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Bruce Springsteen – Dancing In The Dark (US 12″)

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.

SIDE A:
Dancing In The Dark (Blaster Mix) 6:09

SIDE B:
Dancing In The Dark (Radio) 4:40
Dancing In The Dark (Dub) 5:25

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

CHARTS:

Year Single Chart Position
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

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Columbia – 44 05028
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Single, 33 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1984
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 SpringsteenChuck PlotkinJon LandauSteve Van Zandt
Recorded By – Toby Scott
Remix, Producer [Additional] – Arthur Baker

NOTES:
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.

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

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31 Responses to “Bruce Springsteen – Dancing In The Dark (US 12″)”

  1. Spring Says:

    Thank you Paul!
    In my opinion Bruce is the real American man as he should be.
    I love several of his songs. This one in my list too. 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I couldn’t agree with you more Spring 🙂

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  2. Marc Says:

    Thanks so much !!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Marc 🙂

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  3. Chwee Says:

    No matter how many times you uploaded this Paul, I download it! Greetings from Arizona! ~ Chwee

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Greetings Chwee I think this is the first time I have ever posted this 12″ enjoy!

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  4. quickmaster Says:

    Hello, thank you for the very good work that You are doing here, there are many good Extended to find versions in super quality that I have been looking for ….. keep it up, I look at every week, feel free to visit again and I am about new maxi singles … O greetings

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Quickmaster 🙂

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  5. Christian Says:

    Like Chwee, I would have thought you posted this before. Nonetheless, I love, Love, LOVE the Blaster Mix and will download it again. Thanks, Paul!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Christian I may have posted this long ago on Blogger but this is a brand new rip and in much better quality. Enjoy 🙂

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  6. Conner Says:

    Love this! thanks!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome buddy 🙂

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  7. ric Says:

    And don’t forget a certain Ms Cox in the video!
    My favourite Springsteen single, and those Arthur Baker mixes are amazing!
    I also love how Bruce transformed from a scrawny little rocker to a muscly boss by 1984! The tight white tees, the tight faded jeans, and that bum shot!
    BTW, I’ve just started a blog of my personal annual chart list. Feel free to check it out!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Nice work Ric.

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  8. Simon Says:

    I have DITD on the UK 12″. It’s the same mix as far as I can tell and no mention on it anywhere of Mr Baker…

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  9. Stefano Says:

    Another great post! Thanks.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Stefano 🙂

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  10. Sailer Says:

    I to recall you posting this before, but never mind, this one deserves repeat postings.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I may have posted an older rip of this a few years ago when I was over at Blogger but I know for a fact this is the first time with my Ortofon Super 30 stylus and the first time in 24 bit and Flac.

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  11. Tim Says:

    Great post Paul, as usual.

    Could I ask you a big favor? Could you please re-upload Patti LaBelle “Stir It Up”? Love the song, the mixes and the video! 🙂

    Thanks Paul.

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  12. Bearguy Says:

    WOW Paul… you’ve really been on a tear this week! Lotsa good stuff! I’ve got a copy of this somewhere… still not fully unpacked after my move, haven’t gotten to my 12″ collection yet. Besides, you’ve got better equipment than I do anyway. 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Bearguy i’m happy you are enjoying the posts 🙂

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  13. Johan Says:

    Thank you!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Johan 🙂

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  14. pauleky Says:

    A true legend. I was lucky enough to see him last month. He is still an incredible performer today. I bought this remix back in the day and was blown away that Bruce had taken this direction, but it worked just like just about everything else he does. I got to see him the year “Born In The U.S.A.” was released and it still ranks as the best concert I have ever seen. Thanks for the memories!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome pauleky!

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  15. Susan Says:

    Thank you SO much, Paul. I have been looking for this version for the longest time. And it sounds fantastic!

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  16. Jason63 Says:

    Thank you Paul. I can retire my old 12″.

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  17. daniel maua Says:

    hey paul, i can’t download the file. the site ask to username and password

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi Daniel please read the FAQ at the top of the page it will explain what you need to do.

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  18. Matt Says:

    This is the one I would always here Bruce fans refer too. Great addition to my collection. Thanks

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