Jul
09
2015
1

Gregory – Space Trip

Space dustI saw there was a previous post in this blog talking of the track “Space Trip” by Gregory, but as there were no samples, i provide here. This track, done together with Cerrone Malligator label, was distributed as 7″ and 12″ by RCA in 1980 (and in Germany, as 12″, by TELDEC). It was used the same year as theme of  two radio programmes, “Boom Hollywood” and “Hit Parade des Clubs” (the second conducted every sunday afternoon by Yann Hegann), both on french Europe1 radio. Gregory himself, in 1981, will provide another theme for the same two programmes with the track “Obsession”. A curious thing about “Space Trip” is that on labels the title is “Knight Music for Space Trip (part. 1 and 2)”. The person of Gregory deserves attention too, as after 1982 he created his own FM-radio, and started doing radio programmes in the Paris clubs of which he became art director, the Metropolis, the Midnight Express and the Pacha-Club, but most of all he became the manager of FR David, helping him to build his millions reccords sold career. Here is the sample of part 1 from the french RCA 12″.

So, prepare your best space-disco outfit, close your eyes, and let your body fly to the stars!

 

Gregrory – Knight Music For Space Trip (Part I)

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Jul
17
2014
0

Voci Nella Citta’ Delle Donne

felllini picLuis Bacalov – Voci Nella Citta’ Delle Donne

It’s always delightful to see and hear Soccio’s classic disco cut The Visitors in Fellini’s La Città Delle Donne (1980). For some reason The Visitors is not featured on the OST, but please do take the OST with you next time you’re digging. My favorite track is Voci Nella Citta’ Delle Donne with mysterious chants and things cosmic. Goes well into art crowds.

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Jun
27
2013
0

California

california discoSammy Barbot – California

Italy, 1980.

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Nov
24
2012
0

Touch Me, Feel Me

spacetouchMago – Touch Me, Feel Me

Rocking space disco 7″ (Germany, 1980).

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Oct
12
2012
0

Kitrà

 

hotelplage 70s

Circus 2000 was a progressive rock band that released two albums between 1969 and 1972. Members of this band were Silvana Aliotta of Le Streghe fame, and Roberto “Johnny” Betti, who would have later founded in 1975 the small label Shirak, ranging from prog to folk to jazz to disco. Another evidence that in Italy the disco sound derived directly from the very peculiar experience of progressive rock. For sure, one of the major flipside bombs of the label sits on the 1980 “Ulè Ulè” single by mysterious Kitrà.

Sung in italian, “Hotel de la plage” is a pure incarnation of disco at the turn of the decade, and a delightfully hedonistic episode of a man in love with a woman, with the attached nostalgic post-one night stand feeling; but who cares really, when there’s such a killer mixture of voice, synths and choruses ? You better check out the full track on the radio.

The same label would have later hosted another creative effort of the Betti/Aliotta team, the killer track Got to be, under the moniker Ben Norman, who was no one else than the voice of Silvana, altered in order to turn it into a male voice.

Kitrà – Hotel de la plage

Oct
10
2012
6

Ornella Ventura

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Italy, 1981, and possibly the best disco effort from Ornella Ventura. Legendary guitarist Alberto Radius did write some tracks for her too. The story is basically a rant (“sigaretta, droga maledetta”) on how big cigarettes are addictive, and love of course. Ornella would have later approached the obscure italo disco shores: in 1984 with the Malgioglio/Pirazzoli penned “Schiava” on the Strong Record label. In 1986, “Touched” would follow, the sigla of the legendary teenager TV program “Tandem”, and one of the most sought-after italo disco records, where Ornella was dropped, just using Ventura.

Ornella Ventura – Sigaretta

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Sep
27
2012
1

Le Hostess

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Pino Presti joint from 1980, a sigla of the TV show “Il Barattolo”. The jam here is the flipside “Mama’s away”. No singers here, but Pino Presti himself confirmed the vocals here have been provided by jazz singer Rossana Casale at her very first musical experiences.

Le Hostess – Mama’s Away

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Apr
12
2012
1

Estate Samba

samba poster

An absolutely great samba track, how italians did it in 1980 learning the Tropicalismo and Disco lesson combined in one shot. Not much info on the group, which just did another disco/prog single the year before. In any case, this is a great summer invocation, or just the perfect soundtrack to get some Peyote in your bedroom dreaming of being at Copacabana beach.

Mescaleros – Estate Samba

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Feb
28
2012
4

Les Clodettes

clodettesCVR

Schlagerish french pop disco of the………….worst level, from 1980, but I know out there sure are fans of this sound. Shamelessly, I am.

Les Clodettes – Hey marry me

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May
10
2011
4

Ediva – Chiama se puoi

telefono grillo

High italian drama from 1980. Ediva has sure some explosive potential for a re-edit session at the sunset. Again, cheese quanties were massive, so this is speeded up to the very first acceptable speed. Again, this truly deserves the “wtf” tag!

Ediva – Chiama se puoi

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Mar
30
2011
7

Antirock – D.I.S.C.O.

 

flauto koki

A 1979 Vangarde/Kluger written and Petrus/Malavasi produced one. Instrumental on the flip sounds like the only way to go.

Antirock – D.I.S.C.O.

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