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LOVE TAKES TIME

Mariah's debut album had been at the mastering stage when Mariah and Ben Margulies came up with a song that they thought would be the first single off her second long-player. Margulies had come up with the initial idea, an improvised gospel-flavoured piece of music, which the due then began working on together. "It was on a work tape that we had... and we recorded a very quick demo. I played live and she sang it."

When the subject of the next album came up, Mariah played the tape and was immediately told that this song was, in music industry speak, a "career-maker". It simply had to go on the new album. But how could it be done? It seemed crazy to entrust the task to someone who'd never produced anything on his own at that point - but that's what Columbia did. Brazilian-born Walter Afanasieff had impressed the label when he'd been working on Mariah's album with producer Narada Michael Walden, and had been taken onto the payroll as executive staff producer. It was to be quite a baptism of fire.

"Tommy Mottola called me up," he explains, "and said that we've got the album done but there's a track she and Ben wrote that is phenomenal. I want to try everything we can to get it on the album... you only have a couple of days." The only solution was for Afanasieff to cut the backing track, then put the tape in the suitcase and fly to New York to record Mariah's vocals over the top. "She did all the backgrounds, practically sang all night," he recalls. Then he leapt back on the plane and retraced his steps to the Sausalito studio to remix it.

"Love Takes Time" was finally debuted on NBC's prestigious Saturday Night Live in late October, and just three weeks later had hit the top.

CD-SINGLES
5" CD-single from Australia (0792)
656149 2
collection Sean McDonough

Tracklisting:
1. Love takes time
2. Sent from up above

3" CD-single from Austria (0785)
656149 1
collection Anne Martijn van der Vlies

Tracklisting:
1. Love takes time
2. Sent from up above

3" CD-single from Austria (0787)
656149 3
collection Tony Bakkmyr

Tracklisting:
1. Love takes time
2. Sent from up above
3. Vanishing

3" CD-single from Holland (2000)
656149 1
collection Marcel Trupia

Tracklisting:
1. Love takes time
2. Sent from up above

3" CD-single from Holland (0383)
656149 3
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
1. Love takes time
2. Sent from up above
3. Vanishing

3" CD-single from Japan (0384)
CSDS 8166
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
1. Love takes time
2. Sent from up above

5" CD-single from the UK (0786)
656364 2
collection Anne Martijn van der Vlies

Tracklisting:
1. Love takes time
2. Vanishing
3. You need me

5" CD-single from the UK (0784)
656364 5
limited edition picture CD without cover
collection Maciej Gil

Tracklisting:
1. Love takes time
2. Vanishing
3. You need me
4. Vision of love

5" CD-single from the USA (0788)
CSK 73455
promo
collection Licinio Lisboa

Tracklisting:
1. Love takes time

Sometimes there is a sticker on the front cover with "remix" written on it and the catalogue number CSK 73455-S1.

VINYL SINGLES
7" vinyl single from Australia (0791)
656149 7
collection Kerry Scrimshaw

Tracklisting:
1. Love takes time
2. Sent from up above

7" vinyl single from Australia (2135)
656149 7
promo
collection Luc Baumgartner

Tracklisting:
1. Love takes time
2. Sent from up above

This 7" vinyl single is exactly the same as item 0791, but on the back cover there is a stamp saying "promotion only - not for sale".

7" vinyl single from Holland (0386)
656149 7
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
1. Love takes time
2. Sent from up above

12" vinyl mazi-single from Holland (0840)
656149 6
collection Kerry Scrimshaw

Tracklisting:
1. Love takes time
2. Sent from up above
3. Vanishing

7" vinyl single from the Philippines (2731)
QCL45-10349 (38-73455)
collection Rod C. Jusay

Tracklisting:
1. Love takes time
2. Sent from up above

7" vinyl single from the Philippines (2775)
QCL45-10349 (38-73455)
collection Rod C. Jusay

Tracklisting:
1. Love takes time
2. Sent from up above

7" vinyl single from Spain (0789)
ARIC 2517
1-side promo
collection Licinio Lisboa

Tracklisting:
1. Love takes time

7" vinyl single from the UK (0387)
656364 7
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
1. Love takes time
2. Vanishing

12" vinyl single from the UK (0793)
656364 6
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
1. Love takes time
2. You need me
3. Vanishing

7" vinyl single from the USA (0385)
38-73455
without picture sleeve
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
1. Love takes time
2. Sent from up above

CASSETTE SINGLES
cassette single from Australia (0795)
656149 4
collection Tim Turner

Tracklisting:
1. Love takes time
2. Sent from up above

cassette single from Canada (1369)
38T 73455
collection André Champagne

Tracklisting:
1. Love takes time
2. Sent from up above

cassette single from the UK (0796)
XPC 4054
promo
collection Kerry Scrimshaw

Tracklisting:
1. Love takes time

cassette single from the UK (0797)
656364 4
collection Kok Ann

Tracklisting:
1. Love takes time
2. Vanishing

cassette single from the USA (0790)
38T 73455
collection Licinio Lisboa

Tracklisting:
1. Love takes time
2. Sent from up above

VIDEO SINGLES
video single from the UK (1703)
no catalogue number
promo
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
1. Love takes time

SHEET MUSIC
sheet music from the USA (1767)
HL00355877
Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation
piano - vocal - guitar
5 pages
collection Jessica Plotkin
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