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Diana Ross – Swept Away (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on April 24th, 2013

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1984

A. Front

Re-Rip Remaster

Originally I posted this one back in April 2011. But for those who may have missed it or if you are a new reader just discovering BTG. I decided to give this one a new rip with my newer Ortofon 30 stylus. This 12″ is also being posted in 24 bit flac for the very first time!

“Swept Away” is a rock-flavored dance song written by Daryl Hall (of Hall & Oates) with Sara Allen, produced by Hall with Arthur Baker, and recorded by singer Diana Ross for her album of the same name. Ross released the song as a single on the RCA label in 1984.

The song talked about how the narrator thought she was in love with a special person only to find out that she had just been “swept away” after catching her lover cheating on her sending her into a rage and panic.

In the music video, directed by Dominic Orlando in Manhattan and on location in Long Island, Ross is seduced by a Frenchman and falls in love with him only to find out, after arriving unannounced in a bar, that he’s cheating on her with another French girl in a stylized Apache Dance. She then confronts the man hitting him repeatedly, and later fights with the French girl who ends up being knocked out unconscious by the singer. Later in the video, the Frenchman tries to fight his way back into her life only to have Ross accidentally push him from a lighthouse tower into the water. It was one of Ross’ most popular videos, and her first to air on MTV.

The music video was blown up to 35mm for projection during Diana Ross’ live performances at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. There’s also an extended version of the video edited for the 12″ dance club remix.

Arthur Baker had been a club DJ turned remixer who was just breaking into production, and the twelve-inch version became one of Ross’ most successful, reaching number one on the Dance/Disco chart. The single also reached nineteen on the US pop singles chart and number three on the R&B singles chart.

SIDE A:
Swept Away (Long Version) 7:37
Backing Vocals – Daryl Hall

SIDE B:
Swept Away (Instrumental Version) 7:14

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Cover: Near Mint

CHARTS:

Year Single Chart Position
1984 Swept Away U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #19
1984 Swept Away U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles #3
1984 Swept Away U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play #1

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: RCA Victor – PD-13865
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1984
Genre: Electronic, Funk / Soul, Pop
Style: Synth-pop, Soul
Credits: Edited By – Latin Rascals, The
Producer – Arthur Baker, Daryl Hall
Written-By – Daryl Hall, Sara Allen

NOTES:
From the album “DIANA ROSS SWEPT AWAY” AFLI 5009

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS

B. Back

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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37 Responses to “Diana Ross – Swept Away (US 12″)”

  1. Spring Says:

    Thank you so much Paul!!! I love Diana’s music. This week on your blog it’s like my holidays for soul. Only my fav singers and music. You are Mister Magic!! 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Spring. You are so thoughtful 🙂

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  2. Kookoo Says:

    Thanks for the re-up of this amazing single. The new rip sounds great. Have you ever posted “Pieces of Ice”?

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Kookoo don’t think I have ripped that one yet. Hopefully I will get to it soon 🙂

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  3. Spring Says:

    Also I wanted to add that my mood is so great today! Just because today, April, 24 is a Birthday of Barbra Streisand (she is 71). 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Happy birthday Babs 🙂

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  4. Stefano Says:

    Great job Paul and VERY nice to have this re-rip with the OM30. I love this dance mix and love the instrumental even more. This one rocks, period!

    Wouldn’t mind to see some older posts re-ripped again. The whole Streisand section for instance. Long long long not available anymore due to dead links and at that time ripped with an OM10 or 20. Deserves a new treatment soon.

    But thanks for this Diana re-rip. Really appreciate it.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi Stefano yeah there are about two years worth of dead links mostly 2010 and 2011 due to the Megaupload shut down that happened a year or so ago. Since I post new material daily it’s hard to find time to go back and fix those links. I hope to get round to Barbara soon 🙂

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    Spring Reply:

    Sounds Fantastic! Can’t wait for it! Thank you 🙂

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    Stefano Reply:

    I hope you do, would be awesome! Can’t wait actually, haha. But you have to promise us to re-rip them for much better quality (and not just fix the link).

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    The Doctor Reply:

    Considering the rarity and near-unavailability of all of those old items, I for one wouldn’t quibble if he just re-uploaded all the files that used to be on Megaupload to his new server as-is, and fixed the links accordingly.

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    The Doctor Reply:

    Hmmm… So, just how big a donation would it take to persuade you to take a day or two to go back and reupload all the old Megaupload stuff to your new server and fix the links? 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I think it would take more than a couple of days. There are if i’m guessing two or three hundred posts that would need to be fixed. It’s very time consuming and I also would want to add 24bit links to those as well. Most of those files as Stefano mentined were ripped with my old Ortofon 10 or 20 stylus and do not have near the fidelity of my new Ortofon 30 I have also since upgraded the tube in my pre-amd which has also made a huge difference. I think most readers don’t really know how much is involved in ripping vinyl. It’s more than playing a record and pushing the record button 🙂 I generally spend 6 to 8 hours a day on just one 12″. If there is something that folks want re-uploaded sending a donation will definately help.

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    The Doctor Reply:

    Oh, well, I was thinking more in terms of just putting the existing, older files back up as-is, so that at least they would be available in some form, even if they’re not as pristine as what your current rig allows. Believe me, I know how much effort is involved in transferring and cleaning up any analog source; I certainly wasn’t suggesting you could re-rip two years worth of postings in 48 hours! 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    O I know you weren’t suggesting that Doctor sorry if it sounded that way. I am planning to start revisiting more of the archives with new updated rips. Hopefully I will do some that you are looking for 🙂

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  5. Timothy Says:

    My Idol and Ultimate Diva…Miss Ross! Thank you for posting this. I feel about Diana the way you feel about Olivia. I’ve been a fan since 1977 and I’ll never stop! Adore the woman.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Timothy. I’ve been an Olivia fan for about the same length of time 🙂

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  6. Gene Savage Says:

    Thank you SO MUCH for re-ripping this one; what a fantastic post! I was looking for this one… you made my day!! 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    you’re welcome Gene. Glad I was able to do it 🙂

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  7. musicdivaSF Says:

    OMG! OMG! Thank you very much for re-ripping this classic Diana Ross track. Your statement on her video “It was one of Ross’ most popular videos, and her first to air on MTV” is soo true. I loved and still do up to this time.
    Coincidentally, I was just received an announcement that she will be gracing her San Francisco fans in August. I missed her the last time and I’m definitely not missing her this time.
    I’m so swept away by this post. 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    MusicdivasSF sounds like a fab show that is coming your way I know Miss Ross will dazzle 🙂

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  8. Dean Says:

    Thank you, Paul! I’ve always thought this was her best RCA single and have fond memories of dancing to it in the ’80s.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Dean I agree with you 🙂

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  9. omar Says:

    Loved This one. Paul could u also post a remastered version of Pieces of Ice? Thanks.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar 🙂

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  10. Martijn van Heeringen Says:

    Thank you for this post, it is a repost I believe since I think I had it already. Do you know if there is a cd expanded reissue of Diana Ross that has this extended plus dub version on it?

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Yes it is a re-post but I also re-ripped it using newer equipment so it should sound much better than the old rip. No expanded version that I know of.

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    Stefano Reply:

    Helaas Martijn, haar gehele EMI/Capitol catalogus (RCA in de US) is wereldwijd nog niet eerder als remaster met bonus tracks uitgebracht.

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    Martijn van Heeringen Reply:

    knorrig is dat, wordt hoog tijd! Motown heeft namelijk wel de hele boel met Ross en zelfs met Supremes al uitgebracht in Japanse editie…dus het blijft nog wachten op RCA klaarblijkelijk.

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  11. Martijn van Heeringen Says:

    thanks for the reply. in that case I will redownload! It seems there is no reissue then, since I can also not find it on discogs, not even japanese or so.
    Just in case you did not know (but I think you do), the Dutch Rodeo Media is reissuing many 12 inch versions in their Dance Classics series? They are at volume 56 or so now. Then there is of course Blanco Y Negro with I Love Disco 80s, and the German 80s Revolution.
    And of course for vinyl sites like vinylmania also do a good job. It is highly appreciated you guys rip all those vinyls, since many extended versions are still waiting for a cd issue, and the B side with Dub versions are very often ignored too.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thanks Martin 🙂

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  12. ric Says:

    Sorry for being away this past week, Paul.
    I had a few medical appointments lined up so wasn’t able to leave comments like I always do.
    Looks like BTG maintained its hot action nonetheless, Olivia! Diana! Woof!
    I’m glad you did a remaster of this, Paul. Coz I think it’s such an amazing remix! I too hope for more Diana remixes, which are quite lacking on CDs or cyberspace. Besides Pieces Of Ice, I think Touch By Touch and especially Muscles (mmmmm…) have fab remixes too!
    Thanks for your music that made my week better!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Glad to see you are back Ric. I hope all went well with your doctor visits 🙂

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  13. Stefano Says:

    Since signing with RCA in 1981, Diana Ross had shown a real fondness for rock music; the harder sound hinted at in her 1981 hit “Mirror Mirror” led to the full-on rocker “Fool For Your Love” on Silk Electric and the electric guitar-driven “Up Front” on Ross. That penchant for edgier music continues with this album’s title track, a rock/pop/dance track that features a powerhouse vocal from Diana. The song was penned by Darryl Hall and Sara Allen – and Ross herself contributed the opening spoken verse. The rock tone is set immediately with the urgent drum beat; from there instruments begin to layer in, creating a swirling musical environment that becomes an almost literal translation of the title “Swept Away.” Most notable are the electric guitar (the solo is played by Hall) and shimmering, bell-like synthesizers, not to mention the superb background vocals. Diana’s lead vocal, meanwhile, is her most urgent, frenetic performance in years; she’s completely committed to the lyrics, and really lets loose with her ad-libs, soaring to the top of her range and even growling out some lines here and there. This is a perfect example of Diana’s talent in crossing genre lines; her performance could be categorized as pop, soul, dance, or rock, which is why the song charted all over the place. Along with topping the dance chart (it was knocked out of the #1 spot by Chaka Kahn’s “I Feel For You” — and would be Diana’s last #1 on the dance chart until 1995′s “Take Me Higher”), it was a top 20 pop hit and also reached #3 on the R&B chart. That success still seems deserved today.
    Great choice Paul. Hope we get some more Diana Ross in the future.

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  14. Jason Says:

    Thanks Paul. I didn’t have this one.

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  15. Chris K. Says:

    Paul,

    I was wanting to ask you, do you have “Fight for it” the B-side from ‘Swept Away?’

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  16. Leland Says:

    Hi

    Please provide username and password for downloading the Flac 24 and Flac version.

    Thanks so much

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