Showing posts with label Three Degrees. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Three Degrees. Show all posts

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Dirty ol' man - Three Degrees

This year, the self-titled debut album by the Three Degrees will finally be released on cd. The UK label Big Break Records has taken up the project, releasing an album that originally saw the light of day in 1973 on the Philadelphia International label.

The album spawned three hits, the first of them being 'Dirty ol' man'. This single reached number 1 in the Dutch Top 40 and was awarded a gold record in both Belgium and the Netherlands. The other two hits were 'Year of decision' and 'When will I see you again'. Hearing the whole album should be interesting.

My collection: 7" single no. 4663
Found: All that music, Leiden, March 13, 2010
Cost: 1 euro
Tracks: 'Dirty ol' man' / 'Can't you see what you're doing to me'

Saturday, 17 October 2009

What I did for love - Three Degrees

'What I did for love' was written by Edward Kleban and Marvin Hamlisch and originally appeared in the 1975 musical 'A chorus line', that won 9 Tony Awards in 1976.

This Three Degrees version appeared in 1976, but it was not very successful: it did not chart in any territory.

My collection: 7" single no. 4106
Found: Empire Records, October 17, 2009
Cost: 0,5 euro
Tracks: 'What I did for love' / 'Macaroni man'

Friday, 10 July 2009

When will I see you again - Three Degrees

'When will I see you again' was written and produced by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. The Three Degrees recorded and released the track in 1974. Sheila Ferguson from the group recalled that 'the song was played to me by Kenny Gamble at the piano in 1973 and I threw a tantrum. I screamed and yelled and said I would never sing it. I thought it was ridiculously insulting to be given such a simple song and that it took no talent to sing it. We did do it and several million copies later, I realized that he knew more than me.'

The single became one of the most successful recordings using the 'Philly Soul' sound, selling over 25 million copies worldwide. In the UK the single topped the chart, whereas in the Netherlands it reached number 4.

My collection: 7" single no. 2958
Found: February 9, 1998
Cost: 1 guilder
Tracks: 'When will I see you again' / 'I didn't know'

Saturday, 9 May 2009

The heaven I need - Three Degrees

After the Three Degrees single 'My simple heart' reached number 9 in the UK singles chart, the group disappeared from the scene for half a decade. They released two albums on their own 3D label, 'Album of love' and 'Live in the UK', but neither charted.

They returned to the charts in 1985 with the single 'The heaven I need', written and produced by Stock, Aitken and Waterman, who were quickly conquering the pop scene at the time. The single peaked at number 42, which was not a very high placing, but it still became one of the more convincing dance tracks of the year.

My collection: 7" single no. 3001
Found: Geest, Den Haag, 2001
Cost: 2 guilders
Tracks: 'The heaven I need' / 'Gimme gimme gimme'

Sunday, 26 April 2009

Giving up giving in - Three Degrees

Produced by Giorgio Moroder, 'Giving up giving in' is an all out disco track, which gave the Three Degrees a big hit in many countries. In the Netherlands, the single peaked at number 8, while in the UK it reached number 12.

I bought the single from my favourite little record shop with a custom sleeve from one of the Netherlands' biggest warehouses. And so, only the record is shown here: an American pressing.

My collection: 7" single no. 84
Found: Disco Market, Den Haag, 1980
Cost: 1 guilder
Tracks: 'Giving up giving in' / 'Woman in love'

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Woman in love - Three Degrees

I've got 'Out of love again', the B-side of this single, as the B-side of another single, 'The runner'. And the A-side, 'Woman in love', is on another single I own, 'Giving up giving in'. But in January 1979, 'Woman in love' was released as a single in the UK, and it was a big hit, peaking at number 3. While the Three Degrees are famous for their disco tracks, this is a soulful ballad.

I bought this single not because I knew the song, but because of the beautiful sleeve and the record, which was pressed on blue vinyl. Fortunately, the song isn't bad at all!

My collection: 7" single no. 3252
Found: House of Rhythm, London, October 20, 2000
Cost: 1,4 pounds
Tracks: 'Woman in love' / 'Out of love again'

Saturday, 28 March 2009

The runner - Three Degrees

The long career of the Three Degrees is quite extraordinary. Formed in 1963 in Philadelphia, they managed to be successful in three decades, first with Philadelphia soul, then with glittering disco and finally with Stock/Aitken/Waterman-produced dance music.

This single comes from the middle period: released in 1979, 'The runner' is an upbeat, fast-paced disco track, which has become a radio classic.

My collection: 7" single no. 3175
Found: Record fair, February 19, 2000
Cost: 1 guilder
Tracks: 'The runner' / 'Out of love again'

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