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Laura Branigan – Spanish Eddie (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on April 16th, 2014

 BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1985

A. Side

C. Hype Sticker

“Spanish Eddie” is a song by American singer Laura Branigan released as the lead single from her fourth album, Hold Me. The single was produced by Jack White and arranged by Harold Faltermeyer. Released in July 1985, the record became Branigan’s sixth Top 40 hit in the U.S. in two and a half years, peaking at #40 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #37 on the Cash Box singles chart. A 12″ dance version featuring an extended remix of the Branigan-penned B-side, “Tenderness”, as well, gave her highest U.S. peak for the song, at #26. The Billboard Adult Contemporary chart peak for “Spanish Eddie” was #29.

Branigan’s single fared better overseas. “Spanish Eddie” achieved Top Ten status in South Africa (#6) and Austria (#8), and was a sizable hit in Sweden (#11) while hitting the Top 40 in Australia (#24), Canada (#34) and Germany (#36). The song also charted in France (#73) and the UK (#87).

SIDE A:
Spanish Eddie (Vocal / Extended Remix Version) 5:31
Arranged By – Harold Faltermeyer
Written-By – Chuck CochranDavid Palmer (4)

SIDE B:
Tenderness (Vocal / Extended Remix Version) 5:50
Arranged By – Ed Arkin
Arranged By [Horns] – Jerry Hey
Arranged By, Producer [Associate Producer], Written-by – Mark Spiro
Written-By – Jack WhiteLaura Branigan

Spanish Eddie (Vocal / LP Version) 4:08
Arranged By – Harold Faltermeyer
Written-By – Chuck CochranDavid Palmer (4)

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint (company)

U.S. CHART HISTORY:

Year Single Chart Position
1985 Spanish Eddie U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #40
1985 Spanish Eddie U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks #29
1985 Spanish Eddie U.S. Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play #26

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Atlantic ‎– 0-86868
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Maxi-Single, 33 ⅓ RPM
Country: US
Released: 1985
Genre: Electronic, Rock
Style: Pop Rock

NOTES:
From the LP “HOLD ME”

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B. Side

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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30 Responses to “Laura Branigan – Spanish Eddie (US 12″)”

  1. Spring Says:

    Thank you very much Paul! 🙂
    I love Laura’s voice and her songs!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Spring 🙂

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  2. Chwee Says:

    Though not a massive, monster hit, I have always loved this track from Laura Branigan. I played it a lot in 1985, in my Senior High school days. Thanks Paul for the memories!! ~ chwee

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re very welcome Chwee. I am happy to see your comment you have been a long time friend of BTG 🙂

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  3. Jeff Says:

    I always thought that this song should have been bigger in the United States. It’s one of my favorites from Laura. Paul, sometimes I think you are absolutely psychic when it comes to picking records to post, as they are so reflective of my personal tastes. I love how you preserve the artwork including saving the stickers that came on the cellophane of the 12-inch. Such a rarity as a lot of people seem to throw them out. I mean, I was thrilled when you did the Hot Tracks issue and you included their liner notes. What a phenomenal archivist you are. I know, I know, I tend to overly gush when it comes to you, but I can’t help myself. You and this cyber-space are my daily destinations. I also love the community here as well, with their awesome comments as well. Thanks Paul for EVERYTHING!!!

    Fist bump and hug!!!!

    Jeff

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Jeff I alwys feel good after reading your comments. I am sure the rest of the BTG community is happy to have you with us as well. I save the hype stickers on everything CD’s, Blu-ray’s, DVD you name it lol They are part of the original pacjaging so I save them 🙂

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  4. Stefano Says:

    Nice to see Laura Branigan making an entrance to your blog. Very sad she passed away that quickly. I also liked ‘The Lucky One’ as well. Eurosound meets the US.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    She is missed very much I love her music 🙂

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    ric Reply:

    I agree, both remixes for The Lucky One are so different but equally brilliant!

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  5. David Says:

    Thanks for posting this Paul, it’s always been a ‘Laura’ favourite of mine! I remember my sister playing the music video over and over and over again, LOL!

    Hugs and squeezes
    David

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome David. Hugs and squeezes back to you 🙂

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  6. Alejandro Says:

    Thank you so much. Paul!!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Alejandro 🙂

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  7. ric Says:

    I think the early 80s pop female acts suffered because of the Madonna mania.
    Top “pre-Madonna” hit-makers like Olivia Newton-John, Sheena Easton and Laura Branigan all failed to hit Top 20 in the mid-80s. Only Sheena managed to rebound in the late 80s.
    Still, this doesn’t take away the fact that Spanish Eddie is a great 80s pop, and is a constant single in my playlist in 1985.
    Thanks Paul!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Ric. Yeah there were many great female artists that suffered from Madonna’s reign. This should have been a much bigger hit in the US.

    On a side note Olivia is currently enjoying a bit of a comeback. She started her residency in Las Vegas at the Flamingo Hotel on April 8. She will do 45 shows throught the summer. She is also releasing a 7 track EP titled “Hotel Sessions” which includes unreleased demo’s that she recorded at various hotels in Australia from 2002 to 2011. One of the tracks is a cover of “Broken Wings” by Mr. Mister the CD also includes a couple of dance mixes too. The CD will be available soon on her official web site, iTunes and Amazon.

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    ric Reply:

    Didn’t know about this project of Olivia’s…only aware of the I Touch Myself project.

    http://www.classichitsandoldies.com/v2/2014/04/14/olivia-newton-john-other-singers-record-the-divinyls-i-touch-myself-for-breast-cancer-awareness/

    Thanks for the info, Paul. the Mr Mister cover should be interesting! She was charting with Soul Kiss during that period.

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  8. VanceMan Says:

    Thanks for this one; it’s one of my favorite Laura Branigan moments. I didn’t know there was an extended version, so it’s an especially sweet treat!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome VanceMan 🙂

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  9. DanaDotCom Says:

    Love this song! The 7″ version is the best, with its roar-of-the-crowd intro. This song is Summer Summer Summer, through and through. While nothing tops “Gloria”, “Spanish Eddie” is a very close runner-up. It is unfortunate that it stalled at #40, as it sounded so good blaring out of a car in ’85. And now, too! Another unfortunate aspect of Laura’s career was the utter messes that were her remixes. They all (save “Shattered Glass”, thanks to the bounce of PWL) have a roughly hacked edit quality about them, are so short, and are very artistically uninspired. She had great pop songs and they deserved better attention. Where were Shep Pettibone, Francois Kevorkian, Arthur Baker? I think her 12″ mixes were done with an attitude of “Just get it in the bin with all the other chicks putting out dance records!” The extended version of “Hold Me” is sheer disappointment simply because that awesome sax sould have gone on for a good 5 minutes at the end of the track. (BTW, I also think of the same of Lou Reed’s “Walk On The Wild Side”.) And “Satisfaction” is sadly butchered, killing an ace club track’s momentum. Even later tracks like “Moonlight On Water” (another supreme single), “Turn The Beat Around”, and “Love Your Girl” (LP version is loaded with promise) sound like amateurish attempts at house mixing. Oh well, DJ, a bitchin track tonight, nonetheless!

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  10. musicdivaSF Says:

    OMG! I must agree with one of the comments on her when he said that you are absolutely psychic when it comes to the taste of music you post on here. Spanish Eddie was one of my all time favorites from the late Laura Branigan. Rest her soul, she left us with lots of memorable hits. Her legacy, like everyone else who left us, will live in us forever.

    You know, I just thought of this and was wondering if there was ever a remix album released in the past. A remix album and greatest hits would be a dream come true.

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    DanaDotCom Reply:

    Back In Control is a greatest hits with new mixes of 5 of her hits. They’re mixes with the original vocals, not re-recorded like the ZXY mixes.

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  11. Don Says:

    This is again a nice one! Love this song. I think this wasn’t a hit at all over here in Holland, but i love it! Just wanted to let you know that i LOVE your site and all the hard work you put into it.

    Don

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you and you’re welcome Don 🙂

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  12. Rene Says:

    Thanks for sharing such rare music with us. Do you have the “Gloria” Extended Version in your archive? It is so hard to find.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I’ll see what I can do Rene 🙂

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  13. JJ Says:

    So excited to see this post. I didn’t know an extended version of this song existed. I remember Laura debuting this song in advance of its release on THE TONIGHT SHOW with Johnny Carson. She rocked it and was always a reliable live performer. The 80s pop female days of Laura Branigan, Sheena Easton, Olivia Newton-John, Melissa Manchester, and Diana Ross were pure magic!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I agree JJ 🙂

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  14. Jason Says:

    Thanks for this one Paul as I didn’t have a copy.

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  15. gonzalo76 Says:

    Thank you very much!!!

    How about “Self Control” (Extended Version)?
    Do you have it by chance… 😀

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  16. gonzalo76 Says:

    Oh… and do you have “Self Control” (Special Maxi Version) by RAF?
    http://www.discogs.com/artist/246232-RAF-5

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