on 26 September 2002
I stumbled across this record by chance. I already have an extensive collection of disco records, yet this CD offers 12 great tracks, all but one of which I didn't already have.
No fillers, no 80s groove things; as the cover says this really is authentic 70s underground disco. Highlights include Goody Goody's Number 1 Dee Jay, and also of considerable interest is Stargard's "Wear it out" which was recently sampled by Pete Heller's "Big Love", a dance hit in the UK.
This CD probably wouldn't be appreciated by those who are still discovering the more mainstream disco stuff (e.g. Donna Summer, Chic), but is nevertheless a fantastic compilation for those already well into disco.
on 5 March 2007
Bloody great. The real deal that takes you back to those heady days of disco (the real days of Disco, where black danced with white, gay with straight, when money was short. Life, school & work was a drudge & disco became the weekly beacon of light & love. Does anyone remember Radio Luxemburg... "1439 Big L, the funk frequency"? Well it's back with this disc. Not many hits here, no Village People (phew!)... but bus-loads of those nearly forgotten floor fillers, panache, style, flair(s). Classics all.
on 16 March 2011
I have noted this compilation for years...I have always thought "I should get that...". Finally, it took an obsession with Vince Montanas fabulous cut by Goody Goody "#1 DeeJay" to seal the deal. That song is surprisingly hard to find despite its chart status (UK #55,US #82)and reverence amongst Salsoul and groovy disco fans. But there is so much more onboard worth your money! For a starters, the terrific "You+Me=Love", an 11 minute feast of soul, gospel, and out and out disco by Norman "Car Wash" Whitfield.This minor UK hit (#43) is terrific and will surely have you grinding, unable to stop your boogie motion! Stargard deliver their best Foxy Brown funk with "Wear It Out".Kleeer are here, though disappointingly not with "Keep Your Body Working", but an enjoyable nonetheless "Tonights The Night", despite its silly monster like voice.Still, its slick stuff.Patrick Adams, surely one of THE disco greats is here in 2 incarnations: first, the crazily funky and sexy "Weekend" by Phreek.This track is seriously hot and features amazing vocals, strings and synthesiser work.And also he appears on Candi "Young Hearts Run Free" Staton with her 1979 disco hit "When You Wake Up Tomorrow", a soulful, divaish song that works great.Sergio Mendes and Brasil 88 actually sound a little later than 79 with "I'll Tell You". Its a bouncy, chantlike song that is inoffensive and very upbeat.Change actually open the set with their hit "Paradise" (US #80), a typically Jacques Petrus production, with uplifting vocals, great bass and hedonistic happy vibe. "Lipstick" is a funky little instrumental from a movie of the same name in 76. "Whistle Bump" by Deodato is the other instrumental here and is soul funk, and I imagine would have been popular in the British discos who were so very into their jazz funk sound."Oops I was wrong: there was another instrumental "Sao Paulo" by Chic, a very pleasant song from their first, self titled album in 77.Brazilia! And last but not least Janice McClain, the sweet young thing, is here with her Larry Levan remixed "Smack Dab In The Middle", with its thundering piano.Just a pity it cuts out at 4 minutes! All songs here are around the 7 minute mark, with Janice being the shortest and Undisputed Truth coming in at eleven minutes.There are minimal liner notes and a picture of disco cats lining up at 54. This really is a great compilation and I will be buying the second one.Won't take so long this time!