“It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” is the 1996 track from the late composer and producer legend that is Jim Steinman, who also produced the soft rock song with Steven Rinkoff and Roy Bittan.
On Jim Steinman’s official website (www.jimsteinman.com), Steinman writes about his inspiration behind the song:
“‘It’s All Coming Back To Me Now’ is my attempt to write the most passionate, romantic song I could ever write.
I was writing it while under the influence of Wuthering Heights, which is one of my favorite books.
This song is an erotic motorcycle. It’s like Heathcliff digging up Cathy’s corpse and dancing with it in the cold moonlight. You can’t get more extreme, operatic or passionate than that.
I was trying to write a song about dead things coming to life.
I was trying to write a song about being enslaved and obsessed by love, not just enchanted and happy with it.
It was about the dark side of love and about the extraordinary ability to be resurrected by it once dead.
It’s about obsession, and that can be scary because you’re not in control and you don’t know where it’s going to stop. It says that, at any point in somebody’s life, when they loved somebody strongly enough and that person returns, a certain touch, a certain physical gesture can turn them from being defiant and disgusted with this person to being subservient again. And it’s not just a pleasurable feeling that comes back, it’s the complete terror and loss of control that comes back. And I think that’s ultimately a great weapon.”
Canadian singing sensation Céline Dion’s version was released in 1996, with the original in 1989 and appears as the first track on Dion’s fourth English-language album titled “Falling into You” and features backing vocals from American singer Meat Loaf. The song is over 7 minutes long, and is according to The Sunday Times, English composer Andrew Lloyd Webber told Steinman that it was “the greatest love song ever written”, as well as deeming Dion’s version to be “the record of the millennium”.
The music video for Dion’s version of track was directed by Nigel Dick, with Simon Archer as cinematographer and Jasromir Svarc as art director. The video was shot between the 29th June to the 3rd Jul 1996 in the Ploskovice Palace in Prague in the Czech Republic. The video shows Dion being haunted by a former lover that she sees through mirrors and through pictures around the palace. Since its upload to Céline Dion’s YouTube channel in August 2012, the video has over 44.8 million views with over 160 thousand likes.
Release Date: 26th July 1996
Songwriter: Jim Steinman
Producer/s: Jim Steinman, Steven Rinkoff & Roy Bittan
Label/s: Columbia & Epic
Music Video Release Date: 1996
Music Video Director: Nigel Dick
Chart Rankings & Certifications: In its year of release, Dion’s “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” charted all around the globe, making it a standout song of not only the year, but for Dion too. The track reached the following various peak chart positions in the locations listed below:
– #8 in Australia
– #1 & #10 in Belgium
– #1, #2 & #3 on various charts in Canada
– #13 in France
– #62 in Germany
– #9 & #39 in Hungary
– #6 in Iceland
– #2 in Ireland
– #4 & #5 on charts in the Netherlands
– #8 in New Zealand
– #1 in Quebec
– #4 in Scotland
– #31 in Spain
– #19 in Sweden
– #3 in the UK
– #2 on the US Billboard Hot 100
– #1 on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary
– #2 on the US Billboard Adult Top 40
– #15 on the US Billboard Dance Club Songs
– #12 on the US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi Singles Sales
– #1 on the US Billboard Mainstream Top 40
– #16 on the US Billboard Rhythmic
“It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” is certified:
– Gold in Australia, Belgium & New Zealand
– Platinum in the UK
– 2x Platinum in the US
The lyrics to “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” can be viewed here.
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