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Posted: 21 January 2010 at 5:29pm | IP Logged Quote edtop40

although not in the db because of it's airplay only status, i do have a promo cd single for the backstreet song "as long as you love me" issued as jive jdj-42482-2 and it contains 2 tracks as listed below

1-radio mix (3:32)
2-instrumental (3:30)

this info s/b added to the db...

i also have an import cd single for the song as well, issued as jive cd 434/int:0517232 and contains the below tracks

1-as long as you love me (radio version) (3:32)
2-quit playing games (with my heart) (e-smoove vocal mix) (6:48)
3-everybody (backstreet's back) (funked up mix) (7:13)
4-every time i close my eyes (3:55)

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Is the radio version (3:32) any different from the radio mix (3:32)? There was a version of this song I heard on the radio, that I could not track down, which had some alternate vocals and maybe even a slight mix difference. I have an import CD single of this but it's not on there either. Does anyone know about an alternate version of this on any CDs?
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Posted: 22 January 2010 at 4:39pm | IP Logged Quote eric_a

EdisonLite wrote:
Is the radio version (3:32) any different from the radio mix (3:32)? There was a version of this song I heard on the radio, that I could not track down, which had some alternate vocals and maybe even a slight mix difference. I have an import CD single of this but it's not on there either. Does anyone know about an alternate version of this on any CDs?


I can't speak to these specific releases, but I have an early copy of the "Backstreet Boys" album with a different track lineup and some different mixes. This has a red cover instead of the popular light color and, I believe, was a Canadian pressing. On this disc, "As Long As You Love Me" sounds similar except there are no vocals over the intro. (Compare to about 0:07 on the common radio mixes.) I don't think I've ever heard this version elsewhere.
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Posted: 23 November 2014 at 5:40pm | IP Logged Quote EdisonLite

I, too, have a red, early album of "Backstreet Boys" (mine's not Canadian but European, 1996) and it doesn't contain this song at all. I also have an early version of their 2nd European album (titled "Backstreet's Back")- which has the same album cover as the 1st US album - and that album (which is somewhat a compilation of the 1st two European albums) does have "As Long As You Love Me". Both my European version and the American album version have the vocals "as long as you love me" at 0:07.

Other than the difference of vocals in the intro at 0:07 (on the Canadian version), has anyone determined if there are any other differences between the early versions, the regular US album version, and the version that the import CD singles refer to as "radio version" and "radio mix"? Sometimes singles will just refer to a version as "radio version" to distinguish it from the extended mixes on the single (or elsewhere), when in reality, it's no different than the album version. That way of thinking for labeling CD singles can make it very difficult to sort through what are actually unique versions and what are not.

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Update: I A-B'd the album version with the "radio version" on my import CD single. I hear no difference.
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Posted: 28 December 2014 at 2:05pm | IP Logged Quote eric_a

EdisonLite wrote:
I, too, have a red, early album of
"Backstreet Boys" (mine's not Canadian but European,
1996) and it doesn't contain this song at all.


I just stumbled upon my copy of the red album (Jive
Canada 41598), and it turns out my recollection was
wrong: like EdisonLite's copy, mine does not have this
song.

There was definitely a mysterious version without the
lyrics at :07 -- I remember my station at the time
initially aired that version, but it was via cart so I
have no idea how we got it.
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EdisonLite wrote:
Update: I A-B'd the album version with the "radio
version" on my import CD single. I hear no difference.
Remember,
there were two pressings of the CD "Backstreet Boys." The version of As
Long As You Love Me on the first pressing ran 3:39. The db reflects this
time.

The version on the second pressing ran 3:31 and is the same as the Radio
Mix on the promo. So, when they called it "Radio Mix" on the promo, my
guess is they were differentiating it from the first pressing album version.

Also, I don't have the box set, but the db indicates this has the "radio mix."
If that's the case, that "should" be the same as what's on the second
pressing of the album and most other compilations. Is it different?
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Posted: 29 March 2018 at 11:11am | IP Logged Quote EdisonLite

Jeff (JL328), do you have the original 3:31 version, and would it be possible to send it? Is the only difference between the 2 mixes the vocals around the 0:07 mark?
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Posted: 30 March 2018 at 7:43am | IP Logged Quote JL328

I no longer have the 1st pressing. It was one of those CDs that I
complained a girlfriend had "accidentally left" in my car, which I then
cranked the hell out of (with the windows up) when nobody was
looking.

So from memory, I think the intro is timed the same but the harmony
vocal that's on the intro in the commonly known version definitely was
not on the 1st pressing. I think that's what you mean by the difference
at 0:07? The first vocal you hear is nick carter's first verse. Prior to
that it was all music.

I also think the piano track was re-recorded for the 2nd pressing (but I
could be wrong on that). I remember the first pressing piano sounding
slightly faster and having a muzik feel if that makes sense--- it sounded
like a karaoke track. The first time I heard the second pressing on the
radio, I remember thinking it was a cover (remember back then, there
were country artists covering pop tracks all the time), but the difference
in the piano could just be my ears playing tricks on me. There might
also be another percussion instrument in there--- the second pressing
just sounded richer, for lack of a better term.

Also, the 1st pressing ran about 7 seconds longer--- I think this
difference was in the outro. I remember thinking it took longer to get to
the closing "I don't care as long as you love me" vocal break that ends
the song.
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