You could play a fully credible disco night armed with nothing more than these five cds. If a definitive chart was made of the 500 top tunes from the dance decade of 1975-1984 this set would claim an absolute minimum of 50 places. One ill informed reviewer knocks legenary weekender tunes on CD3 as fillers and bemoans the lack of Abba, Bee Gees and Dexy's Midnight Runners. It's precisely that absence which makes this such a credible set. I already owned perhaps 80 or 90 of these tracks but the purchase was well worth it for Janice Macclain's Smack Dab in the Middle and then again for the huge grin that spread across my face when I heard Wikka Wrap again for the first time in twenty years. If you have only a few disco tracks in your collection then my advice is BUY THIS SET ! If on the other hand you have a huge collection of Soul and Disco then none the less BUY THIS SET ! See my other reviews for more bargain CDs available on Amazon.
Disc 1 The Trammps - Disco Inferno The Jacksons - Blame It On The Boogie Sister Sledge - Lost In Music Patrice Rushen - Forget Me Nots Rose Royce - Is It Love You're After Chic - Le Freak Stacy Lattisaw - Jump To The Beat Melba Moore - This Is It LaBelle - Lady Marmalade K.C. & The Sunshine Band - Give It Up The Hues Corporation - Rock The Boat Dan Hartman - Relight My Fire Andrea True Connection - More, More, More Billy Ocean - Love Really Hurts Without You Wild Cherry - Play That Funky Music Detroit Spinners - Working My Way Back To You Candi Staton - Young Hearts Run Free McFadden & Whitehead - Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now Frantique - Strut Your Funky Stuff Rufus & Chaka Khan - Ain't Nobody
Disc 2 Odyssey - Use It Up And Wear It Out Chic - Everybody Dance Earth, Wind & Fire - Let's Groove Sister Sledge - He's The Greatest Dancer Rose Royce - It Makes You Feel Like Dancin' The Three Degrees - My Simple Heart Billy Ocean - Red Light Spells Danger Cheryl Lynn - Encore Heatwave - Boogie Nights Dan Hartman - Instant Replay The Emotions - Best Of My Love The Average White Band - Pick Up The Pieces Evelyn 'Champagne' King - Love Come Down Chaka Khan - Fate Gladys Knight & The Pips - Bourgie' Bourgie' Goody Goody - #1 Dee Jay Janice McClain - Smack Dab In The Middle Phreek - Weekend Stacy Lattisaw - Dynamite! Kleeer - Keep Your Body Workin'
Disc 3 Tom Browne - Funkin' For Jamaica Lonnie Liston Smith - Expansions Jean Carn - Don't Let It Go To Your Head The Jones Girls - Nights Over Egypt Keni Burke - Risin' To The Top Rodney Franklin - The Groove Undisputed Truth - You + Me = Love Stargard - Wear It Out Candi Staton - When You Wake Up Tomorrow Dexter Wansel - Life On Mars Narada Michael Walden - I Shoulda Loved Ya The Futures - Ain't No Time Fa Nothing Philadelphia International All-Stars - Let's Clean Up The Ghetto G.Q. - Disco Nights Phyllis Hyman - You Know How To Love Me Cheryl Lynn - Got To Be Real Heatwave - Gansters Of The Groove The Intruders - I'll Always Love My Mama Kleeer - Tonight's the Night (Good Time) MFSB - TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia)
Disc 4 Boney M - Daddy Cool Gary's Gang - Keep On Dancin Tina Charles - I Love To Love Baccara - Yes Sir, I Can Boogie Johnnie Taylor - Disco Lady Deodato - Whistle Bump Graham Central Station - Now Do-U-Wanta Dance Club Nouveau - Lean On Me Steve Arrington - Feel So Real Nu Shooz - I Can't Wait Conway Brothers - Turn It Up Timex Social Club - Rumors The Evasions - Wikka Wrap Space - Magic Fly Eruption - I Can't Stand The Rain The O'Jays - Put Our Heads Together Luther Vandross - Give Me The Reason Linda Lewis - It's In His Kiss The Weather Girls - It's Raining Men The Drifters - Kissin' In The Back Row Of The Movies
Disc 5 The Isley Brothers - It's A Disco Night (Rock Don't Stop) Odyssey - Native New Yorker Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - The Love I Lost Gladys Knight & The Pips - Baby Don't Change Your Mind Sly & The Family Stone - Family Affair The Trammps - Hold Back The Night Jean Carn - Was That All It Was Lou Rawls - See You When I Git There Billy Paul - Bring The Family Back Slave - Just a Touch of Love Gwen McCrae - Keep The Fire Burning Change - Searching The Three Degrees - The Runner The Pointer Sisters - Automatic Evelyn 'Champagne' King - Shame M.F.S.B. - Mysteries Of The World The Jones Girls - You Can't Have My Love Billy Griffin - Hold Me Tighter In The Rain People's Choice - Jam Jam Jam (All Night Long) The O'Jays - Love Train
Feeling a bit nostalgic, I bought this last week as the seventies was my era. I really love discs one, two and five, but discs three and four are not very good, not heard of some of them and a bit boring. Overall though, I am more than happy to have bought this as I still have three discs of really good quality and sound, for an excellent price!
Some people hate "disco", some love it. There are five delightful albums packaged together here with some big hits, like Disco Inferno (Burn Baby Burn) - Trammps. (The best version of this can be found on Saturday Night Fever, another excellent album, but I'm getting ahead of myself)! If you love The Jacksons; Patrice Rushen; Melba Moore; Rose Royce and a host of similar stars, you will definitely enjoy this huge collection of hits.
My album was bought in tesco's... so that probably tells you all you need to know. If you are a hard-core disco afficionado, then you will already have most of these songs, and this LP wont wet your whistle. If you remember this period of life with memories of the school disco, then this will do the trick. A solid good value album... like BOGOF, ready meals, oven chips, lambrini (ok, not lambrini... its not that bad)... and like those deals, it deserves to be sold in tesco's.