Where Love Lives
|"Where Love Lives"|
One of UK/European CD singles
|Single by Alison Limerick|
|from the album And Still I Rise|
|Producer(s)||Lati Kronlund, Dancing Divas|
|Alison Limerick singles chronology|
1996 Edition Cover
2003 Edition Cover
"Where Love Lives (Come On In)" is a 1990 song by the British singer Alison Limerick. It was her first solo-debut and a huge club hit in the early 1990s in both the United Kingdom and United States. The track is famous for the funked-up piano intro and remains Limerick's most successful release. It is widely regarded as one of the biggest club anthems, and has been remixed and re-released several times.
Background and release
Alison Limerick began her music career in the musical Labelled with Love and as a backing vocalist in the mid-80s after attending the London Contemporary School of Dance. Her first major gig was backing vocals on Style Council's Shout to the Top! in 1984. She appeared in musicals including Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express and Simon Callow’s The Pajama Game. And in 1989 she made a brief appearance as an African sorceress in Bob Rafelson's film Mountains of the Moon.
Swedish producer and songwriter Lati Kronlund (Lars E.C. Kronlund) picked Alison Limerick to record "Where Love Lives", after seeing her singing at a show at the ICA in London. She performed Billie Holiday’s 1941 classic God Bless The Child and Kronlund was in the audience. He told her that "Where Love Lives" was her song to sing because it required someone with a big two-octave range. The track is written/produced by Lati Kronlund and mixed by David Morales and Frankie Knuckles. The 1990 single was named just as "Where Love Lives", but when re-released in 1991 it got named "Where Love Lives (Come On In)". It is the first single from her debut album And Still I Rise, which was released in March 1992. That year Limerick also won the Best Female Artist Award at 1992’s DMC Awards.
In 1996 Arista released the Alison Limerick 'Club Classics', a remix album. From this release "Where Love Lives" again topped the dance charts with "Make It On My Own" following. For the first time "Where Love Lives" was released in America and it reached number 4 in the Billboard Hot Dance 100 Chart. In 2003, "Where Love Lives" appeared on the charts yet again thanks to new remixes, reaching #16 on the Billboard dance charts and #44 on the UK pop chart.
A music video was made for "Where Love Lives", directed by James Hyman. The 1996 video version used the same video as the original, but was edited in a different way to accompany the remix.
The music video features Limerick performing with dancers moving both in front of and behind a bright backdrop, making shadow-dancing silhouettes. Sometimes they are also seen dancing in front of mirrors. Sometimes she's dressed in a purple suit with a purple caps. Other times she wears a glittery metal dress.
Impact and legacy
Mixmag ranked the song number one in its 100 Greatest Dance Singles Of All Time list in 1996, adding:
|“||Where Love Lives (Come On in) is the greatest dance record of all time because it's got everything. It swings, it makes girls pout, boys preen and hearts sing. There's a touch of sadness about it but it's incredibly uplifting, reaching a bittersweet joy that only the most spiritual of house achieves. Ms Limerick - whose subsequent career never lived up to this - sings with a throaty, controlled abandon, hitting the high notes while arms hit the ceiling. Even the lyrics are cool: strong woman sends out her love but gives her lover a bit of a slagging while she's about it.||”|
In BBC Radio’s 2008 listeners & DJs poll The Greatest Ever Dance Record, "Where Love Lives" came in at #5 after Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean", James Brown's "Sex Machine", Donna Summer's "I Feel Love" and Derrick May's "Strings of Life".
DJ Mag included "Where Love Lives" in their list of the Top 100 Most Important House Tracks in 2011.
|“||If I had to sum up Knuckles' tender, supple sound with one song, it would the 1991 mix he and his pupil Morales did for Alison Limerick's "Where Love Lives." It starts with the kind of piano that makes real club people dance, and continues for several bars without a single drum beat. Then the rhythm machines enter, ensuring that every DJ capable of matching beats could smoothly mix in from the next record if they didn't dare to start with the bare piano. As the track progresses, the sound ebbs and flows as if it had been orchestrated with real instruments, as if disco hadn't died at all. "I'll take you down, deep down where love lives," Limerick growls in a way that doesn't leave any place for doubt. That's where Knuckles' spirit resides, in that place where love lives, a place designed to live on as long as hips feel that impulse to sway."||”|
Time Out`s 2015 list of The 20 Best House Tracks Ever included "Where Love Lives" as #14, adding:
|“||One of the finest example of how dance music could do more than just borrow hooks and melodies from pop, 'Where Love Lives' went one step further. UK singer Alison Limerick's rich vocal lines are layered over upfront house beats, creating the perfect crossover record, aimed right at the mainstream, but still retaining the dance music credentials of all involved."||”|
Upon its first release in 1990, "Where Loves Lives" failed to make an impact in the UK Singles Chart when it peaked at #87. However, after becoming a successful club hit, a re-release some months later in 1991 ensured the song entered the UK Top 30 when it peaked at #27. Another release in 1996, remixed by Dancing Divas, was even more successful when it peaked at #9 on the UK Singles Chart becoming Limerick's highest charting hit. Another remix in 2003 peaked at #44.
The song was also a dance/club hit in the United States, peaking at number 3 on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play in 1991. In 1996, a new remix peaked at #4 and in 2003 another remix peaked on number 16 on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart.
|UK CD single (1990)|
|1.||"Where Love Lives" (7")||3:44|
|2.||"Where Love Lives" (Classic Mix)||7:01|
|3.||"Where Love Lives" (Red Zone Edit)||4:04|
|4.||"Where Love Lives" (Cut To The Bone)||5:07|
|UK Vinyl single, 12" (1990)|
|1.||"Where Love Lives" (The Definitive Mix)|
|2.||"Where Love Lives" (Classic Mix)|
|3.||"Where Love Lives" (Cut To The Bone)|
|UK Vinyl single, 7" (1990)|
|1.||"Where Love Lives" (7")|
|2.||"Where Love Lives" (Zone)|
|UK & Europe CD single (1991)|
|1.||"Where Love Lives (Come On In)" (Radio Edit)||3:49|
|2.||"Where Love Lives (Come On In)" (Classic Mix)||6:55|
|3.||"Where Love Lives (Come On In)" (Red Zone Mix)||5:33|
|UK Vinyl single, 12" (1991)|
|1.||"Where Love Lives (Come On In)" (Classic Mix)||5:05|
|2.||"Where Love Lives (Come On In)" (Red Zone Mix)||6:52|
|3.||"Where Love Lives (Come On In)" (Cut To The Bone)||5:33|
|Eurochart Hot 100|
|1990||"Where Love Lives"||87||—||—||—||—|
|1991||"Where Love Lives (Come On In) '91"||27||—||—||3||49|
|1996||"Where Love Lives '96"||9||1||21||4||20|
|2003||"Where Love Lives '03"||44||—||49||16||—|
- Producer – Lati Kronlund
- Mix – Frankie Knuckles, David Morales
- Engineer – John Poppo
- Keyboards – Eric Kupper, Peter Schwartz
Cover versions, samples and remixes
MDA sampled the song in the track "Take an E (United E Nation Mix)" in 1991.
1st Prodject sampled it in 1992, in the track "Right Before (Remix)".
DJ Red Alert & Mike Slammer sampled it in the 1993 track "In Effect (The Remix)".
British singer Danny Litchfield covered "Where Love Lives" on his 2010 album Soul.
K & K sampled "Where Love Lives" in the track "Peaceful Crowd" in 2016.
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