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GIORGIO MORODER

THE COMPUTER DISCO YEARS (1977-79)


May 1977 LP (+ CD) DONNA SUMMER: I REMEMBER YESTERDAY

  1. I Remember Yesterday 4.45
  2. Love's Unkind 4.26
  3. Back in Love Again 3.55
  4. I Remember Yesterday (Reprise) 3.04

  5. Black Lady 3.48
  6. Take Me 5.03
  7. Can't We Just Sit Down (And Talk It Over) 4.25
  8. I Feel Love 5.53
All songs produced by Moroder/Bellotte. The only song here that should appeal to 'Computer Disco' fans is 'I Feel Love' - a radical change from his earlier 'Soft Disco' sound and a superb Moroder classic. The other songs are very soft.

July 1977 7"/12" Donna Summer: I Feel Love

    I Feel Love 5.53 / Can't We Just Sit Down (And Talk It Over) (Edit) 3.56 (US 7": Casablanca Records, NB 884)

    I Feel Love 8.15 / Theme from The Deep (Down, Deep Inside) 6.06 [no Moroder involvement] (US 12": Casablanca Records, NBD 20104)


Sep 1977 LP (+ CD) GIORGIO: FROM HERE TO ETERNITY

  1. From Here To Eternity 5.51
  2. Faster Than the Speed of Love 1.57
  3. Lost Angeles 2.46
  4. Utopia - Me Giorgio 3.23
  5. From Here To Eternity (reprise) 1.35

  6. First Hand Experience in Second Hand Love 5.02
  7. I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone 5.06
  8. Too Hot To Handle 4.51 (German CD 1992: Castle Communications CHC 7051; German CD 1999: Repertoire REP 4759-WG; limited US CD 1 Oct 2004: Hip-o Select)
Amazing, futuristic, rhytmical! Way ahead of its time and a must for Moroder fans. The whimsical and corny last track sabotages the wholeness though.

A note about the sound quality of the two different German CDs by Walter Cescato: "The German Repertoire 1999 CD is another UNCREDITED "Vinyl RIP on CD" fiasco. It seems that today labels policy is to cheat on customers hidding such details. This is the trick to make you buy another copy, if you've got a good vinyl already. As a plus, a wrong connection between the vinyl player and the digital recorder ended up with an inverted stereo image (I can't believe people doing this is german!). If you are looking for the real master on CD find a copy from the Castle Communications release."

Sep 1977 7" Giorgio: From Here to Eternity

    From Here to Eternity (Single Version) 3.52 / Too Hot To Handle 4.51 (UK 7": OASIS 1)

    From Here to Eternity (Single Version) 3.52 / Utopia 4.14 (German 7": Oasis 11 538 AT)

Clive Hocker: "The 7" version starts with the the vocoder-style voice from the album version without any additional instrumentation. Then the music starts (suddenly - almost in the same way as the Donna Summer recording 'I Feel Love) and Moroder's singing begins after eight bars of this introduction. After one verse (as on the album) the chorus repeats four times. The mix during the chorus is substantially different with more emphasis on the 'hook' melody. Instead of proceeding onto the second verse (as on the album) the beat continues but the music fades into the percussive start of 'Utopia - Me Giorgio' and then that track continues until the single fades. It is almost a medley of the two tracks - perhaps Moroder couldn't decide which was the better song! A video (rather basic by today's standards) was released to accompany the song and featured a close up of Moroder standing in front of a bright light. During the chorus he moved in time to the music so that the light flared into the camera!".


Oct 1977 2-LP (+ CD) DONNA SUMMER: ONCE UPON A TIME...

  1. Once Upon A Time 4.02
  2. Faster and Faster to Nowhere 3.34
  3. Fairy Tale High 4.25
  4. Say Something Nice 4.44

  5. Now I Need You 6.09
  6. Working the Midnight Shift 5.07
  7. Queen for a Day 5.59

  8. If You Got It Flaunt It 4.43
  9. A Man Like You 3.34
  10. Sweet Romance 4.31
  11. Once upon a Time 0.48
  12. Dance into My Life 4.10

  13. Rumour Has It 4.57
  14. I Love You 4.43
  15. Happily Ever After 3.51
  16. Once upon a Time 3.58
All songs produced by Moroder/Bellotte. 5, 6, 8 and 13 are really great Moroder stompers, but many other tracks are good too.

Bob Esty worked on this LP, here is a quote from him taken from www.angelfire.com/de/moroder/
"Yes, I did the double LP "Once Upon A Time". We used the Munich Machine rhythm players (including the incredible drummer Keith Forsey) and the Munich Symphony. Giorgio stayed away from the studio for the entire project and left me to format the order of the record. He left me alone and let me do whatever I wanted. His partner Pete Bellote was in the studio for the guitar overdubs and later co-wrote lyrics with Donna. Giorgio had given me a tape of himself at an electric piano singing "la, la, la" the melody and giving some chord changes in his playing. I then did a demo of the entire album w/synthesizers in L.A. After that, I flew to Munich to stay at the Arabella Haus where Giorgio's studio Musicland was. Everything you hear instrumentally was completed before Donna heard it. I had sung the melody for her on the tape and she took it from there. It took about 4 weeks to do all the music, then Donna flew in from her tour of Italy and wrote the words to the songs. I didn't know what the lyrics were until she sang them. Then we added background vocals and Giorgio mixed it. During this process, I did the Roberta Kelly LP "Gettin' the Spirit" which had the song "O Happy Day". I added a gospel choir and some overdubs in L.A. then it went to Munich for Giorgio to mix it."


1978 German 7" The Beepers: Love Is You

    Love Is You 3.22 / Love Trap 3.08 (Oasis 15 517 AT)
Both tracks written and produced by Giorgio Moroder. Thanks to Dan Magnusson for info. Dan told me that he thinks that The Beepers is not really a group but Giorgio solo, and that he uses a vocoder like on the Munich Machine and Giorgio & Chris LPs.


13 March (?) 1978 LP (+ CD) ROBERTA KELLY: GETTIN' THE SPIRIT

  1. Oh Happy Day 5.46 (E. Hawkins)
  2. To My Father's House 6.23 (E. Hawkins)
  3. My Sweet Lord 4.20 (G. Harrison)

  4. Gettin' the Spirit 4.45 (B. Esty)
  5. Walking in the Shadow of His Light 5.21 (R. Kelly/B. Esty)
  6. Speaking My Mind in His Ear 5.58 (R. Kelly/B. Esty) (CD 1989: PolyGram 839 725-2)
Recorded in Munich and Los Angeles in 1978, produced by Giorgio Moroder and Bob Esty. A kind of gospel-disco. The A-side is the better side with Giorgio's usual uptempo disco stomping a la 1978, not bad at all. The B-side is slower and not in my taste.

1978 US 7" Roberta Kelly: Oh Happy Day

    Oh Happy Day 3.18 (single mix) / To My Father's House 3.58 (Casablanca NB 935)


April? 1978 US soundtrack 12" Donna Summer: With Your Love

    With Your Love 7.35 (1-sided 12": Casablanca Records, NBD 20117 DJ)
May 1978 soundtrack 2-LP (+ 2-CD) THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY
Last Dance was also released in May 1978 as a special DJ 12" single (NBD 20122 DJ) but it was remixed by Marc Paul Simon and Bobby Guttadoro, so it had no real Moroder involvement.

Bob Esty worked on 'Last Dance', here is a quote from him taken from www.angelfire.com/de/moroder/
"I met Giorgio Moroder when I did 'Last Dance' (summer of 1977). Neil Bogart (president of Casablanca Records) was the force behind doing the song. He thought it was a "hit". Paul Jabara had "trapped" Donna in a bathroom in Puerto Rico to make her listen to the song idea. She said OK, and Paul and I finished the song and I developed the way the song was to be done: slow intro, fast, then slow again, then fast. It was to be the first time to my knowledge a disco track did this. Giorgio was initially against the song because it wasn't his, and, vocally, Donna would be singing "full voice" (not high and breathy). This was not like "I Feel Love" and the other previous tracks. Also, we were to use a full orchestral arrangement, not electronic. We recorded the entire track in one day at Record Plant. Giorgio was not involved in the recording of the track except we had Jurgen Koppers (his engineer) at the console. Mr. Moroder was present at the end of the instrumental session when Donna sang her vocal (2 times only, as was her habit). Donna and I had made a "demo" of the entire full length version with piano and voice, so she knew the arrangement and the song before the vocal session. I mixed the song with Bob Stone at Larrabee Studios and it was done. After hearing the final product, Giorgio asked me to arrange "Once Upon A Time". This double LP was released before "Last Dance" because the movie "Thank God It's Friday" came out some months later."


24 May (?) 1978 LP (+ CD) MUNICH MACHINE: A WHITER SHADE OF PALE

  1. A Whiter Shade of Pale 6.35 [6.20 (edit) on US LP/CD]
  2. It's for You 5.13
  3. It's All Wrong (But It's Alright) 4.12

  4. La Nuit Blanche 5.16 [a reworking of Richard Strauss' Also sprach Zarathustra]
  5. Love Fever 4.36
  6. In Love with Love 6.31 [6.21 (fade-out) on European LP/CD]
    (European CD (Munich Machine's two first LPs) 1996: Bud Music, CBU 62509; US CD 23 July 2010: Gold Legion 597732; German CD (Munich Machine's two first LPs) 4 April 2011: Repertoire)
Written and produced by Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte. Featuring Chris Bennett on vocals. Heavy electronic rhythms and catchy melodies. Clive comments on the differences between the CD versions: "The Repertoire 2011 CD is virtually the same as the previous Bud/Oasis edition from 1996, but with slightly louder and clearer sound. The cover artwork, also taken from the previous Bud CD release is a bit of a mess, being a poor quality re-hash of the original album artwork. In sum, the 2010 Gold Legion edition has better artwork and an informative booklet - plus it doesn't prematurely fade out In Love With Love. But the 2011 Repertoire CD sounds better."

1978 7"/12" Munich Machine: A Whiter Shade of Pale

    A Whiter Shade of Pale (edit) 4.12 / It's All Wrong (But It's Alright) 4.12


23 June (?) 1978 7" Giorgio and Chris: Love's in You

    Love's in You 3.35 / I Can't Wait 3.55
Clive Hocker: "The B-side features a very different beginning to the album version."

24 July (?) 1978 LP (+ CD) GIORGIO AND CHRIS: LOVE'S IN YOU, LOVE'S IN ME

  1. Love's in You, Love's in Me 3.46
  2. Keep It Together 3.32
  3. I Can't Wait 4.15
  4. Reprise 5.07

  5. Love Now, Hurt Later 6.10
  6. Burning the Midnight Oil 4.56
  7. Let This Night Go on for Days 6.00 (US CD 17 Sep 2010: Gold Legion GLUNI 596212)

Produced by Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte. Chris Bennett on vocals. The A-side is OK but not very exciting at all, whereas the B-side is absolutely fantastic, and in the same line as the 'A Whiter Shade of Pale' album. Track 5 for example is a fascinating boogie-woogie computer disco (!) and will keep your feet moving!

1978 Mexican 7" Giorgio and Chris: Love Now, Hurt Later

    Love Now, Hurt Later (Single Version) 4.16 / Let This Night Go On for Days (Single Version) 4.20 (Mexican 7": RCA Victor SP 5150)


31 Aug 1978 live 2-LP (+ CD) DONNA SUMMER: LIVE AND MORE

    LP 1 Side A (live 1978):
  1. Once upon a Time 3.03
  2. Fairy Tale High 2.20
  3. Faster and Faster to Nowhere 2.09
  4. Spring Affair 2.34
  5. Rumour Has It 2.34
    LP 1 Side B (live 1978):
  1. I Love You 3.38
  2. Only One Man 2.06
  3. I Remember Yesterday 3.52
  4. Love's Unkind 2.37
  5. My Man Medley 6.25 (The Man I Love / I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good / Some of These Days)
  6. The Way We Were 3.23
  7. Mimi's Song 4.28
    LP 2 Side A (live 1978):
  1. Try Me, I Know We Can Make It 4.14
  2. Love To Love You Baby 3.23
  3. I Feel Love 6.54
  4. Last Dance 5.50
    LP 2 Side B (studio):
  1. MacArthur Park Suite 17.47 (MacArthur Park / One of a Kind / Heaven Knows / MacArthur Park Reprise)
    CD:
  1. Once upon a Time 3.03
  2. Fairy Tale High 2.20
  3. Faster and Faster to Nowhere 2.09
  4. Spring Affair 2.34
  5. Rumour Has It 2.34
  6. I Love You 3.38
  7. Only One Man 2.06
  8. I Remember Yesterday 3.52
  9. Love's Unkind 2.37
  10. My Man Medley 6.25 (The Man I Love / I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good / Some of These Days)
  11. The Way We Were 3.23
  12. Mimi's Song 4.28
  13. Try Me, I Know We Can Make It 4.14
  14. Love To Love You Baby 3.23
  15. I Feel Love 6.54
  16. Last Dance 5.50
    studio bonus track from 'The Deep' soundtrack:
  17. Theme from 'The Deep' (down deep inside) (extended version) 6.07 (CD: PolyGram 811 123-2)
All tracks produced by Moroder/Bellotte, except 'Theme from The Deep' produced by John Barry.

(Dec 1978) 12" MacArthur Park Suite

    MacArthur Park Suite (Special DJ Edit) 17.33 (1-sided 12": NBD 20148)
Info from Clive "Eurodisco" 23 June 2013: "The 1990s Casablanca CD box set and 2012 Bad Girls deluxe edition CD both use the 1978 “DJ edit" of the MacArthur Park Suite. This version was created for 12” single release in the the US. It stitches in the longer single version of Heaven Knows (with the extra "trumpet solo" instrumental section) in place of the shorter album version. I think One Of A Kind is a little shorter on the DJ edit version, too. Personally, I don't like it - the edits are really obvious and completely balls up the transition back into the MacArthur Park reprise. If Moroder and co had wanted it that way, they would have produced it that way. At the moment, the only way you can get the proper, original version is on the 1987 Dance Collection CD or the recent Japanese Deluxe re-edition of Live And More".


25 Sep (?) 1978 soundtrack LP (+ CD) MIDNIGHT EXPRESS

  1. Chase 8.26
  2. Love's Theme 5.34
  3. (Theme from) Midnight Express 4.41

  4. Istanbul Blues 3.20 [David Castle/William Hayes/Oliver Stone; vocals by David Castle]
  5. The Wheel 2.25
  6. Istanbul Opening 4.44
  7. Cacaphoney 2.57
  8. (Theme from) Midnight Express 4.47 [vocals and lyrics by Chris Bennet]
Track 1 is Giorgio de-luxe, 3 and 8 are also good but slower. Track 2 is an OK ballad, whereas 4 is a bluesy song not written by Moroder at all. 6 is an exciting song and you can hear some similarities to the 1982 Cat People soundtrack! 5 and 7 are more or less horror music.

An extended 13 min version of Chase was released on a US 1-sided 12" (NBD 20146).


Oct 1978 LP (+ CD) THE THREE DEGREES: NEW DIMENSIONS

  1. Giving up, Giving in 6.07 [Giorgio Moroder/Pete Belotte]
  2. Looking for Love 5.26 [Giorgio Moroder/Pete Belotte]
  3. Falling in Love Again 5.34 [Giorgio Moroder/Pete Belotte]

  4. The Runner 6.18 [Shelia Ferguston/Giorgio Moroder]
  5. Woman in Love 5.16 [D. Bugatti/F. Muskar]
  6. Magic in the Air 5.45 [Moroder/Belotte] (Japanese CD 24 Sep 2008: BMG Japan BVCM35417)

    Bonus tracks UK 2010 CD:

  7. Giving Up, Giving In (Single Version) 3.53
  8. Woman in Love (Single Version) 4.09
  9. The Runner (Single Version) 3.43
  10. Falling in Love Again (1979 Single Version) 3.53
  11. Out Of Love Again 3.55 (B-side)
  12. The Golden Lady 4.12 (soundtrack single June 1979)
  13. The Runner (12" Version) 8.15 (UK CD 23 Aug 2010: Cherry Red CDBBR 0011)
Side A recorded at Wessex Studios, London, mixed at Musicland, Munich. Side B recorded and mixed at Westlake and Larrebee Studio, Los Angeles. Track 1 is very good and rhythmic, 2 is more glamorous and soft-disco, 3 has a good bass "drive" and melody, 4 an excellent rock-disco track, 5 and 6 are (to me boring) ballads. The A-side on the European LP (and the Japanese & UK CD) is a medley with three segued tracks instead of separate songs (as on the US LP).


11 Dec (?) 1978 soundtrack LP BATTLESTAR GALACTICA

  1. Theme from Battlestar Galactica 2.39
  2. Destruction of Peace 2.41
  3. Transmitter - Part I 1.27
  4. Adam's Theme 1.25
  5. It's Love, Love, Love 3.56
  6. Transmitter - Part II 0.55
  7. Exploration 2.33
  8. Theme from Battlestar Galactica 0.40

  9. Evolution 15.18
Music for a TV series that ran from 17 Sep 1978 to 29 April 29 1979. Side A produced by Harold Faltermeyer, side B (track 9) produced by Giorgio Moroder/Harold Faltermeyer. 'Evolution' is pretty good actually even though it is rather slow and intended as soundtrack music. It has the usual sounds of this period. It was included on a (deleted) Canadian CD-Maxi (Unidisc, SP5-1632).


April 1979 European 7"/12" Sparks: The Number One Song in Heaven

    The Number One Song in Heaven 3.48 [single edit] / The Number One Song In Heaven 6.56 (UK 7": Virgin, VS 244)

    The Number One Song in Heaven 4.02 / The Number One Song In Heaven 7.28 [full length] (UK 12": VS 24412)

Recorded the year before, in 1978. Liner notes in Sparks CD "The Heaven Collection" 1993: "The combination of Giorgio Moroder's electronics and a dance beat had been intriguing to us. Both Giorgio and ourselves were feeling our way through the recording process, as he had never worked with a band before, and we had never worked with a producer known more for his work with solo disco artists like Donna Summer. No drum machines were used on the album; none existed at the time. Just Keith Forsey (Billy Idol's current producer) and his steady right foot. Though recorded mostly in Los Angeles, once again the British and European public were the most supportive of what we were doing."


12 April 1979 7"/12" Life in Tokyo

    Life in Tokyo (short version) 3.30 / Life in Tokyo (part 2) 3.29 (Ariola AHA 540)

    Life in Tokyo (long version) 7.08 / Life in Tokyo (short version) 3.30 (Ariola AHAL 540)

Written by David Sylvian and Giorgio Moroder. Recorded in Los Angeles by all members of Japan, produced by Giorgio Moroder.


April 1979 LP MUNICH MACHINE: BODY SHINE

  1. Party Light 6.03
  2. Fallen Angel 5.20
  3. Space Warrior 4.17

  4. Let Your Body Shine 4.33
  5. Reputation 4.54
  6. Easy 4.00
  7. Bolectro 3.52

    CD bonus tracks:

  8. Party Light (Single Edit) 3.28
  9. Bolectro (Single Edit) 3.02
  10. Munich Machine: Space Warriors (Blue Eyed DJ Remix) 4.27 [from Dutch various artists remix LP Disco Circus 1983]
  11. Giorgio Moroder Medley (Mixed by Blue Eyed D.J.) 17.27 [from "Disco Circus" 1983] (CD 19 April 2013: Repertoire Records, REP 5226)
Produced by Giorgio Moroder and M.W [possibly refering to Gunter Moll and Stephen Wisnet, two members of Munich Machine]. Varied and modern disco (not Computer Disco, even though track 3 comes close).

April ca 1979 German/Italian 7" Munich Machine: Party Light

    Party Light (Single Edit) 3.28 / Bolectro (Single Edit) 3.01 (German 7": Oasis 101 072-100)

    Party Light 6.03 / Bolectro 3.52 (German 12": OASIS, 600.139)


24 May 1979 LP THE SYLVERS: DISCO FEVER

  1. Mahogany (Gerry Coffin, Mike Masser) [cover of 'Mahogany' by Diana Ross]
  2. Is Everybody Happy (Edmund Sylvers, Al Ross, Moll Wisnet)
  3. Come and Stay All Night (Sylvers/Ross/Wisnet)
  4. Dance Right Now (Edmund Sylvers, Al Ross, Harold Faltermeyer)

  5. Gimme Gimme Your Lovin' (Pete Bellotte, Geoff Bastow)
  6. I Feel So Good Tonight (Sylvers/Ross/Wisnet)
  7. Hoochie Coochie Dancin' (Pete Bellotte, Geoff Bastow)
  8. Forever (Moroder/Bellotte)
Produced by Giorgio Moroder and Harold Faltermeyer. This is also some kind of modern soft disco with no exciting rhytm. You can even hear a saxophone! Track 5 has some speed, but not enough if you ask me.

1979 UK 12" The Sylvers: Theme from Mahogany

    Theme from Mahogany [extended edit] 8.40 // Dance Right Now 5.38 / Forever 4.15 (Casablanca, CANL 167)


April 1979 7"/12" Donna Summer: Hot Stuff

    Hot Stuff 3.47 / Journey to the Centre of Your Heart 3.49 (US 7": Casablanca Records, NB 978)

    Hot Stuff 6.45 (1-sided DJ 12": Casablanca Records, NBD 20159 DJ)

May 1979 2-LP (+ CD) DONNA SUMMER: BAD GIRLS
  1. Hot Stuff 5.14
  2. Bad Girls 4.55
  3. Love Will Always Find You 3.59
  4. Walk Away 4.29

  5. Dim All the Lights 4.40
  6. Journey to the Center of Your Heart 4.36
  7. One Night in a Lifetime 4.12
  8. Can't Get to Sleep at Night 4.42

  9. On My Honour 3.32
  10. There Will Always Be a You 5.03
  11. All through the Night 5.58
  12. My Baby Understands 3.58

  13. Our Love 4.52
  14. Lucky 4.37
  15. Sunset People 6.27
    BAD GIRLS - DELUXE 2-CD EDITION:
  1. Hot Stuff 5.14
  2. Bad Girls 4.55
  3. Love Will Always Find You 3.59
  4. Walk Away 4.29
  5. Dim All the Lights 4.40
  6. Journey to the Center of Your Heart 4.36
  7. One Night in a Lifetime 4.12
  8. Can't Get to Sleep at Night 4.42
  9. On My Honour 3.32
  10. There Will Always Be a You 5.03
  11. All through the Night 5.58
  12. My Baby Understands 3.58
  13. Our Love 4.52
  14. Lucky 4.37
  15. Sunset People 6.27
  16. Bad Girls (demo version) 4.00 [bonus track recorded 15 Jan 1979]
  1. I Feel Love (12" Version) 8.15
  2. Last Dance (Promo 12" Version) 8.11 [remixed Marc Paul Simon and Bobby Guttadoro]
  3. Mac Arthur Park Suite (12" Version) 17.35 [US Casablanca edited 12" version]
  4. Hot Stuff (12" Version) 6.47
  5. Bad Girls (12" Version) 4.55 [actually same as the album version]
  6. Walk Away (Promo 12" Version) 7.15 [released as promo 12" Oct 1980]
  7. Dim All the Lights (Promo 12" Version) 7.12 [released as promo 12" Sep 1979]
  8. No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) (12" Version) 11.45 [produced by Gary Klein] [12" Oct 1979]
  9. On The Radio (Long Version) 7.35 (2-CD 28 July 2003: Universal 9860357)
All songs except 12 produced by Moroder/Bellotte. Recorded late Jan to March 1979 at Rusk Sound Studios in Los Angeles. Arguably her best album, including many classics. 1, 3, 4, 6, 14 and 15 are my favourites (Moroder de luxe) but 7, 8 and 13 are also quite good. The rest of the tracks are slower ballads.

May 1979 7"/12" Donna Summer: Bad Girls

    Bad Girls 3.55 / On My Honor 3.30 (US 7": Casablanca Records, NB 988)

    Bad Girls 4.55 [= Album Version?] / ? (US 12": Casablanca NBD 20167)

(Sep 1979) 7"/12" Donna Summer: Dim All the Lights
    Dim All the Lights 3.55 / There Will Always Be a You 4.58 (US 7": Casablanca Records, NB 2201)

    Dim All the Lights 7.10 (US 1-sided DJ 12": Casablanca Records, NBD 20193 DJ)


June 1979 LP (+ CD) SPARKS: No 1 IN HEAVEN

  1. Tryouts for the Human Race 6.05 [Ron Mael/Giorgio Moroder/Russel Mael]
  2. Academy Award Performance 5.00 [Ron Mael]
  3. La Dolce Vita 5.56 [Ron Mael/Giorgio Moroder/Russel Mael]

  4. Beat the Clock 4.23 [Ron Mael/Russel Mael]
  5. My Other Voice 4.54 [Ron Mael/Giorgio Moroder/Russel Mael]
  6. The Number One Song in Heaven 7.28 [Ron Mael/Giorgio Moroder/Russel Mael] (CD: Bud Music, CMP 62004; reissue CD 1999: Repertoire REP 4768-WG)

    2013 CD bonus tracks:

  7. Tryouts for the Human Race (UK Single Version)
  8. La Dolce Vita (German Single Version)
  9. Beat the Clock (UK Single Version)
  10. The Number One Song in Heaven (UK Single Version)
  11. Beat the Clock (Canadian Single Version)
  12. Tryouts for the Human Race (US Extended Version)
  13. La Dolce Vita (German Extended Version)
  14. Beat the Clock (UK Extended Version)
  15. Tryouts for the Human Race (German 12 Inch Short Version) (German CD 26 July 2013: Repertoire, REP 5309)
Recorded the year before, in 1978. All songs produced by Moroder. Synthesizers by Ron Mael and Moroder. A great album if you like (and even if you don't like) Sparks.

July 1979 7"/12" Sparks: Beat the Clock

    Beat the Clock 3.49 [single edit] / (Alternative Version) 3.32 [edit of the 12" version] (UK 7": Virgin, VS 270)

    Beat the Clock 6.38 / Beat the Clock 4.23 (UK 12": VS 270-12)

The extended version is available on the Sparks CD 'The 12inch Mixes' (CMP 62010) and on the Italian CD 'Giorgio Moroder & Co: GREATEST HITS' but unfortunately both CDs exclude the first few seconds from the beginning of the original vinyl version. Liner notes in Sparks CD "The Heaven Collection" 1993: "[Donna Summer's] 'I Feel Love' had caused an amazing impression on us. Working with Giorgio Moroder, we wanted to see if we could combine some of the electronics and feel of that song with our lyric slant. 'Beat the Clock' was the second British hit single from the LP. We were happy to see that the meny was basically the same at the BBC-TV canteen."

(Oct 1979) UK/US 7"/12" Sparks: Tryouts for the Human Race

    Tryouts for the Human Race 3.15 [edit of US 12" version] / Tryouts for the Human Race 6.05 (UK 7"/12": Virgin, VS 289/289-12)

    Tryouts for the Human Race 7.54 (US 12" version) / Beat the Clock 6.33 (US 12": Elektra AS11412-A)

'The Very Best of Sparks' Repertoire CD includes the 3.20 edit. Liner notes in Sparks CD "The Heaven Collection" 1993: "Despite the success with the public, the British press crucified us for 'going disco' with this LP. We felt we had committed some crime and Giorgio was our accomplice. Funny how ten years later, 'disco' is called 'dance music' and it's no longer a pejorative term. A video for 'Tryouts' that has never been shown in America was shot at Shepperton Film Studios in London. We were transformed into werewolves by one of Hitchcock's Shepperton based make-up artists."

Clive Hocker: 'Strangely the US 12" version does NOT appear on 'Sparks - The 12 Inch Mixes'. It omits the lengthy solo 'syn-drum' sequence in favour of a long introduction based on the existing verse/chorus and, just before the final verse and chorus, adds an almost 'I Feel Love' synthesiser 'break-down' sequence. Equally odd is the fact that it features an extra line in the final verse which is not in the album version: '...We just want to feel the sun and be your little daughter or your son. We're just words that lovers use, words that light that automatic fuse. Still we're at the mercy of the passion of the helpers of the Lord. When that love explosion comes, my, oh my, we want to be someone...' Which could suggest that the original version of this song is, in fact, the 'US extended 12" version' rather than the shorter album version!'


(11?) July 1979 LP (+ CD) SUZI LANE: OOH, LA, LA

  1. Ooh, La, La 7.38
  2. Givin' It up 3.33
  3. No One Home in the City 5.24

  4. Harmony 6.59
  5. Morning, Noon and Night 4.52
  6. Free Me 4.30 (US LP: Elektra 6E-207)
  1. Ooh, La, La 7.38
  2. Givin' It up 3.57 [wrongly indexed, should stop at 3.33]
  3. No One Home in the City 5.05 [wrongly indexed, starts too late]
  4. Harmony 6.59
  5. Morning, Noon and Night 4.52
  6. Free Me 4.30
  7. Harmony ["12" version"] 6.45 [12" fade-out]
  8. Ooh, La La (12" version) 7.06 [12" fade-out]
  9. Harmony (7" version) 4.08 (US CD 29 Jan 2013: Gold Legion, 67094 562192)
Recorded at Musicland Studios, Munich. Produced by Giorgio Moroder.

1979 7"/12" Suzi Lane: Harmony

    Harmony (single version) 4.08 / Ooh, La, La (single edit) 3.59 (German 7": Oasis 101 071-100)

    Harmony (single version) 4.08 / Givin' It up 3.33 (US/Canadian 7": Elektra E-46530)

    Harmony [6.45 fade-out? 6.59?] / Ooh, La, La 7.38 (German 12": Oasis 600 140-213)

    Harmony [6.45 fade-out? 6.59?] / Givin' It up (UK 12": Elektra K 12390)

    Harmony 6.45 [fade-out] / Ooh, La, La 7.06 (US promo 12": Elektra PRO 502)

1979 US/Dutch 7"/12" Suzi Lane: Ooh, La, La
    Ooh, La, La 3.59 (single edit) / No One Home in the City (Dutch 7": Elektra, 12383)

    Ooh, La, La 7.06 [fade-out] / No One Home in the City 5.24 (US 12": Elektra, AS-11417)


Aug 1979 International LP/MC (+ CD) GIORGIO: E=MC2

    1979 LP:
  1. Baby Blue 4.53
  2. What a Night 4.55
  3. If You Weren't Afraid 5.16
  1. I Wanna Rock You 6.30
  2. In My Wildest Dreams 4.37
  3. E=MC2 4.32 (German LP/MC: Oasis 200 842/400 842; US LP: Casablanca Records NBLP 7169)
    1992 Canadian CD-EP "Giorgio Moroder: 12 Inch Classics on CD":
  1. Evolution 15.18 [from soundtrack Battlestar Galactica, 1978]
  2. E=MC2 4.32
  3. I Wanna Rock You 6.30 (Unidisc, SP5-1632)
    1995 Russian unauthorized CD:
  1. Baby Blue 4.53
  2. What a Night 4.55
  3. If You Weren't Afraid 5.16
  4. I Wanna Rock You 6.30
  5. In My Wildest Dreams 4.37
  6. E=MC2 4.32
  7. Evolution 15.18 [bonus track from Battlestar Galactica, 1978] (Vil-Art A 107CD)
    1997 German (?) (authorized?) CD:
  1. Baby Blue 4.53
  2. What a Night 4.55
  3. If You Weren't Afraid 5.16
  4. I Wanna Rock You 6.30
  5. In My Wildest Dreams 4.37
  6. E=MC2 4.32
  7. Evolution 15.18 [bonus track from Battlestar Galactica, 1978] (S.L.A.M., SLAMCD 50162)
    2001 German CD:
  1. Baby Blue 4.53
  2. What a Night 4.55
  3. If You Weren't Afraid 5.16
  4. I Wanna Rock You 6.30
  5. In My Wildest Dreams 4.37
  6. E=MC2 4.32
  7. Love's in You, Love's in Me [bonus track from 'Giorgio and Chris', 1978]
  8. Evolution 15.18 [bonus track from 'Battlestar Galactica', 1978] (German CD Aug 2001: Repertoire REP 4948)
    2013 German CD:
  1. Baby Blue 4.53
  2. What a Night 4.55
  3. If You Weren't Afraid 5.16
  4. I Wanna Rock You 6.30
  5. In My Wildest Dreams 4.37
  6. E=MC2 4.32
  7. Baby Blue (Single version) 3.49
  8. If You Weren’t Afraid (Single version fade-out) 3.50
  9. I Wanna Rock You (Canadian Single Remix) 3.52 (German CD 21 June 2013: Repertoire REP 5317)
Recorded during six weeks in summer 1979 at Rusk Sound in Los Angeles with additional work at Soundstream in Salt Lake City.

This is Giorgio de-luxe! An amazing album, the world's first to be recorded live-to-digital directly. With an infectious, heavy, robotical rhythm, this has to be one of his best records ever. A winner and a favourite amongst fans.

The Canadian 1992 EP only two tracks from the album but some fans claim it's mastered from the original tapes. This 1995 Russian has excellent sound quality (although the sound level could have been slightly higher). I was told by a Russian source that it has been very carefully de-clicked and mastered by a true music lover. There is another Russian illegal CD with another catalogue number but the sound quality is not as good. Some fans report that the 1997 SLAMCD edition has "mediocre" sound quality, while others claim it has the best sound and that it's mastered from the original tapes. Personally I'm not sure it's even a legitimate CD, because the stated label "S.L.A.M" has never released another CD and it has exactly the same tracks as the previous Russian CD! Fans report that the 2001 and 2013 Repertoire CDs are both are mastered from vinyl, although this is not stated anywhere. I guess you will just have to listen to them all and decide which CD sound YOU like best. In any case, when it comes to the booklet and relevant bonus tracks the 2013 CD is best.

Clive Hocker told me something interesting: "A curiosity is that 'What a Night' appeared in a drastically different version as a jingle in a 20 second Nescafé Instant Coffee commercial screened in the UK in 1980! Over various shots of steaming fresh coffee a rather high-pitched male vocal (not Moroder) sang 'Fresh! Coffee! Beans!' to the tune of 'What a Night'!"

1979 German/Italian 7"/12" Giorgio: Baby Blue

    Baby Blue 3.49 [Single Mix] / If You Weren't Afraid 3.50 [Album fade-out] (German 7": Oasis 101 117)

    Baby Blue 4.53 / If You Weren't Afraid 5.16 (German 12": Oasis 600 138-213)

Soren Jensen informed me: "Baby Blue 3.49 is a single edit mix with a two extra notes before the drums start and a cold ending instead of the 'bridge' to 'Oh What a Night'. 'If You Weren't Afraid' 3.50 just has an early fade-out."

1979 UK 7"/12" Giorgio: If You Weren't Afraid

    If You Weren't Afraid 5.23 / E=MC2 4.30 (Oasis 6/6-12)
(1980) Canadian 7" Giorgio: I Wanna Rock You
    I Wanna Rock You [Single Remix] 3.51 / Baby Blue 3.49 (Casablanca Records, NBGM)
As far as I can tell this single version is differently mixed compared to the album version.


Sep 1979 7"/12" The Three Degrees: Jump the Gun

    Jump the Gun 3.56 / Falling in Love Again 3.53

    Jump the Gun (Long) 8.06 // Jump the Gun (Short) 3.56 / Falling in Love Again

"Falling in Love Again" is edited from from "NEW DIMENSIONS" LP (1978).

Oct 1979 LP (+ CD) 3 DEGREES: 3D

  1. Jump the Gun 6.05 [Harold Faltermeier/Keith Forsey]
  2. Red Light 5.42 [Giorgio Moroder/Chris Benett]
  3. Set Me Free 7.19 [4.30 on UK/German/Italian/Brazilan LP] [Giorgio Moroder/Chris Benett]

  4. Starlight 4.43 [Harold Faltermeier/Keith Forsey]
  5. My Simple Heart 4.30 [Bugatti/Musker]
  6. Without You 4.04 [Harold Faltermeier/Keith Forsey]
  7. Bodycheck 3.35 [Moroder/Faltermeier/Forsey] (Japanese CD 24 Sep 2008: BMG Japan BVCM35418)

    Extra tracks UK CD 2011:

  8. Hot Summer Night 4.42 (B-Side My Simple Heart)
  9. Jump the Gun (Single Version) 3.56
  10. My Simple Heart (Single Version) 3.42
  11. Without You (Single Version) 3.34
  12. Starlight (Single Version) 3.23
  13. Jump the Gun (12" Long Version) 8.06
  14. My Simple Heart (12" Long Version) 5.12
  15. Bodycheck (12" Long Version) 4.03
  16. Set Me Free (12" Long Version) 7.19 (UK CD 7 Feb 2011: Cherry Red CDBBR037CD)
Produced by Giorgio Moroder & Harold Faltermeier. Side A (track 1-3) plus the last track on side B is in the same style as Donna Summer's 'Hot Stuff' and therefore excellent. Side B is much slower.

http://www.cherryred.co.uk/bbr/product.php?display=threedegrees

Nov 1979 7"/12" The Three Degrees: My Simple Heart

    My Simple Heart 3.42 / Hot Summer Night 4.42

    My Simple Heart (Full-lentgh Version) 5.12 / Hot Summer Night 4.42

(Feb 1980) 7" The Three Degrees: Without You
    Without You 3.34 / Magic in the Air
(April 1980) 7" The Three Degrees: Starlight
    Starlight 3.23 (single version) / Set Me Free (7": Ariola)

    Starlight 4.43 // Starlight 3.23 / Bodycheck 4.03 / Set Me Free 7.19 (UK 12": Ariola AROD 228)


Oct 1979 LP (+ CD) JANIS IAN: NIGHT RAINS

Both tracks co-written and produced by Moroder.

Oct 1979 soundrack 7"/12" Janis Ian: Fly Too High

    Fly Too High (Single Version) 3.52 / Night Rains 3.18

    Fly Too High (Extended) 6.50 / Night Rains 3.18

Written and recorded for the Motion Picture "Foxes".

Oct 1979 coll-2-LP (+ CD) DONNA SUMMER: ON THE RADIO - GREATEST HITS VOLUMES I & II

  1. On The Radio 4.00 [from O.S.T. Foxes]
  2. Love to Love You Baby 4.07
  3. Try Me, I Know We Can Make It 3.24
  4. I Feel Love 3.20
  5. Our Love 3.43

  6. I Remember Yesterday 4.46
  7. I Love You 3.12
  8. Heaven Knows 3.30
  9. Last Dance 4.56

  10. MacArthur Park 3.54
  11. Hot Stuff 2.54
  12. Bad Girls 3.05
  13. Dim All the Lights 4.11
  14. Sunset People 4.32

  15. No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) 11.43 [produced by Gary Klein]
  16. On The Radio 5.46 [long version]
All songs produced by Moroder/Bellotte, except track 15.

Nov 1979 soundtrack 7" Donna Summer: On the Radio

    On the Radio 4.00 / There Will Always Be a You 4.00 [from BAD GIRLS] (US 7": Casablanca Records, NB 2236)
Jan 1980 soundtrack 2-LP FOXES
  1. Donna Summer: On the Radio 7.34
  2. Janis Ian: Fly Too High 5.00
  3. Brooklyn Dreams: Shake It 5.40

  4. Cher: Bad Love 5.29
  5. Giorgio Moroder: Valley of the Dolls (Instrumental) 10.25

  6. Angel: 20th Century Foxes 5.24
  7. Keith Forsey: Greedy Man 4.47
  8. Angel: Virginia 3.57

  9. Giorgio Moroder: On the Radio (Instrumental) 4.27
  10. Giorgio Moroder: Hollywood Dreams 4.38
  11. Giorgio Moroder: Fly Too High (Instrumental) 4.15
  12. Giorgio Moroder: Valley of the Dolls (Slow Instrumental) 4.00 (US 2-LP: NBLP-2-7206)
early (?) 1980 US/Italian soundtrack 7" Hollywood Dreams
    Hollywood Dreams (Single Version) 3.59 / Valley of the Dolls (Instrumental Single Version) 3.50


Oct ca 1980 coll-LP (+ CD) DONNA SUMMER: WALK AWAY - THE BEST OF 1977-1980

  1. Bad Girls 3.54
  2. Hot Stuff 3.44
  3. On The Radio 4.03
  4. I Feel Love 5.39

  5. Walk Away 3.41
  6. Last Dance 3.18
  7. Sunset People 3.57
  8. MacArthur Park 3.54
  9. Our Love 4.51
Oct 1980 7"/12" Donna Summer: Walk Away
    Walk Away 3.44 [1979] / Could It Be Magic 3.15 [1976] (US 7": Casablanca Records, NB 2300)

    Walk Away 7.15 (1-sided DJ 12": Casablanca Records, NBD 20226 DJ)


(1987) coll-2-LP/CD DONNA SUMMER: THE DANCE COLLECTION [1977-1979]

  1. I Feel Love 8.14
  2. With Your Love [6.06 (fade-out) on CD; 7.32 (full length 12") on LP] [remixed by Bobby Guttadoro]
  3. Last Dance 8.11 [from O.S.T. Thank God It's Friday] [remixed by Bobby Guttadoro]

  4. MacArthur Park Suite [part a-d] 17.47

  5. Hot Stuff 6.40
  6. Bad Girls 4.55 [only on LP]
  7. Walk Away 7.15

  8. Dim All the Lights 7.10
  9. No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) 11.43 [produced by Gary Klein] (2-LP/CD 1987: 830 534-1/2; European CD: 830 634-2)


Copyright (c) 1996-10-19 Jonas Wårstad.

Last update 2011-10-29.


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