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Disco Discharge - Disco Ladies
Disco Discharge - Disco Ladies
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Price: £14.96

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Encyclopedia of Disco! Get All Four!, 23 Dec. 2009
The good people at Harmless have been Kind enough to compile four excellent compilations covering every aspect of the original Disco genre. Covering 'Disco Ladies', 'Classic Disco', 'Gay Disco & Hi-NRG' and 'Euro Disco". Lovingly restored and for many of the racks they appear for the first time on CD in their 'Original' Full length mixes. Don't be disillusioned by other reviews stating the mixes are too long?? Hello! These are disco classics/tracks and were not 3 minute radio ditties! 90% of so called Disco comps are recycled and obvious and almost always include shortened radio edits. This set of 4 covers a truly historic period in music, let alone dance music. Before the 12 inch single came along DJs had to do with 7" or album tracks and double up to create longer tracks and be pretty good at blending so as to keep the dancefloors rocking. The whole point of extended versions was to let the dancers go off and enjoy their favourites as much as possible and of course the breaks were there to 'give the drummer some'. These Original versions (which is what they are despite previous reviewers claiming otherwise) are the definite versions played back in those heady days across the globe, anywhere there was a soundsystem and a glitterball. This series is relevant and diverse and includes some well known classics, as well some hard to find corkers that still sound good today. If you are at all interested in the origins of House/Garage/Dance Music then this is it, lesson 101. Do yourself a favour and buy all four, you will not regret it!

Live Aid [DVD] [1985]
Live Aid [DVD] [1985]
Dvd ~ Bob Dylan

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A capsule in time in the history of rock 'n roll, 27 Feb. 2007
This review is from: Live Aid [DVD] [1985] (DVD)
The day was July 5th 1985, and at the grand old age of 11, and having an avid music fan for a father I sat down and watched in awe as the biggest rock 'n roll event of all time kicked off. Status Quo started with the only song that could have opened a show of this scale "Rockin' All Over The World". Between midday (London time) and when the sun went down, I watched as much as I could, as well as playing over the park on my BMX!! What followed was what can only be described as a day and night of the who's who of music acts at that point in time. At Wembley the standouts undoubtedly were Queen, U2, Bowie, Dire Straits, Sting and Elton John. Over in Philly I feel personally it was more of a mixed bag, not the performers on show but the performances. Madonna jumped about for 15 minutes entertainingly, Simple Minds were at their peak, The Beach Boys just about got away with it. Ozzy and Black Sabbath rocked and later into the night Mick & Tina were embarrassing, and the less said about Keef, Ronnie and Dylan the better. After reading some of the other reviews I totally agree that the flow of the show is slighly up and down, and time hasn't been too kind to some of the 'stars' of the '80's. But that's part of the charm for me. Also it ought to be noted that some of the original tapes have gone missing between 1985 and 2004 when it was decided to re-master and finally release it to the public. At the time both of the gig both the BBC in the UK and MTV in the states who broadcast it simultaneously on both sides of the Atlantic, were actually told by a certain Sir Bob Geldoff that they were not to record it as he feared bootleggers would profit from it. Luckily they ignored him so I think we should be thankful for any footage that has survived. Yes Led Zeppelin's set is not here, and other artists did perform longer sets than on offer here, but given that no-one had attempted a concert on this scale previously I think they pulled it off fairly well considering the technology available at the time. It is, simply put a capsule in time and will always be fondly remembered by myself and despite what the cynics say I think it's great. Buy it, you won't regret it.

The Gallery
The Gallery

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Soulful roots of New York Dance Music, 15 Nov. 2004
This review is from: The Gallery (Audio CD)
At long last the good people at Soul Jazz Records and Nicky Siano have presented us with a long overdue insight into the heady days of New York's Gallery. Covering the period between 1973 and 1977 this was the gestation period before Disco went global. Before Saturday Night Fever and everything else incorrectly assoicated with Disco, Nicky Siano, like David Mancuso created how night clubs became. Nicky was arguably the biggest DJ of the era and was highly influential to Larry Levan and Frankie Knuckles who both worked at The Gallery. The music was positive and socially aware as well as damn right funky. Many of the artists included are perhaps better known for other hits, but the tracks on offer have really stood the test of time. Loleatta Holloway's 'We're Getting Stronger', The Pointer Sisters' 'Yes We Can Can' and Bobby Womack's 'I Can Understand It' are cases in point. We are also treated to lesser known gems such as the Undisputed Truth's 'Big John Is My Name' which was a Gallery classic and almost exclusive according to Nicky himself. This collection demonstrates that 120 bpm and four-to-the-floor beats are not essential, and that 30 years ago were not commonplace anyway. Along with The Loft series, Larry Levan Live at The Paradise Garage and the Disco Spectrum albums compiled by Joey Negro, this is a slice of history and essential listening to any black music devotee and dare I say it, Disco Fan. Nicky Siano has unfortunately been overshadowed somewhat in the history of 'Disco' until now, but with this collection available will no doubt bring him into the public eye. Nicky's playlist is uplifting, positive with a simple defining element, enjoy yourself, and remember Love IS The Message.

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