Never Can Say Goodbye (Gloria Gaynor album)

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Never Can Say Goodbye
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Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 23, 1975
Recorded1974
GenreDisco, R&B
Length33:58
LabelMGM
ProducerPaul Leka, Tony Bongiovi, Meco Monardo, Jay Ellis
Gloria Gaynor chronology
Never Can Say Goodbye
(1975)
Experience Gloria Gaynor
(1975)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideB[2]

Never Can Say Goodbye is the debut album by Gloria Gaynor, released on MGM Records in January 1975.[3] It is most notable for including several early Disco recordings. The album charted in the US Billboard at number 25 in the US Pop chart, and at number 21 in the US R&B chart. In the UK the album peaked at number 32,[4] "Never Can Say Goodbye" was released in the UK as a single and reached number 2 in early 1975.[5]

History[edit]

The album features three hit singles – "Honey Bee", "Never Can Say Goodbye", and "Reach Out, I'll Be There" – which are featured full-length on the album's first side in a 19-minute disco suite, then a famous first devised by Tom Moulton (not credited on the record itself). This album version of "Never Can Say Goodbye" features double drum beats during the verse links, which is not heard in the single version. Gloria Gaynor also was involved in the songwriting of a number of the tracks, including "Real Good People".

The album was remastered and reissued with bonus tracks in 2010 by Big Break Records.[6]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Honey Bee"Mervin Steals, Melvin Steals, Matthew Ledbetter6:00
2."Never Can Say Goodbye"Clifton Davis6:28
3."Reach Out, I'll Be There"Holland–Dozier–Holland6:15
4."All I Need Is Your Sweet Lovin'"Bobby Flax, Larry Lambert2:47
5."Searchin'"Casey Spencer2:55
6."We Belong Together"Lester Hodelin, Patricia Shells2:51
7."False Alarm"Don Coan, Gloria Gaynor3:40
8."Real Good People"Gloria Gaynor3:02

Personnel[edit]

Production

  • Meco Monardo – arrangers
  • Norman Harris – arrangers
  • Harold Wheeler – arrangers
  • Lou Del Gatto – arrangers
  • Tony Bongiovi – producer
  • Meco Monardo – producer
  • Jay Ellis – producer
  • Paul Leka – producer
  • Tony Bongiovi – recording engineer
  • Bernie Block – cover photography
  • David Krieger – cover design
  • Bill Leby – art direction
  • Tom Moulton – mixing

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
France (SNEP)[8] Gold 200,100[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. Never Can Say Goodbye review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-04-03.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: G". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 24, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  3. ^ Gloria Gaynor Never Can Say Goodbye Never Can Say Goodbye at AllMusic
  4. ^ Gloria Gaynor Never Can Say Goodbye UK album chart
  5. ^ Gloria Gaynor "Never Can Say Goodbye" UK singles chart
  6. ^ BBR Records - CD re-issue of Never Can Say Goodbye from 2010
  7. ^ "Les Albums Or". infodisc.fr. SNEP. Archived from the original on 2011-10-18. Retrieved 2011-08-31.
  8. ^ "French album certifications – Gloria Gaynor – Never Can Say Goodbye" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.

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