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Laura Branigan – Moonlight On Water (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on August 27th, 2014


A. Front

“Moonlight on Water”, also known as “Moonlight on Water (Sex on the Beach)”, is a song written by Steve Kipner, best known for writing Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical”, and Andy Goldmark.

The song was originally recorded by Kevin Raleigh for his 1989 album Delusions of Grandeur and was released as a single. It reached #60 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart on 24 June 1989.

The song was covered by American singer Laura Branigan and was the first single taken from her self-titled album released in 1990. The song was only a minor hit in the U.S peaking at #59 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #44 Hot Dance/Club Play charts.

Moonlight On Water (Sex On The Beach) (12″ Mix) 7:55

Moonlight On Water (Sex On The Beach) (Sex On The Beach Dub) 5:52
Moonlight On Water (Radio Remix) 4:05

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1990 Moonlight On Water U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #59
1990 Moonlight On Water U.S. Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play #44


Label: Atlantic ‎– 0-86195
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Single, 33 ⅓ RPM
Country: US
Released: 1990
Genre: Electronic
Style: Electro, Garage House

Engineer – Frank Heller
Producer – Richard Perry
Remix – David Frank, Mojo Nicosia*
Written-By – Andy Goldmark, Stephen Kipner*

Tracks subtitled ‘Sex On The Beach’ on the label, but not on the sleeve.
From the Atlantic album “LAURA BRANIGAN”

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B. Back

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Soundcard: ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning: VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
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22 Responses to “Laura Branigan – Moonlight On Water (US 12″)”

  1. DanaDotCom Says:

    Terrific song, one of her absolute best–performance wise, production wise, song quality wise, everything about “Moonlight On Water” works! Too bad that by 1990 Top 40 radio was filing Laura’s records with Sheena Easton’s records. She captured the same nuance with this track she captured in “Self Control”. However, this is one of those instances when the LP version is far superior to the remixes. Richard Perry provides the listener with a stunning visual–moonlight shimmering on water! Mojo Nicosia and David Frank turned out amateurish sounding mixes that ended up removing any of that, which unfortunately may be why so many club DJs passed on featuring this amazing track. There was more adventurous, cutting edge mixing beginning to appear in the promo bins by this time. This song deserved the best, and Atlantic and Branigan settled for just OK. Nonetheless, one of Branigan’s absolute best recordings.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I agree DanaDotCom. I found these remixes rather boring. The lyrics are great but the production lacked energy and atmosphere.


    VanceMan Reply:

    Totally agree; this song deserved a better fate.


  2. omar Says:

    Thanks Paul.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar 🙂


  3. gianni Says:

    I have this on a US promo cd, except it did not include the “Sex On The Beach Dub”, which was one of the few dub mixes that I played in the clubs. Thank you, Paul.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Gianni 🙂


  4. Stefano Says:

    Thanks for these Branigan 12 inches Paul. Much appreciated.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Stefano 🙂


  5. Matracas Says:

    Reading the text added by DJPaulT got me thinking ¿Has anyone else noticed that Laura Branigan was handed many songs that had already been recorded (and even charted) by others? It was pretty rare for Laura to record & release something not already tried by others.

    ¿Any thoughts on why?


    DjPaulT Reply:

    It is interesting I was thinking about this today while working on this record she even recorded “Dim All The Lights” and “Turn The Beat Around”. I’m not sure why they couldn’t find original material for her.


    Mark Z Reply:

    Hi Paul: another superb rip! Don’t forget Laura first recorded ‘I Found Someone’ and ‘How am I Supposed to Live Without You’, later hits for Cher and Michael Bolton (in fact, I believe it was Laura who gave Dianne Warren and Bolton, the writers of these songs), their first hits! And her actual covers are more often than not songs originally recorded by men, so I count that as a ‘first’ also!


  6. ex15 Says:

    A good track, despite whats been said, Self Control will always be her best..

    Thanks as always Paul, for the rip.. 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Ex15 🙂


  7. Chris Says:

    Thank you so much for the Laura Branigan postings the past 2 days. I always liked Moonlight on Water and Shattered Glass. Laura was one of my absolute favorite artists and I felt so sad the day she passed away. Her voice and music had such emotion and passion. I felt she was never given the credit and appreciation that she deserved. She passed away way too soon, but she will live on through her many recordings. Self Control is my favorite song of her’s and her version of Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow is the ultimate version of that song, I think. I’m glad you are a fan too, and thank you again for the postings.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re very welcome Chris 🙂


  8. Paulo Lima Says:

    Thank you again Paul!!! Hugs to you directly from Brazil!
    Para Sempre Laura Branigan!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Paulo 🙂


  9. spoinny Says:

    great song, i do remember it getting some airplay, but only for about 2 weeks! The accompanying album was pretty good too. It seems that Laura Branigan’s career never really took off like it should have, which is too bad as she had an amazing voice.


  10. Jeff Says:

    Paul, you know I love you and I really love your fans as well. You guys have said some wonderful things about Laura. I too feel bad that she wasn’t appreciated the way she should have been. I don’t really know why. That voice was phenomenal!! Oh what I wouldn’t give for her to be alive today and recording again. Thank Goodness that we have her recordings and these vinyl rips of yours Paul. What an ultimate tribute to have them in our collections thanks to you. I’m buying the reissues as soon as they go out. Like one of your fans said a couple of weeks ago, we still go out and support the artist. You are schooling a lot of us about artists we don’t know about, and Of course, you’re giving us 12-inches that some of us have never heard before and might never get pressed onto CD. Damn, I just love you Paul, your work, your personality….EVERYTHING about Burning The Ground. I mean, you’re doing this for the love of music, the artists and us fans. Again, I’m humbled to the maximum.

    This version wasn’t too bad. I did like the dub with “Numbers” by Kraftwerk mixed in. Ah, those were the days when sampling was almost in everything. Still, I really need to check out the album version. Oh, and I have to repeat what Chris said above, that Laura’s version of “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” is the ULTIMATE version of that song. I could cry. I miss her so much.

    Speaking of her memory, do you (Of Course You Do!!) know her “Gloria in 3D?” Hot Tracks did the most insane remix ever of this wedding party staple. You either love it or hate it. I’m of the former. I thought it was creative lunacy expressed to the MAX!! I wonder what Laura thought if she ever heard it. Oh, well, just reflecting on her past discography.

    Thanks Paul for so much. You’re a magician with your magical ears and stylus. You always work enchantment on the classics.



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  12. David Says:

    thanks so much for posting this. I have this 12″ and have always loved this mix of this song. I haven’t heard it since I was in high school some 20 years ago. It is so nice to hear it again. Love Laura and love the Laura Branigan album.

    Thanks again!


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