Never Can Say Goodbye [Expanded Edition] Import, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
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Digitally re-mastered and expanded edition of this 1975 album including seven bonus tracks. The original Queen of Disco's first album, Never Can Say Goodbye, features the genre-defining hits singles 'Honey Bee', 'Never Can Say Goodbye' and 'Reach Out I'll Be There' as well as additional UK hit 'All I Need Is Your Sweet Loving'. The album made the Top 40 in the U.S., UK and Sweden upon it's original release. It was also the first to be remixed and segued by the legendary Tom Moulton, inventing the 12" remix along the way. This album making it's CD debut is a must for all Disco fans. Includes detailed liner notes featuring a brand new interview with Tom Moulton about his work on the album and the impact the release had.
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It does seem like the mastering engineer had access to better tapes for this album than had previously been used on other compilations that feature "side one" of the original album (Honeybee/Never Can Say Goodbye/Reach Out I'll Be There). I say this because (a) there is a little studio chatter before Honeybee begins and (b) it all sounds a little less muddy than on, say, the 2-cd Gloria Gaynor anthology that Polygram issued in the 1990s. What bothers me about this release, however, is that the left channel is significantly lower in volume than the right, causing the entire image to shift to the right speaker and the lead vocal to not be centered. This defect affects the entire Honeybee/NCSG/ROIBT suite. Then, when you get to the bonus tracks, the single edit of Never Can Say Goodbye is quite hissy when compared to the same single edit that previously appeared on cd on Rhino's Didn't I Blow Your Mind/Soul Hits Of The '70s series.
Unfortunately, all previous releases of the Honeybee/NCSG/ROIBT suite on cd have been marred by muddy sound, so there really isn't a great alternative to get these tracks. Still, I'll take the muddy but properly centered sound over the odd mastering presented on this cd.
Additional comments added 1/5/11: I like this cd even less now than I did when I first wrote the review. The other horrible remastering mistake made here is that everything is horribly compressed to give this cd a high average sound level. Everything is loud, loud, loud, with little dynamic range left to give these recordings life.
I checked the compression in Adobe Audition and a previous reviewer (Music Fan Jeff) was right on target when he said and I quote "The other horrible remastering mistake made here is that everything is horribly compressed to give this CD a high average sound level. Everything is loud, loud, loud, with little dynamic range left to give these recordings life." Of course I was able to correct some of these problems with Audition and that is the ONLY reason I an not returning the CD.
The case was nice and the liner notes had some good info and nicely done.
But I cannot recommend this CD to anyone which is very sad because these songs deserved better.
36 years after, this classic LP is finally out on cd. The cd version has been lovingly put together from the beautiful jewel case to the liner notes inside to the fantastic remastering. You even hear someone counting "..one, two, three, four..." before the opening buzz of "Honey Bee" starts. The sound quality of this cd is simply superb and you hear the songs as if they had just been recorded. Another great thing about this cd is that the original single versions of "Honey Bee" are included plus the single versions of "Never Can Say Goodbye" and "Reach Out (I'll Be There)". It is nice to hear the edited versions and somewhat amusing how one long version can be crammed into 3 minutes.
Gloria Gaynor's vocals are clear, beautiful and soaring and this is evident throughout the whole album. She holds the distinction of having the very first no. 1 in the Billboard Dance Chart with "Never Can Say Goodbye" which is why she was crowned "The First Lady of Disco" and will always be remembered in pop music history as the first artist ever to hit no. 1 on the Billboad Dance Chart. This classic cd is a must-own and the manufacturers of this beautifully-made cd should be commended for a job well-done. With its steep price, it is worth every cent. Bravo!