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Disco feels fresh again
on 29 January 2011
Like many people, my knowledge of the 'disco' genre stretches barely any further than the usual compilation album suspects (Boney M, Donna Summer etc). Brilliant as those classic tracks are, disco has tended to feel very much like a piece of dance music history that's best left to nostalgic wedding DJs and Heart radio.
So it's a huge breath of fresh air to listen to this new release in the Disco Discharge series. Beautifully packaged, excellent sleeve notes from Alan Jones and great sound quality are just the start of the story. The revelation here is just how fresh most of the tracks feel - bright, melodic and uplifting in a way that most modern dance music isn't.
The standout track is Johnny Mathis' special disco version of 'Begin The Beguine', which is 8.29 minutes of gorgeousness. It's disco but it's also timeless, flowing out of the speakers and wrapping you up in its warmth and sincerity.
Other great moments here include Linda Clifford's amusingly camp take on 'If My Friends Could See Me Now'and Gloria Gaynor's thrillingly melodramatic 'Love Is Just A Heartbeat Away'. Special mention also to Claujda Barry's 'Why Must A Girl Like Me', which (in it's Tom Moulton mix) is kitsch and playful.
Some of the stodgier, more 'funky disco' tracks are less to my taste but this double CD collection is such amazing value that I would certainly recommend it to anyone considering a purchase but - like me - had not previously heard the majority of the tracklisting.