VINYL DIG: Sarah McLachlan 'Possession' (Rabbit In The Moon Remix) ARISTA RECORDS

Rare, sought after rave belter, until they officially released a billion copies

May 4, 2016

Every week, I dig through my record collection. Sometimes it's to discover long forgotten gems or B-sides. Other times it's to clean house and lighten the load. Here's what surfaced from the stack this week:

Record: Sarah McLachlan 'Possession' (Rabbit in the Moon Remix)

Year: 1995

Why do I have this record?

Because it is the absolute jam, and I was lucky enough to grab it when stacks of them were in the shops. Regardless of there being stacks, they were snatched up pretty quick. Years later I found the original promo pressing in a used bin during a record store clearance in Vancouver, BC.

How was this record originally received?

Well enough for a major label to invest in a record pressing aimed at an underground market. I could consult Google for what might be an accurate account. But heresay is more fun so the way I remember the story goes something like this...

It was released as a white label promo with some unrelated sketches for graphics, no mention of artist or song. A limited number ended up in the hands of record store owners and a few DJ's. Sarah didn't like it, so it was never released.

After it became a massive hit on the underground, the label decided to make an official release out of it. 

There were literally stacks of these in every record store, to the dismay of the few who had the coveted white label. But it didn't really matter because they were bought up so fast that the official release soon became a rarity as well. 

There is a slight difference though. The promo pressing had this Dance version of 'Fear'. Which was replaced by 'I Will Remember You' for the official release. 

Has it stood the test of time?

Nobody's playing it to the best of my knowledge. But with the resurgence of all things '90's and Rabbit in the Moon's timeless production, I'm sure it would rock any club today. All I really play now is the chill version of 'Fear'.