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VISION OF LOVE

"Vision of love" was the first single from Mariah's debut album, written by Mariah and Ben Margulies. It began pouring out of radios in late May 1990, and by June 2, it entered Billboard's Top 100 list at number 73. The song was an instant smash, moving steadily up the charts. On August 4, 1990, this single reached the first place and stayed there for four weeks.

Mariah explained that she'd written the song about realizing her dreams as a singer, not about any kind of romance. "Right now, music is my boyfriend" was how she put it. The song was on the tape Mariah handed to Tommy Mottola. When producer Rhett Lawrence heard the demo, he realized the potential as a hit. But not as it currently stood - "a fifties sort of a shuffle". Mariah needed a more contemporary sound than that. So Lawrence, Mariah, Ben and Chris Toland worked together on the arrangement in the studio. The tempo was changed, session musicians were brought in to add guitars and bass, and Mariah recorded a new vocal. Her original vocal from the demo wasn't scrapped, though. It remained in the song as the second vocal in the chorus. Then, with some additional studio gloss, it was finished.

During the rehearsals for her promotion tour, Mariah would be singing "Vision of love" over and over. Her left hand moved at her side, she experimented with the harmonies, improvising a new arrangement with a pianist and two backup singers. In contrast to the lush production that dominates her debut album, the trio provided a spare accompaniment, leaving plenty of room for her mighty voice to explore the shape of the melody. Why, she was asked during a break, didn't she record the song this way? "It wasn't my choice to do so much production," she answered quickly before she went back to work.

The brain trust at Sony had decided that "Vision of love" would be the first single off the album. This being the era of MTV, a video was immediately ordered and shot. Mariah was surprisingly comfortable with the video process and eased through the endless takes and hours it took to bring the song to life. However, the first video for "Vision of love" failed to impress the Columbia top brass, and without any hesitation it was scrapped and another ordered. "The special treatment really upset me," a disgruntled former label employee said. "They spend $200,000 on a video and Mariah doesn't like it. No big deal." An informed source places the combined cost of both videos at $450,000. Label executive Don Ienner dismisses this figure as "total bullshit" but says, "If we're gonna take the time and effort that we did with Mariah, on every level, then we're going to image her the right way. If it costs a few extra dollars to make a splash in terms of the right imaging, you go ahead and do it."

CD-SINGLES
5" CD-single from Australia (1153)
655932 2
collection Luis Uribe

Tracklisting:
1. Vision of love
2. Special excerpts from the debut release
Prisoner / All in your mind / Someday

3" CD-single from Austria (0702)
655932 1
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
1. Vision of love
2. Special excerpts from the debut release
Prisoner / All in your mind / Someday

5" CD-single from Canada (0814)
CDNK537
promo
collection Daniela Rezende Carbone

Tracklisting:
1. Vision of love

3" CD-single from Holland (1177)
655932 1
collection Renato Magalhães Rocha

Tracklisting:
1. Vision of love
2. Special excerpts from the debut release
Prisoner / All in your mind / Someday

3" CD-single from Holland (0704)
655932 3
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
1. Vision of love
2. Prisoner / All in your mind / Someday
3. Sent from up above

3" CD-single from Japan (0774)
CSDS 8156
collection Licinio Lisboa

Tracklisting:
1. Vision of love
2. Special excerpts from the debut release
Prisoner / All in your mind / Someday

3" CD-single from Japan (2702)
CSDS 8156
promo
collection Wei Yi

Tracklisting:
1. Vision of love
2. Special excerpts from the debut release
Prisoner / All in your mind / Someday

This item is exactly the same as item 0774, but on the back cover there is a promo sticker.

5" CD-single from the UK (0779)
XPCD 126
promo, also known as "An Introduction"
collection Kerry Scrimshaw

Tracklisting:
1. Vision of love
2. There's got to be a way
3. Love takes time
4. Someday

5" CD-single from the UK (0772)
655932 2
collection Maciej Gil

Tracklisting:
1. Vision of love
2. Sent from up above
3. Medley featuring excerpts from
Prisoner / All In Your Mind / Someday

5" CD-single from the UK (0703)
655932 2
gatefold
collection Eric de Ridder

The CD itself is from the UK (see also 0772), but the text on the gatefold is in Swedish. The first text looks to be an advertisement for Mega Skivakademien in Stockholm, while the second text says something about Mariah:

VI BJUDER PÅ LITE MUSIK MEDAN DU VÅNTAR

Medan du våntar på att vi ska dra de sista penseldragen och packa upp de senaste skivorna, bjuder vi på ett litet smakprov. Tjejen som sjunger heter Mariah Carey. Låten heter "Vision of Love". Varsågod. Och välkommen till Mega.

Tracklisting:
1. Vision of love
2. Sent from up above
3. Medley featuring excerpts from
Prisoner / All In Your Mind / Someday

5" CD-single from the USA (1075)
CSK 73348
promo picture CD in gatefold
only text inside
collection Michael Damian

Tracklisting:
1. Vision of love

5" CD-single from the USA (2783)
CSK 73348
promo picture CD without gatefold
collection Marcin Blaszczyk

Tracklisting:
1. Vision of love

5" CD-single from the USA (1152)
unknown catalogue number
promo in gatefold sleeve

Tracklisting:
1. Vision of love (Edit)
2. Vision of love (Album Version)

VINYL SINGLES
7" vinyl single from Argentina (0928)
DEP-822
promo without picture sleeve
collection Amanda Erickson

Tracklisting:
1. Visión de amor (Vision of love)
2. Visión de amor (Vision of love)

7" vinyl single from Australia (1709)
655932 0
collection Naomi Rahim

Tracklisting:
1. Vision of love
2. Sent from up above

7" vinyl single from Australia (2571)
655932 7
collection Wojciech Sichniewicz

Tracklisting:
1. Vision of love
2. Special excerpts from the debut album Mariah Carey
Prisoner / All in your mind / Someday

7" vinyl single from Australia (0781)
655932 7
promo
collection Elin Sorhaug

Tracklisting:
1. Vision of love
2. Special excerpts from the debut album Mariah Carey
Prisoner / All in your mind / Someday

This promo is exactly the same as item 2571, but on the back cover is a stamp saying "promotion only - not for sale".

7" vinyl single from Brazil (2204)
901.090
special for juke-box ("especial para juke box")
collection Luc Baumgartner

Tracklisting:
1. Step by step - New Kids On The Block
2. Falling slowly - Shana
3. Rebel in me - Jimmy Cliff
4. Vision of me - Mariah Carey

7" vinyl single from Holland (0707)
655932 7
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
1. Vision of love
2. Special excerpts from the debut release
Prisoner / All in your mind / Someday

12" vinyl maxi-single from Holland (0780)
655932 5
collection Kerry Scrimshaw

Tracklisting:
1. Vision of love
2. Prisoner / All in your mind / Someday
3. Sent from up above

7" vinyl single from Italy (1902)
JC 15284
special for juke-box, without picture sleeve
collection Luc Baumgartner

Tracklisting:
1. Vision of love - Mariah Carey
2. Step by step - New Kids On The Block

7" vinyl single from Mexico (2508)
PR-95237
promo, track repeated on both sides

Tracklisting:
1. Una vision de amor

7" vinyl single from the Philippines (2732)
QCL45-10345 (38-73448)
collection Rod C. Jusay

Tracklisting:
1. Vision of love
2. Someday

7" vinyl single from Spain (0708)
ARIC 2459 (on the back cover it says ARIE 2459)
1-side promo
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
1. Vision of love

7" vinyl single from the UK (0778)
655932 0
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
1. Vision of love
2. Sent from up above

12" vinyl maxi-single from the UK (0705)
655932 6
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
1. Vision of love
2. Sent from up above
3. Medley featuring excerpts from
Prisoner / All in your mind / Someday

7" vinyl single from the USA (0706)
38-73348
without picture sleeve
collection Eric de Ridder

Tracklisting:
1. Vision of love
2. Prisoner / All in your mind / Someday

CASSETTE SINGLES
cassette single from Australia (0776)
655932 4
collection Licinio Lisboa

Tracklisting:
1. Vision of love
2. Special excerpts from the debut release
Prisoner / All in your mind / Someday

cassette single from Canada (1370)
38T 73348
collection André Champagne

Tracklisting:
1. Vision of love
2. Special excerpts from the debut release
Prisoner / All in your mind / Someday

cassette single from the UK (0782)
XPC 4051
promo, also known as "An Introduction"
collection Pascal Bellerose

Tracklisting:
1. Vision of love
2. There's got to be a way
3. Love takes time
4. Someday

cassette single from the UK (0783)
655932 8
collection Kerry Scrimshaw

Tracklisting:
1. Vision of love
2. Sent from up above

cassette single from the USA (0775)
38T 73348
collection Licinio Lisboa

Tracklisting:
1. Vision of love
2. Special excerpts from the debut release
Prisoner / All in your mind / Someday

VIDEO SINGLES
video from Japan (1885)
no catalogue number
promo, presentation video
collection Kerry Scrimshaw

Tracklisting:
1. Interview
2. Vision of love

video single from the UK (1944)
no catalogue number
promo
collection Sharon Zagame

Tracklisting:
1. Vision of love

video single from the USA (1494)
no catalogue number
promo
collection Kerry Scrimshaw

Tracklisting:
1. Vision of love

video single from the USA (1906)
MC-VOL-V3-S-061190 / 150582DS
promo
collection Fernanda Sousa Fontes

Tracklisting:
1. Vision of love (Version 3)

SHEET MUSIC
sheet music from the USA (1053)
HL00355876
Hal Leonard Corporation
piano - vocal - guitar
6 pages
collection Eric de Ridder
sheet music from the USA (1770)
HL00355936
Hal Leonard Corporation
easy piano
8 pages
collection Jessica Plotkin
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