I Want U

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I Want U

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from the album Closer Than Close
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single art for I Want U
Song details
Performer: Rosie Gaines
First Released: 13 June 1995 - Closer Than Close album
Album(s): Closer Than Close
Writer(s): Prince and Rosie Gaines
Producer(s): Ricky Peterson; Levi Seacer, Jr.
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

I Want U (Purple Version) is the 13th and final track on Rosie Gaines' third album Closer Than Close (first track on the international version), and, around the time of the album's release, I Want U was released as the album's first single, containing several remixes of the track. The US and Japanese versions of the album also contained a different version of the song, titled I Want U (Inner City Blue) (Earth Mama Version) (as the first track).

In 2000, new mixes of the song were available on a revised single of I Want U, and in 2005, rosiegaines.com released several other remixes of the song.

In 2010, the original I Want U (Inner City Blue) was released as the first track of the digital release of the album Concrete Jungle. Later in 2010, Rosie Gaines released a digital version of I Want U (The Mixes, Vol. 2), containing other previously-unreleased versions, including the original 1989 recording (as I Want U (Original Paisley Version).

I Want U was written by Prince and Rosie Gaines and produced by Ricky Peterson. I Want U (Inner City Blue) versions give writing co-credit to Arthur Ross, Leon Ware, James Nyx and Marvin Gaye, as they include portions of Marvin Gaye's tracks I Want You (from I Want You, 1976, also released as a single) and Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) (from What's Going On, 1971, also released as a single).

While specific recording dates are not known, initial tracking for the original version (known only as I Want U) took place in mid-December 1989, at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA as Rosie Gaines' first recording with Prince. She had previously played with Levi Seacer, Jr. in the Curtis Ohlson Band, and he had brought her in to sing on the track I Want U, which he was producing originally for The Pointer Sisters.

The track was re-arranged and re-recorded from scratch by Ricky Peterson in late 1992 at Paisley Park Studios. It is likely that the track only received the name I Want U (Purple Version) when the decision was made to include more than one version on the album in 1995.

Remixes were made by several producers in 1995 and 2000 (recording details are needed for these remixes).


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Mid-December 1989 Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA Initial tracking (as I Want U)
Late 1992 Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA Re-recording (as I Want U)
1995 Studio information needed Remixes
2000 Studio information needed Remixes
Recording Personnel


I Want U (Purple Version)


I Want U (Inner City Blues) (Earth Mama Version)

  • Rosie Gaines - vocals, keyboards
  • Other recording personnel needed


Original Paisley version


Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
I Want U (Original Paisley Version) 3:51 I Want U - The Mixes, Vol. 2 single Studio 2010 digital release
I Want U (Purple Version) 3:36 Closer Than Close

I Want U single

Studio
I Want U (Black Ice Version) 6:52 I Want U single Remix 2010 digital release
I Want U (Bonus Vocal Mix) 6:41 I Want U promo Remix
I Want U (Inner City Blue) 4:13 Concrete Jungle

I Want U single

Remix
I Want U (Inner City Blue) (Extended Version) 7:53 I Want U single Remix 2010 digital release
I Want U (Inner City Blue) (Rough Version) 7:54 I Want U single Remix
I Want U (Inner City Blues) (Earth Mama Version) 6:34 Closer Than Close

I Want U single

Remix
I Want U (Inner City Blues) (Earth Mama Version Instrumental) 5:01 I Want U single Remix
I Want U (Inner City Blues) (Earth Mama Version Edit) 4:37 I Want U single Remix edit a.k.a. I Want U (Earth Mama Radio Version)
I Want U (Inner City Blues) (Earth Mama TV Mix - Radio Version) 4:34 I Want U single Remix 2010 digital release
I Want U (Inner City Blues) (Mark Picchiotti's Weekend Radio Mix) 4:57 I Want U single Remix 2010 digital release
I Want U (M&M Anthem Mix) 7:26 I Want U single Remix
I Want U (M&M Anthem Mix Instrumental) 7:26 rosiegaines.com mp3 download Remix Available in 2005
I Want U (Notice The House Mix) 5:42 I Want U promo Remix
I Want U (Scats) 1:51 I Want U promo Remix
I Want U (Weekend Mix) 9:35 I Want U single Remix
I Want U (Whistles In Heaven Mix) 5:46 I Want U promo Remix
I Want U (Booker T. Mix) 4:00 rosiegaines.com mp3 download Remix Available in 2005
I Want U (Bump & Flex Bin Killa Dub) 5:40 rosiegaines.com mp3 download Remix Available in 2005
I Want U (Bump & Flex Original Instrumental) 5:53 I Want U single Remix 2010 digital release
I Want U (Bump & Flex Original Mix) 5:54 I Want U single Remix 2010 digital release
I Want U (Bump & Flex Vocal Mix) 5:34 I Want U 2000 promo Remix
I Want U (Jean Claude Ades Remix) 6:07 I Want U 2000 promo Remix
I Want U (Tuff Jam Mix) 5:33 rosiegaines.com mp3 download Remix Available in 2005
I Want U (Ultra Flava Mix) 7:19 I Want U 2000 promo Remix
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
I Want U ?:?? promotional release only Promo video See I Want U video for more details


 
Additional Information

See also Trivia


References
I Want U: US Copyright Office: PAu001791051 / 1993-02-16 & PA0000813698 / 1996-10-04;
I Want U (Purple Version): ASCAP Work ID: 390869211 ISWC: Not Assigned; :US Copyright Office: PA0000767581 / 1995-12-18 & PA0000780129 / 1996-03-15;
I Want U (Inner City Blue): US Copyright Office PA0000675942 / 1995-07-17 & PA0000740466 / 1995-08-14;
I Want U (Inner City Blues) (Earth Mama Version): ASCAP Work ID: 390568706 ISWC: T9105576316; US Copyright Office: PA0000780127 / 1996-03-15;
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