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I Want You Back

(The Corporation)

Lead vocals : Michael Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Jackie Jackson
Background vocals : The Jackson 5
Keyboards : Freddie Perren
Guitar : David T. Walker, Louis Shelton and Don Peake
Bass guitar : Wilton Felder
Drums : Gene Pello
Arranged and produced by The Corporation

Guitar

Recorded 1969, Motown Recording Studio, Los Angeles, California.

Versions

Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5 Album Version (from "Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5") 2:58
Mono Version (from 7" US single) 2:44
Motown At The Hollywood Palace Live Version (from "Motown At The Hollywood Palace") 2:58
Goin' Back To Indiana Live Version w/ Bill Cosby Intro (from "Goin' Back To Indiana") 4:16
In Japan ! Live Version (in the J5 Medley, from "In Japan !") 3:05
PWL 1988 Remix 4:05
PWL 1988 Remix Single Version 2:48
Club Mix 98' 4:20
Clean Radio Edit 98'- With Rap 3:50
Radio Edit 98' - No Rap 3:12
T.V. Track 98' 4:20
98' A Cappella With Rap 4:06
Soulsource 1 Readymade 524 Mix (from "Soul Source Vol 1")  
Soulsource 1 Kel's Routine Jazz Party Mix - contains additionnal unreleased lyrics (from "Soul Source Vol 1")  
Motown Remixed Z Trip Remix (from "Motown Remixed") 4:35
A Cappella (from "Motown Classics Karaoke vol.7") 2:58
Instrumental Version (from "Motown Classics Karaoke vol.7") 2:58
Dimitri From Paris Remix (from "The Remix Suite") 6:08
Live Forum Live Version (from "Live At The Forum" 1970) 3:07
Live Forum Live Version (from "Live At The Forum" 1972, in Medley) 4:50

 

Single details

US single released October 7, 1969
# 1 RNB, #1 Pop, #2 UK
Sales : 4 078 609 (World), 2 060 711 (USA)

 

 

I Want You Back est l'un des plus gros succès de Motown, et certainement l'enregistrement qui lui a coûté le plus cher, les sessions d'enregistrements, habituellement bouclées en une demi-journée, étant interminables - il ne fallait pas bacler les débuts du groupe.

Berry Gordy en a composé le refrain (avec l'équipe The Corporation), qui était au départ destiné à Gladys Night, sous le nom de I Want To Be Free. Les paroles, qui ne convenaient pas à des gamins, ont dues être revues et adaptées.

Le 45 tours est le premier disque d'or du groupe. Le titre entre dans le Billboard Hot 100 le 15 novembre 1969, et dans le Black singles chart le 22 novembre 1969. Il atteint la place #1, y reste pendant 4 semaines, et reste dans le classement pendant 80 semaines! La chanson originale est sortie en 1969, quelque temps après que les J5 aient signé avec Motown et juste avant la sortie de leur premier album Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5.

I Want You Back fait partie de la liste de choix de Michael lors de ses tournées, même les plus récentes, puisque le titre est inclus au programme dans tous les shows depuis 1969 !

Collection


I Want You Back (Mono/Stereo)
7" Red Vinyl Promo with promotional picture sleeve, 1969
M 1157
USA
rare


I Want You Back
b/ Who's Lovin' You
7" Single (with Motown sleeve), 1969
M 1157
USA
common


I Want You Back
b/ Who's Lovin' You
7" Single with Tamla Motown sleeve, 1970
TMG 724
UK
common


I Want You Back
b/ Who's Lovin' You
7" Single, 1970
2 C 006 90 927
France
not common


I Want You Back
b/ Who's Lovin' You
7" Single, 1970
1 C 006 90 927
Germany
not common


I Want You Back
b/ Who's Lovin' You
7" Single, 1970
M 1157
Israel
rare


I Want You Back
b/ Who's Lovin' You
7" Single, 1969
JET 1951
Japan
not common


I Want You Back
b/ Who's Lovin' You
7" Single, 1970
8 E 006 90 927
Portugal
rare


I Want You Back
b/ Who's Lovin' You
7" Single, 1970
M 5071
Spain
not common


I Want You Back
b/ Who's Lovin' You
7" Single, 1970
TM 8053
Italy
rare


I Want You Back
b/ Who's Lovin' You
7" Single, 1970
Melodi Records 70801
Turkey
rare


I Want You Back
b/ Who's Lovin' You
7" Single, 1970
TMG 724
Norway
rare


I Want You Back
b/ Who's Lovin' You
7" Single, 1970
ETM 31
India
rare


I Want You Back
b/ Who's Lovin' You
7" Single, 1970
RTB S53567
Yugoslavia
rare


I Want You Back
b/ Who's Lovin' You
7" Single, 1969
M 1157
Canada
common


I Want You Back / ABC
7" single reissue, 1972
Y443F
USA
common

 


I Want You Back
b/ Who's Lovin' You
7" Single, 1988
ZT 41656
UK
common

   


I Want You Back 98'
Club Mix / TV Track / Radio Edit Without Rap
12" Promo Single, 1998
374633004 1
USA
not common


I Want You Back 98'
Clean Radio Edit / Original Version
CD Promo, 1998
374633004 2
USA
not common


I Want You Back 98'
Clean Radio Edit with Rap / Radio Edit / Club Mix / Original
CD Promo, 1998
USA, Europe
not common


I Want You Back / Doctor My Eyes
7" single, 1998
UK
not common


Lyrics / Paroles

 


Just let me tell you now
When I had you to myself
I didn't want you around
Those pretty faces always made you
Stand out in a crowd
But someone picked from the bunch
One glance is all it took
Now it's much too late for me
To take a second look

Oh baby, give me one more chance
(To show you that I love you)
Won't you please let me
(Back in your heart)
Oh darlin', I was blind to let you go
(Let you go baby)
But now since I see you in his arms

(I want you back)
Yes I do now
(I want you back)
Ooh ooh baby
(I want you back)
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
(I want you back)
Nah nah nah nah

Tryin' to live without your love
Is one long sleepless night
Let me show you girl
That I know wrong from right
Every street you walk on
I leave tearstains on the ground
Following the girl
I didn't even want around

Just Let me tell you now
Oh baby, all I need is one more chance
(To show you that I love you)
Won't you please let me
(Back in your heart)
Oh darlin', I was blind to let you go
(Let you go baby)
But now since I see you in his arms

All I want, all I need, all I want, all I need
Just one more chance
Show you that I love you, baby
(I want you back)
Forget what happened then
Let me live again
Oh baby, I was blind to let you go
But now since I see you in his arms
(I want you back)
Spare me of this cost
Give back what I lost
Oh baby, I need one more chance
I’ll tell you that I love you



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