With Luv'

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With Luv'
Studio album by Luv'
Released August 1978
2006 (Remastered, as part of the Completely In Luv' box set)
Recorded 1977 - 1978
Genre Pop, disco
Length 40:47
Label Philips Records/Phonogram (original release)
Universal Music Netherlands
Producer Hans van Hemert
Luv' chronology
With Luv'
(1978)
Lots Of Luv'
(1979)
Singles from With Luv'
  1. "My Man"
    Released: May 1977
  2. "Dream, Dream"
    Released: November 1977
  3. "U.O.Me (Theme from Waldolala)"
    Released: February 1978
  4. "You're the Greatest Lover"
    Released: July 1978
  5. "Trojan Horse"
    Released: November 1978
  6. "Who Do You Wanna Be"
    Released: November 1979

With Luv' is the first album by the Dutch girl group Luv', released in August 1978 by Phonogram/Philips Records. It includes the hit singles "My Man" (the trio's first record), "U.O.Me" (Luv's breakthrough in Benelux) and the million-seller "You're the Greatest Lover (a #1 song in a large part of Continental Europe). A German pressing of this album features Trojan Horse",[1] a successful European chart topper. In 2006, this LP was reissued in digitally remastered form by Universal Music Netherlands as part of the Completely In Luv' box set.

Background[edit]

After achieving success on the Dutch and Flemish charts (with the singles "My Man" and "U.O.Me") and on the European hit lists (with the single "You're the Greatest Lover"), Phonogram/Philips Records decided to release Luv's first full-length studio album: With Luv'.

Production was supervised by Hans van Hemert with the help of Piet Souer. Van Hemert and Souer co-wrote all the album's tracks under the pseudonym Janschen & Janschens with the exception of "Don Juanito de Carnaval" (a cover version of Raffaella Carrà's 1977 hit, "A far l'amore comincia tu"). The arrangements of the album were inspired by the music styles that were popular on the mainstream music market in the late 1970s: the ABBA-esque repertoire (especially with "My Man" and "Dream, Dream"), carnival, Spanish and Latin American music sounds (with "U.O.Me" and "Don Juanito De Carnaval"), disco music (with "Everybody's Shaking Hands On Broadway") and pop music (with compositions like "You're the Greatest Lover" and "Who Do You Wanna Be").

The LP was released at the Hilversum Airport on August 22, 1978.[2][3]

Track listing[edit]

Side A:

  1. "You're the Greatest Lover" (Janschen & Janschens) - 2:50
  2. "Who Do You Wanna Be" (Janschen & Janschens) - 3:44
  3. "My Man" (Janschen & Janschens) - 3:05
  4. "Sugar Babe" (Janschen & Janschens) - 2:49
  5. "Don Juanito De Carnaval" (Daniële Pace, Franco Bracardi, Gianni Boncompagni, Janschen & Janschens) - 3:09
  6. "Life Is On My Side" (Janschen & Janschens) - 2:38

Side B:

  1. "U.O.Me (Welcome To Waldolala)" (Janschen & Janschens) - 2:55
  2. "Dream, Dream" (Janschen & Janschens) - 3:30
  3. "Oh, Get Ready" (Janschen & Janschens) - 3:16
  4. "Louis, Je t'Adore" (Janschen & Janschens) - 3:40
  5. "Everybody's Shaking Hands On Braodway" (Janschen & Janschens) - 3:27
  6. "Hang On" (Janschen & Janschens) - 3:07

Alternative album editions[edit]

  • Germany - track A5: "Trojan Horse" (Janschen & Janschens) - 3:24

1980 re-issue[edit]

Philips Records re-issued the LP in 1980,[4] after the trio had left the label and was under contract with CNR/Carrere Records. This pressing was part of the "Success series", a re-issue of popular albums from the Philips back catalogue.

CD re-issue as part of the Completely In Luv' box set, bonus tracks[edit]

With Luv' was remastered and reissued in 2006 as part of the Completely In Luv' box set with the same track listing and three bonus tracks:

  1. "Don't Let Me Down" (Janschen & Janschens) – 2:37
  2. "Eres Mi Mejor Amante" (Alfred Garrido, Janschen & Janschens) – 2:50
  3. "All You Need Is Luv' Jingle" (Janschen & Janschens) – 0:12

Singles[edit]

# Singles Date
1. "My Man" May 1977
2. "Dream, Dream" November 1977
3. "U.O.Me (Theme from Waldolala)" February 1978
4. "You're the Greatest Lover" July 1978
5. "Trojan Horse" November 1978
6. "Who Do You Wanna Be" November 1979

Chart performance[edit]

Luv' was a more successful band on the singles charts (at a time when it was significant for the music industry) than on the album charts because the trio's first fans were, in the late 1970s, were mainly teenagers (known to be vinyl singles buyers).

With Luv' went platinum in the Netherlands and reached the silver status in Denmark.

Country Album charts Peak position Certification (if any) Sales/shipments
Netherlands LP Top 50 6 Platinum[5] 100,000+
Netherlands Nationale Hitparade LP Top 50 8[6] Platinum[7] 100,000+
Germany Media Control Charts 50 - -
Austria Alben TOP 25 15[8] - -
Denmark BT Hitliste 16 (Year-end charts) Silver[9] 25,000+

Album credits[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Luv':

Additional personnel:

  • Ernö Olah & Metropole Orkest - strings

Production[edit]

Design[edit]

  • Photography: Claude Vanheye
  • Design: Jan H. van Uden
  • Art Direction: Clouds Studio

References[edit]

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