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Did You (Ever) Hear?

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It greatly pleases me that The Second Disc has attracted an interested readership. It’s a pleasure that there are many out there interested in how the industry behaves and evolves. And as a writer and enthusiast with such devotion to the niche, it’s just exciting to connect with like-minded individuals.

To that end, I pose something of a catalogue-oriented challenge to you. In all my years collecting and listening to pop music, I have only come across the following track once. The complete lack of information devoted to it on the Internet makes me worry that I’ve made up its existence, but I remain insistent that the song is out there. I wonder if you may have heard it yourself.

Certainly you’ve heard “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now),” Phil Collins’ Oscar-nominated 1984 hit. You may have even heard the cover version Mariah Carey did in 2000 (released twice as a single, the second version being a remix with boy band Westlife added to the track).

I remain 99 percent certain I have heard a third version that takes the master track of Collins’ version and mixes it with a duet vocal by Carey. It was perhaps five years ago, one late night on New York radio station 106.7 Lite FM. This wasn’t a DJ-created edit, like the original version of “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers.” I believe Carey’s original cover version was in another key, so she would have had to have re-recorded the vocals from scratch to fit the key of the original.

I’ve never heard the song since, although I do distinctly recall my reaction was one of confusion over why the song would be overdubbed in such a way. Futhermore, I’ve never seen any information indicating that it was released, either as a commercial or promo single. (It would be a confusing release, since Collins’ work is distributed by Atlantic and Carey was, at the time of the cover, signed to Columbia.) I’ve stumped every pop enthusiast I’ve asked about this to, including an old roommate of mine who remains a die-hard Mariah fan.

To you, dear reader of The Second Disc, I humbly inquire: have you heard this version of the song ever? Those who can shed light on the situation receive my undying respect, which says a lot as a musical know-it-all.

Written by Mike Duquette

March 2, 2010 at 15:16