Marvin Gaye, "I Want You" (1976) [Nostalgic.Nightfalls]
It's only appropriate to discuss this slightly-forgotten, 1970's under-appreciated gem from the precursor of all soul-crooners after Maxwell week. Although Let's Get It On was the first Marvin album to bless the world with the artist's endless seduction prowess, I Want You adopted a looser, more-groove-based formula and was the first include both instrumental & vocal tracks of the same songs on one album. The album also incorporated a motif, the theme that is "I Want You", that reprises throughout the album. Not hard to believe that a lyrically-explicit, at times cringingly personal, stalker-like and (though cohesive,) free-flowing record was going to be met with mixed reviews at the time, but I Want You broke barriers under people's radar and laid the groundwork for many concept soul albums to follow, including Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite.
🔑 Tracks: "I Want You"; "After the Dance"; "Soon I'll Be Loving You Again"