This is a cover version of Herb Alpert’s “Rise”. Very impressive strange sound effects. Gabriel Yared plays the piano in this track.
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!
From what I could understand, back in 1979, Mother Russia decided to eulogize some of its major architectonic achievements through some funky disco tunes in a small konzert-film. Mikhail Boyarskiy and some friends constituted the guest appearance. One of the sweet soft disco tunes involved concerned Mikhail cruising around some beautifully desertic architectonic landscapes. What the song is about, I really couldn’t tell, but this guy sure is a stylish motherfunker.
Ok, this track is not the most obscure disco gem, but sometimes my kitsch-camp taste comes out of the closet.
“King of Nightlife” is the b-side of “Buy Mi Bananas” 7″, released by CBS in 1979, by german Group Eyes On Fire (the same that in 1978, under name Eyes, released, as b-side of “Times are Changing” 7″, the nice track “Black Caravan”).
A-side is what it promises; a terrible (even for my taste) caribbean style track maybe good for a Carnival cruise ship party. I found “King of Nightlife” not so bad, and there is a small break in the middle, with male voice hypnotically repeating the title of the track.
Here it is!
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.
Record it’s years you have, but you never had the chance to play.
So, before today you thought you had Leroy Vohn and Money, and Puppet, Gang and Orchestra. How could you therefore miss Leroy Vohn and his stars? One of the many incarnations-monikers of Renato Ulvioni (Ulvioni’s show and Babysitter), from 1979. A mystery why two versions: A side features Kiki Smith (not that Kiki Smith I guess) and is sung in english, flipside is sung in spanish by Sandy B. Once again, if anyone had any doubt, is a concentrate of most stylistic elements of disco: campish off-key singing is on the cheese side, but the track shows enough variety in its elements all through: female moans, drum solos and synths mainly, but (male) moanings and more can be heard in the full length on the radio.
Here we go, Samantha in all her glittering beauty. Sure not the kind of super hero everyone is used to. Another transexual sleaze-o-rama ecstasy tune from Spain, 1979. Of course all this was possible in the era of the “transiciòn”, and given the subject the word is pretty much appropriate. Track is available on a rare tiny label 7″ but also in the LP “Visca el rollo! : rock del Llobregat. Vol. 3”
Vocal soulful disco madness on the rare italian Analogy label, 1979. Not everybody’s taste, but still, important as to document how vital and extremely diversified the scene was in my country during those years.
An obscure Celso Valli arranged track from 1979.
This is the first, and not the only one, Carlo Cori record.
Son of Ruggero Cori, of the Quartetto Marino Marini, for the rest, I’ll leave you to this excerpt from the bio note *he* writes on *himself* on *his own* website:
“Sensual voice, on the road rocker, Rolex collector, loves Porsche cars, on a mission to give love to women…to him, life is “Spaghetti Sex & Rock’n’roll”…and for this he’s grudged by many…..what a character!!!”.
As for Patrizia, her surname is Fanfani, niece of one of the founders of the political party Democrazia Cristiana, Amintore Fanfani, and one of the most powerful politicians of the period.
Surely not the biggest disco bomb around, but I’m a sucker for the hilarious lyrics and the out of tune singing.
And, hey, never forget disco in Italy was massively influenced by the tradition of the canzonetta/canzone popolare.
An apparently rare and in demand Shel Shapiro-penned disco single from miss Donatella Moretti under the moniker DM System Orchestra.
Donatella’s career spawned many genres, but now she is into holy music. So here we present her infamous “Born to be Alive”-ish disco past, for your pleasure, or for public scorn, up to you.
Image depicts Donatella in a 60s shot.
It’s almost carnival time at Overfitting Disco! So what’s better than throwing a party? This is the perfect track for the purpose: camp, way over the top and with an excessive amount of whistles, screeching synths and WTF choirs going on. For sure I couldn’t agree more over the “esplosivo” adjective as stated on the cover. This is the very (rare) first ever Biba single on the tiny italian label Devil from 1979.
Disco digger rule n.1: monster tracks 99% of the times sit on flipsides, and this is the case once again. This is the B side of the “Che Combinazione” single, another legendary TV show sigla from 1979. A slow disco jam with *tremendous* vocoder work, arranged by the immense Puccio Roelens.
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:
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
and its flipside, interesting enough as it’s an english version of a track sung in italian on the LP
She stopped doing any music in the mid 80s after a bunch of unsuccessful italo-disco-ish singles.
Leo Carrier productions are still relatively underrated among disco freaks. Leo teamed often with fellow Gilbert di Nino, for monikers such as Paradise/New Paradise/Love Affair as well as the only known disco excursion of miss Claudia Cardinale. Before prices skyrocket I highly suggest you grab this one, as the sample really doesn’t give justice to the whole track and the full LP is a masterpiece from beginning to end. An epitomy of what disco should be to me. Big dressing tip for the guests of the next disco party: attire must be the one depicted in the image. A leopard statue in the setting is the golden ticket of course.
Obscure italian disco masterpiece or total crap that needs to be forgotten as soon as possible? Either way, this 1979 gay-themed track is all about one of the two guys getting horny listening how the other one cheated on him, I’m pretty sure it needs no translation whatsoever. For sure, this is strictly for sleaze experts only.
Pure Italian disco perfection in its 1979 highest form of insanity coming from the ultra tiny ASA label. There’s a moment – you’ll hear that – when male and female voices melt perfectly together, and the drums, the bassline and the “incredibile”, “eccitante”, “ohh what ecstasy” moanings will directly teleport you to a 70s club, full of smoke, sleaze and sex. Be aware: this has never been an easy catch and when around has always been very pricey.
This one has been under the radar for a while now, and one of my major secrets that it’s now time to reveal to the world…..another obscure true italian gem from 1979, Tonica & Dominante’s “Tigre” 7″ on the similarly obscure Dominant label, is really a unique track: it is pure disco power sung in Neapolitan dialect.
This little pearl is filled with orchestra parts and amazing winds, and belongs to the next-big-thing in the disco scene revival: the Neapolitan afro (jazz-funk-ethno-pop-disco) scene of the middle 70s-to-early 80s, that gave birth (and a fruitful career) to the likes of Tullio de Piscopo, Tony Esposito, Teresa de Sio and the now ultra mainstream cheese-spreader Pino Daniele. Therefore you can easily imagine there must be some more real disco masterpieces still buried under the ashes of the Vesuvio………
Oddly (or luckily) enough, even the flipside, “Gennarino O’ Sioux” is ultra killer material.
This is one of the rarest and most expensive italian disco releases, as it was a private press in small numbers, pretty ignored at the time!
UPDATE: Tracks uploaded to the radio playlist