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Title - 'Gloria Gaynor: Expanded Edition' (BBR)
Artist - Gloria Gaynor

As I'm sure we are all aware by now, Gloria Gaynor is an American singer best known for the disco era hits 'I Will Survive' (1979), 'Never Can Say Goodbye' (1974), 'Let Me Know (I Have a Right)' (1980), and 'I Am What I Am' in 1983.

With a jazz upbringing, her first real success came in 1975 with the release of her album Never Can Say Goodbye, which established her as a disco artist. But did you know that the first side of this album consisted of three disco songs ('Honey Bee,' 'Never Can Say Goodbye' and 'Reach Out, I'll Be There') which had NO breaks inbetween the songs! This 19-minute dance marathon proved to be enormously popular, especially at dance clubs.

After some musical back 'n forths in 1983 she released her 10th studio album simply entitled Gloria Gaynor; in which she rejected disco for mid-tempo R&B and Pop style songs. The album, which has been lovingly expanded by Cherry Red Records / BBR and re-released this very month, contains a patriotic song called 'America' as well as a new version of 'I Will Survive.'

Indeed, in this new version of 'I Will Survive' she changed the lyrics of the song in order to advertise her recent conversion to Christianity. The words "It took all the strength I had not to fall apart" were changed to "Only the Lord could give me strength not to fall apart".

Three singles came from the album: 'Tease Me’ was followed by an update of the Supremes classic ‘Stop In The Name Of Love’ (which actually saw Gaynor backed by Kool & The Gang), and the aforementioned patriotic sounds of ‘America.’

Sadly, the album was not a success in the Pop, Dance or Urban markets, but Gaynor would achieve her final success in 1984 with the release of her album I Am Gloria Gaynor. This was mainly due to the song 'I Am What I Am,' which became a hit at dance clubs.

This newly-expanded CD comes with extensive liner notes including interviews and added bonus content making this BBR Remaster a must have item for all Disco, Soul, Funk and R&B fans out there!

The complete tracklisting is as follows:

1. STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE
2. RUNAROUND LOVE
3. MACK-SIDE
4. TEASE ME
5. AMERICA
6. FOR YOU, MY LOVE
7. LOVE ME REAL
8. EVEN A FOOL WOULD LET GO
BONUS TRACKS:
9. STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE (12” Disco Version)
10. TEASE ME (Single Version)
11. AMERICA (Single Version)
12. STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE (Single Version)

Reviewed by: Russell A. Trunk

CD Purchase Link

www.cherryred.co.uk





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