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CAN'T LET GO

"Can't let go" was the second single from the album "Emotions" and the first disappointment. It was inevitable the record-breaking run of chart-toppers would come to an end someday, and "Can't let go" was the first "failure". It only managed to make number 2, thanks to the dominance of vocal quartet Color Me Bad. But it was produced by cowriter Walter Afanasieff who, a victim of his own success, was having a difficult time dividing his attentions between Mariah and his other project Michael Bolton.

"Mariah and I started writing together for the album a few months before starting to record. I was doing Michael's album, and during the time he would do a small tour or take a break over the holidays I'd have the opportunity to write with her." "Can't let go" was one of the first results. It is a pure, sad ballad, a pop song that could easily have been written in any decade from the fifties onward, but that also has a hymnlike quality in its minor-chord changes, particularly in the introduction.

CD-SINGLES
5" CD-single from Australia (0863)
657615 2
collection Licinio Lisboa

Tracklisting:
1. Can't let go (Edit)
2. To be around you

5" CD-single from Australia (1890)
657615 2
promo

Tracklisting:
1. Can't let go (Edit)
2. To be around you

This CD-Single is exactly the same as item 0863, but on the back cover there is a stamp saying "promotion only - not for sale".

5" CD-single from Austria (0864)
657615 5
on the CD the catalogue number is 657615 2
collection Licinio Lisboa

Tracklisting:
1. Can't let go (Edit)
2. To be around you
3. Can't let go

5" CD-single from Austria (0135)
657662 2
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
1. Can't let go (Edit)
2. To be around you
3. The wind

5" CD-single from Austria (0136)
657662 5
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
1. Can't let go (Edit)
2. I don't wanna cry
3. All in your mind

3" CD-single from Japan (0738)
SRDS 8217
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
1. Can't let go
2. To be around you

3" CD-single from Japan (2688)
SRDS 8217
promo
collection YoungTaek Lim

Tracklisting:
1. Can't let go
2. To be around you

This item is exactly the same as item 0738, but on the back cover there is a promo sticker.

5" CD-single from the UK (3419)
HFL 018
promo
collection Billy Lane

Tracklisting:
1. Can't let go (Edit)

This version of the "Edit" is actually shorter than the one which ended up being used on all of the "Can't let go" single releases. The finalised edit was around 3:50 in length, whereas this version is 3:25. It cuts the first 25 seconds from the official "Edit" version.

5" CD-single from the USA (0737)
CSK 74088
promo
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
1. Can't let go (Edit)
2. Can't let go (LP Version)

VINYL SINGLES
7" vinyl single from Holland (0900)
657615 7
collection Amanda Erickson

Tracklisting:
1. Can't let go (Edit)
2. To be around you

7" vinyl single from Holland (1373)
657615 7
collection Alberto Amoretti

Tracklisting:
1. Can't let go (Edit)
2. To be around you

7" vinyl single from Holland (0137)
657662 7
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
1. Can't let go (Edit)
2. To be around you

12" vinyl maxi-single from Holland (0902)
657615 6
collection Amanda Erickson

Tracklisting:
1. Can't let go (Edit)
2. To be around you
3. Can't let go (Album Version)

7" vinyl single from Mexico (1321)
PR-95580
promo without picture sleeve
collection Kerry Scrimshaw

Tracklisting:
1. No puedes dejarlo ir+
2. No puedes dejarlo ir+

The song titles are in Spanish but are sung in English.

7" vinyl single from the Philippines (2777)
QCL45-10384 (38-74088)
collection Rodrigo C. Jusay

Tracklisting:
1. Can't let go (Edit)
2. To be around you

7" vinyl single from Spain (0865)
ARIC-0082
1-side promo
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
1. Can't let go

7" vinyl single from the UK (3238)
XPS 265
promo
collection Billy Lane

Tracklisting:
1. Can't let go (Edit)
2. To be around you

7" vinyl single from the USA (0901)
38-74088
collection Amanda Erickson

Tracklisting:
1. Can't let go (Edit)
2. To be around you

CASSETTE SINGLES
cassette single from Australia (0866)
659615 4
collection Licinio Lisboa

Tracklisting:
1. Can't let go
2. To be around you

cassette single from Canada (1891)
38T 74088

Tracklisting:
1. Can't let go (Edit)
2. To be around you

cassette single from Holland (2745)
657615 4
collection Kimberly van Pinxteren

Tracklisting:
1. Can't let go (Edit)
2. To be around you

cassette single from the UK (0867)
657662 4
collection Licinio Lisboa

Tracklisting:
1. Can't let go
2. To be around you

cassette single from the USA (0861)
38T 74088
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
1. Can't let go (Edit)
2. To be around you

SHEET MUSIC
sheet music from the USA (1757)
HL00356043
Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation
piano - vocal - guitar
7 pages
collection Jessica Plotkin
sheet music from the USA (1758)
VS5874
Warner Bros. Publications Inc.
6 pages
collection Jessica Plotkin
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