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Madonna – You Can Dance (US Casstte Dub Versions)

Posted by DjPaulT on October 3rd, 2014

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1987

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“You Can Dance” is the first remix album by American singer-songwriter Madonna, released on November 17, 1987 by Sire Records. The album contains remixes of tracks from her first three studio albums and a new track, “Spotlight,” which gained moderate airplay in the US. The cassette version of the album contained two dub versions that were not available on the CD or LP. “Spotlight (Dub Version)” and “Over And Over (Dub Version)”.

I decided to rip these two tracks because they are from analog source the same as viny and have not appeared digitally. The ripping technique is pretty much the same as what I do for vinyl transfers. Enjoy!

SIDE A:
Spotlight (Dub Version) 4:45
Producer – Stephen Bray
Remix – John “Jellybean” Benitez

SIDE B:
Over And Over (Dub Version) 6:40
Producer – Nile Rodgers
Remix – Steve Thompson & Michael Barbiero

CASSETTE GRADE:
Cassette: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Sire Records Company – 9 25535-4
Format: Cassette, Mixed
Country: US
Released: 15 Nov 1987
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop

NOTES:
Contains special dub versions “Spotlight (Dub Version)” & “Over And Over (Dub Version)” available on cassette only.

Find The Cassette On DISCOGS

EQUIPMENT USED:
Cassette Deck – Sony BC-RX311
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
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
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
Cassette rip recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

Username: btg
Password: burningtheground

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38 Responses to “Madonna – You Can Dance (US Casstte Dub Versions)”

  1. NKelly Says:

    MP3 version not currently working!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Working now Neil 🙂

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  2. Jermajesty Says:

    Hehe.. Cassette Friday!

    Was this much easier to do than vinyl? (no clicks, just hiss!)

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    yeees much easier which was good because I was having a hell of a time with my viny today. So I turned to the trust cassette 🙂

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  3. Matt Says:

    Thank you….I had ripped my cassette a long time ago and it didn’t sound this great! Cassingles should be your next thing!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi Matt yeah I have given cassingles a thought but I don’t have many of them anymore :)Maybe I will delve into that format more 🙂

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    Dan Reply:

    I used to collect cassette singles back in the day, and I still have most of them, at least a few hundred of them. After I first started going on Ebay in 2000, I found that many of those cassette singles were also available as 3″ CD Singles, a format I never even knew existed. Never saw them in stores, and from what I’ve read, the format never really took off in the US. So if anyone is looking for a rare cassette single version, just know you might be able to find a CD equivalent of the same single. Of course, even then, it probably still wouldn’t be as good as a vinyl rip from Paul!

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    woz Reply:

    I still have all my cassettes and cassingles. I can’t bring myself to get rid of them. I still enjoy looking at them and reminiscing.

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  4. Jeff Says:

    Thank you Paul for giving us Madonna. Especially vintage Madonna. Looking forward to hearing these dub mixes. I loved her “You Can Dance” album and you’ve done a masterful job ripping the 12-inch single versions from it, so I can’t wait to hear what the Cassette version sounds like. Thanks for a great week of rips. Again, the Arthur Baker produced singles made me so ecstatic.

    Have a nice weekend!

    Jeff

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Jeff I have actually been thinking of re-ripping the “You Can Dance” 12″ promo’s that I posted previously I never was fully satisfied with them. Maybe I will cross that bridge again someday 🙂

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  5. Conner Says:

    Very very cool. Thanks!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Conner 🙂

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  6. Guss Says:

    Thank you Paul!!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Guss 🙂

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  7. Jon Lorenz Says:

    The sound here is fantastic, with all the warmth of a good cassette. LOVE the awesome “orchestra hit” sounds on the Over and Over Dub. That sound used to be a mainstay on every synth in the 90s, but now I can’t find a good one. It’s amazing to have such a complete representation of this album digitally, between all the 12” you’ve offered, the original release, and now this. Thanks so much.

    I have to second Matt’s idea: ripping Cassingles with rare versions and B-sides would be incredible.

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    Dan Reply:

    Not to drive you crazy, but there are “promo-only” “vinyl-only” “You Can Dance” lp’s with all single-edits of the remixes on Ebay.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi Dan the single edits are available on promo CD.

    http://www.discogs.com/Madonna-You-Can-Dance-Single-Edits-Of-Album-Remixes/release/741965

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    Dan Reply:

    oh wow, I stand corrected! 🙂

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  8. Stefano Says:

    Ripping cassettes is much different to vinyl ripping.
    First of all it’s VERY important that the tape head of your deck has the same azimuth as used during the duplication tape process at the record plant. If it’s different, even a fraction, then you’ll hear it right away: less higher frequencies. Your tape head has a very small screw at its left. With that you can adjust the azimuth if needed. I bought a lot of cassettes in my lifetime and I found out that many of them sounded much better with a little adjustment of the azimuth of the tape head.
    And secondly, your capstan, pinch roller and heads should always be clean as hell (use some 90% alcohol). A small portion of dust on the tape head can give drop outs.
    And of course you have the tape noise. Even with Dolby B (which will be the case on this cassette), there’s always that noise! But then again, vinyl has its own limitations that tape doesn’t have.
    Still, I’m very curious to hearing this post! The ‘You Can Dance’ collection is now complete, I guess.
    Thanks Paul!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thanks for the info Stefano this is the first time I have used my cassette player in tears.

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    Jermajesty Reply:

    Lol, was it *that* traumatic Paul? ;o)

    Stefano, is there any chance the tape may become damaged if you adjust the azimuth while it’s playing?

    I just bought a 2nd hand deck, sadly it needs a bit of attention first, but can’t wait to get ripping.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Guess it was Jermajesty lol I meany years 🙂

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    Stefano Reply:

    You will not damage the tape, no worries. But a dirty capstan and pinch roller can! Very important to keep them clean (and the heads too). Dirt and dust on your capstan can mark a ‘footprint’ on the thin tape by its pressue with the pinch roller. A ‘footprinted’ tape can not be fixed anymore and will give drop outs on both channels.

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  9. Nicole Says:

    Finally! Thank you thank you thank you thank you… long lost this cassette tape and only ever found poor qual rips! big hugs

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  10. charly Says:

    Long live the Queen!

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    woz Reply:

    Indeed 🙂

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  11. woz Says:

    The Spotlight dub is so hotttttt! Thanks!

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  12. Jason Says:

    Thanks for this rip Paul. I never expected to hear these in your quality. Cheers.

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  13. musicdivaSF Says:

    You just made my day Dj PaulT! This is just another fantastic addition to everything you have shared with us here by far. It makes me think of all my cassette collection that I don’t have with me anymore and wished I still do… although I would not have done anything (digital transfer) as good as this one. 🙂

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  14. Modernaire Says:

    Superb! This was a surprise – a cassette digital transfer!

    Rare that people digitally dub/transfer cassette tapes – which are also really just like vinyl – analog!

    I usually let the actual tape deck do the noise reduction, aka tape hiss suppression. I pick B or C depending, but even at B NR a little hiss is no big deal. C tends to cut slightly into reverb and atmosphere highs, and if you use a Sony high end cassette deck with S Noise Reduction it gets even more dramatic but retains the warmth of the tape.

    I’ve done several ‘tape transfers’ myself and even though audiophiles swear by Nakamichi Dragons etc. I’ve found two tape decks that pretty much are just as good if not better – any LATE model Sony Cassette deck which were they last they produced in the last decade and mid to late 90’s Sony ES tape decks with or without the extra S NR. And the fantastic studio grade workhorse Tascam 302! Stunning tape quality in the Tascam – it’s made for recording studios!

    I’d really do hope to see more cassette transfers of rare cassingles and tapes if possible in the future, there are some rare tapes out there that are out of print and contain some long lost gems!

    Thanks DjP!

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  15. cicconeyouth Says:

    thanks for this epic bop and all your previous queen of pop records <3

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  16. Josh Says:

    Hi Paul, thanks for the post, but you already ripped those mixes before (Feb 2012)as they appeared on :

    Madonna – Holiday/Over And Over (US 12″Promo) including Over And Over (Dub)
    Madonna – Where’s The Party / Spotlight (US 12″Promo) including Spotlight (Dub)

    I compared both rips and the vinyl rips sound more transparent and less dull. Analogue magnetic tapes age and loose treble and resolution over time. You did your best though!

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    woz Reply:

    From what I gather, Paul was going to do a re-rip of the vinyl but was not happy with the results. He then decided to give the cassette a try. Possibly for the fun of it as much as for the music.

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    Josh Reply:

    Hi Woz, thanks for your comment. Where do you got that information from? I only saw his note below:
    NOTES:
    “Contains special dub versions “Spotlight (Dub Version)” & “Over And Over (Dub Version)” available on cassette only. ”

    I thought he may just have forgotten, that these two cool mixes were already on those 2 vinyls he’d ripped 2 years ago. Anyway it was also nice to be able to compare tape vs vinyl rip.

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  17. BigD Says:

    Any chance that you would have GHV2 Remixed double vinyl and if so could you please rip? Thanx again for such great posts!

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  18. PopRevolver Says:

    Thanks Paul!!!

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  19. martijn van heeringen Says:

    Thanks for the rip. The dub versions are indeed nowhere on cd. I have always found it odd the single version of spotlight only appeared on japanese editions (cd single, and 1996 cd single box). Spotlight is my favorite song of Madonna. the lyrics are so fitting for her career, and I always remember that time of around 1987 as the pinnacle of her fame.
    I like to think we will still remember her after a 1000 years. Maybe not because she was famous, since there are so many celebrities now, but because she will always stand out: she put women on the map, showing they can be independent, in control and as good or better than men in doing their stuff, without losing their femininity.

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  20. AK Says:

    Thanks!!!

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