E=MC² (Giorgio Moroder album)

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E=MC² is a 1979 studio album by Italian producer Giorgio Moroder.[1] It has been billed as the "first electronic live-to-digital album."[2] The album's title track peaked at number 4 on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart.[3]

E=MC²
Giorgio Moroder E=MC2.jpg
Studio album by
Released27 August 1979 (1979-08-27)
RecordedSoundstream Inc.
GenreDisco, electronic
Length31:07
LabelCasablanca
Producer
Giorgio Moroder chronology
Love's in You, Love's in Me
(1978)
E=MC²
(1979)
Solitary Men
(1983)
Singles from E=MC²
  1. "Baby Blue"
    Released: 1979
  2. "What a Night"
    Released: 1979
  3. "If You Weren't Afraid"

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [4]

Alex Henderson of AllMusic gave the album 4 stars out of 5, saying, "This is the electronic dance music that preceded the rise of techno, house, and industrial noise, and it came at a time when hip-hop was in its infancy and the rave subculture had yet to be invented."[4] He described it as "a historically interesting LP that anyone who has enjoyed electronic dance rhythms needs to check out."[4] Kyle Fowle of The A.V. Club wrote, "The title track includes some of Moroder's finest vocoder work while songs like 'I Wanna Rock You' and 'Baby Blue' see Moroder delivering some of his most polished disco efforts, removed from the rawness of those Donna Summer tracks but still very indebted to them."[5]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Baby Blue"Keith Forsey, Giorgio Moroder4:54
2."What a Night"Harold Faltermeyer, Forsey, Moroder4:54
3."If You Weren't Afraid"Chris Bennett, Moroder5:40
4."I Wanna Rock You"Faltermeyer, Forsey, Moroder6:32
5."In My Wildest Dreams"Bennett, Faltermeyer, Moroder4:37
6."E=MC²"Pete Bellotte, Faltermeyer, Moroder4:32
2001 reissue CD edition bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
7."Love's in You, Love's in Me"Bellotte, Moroder3:35
8."Evolution"Moroder15:15
2013 reissue CD edition bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
7."Baby Blue" (single version)Forsey, Moroder3:52
8."If You Weren't Afraid" (single version)Bennett, Moroder3:53
9."I Wanna Rock You" (single version)Faltermeyer, Forsey, Moroder3:51

ChartsEdit

Chart (1980) Peak
position
Australian (Kent Music Report) 93[6]

PersonnelEdit

Credits adapted from liner notes.

  • Giorgio Moroder – production
  • Harold Faltermeyer – production, engineer, mixing, programming
  • Keith Forsey - drums, percussion
  • Jules Bloomenthal – computerized digital editing
  • Bruce Rothaar – computerized digital editing
  • Brian Gardner – mastering
  • Henry Vizcarra – artwork
  • Glenn Parsons – artwork
  • Ron Slenzak – photography
  • David Ingebretsen – computer photography
  • Shusei Nagaoka – illustration

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Allen, Jeremy (14 August 2015). "Giorgio Moroder – 10 of the best". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  2. ^ Richardson, Terry (16 June 2015). "The Giorgio Moroder Primer". Out. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Dance Club Songs - The week of November 24, 1979". Billboard. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  4. ^ a b c Henderson, Alex. "E=MC2 - Giorgio Moroder". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  5. ^ Fowle, Kyle (25 June 2015). "A beginner's guide to dance-music godfather Giorgio Moroder". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 125. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.

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