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on 15 October 2009
The second in the Disco Discharge series is a great addition to any serious dance music fans collection. There are a couple of more well known tracks on here: Andrea True Connection - "More More More" & Sheila & B. Devotion - "Spacer" but they fit in very well with the more unknown tracks so I'm not complaining. Stand out tracks for me are "Gloria Jones - "Bring On The Love (Why Can't We Be Friends Again)" which is most akin to the Philly sound, the uber funky Suzy Q "Get On Up And Do It Again", the cosmic Sylvia Love - "Instant Love" a Giorgio Moroder-ish electronic wonder, Amanda Lear - "Blood And Honey" a nine minute German Disco classic and Sister Sledge - "You Fooled Around" which is a Chic production and easily stands up there with the more well known Sister Sledge/Chic tracks. That's just my fave's but every track is a winner. Great packaging as well (Loving the front cover image!)It's obvious that the people behind this series love the genre and I can't recommend this album highly enough. It delves deep for the collectors without excluding the disco first timers. Lovely stuff!
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on 23 December 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!
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on 13 December 2009
Having been there for the "beginning of Disco", this is an awesome gathering
of EXTENDED Disco Hits. The record companies seem to think we'll be happy with the
short/radio versions, but all the "spice" of the song is in the extended
mixes. Fern Kenney's Groove Me sends chills down my spine every time l hear
it, but the short version just gets you started..A two CD set of Disco Ladies,
covers dance versions of Boogie Oogie Oogie,Get Up and Boogie,I Like it,
More More More and another not so well known gem Harmony. If you are or are
not a collector, this is a must have , if you love to dance. While your at
it, track down DISCO DISCHARGE: Classic Disco....companion to DISCO LADIES.

Don McParlan
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on 18 June 2010
The Disco Discharge series is just brilliant and the 'Disco Ladies' is the set I am listening to most at the moment.
I was in my late teens/early twenties in the late seventies/early eighties and some of these tracks really bring back memories of those years the obvious tracks for me being Spacer, Get Up and Boogie and Boogie Oogie Oogie. However there are tracks on here that passed me by completely my major find being Fern Kinney Groove Me-I just do not understand how I missed it in the day?
The sound quality of these discs is outstanding, they have been lovingly restored. Many of the tracks sound like they could have been recorded today-unbelievable as some are over 30 years old.
I now have all 8 double discs in the series and understand 4 more are on the way later in the year. I am waiting impatiently.
If you are a fan of Disco buy buy buy even if you are not give them a try they are so reasonably priced
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The girls have made a fantastic contribution to disco, but this 2-disc compilation doesn't really give you the best of it, a few highlights aside. These include the fabulous Ritchie Family in Give Me A Break, so memorably featured in the film Can't Stop The Music, and a lesser-known number from Sister Sledge, You Fooled Around, which just falls short of their very best but is excellent even so. Kim Hart's Love At First Night is a brilliant track, as are Gotta Get Outta Here by Lucy Hawkins (fierce in the best sense), and Phyllis Nelson's I Like You, which shows her superb voice against an effective, big sound. Stacy Lattisaw's Jump To The Beat sounds as if it must have influenced Madonna's early dance hits, and is a classic. Perhaps the best of all is Sheila and B. Devotion's Spacer, an utterly original track that is quite blissful. Presumably this is the French Sheila ... there seems to be a slight accent. The rest I find a bit less good, although Silver Convention's Get Up and Boogie is sure to have many fans, along with More More More from Andrea True Connection. Apart from these there is some padding that might be an aural equivalent to that in the cover photo, but to less entrancing effect - some of them are just too uninteresting musically (I could certainly have done without the awful Amanda Lear track, which goes on for nine minutes). This cover shot by Ian Berry, however - of transvestites at the Porchester Ball in London in 1969 - has an allure that is thrilling, yet also reserved. What a wonderful image ... almost worth getting the discs for in itself!
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on 22 December 2009
I purchased this expecting the extended mixes and good quality, and yes folks that is what u get.
why purchase this if you don't like extended original mixes from the 70s 80s and then you say you are a DJ **.
These are the mixes DJ's used in the Disco, funk period. I was there and I did.
lol and groove me to heaven sister... sledge.
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on 29 December 2011
Santa gave me this set for Xmas and, if the other discs in the series live up to the high standards of Disco Ladies I shall definitely be buying them.

This is an exemplary compilation, put together with loving care by people (principally Mr Pinks) who really know their stuff. The emphasis is, as you'd expect, on the golden era of the late '70s and early '80s. Most of the versions are the long (12" or LP) versions we originally heard on the dancefloor back in the day - and most of them would be difficult, if not impossible, to find these days. Mr Pinks has got the balance between well-known anthems and obscure gems just right and the decision to keep the tracks discrete, as opposed to mixing them all together, is a good one. The sound quality/mastering is superb too - the music sounds almost as good at home 30 years later as it did in the clubs!

The only slightly jarring note for me is the inclusion of Shep Pettibone's remix of Phyllis Nelson's "I Like You" but fortunately it's at the very end of disc 2 so doesn't spoil the mood too much.

Otherwise, wonderful stuff, bravo to all involved.
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on 23 December 2009
Disco Discharge: Disco Ladies... the good old days are back......22 great disco tracks from some great singers and a stomping good time. some people may moan that some of the tracks are to long, but that is the point its disco'' 12 inc tracks of dance music. as far as iam concerned every track is a jem.. FERN KINNEY..GROOVE ME, starts this 2 cd set and as it goes on it just gets better and better, STACY LATTISAW..JUMP TO THE BEAT so good to hear this song again, boy it takes me back to the good old days of great music.the track that i have always loved is SHEILA & B. DEVOTION.. SPACER. one of the best of its time, i think. if you like disco and where not around at the time, or just want to go back in time then this ladies of disco is the must have' you will not regret getting this first class 2 cd the song says GET UP AND BOOGIE.......HAVE FUN...............ENJOY
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on 19 December 2015
I have deleted my previous review knocking the content of this series. However, after another listen or two, I have discovered another reason to avoid it: The Sound Quality.

Harmless has used a noise shaping or noise reduction on this that makes it sound flat. This type of processing comes in various degrees. It can completely distort the sound and destroy the stereo effect, or make it sound just slightly flat with a little distortion, in the higher midrange like brass.

This whole series is one big disaster. Thank God the Backbeats series was not ‘processed’ like this, although I wonder if such fortune was just not an accident by people who are not listening to what they are putting out.
The big bummer on this is the long version of More More More, which rarely pops up, hopefully someone will come along and give it the proper treatment.
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on 17 November 2009
A hit & miss selection from the late 70's & early 80's. To my recall half were chart hits, others more american/club type & a lot less, if at all known. All 20 tracks, 10 per CD, are full length, either album or extended singles. Only 2 remixes - Boogie Oogie Oogie (By A Taste of Honey)& I like you (By Phyliss Nelson). Well worth the price for those songs you remember but they no longer have the freshness they once had & now sound dated. Pick of bunch - More,more,more. - Jump to the beat. - Boogie oogie oogie. - The beat is mine.- Get up & boogie. - Blood & honey. - Come on & do it. - Spacer. - Fly too high. & Pick me up, I'll dance.
There are another 3 titles in the series but for me, this is the must have.
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