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Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive (US 12″ Promo)

Posted by DjPaulT on April 13th, 2012

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1979

“I Will Survive” is a song first performed by American singer Gloria Gaynor, released in October 1978. It was written by Freddie Perren and Dino Fekaris. A top-selling song after its initial release, it has remained a popular disco anthem, as well as being certified double platinum by the RIAA.

The song’s lyrics describe the narrator’s discovery of personal strength following an initially devastating breakup, delivered with increasing confidence and backed by a stirring instrumental accompaniment. It is one of the most famous disco songs of all time and remains Gaynor’s biggest hit. It received heavy airplay in 1979, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and on the UK Singles Chart on consecutive weeks. The song is also frequently recalled as symbol of female strength and as a gay anthem.

Originally released as the B-side to a cover version of the Righteous Brothers song “Substitute”, “I Will Survive” became a worldwide hit for Gaynor when disc jockeys played that side of the record instead. New copies of the record were eventually pressed with “I Will Survive” as the A-side (“Substitute” itself peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, equaling to number 107 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart).

As a disco number, the song was unique for its time by virtue of Gaynor’s having no background singers. And, unlike her first disco hits, the track was not pitched up to make it faster and to render Gaynor’s recorded voice in a higher register than that in which she actually sang. Most disco hits at the time were heavily produced, with multiple voices, overdubs, and adjustments to pitch and speed. “I Will Survive” had a much more spare and “clean” sound. Had it been originally planned and released as an A-side, it would almost certainly have undergone a substantially more heavy-handed remix.

The song received the Grammy Award for Best Disco Recording in 1980, the only year the award was given. It is ranked #492 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”, and ranked at #97 on Billboard magazine’s “All-Time Hot 100”. In 2000, the song was ranked #1 in VH1’s list of the 100 greatest dance songs.

A promotional video was filmed in 1979 at New York discothèque Xenon. Sheila Reid-Pender of Harlem, NY is the featured skater in the video from the skating group, The Village Wizards. Although three videos were filmed that day, the “I Will Survive” video was the only one to survive.e.

The b-eide of the US 12″ features the song with Gloria singing in Spanish.

SIDE A:
I Will Survive 8:00

SIDE B:
Yo Vivire (Spanish Version) 7:48

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint (company sleeve)

CHARTS:

Year Single Chart Position
1979 I Will Survive U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #1
1979 I Will Survive U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary Tracks #9
1979 I Will Survive U.S. Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play #1
1979 I Will Survive U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles #4

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Polydor – PD D 512
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 RPM, Promo
Country: US
Released: 1979
Genre: Funk / Soul
Style: Disco
Credits: Arranged By [Strings, Horns] – Dave Blumberg*
Co-producer, Arranged By [Rhythm] – Freddie Perren
Producer – Dino Fekaris
Written-By – Dino FekarisFreddie Perren

NOTES:
Produced for Grand Slam Productions
Promotion Copy – Not For Sale

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
ClickRepair
dBpoweramp
Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

PW: burningtheground

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43 Responses to “Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive (US 12″ Promo)”

  1. Drake Says:

    Thanks for post!!
    great quality!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Drake and Thank you 🙂

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  2. Spring Says:

    wow! Tanks a lot dear Paul! I never heard Spanish Version before

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Spring I hope you like it 🙂

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  3. Bob Says:

    I’m getting a NOT FOUND error when I click on the mp3

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Bob it should be working now. Thanks for letting me know.

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    Dick Tracey Reply:

    Hi Paul, The song that is downloading is Nik Kershaw – “I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” not “I will survive” =) Thanks

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    Dick Tracey Reply:

    I was able to download the flac file but the password doesn’t work =(

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  4. Dan Says:

    Thanks, Paul! Never knew a Spanish version existed. By the way, #1 for 1 week in “Cashbox”.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thanks for the Casbox info Dan 🙂

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  5. NeilKelly Says:

    Hi. The MP3 is not working. Just says error 404. Thanks.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    It’s all working now 🙂

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  6. Piotrvladimir Says:

    Dear Paul

    I Can’t wait discovering the Spanish version of Gloria but you’ve posted “Nik Kershaw – I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”…

    I guess this is what you project to post tomorrow,,, ? 😉

    Anyway thanks for both,

    Merci cher Paul

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Piotrvladimir everything should be working now 🙂

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    Piotrvladimir Reply:

    Great!!!!!!!

    It’s always worth waiting a little bit…

    This morning I wake up at 7 am to pick up friends at the airport and it’s really delightful to drink my coffee while listening Gloria singing “Yo Vivere”.
    The word “thanks” will never translate my gratitude for all the good times you bring us…
    Even if it remains “virtual” I send you from France all my friendship and affection.

    Pierre
    I wish you a fantastic day.

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  7. Ray Fisher Says:

    Yay! love it when you post disco classics! I too didn’t know there was a Spanish version. Thanks!

    Might i put in a request for the 12″ version of Donna Summer’s “With Your Love”, if you have it. The version on “The Dance Collection” is edited.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Ray I will see what I can do 🙂

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  8. jbird Says:

    Hey Paul —

    I’m getting Nik Kershaw’s “I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” when I choose the mp3.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi Jbird it should be working now sorry for the mix up. Enjoy!

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  9. Timothy Says:

    Thank you so much for all you do. I’ve always loved and adored this track. This was my fathers favorite song at the time. I remember buying the album for him for Christmas. Thank you again, happy memories.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Timothy great story.

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  10. Keith Says:

    Same as above, it’s opening Nik Kershaw “I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”

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    Joseph Reply:

    I’m getting that too. WTF???

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Everything should be working now apologies for the trouble.

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  11. Nick Says:

    Great song! On the MP3 it’s Nik Kershaw though…

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    All links should work now sorry for the mix up 🙂

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  12. DjPaulT Says:

    Apologies for the mess up but everything should be working now. Happy weekend everyone 🙂

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  13. feanor Says:

    sorry, still getting the nik kershaw single, but thanks for that one! it’s another one i don’t have!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Feanor I have double checked it and is working correctly. Try clearing your cache or cookie restart your browser and try again.

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  14. AnnaCaterina Says:

    Thank you very much. The Spanish version is indeed hard to find and my copy isn’t as good as yours. That said, Gaynor’s accent in Spanish is very very heavy and it kind of ruins the experience. And I never heard it at the time in Spanish-speaking countries (I was living in Mexico).
    There is a misprint on the sleeve : the Spanish title is actually “Yo viviré”.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome AnnaCaterina. I like the Spanish version but you are correct it does loose some of the songs magic.

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  15. ric Says:

    Any respectable Karaoke or Gay Pride session will surely not miss this in their playlist!
    The 1990 Pettibone mixes are fabulous, so are the 1993 PKA mixes, but the original will always have a special place in my heart. And finally! An A+ lossless rip of that elusive Spanish version.
    Thanks Paul!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Ric!

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  16. guss Says:

    Thank you Paul, super classic!!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Guss 🙂

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  17. Conner Says:

    Sweet! Thank you!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome buddy 🙂

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  18. Ziv Says:

    Thanks Paul for all your great uploads!
    I love the equality of your encoding.

    Maybe you can help me with this one:

    Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive (80s mix)

    I know that a 80s mix been released for this one. I even heard it one time back on the 80s. It sounds like half instrumental if I remember right. At the end of the 1rd chorus there’s an echo effect on the vocals and then it turned to be instrumental for a few minutes. I’m looking for that version since the 80s with no luck so far.

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  19. vuoksenniska Says:

    Thank you very much for this disco classic!
    After 34 years, the song sounds fresh and great.

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  20. Adam Says:

    Hi Paul – mentioned You on Soundcloud – ala this and the ‘Cancion en Espaniol’ [kinda] Version
    You are DE BEST
    NO – I’LL BE HONEST !
    I ‘NEVER’ KNEW THERE WAS ‘ANOTHER’ version of this !

    Now ‘If’ Only – Tom ‘of Moulton’ [xx] HAD done a remix of ABBA’s Dancing Queen !

    ps- You’re the guy – who ‘may know’#
    Was The Barbra Streisand & Donna Summer ‘song’ – EVER ‘planned to’ , ‘rehearsed’ or ‘sang live ?’
    And Do you have any knowledge of the CD ‘TAPES’- I saw on EBAY once for sale
    That were ‘The Complete Recording Session’s’ of Bab’s & Donna’s Monumental ‘Meet-UP’

    I didn’t bother to ‘bid’ as I suspected ‘if’ they were a genuine ‘recording’ / BOOTLEG
    That the asking Price would be ‘Telephone Number’s’ = Price-Wise £$$£
    All I have been able to ‘find out so far’
    Is appart from some ‘cute pics’ of Donna /Bab’s & Paul Jabara ‘hugging’
    I’m in ‘de DARK’
    There was a Down-load floating about the WEB of ‘out-takes’
    (Don’t Put Up with His Shit etc + giggles)
    Though in V poor Quality
    All I’m asking
    Is can you ‘confirm or deny’ any of these ‘Rumours’
    And ‘aint there Another Song/Duet’ as well?

    PS- IN a totally ‘re’ lated WAY
    When I read the ‘lyrics’ to ONJ’s/Elton John-song= ‘The Rumour’
    I could not get over that IF any one could
    RESURECT – IT AS a HIT
    IT would be Spookily PERFECT for Donna Summer to record
    but what do I know ?
    I’m one of those Strange People
    A FAN OF SINGERS
    AND – THERE SONGS
    TTFN
    CARRY ON – IN ALL YOUR EXCELLENT WORK !

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  21. Carlos Says:

    Hey, Paul!

    I feel very grateful for all this surprises you give to us each time you post something!

    As a fun fact, I can tell that Gloria Gaynor came to Mexico several times to promote her albums, and the spanish version of “I Will Survive” was never released or heard in this territory! Clubs and radio had always played the original english version since ever.

    As AnnaCaterina says in her comment, there is a misprint on the sleeve: The spanish title is actually “Yo viviré” (I’ll be alive). Usually, in spanish texts, capital letters are not marked with graphic accent but lower cases does. In this case “é” must be marked.

    Once again, thank you very much for all those masterpieces!

    🙂

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  22. feanor Says:

    ok, got it now! thanks a bunch!

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