Jul
20
2017
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Tres Cosas

If the weather doesn’t make you sweat, perhaps this will. Erotic starlet Teresita “La Mojada” (Die Nasse), who completely disappeared in the 80s and Josep Llobell delivering the perfect sound track for your next beach partyTeresita – Tres Cosas

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May
18
2017
1

No means no?

Why do bans draw us so irresistibly? Give to any child in this world a no as an answer around his interest to wake up. A tip to the concealed truth that nothing can substitute for the value of self-lived experience. Now go have some fun!

Greek Salad with Gus Kamaras – Taboo

 

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Feb
03
2017
0

Brigitte Bardot

Italian group Momo Yang is famous for  “La Malaguena”.

“Brigitte Bardot” is a flip side of “Salsa Jeans EP”.

This song is a cover version of samba song “Brigitte Bardot” by Jorge Veiga.

Momo Yang’s “Brigitte Bardot” is produced by Vittorio Bacchetta.

He uses the pseudonym “Victor Bach”, who is famous for “Living In Harmony”.

Momo Yang – Brigitte Bardot

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Jan
31
2017
0

Private Collection

Albatros is a band founded by Toto Cutugno.

“Private Collection” is a musical illustration of “la Collection Privée de David Hamilton”

Albatros – Private Collection

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Jan
31
2017
0

Le Troublant Témoignage De Paul Martin

Paul Martin’s “Le Troublant Témoignage De Paul Martin” is well known as a sampling source of Kza’s “Le Troublant Acid” in Japan.

Paul Martin is also known as Jean-Pierre Castaldi.

Paul Martin – Le Troublant Témoignage De Paul Martin (pitch up plus7)

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Jan
31
2017
0

That ’s The Night

“That ’s The Night” is written by Jean-Pierre Sabar and Raymond Gimenes.

Jean-Pierre Sabar is well known as an arranger of Jean-Pierre Mirouze’s “Sexopolis”.

Night Creatures ‎– That’s The Night

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Jan
29
2017
0

Go Away

Linda Lee is famous for an obscure disco tune “There’s No Matter”.

Please don’t forget this beautiful intro.

Linda Lee – Go Away

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Jan
28
2017
0

Moonlight Taxi

Yuko Asano is well known as an actress.

She started her carrier as a singer.

She teamed up with Kyohei Tsutsumi and has many hits.

This song is backed up with Sadistics.

Yukihiro Takahashi was a member of Sadistics before he formed YMO.

Yuko Asano – Moonlight Taxi

 

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Jan
26
2017
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Ain’t We Funkin’ Now

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Tropico is a group arranged and conducted by Chikara Ueda.

This is a cover version of Brothers Johnson’s “Ain’t We Funkin’ Now”.

Tropico – Ain’t We Funkin’ Now

Tropico – Ain’t We Funkin’ Now (PAPAPA chorus)

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May
24
2016
0

Pagurus

Marina di Carrara
1976 is the year i was born. During that summer Italy was already invaded by a countless number of disco tunes. Some went mainstream, others are now forgotten, and are being slowly rediscovered. It was also a period when the boom of local or clandestine radio stations was at its glorious beginning. We have to thanks these small, often improvised activities, if some local or less famous disco records arrived to our days, resurfacing as cult items. In fact it was more usual that this kind of tunes were played where there was not a sort of market to follow, but only the taste of a DJ, or radio host. This was probably the case of a record i discovered one month ago. I was in my hometown, Carrara, and there was a small flea-market. Not a lot of interesting things in it, but i noticed a small desk crammed with posters and old records. Many were 7″, and some quite obscure. Not a lot of disco, but i found 9 records which satisfied my research. Asking to the seller where he had found all these rare stuff, he said me he acquired the entire stock of an old local radio station. Among the records i found there was one which by now is not yet on Discogs website. It is a 7″, with track Amor Amor Amor by Andy Morgan on A-side, a very cheesy cover of Rod McKuen classic, and one called Pagurus, by Hermit Bernard Band, on B-side. Label is Rifi, and year of release is 1976. Ah, cult composer Enrico Intra is behind this last track. This is the one i will let you listen now. So, just go back to Carrara in 1976, and discover what a local radio host could’ve made my fellow citizens listening in the summer of 1976 (in the picture, a late 60s postcard of Carrara beachfront, with a dancing on the left).

 

Hermit Bernard Band – Pagurus

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Feb
11
2016
0

POLISH FEVER

 

 

 

 

Poznanska Orkiestra

Those concerned with orchestral music are as a rule of the opinion that the process of maturing takes in the case of a big orchestra usually at least a few years of systematic work. But sometimes it is not so and an early success the newly-founded group has achieved, the excellent notices on its concerts upset all pre-conceived theories. This was precisely the case with the Entertainment Orchestra of Polish Radio and Television in Poznań, whose development proved very dynamic and spontaneous indeed.

It made its first recordings early in 1977. Being the youngest orchestra in this country, made up of freshly qualified graduates of Polish higher schools of music, it found itself, only after a few months of activities, on the two major festival platforms of Opole and Sopot. From the very start their enthusiasm and ambition prevailed over their lack of experience and their whole repertoire consisted of pieces written by the Young Poznań composers: Zbigniew Górny, Stanislaw Bartosik, Krzesimir Debski, Bogdan Jarmolowicz, Piotr Kaluzny and Janusz Piqtkokski.

Their cooperation with this big ochestral group provides them with the possibility of many-sided practice, as they can arrange, conduct and record their own pieces. Tens of their compositions and orchestral recordings have also been bought by foreign music publishers and record companies in the FRG, Great Britain and USA.

Now, three years after its foundation, the Orchestra is well-known to radio listeners and television viewers both at home and abroad. They owe this popularity to their recordings of around 300 pieces, their appearances in numerous radio and television programmes, with the most popular among them The Music of the Small Screen, as well as their three cassettes released by the Wifon company. One of these cassettes was done in cooperation with the British company London Weekend Television.

The style of the Orchestra is a resultant of the tastes and tendencies of its group of composers. That is why its repertoire is also diverse. You can find in it, along with disco and funky rhythms, numbers typical of jazz big bands, as well as arrangements of pop and classical music standards. But what is common to all its recordings is a modern approach to arrangement, wide range of instruments, precision in playing and a wish to achieve a distinctive sound of their own. In the realization of these qualities the orchestra is helped by the sound engineers, Ryszard Gloger and Zenon Wolinski.

The Orchestra’s appearances at the Intervision festivals jointly with such celebrities as Gary Brooker, The Temptations, Linda Lewis, Drupi, Dream Express has proved the Poznań group’s ability to reproduce the best qualities of their studio recordings before audiences as well.

This record début is an attempt to recapitulate synthetically both the creative and performing capacity of this very young but already mature Orchestra.” (From the sleeve notes of Poznańska Orkiestra Rozrywkowa PR I TV  LP, Polskie Nagrania Muza, 1978).

 

What else i have to say? Nothing except that i am falling in love with Polish disco.

A4 – Poznańska Orkiestra Rozrywkowa PR I TV – Podróż Błyskawicą

A6 (from Strawinski Firebird) – Poznańska Orkiestra Rozrywkowa PR I TV – Ognisty Ptak

B1 – Poznańska Orkiestra Rozrywkowa PR I TV – Wygrany Mecz

 

 

 

 

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Dec
02
2015
1

Rocket Men – Rocket Man

Rocket Man.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My favourite weapon is a rocket carrying perfumed hearts which spread sexual desire and love all around. Exactly the same depicted in the sleeve from the Disc’Az label 7″ “Rocket Man”, by French project Rocket Men, issued in 1974. The vocal version is on b-side, but i absolutely prefer the instrumental one, on a-side. Rocket Men are no else than the later called Rockets, and this track already has the space-influenced characteristics of the group. It is not an obscure disco track naturally, but i think it deserves to be posted.

 

Rocket Men – Rocket Man

 

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Apr
16
2015
0

Never Enough Chicks

Sevda & Biddu on vac

Whats your preferred way to spend saturday night- classy discotheque or campfire dancing?

Biddu Orchestra – Chic-Chica-Chic-Chica-Chic

Sevda Karaca – Çık ortaya

 

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Jan
13
2015
3

A Gay Virgil

Hell

 

I admit, i am not a big fan of Dante Alighieri’s “Divine Comedy”, too many negative judgements on all these wonderful sexual sinners; nevertheless the part dedicated to Hell is my favourite. I only would have added a little bit more joyful action, sleazy sex and pumped music in it. Among the records played there could be one i casually found one month ago: it’s a Hansa label test pressing 12″ of 1979. The artist is…..Virgil! Exactly same name as the Roman period poet (October 15, 70 BC – September 21, 19 BC) which conducts , in the “Divine Comedy”, trough a journey to Hell and Purgatory, Dante Alighieri himself. The 12″ (45 rpm) has two different tracks, both quite queer: A-side is “Boys In The Street”, while B-side is “Golden Gay Frisco”.

So…let’s imagine Virgil in a club located in Hell packed of naked bodies dancing, and having sex, with the weirdest, rarest, most glamourous disco!

Virgil – Boys In The Street

Virgil – Golden Gay Frisco

 

 

 

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Dec
12
2014
2

King of Nightlife

King

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!

Eyes On Fire – King of Nightlife

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Sep
07
2014
0

Energy

Kung Fu dancing

Poncho Pueblo – Energy

The biggest, the priciest and the brashest don’t necessarily equal the best, as this inexpensive little number from Editions Makossa label (1975) effectively proves.

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Mar
20
2013
1

Nights Over Tunisia

Urszula Dudziak – Nights Over Tunisia

Long time no track with a touch of le jazz cool for wild improvisational moves reflecting your individual style and originality.

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Dec
02
2012
0

Wave

Stanley Black – Wave

Stanley Black was already playing piano in jazz clubs during the early thirties. Wave is one of the great disco-ish mood music tracks off his 1976 Black Magic album.

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Sep
29
2012
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Sep
22
2012
0

Roberto does the Freak

Robert Delgado – Le Freak

A surprising cover of the Chic hit from 1978. The image of the sleeve is not from the Jamaican Disco lp the track is on but it had to be posted anyway as it’s too perfect.

“Have you heard about the new dance craze
Listen to us, I’m sure you’ll be amazed
Big fun to be had by everyone
It’s up to you, it surely can be done
Young and old are doing it, I’m told
Just one try, and you too will be sold
It’s called Le Freak, they’re doing it night and day
Allow us, we’ll show you the way
Ah, freak out!”

Utube and other sources mistakenly pass Saturday Night Fever-inspired line dances off as the Freak. The Freak was actually a dance craze that involved Egyptian-style hand moves over the head, meaning both hands moved to one side on beat one and to the other on beat two. Knees were twisted the same way. In fact when the dance first appeared people thought what they were seeing on the floors was a revival of the Twist from the sixties. The Rock Freak was a bit different. Think yourself of a bell hanging. The head stays in place. Place both hands weightlifter-style in front of you palms up, and bent your knees. Start swinging the hands and the knees both to the right on beat one and to the left on beat two. Both versions can be done either solo or facing a partner. With a partner you were supposed to grind together as close and as lewdly as possible, of course.

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