Tell Him (duet with Celine Dion)
(665205-1, 665205-2, 665205 1s)
Tell Him (Radio Edit [4:52] & Album Version [4:501]) (L. Thompson, W. Afanasieff, D. Foster)
- Produced & Arranged by: David Foster and Walter Afanasieff
- Mixed by: Humberto Gatica
- Taken from the forthcoming album: “Higher Ground”
Released October 7, 1997
Picture Sleeve (front and back):
About the Single
From The Barbra Streisand Music Guide, written by Mark Iskowitz:
“Tell Him” pairs Barbra and then 29-year-old Celine Dion on a stunning ballad written for them by David Foster, his wife Linda Thompson, and Walter Afanasieff, and produced by David Foster and Walter Afanasieff. Born of their first meeting at the 1997 Academy Awards and Barbra's subsequent invitation to sing together, Barbra & Celine's momentous collaboration single, previously slated by 550 Music/Epic Records Group/Columbia to be available in stores November 4, 1997 on CD (36K 78740), cassette, and 7-inch vinyl, was cancelled in the U.S. Barbra and Celine fans looking forward to obtaining both the single and then the respective new albums containing the song can still try to obtain the import version, as the singles have been released overseas in Australia, Canada, throughout Europe, and in other countries (665305-2). Some U.S. stores have stocked the single. A 12-inch single (665205-6) containing four songs—the “Tell Him” radio edit and album version, Barbra's “Everything Must Change,” and Celine's “Where Is The Love”—was manufactured in Holland and became available in Holland, France, and some other countries in November but is now out of print. To qualify the song for the 40th Grammy Awards, Sony Music did release a 7-inch vinyl single containing only “Tell Him” in late September/early October 1997. It was spotted on shelves for a brief few days, while limited to specialty retailers, and is out of print (36 78737).
Radio stations worldwide received the song via satellite at 9 p.m. ET on October 7, 1997 and shortly thereafter received a promo CD (BSK 3469) with two tracks:
- Radio Edit (4:52)
- Album Version (4:50)
both mixed by Humberto Gatica. Also, simultaneously on 10/7/97, a RealAudio Netcast premiered the song for Web users. The music video world premiered on VH1 October 24, 1997.
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