Lost '70s soul classic from Marvin Gaye songwriter and acolyte

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Leon Ware – Musical Massage

For those about to shag, this album salutes you. Musical Massage was originally released in 1976 and composed by Ware in downtime while recording Marvin Gaye’s classic I Want You?an album Ware had originally written for himself. Musical Massage is the album he made to replace it, and Ware claims Gaye was hungry to claim it for himself, too. It’s not hard to see why: this is silky, yearning soul with a comical leg-over obsession. Ware’s mellifluous croon lacks some of Gaye’s precious drama, but is nevertheless persuasive enough a flashback to one of the cocaine soul era’s defining moments.