On: His Greatest Hits in Concert Not Now Music
Motown Collection, Vol. 5
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:57
Out of Range: Funky Sounds from Beyond the Bandwidth
Various Artists
Phantom Import Distribution
Soul Legends [Sonoma]
Various Artists
Sonoma Entertainment 4:38
blue highlight denotes editor's pick