jeudi 19 septembre 2013

With Luv': 35th anniversary of Luv's debut album

35 years ago, Luv's first album, entitled "With Luv'", entered the Dutch charts. It later became a big selling record in the Netherlands and the neighbouring countries. This release was a milestone in the ladies' career and achieved cult status among the fans. 


1978 was a special year for the girls. "U.O.Me" was their breakthrough in their homeland. The follow-up single "You're the Greatest Lover" was a bigger success: this million seller hit the number one spot in some European territories and even charted in South Africa (see article posted on July 29th, 2013). The next step was to put out a full-length album. The trio's first LP was released by Philips/Phonogram in late August 1978. The production of this opus was supervised by Hans van Hemert and Piet Souer who wrote all the songs under the pseudonym "Janschen & Janschens", with the exception of "Don Juanito de Carnaval" (the cover version of "A far l'amore comincia tu", the 1977 hit of Raffaella Carrà). "With Luv'" was a perfect blend of ABBA-esque sounds (My Man, Dream Dream), Latin American and Spanish orchestrations (U.O.Me, You're the Greatest Lover, Don Juanito de Carnaval), Disco (Everybody's Shaking Hands On Broadway), Pop music (Who Do You Wanna Be) and Soft Rock (Get Ready). One important aspect of the record was its iconic sleeve with the three sexy singers posing in an airfield in the Canary Islands. The pictures for the front and back covers of the LP were taken by Claude Vanheye. This artist had already photographed the "crème de la crème" of the 1960s and 1970s: Jimi Hendrix, Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson, Iggy Pop...

Ad published in the press to promote "With Luv'"

Commercial response and chart performance

As a manufactured pop formation which targeted youngsters, Luv' was more successful on the singles chart than on the albums chart. Indeed, 7" singles were popular among teenagers in the 1970s. With Luv' entered the Dutch charts on September 2nd, 1978. It later peaked at #6 on the LP Top 50 and #8 on the Nationale Hitparade Top 50 in the Netherlands, #15 on the Austrian Alben Top 25, #11 on the Swiss Musikmarkt album chart and #9 on the Danish chart (BT Hitlisten). The LP was a minor hit in Germany where it reached the 50th positionThe album eventually turned platinum in Holland (100.000 copies) and silver in Denmark (25.000 copies). 

Clipping from November 1978 (With Luv' turned gold in Holland and later platinum)

Clipping from Billboard Magazine (August1979)

Newspaper clipping from Denmark (1979 - With Luv' silver certification) 

Release and distribution

                          Patty, Marga and José at the release party of "With Luv'                                                   
The album release party took place at the Hilversum Airport on August 21, 1978. With Luv' came out in various editions - all depending on which countries the release took place. Philips/Phonogram licensed the rights for the record to various labels around the world (Carrere Records in Germany, PGB RTB in Yugoslavia, Mercury Records in Canada...).

Article published in Nieuwsblad van het Noorden (August 23. 1978)

To know details about the release of "With Luv": click here

Back cover (original Dutch version)

German pressing

Spanish version (including "Tu eres mi mejor amante" - Spanish version of "The Greatest Lover")

Korean pressing (front cover)

Korean pressing (back cover)


Philips Records re-issued the LP in 1980 after the trio left the label and was under contract with CNR/Carrere Records. This pressing was part of the "Succes series", a re-issue of popular albums of the Philips back catalogue.

1980 re-issue (Succes series)

With Luv' was digitally remastered and reissued in 2006 as part of the "Completely In Luv'" box set with the same track listing and three bonus tracks: 
  • "Don't Let Me Down" (Janschen & Janschens) – 2:37                                                    B-side of "My Man"
  • "Eres Mi Mejor Amante" (Alfred Garrido, Janschen & Janschens) – 2:50                        Spanish version of "You're the Greatest Lover".
  • "All You Need Is Luv' Jingle" (Janschen & Janschens) – 0:12


A Side:
  • "You're the Greatest Lover" (Janschen & Janschens) - 2:50
  • "Who Do You Wanna Be" (Janschen & Janschens) - 3:44
  • "My Man" (Janschen & Janschens) - 3:05
  • "Sugar Babe" (Janschen & Janschens) - 2:49
  • "Don Juanito De Carnaval" (Daniële Pace, Franco Bracardi, Gianni Boncompagni, Janschen & Janschens) - 3:09
  • "Life Is On My Side" (Janschen & Janschens) - 2:38
B Side:
  • "U.O.Me (Welcome To Waldolala)" (Janschen & Janschens) - 2:55
  • "Dream, Dream" (Janschen & Janschens) - 3:30
  • "Oh, Get Ready" (Janschen & Janschens) - 3:16
  • "Louis, Je t'Adore" (Janschen & Janschens) - 3:40
  • "Everybody's Shaking Hands On Braodway" (Janschen & Janschens) - 3:27
  • "Hang On" (Janschen & Janschens) - 3:07

Note: "Don Juanito de Carnaval" was replaced by "Trojan Horse" on some German pressings.

Album credits

José Hoebee - vocals
Marga Scheide - vocals
Patty Brard - vocals

Additional personnel:
Ernö Olah & Metropole Orkest - strings

Producer: Hans van Hemert
Arranger/conductor: Piet Souer

Photography: Claude Vanheye
Design: Jan H. van Uden
Art Direction: Clouds Studio

Source: Wikipedia,,,,

Albumdossier 1969-1972 by Johan van Slooten, publ: Becht's Uitgevers

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