Posted by DjPaulT on November 5th, 2014
BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1989
Re-Rip Newly Remastered!
Originally I posted this one on January 12, 2011. 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!
“Burning The Ground” is the 20th single by Duran Duran, released in December 1989. It was created as a stand-alone single to promote the compilation album Decade: Greatest Hits, but didn’t appear on the album itself. However, its music video was included on the band’s audiovisual compilation Greatest, released on 1999 (VHS) and 2003 (DVD). The song is essentially a megamix of Duran Duran’s history, featuring tidbits of all of the band’s hits of the previous ten years.
Instrumental elements of “Save A Prayer”, “Hungry Like the Wolf”, “Rio”, “The Reflex” and “The Wild Boys”, including the camera flash sound from “Girls on Film”, form the core of the first part of the song, while the “chorus” is built up of alternating chants of “Girls!” (from “Girls on Film”) and “Boys!” (from “The Wild Boys”). The nonsense syllables from several songs, such as the “noh-noh” bits from “Notorious”, the “bop bop bop” from “Skin Trade” and the “tana nana” and the “fle fle fle fle flex” from “The Reflex”, were also incorporated. Elements from “A View To A Kill”, “Notorious”, “I Don’t Want Your Love” and later singles are gradually woven into the mix. Segments of the song are marked by signature phrases taken from other songs: first, “Can you hear me now?” (“Planet Earth”); later, “I tell you, somebody’s fooling around” (“The Reflex”) and “The rhythm is the power” (“I Don’t Want Your Love”). The title derives from a “Hungry Like the Wolf” lyric.
The song also used several sound samples from the film Barbarella, from which the band took their name: “Barbarella?” “Mr. President!” “Your Mission, find Durand Durand!” “Just a minute, I’ll slip something on!”
The remix was created by producer John Jones, with assistance from Dee Long and engineer Chris Potter, in an upstairs room at Olympic Studios in Barnes while Duran Duran was downstairs recording new material for the album Liberty, to be released the following year.
The b-side was another megamix, this one more instrumental in nature, called “Decadance”. The song uses the “why” bits of “The Reflex”, the “no, no” from “Notorious”, “wild” from “The Wild Boys”, the chorus from “All She Wants Is”, the solo from “Save a Prayer” mixed with “Rio”, and a little bit of “Skin Trade”, as well as some of the suggestive screams from “Hungry Like the Wolf”.
The single debuted on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart on February 10, 1990. After spending six weeks on the survey “Burning The Ground” peaked at #23. The single also charted in the U.K. #31 and Italy #17.
Burning The Ground 4:00
Mixed By – Christopher Marc Potter
Other [Created By] – Duran Duran
Producer – John Jones , John Taylor , Nick Rhodes , Simon Le Bon , Sterling Campell*
Samples – Dee Long
Vinyl: Near Mint
Cover: Near Mint
U.S. CHART HISTORY:
|1989||Burning The Ground||U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play||#23|
Label: Capitol Records – V-15546
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Single, 33 ⅓ RPM
Genre: Electronic, Pop, Rock
Style: New Wave, Synth-pop
Artwork By [Sleeve Design] – Abrahams Pants
All tracks sampled from the album “DECADE”.
B-side produced and mixed at Pacific & Ezee Studios.
Find the 12″ on DISCOGS
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)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi
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