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5.0 out of 5 stars The Soulful roots of New York Dance Music, 15 Nov. 2004
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C. Roberts "dcfmonk" (Sydney, Australia) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars SOUL JAZZ DOES IT AGAIN, 18 Dec. 2004
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From the opening Genie Brown song " Cant Stop Talking" through to the final strains of "A Little Bit Of Love" by Brenda And The Tabulations this cd offers a rare insight into the music that was filling the dancefloors in the early 70's at one of NY's most revered nightspots "The Gallery".Compiled by the dj who was spinning the decks at the time Nicky Siano.These tracks still sound fantastic and relevant today and proves the point that good music never gets old.Once again Souljazz have done it again with another brilliant compilation to add to their ever growing catalogue of quality compilation albums.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Top Cd, 25 Aug. 2011
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Ian Chamberlain "Mr Shad" (Bucks, UK) - See all my reviews
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Great label great album all tracks are winners a few I hadn't heard before. If you like this type of music it ticks all boxes
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