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Laura Branigan – Shattered Glass (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on August 26th, 2014


A. Front

Remembering Laura Branigan.

Ten years ago today we lost one of the brightest lights in popular music Laura Branigan.  Branigan’s powerful voice and her countless contributions to the music world are deeply missed. She was truly one of the greats.

~ DjPaulT

Re-Rip Newly Remastered!

Originally I posted this one on November 10, 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!

“Shattered Glass” is a song written by Bob Mitchell and Steve Coe which was recorded by Laura Branigan with the Stock/Aitken/Waterman production team to serve as the first single released from Branigan’s fifth album, the 1987 releaseTouch.

The song had originally been produced by Mitchell and Coe for Scottish singer Ellie Warren in 1980; Warren recalls “all the [radio] stations and media were totally behind [“Shattered Glass”], but the record wasn’t serviced properly. When the radio was playing it to death, you couldn’t buy it in the shops – a ludicrous situation.”

“Shattered Glass” was one of two tracks Branigan cut with the Stock/Aitken/Waterman team. Originally the Touch album was to totally be a collaboration with producer David Kershenbaum but after completing her recording with Kershenbaum, Branigan, who had an especial interest in scoring a strong hit single as her previous album release Hold Me had only produced a mild hit in “Spanish Eddie” (#40), made an overnight foray to the UK to record at the PWL Studios in London with Stock/Aitken/Waterman, that team currently enjoying massive chart success with releases by such acts as Rick Astley, Bananarama, Dead or Alive, Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue. Besides “Shattered Glass”, the PWL session produced Branigan’s recording of “Whatever I Do (Wherever I Go)” a Stock/Aitken/Watrman original previously recorded (1984) by Hazell Dean.

“Shattered Glass” was issued as a single in the US in June of 1987 with “Statue in the Rain”, a track recorded for Touch with David Kershenbaum and omitted from the album to accommodate the inclusion of the Stock/Aitken/Waterman tracks, serving as the B-side; the 12″ single version of the track was remixed by Pete Hammond. A music video was made to promote “Shattered Glass”, featuring Afa Anoa’i, a wrestler known, with his brother, as one of The Wild Samoans. A performance by Branigan on the 9/5/1987 broadcast of American Bandstand gave “Shattered Glass” the distinction of being the final track to be promoted by a guest star on the major network edition of American Bandstand but by the time of Branigan’s American Bandstand appearance the failure of “Shattered Glass” as a comeback vehicle for Branigan was evident, the single having stalled at #48 on the Billboard Hot 100 that August.

Billboard did afford “Shattered Glass” hit status on its dance charts: #13 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart and #15 on the Hot Dance Singles Sales, and also on the Hot Adult Contemporary chart (#27). “Shattered Glass” was also the last Laura Branigan single to register in several international markets, although it only attained significant chart impact in Switzerland at #26 and Denmark at #6, the last-named being the final evident Top Ten placing by Branigan on a national chart.

Bryan Buss of AllMusic would later write that, from an album that contained “so many…successfully evocative cuts…lead single ‘Shattered Glass’…stand(s) out; you can hardly hold back from caroling along” – “[Branigan’s] big, boomy voice…has never sounded better”.

Shattered Glass (12″ Vocal Mix)  7:14
Engineer – Mark McGuire
Mixed By – Mixmaster Pete Hammond*
Producer – Stock, Aitken & Waterman
Written-By – Bob Mitchell , Steve Coe

Shattered Glass (LP Vocal Version)  3:40
Engineer – Mark McGuire
Mixed By – Mixmaster Pete Hammond*
Producer – Stock, Aitken & Waterman
Written-By – Bob Mitchell , Steve Coe

Statue In The Rain (Vocal)  4:16
Engineer, Mixed By – David Holman*
Producer – David Kershenbaum
Written-By – Mathew Garey* , Rick Palombi

Vinyl: Near Mint
Cover: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1987 Shattered Glass U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #48
1987 Shattered Glass U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks #27
1987 Shattered Glass U.S. Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play #13


Label: Atlantic
Catalog#: 0-86699
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Single
Country: US
Released: 1987
Genre: Electronic
Style: Hi NRG, Synth-pop

Artwork By [Art Direction/design] – Janis Wilkins
Photography – Victoria Pearson

From The Atlantic Album “TOUCH”

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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

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

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

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33 Responses to “Laura Branigan – Shattered Glass (US 12″)”

  1. ex15 Says:

    A great voice. Ignorant me didn’t know she’d past away..

    A nice track, thanks as always for the rip, Paul.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Ex15 🙂


  2. Jennifer Says:

    Has it been ten years already? That decade went by so fast. She had an amazing voice and I always enjoyed her music.

    Thanks for the excellent remastered re-rip, Paul!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Jennifer 🙂 Hard to believe it’s been that long.


  3. omar Says:

    Thanks Paul for this. Laura was truly amazing.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar 🙂


  4. Jeff Says:

    Thanks Paul for this re-rip tribute to Laura. I find it so sad that she’s not with us today. What a Glorious voice!!! I’m really happy that the label Gold Legion is committed to releasing her back catalog. Thank you for the obvious care you bestow on this re-rip/remaster. What a loving tribute. I miss her terribly.



    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Jeff it was nice delving back into this great single 🙂


  5. Ramone Says:

    A casual fan here .. ‘Solitaire’ (extended version) was my fave LB song, and ‘SG’ was a VERY close 2nd. LB truly had the pipes and could go toe to toe with anyone. We lost one of the great voices ..


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I agree Ramone 🙂


  6. Gianni Says:

    One of my faves from a gracious lady. Really wished that she would have done a PWL produced album. Thank you Paul.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Gianni 🙂


  7. DjAmora Says:

    Great Post

    Congratulations my friend.

    Hey Paul,

    Post, please, Cerrone a new rip with my newer Ortofon Super 30 stylus.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you DjAmora 🙂


  8. Paulo Lima Says:

    Thank you very much Paul! I love Laura Branigan !!!
    Forever Laura!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Paulo 🙂


  9. giorgios-greece Says:

    hello dj!!!!!!!!!

    Laura Branigan!!!one of my favourite artists!!!!!so sad we lost her so early!!!

    i remember i first met Laura with a remake of the single ‘Gloria’!!!
    oooh ,i loved her voice and the track!!!!!!
    i bought her first LP then the second etc. etc.!!!!
    loved much ‘Self Control’ ‘Solitaire’ and ‘Deep In The Dark’ from her second album!!!
    (does ‘Deep In The Dark’ reminds you somethin’???)
    all her seven albums,beautiful!!!!!!!

    thanx a lot dj for your hard effort!!!
    remember that we love u !!!!!!!!!

    please,if you have a copy of ‘Deep In The Dark’,would be nice to give it a rip!!!!!

    thanx a lot my friend!!!!!!!
    greetings from Greece!!!!!!!


    Mark Z Reply:

    ‘Deep in the Dark’? Yes, check out this amazing clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akF0xrfNMSE


    giorgios-greece Reply:

    thanx a lot Mark Z !!!!!!!!

    really amazing!!!!!!!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Very cool Mark Z. Thank you 🙂


  10. Mark Z Says:

    A fitting tribute to a great lady, thanks Paul (I bought two copies of this 12″ back in the day, in case one wore out!) Any more Laura rips would be welcome, especially the 7″ remix and 12″ remixes of ‘Hold Me’, and the 12″ remix of ‘Maybe Tonight’.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Mark Z. I’ve got a few more Laura Branigan single’s that I will be sharing over time 🙂


  11. DJ BIFFY Says:

    Thank you Paul for posting this record. I had dinner with Laura & Mario Alyon, the South Florida Warner Brothers Rep., back in my Billboard Reporting days. Both are now gone & sorely missed. She was an incredible talent & had a wonderful sense of humor. Thanks for reviving the memory.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    DJ BIFFY thenk you for sharing your memories of Laura with us ut’s alwys nice to hear what other fans have experienced 🙂


  12. jclark1968 Says:

    RIP Laura, Taken way too soon.


    DjPaulT Reply:



  13. Mike Says:

    Wow! I’d never heard the radio remix before! Thank you for sharing…always nice to hear something “new”. Laura made incredible music…she is missed.


  14. Ray In Australia Says:

    I always loved Shattered Glass 🙂


  15. Miguel Rodriguez Says:

    Is very important he posted the Disco Friday because is a greatest era of the music, and I liked this posted. I need a more Laura Branigan 12 inches. Example the original 12 inch of The Lucky One and Hold Me. Another more 12 inches of Laura.


  16. woz Says:

    This is my favorite Laura Branigan song and I especially love the extended version. It was one of my favorite posts of yours when you originally posted it and now I’m excited all over again for the new rip! Miss her in the world – incredible lady :heart:



  17. woz Says:

    Thanks for the re-rip, Paul!


  18. David Says:

    Ah “Touch” probably my favorite of Laura’s albums. Wish she had done more work with S.A.W. I think they would have made more magic together. Laura Branigan was such an amazing singer and is greatly missed by her fans world wide.

    Thanks for sharing this!


  19. Robert M Says:

    She was and is my all time favorite singer. Never will be another Laura. Gone too soon. When she died, so did music. For me anyway. I always loved my “Trifecta” of female singers I loved in the early 80s. Laura, Bonnie Tyler and Irene Cara. Those two are also very underrated. 82-84 were great years to be listening to Top 40. These ladies were all over the airwaves.

    Thanks for all you do, Paul. You rock.


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