Dec
19
2016
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Sonny and the Babysitter

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Another incarnation of Renato Ulvioni, under his Leroy Vohn moniker, this time in 1977 as Sonny and the Babysitter, a project featuring also colleague Leezy Lazz AKA Loreno Lazzarini.

One of those classical case of disco-era releases sporting a totally weird, funny and random / politically uncorrect cover.

Result would have fitted perfectly in an italian b-movie to me, as, yes! it’s a guy with a mullet and big ‘taches looking at you and you know what that look stands for……….

Sonny and the babysitter – Easy construction

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Oct
20
2016
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Claudio Villa

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Possibly the only disco LP italian singer Claudio Villa ever released. Published in 1977, arranged by maestro Vittorio Bacchetta aka Victor Bach (monikers: Bach Gammon’s Easy, Fafe Ya, A&B Corporation), it’s an underrated hybrid between canzone napoletana, disco, and big band. Only apparently an attempt to capitalize on the disco fashion of the time, features the English standard Donkey Serenade in an exciting disco Neapolitized cover.

Claudio Villa – Serenata Del Somarello (The Donkey Serenade)

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Aug
18
2016
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Cosa non farei

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You can only hope one hit wonder Francesco Sartini showed up at his date with this wonderful Moto Guzzi 254 from late ’70s, around the time the track itself was produced.

Francesco Sartini – Cosa non farei

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Jan
20
2016
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Annamaria Rizzoli

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Showgirl Anna Maria Rizzoli had a massive exposure in the 70s due to her “ultimate bimbo babeness” status. One of the undisputed queens of italian commedia sexy, and three times cover girl of the italian “Playboy” edition, she retired to private life during the early 80s. “Tu solo tu” is a 1979 monster sleazebag produced by Andrea Lo Vecchio, among the most prolific italian songwriters and arrangers, and was probably made to capitalize on her appearance on the Sanremo festival that same year. Check out the demented choruses and the off-keybubbling synths: absolutely delicious!

Anna Maria Rizzoli – Tu solo tu

Jan
06
2016
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El Matador

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Yes it is the same Lucas Sainz of Los Pekenikes fame, already covered here.

The italian issue of the 45 mysteriously discarded “Rodilla Rota” and opted for “Caminando” as A side. The flipside “El Matador” is to me the best track of both issues, and possibly one of the standout tracks of the LP.

Surprinsingly cinematic, and a proper soundtrack of Lucas’ race at the VI Rallye Internacional Costa del Sol in 1965 where he was driving this Renault Alpine 1440.

Lucas – El Matador

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Jul
15
2015
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Ricordi

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Staying on the Napoli theme, which is undoubtedly one of Italy’s music capitals, with a hugely influential disco production during the 70s.
You can easily understand why, if listening to Feliciano’s “Ricordi”. A total disco monster that has always a place in my bag as a regular spin: fast-paced drums, plus a heavenly string arrangement, with the cherry on top of squeaking synthesizers, all made in 1978 as a flipside of a cheap ballad. Nothing in the market today reaches the height of such tracks in terms of …….everything! “Ricordi” means “Memories”….and the singer goes “no, no don’t tell me who you are…I already know what you want…Memories”.

Feliciano – Ricordi

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Jul
10
2015
0

We can dance

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Unbelievably overlooked Rue Caldwell 1978 production on the very-much-european-sounding A.J. Cervantes’ Butterfly Records imprint, that over a 3 years span (77-80) pulled out some truly great ones (e.g. the excellent THP Orchestra). A 7″ only release which wasn’t unfortunately given a 12″ possibility, features two parts on each side, and guess which is the best one. The message is right, and those swirling synths sure do the rest.

Cheetah – We can dance pt.1

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Mar
03
2015
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Andromeda

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We are proud to announce the vinyl repress of a track that Overfitting Disco presented here exclusively for your listening pleasure since its very initial discovery in 2008: Andromeda.

One of the biggest disco unearthings of the latest years, italocarlito tells us a bit of story about it.

Q: Tell us more about the story of Andromeda.

A: I found this record in 2006, quickly overlooked it and left it there lying around until 2009, when I started playing it in my gigs around Europe. I distinctly remember playing it one of the very first times at Albion’s Camp Cosmic and the audience was shocked, with many coming to the dj booth to ask what this tune sung in italian was. The track was originally published on the small “Papaya” label in Italy in 1981 and of the 500 7″s originally pressed, most got unsold and sent back to the label to be stocked, where – due to complaints regarding sound quality of the pressing – they ended up being destroyed. Then I decided out of the blue I wanted to (try) repressing it, but it wasn’t an option for me to just make a repress out of a vinyl rip, as much as high-quality that could be. Ends up it took close to five years to track down the rights owner and obtain the license for a legit pressing. Surprisingly, when all hopes were lost, also the 24 tracks analog mastertape was found and dubbed electronically with the latest technology. But that was a complicated stage, too, as the tape suffered the “sticky shed syndrome” and had to be cleaned and treated in order to be digitized.

Q: Why a 12″ and which tracks contains?

A: The 12″ offers more grooves space, and I could have the chance to work with the best Italian artisans: Cesare Marchesini did the delicate tape transfer stage and lacquer artisan Roberto Barbolini did a very special lacquer as the durations allowed to make a 22 and 1/2 mastering one, which is the top level. Senio Corbini at Narada Studio was my Pro Tools wizard doing the magic in the studio with the tracks.
There was no original 7″ mixdown in the tape, so I chose to just present the original version culled from the 7″ as a historical document, plus two new versions: a slightly extended one that respectfully maintains all the original mixdown choices, but revealing the violin parts, previously unhearable in the 45.  So, the 12″ contains an extended version,  the og 7″ version as well as a remix by italian legend DJ Beppe Loda, who loved the track and embarked very happily in this project.  He worked “Andromeda” in his “afro-electronic” taste, that we all know through his mythical “Afro” tapes serie and his productions under the monikers Egotrya and MC1.

Q: Tell us about the famous sample you can hear in the track

A: When we opened the tracks in the studio for the first time, it was hearable someone just recorded the first two bars from the vinyl and made a tape loop out of it. Incredibly, and this is one of the strongest peculiarities of such track, it turns into something completely different and has a value of its own, possibly becoming the definitive version everybody would have wanted to play out back the days: a relentless space disco-ish track, with dreamy lyrics talking about a creature called Andromeda, coming from a galaxy far far away.

Q: Who is Andromeda?

A: Andromeda is the singer of the track, but it’s not the author of the track. I know her name through the author, but this part of the story will be told in the documentary that I’m trying to have produced.

Q: A documentary?

A: Yes, on the italian overlooked disco scene of the 70s. Back in the days these disco tracks suffered the stigma of being pure-entertainment ones VS politically engaged ones. This heritage – once considered garbage – is now a major goldmine of obscure gems and – as similarly as happens with the tracks posted on this blog – resurfaces thanks to the hard diggin’ work of passionate DJs, trying to educate a newer audience to “odd” disco tracks which have nothing less in quality to mainstream disco productions. On the contrary, it’s a very interesting display of the super-experimental work of independent authors trying to make themselves themselves known in previously corporate-ruled field of business.

Q: Any other releases on “Disco Segreta” soon?

A: Yes, stay tuned!

“Andromeda” is out on a limited numbered vinyl edition of 500 copies, sold on discosegreta.it. Pre-sales started February 28th, official release date will be April, 30th.

“Andromeda” original version will be on rotation *exclusively* on Overfitting Disco 24/7 radio until its official release.

Andromeda (Respectful extended)

Andromeda (Beppe Loda remix)

Jan
08
2015
0

T-shirt shop close

The t-shirt shop is close due to legal reasons until further notice. Sorry for the inconveniences.

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Dec
27
2014
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Let Me Love You Tonight

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Vicky Edimo – Let Me Love You Tonight

(1980, Zagora ‎- FR / Mariann ‎- SWE)

Daddy Daft Punk on board, I mean Mr. Vangarde aka Daniel Bangalter is behind this funny production for Victor Edimo. Please don’t say cheesy, it’s a simple song like a marshmallow neither less nor more. And I like it just the way it is… mmm Don’t take it too seriously disco is D.I.S.C.O. SooOo good.

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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
10
2014
0

Gigar

 

Privately pressed 45 from a tiny northern Italy label. No date on the release but late 70s as inferred from the release number, this has the usual catchy “something” related to the wonderful world of failed attempts of turning tracks into synth-driven monsters.
In any case the wtf? tag is pretty much deserved.

Gigar

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Oct
31
2014
0

Gilda Giuliani

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One of the best Superman-related disco tracks ever. This 1979 italian one is a truly wonderful take on the original John Williams theme: very long atypical disco (at least for 1979 and a 7″) with a fantastic break in the middle, not much vocals, and limited incursions on the original theme. Miss Giuliani’s voice, together with the full strings and horns section of RCA Italiana directed by legendary Guido Cenciarelli makes the rest.

Gilda Giuliani – Superman

Oct
30
2014
1

Tom Dooley

A cover version of the Tom Dooley track, an old US standard, in a 70s discofied version coming from Italy. This one starts as a spaghetti western, then turns into a demented cowboys-on-the-loose track, sounding like Sergio Leone meets a drunk Yodel male choir. The result is bad, bad, bad……….therefore absolutely magnifico! Please thank the immense italian maestro Dino Siani with the Verona Folk choir ensemble, for this gem which I’m sure will get stuck in your head and you’ll be humming for days.

Dean Siani Orchestra featuring Verona Folk – Tom Dooley Story

 

 

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Oct
16
2014
1

Jose Mascolo

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A wonderfully purring mediterranean track, “Sciarada” is a terrific mixture of vocalization, tropicalismo and designer disco shortly appeared on the market as a 7″ flipside in 1974. The recipe of the Sciarada cocktail goes like this: 3/10 dark rhum Captain Morgan, 3/10 cold Pineapple juice, 1/10 Bitter Campari, 1/10 Papaia Boero, 2/10 Brut Testa Rossa La Versa. Mix directly in the Long Drink glass with ice. Decorate with pineapple and maraschino cherry. To be served with a background of meowing synthesizers, possibly at the cocktail party you’re throwing at your 70s space age villa, in your private saucer-shaped discotheque and DJ booth.

José Mascolo – Sciarada

 

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Aug
20
2014
0

Radio maintenance

We’re off for a while. We’ll come back later.

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Jul
30
2014
1

La Notte è Mia

A personal discovery, and one of my best kept, always-in-the-bag Italian secrets from 1977.
Unsurprisingly, Elena e il Parco dei Ricordi is yet another moniker for the mysterious babe Patrizia Brindani.
The bomb track here is of course on the flipside, which is originally very slow, so here it is presented the way I play it, speeded up for your climax, pardon, delight.
For those intense moments where a distinct erotic touch drives the hormones of the dancefloor, those guitars and piano solos – both moanings-driven – will just take you to heaven.

Elena e il Parco dei Ricordi – La Notte è Mia

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Jul
27
2014
0

Oops!

The webradio is off this whole week, really sorry about that.

Apparently, the frontend server that establishes a bridge between the Internet and the LAN where all the webradio components reside encounters some serious network connectivity problems, I will fix that during this week end. In the mean time… no webradio streaming 🙁

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Jul
15
2014
0

New show on the webradio!

A new slot on the webradio will soon open, dedicated to very special content: this new show will be be playing exclusive DJ sets only!

Whether they’re especially made for this programme, posted on the blog or for past radio shows now extinct, expect no less than excellence and awesome selections.
The format is not yet finalized but it should be around one hour long, and broadcasted every week, maybe on Monday or Tuesday nights.

Coming up very soon, stay tuned!

Edit: now we know, and because we have so many materials available, it will be broadcasted both on Mondays and Tuesdays. And it will start next week, July 21!

You will also be able to request the DJ sets to play, just check our catalogue on the radio page: http://radio.ddcr.biz/ and select what you want to listen to; new content will be added little by little so check back from time to time.

 

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May
01
2014
0

La Ragazzina

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Immense Nico Fidenco cult soundtrack for the Mario Imperoli 1974 movie “La Ragazzina”. The very first movie starring her beautiness Gloria Guida. These are the main songs of the soundtrack, an incredibly rare and pricey CAM LP, but there was also an (even rarer) 45, with these two non-LP tracks. Possibly these are non-disco tracks, but you can foresee  some elements later to be used in a lot of disco productions.

Why are you running fast

The Flag

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