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Decide for yourself !,
This review is from: Disco Recharge - Fly Away [Special Edition] (Audio CD)
Many times before i purchase a disc I read reviews written by others who have already made the purchase . The first two reviews that i read on this site about " Voyage - Fly Away ' made me hesitate before going ahead and buying it despite the objections raised . i already owned the original vinyl issue and also the Hot Productions cd release from the 90's so I had nothing to lose . I knew this recording was ( for me ) possibly the best disco era album ever released . 7 songs all of which transcended most of all the other disco at that time . It is almost impossible to not feel the urge to dance when listening to this album . The musicians in Voyage easily rival their counterparts from the Philly and Salsoul ! I remember spending many nights on the dance floor dancing to this entire album as the DJ often played it in its entirety .
As for this recording , I do not find it objectionable . Outside of some minor equalizing which gave a little too much emphasis to some percussion ( tambourine I believe ) on one of the instrumental versions I am highly pleased with this recording . Whereas it was nice to include the
previously unreleased ( I believe ) instrumental versions , most do not have enough to stand on their own as repeatable songs ( exception being Golden Eldorado and Gone With The Music ) . The first remix by Steve Algorzino was both fascinating and exasperating. The over the top tribal
drumming in the beginning and for a short mid interlude was detracting from the melody , but then he makes up for this with some highlighted strings later in the song that is exceptional . The somewhat subdued piano conclusion was a very nice touch .
I think that the secret behind many of the classic disco albums like " Fly Away " was the use of fully orchestrated backings . It gives the music a full richness that cannot be achieved with synthesizers and electronic instrumentation . And believe me this album is dripping with richness ! I find that much of today's modern dance music is lacking in this respect .
So in my humble opinion I find this to be an essential purchase ! If you were a fan of disco in the 70's and 80's you need to add this to your collection . Its a purchase that you will play over and over again conjuring up memories of years ago . Its truly a shame that they don't make music like this anymore ! Now its time for somebody to find the original masters to Alec Costandinos finest ( Sphinx , Sumeria , Romeo and Juliet ) etc . I see that Disco Recharge is working releasing " Grand Tour - On Such A Winter's Day ". Looking forward to this .
So don't be negatively swayed by some of the earlier reviews . Give it a listen , you won't be disappointed , in fact you will likely become exhilarated by this classic .