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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Feb
04
2008
0

Lady Bug

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A smashing track from the band comprised of most members of The Universal Robot Band and the Phreek original crews. It is a sort of sequel to the highly enjoyable Love Bug song released two years before.

The non-sense lyrics are quite cheesy but also fun in a sense.

Bumblebee Unlimited – Lady Bug (1978)

As a rule of thumb, there is always at least one Disco House cover available. This one is fairly up-tempo:

DIZ Co., Ltd. – Track 03B (‘Bring It Down’ Vocal Mix) (2005)

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Feb
02
2008
2
Jan
31
2008
7

Zombie!

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That’s a fact, I’m a Fabio Frizzi (living?) dead fanboy. I’ve already posted about my true fascination towards his work a few months ago, but I couldn’t stop just there. Frizzi has scored Lucio Fulci‘s so-called Living Dead trilogy from A to Z and only one of these three impressive themes has been previously presented in these pages. Now I hope the mistake is properly corrected.

The first track is probably his most famous score and can be heard in the movie Zombi 2 while the second one, which is a variation on the same theme, is used in Paura nella città dei morti viventi.

Fabio Frizzi & Giorgio Tucci – Zombie (1979)

Fabio Frizzi – Apoteosi Del Mistero (1980)

Of course, I could not decently post on the subject without mentioning the splendid tribute produced by Legowelt to one of the greatest masters of the Horror soundtrack genre.

Legowelt – Congo Zombie (2005)

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Jan
31
2008
3

Space Woman

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This very groovy track’s been first released with the Herman’s Rocket moniker, then under the Venus Gang guise a few years later; but don’t be fooled, it’s really the exact same song. Whatever its name, the bassline is quite hypnotic.

Herman’s Rocket / Venus Gang – Space Woman (1977 / 1981)

Interesting trivia, this is in fact a ‘spacey’ cover version of a funky song released only one year earlier.

La Belle Epoque – Miss Broadway (1976)

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Jan
29
2008
0

Hands In The Dark

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Produced in 2005 but only properly released in 2007 by the dark italo ‘revivalist’ record label Italians Do It Better, Hands In The Dark is a cool track to relish on headphones. A perfect mood enhancer.

Chromatics – Hands In The Dark

It is in fact a kind of strange and unlikely mashup:
the lyrics and the melody are originally from
R.L. Crutchfield’s Dark Day – Hands In The Dark (1979)

while the instrumental part is sampled from
Chromium – Caribbean Air Control (1979)

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Jan
27
2008
1

Forces Of Light

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This one is simply awesome, the main chorus is so entertaining.

It’s been released quite confidentially in 1979 on Infinity Records. From the fantastic LP Star To Star. Enjoy.

Chromium – Forces Of Light

A huge thank you to blackberrie!

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Jan
11
2008
0

When You Wake Up

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A very funky Candi Staton‘s tune from 1979, along with a slightly edited and bouncy House version made in 2006.

Candi Staton – When You Wake Up Tomorrow

Soul Revenger – Wake Up Tomorrow

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Jan
02
2008
5

Magic Fly

sputnik_teck-751540.jpg THE tune that launched a Disco sub-genre on its own (but short-lived mind you, what a pity).

The video clip is fun too. All hail robots from space! Your music rocks BIG times.

Space – Magic Fly (1977)

and its cover version by Kebekelektrik, released a few years afterwards (which is sadly not as brilliant and innovative as the original was)

Kebekelektrik – Magic Fly (1981)

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Dec
19
2007
0

Spring Rain

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One hell of a cheerful Disco tune! One of the best symphonic Disco releases of the seventies, suffice to say.

Bebu Silvetti – Lluvia De Primavera (1976)

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Dec
19
2007
1

Vivien Vee

vivien-vee.jpg Vivien Vee started her career in the late 70s with plain (Italian-flavoured) Disco and moved into the 80s with Italo Disco. Her most notable hit is IMO the incredible Higher, very melodic and well produced.

BTW most of her songs are arranged and produced by the duo behind smash-hit bands such as Capricorn and Kasso and composed of Giancarlo Meo and Claudio Simonetti. (More on Claudio and his OSTs soon, in an upcoming ticket)

Vivien Vee – Give Me A Break (1979)
Vivien Vee – Higher (1983)
Vivien Vee – Heartbeat (1987)
Vivien Vee – Cross My Heart (Club Mix) (1989)

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