Experience

Experience

by Gloria Gaynor
     
 

Gloria Gaynor's excellent sophomore effort Experience found the influential disco diva embracing the same format she had favored on her first album, Never Can Say Goodbye; side one is a nonstop three-song dance mix that clocks in at almost 19 minutes, whereas on side two, there are breaks between songs. NotSee more details below

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Gloria Gaynor's excellent sophomore effort Experience found the influential disco diva embracing the same format she had favored on her first album, Never Can Say Goodbye; side one is a nonstop three-song dance mix that clocks in at almost 19 minutes, whereas on side two, there are breaks between songs. Not surprisingly, dance club DJs tended to favor side one, which opens with the dreamy "Casanova Brown" and keeps the momentum going with the hit "If You Want It (Do It Yourself)" and Gaynor's glossy interpretation of the standard "How High the Moon." Jazz lovers will tell you that in the 1940s and 1950s, countless bebop tunes were based on "How High the Moon"; a great song, to be sure, but one that was overdone in its day. To her credit, Gaynor breaths new life into the standard and demonstrates that it can work remarkably well in a disco-soul setting. Side two isn't nearly as danceable as side one; the tempos are generally slower, and solid Northern soul items like the melancholy "What'll I Do" and the ballad "I'm Still Yours" are clearly for listening rather than dancing. Side two ends on an impressive note with an inspired cover of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David favorite "Walk on By," which had been previously recorded by Dionne Warwick and Isaac Hayes, among others. Whether or not Gaynor is catering to dancefloors, the singer shows no signs of a sophomore slump on Experience.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/22/2010
Label:
Big Break
UPC:
5013929030329
catalogNumber:
3
Rank:
65556

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gloria Gaynor   Primary Artist
George Young   Reeds
Wayne Andre   Trombone
Bob Babbitt   Bass
Vivian Cherry   Background Vocals
Jerry Friedman   Guitar
Arlene Martell   Background Vocals
Linda November   Background Vocals
Lance Quinn   Guitar
Pat Rebillot   Keyboards
Alan Rubin   Trumpet
Pat Russo   Trumpet
Allan Schwartzberg   Drums
Carlos Martin   Conga
Jim Maelin   Percussion
Dave Taylor   Trombone
Jeff Miranov   Guitar
Lou Del Gatto   Reeds
Tony Posk Strings   Strings

Technical Credits

Gloria Gaynor   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Jack Robinson   Composer
James Bolden   Composer
Tony Bongiovi   Producer,Engineer
Marie Cain   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Michael Delugg   Engineer
Jay Ellis   Producer
Nancy Hamilton   Composer
Jimmy Roach   Composer
Harold Wheeler   Arranger
Bill Levy   Art Direction
Colin Elliot   Logo Design
Morgan Lewis   Composer
Meco Menardo   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Wayne A. Dickson   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Chris Essel   Composer
Burton Senior   Composer
Bob Halsall   Engineer
Lester Hodelin   Composer
Kim Stallings   Engineer

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