Anytime You Need a Friend

Anytime You Need a Friend

by Mariah Carey
     
 

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Anytime You Need a Friend was the fourth and final single released from Mariah Carey's blockbuster 1993 album Music Box. It also marked a couple of firsts for the gal -- it was her first single to not crack the U.S. Top Ten (it peaked at 12) and also started a trend of turning ballads into dance songs. The song was issued in two separate maxi-single

Overview

Anytime You Need a Friend was the fourth and final single released from Mariah Carey's blockbuster 1993 album Music Box. It also marked a couple of firsts for the gal -- it was her first single to not crack the U.S. Top Ten (it peaked at 12) and also started a trend of turning ballads into dance songs. The song was issued in two separate maxi-single configurations: The first included an urban mix, and Pt. 2 contained four dance mixes courtesy of master remixers Robert Clivilles and David Cole. The versions on Pt. 2 boast re-recorded vocals and scats by Carey, which find her getting quite gritty and earthy, as well as new background vocals and lyrics. Three extended mixes are included, all of which are excellent dance takes on this song, as well as a convenient single edit. The dance version of this song was so prevalent that it became almost -- if not just -- as famous as the original ballad version, and for good reason: It made for a topnotch dancefloor number, and stands as an excellent example of early- to mid-'90s dance music, not to mention being one of the singer's most compelling, underrated, and forgotten efforts. One only wishes they would have consolidated both singles onto one.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/31/1994
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0098707752827
catalogNumber:
77528

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mariah Carey   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Robert Clivillés   Percussion,Drums
David Cole   Keyboards
Mark Rooney   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Melonie Daniels   Background Vocals
Kelly Price   Background Vocals
Shanrae Price   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

James T. Alfano   Programming
Mariah Carey   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Remixing
Robert Clivillés   Arranger,keyboard arrangements
David Cole   Arranger,keyboard arrangements
Ricky Crespo   Programming
Jay Healy   Engineer
Acar S. Key   Engineer
Mark Morales   Producer,Remixing,drum programming
Herb Powers   Remixing
Mark Rooney   Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Remixing
Walter Afanasieff   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Rodney Ascue   Engineer

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