Posted by DjPaulT on 6th June 2011
BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1986
“Band of Gold” is a popular song written by Holland–Dozier–Holland under the pseudonym Edythe Wayne, and Ron Dunbar, and first recorded by Freda Payne. A hit for Payne in 1970, the song has been covered by numerous artists, notably dueling 1986 versions by contrasting pop divas Belinda Carlisle and Bonnie Tyler.
The song tells a story of a recently married woman whose husband is incapable of loving her (even though he tried), resulting in the couple sleeping in separate rooms on their honeymoon, to her dismay. It would appear that the marriage ended in the husband’s abandoning his bride, leaving her with no more than the titular ‘band of gold’.
Despite both coming off major hits and working with noted musicians, neither the Belinda Carlisle nor the Bonnie Tyler versions were major hits. Tyler’s was produced by Jim Steinman, the man behind earlier hits by Tyler and Meat Loaf, and later hits by Celine Dion, and the track was given Hi-NRG remixes by Arthur Baker. The song was the third single off her Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire, which also features the hit “Holding Out for a Hero”. Tyler’s version peaked at #81 on the UK singles chart and #6 on the US Billboard Hot Dance Breakouts Singles Sales Chart in 1986.
* I also posted Belinda Carlisle’s version a few months ago you can get it here.
Band Of Gold (Long Version) 7:23
Remix – Arthur Baker
Band Of Gold (Album Version) 5:42
Remix – Larry Alexander
Band Of Gold (Dub Version) 6:58
Remix – Arthur Baker
Vinyl: Near Mint
Cover: Very Good Plus (company sleeve)
|1986||Band Of Gold||U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Breakouts Singles Sales||#6|
Special versions from the LP “Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire”
Find the 12″ on DISCOGS
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super 20
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
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 16bit 44kHz using Adobe batch processing
FLAC (Level Eight)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi PNG format, resized to JPEG format for posting.
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