6 May 2011

i want you, i want you, i want you: Steve Bray reveals unreleased demo


During a telephone call with Steve Bray in 2009, he revealed to me the name of a song he co-wrote/produced with Madonna in the 1980s that has never before been reported. The title? I Want You.

Hold on, hasn’t Madonna already released a song called I Want You?

Yes - in 1995, Madonna recorded a cover of Marvin Gaye’s I Want You with Massive Attack for the tribute album, Inner City Blues: The Music of Marvin Gaye, which also appeared later that year on Madonna’s ballads retrospective, Something to Remember.

There’s also the lesser-known Take Me (I Want You) from Madonna’s Emmy days, which was later re-titled I Want You when she recorded her Alec Head/Jon Gordon-produced solo version at Mediasound for her four-track demo tape – to be be touted around major labels by former-manager Camille Barbone.

I quizzed Steve as to whether he was referring to the early ‘80s version of the song, but he said that I Want You was an entirely new song that he co-wrote/produced with Madonna later that decade.

6 comments:

Pud Whacker said...

fabulous! I WANT IT! xoxoox

thebeatswithin said...

Hey Pud, welcome to the blog and thanks for my first comment!

I thought Steve had already revealed all to Bruce Baron in his amazing Goldmine article, so I was totally surprised by this little find when we spoke.

Ally said...

Great news! I can't wait to hear it someday :)

steffmad said...

Hope he gives it to us someday!

steffmad said...

God i want it!

But every Madonna Fan wants it..i think so

thebeatswithin said...

I hope so too - but unlike the Pre-Madonna album, which consists primarily of demos recorded before Madonna signed with Warner Bros, I Want You can't be released without Madonna's permission. I know she'll give it to us one day - won't you Madonna ;-)