Disco Discharge: American Hot Double CD
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Disco Discharge is back! The highly acclaimed series returns for its fourth set of releases throughout March, April and May to once again lift the spirits and provide a perfect Disco soundtrack to spring 2012!
As usual the winning combination of ace compiler Mr Pinks is accompanied by expert Disco commentator Alan Jones. A deadly combination with a proven track record!
We kick off with another strong volume of American Disco which once again features 2 CDs worth of difficult to find and in-demand
Disco classics all in their original full-length glory and re-mastered to perfection.
As per usual the enigmatic Mr Pinks aka David Akerman is on compiling duties and he has once again trawled numerous catalogues to
hand-pick those elusive gems which are currently either underground faves or ridiculously expensive collectors items. Thus we have
such gems as the Brothers early Warren Schatz produced classic Are You Ready For This , Herbie Mann s much sought after Superman , Tony Orlando s impossible to find Don t Let Go , Slick s pulsating Sexy Cream , Saturday Night Band s Prelude classic Touch Me On My Hot Spot , Dennis Parker s dreamy New York By Night , Ultimate s Love Is The Ultimate Medley and Sylvester
featuring Patrick Cowley s piece-de-resistance I Need Somebody To Love Tonight .
Mainstream stars are also included with classics from the Ritchie Family, Randy Crawford, Andrea True Connection, Luther Vandross,
Aretha Franklin and Donald Byrd.
Disco Discharge is now the most consistently-selling premier Disco series in the world!
About the Artist
1) Claudja Barry Love For The Sake Of Love (Tom Moulton Mix) 7.43
2) The Brothers Are You Ready For This (Original 7 Mix) 3.23
3) Randy Crawford Last Night In Danceland (Original Album Version) 4.53
4) Herbie Mann Superman (Original 12 Mix) 5.32
5) Tony Orlando Don t Let Go (Original 12 Mix) 8.53
6) The Ritchie Family American Generation (Original 12 Mix) 6.35
7) Slick Sexy Cream (Original 12 Version) 6.42
8) Ultimate Love Is The Ultimate Medley (Original 12 Mix) 8.12
9) Cissy Houston Think It Over (Original 12 Mix) 6.00
10) Delores Hall Snapshot (Original 12 Mix) 7.58
11) Marilyn McLeod I Don t Wanna Dance Tonight (Original 12 Mix) 5.51
1) Sylvester feat. Patrick Cowley
I Need Somebody To Love Tonight (Original 12 Mix) 6.38
2) Andrea True Connection Fill Me Up (Heart To Heart) (Tom Moulton Mix) 10.03
3) Saturday Night Band Touch Me On My Hot Spot (Original Album Version) 13.36
4) Dennis Parker New York By Night
(Original Album Version) 5.07
5) Erotic Drum Band Love Disco Style (12 Remix) 9.23
6) Aretha Franklin What A Fool Believes (Original Album Version) 5.08
7) Luther Vandross Sugar And Spice
(Original Album Version) 4.57
8) Donald Byrd Love Has Come Around (Original 12 Version) 7.47
9) Elbow Bones & The Racketeers A Night In New York (Original 12 Version) 5.48
Top customer reviews
I've bought all 16 of the Disco Discharge releases so far and I see them as an essential collection. This one for me was excellent to finally get Slick's fantastic "Sexy Cream" on CD and also one of my "most wanted on CD" tracks: "A Night In New York" by Elbow Bones & The Racketeers. So, for those 2 tracks alone this was an essential purchase and a real bargain. Another track I was pleased to get also was Claudja Barry "Love For The Sake Of Love" which I only had previously on the American Hot Productions CD "The Best Of Claudja Barry" which was a horrible crackly vinyl rip and to add insult to injury the track was edited by over a minute. Here we get the full version in great sound quality, so I'm grateful for that. What I love about Disco Discharge most is that we don't get many tracks that we already have on lots of other compilations and so there are new surprises. That to me is the art of a good compilation, giving some sought after tracks that have not been avaliable on CD before (or very hard to find) and bringing more obscure tracks to a wider audience. I'm not so keen on seeing standard album tracks by artists like Sylvester which most Disco fans will probably already have, because there are Sylvester tracks that are completely unreleased on CD (such as the UK 12" mix of Sylvester's "Band Of Gold - Clubhouse Mix" or the full length 12" version of Sylvester's "Menergy" which is always truncated in some way on CD). Although album tracks by lesser known artists can be good if there is a standout track where people are unlikely to have bought the original album. Over all, the track selection here is good and represents incredible value for money.
Harmless has used a noise shaping or noise reduction on this that makes it sound flat. This type of processing comes in various degrees. It can completely distort the sound and destroy the stereo effect, or make it sound just slightly flat with a little distortion, in the higher midrange like brass.
This whole series is one big disaster. Thank God the Backbeats series was not ‘processed’ like this, although I wonder if such fortune was just not an accident by people who are not listening to what they are putting out.
The big bummer on this is the long version of More More More, which rarely pops up, hopefully someone will come along and give it the proper treatment.
CD 1 opens with Claudja Barry's 'Love For The Sake Of Love' (1976), a track known widely to modern soul and R&B audiences for the sample lifted for Montell Jordan's 'Get It On Tonite' (taken from the 1999 album of the same name). This is a glorious track, featuring a deep slow groove and swaying strings, apparently featured here in a 'Tom Moulton Mix' - for some musical purveyors a guarantee of quality. 'Are You Ready For This' (1974) by The Brothers (taken from the album 'Are You Ready For This') is an instrumental track that will already be familiar to fans of 'Northern Soul', and has previously featured on the lauded Sony cd series 'The Northern Soul Story'. Randy Crawford takes the pace down with 'Last Night To Danceland' (from 1980's 'Now We May Begin'), a song featuring Jazz inflected keyboards riding over a smoothly delivered groove. The pace moves up gears for Herbie Mann's 'Superman'(1978), a cover that bounces along, replete with female vocal lines that some may call 'classic', others will say 'cheese'. Tony Orlando's 'Don't Let It Go' (1978) features some very interesting production work, mixing strings with a bubbling hypnotic bass, and this demands to be reworked or re-edited by imaginative DJs. The Ritchie Family's 'American Generation' (1978) takes the tempo up again with a distinctively Europop feel that may divide opinion. 'Sexy Cream' (1979) by Slick continues in a similarly inspired vein, described by Jones as being "one of the classic Disco tracks of all time", with an entirely unsophisticated lyric delivered over a generic backing that looks to Philadelphia International for inspiration. 'Love Is The Ultimate - Medley' (1979) by Ultimate originated as a concept by Casablanca Records and Juliano Salerni, and blends a driving beat to a melody driven largely through and by a string section, working as a musical triptych. Lush and sprawling, this demands to be reconstructed to work better on a modern dancefloor. 'Think It Over' (1979) by Cissy Houston (mother of the late Whitney Houston) reorientates towards a slightly harder edged funk sensibility, whilst Delores Hall's 'Snaphost' (1979) returns to a glitzier, but sadly blander aesthetic, but this can not detract from the powerful (if criminally underused) vocal performance. The disc concludes with Marilyn Mcleod's '(I Don't Wanna Dance Tonight) I Got Love On My Mind' (1979), a woman responsible for co-writing 'Love Hangover' with Diana Ross. This is bright, light and bouncy, ending the disc on a melodically driven high.
CD 2 features the mighty voice and presence of Sylvester, delivering a quirky electro tinged track originally found as a B side to 'I (Who Have Nothing)'. Cited as being from 1979 this is one of the most distinctive and intriguing songs to feature, with a soundscape that looks ahead to Electro Funk, Disco, House and beyond. The Andrea True Connection's 'Fill Me Up (Heart To Heart)' (1976) bears the mixing imprint of Tom Moulton, and it shows in the melodically driven construction and pared down delivery. Aretha Franklin takes on the Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins 1978 penned 'What A Fool Believes' (1980), in a version that Jones describes as 'Discofied', but to these ears the production speaks of funk melding with the big and brash 1980s production sound that would envelop commercially driven black music, for good and ill. An example, despite the presence of the magnificent Franklin, of less providing more. Another great name arrives with the inclusion of the sadly departed Luther Vandross, here singing on a track taken from his debut solo album 'Never Too Much' (1981). Unsurprisingly 'Sugar & Spice (I Found A Girl)' shares the same musical DNA, meaning if you like 'Never Too Much' this should appeal too - but you already own a copy of the album 'Never Too Much' already...surely? Another undoubted classic is Donald Byrd's 'Love Has Come Around' (1981), well known and well loved, having been sampled and played endlessly. Finally we have Elbow Bones & The Rackateers' 'A Night In New York'(1983), a track that sounds curiously similar to the work of Dr Buzzard's Original Savannah Band, the distinctive production provided by August Darnell. Disco it certainly isn't, but fans of his work will love the familiar big band flourishes.
So. Do you buy?
As a series 'Disco Discharge' has managed to create a distinctive brand identity, with artwork fusing the bold and bright with black and white photography in a wonderfully coherent way. Buying and owning each edition certainly feels as if one is adding to something of artistic value, in an age where liner notes and photography often appear to be entirely secondary concerns. But what of the music? Here the story is complicated by the use of the title 'Disco', which appears to be intended to be understood in the same way as the generic term 'Dance Music'. This is either decidedly democratic, inclusive and non-pursit, or disjointed, confused and incoherent, according to your own preference. Fans of the series will undoubtedly continue to support this approach, but some listeners would be strongly advised to seek out sound clips of the featured tracks. There are a few gems here (Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, Donald Byrd, Claudja Barry, Slyvester), but there are others that (quite subjectivley of course) work less well. This is certainly one to sample prior to purchasing.
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