Sylvester ‎– I Need You (Tom Moulton Mix)

Half Moon Records (4) ‎– HM-002, Fantasy (4) ‎– HM-002
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Single Sided, Unofficial Release




Tom Moulton did the 12 minute mix, but it wasn't completely mastered yet and not officially commissioned for any release.

"Promotional Not For Sale" on label is part of a bootleg gimmick; this is not actually a promo nor an official release at all.

Un-official remix of the 1980 classic.
Alternate un-released extended mix.

One-side 33.3 RPM pressing, with labels on both sides of the vinyl.

Other Versions (5 of 6) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
F 17074 Sylvester I Need You(7") Fantasy F 17074 France 1980 Sell This Version
FANT 903 Sylvester I Need You(7") Fantasy FANT 903 Sweden 1980 Sell This Version
F-903-A Sylvester I Need You(7", Single, Promo) Fantasy Honey Records F-903-A US 1980 Sell This Version
Fantasy 903 Sylvester I Need You(7") Fantasy Honey Records Fantasy 903 US 1980 Sell This Version
MT-1176 Sylvester I Need You(12", Whi) Megatone Records MT-1176 US 1989 Sell This Version


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June 2, 2018
it wasn't mastered yet and not commissioned for of his EX-friends who had privy to the track sold it to Half Moon for their a result Tom does not speak to the asshole was not really finished. not mastered and I think Tom only gave him an that's why the poor quality


April 26, 2018
looking for a copy, slide on into my DMs please :)


November 30, 2017
Yo! I'm looking for a copy... holler at me.


June 13, 2016
edited over 2 years ago
Kinda wish I read the reviews before buying my copy, but don't regret picking mine up. Isn't the worst sounding thing but isn't amazing either. If you kinda like the charm of what a bootleg record usually sounds like - raw, little bit low fi but this pretty loud bass and kinda shrilly highs - then you'll like this one. Again, not upset at the record but I wish I paid half of what I did, which was thirty bones.


March 16, 2016

My pressing sounds fine. Fantastic Tom Moulton Mix
Gets regular play out on a big system from me.


November 18, 2012
edited over 3 years ago

The vinyl quality and pressing quality of the unofficial 12"s of the Tom Moulton mixes of I Need You and Free Man are poor-to-awful when played on an audiophile-grade system, assuming you are not suffering from hearing loss. They sound so bad that I returned them to Vinyl Mania the following day after buying them. I can easily live without them. The I Need You remix is good, but it is way too long and it starts to drag after a while. A remix in the 7:30 range would have been more concise.


November 9, 2012
Just dug my copy out of storage based on the rave reviews posted here. My copy is a terrible pressing, muddy with distortion on all the high parts. DJ-Raus seemed to be getting at this in his review/post. Consequently you couldn't play this in a club. Do clean pressings exist?


January 7, 2012

I Agreed With Disco Joints.

December 18, 2005
edited over 12 years ago

Utterly amazing alternate mix of one of Sylvester's greatest LP cuts. The original LP version clocks in around 4:40, a bit too short for club play: Larry Levan and all the other old-school masters used to work 2 copies of the LP to extend it and repeat the best parts. ALL the original elements are still here in this mix. The bass guitar and kick drum are much more prominent, and the entire track sounds rawer and more "LIVE". To my ears it's an alternate take that was probabably considered too raw for the final release, and definitely too long for inclusion in the original LP. The big bonus here is that Martha Wash and Isora Armstead were the background singers. In THIS amazing take, the Two Tons really wail away for the rest of the song, and for all intents and purposes this is as much a Two Tons O Fun record as a Sylvester record: A must-own for Martha Wash and Sylvester completists for certain! The sound quality is not as good as either the original or Megatone versions, but it's still pretty good. Some tape-saturation and other distortions are obvious, but not annoying. It sounds like it's many generations away from the original studio tapes, possibly sourced from an acetate or cassette tape. Buy this while you can...before Fantasy sends the distributor a cease-and-desist "nastygram"!


December 3, 2005
edited over 12 years ago

Tom Moulton did an extraordinairy job on this classic from Sylvester from the late 70's/begin 80's. This sounds so different when comparing with the original mix. More bass, cripsy clear shakers, hard percussion. It's hardly a disco track anymore. Yes, it has a 4/4 backbeat but it's purely a cohesion between funk & gospel (notice the background choir). And that bass ! You can't sit on your chair when hearing this mix. 10 outta 5, no doubt about it. Grab it while u can.