GREAT CD FROM GIORGIO WHEN DISCO WAS FRESH AND ONLY REALLY HEARD IN GAY DISCOS ....THINK MINESHAFT NEW YORK...BUSHY MOUSTACHES... GAY BATHHOUSES .THIS WAS PRE STUDIO 54 PRE AIDS THINGS WERE NEVER SAME..AGAIN..IT WAS THE BEST OF TIMES BUT SOON BECAME THE WORST OF TIMES...RIP TO ALL THOSE WHO DIDNT MAKE IT...X
Knights in white satin was an album by the great Giorgio Moroder. Back in 1976 when I was a teenager I had this album on vinyl and loved it. This excellent album was not the sort of thing that was played on radio in the UK. I knew about it from going to the Disco. It is an album that I never thought would ever get issued on CD. It's been a long time coming. The likes of BBC radio one did not favour disco records on their playlists. Despite playing a few Disco tracks briefly from time to time, they seemed to champion Rock and Punk Rock records or commercially catchy Disco flavoured pop.
Giorgio Moroder is an Italian record producer, songwriter and performer. He had worked in Europe for many years and based himself in Germany. When in Munich he started his own record label called Oasis Records, which several years later became a subdivision of Casablanca Records. He often worked with lyricist Pete Bellotte. Moroder recorded as a solo artist as well as producing for other people. He had been very successful and developed a unique style that gradually moved more towards synthesisers and the Euro Disco sound. Two years before this album he had teamed up with Bellotte to produce a debut album for Donna Summer in Europe only. (The lady of the night) This was a massive success in Europe but not the released in the America or the UK. The team then moved to America to produce the next album (love to love you baby) which was an incredibly original album success the world over. At this stage he continues to produce for Donna Summer but in 1976 he records this solo album. It is not as good as his later solo works but it is an interesting release. The album is quite dated now by its 70s Euro Disco atmosphere. But in many ways this just adds to its magnificence. There is a wonderful use of funk married together with 70s sweeping strings and brass. The orchestra provides a rich sound and the arrangements are great. The cover version of the Moody Blues "Knights in white satin" offers familiarity and a completely different sound to the original (and frankly better) version by the Moody Blues. And yet it somehow works. The full symphonic mix is excellent and the other tracks offer similar high standards of production.
Giorgio Moroder is not a great singer, and this is obvious on this album but he gets away with it thanks to the great instrumentation and arrangements. Also this album would never have made it to BBC radio airplay anyway because it has a suggestive sleazy edge. The BBC had already banned the album Love to love you Baby by Donna Summer which had also been produced by Moroder the year before so there was no way this was going to get played. However the "sleazy" side of this album is nothing to worry about. Its nothing compared to the lyrics of some of the pop tunes of today. This is not an album you can take too seriously, its just great fun. Its not meant to be too serious. And that was true back in 1976 when we were in the spirit of a good time at the Disco.
Knights in white satin is a bit of a sleazy disco album , the track Knights in white satin is of course the Moody Blues number ,the orchestra is on top form forget Giorgios singing the music is a trip into disco sleaze at it's best,the other 3 tracks that wee the b-side of the album are a bit hit and miss ,the wonderful camp and rude I wanna funk with you tonight is Rude ,it's easy to hear what they REALLY ment to say wink wink ! the bonus stuff was a nice extra . In all if your a disco nut or just some one into the history of dance music this is a good start and the price wont break the bank , and the remastered cd sound is top notch . I Love it but then again I am A HUGE Giorgio Moroder fan.