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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Selection From The Disco Underground
Disco means different things to different people. For some it's an excuse to see the 70's as kitsch, others site it as a low point in black music culture - killing of jazz and soul music in the process - whilst others see an inventive and forward looking genre, a much maligned and hugely influential on many modern genres from dance, to Hip-Hop. It's the commercial end...
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3.0 out of 5 stars WELL, THE COVER PUTS THE BLIND FAITH ONE INTO PERSPECTIVE....,
....and there are more in the five cardboard sleeves inside. And, get this, a little mini-poster of it inside with the liner notes on the back of it. Anyway, I have been appreciating a lot of rare disco and have been reassessing the whole thing, listening to it for its funk and soul properties rather than dance music. However, this collection is quite clearly a bunch of...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Selection From The Disco Underground, 16 Dec 2012
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pjr (London, England) - See all my reviews
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Disco means different things to different people. For some it's an excuse to see the 70's as kitsch, others site it as a low point in black music culture - killing of jazz and soul music in the process - whilst others see an inventive and forward looking genre, a much maligned and hugely influential on many modern genres from dance, to Hip-Hop. It's the commercial end that most think of when talking of Disco, but there was a lot of music produced that wasn't successful at the time as it produced a rush of music some of which has languished in utter obscurity. Like its predecessor, Northern Soul, it has been plundered for the most obscure tracks so DJs can show off something that sounds totally new, as well as providing bragging rights on something no one else has.

The "Disco Demands" collection sets out to find stuff many people won't own and, in a lot of cases, ever heard or heard of. The Disco Underground movement is filled with such moments but seriously, who really wants to own five albums of obscure 70's disco, much of it sourced from the vinyl due to no one having any idea where to begin looking for the master tapes? Compiler Al Kent is up for the challenge.

These kind of albums are generally hit and miss, with a fair amount of forgettable material which justifies its return back to obscurity, not the case here. Considering there is about 5 hours' worth of music stuck on here this is a very high return. It is, at times, refreshing low fi in both sound and construction. Much of this put out by obscure little labels very much in the tradition of the Northern Soul scene. Liberal use of strings, multi-voiced choruses, plenty of hi-hats, and percussion to keep the interest high.

The quality is surprisingly good. It's not always as tight as the top end material (but not everyone can boast Nile Rogers, Bernard Edwards, and Tony Thompson as a rhythm section) but there is plenty of melody and a sense of the modern about it. There is plenty of spacey disco to be found here and some absolute gems.

Althea Forrest & Togetherness' "Hey Mister" is a fantastic funky stomper, as is The Legal Defense's "Disco Stomp" which has a very housey rhythm track which has a wonderful 21st Century feel about it. There are some fun almost novelty pieces which actually sound very good, "Doctor Dunk" is basketball themed funk, whilst "Disco Socks" by Omni is a very pointed attack at the people who killed disco. It's a great funky, flute driven gem which deserves its place here and a wider audience. There is literally masses of good stuff here, some of it not quite as obscure as others. The Universal Robot Band (one of Patrick Adams many alias) make an appearance with "Disco Boogie Woman" which whilst not vintage Adams is still a very good - sounding a bit like a cross between the Lafayette Afro Rock Band and Crown Heights Affair. Possibly the best known track here is "I've Been Searching" by Arts & Crafts which many may know from being on Jungle Music here is a totally different version which almost falls apart during its lengthy opening but is probably worth the extremely reasonably priced admission on its own. It's a great collection.

Some have criticised the cover art, which is quite explicit and borderline soft porn, but the music here is too good to colour judgements. It may not be aesthetically pleasing to some but it would be a shame to base all of one's opinions on a collection of photographs when it's the music which is the reason for purchase here.

There is far too much to mention all of the great music (a selection of tracks based around the dance The Rock are worth a quick mention)suffice to say it's worth investing the time. This is a wonderful collection many new to it will wish they'd owned for years. Dodgy artwork notwithstanding, this is one of the finest re-issued collections of 2012 and an absolute must have for anyone with a love of the obscure end of disco.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, Marvellous Splendiferousness, 30 May 2012
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All praise to Al Kent and BBE for creating this wonderful collection of tunes that I defy anyone to sit still to while listening. If Al ever makes it down to Bristol, I want to be the first to buy him a very large cider... There's hardly a dud track on Disco Demands, and we're talking no less than 45 tracks of funky, discofied, partying pleasure. But this collection is more than just hedonism: these tunes have finesse, style, musical sophistication and analogue warmth. Not a synthetic beat anywhere to be found - these are real sounds played by real musicians. Al subjects most of the tracks to some very special treatment: edits that bring a contemporary housey feel to sections of many of the cuts, but without compromising the essence of the original 70's recordings. The collection is also chock-full of great, great basslines, all played on real Fender bass, by the sound of it (I am a bass player and some of these lines are to die for).

Of course, this release will not appeal to everyone. The fella who described Disco Demands as "absolute rubbish" was, I am guessing, looking for something more classic and commercial in the genre. I like funk, disco and ghetto jazz, especially when these styles meet and meld into an irresistible groove somewhere in the in-between. I also like a lot of different kinds of electronic dance music, so this collection is just perfect for me. If your tastes are anything like mine, you have just got to get this.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Big Box Of Disco Treats, 25 Jan 2012
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I'm trying very, very hard to forgive the choice of artwork which
adorns this interesting compilation of "rare" disco numbers from
the 1970's but it isn't easy! Get past the unnecessarily smutty
presentation however and there are some truly tasty treats in store.

Take 'Why In The World Do They Keep On (Funk'in With Me)' by Executive
Suite for example, with its rattling clavinet, crisp percussion and
bouncy rubber-band bass line; it matters not that the song comprises
the title repeated suggestively over and over and over again; it's the
mood that matters and it only takes a small jump to imagine oneself
transported back to a world of mirrorballs and chequerboard dancefloors!
So too Crosstown Traffic's 'Party People' with its hilarious introductory
quasi-Clanger-in-a-lather peeps! Ike Noble's 'Dance, Dance, Dance To The
Music Y'All' sports some great grumbling slap-bass and wonderfully fruity
brass as well as an over-the-top vocal performance to rank with some of James
Brown's finest rants. Alice Street Gang's 'Bahia (Also Sprach Zarathustra)'
would have had Friedrich Nietzche grooving in his grave had he heard it
and the marvelously moody 'Love Is All Around' by Sizzle (featuring one
La Rom Baker in fine voice) beguiles with its startlingly complex arrangement.
'Get Ready' by Allan Harris and Perpetual Motion, however, gets my vote for
the track which most conjures up the irrepressible spirit of the period.

Thanks are due to Al Kent for his powers of selection (there are 45 tracks
to contend with!) but label Bbe would have done well to hire another designer!

Coming to a 70's retro party in your neighbourhood soon.

Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great "disco" gems..., 12 April 2012
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I didn't knew before listening the tracks included in the 5 discs box, but when I played I really appreciate, this is the sound I like, the true "Disco" sound of some unknown artists.

How much I must wait for a NEW box? Hurry hurry, volume 2 as soon as possible...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best releases of this year so far, 9 Feb 2012
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Briefly: the music is fantastic, the edits are perfect, the selection works beautifully, a wonderful release. Thanks to BBE and to Mr. Kent.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great album, great cover picture, 13 Feb 2012
I have bought this because i love disco, i also love the cover picture, lets face it this is very cheeky, reminds me of the 70s top of the pops albums, but top marks i think i will be playing this a lot, only downside i thought the price was a little high...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Under ground disco gems!, 6 Feb 2014
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Some great little nuggets over 5 discs. A must if your a disco kid like me. Another great release. Also the album cover is strangely striking too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant compilation, 18 Oct 2013
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I've had this compilation for months now and I'm still listening to it.
If you like disco music, this is a must have!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Disco Demands Part 1 [VINYL], 10 Sep 2013
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This review is from: The Best of Disco Demands Part 1 [VINYL] (Vinyl)
The Best of Disco Demands Part 1 [VINYL]
What can i say that already hasn't been said? Well this is the vinyl version! and as there are only 8 songs on this vinyl compared to the 45 or so on the cd box-set, these are selected cuts and what you get is an unprecedented sound, these sound like they were made yesterday and they are smokin', to be honest I've never heard of any of them from the 'time' but what i can say is that if you like your disco-funk and grooves then your right at home with this, like other people have said, you know ALL the typical classics that have been played before on compilation cd's/vinyl's but these have been carefully selected for the connoisseur, its like the genre has just been invented again. This part 1 and part 2 of the beautifully gatefolded vinyl versions are definite arsenals to your vinyl funk collection and the cover/s capture the whole package, I am male so i'm slightly biased on that note haha. Hats off to Al Kent for bringing us such treats, a rare gem indeed and grooves to get you dancing again and again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Funky CD, 20 Dec 2012
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I just received this CD in the post.
What can i say. When i opened the package I blasted my stereo and have not stopped dancing.
It is excellent great CD. Buy it.
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