Want One

Want One

Infobox Album
Name = Want One
Type = studio
Artist = Rufus Wainwright

Released = September 23, 2003
Recorded =
Genre = Pop
Length = 62:31
Label = DreamWorks
Producer = Marius De Vries
Reviews =
*Allmusic Rating|2.5|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:4xeyxdab4old link]
*"Blender Rating|2|5 [http://www.blender.com/guide/reviews.aspx?id=1554 link]
*musicOMH.com (positive) [http://www.musicomh.com/albums4/rufus-wainwright-2.htm link]
*Pitchfork Media (6.9/10) [http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/record_review/23061-want-one link]
*Robert Christgau Rating-Christgau|hm1 [http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_artist.php?id=1194&name=Rufus+Wainwright link]
*"Rolling Stone" Rating|4|5 [http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/rufuswainwright/albums/album/290601/review/5945564/want_one link]
Last album = "Poses"
This album = "Want One"
Next album = "Want Two"
Name = Want One
Type = Studio
Single 1 = I Don't Know What It Is
Single 1 date = July 26, 2004 (UK)
Single 2 = Oh What a World
Single 2 date = November 8, 2004 (UK)

"Want One" is Rufus Wainwright's third album, released by DreamWorks Records on September 23, 2003, and produced by Marius De Vries. It was the first part of what was intended to be a double album called Want. The second part, "Want Two" was released the following year.
The album features guest vocals from Martha Wainwright, Joan Wasser of the band Joan As Police Woman, Teddy Thompson, and Linda Thompson, as well as a banjo solo in "14th Street" by Rufus' mother Kate McGarrigle.

Track listing

#"Oh What a World" – 4:23
#"I Don't Know What It Is" – 4:51
#"Vicious World" – 2:50
#"Movies of Myself" – 4:31
#"Pretty Things" – 2:40
#"Go or Go Ahead" – 6:39
#"Vibrate" – 2:44
#"14th Street" – 4:44
#"Natasha" – 3:29
#"Harvester of Hearts" – 3:35
#"Beautiful Child" – 4:16
#"Want" – 5:11
#"11:11" – 4:27
#"Dinner at Eight" – 4:33

Bonus tracks


  • "Es Muß Sein" (UK and Japan release bonus track) – 2:19
    #"Velvet Curtain Rag" (UK release bonus track) – 4:31

    Bonus disc

    "The Black Session, No. 199" is a limited edition bonus disc that was included with the first pressing of the French release of "Want One". It was recorded live on October 9, 2003.

    #"Want" (Live)
    #"Leaving For Paris" (Live)
    #"Dinner at Eight" (Live)
    #"Coeur de Parisienne" (Live)


    "I Don't Know What It Is" was released as a UK single on 26 July 2004. It included two B-Sides; "L'absence" and "14th Street," both tracks were recorded live at The Fillmore in March 2004.Live videos of "Beautiful Child" and "Vibrate" were made available on iTunes, but these tracks were never officially released as a single.


    Want One was later repackaged along with "Want Two" as a two-disc set title Want (released on 28 November 2005 in the UK to coincide with Wainwright's tour.)

    Album references

    *The title of the first track is a reference to a quote by the Wicked Witch of the West in "The Wizard of Oz", as she is melting she yells, "Oh, what a world! What a world!"
    *Ravel's Bol%C3%A9ro is musically referred to in "Oh, What a World".
    *"Take a step that is new," "...thinks Three's Company," and "So I knock on the door" are references to the television series "Three's Company".
    *"Taking the Santa Fe and the Atchison, Topeka" is a reference to Judy Garland's "The Harvey Girls", which itself contains a reference to the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway.
    *"Bring that carriage 'round," "Get me to the garden of sleep" and "Make that high gate speak" are references to various Kenneth Anger films.
    *"An old piece of bacon never eaten by Elvis" refers to a story Rufus heard about someone who purchased a framed piece of bacon that at one time belonged to Elvis Presley.
    *"Vanity Fairgrounds" is a reference to the "Vanity Fair" magazine.
    *"Medusa" and "Look in her eyes" are references to the Greek character, whose stare turns men to stone.
    *Debussy's Doctor Gradus is referenced musically at the conclusion of "Go or Go Ahead".
    *"Vibrate" has references to pop star Britney Spears and fairytale character Pinocchio.
    *"I got the sheep, Little Bo Peep has lost and filed for grounds" is a reference to the nursery rhyme.
    *"And there'll be rainbows" refers to Judy Garland's "Over The Rainbow".
    *"Natasha" was written for and about Rufus' friend and actress Natasha Lyonne.
    *"Want" includes references to his mother, Kate McGarrigle, his father, Loudon Wainwright III, John Lennon, Leonard Cohen, John Lithgow and Jane Curtain.
    *"Put away your posies, I'm gonna have a drink before we ring around the rosies," refers to the nursery rhyme "Ring Around the Rosie", which is commonly said to be about the black plague.
    *"Dinner at Eight" was written about a disagreement Rufus and his father had at a photo shoot for "Rolling Stone".


    * Rufus Wainwright – voice (1–14), piano (2,5,8,10,14), fender rhodes piano (3), recorders (3), acoustic guitar (4,6,11–13), keyboards (9), orchestral arrangements (1,2,7,9,14), choral arrangements (7)
    * Marius de Vries – piano (1,7,8,12,13), programming (1–4,6–14), vibraphone (10,12), orchestral arrangements (1,2,7,14), choral arrangements (7)
    * Joy Smith – harp (1,2,13,14)
    * Nick Hitchens – tuba (1)
    * Isobel Griffiths – orchestra contractor (1,2,7,14)
    * Gavyn Wright – orchestra leader (1,2,7,14)
    * Alexis Smith – programming (1–4,6–14)
    * Simon C Clarke – alto sax (1,8,11), baritone sax (1,8,10,11), flute (1,2,14), alto flute (1), piccolo (1)
    * Tim Sanders – tenor sax (1,8,10,11)
    * Roddy Lorimer – trumpet (1,2,8,10,11), flugelhorn (10)
    * Paul Spong – trumpet (1,2,8,11)
    * Annie Whitehead – trombone (1,2,8,10,11)
    * Dave Stewart – bass trombone (1,2,11)
    * Sterling Campbell – drums (2–4,13)
    * Jeff Hill – bass (2,4,6,8,11–13)
    * Gerry Leonard – guitar (2,8), electric guitar (4,6,11–13), mandolin (13)
    * Charlie Sexton – guitar (2,8), electric guitar (4,6,11,12)
    * Jimmy Zhivago – guitar (2), electric guitar (4), piano (8)
    * Alexandra Knoll – oboe (2)
    * David Sapadin – clarinet (2)
    * Daniel Shelly – bassoon (2)
    * Bernard O'Neill – bass (3,9,10)
    * Matt Johnson – drums (6,9,11,12)
    * The London Oratory Choir – choir (7)
    * Levon Helm – drums (8)
    * Kate McGarrigle – banjo (8), accordion (14)
    * Martha Wainwright – additional vocals (8,12)
    * Jenni Muldaur – additional vocals (8,12)
    * Adrian Hallowell – bass trombone (8,11)
    * Maxim Moston – concertmaster (9), orchestral arrangements (1,2,7,9,14)
    * Teddy Thompson – additional vocals (10)
    * Linda Thompson – additional vocals (10)
    * Chris Elliott – orchestral arrangements (1,2,7,9,14)

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