Title - 'Glorious: Expanded Edition'
Artist - Gloria Gaynor
At the beginning, and then the peak of the disco era, Gloria Gaynor managed to create two signature themes (‘Never Can Say Goodbye’ and ‘I Will Survive’) whilst still maintaining a distinctive and prolific voice on surrounding albums. Disco could be frivolous but Gloria managed to appropriate this into songs that often proved wistful.
Sandwiched in between two of her commercial peak periods (1975’s Never Can Say Goodbye and 1979’s Love Tracks), Gloria continued to release strong records that would expand on the lengthy dance suites and contemporary disco-soul that Never Can Say Goodbye comprised of.
Glorious was American singer Gloria Gaynor's fourth studio album and released in 1977 on Polydor Records. Containing just eight songs originally, after working on three albums with The Disco Corporation of America (Meco Monardo, Tony Bongiovi, Jay Ellis) and Tom Moulton, Gloria was teamed with producer Gregg Diamond who had recently scored a massive international hit with ‘More More More’ by The Andrea True Connection.
For Gaynor, working with different producers and songwriters meant some changes. Side One, as it were, isn't turned into a nonstop dance mix this time, and Gaynor got away from the idea of having the dance-oriented tracks in one place and the slower material in another. So we begin with 'Why Should I Pay,' which flows into an updated 'As Time Goes By' (Herman Hupfield), and then both the hauntingly luxurious mid-tempo, nine minute epic 'Most Of All,' and then 'We Can Start All Over Again.'
Side Two, as it once was, contains tracks such as 'Sweet Sweet Melody,' 'Life Ain't Worth Living,' 'This Side of the Pain, and other disco-soul numbers such as 'So Much Love,' but as much as they are all competent, they are simply just not remarkable. Ergo, unfortunately, Diamond and Beck don't do as much for Gaynor as one would hope, for as much as Glorious isn't a bad album, it's an album that never really catches on fire either.
Rounded out, especially due to the fact that new release is called the Expanded Edition, by the Single Version of 'Most Of All,' considering that Diamond's work with the Andrea True Connection had been excellent, one would expect him and Gaynor to be a powerful combination. But Glorious fails to live up to its potential and is strictly for Gaynor's most die-hard fans - even now.
Out now for all to own, Cherry Red's very own in-house label BBR are thrilled to present this remastered and released for the first time on CD. Completely repackaged, this new edition of Glorious also now comes with added bonus content and liner notes.
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