Pray (Take That song)

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"Pray"
Pray (Take That song).jpg
Single by Take That
from the album Everything Changes
Released5 July, 1993
Format
Recorded1993
Genre
Length3:44
Label
Songwriter(s)Gary Barlow
Producer(s)
  • Steve Jervier
  • Paul Jervier
  • Jonathan Wales
Take That singles chronology
"Why Can't I Wake Up with You"
(1993)
"Pray"
(1993)
"Relight My Fire"
(1993)
Music video
"Pray" on YouTube
"Pray – Odyssey version"
Single by Take That
from the album Odyssey
Released21 September, 2018
FormatDigital download
Recorded1993, 2018
Genre
Length3:40
LabelPolydor (UK)
Songwriter(s)Gary Barlow
Producer(s)
Take That singles chronology
"New Day"
(2017)
"Pray – Odyssey version"
(2018)
"Out Of Our Heads"
(2018)
Music video
"Pray – Odyssey version" on YouTube

"Pray" is a song by English boy band Take That. Written by Gary Barlow, it was released on 5 July 1993 as the second single from their second studio album, Everything Changes (1993). It is the first of twelve singles by the band to reach number one on the UK Singles Chart, staying at number one for four weeks,[1] and starting a streak of four consecutive number one singles. The song has received a Gold sales status certification and sold over 438,000 copies in the UK, won British Single of the Year and British Video of the Year at the 1994 Brit Awards, and was the finale of Take That's Beautiful World Tour 2007.

A newly arranged and recorded version was released on 21 September 2018 as the first single of their greatest hits album Odyssey. The album was released on 23 November 2018 followed by a Greatest Hits tour marking the band's 30th anniversary in 2019.

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by Gregg Masuak and shot in Acapulco, Mexico. The clip features the band members in the exotic location singing and dancing. The band members are paired with a goddess of the four elements, taking on a different form with each – Air (Mark Owen), Fire (Jason Orange), Earth (Robbie Williams) and Water (Howard Donald) – with the exception of Gary Barlow who is represented in a neutral black and white context. In Barlow's autobiography, he stated that after the disappointment of where "I Found Heaven" was filmed, the band were a lot happier about the location for this video. Reflecting on the video in 2005 for Take That: For the Record, Donald remarked: "We was doing all the sexual thing and stuff. ... Even then it felt a little bit uncomfortable. But girls like it. Girls like this kind of thing."[2]

Personnel[edit]

Track listings[edit]

UK CD single #1 (74321 15450 2)
  1. "Pray" (radio edit) – 3:43
  2. "Pray" (a cappella) – 4:26
  3. "Pray" (alternative club mix) – 5:21
UK CD single #2 (74321 15451 2)
  1. "Pray" (club swing mix) – 5:37
  2. "It Only Takes a Minute" (Tommy Musto Underground dub) – 6:32
  3. "Once You've Tasted Love" (Harding & Curnow remix) – 4:20
  4. "It Only Takes a Minute" (Tommy Musto Underground vocal) – 6:16
EU CD single (74321 15478 2)
  1. "Pray" (radio edit) – 3:43
  2. "Pray" (a cappella) – 4:26
  3. "Pray" (alternative club mix) – 5:21
Japanese 3" CD single (BVDP-88)
  1. "Pray" (radio edit) – 3:43
  2. "Pray" (a cappella) – 4:26
Australian 'tour edition' CD single (74321 21112 2)(picture disc w/poster)
  1. "Pray" (radio edit) – 3:43
  2. "Relight My Fire" (live) – 8:07
  3. "Could It Be Magic" (live) – 5:32
  4. "It Only Takes a Minute" (live) – 4:11
Australian 'limited edition' CD single (74321 21113 2)(Personality Poster Pack)
  1. "Pray" (radio edit) – 3:43
  2. "Pray" (a cappella) – 4:26
  3. "Pray" (alternative club mix) – 5:21
  4. "Pray" (club swing mix) – 5:37
  5. "It Only Takes a Minute" (Tommy Musto Underground dub) – 6:32
  6. "Once You've Tasted Love" (Harding & Curnow remix) – 4:20
  7. "It Only Takes a Minute" (Tommy Musto Underground vocal) – 6:16
UK cassette (74321 15452 2)
  1. "Pray" (radio edit) – 3:43
  2. "Pray" (a cappella) – 4:26
UK 7" single (74321 15453 2)
  1. "Pray" (radio edit) – 3:43
  2. "Pray" (a cappella) – 4:26
European 12" single (74321 15454 2)
  1. "Pray" (radio edit) – 3:43
  2. "Pray" (a cappella) – 4:26
  3. "Pray" (alternative club mix) – 5:21
  4. "Pray" (club swing mix) – 5:37
2018 international digital single[3]
  1. "Pray – Odyssey version" (new arrangement and vocals) – 3:40

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom[24] Gold 438,000[25]


*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Official versions[edit]

  • Album version (3:45)
  • Radio edit (3:34)
  • A cappella (4:26)
  • Alternative club mix (5:21)
  • Swing club mix (5:37)
  • Live On the Advision Mobile Studio (6:33)
  • Live In Berlin (5:16)
  • Live at Wembley (4:00)
  • Odyssey version (3:40)

References[edit]

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