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Taco – Puttin’ On The Ritz (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on April 15th, 2013

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1982

A. Front

Taco Ockerse (born July 21, 1955), better known by his stage name Taco, is an Indonesian-born Dutch singer and entertainer who started his career in Germany.

In 1981, Taco signed his first record contract with Polydor (Germany) for two record releases, whereon he released his first single, “Puttin’ on the Ritz. Not long after, in 1982, his single, “Puttin’ on the Ritz” was picked up by RCA for US release. The single was widely played throughout the U.S. by late summer of 1983 eventually peaking at #4 in September, 1983 on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as #1 on the Cashbox charts. Although the single eventually earned him a Gold-certification in USA for selling over one million copies, it was Taco’s only top-40 hit in the U.S. In 1983 and 1984, he toured extensively throughout Europe. While the single “Puttin’ on the Ritz” topped the charts in Sweden and New Zealand, it entered the Top 5 in numerous countries including Norway, Austria and Canada. His subsequent album release of After Eight was released in over 40 countries and managed to reach #4 in Norway, #5 in Canada, #11 in Austria, #17 in New Zealand and #23 in U.S. and #59 in Germany. The album earned Taco number of Gold certifications including one in Finland for selling over 25,000 copies.

SIDE A:
Puttin’ On The Ritz (Extended Version) 6:03
Written-By –  Irving Berlin

SIDE B:
Livin’ In My Dream World 3:06
Written-By – John David Parker-Tanja*, Werner Lang

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

CHARTS:

Year Single Chart Position
1983 Puttin’ On The Ritz U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #4
1983 Puttin’ On The Ritz U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks #12
1983 Puttin’ On The Ritz U.S. Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play #37

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: RCA Victor ‎– PD-13575
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1982
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop
Credits: Producer – David Parker

NOTES:
From the album “AFTER EIGHT”

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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28 Responses to “Taco – Puttin’ On The Ritz (US 12″)”

  1. Stefano Says:

    In the series ‘One Hit Wonders’, but back then it was a major hit almost everywhere in the world. Actually sounds quite dated now, I think. But it brings back some happy memories when teenage life was still simple and fun.

    Thanks Paul.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome stefano. I agree it does sound dated but like you it brings back lots of memories 🙂

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  2. Chwee Says:

    I remember how thrilled I was whenever I hear the footsteps “walking” (panning) from the left to the right in the portable SONY personal stereo player. LOL….

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Yeah Chwee that was pretty cool back then 🙂

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  3. spoinny Says:

    What a great song, this dude always gave me the creeps!

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  4. alex Says:

    Thank you again for good music of my young:)

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome alex 🙂

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  5. omar Says:

    Thanks Paul.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar 🙂

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  6. mjb Says:

    Excellent rip! Although I was a big fan of this song as a kid, I always thought the B-side was very strong, as well. I had a top-hat, tails and cane dance number all worked out for it in my head.

    Sadly, the US 12″ is missing the first beat. I just double-checked my copy to be sure, and it’s the same as yours. The only reason I can think of for the quick fade-in is maybe they damaged the master. The German edition, cat# PC 5923, is on a Russian BitTorrent site and has the missing beat.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Mjb I bet your dance routine would have been fun 🙂

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    Chris Reply:

    Just my thoughts :)) I double-checked one of the files i have (it’s 6,13 mins)and indeed – there’s 8 beats instead of 4! sadly i’m not sure about the origin of this track, but it could be like some re-extended mix or just for the eu market.. This US version misses the first beat as well (also checked many times). Still – one of my favourites!! Thanks.

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  7. ric Says:

    Quite the imaginative New Wave remake of the Irving Berlin classic, and remember loving the After Eight album then too, with lots more cover versions from that same era…Cheek To Cheek, Singing In The Rain and La Vie En Rose.
    This is another 12″ that is lacking in quality rips on cyberspace, and today it’s here! Thanks Paul!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Oddly back then I never bought the album and still have never listened to it. Guess it’s time I check it out 🙂

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  8. musicdivaSF Says:

    Puttin’ On the Ritz, oh.. you just reminded how much I enjoyed this track back in the day. I would listen and dance to this over and over in the privacy of my room. Another Taco single that I really loved was and still is Cheek to Cheek. Both singles were big hits back in the Philippines.

    thank you Dj PaulT!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I did the same thing MusicdivaSF. I don’t have Cheek to Cheek I will have to see if I can find it.

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  9. Giorgio-Greece Says:

    hello dj!!!

    thanx a lot for this gem!!!

    it was also a big hit,here in Greece and i remember myself and my friends dancing in the discotheques with this!!!

    another hit from the Taco’s album ,was ‘Cheek To Cheek’
    if i remember well,there was a 12inch -not sure if it was a bootleg-that has a mix of ‘Puttin’ On The Ritz’ mixed together with ‘cheek To Cheek’!!!!
    do u know anything about it???
    or
    am i so lucky that you might have it in your collection???

    my best wishes to you!!!!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi Giorgio it’s been a while since I have seen you glad you are back. I am not familiar with that mix but I will do some research to see what I can find 🙂

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    Giorgio-Greece Reply:

    thank u dj!!!!

    i appreciate that!!!

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    Giorgio-Greece Reply:

    yes!!!!there it is!!!!

    http://www.discogs.com/Taco-Berlin-Mix/release/3657056

    any chance to find this??

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I will see what I can do Giorgio. It doesn’t look like there are any for sale on Discogs so I will do some checking around.

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    Giorgio-Greece Reply:

    i love u dj!!!!!!!!

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  10. flawless70 Says:

    Thank you, Paul! A brilliant classic from the 80s. Perfect sound quality too!

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  11. flawless70 Says:

    Forgot to add that this was also BIG in South Africa.

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  12. Matracas Says:

    A song I still enjoy to this day and that my son; out of the blue (don’t know where he heard it), says is one of his favorites.

    BTW; Would you have Diana Ross – “The Boss” lying around? I’d love to have the extended version of that one.

    Cheers.

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  13. Spring Says:

    Looks very interesting. Tako’s music everywhere always rare now..

    Tnanks a lot Paul!

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  14. Mickey Says:

    Thank you, Paul! Long Live the 80’s!
    This song reminds me of the wonderful days… 🙂

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  15. GGNYC Says:

    Thank You! Remembering Gene Wilder in the film Young Frankenstein…RIP 2016.

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