Album: Closer Than Close

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Closer Than Close

Closer Than Close (cover art)

Closer Than Close 20th Anniversary Edition (cover art)

Album details


Released: 13 June 1995
Length: 65:41 - US version
72:03 - international version
73:57 - Japanese version
Label(s): Motown Records
Studio(s): Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA

Charts, Certifications & Awards


Charts
America
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
USA: Billboard R&B Chart 1 Jul. 1995 99 1
Certifications
This album has not received any certifications in the USA
Awards
This album has not received any awards in the USA

Singles released


Of the singles released from this album, only the one with a Prince contribution is listed below:

I Want U
b/w I Want U (Earth Mama Version)
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See also


Concrete Jungle  
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Closer Than Close is the second studio album by Rosie Gaines (after Caring released in 1985); her first since leaving the New Power Generation.

It features two songs with writing and musical input by Prince, I Want U, and My Tender Heart. And a cover of Turn Your Lights Down Low with Prince input. The US version contained a different tracklist than the rest of the world, and contained two versions of I Want U: I Want U (Purple Version) (included internationally) and I Want U (Inner City Blues) (Earth Mama Version) (otherwise included only in Japan).


Recording process

Work on a solo Rosie Gaines album began while she was still a member of the New Power Generation band, in 1990 (I Want U was first recorded in late 1989, before work on the album commenced). Work continued until September 1991, when she and Prince fell out regarding her solo career. She was contracted to Paisley Park Records, however, and continued to work on the album without Prince following her departure from the band (after the Diamonds And Pearls Tour).

The album became known as Concrete Jungle. After Paisley Park Records closed, she worked on the album further, renamed it Closer Than Close and took it to Motown Records. One version of Concrete Jungle was released as a digital download in 2010; see that album's listing for details.

Other tracks containing input by Prince which were recorded for potential inclusion on the album included Streetwalker, In The Name Of Love (both of which remain unreleased), Hold Me (later released by Jevetta Steele, Pain (later released by Chaka Khan) and Hit U In The Socket (later released by the NPG Music Club). Additionally, Turn Your Lights Down Low (a cover version of the Bob Marley track from Exodus, 1977) was originally recorded with musical contributions by Prince, before being re-recorded without Prince input and released on the album albeit some of his background vocals were kept.

It is worth noting also that the versions of I Want U (Inner City Blue) and My Tender Heart released in 2010 on Concrete Jungle are earlier versions of the recordings of the tracks than those included on Closer Than Close.


Promotion

The album did not enter the US Billboard Pop Chart, and reached only number 99 on the Billboard R&B Chart. The album produced two singles : I Want U and Are Your Ready. I Want U reached number 90 on the US Billboard R&B Chart and number 28 on the Billboard Hot Dance Music - Club Play Chart. Are You Ready did not chart. The song Closer Than Close was remixed and released in 1997 by Bigbang Records and became a club hit.



Track listing
CD Digital (20th Anniversary Edition version)
(International Edition)

  1. I Want U (Purple Version) (3:36) 1
  2. Are You Ready
  3. Closer Than Close
  4. Googaga
  5. Ooh La La
  6. Turn Your Lights Down Low (4:29) 2
  7. My Tender Heart (5:10) 1
  8. I Almost Lost You
  9. Slowman
  10. Can U Handle It
  11. Concrete Jungle
  12. Get The Ghetto Off Your Mind
  13. December 25th
  14. Bubbly World
  15. Do What You Wanna Do


CD (US Edition)

  1. I Want U (Inner City Blues) (Earth Mama Version) (6:34) 3
  2. Are You Ready
  3. Closer Than Close
  4. Googaga
  5. Turn Your Lights Down Low (4:29) 2
  6. My Tender Heart (5:10) 1
  7. I Almost Lost You
  8. Slowman
  9. Can U Handle It
  10. Concrete Jungle
  11. Get The Ghetto Off Your Mind
  12. December 25th
  13. I Want U (Purple Version) (3:36) 1



CD (Japanese version)

  1. I Want U (Inner City Blues) (Earth Mama Version) (6:34) 3
  2. Are You Ready
  3. Closer Than Close
  4. Googaga
  5. Turn Your Lights Down Low (4:29) 2
  6. My Tender Heart (5:10) 1
  7. I Almost Lost You
  8. Slowman
  9. Can U Handle It
  10. Concrete Jungle
  11. Get The Ghetto Off Your Mind
  12. December 25th
  13. I Want U (Purple Version) (3:36) 1
  14. Bubbly World
  15. Do What You Wanna Do
  1. I Want U (Inner City Blue) (Earth Mama Version) (6:34) 3
  2. Are You Ready
  3. Closer Than Close
  4. Googaga (Making It Up As We Go Along)
  5. Ooh La La
  6. Turn Your Lights Down Low (4:29) 2
  7. My Tender Heart (5:10) 1
  8. I Almost Lost You
  9. Slowman
  10. Can You Handle It
  11. Concrete Jungle
  12. Get The Ghetto Off Your Mind
  13. December 25th
  14. Bubbly World
  15. Do What U Wanna Do
  16. Closer Than Close (Mentor Remake)
  17. I Want U (Purple Version) (3:36) 1
  18. Are You Ready (Chickhaboom Version)
  19. Closer Than Close (Daydreams of You Version)
  20. Swing Hard
  21. Poor Little Girlie
  22. I Want U (Paisley Version) (3:51) 1
  23. My Tender Love (My Tender Heart Demo) (5:05) 1
  24. December 25th (Alternate Version)
  25. Slowman (Alternate Version)
  26. Turn Your Lights Down Low (Alternate Version) (4:30) 2
  27. Closer Than Close (Instrumental)
  28. A Song for You (Live In Switzerland)
  29. Get The Ghetto Off Your Mind (Live In Switzerland)
  30. Are You Ready (Live In Switzerland)
  31. Independent Woman (Live In Switzerland)
  32. I Almost Lost You (Live In Switzerland)


1 Written by Prince and Rosie Gaines
2 written by Bob Marley
3 Written by Rosie Gaines and Prince. Contains segments of I Want You (written by Leon Ware and Arthur "T-Boy" Ross) and Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) (written by Marvin Gaye & James Nyx, Jr.)



Personnel
Musicians


Production
  • Steve McKeever - Executive Producer
  • Ricky Peterson - producer
  • Sonny Mediana - art direction, additional photography
  • James R. Minchin III - cover photography
  • Donald Graham - additional photography
  • Rudy Calvo - make-up
  • Lynn Bugai - stylist
  • Tom Tucker - engineer
  • Lee Blaske - string arrangements on My Tender Heart


Thanks
  • Information to follow



Releases
LP, CD, Cassettes and Other versions
Country Format Cat. Number Comments Front Back Label 1 Label 2

America
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Variants, Special Editions and Reissues
Country Format Cat. Number Comments Front Back Label 1 Label 2

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Additional Information

Promotion (at time of release) Trivia

  • Information needed.
  • A remix of the title track "Closer Than Close" by DJ Hippie Torrales and Mark Mendoza was released by Bigbang Records two years after the release of the album. This remix became a hit (#4 in the UK Singles Chart and #6 in the US Hot Dance Club Play) has sold over 8 million copies and earned Rosie Gaines a MOBO Award for Best International Single in 1997.

References

Charts:

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