Aug
02
2015
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Le Fete Sauvage

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Vangelis – Le Fete Sauvage

Danger lurks in the middle of relaxing waterfall and stream sounds, gentle wind, bird calls and quiet music.

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Jul
30
2015
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Octopuses Garden

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M. Uehara and his Disco-Makers – Octopuses Garden

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Medley Get Back Obla Di Obla Da

Horrifying/surprisingly groovy Japanese disco versions of Beatles songs, made in 1976 when this kind of stuff became a craze after Ritchie Family’s Brazil and Baby Face by Wing and a Prayer Fife & Drum Corps hit big everywhere.

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Jul
28
2015
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Disco Dance 4 – corruption by an alien source

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Disco Dance 4 – Heroic Themes – Corruption by an Alien Source.

Heroic themes for space travel and alien insemination, including many tracks heard during my set at Camp Cosmic last Saturday night.

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Jul
26
2015
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Love To Night

dmgTrucks – Love To Night

Double denim disco 12″ for fast road trippin’.

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Jul
18
2015
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Azteca

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Zorro – Azteca

Austrian space disco from an (to me anyway) unknown artist. This could very well look like a small private pressing, but the label (Rst records) have released too many records for it to qualify as private. A big surprise however is that it’s from ’86. I would have guessed 77/78 if i didn’t knew better. Anyway it’s a really cool track

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Jul
16
2015
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Jabula

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Assagai – Jabula

South African-British radness from 1973. Perfect hot summer sounds any year anywhere.

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Jul
15
2015
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Ricordi

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Staying on the Napoli theme, which is undoubtedly one of Italy’s music capitals, with a hugely influential disco production during the 70s.
You can easily understand why, if listening to Feliciano’s “Ricordi”. A total disco monster that has always a place in my bag as a regular spin: fast-paced drums, plus a heavenly string arrangement, with the cherry on top of squeaking synthesizers, all made in 1978 as a flipside of a cheap ballad. Nothing in the market today reaches the height of such tracks in terms of …….everything! “Ricordi” means “Memories”….and the singer goes “no, no don’t tell me who you are…I already know what you want…Memories”.

Feliciano – Ricordi

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Jul
14
2015
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Napoli

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Beppe Maniglia – Napoli

Napoli, or Naples as it is sometimes known, is a destination certain to excite everyone: from the art and history enthusiast to the nature and sea lover, from connoisseurs of gastronomy to those of ancient traditions. The vitality of Neapolitan music extends from the operas of Rossini to such popular songs as ‘O Sole Mio and Funiculì Funiculà. There’s also the somewhat secretive subgenre of Napoli Disco, of which this track here is a splendid example.

The dance of Napoli is the Tarantella. This was reportedly born around the region of Taranto, Apulia, where the bite of a spider named tarantula after the region caused people to fall into a hysterical condition known as tarantism. The victims would dance uncontrollably, trying to to sweat the poison out. This action can be seen in the film Flavia the Heretic / Flavia, La Monaca Musulmana, a French-Italian nunsploitation film directed by Gianfranco Mingozzi in 1974.

How to do the dance? Here are the basic steps.

•Facing front, cross your right foot in front of the left. Cross your left foot in front of the right. Step your right foot to the side, step your left foot to the side. Repeat this while the woman shakes the tambourine in a clockwise circle in front of her body.

•Place your hands on your hips, kick the right foot out to the front keeping it low to the ground, then step on the right foot putting weight on it, slightly in front of the left foot. Touch the ball of your left foot to the ground (without putting your full weight on it) then step in place with the right foot. This sequence is called the tarantella step. Repeat this sequence beginning with a left-foot low, front kick. Repeat again beginning right, then repeat once more beginning with the left. Perform this sequence three more times, traveling backward slightly.

•Face your partner. The woman hits the tambourine to her left shoulder, her left hip, then her right hip. Repeat this, making a triangle across the body. Tap the left hand twice with the tambourine. Perform the tarantella step forward twice, beginning with the right foot kick, so that your right shoulders pass each other. Dance the tarantella step twice moving backwards to return to the starting position. This back and forth sequence can be referred to as a “do-si-do.” Moving the tambourine twice as quickly, the woman taps her left shoulder then right hip. Repeat this tambourine sequence, then tap the left hand twice with the tambourine. Repeat the “do-si-do.”

•The man holds the tambourine in his left hand and kneels on his right knee, tapping the tambourine for seven counts of music on his right hip. On count eight, tap it twice. The man continues to kneel for eight more counts of music. Meanwhile, the woman places her hands on her hips and dances eight tarantella steps in place.

•The man remains in the kneeling position for the next 16 counts of music, but with the tambourine now shaking above his head. The woman performs eight Tarantella steps forward in a counterclockwise circle around the kneeling man.

•Two couples stand opposite each other with right hands reaching center, holding hands, forming a star shape, with left hands holding the tambourines. The couples perform eight tarantella steps simultaneously, the group rotating in a circle clockwise. Clap the tambourine on the last step. Everyone turns to join left hands in the center. Perform the eight tarantella steps again, now turning in the opposite direction. Clap the tambourine on the last step.

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Jul
12
2015
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Fly with the Samba

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Izhar Cohen And Alpha Beta – Fly with the Samba

Let’s continue the flying with Israeli singer Izhar Cohen. From the ’78 LP “Make a little love”. This is a great summer tune. No violations of any christian morals on this one, just a warm and happy vibe all the way through

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Jul
11
2015
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Jet Set Fly

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Pete Tex Company – Jet Set Fly

My favourite tune of the moment, a Telstar-style ride thru the clearest skies. The cabin is obviously all orange & brown.

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Jul
03
2015
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Gimme Some Danish Lovin’

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John Spagnum and the Earthquakes – Calamares My Love

John Spagnum and the Earthquakes – Gimme Some Lovin’

Herring dishes, potatoes (introduced to Denmark in 1720 by French Huguenots) and furniture made of wood exemplify the style known as Danish modern. They also produce interesting contemporary music. These pieces are from 1979.

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Jun
29
2015
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Disco Paradise

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Teddy Dan and the World Champions – Disco Paradise

Tiki exotica (Hawaiian division) 70s style.

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Jun
23
2015
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This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us

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Simon Park – This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us

Big strings add a touch of grandeur to this cover of the Sparks classic. From the 1975 album Venus Fly Trap.

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Jun
19
2015
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Mucho Bimbo

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Banzaii II – Super Bimbo pt 2

This is an alternative, full FIVE MINUTE version of the Crackers Classic, apparently of French origin though only realesed in Japan.

Bimbo of course means a baby. For those contemplating having one there’s the Kansai Museum of Childbirth, see brochure above the sleeve. The museum presents all kinds of information on mainly extremely complicated deliveries and related medical procedures. There are hideous looking instruments and plenty of deformations floating in jars. This museum is just one of those local places there, like the Tokyo Parasite Museum which has a collection of worms pulled from inside humans, some for sale inside slabs of transparent plastic.

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Jun
18
2015
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Discs Go Round

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Krasnye Maki – Discs Go Round

Propaganda is the result when an organized group has a systematic goal of behavioral or attitude change. Disco music added a new dimension to the anti-communist movement as it targeted workers in more dangerous ways than other forms of western propaganda. Even some Soviet musicans produced it.

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Jun
16
2015
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Kungfu The Magic

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Dragon – Bluce Three In Goodbye

Dragon – Kungfu The Magic

Pronouncing the sound of the letter L used to be very difficult for many Japanese because they didn’t really have it in their language. Whenever a western word contained an “L” most Japanese pronounced it “R”. This apparently accounts to the bizarre way Bruce Lee is written on the sleeve of this one.

A-side is a chugging midtempo item bordering on gritty funk. Again, there seemingly was a slight problem in the grammar.

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Jun
14
2015
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The Great Fighting 11

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The Great Fighting 11 – One Of These Days

Musica por los luchadores con mayor ranking en el Mundo! Luchadores en Inglés = Fighters.

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Jun
12
2015
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The Cockpit

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The Cockpit – The Cockpit

Yes, a cockpit is the area in the front of an aircraft from which a pilot controls the plane. It has nothing to do with cocks as such. The sumptiously orchestrated music is from 1978.

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Jun
12
2015
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Iqbal Siddiqi

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Iqbal Siddiqi – Dilbar Mera Kaisa Ho

Iqbal Siddiqi – Hoor-E-Arab

“The tunes are Asian, the youthful beat is Disco!” – two tunes described on the sleeve as being of Arabian origin but sounding pretty much Bollywood. In any case, both are ecletic assortments conjuring up images of feral surf bums, khaki jungle ramblers and all kinds of exotic nightclub wildlife. The first one is a version of Mustafa, of course.

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Jun
12
2015
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Isao Bitoh & Dawn

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Isao Bitoh & Dawn – Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood

A 1978 cover whizzed thru the disco Moulinex, emerging tastier than ever.

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