The Long Play

The Long Play is the debut studio album by German singer Sandra, released on 11 November 1985 by Virgin Records.[1] The album was a great commercial success and spawned Sandra's signature number-one single "(I'll Never Be) Maria Magdalena" as well as the international top-five single "In the Heat of the Night".

The Long Play
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Studio album by
Released11 November 1985
Recorded1985
Genre
Length37:15
LabelVirgin
ProducerMichael Cretu
Sandra chronology
The Long Play
(1985)
Mirrors
(1986)
Singles from The Long Play
  1. "(I'll Never Be) Maria Magdalena"
    Released: March 1985
  2. "In the Heat of the Night"
    Released: November 1985
  3. "Little Girl"
    Released: January 1986

SinglesEdit

The lead single "(I'll Never Be) Maria Magdalena" was released in March 1985 and went on to top the charts in 21 countries worldwide.[2] It spent 16 weeks in the German top 20, remaining Sandra's only chart-topper in her home country, and is now considered her signature song.

"In the Heat of the Night" was chosen as the follow-up single to "Maria Magdalena" in late 1985. The song charted within the top five in a number of European countries, later earning Sandra second place at the Tokyo Music Festival in 1986. The single version would only become available on CD on The Platinum Collection in 2009.

The third and final commercial single taken from The Long Play was "Little Girl", released in early 1986. The song's music video was filmed entirely on location in Venice, Italy. "Little Girl" met with modest success in international music market.

"Sisters and Brothers" was released in 1988 as a promotional single in Japan only. The song, dedicated to Sandra's brother Gaston, is a cover version of Michael Cretu's song "Zeitlose Reise" from his 1983 solo album Legionäre.[3]

Track listingEdit

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."In the Heat of the Night"5:20
2."On the Tray (Seven Years)"
  • Kemmler
  • Cretu
  • Hirschburger
3:45
3."Little Girl"
  • Kemmler
  • Löhr
  • Cretu
  • Hirschburger
3:11
4."You and I"6:44
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
5."(I'll Never Be) Maria Magdalena"
  • Kemmler
  • Löhr
  • Cretu
  • Palmer-James
5:55
6."Heartbeat (That's Emotion)"
4:53
7."Sisters and Brothers"
  • Cretu
  • Palmer-James
3:23
8."Change Your Mind"
  • Cretu
  • Palmer-James
4:04
Total length:37:15

PersonnelEdit

Credits adapted from the liner notes of The Long Play.[4]

  • Sandra – lead vocals
  • Michael Cretu – digital and conventional keyboards, drum computers, background vocals, arrangement, production
  • Markus Löhr – guitars
  • Hubert Kemmler – background vocals
  • Mike Schmidt – cover design
  • Dieter Eikelpoth – photography

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Certifications for The Long Play
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[17] Platinum 59,176[17]
France (SNEP)[18] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[19] Gold 250,000^
Greece (IFPI Greece)[20] Platinum 100,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[20] Platinum 50,000*
Sweden (GLF)[20] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[20] Platinum 50,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Release historyEdit

Date Label Format Catalog number
1985 Virgin LP 207 356-630
CD 610 627-225
Cassette 407 356-630
1992 CD 077778696827

ReferencesEdit

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  10. ^ "Ísland (LP-plötur)". DV (in Icelandic). 11 April 1986. p. 43. ISSN 1021-8254 – via Timarit.is.
  11. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Sandra – The Long Play". Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  12. ^ Salaverrie, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (in Spanish) (1st ed.). Madrid: Fundación Autor/SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
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  14. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Sandra – The Long Play". Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
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  16. ^ "Top 100 Album-Jahrescharts – 1986" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  17. ^ a b "Sandra" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  18. ^ "French album certifications – Sandra – The Long Play" (in French). InfoDisc. Retrieved 14 March 2020. Select SANDRA and click OK. 
  19. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Sandra; 'The Long Play')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  20. ^ a b c d "Sandra's European Track Record" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 9, no. 9. 29 February 1992. OCLC 29800226 – via World Radio History.