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ABBA – Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) (US 7″ Promo)

Posted by DjPaulT on 13th November 2015

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1979

Side A

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“Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)”, (working title “Been and Gone and Done It”), is a song by Swedish band ABBA. It was recorded and released in 1979. It appears on ABBA’s Greatest Hits Vol. 2.

“Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)” was written and composed by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, with the lead vocal sung by Agnetha Fältskog. Agnetha, as the narrator, weaves the image of a lonely young woman who longs for a romantic relationship and views her loneliness as a forbidding darkness of night, even drawing parallels to how the happy endings of movie stars are so different from her own existence.

The song was recorded at Polar Music Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, in August 1979, and was ready for release in October of that year, in conjunction with the group’s tour of North America and Europe.

The single version of this song, which was released in its full length of 4:48 everywhere else in the world, was released in the United States and Canada in an edited format, being just 3:39 in length. This was done by removing the first half of the opening instrumental, the first four of the eight bars of the instrumental bridge between the second and final chorus, and fading the song out early. It is believed the edit was done by Atlantic, ABBA’s North American record label, and not Polar, hence the reason why it was available only in the USA and Canada. This single version has never appeared on any commercial CD issued by Polar/Universal to date, and along with the US radio edit of Chiquitita, it marked the only time Atlantic ever commercially released an edited version of an ABBA single while they had the North American rights to release ABBA recordings.

The single was never released by Polar Music in the group’s native Sweden, instead being featured on the “Greatest Hits Vol. 2” album, which did get a Swedish release. While Polar released the single in neighbouring Norway, Denmark, and Finland, copies of these versions were not made available in the Swedish record stores, who thus arranged to import copies of the United Kingdom version on Epic Records. Sales of these imports were sufficient for the single to reach no. 16 on the sales chart in Sweden.

“Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)” was another highly successful song for ABBA. It hit no. 1 in Belgium, Finland, France, Ireland, and Switzerland, while reaching the Top 3 in Austria, Germany, Great Britain, The Netherlands, and Norway. It also proved to be ABBA’s most successful song in Japan, hitting no. 17.

SIDE A:
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) (Long Version) 4:48

SIDE B:
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) (Short Version) 3:39

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint (company)

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Atlantic ‎– 3652
Format: Vinyl, 7″, 45 RPM, Single, Promo
Country: US
Released: 1979
Genre: Pop
Style: Disco

CREDITS:
Engineer – Michael B. Tretow
Mastered By – GP*
Producer, Arranged By, Written-By – Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus*

NOTES:
“PROMOTIONAL COPY NOT FOR SALE”
From the Atlantic LP “Greatest Hits Vol. 2”

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Side B

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
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

SOFTWARE USED:
Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removal: Manual
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

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

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Agnetha Fältskog – Can’t Shake Loose (Special AOR Remix) (US 12″ Promo)

Posted by DjPaulT on 13th August 2013

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1983

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“Can’t Shake Loose” is a 1983 song from former ABBA star Agnetha Fältskog’s solo album, Wrap Your Arms Around Me. It was the third single release in Europe and the first to be issued in the United States.

The song was written by Russ Ballard, who also wrote the successful “I Know There’s Something Going On” for Agnetha’s former ABBA colleague Anni-Frid Lyngstad (Frida).

“Can’t Shake Loose” proved rather successful on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, where an Edited Remix of the song broke into the Top 30 peaking at #29 in November 1983. As usual, Fältskog made only limited promotion, but she did travel across the Atlantic from Sweden in August 1983 to appear on American television. “Can’t Shake Loose” also performed well in Canada, where it reached #26. In the UK and Australia, however, the track proved less successful, reaching #63 and #76, respectively.

In North America a remix was used as the single version while in Europe the album version was used.

SIDE A:
Can’t Shake Loose (Special AOR Remix) 3:15

SIDE B:
Can’t Shake Loose (Special AOR Remix) 3:15

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

CHART HISTORY:

Year Single Chart Position
1983 Can’t Shake Loose U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #29

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Polydor ‎– PRO 216-1
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Promo, 33 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1983
Genre: Pop, Rock
Style: Soft Rock
Credits: Producer – Mike Chapman
Remix – Rob Freeman
Written-By – Russ Ballard

NOTES:
From the Polydor LP:
“WRAP YOUR ARMS AROUND ME”

Promotional Copy Not For Sale
Plays same track both sides.

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

Label

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Pro-Ject Speed Box S
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
ClickRepair
dBpoweramp
Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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