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on 4 September 2012
This review is for: Disco Discharge: Europa
I have bought all 16 of the Disco Discharge CD's released so far. This one is a particularly good one. The main thing with the tracks on this collection is that they are quality Italo-Disco, Eurobeat and Hi-NRG tracks and most are hard to find or have not appeared on CD before. The first track is slightly different to the rest. It's one of those tracks you either love or hate, but I love it. Taco's "Putting On The Ritz" means little in the UK, but in America it was a million seller reaching number 4 in the chart. It's a fantastic camp piece of nonsense updated from the 1930's film and delivered in a deadpan style. This extended 12" version has an instrumental medley of other tracks towards the end including "There's No Business Like Show Business". It was really hard to find on CD before. I managed to track it down on a Japanese import CD years ago, but now here it is being virtually given away on this bargain priced collection! Other hits here include Baltimora's 1985 summer hit "Tarzan Boy" (reached No. 3 in the UK, reached No. 1 in France and spent 6 months on the U.S. chart) in the original 12" version (Note: This is the original 12" version not the Summer Version which can be found on the Baltimora CD: Tarzan Boy which I have also reviewed), Fancy "Bolero (Hold Me In Your Arms Again)" which reached number 6 in Spain, and Silver Pozzoli "Around My Dream" which reached No. 9 in Germany and was No. 1 in South Africa. Fun Fun "Living In Japan" says it's the 12" version but it's actually the album version, but it's nice to see a track of theirs other than "Happy Station" included on a compilation for once. Aleph's storming Hi-NRG classic "Fly To Me" is good to see here, plus tracks from Radiorama, Lian Ross, Digital Emotion, Alan Barry, Brian Ice - all great tracks. There isn't a bad track on this whole collection actually. Vanessa's "Upside Down (Dizzy Does It Make Me)" says Original 12" Mix but actually plays the Class-X Razormaid DJ Mix, although it's just great to get this fantastic slice of cheese on CD at all. Lastly, anyone familiar with the excellent Albert One may be interested to know that the Jock Hattle Band track here is Albert One under another name.

Here is a track list:

CD1:
Taco - Puttin' On The Ritz (Original 12" Mix)
Radiorama - Hey Hey (Original 12" Mix)
Lian Ross - Say You'll Never (Original 12" Mix)
Loco Loco - Hey Mr DJ (Original 12" Mix)
Rose Laurens - Africa (Voodoo Master) (Original 12" Mix)
Silver Pozzoli - Around My Dream (Original 12" Mix)
Baltimora - Tarzan Boy (Original 12" Mix)
Diviacchi- Waiting For Heaven (Original 12" Mix)
Jock Hattle Band - To Be Or Not To Be (Original 12" Mix)
Aleph - Fly To Me (RMX)
Digital Emotion - Go Go Yellow Screen (Original 12" Mix)

CD2:
Jago - I'm Going To Go (Original 12" Mix)
Cleo - Go Go Dynamo (Original 12" Mix)
Swan - Don't Talk About It (Original 12" Mix)
Lee Marrow - Mr Fantasy (Original 12" Mix)
Fancy - Bolero (Hold Me In Your Arms Again) (Original 12" Mix)
Brian Ice - Talking To The Night (Original 12" Mix)
Lili & Sussie - Oh Mama (Original 12" Mix)
Fun Fun - Living In Japan (says Original 12" Mix but actually plays the album version)
Alan Barry - Tell Me The Reason (Original 12" Mix)
Sweet Connection - Need Your Passion (Original 12" Mix)
Vanessa - Upside Down (Dizzy Does It Make Me) (says Original 12" Mix but actually plays the Class-X Razormaid DJ Mix)
Dr Groove - Freak It Out Mr DJ (Original 12" Mix)
X Ray Connection - Get Ready (Original 12" Mix)
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on 22 November 2012
The Disco Discharge series should be applauded for its inclusion of Italo-Disco to its rightful place in the history of Disco/dance music.

This CD collection includes some of the very best examples of the genre - in particular Silver Pozzoli's "Around My Dream", which for me evokes the timeless beauty of 8-track Italo excellence - just haunting and melodic.

Certainly i'm nostalgic as a fan of this music - having owned all the ZYX Best of Italo albums back in the day, plus loads of other compilations and 12" singles. Italo-Disco was also popular in gay clubs in the UK (special mention to The Powerhouse in B'ham which championed Italo every Thurs back in the mid-80's) - hence its evolution/merger with Hi NRG into Eurobeat.
The vocals, accents and lyrics in Italo-Disco are often cheesy, but this was part of the charm of the genre.

We also heard them when on holiday each summer in Spain etc, so these songs sometimes crossed over each September in the UK (such as "Tarzan Boy" by Baltimora).

Now if only someone would re-release on CD my favourite ever Italo album- "Have Fun" by Fun Fun.....
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on 23 April 2012
I am a big fan of 80's Italo and Eurobeat and those behind the Disco Discharge series must be as well as this is the forth Italo based album they have released. And it's a corker! Featuring 24 tracks all in their extended versions this is a great value album. Key tracks include 'Say You'll Never' by Lian Ross, the massive 'holiday hit' (remember them)'Around My Dream' By Silver Pozzoli, 'Mr Fantasy' by Lee Marrow years before he had worlwide hits producing Corona and one of the biggest hits of the 80's, 'Bolero (Hold Me In Your Arms Again' by Fancy. I could have easily picked any of the other tracks to highlight as the quality is impressive. Sure Euro is a love or loath genre but if you do like it then you won't go wrong with this album. Great to see some Dutch tracks on here as well. During the mid 80's they were producing some of the best club tracks and on this album you get a choice of four. On disc one is 'Go Go Yellow Screen' by Digital Emotion which was a great follow up to 'Get Up Action.' On disc two you get Vanessa's 'Upside Down (Dizzy Does It Makes Me) which is a camp treat with that familiar 'I Feel Love' sound, 'Freak It Out Mr DJ' by Dr Groove and saving the best for last - the awesome 'Get Ready' by X Ray Connection.

Sound quality is amazing as always with this series and the sleeve notes by Alan Jones are a great read. And just get a look at the sleeve images included in the booklet! Hats off to the people behind this series. I am a committed Disco Discharge fan and can't wait for future releases.
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on 1 October 2014
all the discharge cd`s are very good especially if you had them on 12 inch before as no crackles or scratches and ease of access
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on 1 April 2016
Im rapidly becoming a big fan of the Disco Discharge series. Some great choices and informative info on each track.
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on 4 January 2015
Some good tracks here, many I have not heard before.
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on 3 December 2015
Love most of the mixes on this one.
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on 10 December 2012
Nice compilation and CD arrived on time. This is rare collection of italo disco music of the 80's
Perfect for parties.
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on 26 April 2012
Disco Discharge: Europa...WE ARE BACK WITH ANOTHER DISCO DISCHARGE....EUROPA...I THINK YOU CAN SKIP THE FIRST TWO TRACKS, AS IN MY BOOK THEY ARE JUST RUBBISH, AND SEEM TO GO ON FOR FAR TO LONG AND IT GETS JUST A LITTLE BORING, JUST WHAT I THINK, THEN YOU GET TO LIAN ROSS..SAY YOU'LL NEVER, STOMPING TRACK TO GET YOU GOING AND IT THEN MOVES TO LOCO LOCO..HEY MR DJ' GREAT TRACK AND SOUNDS SO SILLY BUT ITS GREAT, BUT THE SONG IN MY BOOK THAT MAKES THIS WHOLE CD SET IS ONE OF THE GREAT LADIES OF SONG, ROSE LAURENS.. AFRICA, BOY CAN THIS LADY SING, FANTASTIC VOICE AND IF YOU GET THE CHANCE TO FIND ANY CD WITH HER ON IT GET IT, DISCO DISCHARGE HAVE PUT THIS LADY ON THERE COLLECTION FOR THE SECOND TIME AND SHE IS SO WORTH IT.. YOU CAN SEE THAT DISCO WAS MOVING INTO NEW SOUNDS AT A VERY EARLY AGE AND FROM THE LAST CDS INTO THIS ONE AND THEN INTO HI-ENERGY, WHICH THEN TOOK OVER AND THEN I THINK KILLED DISCO OFF FOR GOOD....24 GREAT TRACKS TO PLAY ON THIS GOOD COLLECTION, IAM NOT GOING TO WRITE ABOUT THEM ALL AS IT WOULD TAKE FOREVER, SO IF YOU LOVE DISCO OR THE EURO DISCO THEN YOU SHOULD GIVE THIS AGO, LONG LIVE THE FULL 12 INCHS OF GOOD MUSIC AND I HOPE DISCO DISCHARGE AFTER THIS NEW SET IS DONE START TO MOVE ON TO THE NEXT LOT OF GREAT TRACKS THAT ARE STILL WAITING TO BE PUT ON TO CD..SO STICK THIS ON AND GET MOVING, ENJOY THE 12 INCHS OF BALTIMORA AND TARZAN BOY, YOU KNOW THE SONG SO WELL, SO SWING WITH THIS AND HAVE FUN...LOVE IT..........PS...SORRY I HAD THE CAPS LOCK ON....
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