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Joey Negro Presents The Soul of Disco Vol.3 [Double CD]

Various Artists , Joey Negro Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (28 Feb 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Republic of Music
  • ASIN: B004K4ZG24
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,094 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Jackie Stoudemire - Jackie Stoudemire
2. Full Body - Full Body
3. The Jís - When Did You Stop - The J's
4. Loi - Body Contact - Loi
5. Sanctuary - Disco Discouraged (Joey Negro Edit) - Sanctuary
6. Board Of Directors - Hanging Tough - Board of Directors
7. Project - Love Rescue - Project
8. Truth - International Dancing - Truth
9. Park Avenue - Looking Ahead - Park Avenue
10. Kocky - Just Keep On Danciní - Kocky
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Sir James Randolph - Sho' Is Good (Joey Negro Edit) - Sir James Randolph
2. The Hippolytes - Blow You Out Tonight - The Hippolytes
3. Larry Hart - Larry Hart
4. Hot Ice - Dancing Free (Joey Negro Edit) - Hot Ice
5. Ronnie Barron - I Can Give It To You - Ronnie Barron
6. Phenomenal - One Two Three (Come See About Me) - Phenomenal
7. Steven Abdul Kahn - Gotta Have You Loving - Steven Abdul Kahn
8. Evans Pyramid - The Dip Drop - Evens Pyramid
9. Chailo - Lets Skate - Chailo
10. Loveman Ronnie Stokes - Touch You Again - Loveman Ronnie Stokes
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Following on from Backstreet Brit Funk the ever-popular Soul of Disco series returns for a third thrilling instalment and the general consensus is that this is the strongest volume yet. Compiled by unashamed musical trainspotter Dave Lee (aka Joey Negro) this selection is the fruit of some serious digging - both in the real world and online. This is the first time most of these tracks have been available on cd or digitally, but we are keeping the quality of the music high and avoiding the collector's only records. Having said that some of the included songs are indeed super sought after with Full Body and Jackie Stoudemire original 12's featuring in Discogs Top 100 list of most valuable records. Conceptually, the Soul of Disco albums are about showcasing the blacker, funkier end of the disco spectrum where the 4/4 groove collided with the musical sensibility of Philly and Motown. Many will probably be unfamiliar with the acts included here but people can sometimes forget that when disco was king it was mainly the likes Village People and Donna Summer that was heard on most dance floors and many of these tracks (on small indie labels) didn't get played outside the hardcore underground clubs. Whatever bad things its done for the music business in general, the internet has aided in the discovery of many obscure records that never made it outside their State, with stories of distribution or pressing problems that prevented the release reaching the general public. Another factor is late arrivals from the early 80s, songs that still had that up-tempo disco sound suddenly sounded very dated and didn't fair too well once the disco backlash was well and truly underway. Musically this collection offers a wide variety of styles within the parameters of soulful disco. The up-tempo heavily orchestrated sounds of the soaring "Invisible Wind" or the J's anthemic northern soul style on "When Did You Stop" are maybe what you'd expect from the title of the album, whereas things get jazzier for the Board of Directors instrumental "Hanging Tough". A tougher, funked-out Sound is present on Evans Pyramid's driving "The Dip Drop" while we go to church for some disco gospel courtesy of Gloster Williams' rousing "No Cross, No Crown". There is even a bit of reggae tinged 4/4 courtesy of Loi's "Body Contact". So basically if you dig disco there should be something here for you. The finished package is a double cd with over 20 tracks, and buying the original records would cost you about £5000 and take several years. Previous editions in the series still sell very well and are regularly repressed due to a steady demand for this type of music.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Where Disco And Soul Meet.... 29 Mar 2011
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Writing in the liner notes Dave Lee (also known as 'Joey Negro') seeks to explain the concept informing the 'Soul Of Disco' series, apparently intended and designed to showcase "the blacker, funkier end of the disco spectrum where the 4/4 groove collided with the musical sensibility of Philly and Motown", whilst also recognising that many of the tracks chosen for this compilation are not of the more commercial type ordinarily associated with the 'Disco period'. This is an aesthetic markedly at odds with a number of popular 'Disco themed' compilations released in recent years, which may prove a strength of, and possible hinderance to this Z Records issue.

The collection opens with 'Invisible Wind' (1981) by Jackie Stoudemire, described as "an extremely collectible record". Those words are not always a guarantee of musical quality but on this occasion there is a gorgeous bass groove featuring strongly articulated orchestration, subtle piano work and an enticing vocal. It may have sounded anachronistic in 1981 but with the passage of time it can now be appreciated without prejudice. 'You Got Me Dancing' by Full Body features in a mix that has been created by Negro taking an undoubtedly funky record (featuring great horn work) and joining sections drawn from the instrumental and vocal versions. The result is driving record that may appeal to fans of Jazz Funk in particular. 'When Did You Stop' by The Js is a mixture of Disco (looking forward to vocally driven House music) whilst looking back to Philly and forwards to a sensibility beloved of Northern Soul fans, a dancer with a memorable chorus that strengthens the melodic appeal of the track. One that has to be played loudly whilst singing along and dancing madly...
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Many compilation series dwindle in impact as the tracks get harder to find and comps just get rehashed and mass produced... This 3rd in the series by Joey Negro is the polar opposite of mass produced offerings and quite simply stunning in its quality and rarity of music. If there had only been 10 tracks on here I would have still bought it and I've been collecting records for thirty years and some of the tracks on here I've never laid eyes on... The Board of Directors 'Hanging Tough' is worth the cover price alone let alone gospel-disco gems like "No Cross No Crown" , "Looking Ahead" by Park Avenue and "Goin up in Smoke" by Larry Hart.... the album is packed with hard-to-find and never released before (never got to press for some reason) underground disco gems from one-off groups and independent labels, especially selected for their orchestrated productions, chunky baselines, groovy guitars, instrumental breaks and I would say what stands out on this particular comp, the quality of the production and vocals on all the tracks.... This is quite simply the best Disco comp I've ever bought.
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5.0 out of 5 stars in my humble opinion the best of this series 10 Aug 2014
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in my humble opinion the best of this series, unearthing classic 70's and 80's tracks, my particular favourite is Disco Discouraged by Sanctuary, expertly remixed by Joey hImself to create a stormer of a track. All in all delighted by this CD
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5.0 out of 5 stars throw some shapes 30 July 2012
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This cd seriously drops, for those of us who love joey negro will absolutely love this product.
Its full of some serious boogie ,im not a record nerd so i cant go into detailabout each tune other than to say if you (like me) love non comercial boogie music then get this cd.MR DAVE LEE IS ON TOP FORM TRUST ME .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Alternate Disco Universe 28 Jun 2011
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This is the latest in a series of double-disc sets collecting unsung journeymen records from the late 70s and early 80s. None of these records were top-drawer productions or innovators of disco music. Together in this release, they comprise a well-chosen, functional selection from the obscurities used in clubs by the dozens to round out nightly playlists, fill out sets, and provide companion tracks to the better-known floor-fillers.

So many of these were modeled after bigger-selling, more-played 12" records that, on their own here on Soul Of Disco, they form an alternate playlist from an imaginary disco circa 1981. James Randolph, recording as "Sir James" in 81, offers "Sho Is Good" sounding like Greg Carmichael's work with Inner Life (explained partly by the involvement on Randolph's album by Ken Mazur and Paul Riser). Steve Kahn's jazz records before he joined Steps Ahead often included R&B tracks and here his "Got To Have Your Loving" also sounds like Inner Life thanks to the big bass and congas. Jackie Stoudemire's "Invisible Wind" nods to Jackie Moore's releases during the Bobby Eli production years. "Love Rescue" from Project, a Canadian collaborative, was clearly modeled after Gino Soccio ("Try It Out"). The Full Body track "You Got Me Dancing" could be a Tempest Trio lp cut, Truth's "International Dancing" could be from producer Bobby Massey's former group the O'Jays. On "Looking Ahead," Park Avenue sound like Dexter Wansel-produced Jones Girls, while Larry Hart's cover of Eddie Kendricks updates Norman Harris' original production with an electronicized approach.

Some of the tracks have been edited or extended, fortunately in non-intrusive ways that preserve the orginal sound. I guess in this age of tweeting and texting it's a pipedream to hope for proofread liner notes to clean up the grammar and odd turns of phrase-- Dave Lee's intent was to present "the blacker end of disco" musically, but author he's not. A good choice for fans of rarities in disco and soul.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AN IMPRESSIVE COLLECTION OF AUDIO DELIGHTS...! 26 Aug 2011
By Rafael Cova - Published on Amazon.com
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Divinely compiled by Joey Negro, a spectacular work that once again leaves us impressed with this album.

You can immerse yourself again in the delicious waters of Disco Music / Soul Music.

ZRECORDS:

Compiled by unashamed musical trainspotter Dave Lee (aka Joey Negro) this selection is the fruit of some serious digging - both in the real world and online. This is the first time most of these tracks have been available on cd or digitally, but we are keeping the quality of the music high and avoiding the collector's only records.

Having said that some of the included songs are indeed super sought after with Full Body and Jackie Stoudemire original 12's featuring in Discogs Top 100 list of most valuable records.

Conceptually, the Soul of Disco albums are about showcasing the blacker, funkier end of the disco spectrum where the 4/4 groove collided with the musical sensibility of Philly and Motown. Many will probably be unfamiliar with the acts included here but people can sometimes forget that when disco was king it was mainly the likes Village People and Donna Summer that was heard on most dance floors and many of these tracks (on small indie labels) didn't get played outside the hardcore underground clubs.

Whatever bad things its done for the music business in general, the internet has aided in the discovery of many obscure records that never made it outside their State, with stories of distribution or pressing problems that prevented the release reaching the general public. Another factor is late arrivals from the early 80s, songs that still had that up-tempo disco sound suddenly sounded very dated and didn't fair too well once the disco backlash was well and truly underway.

Musically this collection offers a wide variety of styles within the parameters of soulful disco. The up-tempo heavily orchestrated sounds of the soaring "Invisible Wind" or The J's anthemic northern soul style on "When Did You Stop" are maybe what you'd expect from the title of the album, whereas things get jazzier for the Board of Directors instrumental "Hanging Tough". A tougher, funked-out Sound is present on Evans Pyramid's driving "The Dip Drop" while we go to church for some disco gospel courtesy of Gloster Williams' rousing "No Cross, No Crown". There is even a bit of reggae tinged 4/4 courtesy of Loi's "Body Contact". So basically if you dig disco there should be something here for you.

The finished package has over 25 tracks, and buying the original records would cost you about £5000 and take several years. Previous editions in the series still sell very well and are regularly repressed due to a steady demand for this type of music.

As always with Z Records we've spent time and money to make the masters sound as good as possible and if you're a fan of compilations from BBE or Dimitri From Paris then this Soul of Disco Vol.3 CD will not disappoint...
4.0 out of 5 stars Collector's item! 27 Sep 2011
By Frankie Tamburo - Published on Amazon.com
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Part 3 of a Trilogy of obscure but exciting soul-disco tracks, selected by top UK DJ and producer Joey Negro. A must have along with volume 1 and 2.
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