Dolce Vita (song)

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"Dolce Vita"
Ryan Paris - Dolce Vita.jpg
Single by Ryan Paris
from the album Ryan Paris
B-side"Dolce Vita (Instrumental)"
Released1983
RecordedJanuary 1983
StudioTitania (Rome)
GenreItalo disco[1][2]
Length4:28
LabelDiscomagic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Pierluigi Giombini
Ryan Paris singles chronology
"Dolce Vita"
(1983)
"Fall in Love"
(1984)
Music video
"Dolce Vita" on YouTube

"Dolce Vita" is a song by Italian musician Ryan Paris, released as a single in 1983. The song was composed by Pierluigi Giombini, keyboardist of "I Like Chopin" and "Masterpiece". It reached the top 10 in many countries. The music video was filmed on-location in Paris.[3]

Composition[edit]

Interviewed for the book Europe's Stars of '80s Dance Pop Vol. 2, composer Pierluigi Giombini explained the evolution of the song:

It was Gazebo who suggested I should write a song inspired by the title of the famous film. [...] So I began to work on it right away, starting with the bass line on the Minimoog, and then I wrote the melody on top of that. Later, Gazebo wrote the lyrics. [...] I did the arrangement in a couple of days and did the vocals and mix-down in another three days. The synths were basically the same - Minimoog, OB-8, ARP Odyssey and the Oberheim DMX drum machine. We also used our real hands over the snare.[4]

Interviewed in 2007, Paris described the background to the recording of the song:

I remained folgorated by the sounds and the melodies of Giombini and I said to him: "I will bring you one of my English songs". That night I composed a new song and three days later I presented it to Giombini who loved the song. We worked on my song two times and one day Giombini told me: "I wrote a song for you but it is not a rock song". When I heard the song I really made a big jump because it was very nice.[5]

Track listing and formats[edit]

  • Italian 7-inch single[6]
A. "Dolce Vita (Vocal)" – 4:28
B. "Dolce Vita (Instrumental)" – 4:09
  • Italian 12-inch single[7]
A. "Dolce Vita (Vocal)" – 7:33
B. "Dolce Vita (Instrumental)" – 7:55
  • German 7-inch single[8]
A. "Dolce Vita, Part I (Vocal)" – 3:59
B. "Dolce Vita, Part II (Instrumental)" – 2:48
  • German 12-inch maxi-single[9]
A. "Dolce Vita, Part I (Vocal)" – 7:33
B. "Dolce Vita, Part II (Instrumental)" – 8:37

Other versions[edit]

There have been least 49 separate releases, in different countries, across different formats, between 1983 and 2009. Countries of release have included Italy, Mexico, UK, Germany, Canada, Portugal, Spain, France, Brazil, Peru, US, Netherlands, Benelux and Sweden.[10] Among the notable versions are:

  • 1983, 12", Maxi, Italy, Discomagic Records: MIX 117
  • 1983, 12", Extended Disco Mix, UK, Carrere, Clever: CART 289
  • 1983, 12", Maxi, Original Version, Germany, Carrere: 815 396-1
  • 1984, 12", Promo, USA, Carrere: 4Z9 04236

A new version, produced by Emanuele Luzi, and mixed and mastered by Ben Liebrand, was released in 1990, in Germany, Netherlands and Europe, on ZYX Records and Bounce Records.[11]

In Popular Culture[edit]

The song was featured in the film The Last Days of Disco, during the police raid on the disco club.[12]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Personnel[edit]

  • Music composed and arranged by Pierluigi Giombini
  • Lyrics: Paul Mazzolini
  • Keyboards: Pierluigi Giombini
  • Background vocals: Ryan Paris and Fiona Chapelle
  • Sound engineer: Giampaolo Bresciani

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Eddy, Chuck (8 July 2013). "Disco 101: Real '80S Italo". Rhapsody. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
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  4. ^ Arena, James (2018). Europe's Stars of '80s Dance Pop Vol. 2: 33 International Hitmakers Discuss Their Careers. Cork: BookBaby. ISBN 9781543923148. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  5. ^ Vujkovic, Zeljko (June 2007). "Interview with Ryan Paris". Italo-interviews.com. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
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  7. ^ Dolce Vita (12-inch single liner notes). Ryan Paris. Italy: Discomagic Records. 1983. INT 15091.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
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  11. ^ Ryan Paris - Dolce Vita Downtown version 1990 on YouTube
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