Nov
23
2014
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Disco Pomp

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Senior Class – Disco Pomp

This 1978 American track not only operates with the exact same musical keys as the Italian-made Tom Dooley Story posted here earlier, it also seems to belong to the same difficult-to-describe category of music making. There is evidence of definite workmanship and talent involved in the arrangements and the Singers Unlimited-styled vocal performances. Yet, despite the hard playing, it’s all way too middle-of-the-road for even to those clubbers who enjoyed disco versions of standards like Baby Face, and too strange for the James Last & Frank Valdor crowd. Upon their realese records like this did not make anyone dance or make anyone roll around engulfed in throes of unbridled lust. They did not really work in any other way either. The records just laid there completely forgotten. Until now!

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Aug
15
2014
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From the archives:
Ride Me High

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Playing for petrol heads, rock freaks and disco hipsters? If you dare to try and have the timing spot on, you can get them all riding high with this one and nobody bothers to point out that they hated it long before it was passé.

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Nov
23
2014
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Ricky King

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Ricky King – High Noon

Ricky’s syndrums & synths & steel guitar surf disco hit “Monkey Dance” is well known. High Noon, a perhaps less familiar 1976 version of the western theme is not half bad either.

I’m happy to report this kind of German product was extremely popular in my country. According to Wikipedia Frank Valdor’s album King Size sold 25,000 copies here and was awarded gold status.

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Nov
22
2014
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Nov
21
2014
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The Lies in Your Eyes

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Frank Valdor – The Lies in Your Eyes

I drop the needle on the record and immediately, to my shock and surprise, the face of Frank Valdor seems to thrust foward from the sleeve, almost touching my forehead. He grabs my throat, eyes blazing in fury, voice booming: You thought you had heard the last of me, ja? Nein, nein! I haff more ways to make you dance than you kann imagine! Now dance, you idiot, dance!”. It’s too late to run, all I can do is Obey. Faster and faster I prance, begging for mercy, the diamonds of my tears flying to all directions. I lose my balance and fall, head crashing thru the Eileen Gray glass table. Seconds before it’s all over for me on this earth I register Frank howling with laughter, over the fantastic music.

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Nov
21
2014
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Mooncake La La

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Stephen Schlaks – Mooncake La La

A mooncake could be either an intergalactic pinup girl/boy or a customized space cookie. The trippy sounds from the reliable Schlaks were made in 1979.

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Nov
20
2014
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Witch Queen Of New Orleans

witchqueenBuffalo featuring Peter Vee – Witch Queen Of New Orleans

From the endless catalog of great disco versions of rock classics (South-Africa, 1978).

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Nov
20
2014
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Soul Machine

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The Team – Soul Machine

Any soul left in your shoes? Better recharge right here. The track is German, made in 1974.

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Nov
19
2014
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Hungry for your love

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Alisabethe Jergens – Hungry for your love

Bob Stone produced disco banger. It was featured in several B-day mixes some years ago. USA 1980

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Nov
18
2014
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Long Hard Climb

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I kinda like the Skorpio long play with all these dark and weird italoesque tracks. Still would trade it anytime to a Pikes Peak run in a ’69 Fastback racer.

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Nov
17
2014
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Zyklonentanz

zyklonentanz smallKristian Schultze Ensemble – Zyklonentanz

Sometimes it can be frustrating to wait until the floor takes off. The nods, elegant hand gestures and turning heads when Zyklonentanz was playing last Saturday kept telling me it’s gonna be a good night.

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Nov
17
2014
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bloody amendment

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I hereby like to offer a refund for the lack of a decent Halloween contribution. As Black Dracula has been posted here before, I added the flip slightly pitched down, whose rather unusual instrumentation scores in weirdness.

 

Possession – Black Dracula

Possession – Living and Dancing

 

 

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Nov
16
2014
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The Big Hurt

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BearEssense ‎– The Big Hurt (1983)

This is only a test… How much do you like 80’s and/or synthesizers ?… Listen to this sample from this tune’s break. Then tell me more about it…

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Nov
16
2014
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The Actors: Cosmos Music In The Movieland

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The Actors – Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion

The Actors – Like Maddalena

A 1982 French library album with kicking synth versions of Ennio Morricone’s film themes. The sleeve credits Morricone himself as the performer but I can’t find concrete proof of this anywhere.

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Nov
16
2014
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子連れ狼 地獄へ行くぞ!大五郎

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Kunihiko Murai – 子連れ狼 地獄へ行くぞ!大五郎 (Kodure Ookami Jigoku/White Heaven and Hell

Hideaki Sakurai – 子連れ狼 冥府魔道 (Kodure Ookami Maifumando/Baby Cart in the Land of Demons)

More themes from the legendary Lone Wolf & Cub series of films from the early seventies about Ogami Itto, an wandering assassin and his extremely fashionably dressed little son, Daigoro. White Heaven and Hell begins like a Love Unlimited tune, then breaks into a seriously funky club number. Baby Cart in the Land of Demons is a jazzy dancefloor track.

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Nov
15
2014
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Free Love

fcknormalityThe Freedom Machine – Free Love

Personal fave from Erotic Discotheque (Brazil, 1978). More free love here.

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Nov
14
2014
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Pulse

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Pulse

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Nov
12
2014
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Dancing With Farina

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Piergiorgio Farina – Brigitte Bardot

Piergiorgio Farina from Ferrara, Italy – not to be confused with Giorgio Farina of Discocross – was a violin player, arranger, singer and soundtrack composer whose main claim to fame was performing the theme song for the 1967 western 10,000 dollari per un Massacro / 10 000 Dollars For A Massacre, and composing the score for legendary director Renato Polselli’s elusive Casa dell’amore… la polizia interviene. There was also this record which according to the sleeve notes won something called a “Hollywood Critics Award” in 1977, “presented by Al Pacino and Sammy Davis Jr”. If there really was such a thing as a Hollywood Critics Award, winning one must have been quite a coup for Piergiorgio and his record, realesed by a very minor Italian label.

In any case, this here version of the old warhorse Brigitte Bardot – a big sixties tune glorifying the once Goddess-like French film star who has now become an extreme right wing supporter – gets a great mock-Brazilian groove going and might very well have got Al and Sammy discoing wildly at the after-party for the Hollywood Critics Awards.

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Nov
12
2014
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A Merry Cub

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Colorado – A Merry Cub

“America!” they screamed in Italy in 1979.

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Nov
12
2014
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Sonic Boom

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Mikis Theodorakis – Sonic Boom

The main theme from this 1967 film has been posted before but here now is the even wilder, dub-like take adding sound effects. In the movie, flamboyantly dressed hedonists on a Creek island keep dancing to this track, unaware that a radioactivity from an accidentally dropped bomb is slowly poisoning everything living around them.

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Nov
11
2014
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African Juice

african juiceJohnny Yoshinaga & Jogging Staff – African Juice

Drums and other instruments for your dancing pleasure (Japan, 1979).

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