Escaping (song)

Margaret Urlich Escaping cover.jpg
Single by Margaret Urlich
from the album Safety in Numbers
B-side"God Bless the Child"
ReleasedSeptember 1989 (1989-09)
Recorded301 Studios, Sydney, Australia
Songwriter(s)Barry Blue, Robyn Smith
Producer(s)Robyn Smith
Margaret Urlich singles chronology
"Only My Heart Calling"

"Escaping" is the 1989 debut solo single from New Zealand singer Margaret Urlich. The song charted at number one for three weeks in the New Zealand singles chart,[1] later reaching number 17 in Australia.[2] The song is the opening track on Urlich's debut album Safety in Numbers, and also features on her 1994 live album Live.


At the 1989 New Zealand Music Awards, "Escaping" won Single of the Year. At the same awards, Urlich won Best Female Vocalist, and her debut album Safety in Numbers won Album of the Year and Best Cover Design.[3]

Track listing[]


Asia Blue version[]

Asia Blue Escaping.jpg
Single by Asia Blue
from the album Escaping
Released1992 (1992)
Songwriter(s)Barry Blue, Robyn Smith
Producer(s)Barry Blue
Asia Blue singles chronology

British female soul trio Asia Blue released a cover of the song as their debut single in 1992. Their version was produced by Barry Blue, who had originally written the song. The single peaked at #50 in the UK in June 1992, becoming the group's biggest hit. The trio released two more singles, "Connect" and "Boy In The Moon" (another song originally done by Margaret Urlich) in 1992 and 1993 respectively, which failed to chart inside the UK top 75. A 10-track album titled Escaping was recorded and set to be released in early 1993, but due to the singles' lack of success it was shelved by the label.

Critical reception[]

Pan-European magazine Music & Media wrote in their review that "this female vocal trio excels with a soulful ballad including a virtually classic chorus reminiscent of Donna Summer's State of Independence."[10] Miranda Sawyer from Select noted its "gloriously syrupy chorus that would do Quincy Jones proud. 'Escaping' slicks and smooches in crable En Vogue style."[11]

Track listing[]


Chart (1992) Peak
UK Singles (OCC)[12] 50

Dina Carroll version[]

Dina Carroll Escaping.jpg
Single by Dina Carroll
from the album Only Human
Released16 September 1996 (1996-09-16)[13]
Producer(s)Nigel Lowis
Dina Carroll singles chronology
"The Perfect Year"
"Only Human"
Music video
"Escaping" on YouTube

British singer Dina Carroll released a cover of the song on 16 September 1996. For her version, Carroll and producer Nigel Lowis rewrote a good part of the original lyrics, but maintained the same musical structure of the previous versions. The video clip heavily featured a documentary of Balinese people culture and social life.[14][15]

Her first single after a three-year absence, "Escaping" became Carroll's highest charting hit in the UK, peaking at No. 3, equalling the position of her ballad "Don't Be a Stranger". The B-side, "Mind Body & Soul" was a dance track that topped the UK Dance Chart.

Critical reception[]

Jon O'Brien from AllMusic described "Escaping" as a "joint, worldbeat-inspired" song.[16] A reviewer from Evening Herald stated that Carroll "certainly knows how to make a comeback in style".[17] Ross Jones from The Guardian complimented its chorus as "massive" and noted how the "life-affirming refrain sweeps up to the heavens".[18] Pan-European magazine Music & Media wrote, "...Dina Caroll is already receiving airplay with this cover version of the Asia Blue song. Don't expect R&B: this is a well-produced velvety gospel ballad."[19] Music Week rated it three out of five, declaring it "an atmospheric, lushly-arranged ballad, complete with an African feel and touches of Estefan."[20] The magazine's Alan Jones noted that this "strong mid-tempo cut with a soaring chorus" is already a radio favourite, "which should give her a triumphant return to the upper echelons of the chart."[21]

Track listings[]

CD single

  1. "Escaping" (4:45)
  2. "Escaping" (DARC By Nature Remix) (5:49)
  3. "Mind Body & Soul" (Chicago MVP's Allstar Mix) (7:04)
  4. "Mind Body & Soul" (Jere McAllister Final's Remix) (6:34)

Cassette single, European CD single

  1. "Escaping" (Radio Edit) (3:41)
  2. "Escaping" (DARC By Nature Remix) (5:49)

Promo CD single

  1. "Escaping" (Radio Edit) (3:41)
  2. "Escaping" (Original Mix) (4:45)



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