Robert Owens ‎– I'll Be Your Friend

RCA ‎– 07863 62156-1
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM


A1 I'll Be Your Friend (Original Def Mix) 7:30
A2 I'll Be Your Friend (Dead Zone) 7:00
B1 I'll Be Your Friend (Def Instrumental) 6:30
B2 I'll Be Your Friend (Mo Mo Beats) 4:30
B3 I'll Be Your Friend (7" Radio Mix) 4:00

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"A Def Mix Production."

This release was also issued with a plain black sleeve.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 78636 21561
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A): 07863-62156-1-A-1 I - I STERLING SRC
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B): 07863-62156-1-B-1 I - I STERLING SRC
  • Rights Society: ASCAP

Other Versions (5 of 31) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
PERF137CD1, 0630-18216-2 Robert Owens I'll Be Your Friend(CD, Single, CD1) Perfecto, EastWest PERF137CD1, 0630-18216-2 UK 1997 Sell This Version
PERF137T2, 0630-18218-0 Robert Owens I'll Be Your Friend(2x12") Perfecto, Perfecto FC, Perfecto, Perfecto FC PERF137T2, 0630-18218-0 UK 1997 Sell This Version
615041 Robert Owens I'll Be Your Friend(12", W/Lbl) Big Bubbles 615041 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
07863-62156-4 Robert Owens I'll Be Your Friend(Cass, Single) RCA 07863-62156-4 US 1991 Sell This Version
none Robert Owens I'll Be Your Friend(Acetate, 12", S/Sided) Not On Label none US 1991 Sell This Version



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December 22, 2017
At the time this came out this was a like a breath of fresh air. I'd actually begun to get a bit disenchanted with the club music / house scene around 1991 - the records seemed to lack depth compared with the preceding glory years of 87-90. 1991 seamed to be a sea of dodgy hip house, Italo piano screamers and early breakbeat. Aside from some very underground tracks from the likes of MK and Roger Sanchez the overall mood of 1991 seemed ever so slightly cheesy. Then towards the end of the year this dropped. With its dubbed out drums richoteting out of the speakers, deep baseline, haunting synth harmonica lines and a magical emotive vocal from Mr Owens himself. Pure bliss. It also seemed to herald a return to depth in dance music with tracks by Jovonn, Michael Watford, Murk, dj Pierre, the Burrell Brothers appearing around the same time. I actually met Robert Owens when he was djing at the Hacienda around 1994 - I told him how much I loved his music and he thanked me for coming to see him. Such a lovely man.