Ten Percent (song)
|Single by Double Exposure|
|from the album Ten Percent|
|Length||6:51 (album version)
9:42 (12" version)
|Writer(s)||Allan Felder, T.G. Conway|
|Double Exposure singles chronology|
In 1976, Salsoul Records released their eighth release, Walter Gibbons' remix of Double Exposure's disco song "Ten Percent". "Ten Percent" was the first commercially available 12-inch single.
The 12-inch single was reserved for DJs until the release of "Ten Percent." Disco had already begun to exploit the 12-inch's allowance for higher volumes, better sound quality, and longer playing time, but no record companies had previously seen commercial value in the new format.
Ken Cayre, the head of Salsoul Records, decided to sign a number of famous musicians and bands to the label, hoping to "consolidate the success of the faceless Salsoul Orchestra", and Double Exposure was chosen as the newly signed band whose first release, "Ten Percent," would feature the orchestra and be promoted with a 12-inch single as well as the typical seven-inch format. Walter Gibbons was a DJ, not a producer, but his innovative skills, along with his punctuality and serious nature, got Gibbons the "Ten Percent" assignment at Salsoul Records. One of his original techniques was "taking two records and working them back and forth in order to extend the drum breaks," a technique he applied to the "Ten Percent" mix, which displeased the original songwriter, Allan Felder, but which was supported by Salsoul in the front-page story in which Billboard magazine covered the release. It was "mostly an exercise in stretching the original track out," and Gibbons transformed it from a "four-minute song into a nine-minute-forty-five-second-cut-and-paste roller coaster."
When Gibbons first played the "Ten Percent" 12" remix at Gallery21, where he was a regular DJ, one witness said "it sounded so new, going backwards and forwards. It built and built like it would never stop. The dance floor just exploded."
|US R&B Singles||63|
|US Billboard Hot 100||54|
|Dance/Club Play Singles||2 |
Release Date: May, 1976 Album Jacket: 4-colors, with a center window showing the record's label Price: $2.98 Speed: 45rpm Publicity: front-page stories in Billboard magazine and Record World
Effects on Dance Music
"Ten Percent" was a "dancefloor stormer that radically changed the disco underground in terms of record production."  The release "signalled the rise of remixers"  and the rise of the DJ. It also proved that releasing multiple versions of the same song was financially beneficial.
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