Jan
07
2018
1

Ladygirls

Overlooked Swedish minor disco production from 1978, who knows why only released in Sweden and in Italy on the mysterious Pacha label. Therefore warmly recommended of course, yet another acknowledgement – shouldn’t be that taken for granted already – that Swedes definitely knew their shit in the 70s when it came to production.
You couldn’t really ask for any better here, as the full-on disco package unrolls: pumping synth-driven beat, an orchestra with strings and winds sections, highly dramatic female love chanting and choruses, not to mention the evil filtering effects + bubbling synth work…and we’re speaking almost 4:40 of pure pleasure here….why in the world this never got the 12″ treatment is just a mystery!

Ladygirls – Rain, Rain, Rain

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Jul
15
2015
0

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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Jan
27
2013
0

I have arrived at OD. Safe and sound…

After many attempts at writing on this blog, today has become the first day I am finally able to contribute. I like to type so I hope you like to read.

I would like to begin by reviewing one of the tracks that consumed me and turned my attention to the wild world of Disco…

Dee D. Jackson: Meteor Man

I found this track while browsing around online in spring 2008.

While finding the track I also stumbled upon a Rio De Janeiro based disco show that aired between 1978 and 1979: Programas Carlos Imperial.

The show’s performance featured Dee D. Jackson’s single “Meteor Man” but not Dee D. Jackson herself. The choreography was in fact done by native Brazilian Regina Shakti with the programs own version of the Meteor Man as well.

Here’s a quote from Wikipedia: “In Brazil the success was such that the Brazilian media produced its own version of Dee D. Jackson. A Brazilian girl (Regina Shakti) dressed like Jackson, and along with her robot and a meteor man, were introduced on TV programs there as the real Dee D. Jackson. Regina was introduced as ‘D. Dee Jackson’ to avoid problems with royalties.”

This must have been around the time when disco went global.

Dee D. Jackson – Meteor Man

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Mar
22
2012
4

La Mia Sinfonia

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It’s almost a golden rule: as every TV show in Italy had its own sigla, every babe that was given even a minimum of TV/cinema exposure was also given the chance of making a record.
Yvonne Harlow is mainly remembered among obscuro cinema lovers for starring as Stella Shining in the sleazy Enzo Milioni cult Giallo from 1978 “La sorella di Ursula” (aka. “The Sister of Ursula” / “Curse of Ursula”). The plot is quite common among the similar works of the era: while searching for their estranged mother, two hot sisters, Dagmar and Ursula, arrive at a lavish seaside hotel. But a mysterious killer is murdering women in the area………the track might have turned out to be a better tune if the authors didn’t indulge on producing a cheap imitation of a failed TV show sigla. I doubt the track is kind of a spin off that didn’t make it to the soundtrack as the author (Mimi Uva) is the same.

Yvonne Harlow – La mia sinfonia

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Feb
29
2012
1

B&G Rhythm

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Very nice 1978 soul-funk joint from this US studio group who only did a jazz-funk album. I clearly got misled by the tit sleeve, but not bad after all.

B&G Rhythm – I Know You

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Feb
14
2012
5

Randi – Ritmo

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Well, this 1978 track is not that much my cup of tea, as the vocal part is quite trashy, but the slapped bass is catchy somehow……damn there’s just a terrible cha cha cha ballad on the flipside. Randi has apparently deserved a comfortable place on the piles of dusty forgotten records in vinyl second-hand shops, as I couldn’t find any info on him. So this is my way to pay hommage…..the youtube video got deleted so this post has been updated with the sample taken from the actual record.

Randi – Ritmo

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Sep
06
2011
3

Marisa Sacchetto

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Italian sexy starlettes, again. Miss Marisa Sacchetto was the playmate for italian Playboy in october 1977, right before issuing her very rare disco album, “It’s a horse of a different colour”. What’s important is that the LP has some super disco gems, like this one, that strangely ended up sitting on a flipside:

Marisa Sacchetto – I love you so

Also, Marisa thought is was not enough, and tried to do some disco again and again, here is a single not on the LP, this time from 1979

Marisa Sacchetto – Hunting for my heart

and its flipside, interesting enough as it’s an english version of a track sung in italian on the LP

Marisa Sacchetto – Golden Sunset

She stopped doing any music in the mid 80s after a bunch of unsuccessful italo-disco-ish singles.

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Sep
06
2011
2

Marina Fabbri – Notte di Fuoco

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Italian soubrette department still offers some great pornish disco…lyrics are hilarious and tell us how much hard work was required at the time to chase a man, defeating the female competitors……

Marina Fabbri – Notte di Fuoco

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Jul
12
2010
1

Roy Pisanelli – Playback

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Another Ciao Records catalogue hidden gem from 1979: a vocal disco stomper of the highest order!

If you search for this on YouTube, take care: you could come across Roy Pisanelli in person dancing on a very trendy – at the time – “multiply effect”. Ah, and notice that the b side *has* the lovely instrumental version…..

Roy Pisanelli – Playback

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Apr
17
2010
2

Adolf Stern – More…I like it

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I’ve always had an obsession with this this song!
For those who want to clearly understand which kind of productions the Ciao label in Italy was churning at the time, well, this is a perfect example from 1978.
To my knowledge Adolf Stern’s “More …. i like it” has always been extremely in demand, and if you listen to the infectious basslines and the distorted voice, you’ll clearly understand why this sleazy dark disco production packs every dancefloor…….This has been published as a 7 inch only, but there are promos 12″ out there sporting this song with two other tracks. Part of the Ciao catalogue is still relatively obscure and every new discovery has always a mystic touch……enjoy! The 12″ sound quality is terrible, get the superloud 7″ with the thrilling cover art. UPDATE: The name behind the moniker was revealed thanks to a direct question on youtube: Adolf Stern is a moniker for Niko Papathanassiou, brother of Vangelis, who was involved in some progressive rock productions as well as some dance related project and collaborating with Chrisma for their “Amore” single.  The flipside is a beast, too!

 

Adolf Stern – More….i like it

 

Adolf Stern – Twenty Seven

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