"Feel Like Makin' Love" is a song composed by singer-songwriter Eugene McDaniels, and recorded originally by soul singer-songwriter Roberta Flack. The song has been covered by several R&B and jazz artists.
Roberta Flack version[edit | edit source]
Released nine months before the album of the same title, the song became one of the greatest musical successes of 1974, as well as of Roberta Flack's recording career. It scored a week as number one on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, making it Flack's third #1 single. It also scored five weeks at number one on the Hot Soul Singles chart.and two weeks as #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Flack produced the record under the pseudonym Rubina Flake. It went on to receive three Grammy nominations for Flack:Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female.
Chart history[edit | edit source]
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||1|
|U.S. BillboardHot Soul Singles||1|
|U.S. BillboardEasy Listening||1|
|Preceded by||Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
August 10, 1974 (one week)
D'Angelo version[edit | edit source]
|"Feel Like Makin' Love"|
|Single by D'Angelo|
|from the album Voodoo|
|Released||April 8, 2000|
|Genre||Funk, neo soul, R&B, quiet storm|
|D'Angelo singles chronology|
"Feel Like Makin' Love" was covered by American R&B and neo soul musician D'Angelo for his second studio album Voodoo (2000). It was released April 8, 2000, on Virgin Records as the album's fifth and last single. His cover version features a quiet storm sound and heavy use of multi-tracking for vocals. It was initially planned as a duet with R&B singer Lauryn Hill.Although tapes were sent via FedEx between the two, the collaboration between D'Angelo and Hill was aborted and the song was instead recorded solo. According to producer and drummerQuestlove, the duet failed to materialize due to "too many middle men.... I don't think Lauryn and D ever talked face-to-face." Mistakenly, some critics who later reviewed the album's track assumed that Lauryn Hill's vocals are present in the recording.
According to Questlove's review of Voodoo at Okayplayer, the song's production was also managed by late hip hop producer J Dilla, as Questlove stated "jay dee did the lauryn track". Dilla, however, did not receive an official credit for the song. As a single, "Feel Like Makin' Love" was Voodoo's least successful, as it only reached the number 109 position on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.
Chart history[edit | edit source]
|Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks||109|
Other versions[edit | edit source]
It was covered by other artists such as Bob James (as an instrumental for his 1974 album "One"), or George Benson (for his 1983 album "In Your Eyes"), both under the title Feel Like Making Love.
Marlena Shaw included the track on Who Is This Bitch, Anyway? (1974). Roy Ayers covered this song in his 1974 album Change up the Groove. Shirley Bassey covered this song on her 1975 album Good, Bad but Beautiful, and so did Isaac Hayes on his 1978 release Hotbed.
Monty Alexander recorded a jazz quartet version of this song in October 1974, then released on 'Live and Sunshine' and later in 2007 rereleased on 'Alexander The Great - Monty Swings On MPS'. The recording is with Ernest Ranglin(guitar), Eberhard Weber (b) and Kenny Clare (drums). This same version is also featured on Ranglin's 1976 album "Ranglypso".