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Philip Bailey (Duet with Phil Collins) – Easy Lover (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on November 25th, 2013

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1984

A. Front

Re-Rip Newly Remastered!

Originally I posted this one on December 3, 2010. 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 Super 30 stylus. This 12″ is also being posted in 24 bit flac for the very first time!

“Easy Lover” is a hit song performed by Philip Bailey and Phil Collins (both born in the same year, 1951), and written by Bailey, Collins, and Nathan East. The song appeared on Bailey’s solo album Chinese Wall and was released in November 1984.

The song was a hit in several countries worldwide. In the US it reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 kept out of the top spot for two weeks by I Want to Know What Love Is by Foreigner, and in the UK it reached #1, staying there for four weeks. The single sold over a million copies in the United States and has only been certified Gold — not Platinum — since the RIAA requirement for a Platinum single wasn’t lowered to 1,000,000 units until 1989. In addition Easy Lover has been certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry for sales of over 400,000 in the UK and platinum in Canada by Music Canada.

“Easy Lover” won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Overall Performance in a Video in 1985 and was Grammy nominated for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals in 1986.

The lighthearted video for the song was filmed in London, England and is essentially a music video about the making of a music video.

SIDE A:
Easy Lover (Extended Dance Remix) 6:18
Vocals [Duet With] – Phil Collins
Written-By – N. East*, P. Collins*, P. Bailey*

SIDE B:
Woman 5:04
Written-By – G. Skardina*, M. Sharron*, S. Mitchell*

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

U.S. CHART HISTORY:

Year Single Chart Position
1984 Easy Lover U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #2
1984 Easy Lover U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks #15
1984 Easy Lover U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks #5
1984 Easy Lover U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Hip-Hop Songs #3

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Columbia ‎– 44-05160
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 ⅓ RPM
Country: US
Released: Nov 1984
Genre: Electronic, Pop
Style: Synth-pop
Credits: Engineer – Nick Tokes
Producer – Phil Collins
Remix – John Potoker (tracks: A)

NOTES:
Special version from the Columbia Lp “CHINESE WALL”
Phil Collins appears courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.

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EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Speed Control: Pro-Ject Speed Box S
Phono Pre-amp: Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tube: Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning: VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans: Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removeal: ClickRepair (DeClick Level 3)
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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28 Responses to “Philip Bailey (Duet with Phil Collins) – Easy Lover (US 12″)”

  1. Diego (Uruguay) Says:

    Thanks Paul! I love the music of Phil Collins and this song is one of their best. The drums are awesome.
    Cheers!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Diego 🙂

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  2. Stefano Says:

    Don’t really fancy this remix, and bit too messy for me. BUT the B-side should have been a single. What a terrific song and superb production. Why was this just a B-side? I really don’t understand, even after all these years.
    And what a great back cover!
    Thanks for another re-rip, Paul! One less on the list.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Love the remix! I also love the b-side great production. The original 12″ that I ripped in 2010 was the UK version @ 45 rpm this US version sounds much better.

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  3. Spring Says:

    Great song! Thank you Paul. Love both of them – Phil and Phillip!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Spring 🙂

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  4. ex15 Says:

    I must get out more, never knew this existed!

    Thanks Paul..

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re very welcome Ex15. Enjoy!

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  5. Jermajesty Says:

    In my house this track is considered not so much a song as a hymn.

    When I die, I hope the last thing I hear is the drum fill-in that appears at 3.01.

    I agree this remix is a little hap-hazard – this is one tune that is such a perfect balance of perfection that any deviation is upsetting. But I’m re-grabbing it anyway. 😀

    I noticed last time you posted the UK version, this time the US – did you notice a difference in quality Paul, or was it just the first copy you pulled out of the rack? 😉

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi Jermajesty I did notice that the US 12″ does sound a little better than the UK version probably because it is pressed at 33 rpm instead of 45. Also prefer the art on this one 🙂

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  6. Dan Says:

    Great choice, Paul! Thanks for this one, always loved this song and the remix , too. It seems a shame that it peaked at #2, but by this time Phil and Phillip had already had #1 songs and Foreigner had been waiting for three years since their song “Waiting For A Girl Like You” peaked at #2 for a record 10 weeks! “Easy Lover” did go to #1 for 1 week in Cashbox, though. They pushed out Foreigner’s song which had also been #1 for 1 week.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Dan love the Foreigner track and it was deserving of a #1. Thanks for the Cashbox info. I am hoping to buy the new Joel Whitburn book Cash Box Pop Hits 1952-1996 so I can possibly start including Cashbox charts.

    https://www.recordresearch.com/pop/cash_box_pop_hits_1952-1996.php

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    Dan Reply:

    I know, I’m anxiously awaiting that book myself! Love Joel Whitburn’s books and have been buying them for years. The Cashbox website a great archives section if you ever get a chance to check it out.

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  7. Louie Says:

    Thanks for this!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Louie 🙂

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  8. ric Says:

    Thanks for another fine choice for a re-rip, Paul!
    The double-Phil connection actually came in 1981 when Genesis engaged the horn section of Earth Wind & Fire for one of my favourite Genesis singles, No Reply At All. (They collaborated again the following year for another Genesis single, Paperlate.)
    It thus seemed Collins was the obvious choice for Bailey when he needed a producer for his debut album. Collins ended up not doing that, but also playing all the drums, and co-writing and singing on this single.
    This single sold 548 000 copies in the UK in 1985, and ended the year as the 12th best-seller. Who is at #11? Foreigner’s I Want To Know What Love Is. LOL!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Lol thanks for all of your knowledge Sir Ric. I learn something new everytime 🙂

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  9. music_fan Says:

    There is a rare 12 inch version of Phil Collins’ Two Hearts. I’ve never heard it.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/phil-collins-two-hearts-12-inch-ep-1st-press-with-postcards-/310777936086

    Be wonderful to hear it here. 🙂

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  10. Jeff Says:

    Thank you Paul for this re-rip. When I first discovered Burning The Ground, I kept on clicking on songs that weren’t available. I’m ECSTATIC that you are slowly restoring them to your current standards of perfection. So happy to hear this remix. I’m only familiar with the version Hot Tracks did, so I’m curious to hear how John P. did his remix.

    Again, I am just so grateful for your kindnesses Paul. You are really exceptional and special and make our hearts sing with love!!!

    Jeff

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Jeff I had lots of people wanting this one reuploaded so I decided it was time 🙂

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  11. Patrick Says:

    Hi Paul,

    I was also one of the people who asked to reupload this gem. So you can imagine how happy I was when I checked your blog today.
    This is such a great song. 🙂

    Thanks so much!!!

    BTW I will keep my promise and make a donation once I get my next paycheck. Keep up the good work my friend 🙂

    Cheers!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Patrick. Enjoy!

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  12. Maxxwell Says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I have been trying to find a copy of this for like a year. I am humbled and grateful. When I can you will get all my money sir. 😉

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  13. DjPaulT Says:

    Thank you Maxxwell I hope you enjoy it 🙂

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    Maxxwell Reply:

    Always. 😉

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  14. Junior Says:

    Thanks Paul 🙂

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  15. Matt Says:

    I never was able to find the 12″ when this came out so nice to finally have it. Thanks

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  16. Helvinho11 Says:

    Awesome sound quality!

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