Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The shadow dancing project

Believe it or not, the first time I heard "Shadow dancing" by Andy Gibb was in "Southpark", when Mr. Garrison had plastic surgery and became... David Hasselhoff, walking proudly in the town's streets with this song in the background.

The minus in this tune (à mon avis of course) is that the part where it peaks, where the bass, the sax and the drums are intense and ready for eargasm, is really close to the end, fading out in the shorter version. That always blocked me from enjoying it as much as I'd like to - although I do find the inspiration of the Gibb brothers (Andy, Barry, Robin and Maurice) really groovy. And that's when the hunt of the/my perfect edit started.

Having searched and listened to most of the edits out there, I believe that the one that's closer to my ear pleasure is the edit made by the talented Spanish producer Tripmann. I love the intro, I find it more intense from the very beginning, it has all the vocals that I need and manages to still hold the part towards the end of the song that takes you off - plus, this part lasts longer. 

However, as much as I love the edits, I always (well, lets say 90% of times) pay the greatest respect to the original creator, to the one that put the melody together in his mind and on a piece of paper and made it music - Andy Gibb (who died at the age of 30 in 1988) and the Bee Gees in this case (with Barry Gibb being the only survivor).

Check out the original song here and the Tripmann's edit here with a free download.

tracks' info:
original track: Andy Gibb - Shadow dancing
RSO Records 1978

edit by Tripmann
CondeDuque Records 2012

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