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Leon Ware's classic Motown offering from 1976 came about as the result of another classic recording done by Marvin Gaye. Ware had written the single "I Want You" for a demo recording to score T-Boy Ross a recording contract with Motown. Berry Gordy heard it and told Ware he had to have the song for Marvin Gaye's next single. He took it to Gaye, who also loved it. Later, as Ware finished the tracks and orchestrations for his own album, he was playing it back for friends at Gaye's home when Marvin came out of a bedroom to inquire about what it was. He asked for — and received — all the tracks from Ware for the legendary I Want You album. This left Ware no choice but to compose an entirely new set of songs for his own record; the result is Musical Massage. (It should be noted that, according to Ware, Gordy, Gaye, and others felt he should also give this album away as a follow-up to I Want You, but Ware refused.) Musical Massage is the perfect mix of soul, light funk, jazz, and what was about to become the rhythmic foundation for disco. Picture the Motown song orchestrations with arrangements by Barry White for the Salsoul Orchestra and you get a bit of the picture. The disc opens with two smooth soul wonders in "Learning How to Love You" and "Instant Love." Strings dominate the melodic arrangement and Ware croons directly to them as Ray Parker, Jr. fills the lines with a silky but chunky guitar. Ware's mellifluous tenor is deep in the swell of strings and guitars as the rest of the band provides a shimmering backbeat for his soul crooning. On a re-recording of the track "Body Heat" — which Ware had recorded as a duet with Minnie Riperton for Quincy Jones' album of the same name a year earlier — Parker and bassist Chuck Rainey set a groove for Bongo Brown, Gary Coleman, and Bobbye Hall's percussion orgy. Ware's vocals, augmented by a three-piece female choir, cover the tune with dripping, seductive, sexual energy. Bobby Womack guests on the title track and "Holiday," while Gaye also lends a hand on the latter. Both tracks are spurious soul-funk workouts with fat, smooth grooves underlying Ware's gorgeous voice that melts the heart strings like butter, sounding like the whispering of satin sheets. Produced by Ware with Hal Davis and engineer Cal Harris, the disc has the same sweet, swaying feel as Gaye's I Want You but is a bit tougher, a little funkier in the breaks. The string arrangements by Dave Blumbery and Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson are among the best the Motown studios issued to date. Ultimately, Musical Massage is a little-known classic from the supposedly twilight years of Motown. This record reveals Ware as a talented but undercelebrated visionary; he envisioned the evolution of soul and went about to bring it to fruition. Musical Massage is a watermark not only for Ware, but for Motown as well.

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Musical Message

Bene Bene...Per chi il gusto musicale c'e' l'ha spiccatamente raffinato e un ccerto romanticismo... per tutti quelli pronti ad addormentarsi dolcemete, sognare ad occhi aperti, gustarsi un d'orato tramonto, vegliare sotto la luce delle stelle....Leon Ware presenta Musical Massage, una raccolta di brani originali ed altri dell'indimenticabile Marvin Gaye riprodotti in maniera elegante con arrangiamenti curati alla perfezione...Allora che aspettate??? Vivetevi questo "Journey" sull'onda del piu' raffinato Soul R&B...Alexia.

I Want you and I want you to want me too

una storia nel 1973 Marvin Gaye dopo suo classici 'What's going on' & 'Lets get it on' avuto un block un nuovo artisto un certo Leon Ware ha appena fatto questo album il capo del Motown Berry gordy jnr. ha sentito la musica e ha presentato la musica a Marvin insieme Leon & Marvin hanno cambiato un po poi Marvin ha fatto un nuovo hit album Leon invece accetato di stare dietro il grande Marvin echo 'I want you' in un altro formo quello originale! Compri questa musica ce pure la tocca magica di Minnie Riperton!

Biografie

Nato(a): 16 febbraio 1940, Detroit, MI

Genere: R&B/Soul

Anni di attività: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Songwriter, singer, and producer Leon Ware is one of the less-recognized products of the Motown Records music factory of the 1960s and '70s, primarily because he has tended to work behind the scenes despite recording a series of albums under his own name. His signature style is a highly romantic approach to soul music that has resulted in many hit records, notably "I Wanna...
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