CD New Dimensions [The Three Degrees] (CD 6979270),
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New Dimensions [The Three Degrees]

  • 1. Giving Up, Giving In
    2. Falling in Love Again
    3. Looking for Love
    4. Runner, The
    5. Woman in Love
    6. Magic in the Air
    7. Giving Up, Giving In [Single Version]
    8. Woman in Love [Single Version]
    9. Runner [Single Version], The
    10. Falling in Love Again [Single Version]
    11. Out of Love Again
    12. Golden Lady, The
    13. Runner [12" Extra Long Version], The - (remix)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 0011

  • Credits
    ProducerGiorgio Moroder; Wayne Dickson (Reissue)
    EngineerJuergen Koppers

    Liner Note Author: Wayne A. Dickson.
    Recording information: Essex Studios, London; Larrabee Studio, Los Angeles, CA; Westlake.
    Photographers: Gered Mankowitz; Joey Nash; Jeremy Levinson.
    Arranger: Greg Mathieson.
    Unquestionably, the Three Degrees enjoyed their finest moment when paired with Philly International masterminds Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. Unquestionably, too, their union with Eurodisco guru Giorgio Moroder was less an artistic decision than a commercial one -- Moroder, after all, had the hottest sound around. And the Three Degrees hadn't been the same since Prince Charles called them his favorite group. So, the hip meets the hapless -- and stranger things had succeeded in the past. Unfortunately, New Dimensions would not be so blessed. For starters, anyone looking for a new "Love to Love You, Baby" will be sorely disappointed. Bland arrangements and weak disco dominate this set, even if the trio themselves sound fine. It's just that everything around them, including Moroder's throbbing motorik and the driving Eurodisco beats, sound horribly out of place. Two songs, "Givin' Up, Givin' In" and "Woman in Love," would deliver minor R&B chart hits, and that's where New Dimensions is at its best -- both are enjoyable, if insubstantial, dancefloor foot-tappers, although the latter would probably been helped if it had been a cover of the BeeGees' tune. Sadly, it wasn't. At the end of the day, then, it was just too late in the decade for the Three Degrees. They epitomized an earlier age, and that's where they should have stayed. You can't teach an old dog new tricks. Or new dimensions. ~ Amy Hanson

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