The seminal version of "Feel Like Makin' Love" was recorded and released by Roberta Flack in August 1974 as a single and 7 months later on her album of the same name. It went to #1 on the Billboard charts and was nominated for a Grammy for song of the year.
From Roberta Flack to D'Angelo
Flack continued her impressive string of hits in June of 1974 when she released the gently swinging groove of “Feel Like Makin’ Love.” The universal ode to irresistible carnal impulses was originally penned by the late singer-songwriter Eugene McDaniels, whose 1971 LP Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse has been a hidden gem for crate digging hip-hop producers, sampled by the likes of A Tribe Called Quest, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, and the Beastie Boys, among others. Produced by Flack under the adopted pseudonym Rubina Flake, “Feel Like Makin’ Love” was the lead single from the singer’s 1975 album of the same name, became her third single to ascend to number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and earned three Grammy Award nominations for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female.
Twenty-five years later, the neo-soul wunderkind D'Angelo recorded a funky, percussion-heavy cover version of the song for his much-lauded sophomore album Voodoo. As the story goes, the track was initially conceived—but ultimately failed to come to fruition—as a duet with fellow Flack admirer Lauryn Hill, whose 1996 interpolation of “Killing Me Softly” with the Fugees was the group’s biggest hit of their ephemeral career. According to D’Angelo’s Soulquarian comrade and Voodoo collaborator Questlove, the single was co-produced by the late J Dilla, though his name does not appear in the official song credits. -- SOULHEAD.COM
D'Angelo recorded "Feel Like Makin' Love" on his second studio album Voodoo in 2000 on Virgin Records. "Feel Like Making Love" was performed on the album by Pino Palladino on bass and Ahmir Thompson on drums.
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Producer: D'Angelo, J Dilla (Uncredited)
Label: Cheeba Sound/Virgin
Although Jay Dee wasn't credited as a producer on D'Angelo's Voodoo, his sonic signature is all over the album. Recorded during the Soulquarian era at Electric Lady Studios, the groove, percussion and rhythm were all influenced by Dilla and his work with The Ummah. ?uestlove, who served as D'Angelo's co-pilot throughout the recording process, acknowledged Dilla's influence on the album's overall sound and later admitted that: “Jay Dee did the Lauryn track.”
The “Lauryn track" in question was “Feel Like Makin' Love,” which was initially supposed to feature Lauryn Hill. Although tapes were Fedexed back and forth between D'Angelo and Lauryn, the collabo was eventually aborted, thus becoming a D'Aneglo solo record. Insiders attest that some Lauryn Hill vocals are featured on the track. That's still up for debate—but whether or not Dilla played a big part in Voodoo is not.
Roy Ayers Ubiquity
Roy Ayers recorded this phenomenal version of "Feel Like Makin' Love" on his 1974 album Change Up The Groove. Musicians credited on the album include Wilbur Bascomb on bass, Chano O'Ferral on percussion, Bernard "Pretty" Purdie on drums, Calvin Brown on guitar, Harry Whitaker and Leon Pendarvis on piano, clavinet and electric piano, George Braith on soprano saxophone, Pat Rebillot on synthesizers, backing vocals by James "BJ" Boston, Monica Burruss, Terry Burrell and Wayne Garfield, and Roy Ayers himself on vibraphone and vocals.
A TRIBE CALLED QUEST
sampled Roy Ayers' "Feel Like Makin' Love"
A Tribe Called Quest sampled the Roy Ayers Ubiquity version of "Feel Like Makin' Love" for their song "Keep it Rollin" off their third album, Midnight Marauders in 1993 on Jive. This classic hip hop album was largely self produced by ATCQ, recorded and mixed by Bob Power. "Keep it Rollin," however, was produced by Large Professor.
Bob James' live version from Java Jazz Festival 2010.
In 1974 an instrumental version of "Feel Like Making Love" was released by jazz musician Bob James on his debut LP One on CTI Records. James talked with David Ma, writer for Wax Poetics, "This song was written by Gene McDaniels. I was hired to play piano on Roberta Flack’s record and that’s where I first heard this tune. It was a great song and I had a feeling it could be a hit. We were in the studio recording her version, and within a couple weeks I had the opportunity to do my own record. So I just decided to use the same band, same sax player, same rhythm section; Idris Muhammad on drums, Gary King on bass, and Richie Resnicoff on guitar. So we were just trying to recreate that same groove, but as a funkier instrumental piece. I think it really work out great." Bob James’ "Feel Like Makin' Love" reached #88 on the charts.
Other album credits include Idris Muhammad and “Bad” Steve Gadd on drums, Jon Faddis and Thad Jones on Flugelhorn, Richie Resnicoff on guitar, Bob James on keys, Ralph McDonald on percussion, Wayne Andre on trombone, Alan Rubin, Jon Faddis, Lew Soloff, Marvin Stamm, Thad Jones and Victor Paz on trumpet, Dave Friedman on vibraphone, Charles Libove, David Nadien, Emanuel Green, Gene Orloff, Harold Kohon, Harry Lookofsky, Joe Malin, Max Ellen, and Paul Gershman on violin.
Common & Will.I.Am
Sampled Bob James' "Feel Like Makin' Love"
Common and Will.I.Am sampled the Bob James version of "Feel Like Making Love" for their song "I Want You" from Common's 2007 album Finding Forevor. The sample comes in at 3:20.
Isaac Hayes recorded "Feel Like Makin' Love" on his 1978 Stax album Hotbed. Album credits include Erroll Thomas and William Murphy on bass, Jimmy Lee Thompson on congas, Willie Hall on drums, Charles Pitts and Sammy Watts on guitar, The Memphis Horns, Sidney Kirk and Isaac Hayes on keyboards. Produced by Isaac Hayes himself and mastered by Larry Nix.
Lumidee feat. Shaggy
R&B singer and Harlem, NY native Lumidee collaborated with Jamacain born dance hall reggae artist Shaggy on "Feel Like Makin' Love" for her 2007 album Unexpected (TVT Records). Musicians featured on the song include Joey Weiss on guitar, Walter White on horns, Jarred Eliose on keyboards, Pablo O. Bilbraup on percussion, and Eliott Thomas on piano. Produced, recorded and engineered by J Marty.
Marlena Shaw recorded "Feel Like Makin' Love" for her 1974 album, Who Is This Bitch, Anyway on Blue Note. Album credits include Chuck Domanico and Chuck Rainey on bass, King Errison on congas, Harvey Mason on wind chimes, percussion and drums, Jim Gordon on drums, Larry Nash on electric piano, Bernard Ighner on flugelhorn, David T. Walker, Dennis Budlimer and Larry Carlton on guitar, Bernard Ighner, Mike Lang, Marlena Shaw and Bill Mays on piano. Produced by Bernard Ighner.
Another great instrumental version of "Feel Like Makin' Love" by Monty Alexander from his 1974 album, Love and Sunshine: Monty Alexander in Concert. Album credits include Eberhard Weber on bass, Kenny Clare on drums and Ernest Ranglin on guitar. Produced by German producer and engineer Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer.
Will & Rainbow
Rainbow, featuring Will Boulware recorded "Feel Like Makin' Love" for their 1978 album, Crystal Green. The other players are Ralph McDonald on percussion, 'Bad' Steve Gadd on drums, Cornell Dupree and Eric Gale on guitar, Michael Breckner on tenor saxophone, and Gordon Edwards on electric bass. It was produced by Kiyoshi Itoh and Yasohachi Itoh and engineered by David Baker.
Serbian DJ Marko Milićević aka Gramophonedzie, best known for his 2010 single “Why Don’t You”, covers "Feel Like Makin’ Love" in his 2015 house music release titled "Feels Like Love" feat. Matt Bandy.