on 25 June 2013
Giorgio Moroder is such an important figure in the musical landscape, for so many reasons. Not only did he make electronic music user friendly (and radio friendly), but he produced some of the biggest pop hits of the 70s and 80s. He was a one man industry who was incredibly prolific, working with everyone from Donna Summer to David Bowie, Berlin, Blondie, Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Japan and everyone in between. He scored films, restored "Metropolis", designed a car and wrote a billion songs along the way.
Before all the superstardom, Giorgio released this fun little album in 1972. It would be his first honest taste of chart success. This album was quite a hit all over Europe, North America and numerous other countries. It spawned such hits at "Underdog" and the massive hit "Son of My Father" which would also be a hit for Chicory Tip. The album ends with the genius song "Tears", which is basically the same 4 bars repeated over and over. Never has simplicity sounded so good. This album really displays the maestro's knack for a catchy pop melody. Seriously, these songs will have you humming in no time. Great, harmless stuff.
Lots of Beatle-esque moments on here ("Watch Your Step") and there is also a ton of unreleased demos/alternate versions that any completist will love. The remastering job sounds great and the liner notes are well done also. This is a great repackaging of an album that showcases perfectly the early days of a pioneer! Highly recommended.
on 10 July 2013
Disco music was loathed by rock fans and journalists alike, for all the obvious reasons: disco was mostly black music, or French, or worse still, German! Disco was mostly loved by gays, blacks and latino's the world over - every reason for red blooded white male rock admirers to hate it even more. The now famous (or infamous) 'Disco Demolition Night' back in 1979 resulted in a harsh backlash against the music, which to many had become overblown and out of date. But it never went away. Donna Summer carried on, scoring hit after hit even without the aid of producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte. She had risen to fame with the help of Giorgio Moroder and his collaborator Bellotte back in the early seventies, and together the trio came up with not only hit after hit, but had created an entire soundscape, a sound so loved the world over that people from Daft Punk and Lady Gaga are still influenced by and using it's sounds to this day. As I write the current number one album around the world is Daft Punk's new venture which includes a lengthy homage to Moroder as the original disco pioneer and user of electronica in modern pop music. Forget Kraftwerk for a moment, it was Giorgio who was using synths and moogs way before they had grown out of their lederhosen. So, back to those white rock fans and their mild appreciation of electronica ONLY in that of Kraftwerk (four men dressed in suits, no women, no gays, no blacks in sight) . . Racism, misogyny and bigotry still prevail in many music fans and music journalists, and as a result 'disco' and all it once stood for is still derided. So very wrong on all levels, but Giorgio Moroder remains pivotal in the evolution of dance and the whole electronica movement, and this release solidifies his rising talent now more than forty years ago in this much anticipated and welcome addition to his catalogue. Awesome stuff.