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Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive (US 12″ Promo)

Posted by DjPaulT on 13th April 2012

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1979

“I Will Survive” is a song first performed by American singer Gloria Gaynor, released in October 1978. It was written by Freddie Perren and Dino Fekaris. A top-selling song after its initial release, it has remained a popular disco anthem, as well as being certified double platinum by the RIAA.

The song’s lyrics describe the narrator’s discovery of personal strength following an initially devastating breakup, delivered with increasing confidence and backed by a stirring instrumental accompaniment. It is one of the most famous disco songs of all time and remains Gaynor’s biggest hit. It received heavy airplay in 1979, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and on the UK Singles Chart on consecutive weeks. The song is also frequently recalled as symbol of female strength and as a gay anthem.

Originally released as the B-side to a cover version of the Righteous Brothers song “Substitute”, “I Will Survive” became a worldwide hit for Gaynor when disc jockeys played that side of the record instead. New copies of the record were eventually pressed with “I Will Survive” as the A-side (“Substitute” itself peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, equaling to number 107 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart).

As a disco number, the song was unique for its time by virtue of Gaynor’s having no background singers. And, unlike her first disco hits, the track was not pitched up to make it faster and to render Gaynor’s recorded voice in a higher register than that in which she actually sang. Most disco hits at the time were heavily produced, with multiple voices, overdubs, and adjustments to pitch and speed. “I Will Survive” had a much more spare and “clean” sound. Had it been originally planned and released as an A-side, it would almost certainly have undergone a substantially more heavy-handed remix.

The song received the Grammy Award for Best Disco Recording in 1980, the only year the award was given. It is ranked #492 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”, and ranked at #97 on Billboard magazine’s “All-Time Hot 100”. In 2000, the song was ranked #1 in VH1’s list of the 100 greatest dance songs.

A promotional video was filmed in 1979 at New York discothèque Xenon. Sheila Reid-Pender of Harlem, NY is the featured skater in the video from the skating group, The Village Wizards. Although three videos were filmed that day, the “I Will Survive” video was the only one to survive.e.

The b-eide of the US 12″ features the song with Gloria singing in Spanish.

SIDE A:
I Will Survive 8:00

SIDE B:
Yo Vivire (Spanish Version) 7:48

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

CHARTS:

Year Single Chart Position
1979 I Will Survive U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #1
1979 I Will Survive U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary Tracks #9
1979 I Will Survive U.S. Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play #1
1979 I Will Survive U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles #4

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Polydor – PD D 512
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 RPM, Promo
Country: US
Released: 1979
Genre: Funk / Soul
Style: Disco
Credits: Arranged By [Strings, Horns] – Dave Blumberg*
Co-producer, Arranged By [Rhythm] – Freddie Perren
Producer – Dino Fekaris
Written-By – Dino FekarisFreddie Perren

NOTES:
Produced for Grand Slam Productions
Promotion Copy – Not For Sale

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

EQUIPMENT USED:
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

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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