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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank Heaven for Disco Discharge
Any worries I had about Disco Discharge not maintaining the quality of their first four releases have disappeared after having this on repeat this weekend. Contrary to what other disco comps would have you believe we did not spend ten years dancing to the same 40 tracks just changing the sequence occasionally. Having been around at the time this comp pulls together some...
Published on 16 May 2010 by I*Heart*Disco

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Two track album .. Although some digging has been done
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank Heaven for Disco Discharge, 16 May 2010
This review is from: Disco Discharge - Diggin' Deeper (Audio CD)
Any worries I had about Disco Discharge not maintaining the quality of their first four releases have disappeared after having this on repeat this weekend. Contrary to what other disco comps would have you believe we did not spend ten years dancing to the same 40 tracks just changing the sequence occasionally. Having been around at the time this comp pulls together some of the less well known tracks hence the Diggin' Deeper title and that's the beauty of it. There are some massive Saint classics like USA European Connection and Poussez and 'Quiet Village' from the Troc. I haven't heard Do Your Best in years...I didn't actually know sang it so this was a fantastic surprise. Can't believe I've had Getting Serious on the b-side to Strut Your Funky Stuff all these years and never played it.
A lot of love and care has obviously gone into these comps...bring on the next three volumes!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!, 12 May 2010
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L. Ward "Les Ward" (UK) - See all my reviews
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I'm old enough to remember the disco era, but too young to have been into it in any detail. Consequently all these cuts are new to me. But what a delight! Like the earlier volumes in the series this is excellent stuff: opulent groovy glitterball splendour on track after track. Despite the attractive price-point, this isn't at all 'cheapo', we're talking the highest quality. Highly recommended - I guarantee you will froog, shimmy and smile. Party on!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Disco Discharge rides again!, 11 May 2010
This review is from: Disco Discharge - Diggin' Deeper (Audio CD)
Disco Discharge is back. Yay! I loved the first four albums and was so pleased when Harmless announced four more. Diggin' Deeper is the first in the new set and more than manages to keep up the quality of the previous albums, mixing real rarities with some more mainstream hits. CD 1 starts with the super funky "Party Song" by Stikcy Fingers...what an opener! Other highlights of CD 1 include "Soul Searchin' Time" by The Trammps, "Quiet Village" by The Ritchie Family and my favourite "Do Your Best" by Carol Hahn. Rounding of CD 1 is the awesome electro ish "Voice Of Q" by Q. Not heard that in years. CD 2 starts with the classy "I'm In Heaven" by Touch Of Class which again is new to me. Other stand outs on disc 2 include "Getting Serious" by Frantique (the B side to their hit "Strut Your Funky Stuff), "Sing Sing Sing" by The Charlie Calello Orchestra and the full version of Dan Hartman's "Countdown/This Is It" but my choice cut would have to be "Savage Lover" by The Ring. That brings back some memories.

As with the previous four albums the sound quality is amazing and the sleeve notes informative and fun. A new addition this time is a page of the booklet dedicated to original sleeve images which is a nice touch.

Thanks Harmless...can't wait for the rest to be released.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not That Much Deeper, 6 Dec. 2013
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A number of these tracks are available on other compilations and there are also a few b sides. Sound quality is excellent but I confess to being slightly disappointed in the selection. The stand out track for me is the Charlie Calello Orchestra version of the old Benny Goodman classic Sing Sing Sing. The instrumental version of Mick Jackson's Weekend is not the original and has been mucked about with to it's detriment and is really no more than a filler.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure disco magic, 8 Oct. 2011
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Sean Riley (Leicester, UK) - See all my reviews
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I bought this album solely on the basis I wanted Dan Hartman's 14 minute epic Countdown/This is it. Six quid seemed a bit steep for one track. However, I decided to go for it as the 1.5 minute samples sounded quite interesting.

Boy was this a fantastic purchase. All of the tracks are extended versions and are superb quality (except that 'I'm in Heaven' seemed a bit distorted). There are many many excellent tunes here, most of which I'd never heard before. Most of the tunes improve after the first minute so stick with them and you will be rewarded.

Truly quirky numbers are 'Savage Lover', 'Love Attack' and 'Quiet Village'. Mick Jackson's Weekend is sublime and the very long 12 min version of 'There's a way into my heart' is truly mesmerising. No duds really apart from perhaps 'The Voice of Q'.

You must buy this album if you are a fan of disco.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Disco music, 15 Jan. 2015
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Excellent Disco music!
The sound of "the Ring" - Savage Lover is great !
the compleate box is Great for colectors of dico music!
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2.0 out of 5 stars 2 tracks only, 16 Jan. 2015
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Two track album .. Although some digging has been done
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2.0 out of 5 stars Simply Not Disco, 12 May 2010
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In the accompanying liner notes to this release the complier Alan Jones notes that "...when music producers began to hook into the emergence of the discotheque as a social phenomenom...the Disco style was nutured and became more defined...more confident...more creatively expansive than ever before". Furthermore, according to Jones, "...(this) took Disco out of the underground and launched it towards the Saturday Night Fever Peak." This places the material on this compilation within a particular framework, one which should be borne in mind whilst listening to the music.

Opening with 'Party Song' (1978) by Sticky Fingers, one might immediately think that 'Disco' is nowhere to be heard or seen. This is a slab of funk orientated music but presented with a particularly polished (and undoubtedly commercial) production style - arguably an attempt to capitalise on the stylings of Kool & The Gang's transition from hard edged funk to mainstream acceptance. The Trammps' 'Soul Searchin' Time' (1976) is an authentic slice of Philadelphia influenced soulful music, a testament to the true roots of Disco. Mick Jackson's 'Weekend' (1978) is apparently included as a "Philly inspired instrumental", followed quickly by the Ritchie Family's 'Quiet Village' (1977), replete with rising strings and the repeated vocal refrain of 'You sexy thing, you turn me on'. Poussez's 'Never Gonna Say Goodbye' (1979) is another largely instrumental track with a repeated female vocal refrain, but the stylistic markings are already clear as to what is going to follow. 'Dancing Angel' (1978) by the Constellation Orchestra continues this trend, with a dull sounding and entirely cliche ridden approach to Disco. Carol Hahn's 'Do Your Best' (1982) can certainly not be called Disco. It falls in to the category of 'Boogie', and is ill served by its inclusion here. 'Q' (1982) by The Voice of Q is another idiosyncratic inclusion, with a vocoder opening and funk driven groove that belongs to the emergence of Electro Funk. It is a interesting track, but (again) it doesn't belong here.

Disc Two opens with the promising sound of 'I'm in Heaven' (1974) by Touch Of Class. 'Bumper to Bumper' (1980) by the Avenue B Boogie Band is apparently gleaned from the Salsoul catalogue, and it looks (in a highly polished way) back at Funk and NOT Disco. 'You Set Me On Fire' (1981) by 2WICE is featured as an example of the work of the legendary DJ Larry Levan, but it is Boogie and Funk that inform the production (most notably in the synths). 'Getting Serious' (1979) by Frantique is described as "bright and breezy" by Jones, but "dull, dull, dull" would be more appropriate. Dan Hartman's 'Countdown / This Is It' (featured in a full 14.07 mix) (1979) is a drawn out plodding excursion of the execrable. Whilst John Davis And The Monster Orchestra produced some notable tracks, this obviously Philly influenced track sounds perilously close at points to Musique's 'Keep On Jumping' (Prelude Records - 1977). The Charlie Calello Orchestra's 'Sing Sing Sing' is interesting for possibly providing the basis to 'Big Band B-Boy' (1987) by Mantronix, but not much else. 'Love Attack' (1979) by Ferrara is an instrumental track very much in the European post-Moroder dance tradition, and points forwards to Hi-Energy and (to a lesser degree) Techno and Trance. The collection concludes with 'Savage Lover' (1979) by The Ring, which follows the pattern set by the earlier track. An attempted sexual nuance with pounding pretensions - a love or loathe effort.

So. Do you buy?

Subjectively the response to this collection may well be located according to one's view of 'Saturday Night Fever' (1977). If it regarded as the encapsulation of all that was best with Disco then this collection may well appeal, but note carefully that much of the material here derives from the period after that film, when (as was to be expected) everyone was attempting, with varying degrees of success, to place a syncopated beat under material and 'cash in' while the love affair lasted. As certain stylistic elements became increasingly common place, irritation and cliche undoutedly increased, and pastiche and parody fought ever more aggressively.

This compilation exemplifies that tension, with a great deal of cliched sub-standard material presented under the label 'classic'. The inclusion for particular tracks is predicated on the quality of material not included here or on the reputation of particular artists (Larry Levan's inclusion is noteworthy in this respect), and out of twenty tracks less than five deserve to be accorded the label 'classic' - and all of those fall outside the appellation 'Disco'. Lane's liner notes are also problematic, as exemplified by his writing about Larry Levan, "...through his enviable expertise on the turntables...DJ culture was never the same again". Whilst it would be hard to question Levan's influence (within sexual and racial discourse) his DJ skills (as opposed to his production skills and 'musical ear') and contribution to DJ culture have to be placed against the context of 1970s counter-culture and the contemporary (and largely ignored) development of Hip Hop.

As a presentation this just doesn't cohere, and pretty packaging and liner notes can not disguise this lack of quality control. A poor effort from the Harmless stable.
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