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David Bowie – Magic Dance (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on January 14th, 2016


A. Front

“Magic Dance” is one of the featured songs performed by David Bowie in the 1986 Jim Henson movie, Labyrinth. It is also credited as “Dance Magic” in some instances.

This song is a dance number which momentarily takes the focus away from Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) to observe the goings on in the castle at the centre of the labyrinth. Jareth, played by Bowie, amuses himself by singing to Toby. The lyric ‘What kind of magic spell to use?’ possibly refers to the search for a spell that will cheer up a crying Toby. The answer they discover is ‘Magic Dance’.

The song then begins with a simple dance beat, while a series of questions and answers between Jareth and the goblins presented in call-response form are layered over. Seeing that the goblins are still confused, Jareth provides further explanation in the form of an ’80s dance/rock sequence. The goblins all sing along with Jareth, recounting multiple spells, and ultimately choosing a form of “magic dance”.

The song lyrics makes reference to the 1947 movie The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer starring Cary Grant: “Hey, You remind me of the Man / Babe, What Man / Babe, The Man / Babe with the Power….”.

The song appears in different forms in the film and on the soundtrack. Both versions use the same basic song and recordings made in the studio, but vocal tracks for the film and soundtrack were recorded apart from each other. In addition, the song is shortened in the film, fading out mid-way through.

The song also appears in a reprise medley with “Underground” at the end of the film.

The single wasn’t available in all markets around the world. The main single, only released on 12″ was released in the US, Spanish and Italian markets, among others. The single was never released commercially in the UK.

Magic Dance (A Dance Mix) 7:15
Producer [Additional], Remix – Steve Thompson And Michael Barbiero*

Magic Dance (Dub) 5:29
Producer [Additional], Remix – Steve Thompson And Michael Barbiero*

Within You 3:30

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

Label: EMI America ‎– V-19217
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 ⅓ RPM, Single
Country: US
Released: 1986
Genre: Electronic, Rock
Style: Pop Rock, Synth-pop

Art Direction – Henry Marquez
Design – Carol Chen
Photography By [Front] – Davies And Starr
Producer – Arif Mardin, David Bowie
Written-By – D. Bowie*

From the motion picture soundtrack “LABYRINTH”

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS

B. Back

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Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
Phono Pre-amp:
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Record Cleaning:
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Artwork Scans:
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Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
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All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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21 Responses to “David Bowie – Magic Dance (US 12″)”

  1. Stefano Says:

    Great post Paul! This is a rare one. Thank you very much.
    Somehow it still doesn’t come in that he really passed away.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Stefano. I still have this feeling like it’s not rea.


  2. OMAR Says:

    Thanks Paul. I have this single too. Another magic by Bowie.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar 🙂


  3. NKelly Says:

    Awesome. I’m hoping for Absolute Beginners soon although i must confess to not even knowing the tracklisting right now (Extended mix?). Many thanks


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Neil. “Full Length Version” and “Dub Mix” 🙂


  4. Jeff Says:

    Thank you Paul for this enchanting record by David Bowie. I remember being held under its spell the first time seeing the movie “Labyrinth” all those years ago in the movie theater. I thought it was so surprising that David Bowie would play such a character. Bowie was always the chameleon and would change and challenge us with his artistry. Teaming up with Jim Henson’s creations was inspired. I became obsessed with Bowie’s spheres that he would dexterously handle in certain scenes. And that great M.C. Escher-like part of the film with all those stairways going any such ways. This is such a fantastic post and I love the whimsical nature of it all. I love to play this around Halloween because I think it fits in well with the bewitching holiday. Thank you Paul for such a sentimental and nostalgic flash-back to one of many David Bowie classics. You have the power, dear Paul!!



    DjPaulT Reply:

    I do love all of the many stages that Bowie took us through over five decades this period is so great. What a fun movie and terrific soundtrack. I know this is one of your favorites Jeff hope you enjoy the record 🙂


  5. Junior Says:

    Looking forward to hearing this later. Thanks Paul 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Junior 🙂


  6. Daniel Says:

    Thank you Paul for this great post. I didn’t know about this single at all. What a great tribute to Mr. Bowie. My very favourite track from him was “This is not America” which remains also as one of my all time favourites. Do you have it?


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi Daniel yes I do have that one 🙂


    Jonathan Reply:

    This is not America is my very favorite from Bowie , Great classic , Thanks!!!


  7. Erick Says:

    Thanks for this geam… a hope that “never let me down” will come next.


  8. Andrew Says:

    You are awesome Paul, thank you so much for posting the Bowie stuff, I’m still hurting but seeing your post’s these last few days are putting a lil smile on my face! Keep them coming please, what ever you decide to come next is much appreciated! THANK YOU!!!


  9. Richard Says:

    I loved the wig that Bowie wore for this role, a definite downgrade from hhis normal coiffure. Thank for this rip.


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  11. Joey Says:

    Nice post. It is odd how a great majority of people really discovered Bowie in the 80’s, not unlike Phil Collins, he was everywhere, but critically it is his most dismissed era. I remember how Blue Jean got bashed, but my mind changed once I saw the full 20 minute video/short film Dancing with Blue Jean, a brilliant short worth looking up if you have not seen it. Thanks for sharing your treasures Paul. Bowie kind of stole Tina Turner’s hair for this movie don’t you think?


  12. luis Says:

    please, upload David Bowie – Day in day out, thanks


  13. Matt Says:

    I’m loving these Bowie posts. I became a fan in the 80’s and played these all the time. Thanks


  14. Jason Says:

    Thank you very much Paul.


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