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Andy Gibb/David Shire – Shadow Dancing/Manhattan Skyline (US 12″ Promo)

Posted by DjPaulT on 1st March 2013


A. Front

Side 1


“Shadow Dancing” is a disco song performed by English singer Andy Gibb that reached number one for seven weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1978. Albhy Galuten (who also produced this song) arranged the song with Barry Gibb.

In July that year, Gibb performed “Shadow Dancing” at the Jai-Alai Fronton Studios in Miami, when Barry, Robin and Maurice unexpectedly joined him on stage, and sang this song with him, and it was the first time, on which all four brothers performed together in concert.

According to Billboard’s Book Of Number One Hits, Gibb became the first solo artist in the history of the U.S. pop charts to have his first three singles hit the number-one spot. Additionally, “Shadow Dancing” was listed by Billboard as being the number one single of 1978. In addition the song peaked at number eleven on the soul chart and sold 2.5 million copies in the United States alone.

The song was written by Andy and his brothers (Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb) in Los Angeles, while the trio of brothers were working on the film Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. “And one night,” Andy would recall, “while we were relaxing, we sat down and we had to start getting tracks together for the album” (also titled Shadow Dancing, which would eventually hit #7 on the U.S. album charts). “So we literally sat down and in ten minutes, we had a group going, (singing) the chorus part. As it says underneath the song, we all wrote it, the four of us.” While Andy Gibb would have three more Top 10 hits in the U.S., this would be his final chart-topping hit in America.

On March 5, 1988, Andy Gibb celebrated his 30th birthday in London, while working on a new album. Soon after, he entered John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford complaining of chest pains and died five days after his birthday, on March 10, 1988, as a result of myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle caused by a recent viral infection which was exacerbated by his years of cocaine abuse.

The b-side of this 12″ is performed by David Shire an American songwriter and the composer of stage musicals, film and television scores. “Manhattan Skyline” is an instrumental taken from the film and soundtrack Saturday Night Fever.

Andy Gibb – Shadow Dancing (Special Disco Version) 6:07
Producer – Albhy GalutenBarry GibbKarl Richardson
Written-By – Andy GibbBarry Gibb-Robin Gibb-Maurice Gibb*

David Shire – Manhattan Skyline (Instrumental) 4:43
Producer – Bill OakesDavid Shire
Written-By – David Shire

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1978 Shadow Dancing U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #1
1978 Shadow Dancing U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks #8
1978 Shadow Dancing U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles #11


Label: RSO Records ‎– RPO 1000
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 RPM, Promo
Country: US
Released: 1978
Genre: Funk / Soul
Style: Disco

℗ 1978 RSO Records, Inc.
Produced by arrangement with The Robert Stigwood Organisation.
Extended version from Andy Gibb’s forthcoming album “Shadow Dancing” RS-1-3034

℗ 1977 RSO Records, Inc.
From the RSO Records Soundtrack Album “Saturday Night Fever” RS-2-4001

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Side 2

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

Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
Playlist Creator

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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