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on 30 October 2003
This 2-disc is the second volume of the series and truly deserves its title. It is packed with the greatest hits of the Disco era in all its diversity, from Eurodisco to Party Funk and Dancepop. The Bee Gees may not directly contribute, but many of the Saturday Night Fever artists like Tavares and Yvonne Elliman are here.
Donna Summer's rock period is represented by Hot Stuff, while established rockers like Rod Stewart were also getting in on the disco act. Early classics like Theme From Shaft (1971) and TSOP (1974) predated disco but sounds just right next to late 1970s classics like Chic's Good Times and Sister Sledge's We Are Family. Amongst the more funky numbers are Oops Upside Your Head and Aint No Stopping Us Now, whilst the good-time party crowd like KC's Sunshine Band and Kool's Gang let rip with That's The Way I Like It and Celebration.
Ma Baker by Boney M and More More More by The Andrea True Connection are great examples of Eurodisco, whilst Odyssey's Native New Yorker, Gloria Gaynor's Never Can Say Goodbye and Yvonne Elliman's If I Can't Have You represent the more soulful side of the genre and Santa Esmeralda/Leroy Gomez infuse it with a Latin feel.
Together with the first volume, these discs provide a window on an era when dance music had lots of personality and ruled the charts in all its tuneful vatiety. It is certainly ironic that disco existed side by side with punk. A few artists like Blondie produced a successful synthesis (Heart Of Glass) although many rockers indulged a bit (Miss You by The Stones and Rod Stewart's track on this album).
This is a great album of ageless songs and ideal for parties.
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