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You Got The Love is a dance single by The Source and Candi Staton. The track is essentially a bootleg combining the Frankie Knuckles/Jamie Principle house song "Your Love" with an obscure Candi Staton track which she had recorded for a video-only 1980s documentary about an obese man who was trying to lose weight. When approached by The Source, Candi said she couldn't remember her having recorded a song called "You Got the Love". It was only later when she realised she had performed the song years earlier for the documentary, although no recording had ever been released other than the original videotape. The producers of the video had selected the song for her to sing, but as they had no funds to pay her, they donated half of the copyright and publishing to Candi.

The track was originally released in 1991, and reached number 4 in the UK Singles Chart. It was re-issued in 1996 and then re-issued again in 2006 with new mixes by New Voyager and the Shapeshifters. The 2006 mix also featured more lyrics than the first two versions.

The track was featured in the final moments of the Sex and the City series finale. The track's new mixes and the inclusion of the track in the show is one factor of its 2006 reissue. The track was also featured on the film Layer Cake in the club where Sidney talks to XXXX as he looks on at Sidney's girlfriend.

Music video

The song has a clear Christian message - Staton talks of giving up on God, only to discover that He's "got the love I need to see me through", and that "the Saviour's love is real". The 1997 video portrays a black man carrying a cross, and being guided by an angel and tempted by the Devil.

The 2006 version features a black and white video. Set in London, it portrays a young man watching out for the poor, lonely and vulnerable in the streets, subway and gardens.

Single listings

ORIGINAL MIX

  1. You Got The Love (Eren's Bootleg Mix)

UK CD1

  1. You Got The Love (New Voyager Radio Mix)
  2. You Got The Love (New Voyager Mix)

UK CD2

  1. You Got The Love (New Voyager Radio Edit)
  2. You Got The Love (Shapeshifters Radio Edit)
  3. You Got The Love (Extended New Voyager Mix)
  4. You Got The Love (Shapeshifter Main Vocal Mix)
  5. You Got The Love (Truelove, Lys & Gigi Remix)
  6. You Got The Love (Paradise Soul Mix)
  7. Enhanced Video

AU CD

  1. You Got The Love (New Voyager Radio Mix
  2. You Got The Love (Original Radio Edit)
  3. You Got The Love (Truelove, Lys, & Gigi Remix)
  4. You Got The Love (Shapeshifters Main Vocal Mix)
  5. You Got The Love (Shapeshifters Alt. Mix)
  6. You Got The Love (New Voyager Mix)
  7. You Got The Love (Original Mix)
  8. You Got The Love (Paradise Soul Mix)
  9. You Got The Love (Rhythm Masters Classic Vocal Mix)
  10. You Got The Love (Asle Bjorn Remix)
  11. You Got The Love (Wayne G Circuit Anthem Mix)




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