Vinyl fans savour new Marvin Gaye release

It’s not every day we feature Marvin Gaye around here, but then the Gaye himself is always a producer whose appeals transcends genre, and whose influences can still be felt across modern soul, house, disco and beyond. Besides that, keen vinyl collectors are always quick to snap up anything with Gaye’s name on it - and this one strikes us as one to savour. Indeed, the man in question is at his absolute peak here, with two tracks from his highly esteemed collection - 'I Wanna Be Where You Are' and 'I Want You' spanning the course of this exclusive vinyl release. Remixed by Kevin Reeves and remastered by Ellen Fitton, they’re now available on 12’’ vinyl, something fans have long been pining for.

The first track, 'I Wanna Be Where You Are', is a beautiful cover of Michael Jackson's hit, written by Leon Ware and Arthur 'T-Boy' Ross, and produced by Ware himself. Originally just a brief segue on the album, the Unedited version extends the grooves to over 6 minutes, turning it into a stand-alone gem. With a sun-kissed, funky feel that builds and breaks like a warm wave, this track is not to be missed, especially since the 7 inch release has been trading hands for over £75 on Discogs.

On the flip side is 'I Want You', also written by Leon Ware and Arthur 'T-Boy' Ross, and produced by Ware. This track was part of the same '76 album and marked a change in musical style for Gaye. The Jam-Alternate version of this song is a soaring soundtrack that reaches its absolute emotive peak without Gaye's vocals till the final section. It is a track that is not to be used lightly, as it is sure to bring tears of joy to the dancefloor whether it's played at sunrise or sunset. Sadly missed but an artist who’s sure to inspire for decades yet, Gaye’s legacy is one that’s practically without peer. And if you need a reminder of the fact, then be sure to cop this release. 

Buy/listen to the release on Juno here