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Gloria Gaynor

  • Never Can Say Goodbye [MGM, 1975] B
  • Love Tracks [Polydor, 1978] B+

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Never Can Say Goodbye [MGM, 1975]
The disco-hit side (three multi-percussed six-minute cuts, two of them Motown remakes) is a solid, danceable B plus. The flip (five shorter songs, the most irritating written by the singer herself) punches in at C or maybe lower. That averages out to B minus or maybe lower. But albums with listenable sides are all too rare these days. B

Love Tracks [Polydor, 1978]
Not only does this lead off with "I Will Survive" (which I--unlike most--find too long in the eight-minute version now included on the repressed album), and "Stoplight," a piece of inspired girl-group foolishness, it winds down into commendable filler-plus. Faves: "You Can Exit" ("If you don't like the size/If you don't like the fit" of what?) and "Anybody Wanna Party" (which for once might induce me to). A better--and cuter--Freddie Perren album than Best of the Sylvers. B+