Love Takes Time - Mariah Carey - Best Ballads
Label: Virgin - CD 0172 01 • Format: CD Compilation, Unofficial Release • Country: Europe • Genre: Hip Hop, Pop • Style: Ballad, RnB/Swing
The song was recorded in May of and was officially released as the second single on September 11, in the third quarter of It was the first of several adult comtemporary-influenced Mariah Carey ballads to be released as a single and her second number one song of her career. The protagonist of the song laments the loss of a lover and confesses that "love takes time" to heal and that her feelings for her ex-lover remain.
Mariah Carey's debut album for the label was completed and being mastered when she wrote the song with Ben Marguiles. It was just a piano vocal demo - I played live piano, and she sang it. Mariah was on a mini-tour of ten states, playing acoustically with a piano player and three back-up singers. She protested - her album was already being mastered, and she intended this ballad for her Love Takes Time - Mariah Carey - Best Ballads release.
The demo was sent to producer Walter Afanasieff. When Mariah flew west to work with Narada Michael Walden on some tracks for her first album, Tommy Mottola and Don Ienner Love Takes Time - Mariah Carey - Best Ballads impressed with Walter Afanasieff's work and gave him an executive staff producer job with the label. I'd never produced anything by myself up until that time. The demo was very close to what Mottola wanted the finished product to be, according to Afanasieff.
It was do it or we were gonna miss out on the whole thing. We got the tape and recorded Ocean Blues - Big Bill Broonzy - Volume 7 1935 Complete Edition and we got on the plane and went to New York and did her vocals. She did all the backgrounds, practically sang all night We came back to the studio that afternoon, and we had to fix Love Takes Time - Mariah Carey - Best Ballads line very quickly, and then engineer Dana Jon Chapelle and I got Trouble Honey - Various - The Dutch Country Top 100 on the plane with the tape, went back to the studio in Sausalito, and mixed it.
So it was a three-day process: a day and a half for music, kind of like a day for vocals, and a day for mixing. Walter Afanasieff heard from Columbia executives as soon as they received the mix. They wanted Mariah's vocal a little louder, so a remix Love Takes Time - Mariah Carey - Best Ballads quickly completed.
The producer asked if the song would still make the debut album, and was told, "We're going to do our best. When the album was released, "Love Takes Time" was not listed on the cassette or compact disc.
It was a song that actually was strong enough to stop the pressing I don't know if they had to throw away a few hundred copies. For the release to radio, a second mix was created that muffled Carey's whistle note in the background of the song, during the song's bridge.
This version of the song appeared in all of the official single releases of "Love Takes Time" in the US and abroad. The single's video, directed by Jeb Brien and Walter Maser, features Carey walking around a beach after a man walks away with luggage in Venice, Los Angeles, California.
A live performance of the song filmed at Proctor's Theatre in New York in was included instead. The song spent three weeks on the top of the Billboard Hot from November 10th to November 24th. Because its success was divided over two calendar years it did not rank high on Billboard's "Year End" charts, making 76 on the chart and 69 on the chart. Even though "Love Takes Time" also peaked at 1 in Canada, it failed to make an impact elsewhere, only reaching the top 40 in the UK and the Netherlands, the top 10 in New Zealand, the top 20 in Australia, but failed to reach the top 40 in Germany.
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