Mar
03
2008
2

Cristal

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 Cristal – Phonic (1977)
Cristal – La Nuit Pour Nous (1977)

Behind this Cristal is hiding Marc Cerrone a godfather of european disco. (biography)

His debut was succesful with his band Kongas inspired by the african rythms (biography). And so it was also under his own name thanks to the hits “Love In ‘C’ Minor” and “Supernature” for the french label Malligator.

Kongas – Anikana-O (1974)
Cerrone – Love In ‘C’ Minor (1976)
Cerrone – Supernature (1977)
Kongas – Africanism (1977)

As a side project the single “Phonic” wasn’t as successful maybe because of its colder space sound instead of the disco pop style. B-side is slow more influenced by latin music.

Other Cerrone hits… (more…)

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Mar
01
2008
0

Karen Silver

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The canadian singer Karen Silver debuted as chorister for Star City band in 1978. (biography)

Then John Driscoll their producer and Gino Soccio decided to produce her solo album “Hold On I’m Comin” released in 1979 that hits the charts with the so-called single.

It sounds like the cold side of disco with her voice a bit rock.

Karen Silver – Hold On I’m Comin’

(Listen to the full track)

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Feb
28
2008
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Feb
26
2008
3

Funky Boogie

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John Ozila – Funky Boogie (1979)

John Ozila is well known in France thanks to the label Disques Vogue which released his first album and later the hit single “La Koumba“.

Mainly influenced by tropical and african music then he recorded with his orchestra a more electronic album “Boogie Salsa” in 1979 including a cosmic disco hit characterized by his own singing style.

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Feb
26
2008
1

The Force

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Put simply, this is most certainly my Space Disco favourite of all time.

The legend tells that Fabrice Cuitad had this revelation after watching Star Wars at the movies. (But in the end it appears F. Cuitad only co-produced this piece of music while Yves Hayat is credited as being the writer.)

Droids – (Do You Have) The Force (Part 1) (1977)

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Feb
23
2008
0

War Dance

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War Dance” is a long and percussive ascension in space. So join the tribe and dance for the cosmos.

Kébekélektrik – War Dance (1977)
(Listen to the complete version)

Kebekelektrik (read “Quebec Electric”) made big hits with tracks such as “Magic Fly” famous cover of Space (see the post) .

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Feb
21
2008
0

Margherita

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Light-hearted bassline with a distinctive latin flavour. ¡Ai caramba!

Massara – Margherita (1979)

Worthless trivia: Boney M. re-used this theme a few years later in their Felicidad (Margherita)

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Feb
21
2008
0

Don’t Chop Banana

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It appears I’m unable to grasp the depth and range of the lyrics to their full extent, however the instrumental part sounds good enough.

Dan-I – Monkey Chop (1979)

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Feb
20
2008
2

The Sparrow

567131-6809-cp.jpg The B side of the indefinable Crème De La Crème, this piece of music is unsurprisingly as bizarre as the first one. I still don’t know if I love it or hate it. One thing for sure: Waylon leaves no one indifferent.

I’m just saddened he didn’t produce anything else in the same vein.

Two words: beyond strangeness.

Waylon – The Sparrow (1979)

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Feb
19
2008
0

Space Disco

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Universal Robot Band‘s debut LP

Dance And Shake Your Tambourine” was released after the single (see the post). The main piece more than 11min. long which is also my favorite because of its progression is so cosmic. Take this rocket!

Universal Robot Band – Space Disco (1977)

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Feb
19
2008
1

Dance / I Was Born This Way

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To my knowledge, Dance is most probably the first Disco House tune (i.e. based around a sample from a Disco song) ever produced. A breakthrough at the time of its release and quite visionary in a sense, pre-dating the Disco House production climax that happened around the end of this past decade. It also turned out to be a true underground sell-out rapidly.

Earth People – Dance (1989)

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Feb
18
2008
3

The Runner

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The Three Degrees – The Runner (1978)

The Three Degrees are a female Philly soul and disco vocal musical group formed in 1963. The members changed many times. (more informations)

After a few disappointments the album “New Dimension” arrived right in time for a renewal: new producer with Giorgio Moroder and new label with Ariola.

First the single “Giving Up, Giving In” hits the top of the club charts. Then a second single “The Runner” came to complete the real success.

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Feb
17
2008
4

Crème De La Crème

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Produced by one half of Dance Reaction, this tune is so weird it’s intriguing.

Minimalist production and ridiculous voice: la crème de la crème? Maybe 😀

Waylon – Crème De La Crème (1979)

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Feb
17
2008
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Feb
16
2008
10

Automat

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Automat are Romano Musumarra & Claudio Gizzi two italian keyboardists working with the programmer Mario Maggi also builder of the MCS70 the main synthesizer used for this album released in 1978 on EMI.

You can hear side A here which is a suite in 3 parts composed by C.Gizzi and the other contains shorter tracks by R.Musumarra like the famous “Droid” covered many times (see the post here).

Automat -A- The Rise, The Advance, The Genus (1978)

http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=Ha4jLUyQcLY

Automat -B2- Ultraviolet

Automat -B3- Mecadence

More informations (even technical) about “Automat”

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Feb
14
2008
0

Voodoo Man

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Voodoo Man” is a famous funky disco tune by the Biddu Orchestra. Its producer Biddu also worked with Carl Douglas (world-wide hit “Kung Fu Fighting“) and other guest stars. (Biddu’s biography)

It still sounds great to me with its squeezy guitar riff, voodoo chorus and the little flute melody. Another ceremony to wake up the dead but this time in a funky style.

Biddu Orchestra – Voodoo Man (Instrumental) (1979)

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Feb
12
2008
0

Space Jam

The title says everything you need to know about

Manzel – Space Funk

www.discogs.com/release/395303

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Feb
12
2008
0

Feelin’ Love

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‘Bleepy’ and funky at the same time… very fine mixture.

Hott City – Feelin’ Love (1979)

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Feb
10
2008
3

Bob-A-Rela

70s-dancing.jpg Hehe, I have absolutely no info regarding this band and their one and only album from 1979.
These are actually samples from Blackberry’s record and she forgot(? lazy you!) to post em up here.

Bob-A-Rela – Why Does It Rain?

Bob-A-Rela – Spend The Night

Bob-A-Rela – Money

Bob-A-Rela – Tobacco Road

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Feb
06
2008
1

Disco Dream And The Androids

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Disco Dream And The Androids is a one-shot band that released only one LP, in 1979, but what a record! I let you appreciate the array of skills of the British duo by yourself…

Disco Dream And The Androids – Dream Machine

Disco Dream And The Androids – Love Dance

Disco Dream And The Androids – Café Des Illusions

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