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BUTTERFLY

"Butterfly" more than lived up to the promise. Mariah had described it as her favorite, and the best thing she'd ever written, and it was easy to hear why. Co-composed with Walter, who, with Dan Shea, handles all the instruments, it was very personal, and different from any ballad she'd written before - richer, sexier, more grounded on the R&B she loved, but without any traces of gospel influence (indeed, there'd be none of that on "Butterfly"). As it was meant to, it soared.

"Butterfly" was the second single from the album with the same name, released in November 1997. Mariah says about the song: "Some say that this song is completely different from my other songs, but I think it sounds like 'Fantasy' or something. It's not sung very high, but more in the middle of my range. Strictly speaking, it all comes down to the use of my voice."

"Originally, Butterfly was going to be a house record and, in fact, Fly Away was my starting point for the song, but as work progressed, I decided it should be the title of the album and a ballad, but it's not sung in a traditional style. I wanted the verses to be much more inward, like small and quiet and subtle and then the choruses really open."

"Butterfly" was recorded at Chris Blackwell's studio in the Bahamas which provided the perfect setting. "I felt so relaxed and inspired there, I didn't plan the vocals, it was about what came out of my mouth at the time, of figuring it out as I go along."

Although this is a very beautiful song, accompanied by a beautiful videoclip, the single was not very successful. In the UK it only reached number 22 (the worst result in five years time) and in the Netherlands it got stuck at position 52. In the USA it wasn't even released as a single.

CD-SINGLES
5" CD-single from Australia (0888)
665120 2
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
1. Butterfly
2. Fly away (Butterfly reprise)
3. Fly away (Butterfly reprise) (Fly Away Club Mix)
4. Fly away (Butterfly reprise) (Def 'B' Fly Mix)
5. Honey (Morales Dub)

5" CD-single from Austria (0123)
SAMPCS 4740
promo
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
1. Butterfly

5" CD-single from Austria (0125)
XPCD 930
promo, comes sometimes with a press release
collection Eric de Ridder and Samantha Cullen

Tracklisting:
1. Butterfly

5" CD-single from Austria (0117)
665095 1
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
1. Butterfly
2. Fly away (Butterfly reprise) (Fly Away Club Mix)

5" CD-single from Austria (0118)
665095 2
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
1. Butterfly
2. Fly away (Butterfly reprise)
3. Fly away (Butterfly reprise) (Fly Away Club Mix)
4. Fly away (Butterfly reprise) (Def 'B' Fly Mix)

5" CD-single from Austria (0119)
665336 2
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
1. Butterfly (Album Version)
2. Fly away (Butterfly reprise) (Album Version)
3. Fly away (Butterfly reprise) (Fly Away Club Mix)
4. The roof (Remix with Mobb Deep)

5" CD-single from Austria (0120)
665336 5
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
1. Butterfly
2. One sweet day (Live)
3. Hero (Spanish Version)
4. Without you

5" CD-single from Brazil (1168)
899.423
promo, picture CD
collection Olivier Pirlot

Tracklisting:
1. Butterly

5" CD-single from Brazil (1167)
899.500
promo, called "The memê remixes"
collection Olivier Pirlot

Tracklisting:
1. Butterfly (Meme's Extended Club Mix)
2. Butterfly (Meme Club Radio)
3. Butterfly (Meme Latin Beats)
4. Butterfly (TV Track)
5. Butterfly (TV Track Short)
6. Butterfly (Instrumental)
7. Butterfly (Radio Instrumental)

3" CD-single from Japan (0124)
SRDS 8334
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
1. Butterfly
2. The roof
3. The roof (Mobb Deep Mix)

3" CD-single from Japan (3411)
SRDS 8334
promo
collection Wojciech Sichniewicz

Tracklisting:
1. Butterfly
2. The roof
3. The roof (Mobb Deep Mix)

This promo is exactly the same as item 0124, but on the back cover is a sticker saying "not for sale".

5" CD-single from Mexico (0122)
PRCD 97128
promo
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
1. Butterfly
2. Fly away (Butterfly reprise)

5" CD-single from Mexico (1166)
PRCD 97251
promo, called "The remixes"
collection Olivier Pirlot

Tracklisting:
1. Butterfly (Sambatterfly Edit)
2. Butterfly (Meme Club Radio)
3. Butterfly (Meme's Extended Club Mix - Part 1 & 2)
4. Butterfly (Sambatterfly)
5. Butterfly (Meme Latin Beats)
6. Butterfly (Sambatterfly For Clubbers)
7. Butterfly (Classic Bossa Nova)
8. Butterfly (Album Version)

5" CD-single from South-Africa (1154)
CDSIN 238 I

Tracklisting:
1. Butterfly
2. Fly away (Butterfly reprise)
3. Fly away (Butterfly reprise) (Fly Away Club Mix)
4. Fly away (Butterfly reprise) (Def 'B' Fly Mix)

5" CD-single from the USA (0121)
CSK 2438
promo
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
1. Butterfly
2. Fly away (Butterfly reprise)

VINYL SINGLES
12" vinyl maxi-single from Australia (2151)
ML 10518
promo
collection Luc Baumgartner

Tracklisting:
1. Fly away (Butterfly reprise) (Fly Away Club Mix)
2. Fly away (Butterfly reprise) (Def 'B' Fly Mix)

12" vinyl maxi-single from Holland / France (2276)
SAMPMS 4816
promo
collection Luc Baumgartner

Tracklisting:
1. Butterfly
2. Butterfly

12" vinyl maxi-single from Holland (0131)
XPR 2378
promo, called "The David Morales remixes"
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
1. Fly away (Butterfly reprise) (Fly Away Club Mix)
2. Fly away (Butterfly reprise) (Def 'B' Fly Mix)

12" vinyl maxi-single from Holland (0129)
665095 6
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
1. Fly away (Butterfly reprise) (Fly Away Club Mix)
2. Fly away (Butterfly reprise) (Def 'B' Fly Mix)
3. Fly away (Butterfly reprise)
4. Butterfly

12" vinyl maxi-single from the USA (0130)
CAS 4228
promo
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
1. Fly away (Butterfly reprise) (Fly Away Club Mix)
2. Honey (Rascal Dub)
3. Fly away (Butterfly reprise) (Def 'B' Fly Mix)
4. Honey (Def Rascal Anthem)

12" vinyl maxi-single from the USA (2636)
no catalogue number
promo, called "The Brazilian's Remixes"
collection Marcin Blaszczyk

Tracklisting Meme's side:
1. Butterfly (Meme's Extended Club Mix - Part 1&2)
2. Butterfly (Meme's Latin Beats)
Tracklisting Grego's side:
3. Butterfly (Sambatterfly)
4. Butterfly (Sambatterfly For Clubbers)

12" vinyl maxi-single from the USA (2544)
VIN-003
promo, called "The Brazilian's Remixes"
collection André Pacheco

Tracklisting Meme's side:
1. Butterfly (Meme's Extended Club Mix - Part 1&2)
2. Butterfly (Meme's Latin Beats)
Tracklisting Grego's side:
3. Butterfly (Sambatterfly)
4. Butterfly (Sambatterfly For Clubbers)

CASSETTE SINGLES
cassette single from Australia (1156)
665120 8

Tracklisting:
1. Butterfly
2. Fly away (Butterfly reprise)
3. Fly away (Butterfly reprise) (Fly Away Club Mix)
4. Fly away (Butterfly reprise) (Def 'B' Fly Mix)
5. Honey (Morales Dub)

cassette single from the UK (0104)
665336 4
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
1. Butterfly (Album Version)
2. Fly away (Butterfly reprise) (Album Version)

SHEET MUSIC
sheet music from the USA (2474)
8200881
Hal Leonard Corporation
8 pages
collection Mikael Mansur Martinelli
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