May
24
2016
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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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May
23
2016
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Escape

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Magnetic System – Escape

Bixio-Frizzi-Tempera ost 45 sounds fast and furious even when pitched down a lot. Godzilla from the a-side has been one of my all time faves ever since it was featured here back in 2009.

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May
20
2016
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Karakara Sabaku

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Akiko Tsuge – Karakara Sabaku

This psychedelic masterpiece from japan 1975 really makes my hair rise. The weird vocal effect, the amazing surf(ish) guitar and the smashing drums. I can’t ask for more!

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May
18
2016
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Classic British

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Classic British

According to a recent poll by the British Council, culture and history are seen as UK’s most attractive features. Weather and food are the worst. The Brits are very polite but they have bad drinking and eating habits.

Shakespeare, the Queen and David Beckham are their biggest cultural icons. We disagree. Far more important: Biddu Orchestra.

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May
17
2016
0

Fruhling In Hanoi

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Orkester International – Fruhling in Hanoi

Everyone supports the freigeistige Weltanschauung (free-spirited ideology) and Arbeiterbewegung (labor movement), and celebrates the coming of spring with an offical Blumenstrauß (bunch of flowers), Grußkarte (greeting card) and Amiga label funk tracks like this one.

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May
12
2016
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Who’s That Lady With My Man?

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Kelly Marie – Who’s That Lady With My Man

Kelly was a Diva who never dismissed the drama.

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May
07
2016
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King Boxer

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Chen Yung Yu – Tian Xia Di Yi Quan

Delirious battering rams for the senses, the best of the Shaw Brothers kung fu epics were a huge influence on the art of Pierre&Gilles. It’s all there in the likes of King Boxer/The Five Fingers of Death (Tian Xia Di Yi Quan, 1972), The New One-Armed Swordsman and The Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan – check the glittering surfaces, the candyfloss colors, the decorous compositions and the golden skin tones of the good guys.

Musically, the themes were a mad mix of Morricone-y melodies, burning hot beats and crazy arrangements. Disco was one leap away.

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May
05
2016
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Vecchio’s Raptus

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Michele Del Vecchio – Raptus

As yet, we do not have Overfitting Disco Awards, an event that could be recognized as the preeminent multi-cultural awards show from the outsider point of view. The awards could celebrate the accomplishments of the less ordinary in the fields of music, literature and film and also honor individuals or groups who promote or promoted disco-ness through creative endeavors. Listeners could vote on the winners.

The disco artist of the year – Madonna? Never, she was always all about money and generally being a cow. I could well imagine Michele Del Vecchio getting quite a few votes with this 1979 track, though.

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May
03
2016
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Amicus Gaudété

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Amicus – Gaudété

Music education supporters advocate the importance of exposing young people to a variety of instruments, choral arrangements, and styles of music to enhance their educational experience and foster their academic, social, and emotional growth. Ulla is currently learning music theory and participating in her school band playing works of religious nature, such as Gaudété. This is a piece published in 1582 as a part of the Piae Cantiones, a collection of sacred Finnish/Swedish songs.

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May
03
2016
0

Classic European

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Classic European

Two thirds of the men in our test group rated eurodisco as their favorite. It’s shaped exactly right (to allow more movement) and is lubricated inside and out. Testers said it flexed well and the action lasted a long time.

Our eurodisco provides lasting pleasure for both you and your partner(s) with warm, tingling sensations that allow for the highest possible level of sensitivity.

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Apr
29
2016
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Weird And Wonderful

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It’s International Dance Day! Each to their own. I like it weird and wonderful.

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Apr
27
2016
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L’Orange Bleue

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Too obvious? It sure kicks like a triple espresso! Pointless remarks on Laverda Jotas: They look cooler on blue backgrounds and stripped nude for the café races.

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Apr
23
2016
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One Man Ain’t Enough

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Jabara – One Man Ain’t Enough

Jabara is Paul Jabara of course and this is his first recording, made in 1975. The vinyl is in terrible condition but perhaps the hiss and the scratches only add to the questionable charm of the thing?

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Apr
14
2016
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Light Flight

iddsmodelpicMagical Ring – Light Flight

Many cars are considerably faster, make sexier noises and have better proportions than a Citroën DS, but if you want to float in peace on almost any kind of road texture, then there’s no better choice than a DS (or CX). In case looks are not that important then any vintage Citroën with hydropneumatic suspension will do the magic. Soundscape best matched with cosmic French libraries. Magical Ring long play is also available as a cassette. Please remember that home taping is not killing music, the greedy dealers are.

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Apr
13
2016
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Aur Paas Aa

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Bajpai – Aur Paas Aa

Bollywood disco tune has a tinge of hopeless hopefulness.

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Apr
10
2016
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Schwul

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Warmer Sudwind – Schwul

Warmer Sudwind – Der Schwule Markt

Having problems pronouncing German words like “Ficken” and “Bumsen” and “Arschloch”? The main reason behind our mispronunciations is that, when we speak, we’re not used to pressing our lips as tightly shut as Germans are. Another tip is to always break down a long word like
Fünfhundertfünfundfünfzig,
which means five hundred fifty-five. Shorter words are easier, plus there are a lot of anglicisez words like Fisting.

The record was made in 1977 and contains two funky danceable tracks. The upper image is the inner sleeve. Had to modify it a bit with the yellow squares as this is a smut-free blog for the whole family.

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Apr
07
2016
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I Sista Minuten

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Musiktruppen Guran – I Sista Minuten

Crazy swedish hippie drum madness from 79. I’m not really sure what the woman is chanting about but the title means “In the last minute”. The track somehow reminds me a bit of the Coro Delle Lavandaie tune by Roberto de Simone. Love this one!

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Apr
07
2016
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Los Bomberos & otros

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Los Bomberos & otros

Spring IS here and dancing right now to Viva America and the rest from my recently posted list of faves is a good start to warm up those lazy winter bones. The sound is summer disco, made of of latin and bossa-flavoured easy listening, library music (recordings for so called music libraries from where film, radio and TV producers could license titles for their productions), psychedelia, soundtracks, lightweight pop and lollipop soul.

First up is Banzai featuring les Glodettes whose Viva America is the ultimate summer song if you ask me. The Glodettes were the backup dancers of legendary late French singer Claude Francois and they probably never sang a note on any record, only appearing on sleeves and promo videos. No matter as this tune is fantastic. The synths swirl and flash around on a highly energetic rhythm base topped by a hypnotic bass line, explosive percussion and an animated lead vocalist shouting in Spanish. Impossible not to groove along. You’ll sense the Glodettes all around you twirling madly.

The power of the rhythms increases, some playful intersections appear and the chorus assumes a less hysterical but more seductive tone in the next tune Ninas by Los Bomberos. All following tracks are in a similar vein and definitely a joy to dive into for any devotee of El Bimbo-influenced mondo disco.

Prince Albert Orchestra’s Try To Satisfy Me was included in the list but as this post is all about summer and fun I didn’t want to promote anything too expensive and hard to get. So, it had to give way to others more easily available, like Ela Ela by the Greek band Axis. And it’s just as good. This thing grooves and steams and freaks out throughout the whole record, with a mindripping fuzzed out bouzouki break that pushes you into a quick state of trance you’d want to go on for hours, melting your soul while your body shakes from the impulses and the psychedelic flow of colors. Campasino! Disco Piper! Couldn’t stop and had to throw in Chinese Kung Fu by Banzai as well, and Lalabye, and naturally the OUTSTANDING Magic Combo By African Magic Combo! But does this mix make sense and is it all well mixed in the traditional way? No, it’s more like a frenzied outburst of insane happiness, like oh how I love this music and yes the coming summer will be great!

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Mar
29
2016
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Here Comes The One

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German V.I.P.-Recordings easily qualifies as a private label as they most likely released just this 7″.

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Mar
29
2016
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Ways of Fire

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Morris Albert – Ways of Fire

Morris Albert aka Maurício Alberto Kaisermann is a Brazilian singer whose 1975 hit Feelings got covered by everyone, including The Salsoul Orchestra. This hot latin disco track from the same year is way better of course.

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