Posted by DjPaulT on December 5th, 2012
BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1984
“Dancing in the Dark” is a 1984 song, written and performed by American rock singer Bruce Springsteen. Adding up-tempo synthesizer riffs and some syncopation to his sound for the first time, it became his biggest hit and, as the first single released from Born in the U.S.A., propelled it to become the best-selling album of Springsteen’s career.
In a first-for-Springsteen effort to gain dance and club play for his music, Arthur Baker created the 12-inch “Blaster Mix” of “Dancing in the Dark”, wherein he reworked the album version. The remix was released on July 2, 1984. The result generated a lot of media buzz for Springsteen, as well as actual club play; the remix went to #7 on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, and had the most sales of any 12-inch single in the United States in 1984.
Released as a single prior to the album’s release, the song spent four weeks at #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart (his highest charting song to date) in June–July 1984 (it was kept off the #1 spot by Duran Duran’s “The Reflex” and that year’s song of the summer, Prince’s “When Doves Cry”). It did reach #1 on the Cash Box Top 100 Singles chart. It was also the first of a record-tying seven top 10 hit singles to be released from Born in the U.S.A. “Dancing in the Dark” also held the #1 spot for six weeks on Billboard’s Top Rock Tracks chart.
Although the song only peaked at #5 in Australia, it remained on the charts for most of 1984 and was that country’s highest selling single of the year. It spent a total of 64 weeks in the Top 100.
In the UK, “Dancing in the Dark” originally reached number 28 in the UK Singles Chart when released in May 1984. However, the song was re-released in January 1985 and subsequently reached number 4 in the charts, becoming the 27th best-selling single of the year.
The recording also won Springsteen his first Grammy Award, picking up the prize for Best Rock Vocal Performance in 1985. It also won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Stage Performance. In the 1985 Rolling Stone readers poll, “Dancing in the Dark” was voted “Song of the Year”. The track has since gone on to earn further recognition and is as such listed one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.
Dancing In The Dark (Blaster Mix) 6:09
Dancing In The Dark (Radio) 4:40
Dancing In The Dark (Dub) 5:25
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint
|1984||Dancing In The Dark||U.S. Billboard Hot 100||#2|
|1984||Dancing In The Dark||U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks||#1|
|1984||Dancing In The Dark||U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play||#7|
Label: Columbia – 44 05028
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Single, 33 RPM
Genre: Pop, Rock
Style: Pop Rock
Credits: Design – Andrea Klein
Engineer [Remix] – Chris Lord-Alge
Mixed By – Bob Clearmountain
Photography By – Annie Leibovitz
Producer [Based On Original Production By] – Bruce Springsteen, Chuck Plotkin, Jon Landau, Steve Van Zandt
Recorded By – Toby Scott
Remix, Producer [Additional] – Arthur Baker
Special versions from the Columbia Lp: “BORN IN THE U.S.A.” QC 38653
Track times are incorrect on Side B
Printed in U.S.A.
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Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
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VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner
Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi
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