Let Me Take You Dancing

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"Let Me Take You Dancing"
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Single by Bryan Adams
A-side Let Me Take You Dancing
B-side Don't Turn Me Away
Released November 6, 1978[1]
Format Vinyl
Recorded 1978
Pinewood Studios, Vancouver
Genre Disco
Length 3:01
Label A&M
Writer(s) Bryan Adams
Jim Vallance
Producer(s) Bryan Adams
Jim Vallance
Bryan Adams singles chronology
Let Me Take You Dancing
(1978)
Give Me Your Love
(1980)

"Let Me Take You Dancing" is a song co-written and recorded by Canadian artist Bryan Adams. It was written by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance and was later remixed by John Luongo. It is notable for being Adams' first solo single and his first ever release as a solo artist when he was 18.

Background[edit]

A disco influenced pop song in its original mix, the popular remixed version of the song is even more disco-oriented. It was one of the first songs that Adams and Vallance wrote together and was based on a rag-time piano riff that Vallance had written. The writing took place during February 1978 and the song was recorded at Pinewood Studios by Geoff Turner[2] The song was originally released as a pop song, but was taken by his record company and remixed.

Remixes[edit]

Although the single had some minor radio success, respected remixer John Luongo was recruited to make it sound like a proper disco track ready for release in the United States.[2] The song went to number 22 on the disco chart.[3]

Adams' disavowing[edit]

Luongo chose to increase the tempo of the song, but there was no time-compression technology at that time so this increased the pitch of Adams' vocals. Adams was disappointed with the speeded-up sound.[2] Adams has only performed it live on a handful of occasions. Despite being a single, neither "Let Me Take You Dancing" (except for the 12" disco mix) or its B Side, "Don't Turn Me Away", has appeared on an official CD release as of 2014, nor has been available for purchase online.

As of 2016, Web Sheriff, which Bryan Adams is a client of, actively blocks any attempts to upload this song digitally, especially on YouTube.

Releases[edit]

The song was first released in Canada back in 1978:[4]

  • 7" (promo) with the original version on both sides. Cat # DJ-AM468
  • 7" (retail) with "Don't Turn Me Away" as the B side track. Cat #. AM-474

Later was released in 1979 elsewhere:[5]

  • 12" (retail): Contains John Luongo's disco mix on A side and an instrumental of the mix on B side. Cat # SP-12014.
  • 12" (Dutch retail): identical to above except front cover labeled "Disco Version". Cat # AMS12.7610
  • 7" (UK promo): Contains original version on A side and "Don't Turn Me Away" on B side. Cat # AMS7460
  • 7" (Mexican Promo): Contains original version on the A side and the John Luongo disco mix on the B side. Cat # AM-097Z
  • 7" (US promo): Contains original Stereo version on A side. B side track is Mono. Cat # 2163
  • 7" (European retail): Contains "Don't Turn Me Away" on B side. Cat # unknown

Availability[edit]

As of 2014, the only method to acquire "Let Me Take You Dancing" or "Don't Turn Me Away" is by purchasing the original record.

The John Luongo 12" remix of "Let Me Take You Dancing", was released on CD in 2002 as part of compilation album Disco Box Vol 2: Disco Heat.[4]

As of 2016, the only method to acquire the instrumental version of "Let Me Take You Dancing" is by purchasing the record of the John Luongo 12" remix, which is the "B" side of said record.

Co-writer Jim Vallance stated that "I don't doubt the single's success contributed to Bryan eventually being signed directly to the label [A&M Records]".

Personnel[edit]

  • Bryan Adams: vocals, harmony vocals
  • Jim Vallance: drums, keyboards, percussion, vibraphone
  • Wayne Kozak: tenor sax, baritone sax
  • Don Clark: trumpet
  • Joani Taylor: backing vocals
  • Ray Ayotte: congas

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-09-28. Retrieved 2010-08-11. 
  2. ^ a b c "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-09-28. Retrieved 2010-08-11. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 16. 
  4. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-09-28. Retrieved 2010-08-11. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]