Cherish - Kool &
The Gang – 880 869 7 - (Condition 85-90%) - inner circle Big - EP Record
"Cherish" is a song by American
R&B band Kool & the Gang, released in 1985. It was the third single
released from the band's album, Emergency. It was certified Gold by the RIAA
and held the number 1 position on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart for
six weeks running. It would ultimately rank as the biggest Adult Contemporary
chart hit of the 1980s.
The song is a romantic ballad that proved to
be extremely popular when it was released and has since been a wedding song
staple of sorts.
There are several different mixes of
"Cherish". The original album version (length: 4:47) begins with
the sound of a wave crashing on the beach followed by a (solely) keyboard
intro. The entire first verse is sung without drums and percussion, which do
not begin until the first chorus.
The single (and video) version of
"Cherish" (length: 3:58) adds additional "beach" effects
at the beginning and combines an acoustic guitar with the original keyboard
introduction. Additional drumming, which this time starts right as J.T.
Taylor begins singing the first verse, is also added throughout the song.
Whereas the chorus is repeated (sung twice) after the first verse in the
album version, it is only sung one time on the single.
There is also an extended 12-inch version of
"Cherish" (length: 5:43) which includes the same flourishes that
were added to the single/video version of the tune, plus saxophone parts
during various sections of the song (introduction, bridge, etc.), including a
whole additional sax interlude after the first chorus. Furthermore, there is
an edited mix of this 12-inch version (length: 4:22), where the bridge that
appears in all of the other versions of the song is replaced by the same
saxophone interlude that is included in the full 12-inch version.