Rock Me Gently (Erasure song)

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""Rock Me Gently""
Rock Me Gently (Erasure song).jpg
Single by Erasure
from the album Erasure
B-side"Chertsey Endlos"
Released12 February 1996
FormatCD Single
Recorded1996
GenreSynthpop
Length4:04 (single version)
10:02 (album version)
LabelMute Records (Germany, Czech Republic)
Songwriter(s)Vince Clarke,
Andy Bell
Producer(s)Thomas Fehlmann,
Gareth Jones
Erasure singles chronology
"Fingers & Thumbs (Cold Summer's Day)"
(1995)
""Rock Me Gently""
(1996)
"In My Arms"
(1997)

"Rock Me Gently" is a song by British synthpop duo Erasure. Written by group members Vince Clarke and Andy Bell, the track appeared on their album Erasure. It was released as a single by Mute Records in selected European countries, including Germany and Czech Republic. "Rock Me Gently" was not released in the UK or the U.S.

In its album form, the song is an extended, ten-plus minutes mid-tempo synth ballad with ambient elements and a free-form vocal performance by Diamanda Galás during the song's breakdown. Bell's lead vocals were accentuated by the London Community Gospel Choir, who sang background (as they did on previous Erasure single "Stay with Me"). "Rock Me Gently" was drastically[altered for its single release — adding a radio-friendly drum track to the mix and editing out most of the Galás interlude. An extended version of this mix was included on the CD single, retaining the Galás section while keeping the new instrumentation.

Track listings[edit]

Czech 12" single (12NEMY4)[edit]

  1. "Rock Me Gently" (Phil Kelsey Mix)
  2. "Chertsey Endlos"
  3. "Rock Me Gently" (A Combination of Special Events)
  4. "Rock Me Gently" (Bamboo)

Czech CD single (CDNEMY4)[edit]

  1. "Rock Me Gently" (Single Mix)
  2. "Rock Me Gently" (A Combination of Special Events)
  3. "Rock Me Gently" (Phil Kelsey Mix)
  4. "Rock Me Gently" (Bamboo)
  5. "Rock Me Gently" (Extended)
  6. "Chertsey Endlos"

German CD single (CDMUTE180)[edit]

  1. "Rock Me Gently" (Single Mix)
  2. "Chertsey Endlos"
  3. "Sono Luminus" (Live)
  4. "Rock Me Gently" (Out of the Moon)

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