After a successful period in the early 70s the Three Degrees went through a short lull in their career. This album from 1978 brought the girls back to chart success.
This was largely thanks to the addition of production by Italian producer Giorgio Moroder who had recorded his own solo albums and produced and arranged for other artists such as Donna Summer, Munich Machine, and Roberta Kelly.
The trademark production by Moroder is all over this album with hard driving disco beats and heavy synthesiser sounds. There are some great ballads too and the CD version is very good with the addition of the extended 12" mixes of the single releases added as bonus tracks.
Although Moroder had been more associated with a more underground and creative genre of Euro disco he had become more commercial with catchy disco pop through the success with Donna Summer.
This album has a heavy disco pop feel to it but it is a quality production of pop music.
This is the best album by the Three Degrees for me and I love the feel of the songs and the production.
The Three Degrees were very `hot' in the mid to late 70s and New Dimensions packs quite a punch. The opening number, Giving Up, Giving In, is the best. A pounding disco track with real pizzazz, it ideally should be heard on a cavernous dancefloor with the lights spinning and at the kind of volume where it takes over completely. The visuals are fantastic and usually to be found on YouTube. Never has arm-waving been performed more stylishly, as if these girls had had a lifetime of directing traffic. They have their moves down to a tee, it has to be said, even to that final twist of the head, performed bang in time. It is followed by Falling In Love, which is jaunty and easy-going, while Looking For Love turns up the heat again, if not quite as high as the opener, but Sheila Ferguson's vocals are as beguiling as ever. The Runner is a comical number, very catchy, with a totally bogus sense of urgency. It has got something, no doubt about it ... Woman In Love is a bit sappy, sounding like Shake your Groove Thing by Alicia Bridges, and not matching the more famous song by Barbra Streisand. Magic In The Air also fails to live up to the A-side - but that A-side is so blisteringly good there could be no question of anything less than 5 stars. There are a number of remixes to fill out the package, and the booklet contains copious photos and extensive notes on the group.
on 9 July 2010
This album marked a new beginning and new direction for the Philly trio after leaving a successful stint with Philadelphia International. With a new label (Ariola Records), a new member (Helen Scott replacing the late Fayette Pinkney) and a sexy new look (cover dresses by Zandra Rhodes), the girls jumped on board the disco train under the direction of Giorgio Moroder.
The result is pure magic and hits such as `The Runner' and `Giving Up, Giving In' have truly stood the test of time and sound as current today as they did some 30 plus years ago. Indeed, acts such as The Nolans and Bananarama have covered these disco classics on their most recent albums.
Although Sheila Ferguson and Valerie Holiday swap lead vocals throughout, newcomer Helen Scott provides great harmonies that gave the group a different and perhaps slightly more pop sound.
In addition to the hits, `Looking For Love', with Moroder's trademark synthesizers and hypnotic driving beat, is a highlight and could have provided the girls with another chart topper had it been released as a single.
The inclusion of some bonus tracks, in particular the overlooked 'Golden Lady' featuring Sheila, make this great value at under a tenner.
Fingers crossed that the equally good Ariola follow up`3D' and the live and more collection `Gold' find their way onto cd soon.
on 30 May 2016
Giorgio Moroder was here too...Very good album. According to the liner notes, this was the first album produced by Giorgio Moroder with The 3 Degrees and the result is very powerful, especially "The Runner" one of the most energetic songs from the era, also good here are "Giving Up Giving In" and "Woman in Love"(This one sounds a little worn anyway). Good extras added as the extra long version for "The Runner". For those liking R&B, Disco dance this is a good option.
on 28 August 2010
This album was originally released in 1978 and its re-release on CD was long overdue. This exciting collaboration with Giorgio Moroder was a match made in heaven and it rightfully restored The Three Degrees to the charts. Dance music doesn't get any better than this. The first three tracks are sequenced together to make up one big dance extravaganza, starting with the first single release from the album 'Giving Up, Giving In'. The Three Degrees put in some feisty vocals on this album and Sheila Ferguson is in top form. It's sheer energy from start to finish. The stand-out track for me is 'The Runner'. With its throbbing, pulsating rhythm and its snappy vocals, it's still one of the best dance songs ever recorded. The biggest UK hit from the album was 'Woman In Love' which reached the top three in early 1979.
The original album only had six songs, but this essential re-release has been expanded with no less than seven bonus tracks. They almost make up an album of their own. Four tracks from the album are included here in their single version. Further bonus tracks come in the shape of the single B-side 'Out Of Love Again' (with some extraordinary vocals), the movie soundtrack 'The Golden Lady' and the 12-inch version of 'The Runner'.
Apart from that, the album has been remastered and it includes extensive liner notes, reproductions of record covers and interviews with the group members. Sheila's story about her inspiration for the 'The Runner' lyrics is hilarious.
I've been waiting to get this album on CD for a long time and now it's finally available. Get it while you can.
on 19 April 2011
The Three Degrees at their very vest thanks to the wonderful work of Georgio Moroder. A huge departure from earlier albums, the first 3 tracks sequenced in a 17 minute disco heaven, 3 huge hits with all the tracks killers not fillers. 7 fantastic bonus tracks including the full 8+ minute long remix of "The Runner" which has gotta be one of the best and catchy dance numbers of that period. The complete remaster makes this album sound superb and is unbelievable that the tracks are over 30 years old. Ordered through Amazon and arrived promptly as usual.
on 13 November 2010
After a good few years on PIR and having hits with "When Will I See You Again, Take Good Care Of Yourself, TSOP, and a brief stay at EPIC which did them no favours at all, the Degrees moved onto ARIOLA and were teamed up with Donna Summer's then producer Giorgio Moroder to work his electro disco magic and the result "New Dimensions".
The album kicks of with a sort of homage to "When Will I See You Again" with "Giving Up, Giving In" (also the first single release reaching #12 in the UK charts) with it's breathy vocals intro before Sheila's kick ass vocals tell you how she aint going to put up with his lying cheating sweet talking ways, the album then flows (like being in a disco) into the other two tracks.
The Runner (the third and final single release from this album reaching #10) was the opener to side two of the original vinyl release), written by Sheila about how her man is frightened to show his true feelings and runs off, the album includes three versions, the 7" single edit, the extended mix, and the stonking 12" club mix (which was released as the usual black 12" vinyl, but in three limited colours, red, white and blue). The next track "Woman In Love" a love ballad, was the second release from the album, and after "When Will I See You Again" which got them to #1 this was their other biggest hit getting them to #3.
With this album being the expanded version you get seven extra tracks, the single versions of all the releases, the 'B' sides, the theme song from the Bond inspired film "The Golden Lady" (again written by Sheila) and the 12" extra long club mix of "The Runner".
If your a 70's disco baby, or a fan of these ladies then this is a must for your record collection, I dare you to put it on and not find yourself dancing around the living room
on 25 January 2011
New Dimensions...its been a long time coming this cd, but its well worth the wait, some class act the three degrees and there little go at disco- dance tracks, is still great, its great they kept to the way the long play record was when it first came out. its great fun this cd and it shows how good the ladys where and what great voices they had, they could turn any song they sing into a good song...........its great fun and makes you feel good............enjoy
on 7 September 2012
This review is for: New Dimensions Three Degrees (BBR CD)
I was very young when this album was originally released and at the time I used to buy 7" singles because I was unaware of 12" singles. So I bought "The Runner" on 7" single and was fascinated by the B-Side which was a longer version which I used to play more than the A-Side. So you can imagine my excitement years later when I discovered 12" singles and the extra long version of "The Runner". All of those mixes are included here now and it's great to have them all on one CD. "The Runner" is usually included on compilations in an edited version that runs just over 4 mins, but here you get the proper 7" single version that was played on the radio. It would have been nice to have the 12" version of "Giving Up Giving In" as a separate track also. The 12" version is here, but it segues into the following track, because the first 3 tracks are a continuous 17 minute non-stop Giorgio Moroder disco extravanganza, which is really good. I guess space restrictions and not wanting to duplicate tracks was the reason for it not being here. I've since managed to find the "Giving Up Giving In" 12" version on another CD called "Soul Classics" from 1992 (but it wasn't on Amazon, so I had to find it on an auction site). It's good to have all the bonus tracks here and interesting that "The Golden Lady" is the soundtrack version which is about 40 seconds longer than the version on Three Degrees The Best Of. This CD has great sound quality and tracks like "Woman In Love" really benefit from perfect sound quality. I would recommend this CD. It's almost worth the price just to get that fabulous cover.
Fans of this album may also be interested to know that a previously unreleased and very different sounding mix of "The Runner" was included on Ben Liebrand's Grand 12 Inches 4, where Ben (unfamiliar with the track) managed to include the wrong version from the master tape. He corrected this error on a later edition, but in the meantime it unwittingly released an otherwise previously unreleased mix to the public that maybe shouldn't have ever seen the light of day. The version seems to be a pre-Giorgio Moroder version, because it sounds nothing like the finished version. I hope that helps someone who loves the Three Degrees but may not be aware of that version being available.
I have also reviewed: Three Degrees 3D
on 13 October 2010
yet another blast from the past if u remember the three degrees then this cd is right up your street why pay 60-70 pounds for the japanese release when u can get this bbr release with extra tracks for 7.99 0r cheaper in the used section trust me u will not be dissapointed check out other releases by bbr if ur in ur late 40s 50s then u will find something am sure check out gloria gaynor too you know u want too do it today and transform youself back to the 70s-80s when music was music enjoy your trip back lol