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Superb uplifting disco all the way,
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This review is from: Disco Discharge: Mondo Disco (Audio CD)
Mondo Disco celebrates the joyful side of disco and delivers two great value CDs that are packed full of uplifting string-laden dance music.
CD2 strikes gold on nearly every track. Highlights include the lush, mellow instrumental 'Souvenirs' by Voyage and the experimental 'Arabian' sound of La Bionda's 'Deserts of Mars' (utilising the moog synthesizers to dramatic effect). The Eruptions' 'I Can't Stand The Rain' makes what is now a standard feel fresh again. Way out in front, though, is the sublime disco version of Andy Williams' 'Love Story'. Alan Jones' excellent sleevenotes hit the nail on the head by describing the track as "astonishingly brilliant". Tense, layered and melodramatic - even as it approaches its last minute, there is new impetus that makes you wish it could go on and on. 'Love Story' is nothing short of a disco triumph. This track alone would justify purchasing the album.
CD1 is pleasant but perhaps not as immediately catchy. Patrick Juvet's 'Got A Feeling' is a Bee Gee-esque 70s cabaret style disco track that chucks several melodic hooks next to one another so that it feels weirdly like several songs cut together. 5000 Volts' 'Dr Kiss Kiss' is a sassy, string-heavy funkier disco moment. Highlight of CD1 is perhaps 'Call Me Tonight' by Cerrone, which has the warmly melodic sound that could later be heard on Goldfrapp's 'Head First' album.
As usual with Disco Discharge, this collection sounds amazing - with a real depth of sound. The packaging is great (especially the decision to include a collage of the original record sleeves). What rescues the project from becoming some kind of dull disco archive is the sheer ingenuity of track selection. On Mondo Disco, in particular, there is an huge amount of material I didn't know I loved but that feels somehow both familiar yet also excitingly fresh.
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Initial post: 24 Feb 2011 11:52:14 GMT
Last edited by the author on 24 Feb 2011 11:53:17 GMT
Is the title of the compilation arbitrary, or is there a an actual mondo slant to the selected tracks? I wasn't sure, from looking at the tracklist (I know barely any of the songs) whether the compilers here meant 'mondo' as in exotica, eg. [[ ASIN:B000002TWF this type of release]], or whether they just mean 'world' disco, eg. selected with no particular country or subdivision of disco in mind. I'm assuming that it's the latter, and that the title is rather misleading. Anyone clarify?
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Feb 2011 19:31:56 GMT
It's the latter - the title and cover shot don't really relate to the music, which is mostly uplifting Euro disco and string-heavy US melodrama.
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Feb 2011 20:42:02 GMT
Thanks for the clarification (and the useful review). I'm not sure why - other than boredom - Harmless don't just label the DD compilations à la Euro disco I, II, III ... rather than trying to come up with vaguely new names for each. It seems a bit contrived. Eg. 'Euro beats' just means 'Euro disco III' - there's nothing any more 'beats' about it than their first Euro compilation.
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