Jan
31
2014
0

Soul Sound Group (Italy)

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A precious funk-ish disco gem from Italy (B-side of a split release) which was composed by the legendary composer, singer and keyboardist Alberto Baldan Bembo, who was apparently the actual mentor of this phantom studio-band. Savannah (a production from 1977) has some resemblances with Juan Tizol’s classic tune Caravan in certain passages, which gives it a delicate and subtle exoticism.

Soul Sound Group – Savannah

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Jan
27
2014
0

Sandokan

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Guido e Maurizio de Angelis – Sandokan

This pirate flute madness is coming from the italian TV show Sandokan. Sandokan is a fictional pirate legend also known as I pirati della Malesia. The music is by Guido e Maurizio de Angelis from ’76. Maybe a bit over the top, but isn’t that how we like it?

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Jan
23
2014
2

Gino Pavan

 

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Fact: last May I was at a very tiny record fair in the area checking the 2€ bin and here’s where I got one of my biggest recent discoveries, that I’ve included in my OD 6th birthday party mix.  This obscure single from the fabulous italian label Phantom renders perfectly – should anyone need more evidences –  how the disco sound in Italy had a lot in common with the progressive rock sound. Both tracks here are killer, and while “Magico” is pure space rock-disco, “La Terra e il Seme” is a crazy drumming and flute session.

Gino Pavan – Magico

Gino Pavan – La terra e il seme

 

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Jan
17
2014
2

Flying

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Tiger Lily – Flying

Anything else? the stewardess politely asks, but besides Martini in cocktail glasses nothing seems to be missing here. Italy ’77

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Jan
15
2014
2

Susy Pintus – Live for your love

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Sardinian-born singer Susy Pintus not only had an underground disco hit with the well-known “C’est magnifique”, but also managed to publish several other tracks over the years. This is the flipside of her 1986 italo-disco single, a release intended for non-italian markets only and never made available in Italy. Despite being an example of the so called “late” italo-disco (1986 was one of the last good years for the genre) “Live for your love” is a grower and not an easy catch on the market.

Susy Pintus – Live for your love

 

 

 

 

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Jan
13
2014
2

Life With You ….

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Best things in life might be free, but expensive things can bring moments of happiness every now and again.

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Nov
19
2013
2

Hiroshima, I Love You

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Despite the soulful vocal parts, I’ve always had a soft spot for this disco classic (Italy, 1980).

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Oct
28
2013
0

Make Rain Fall Man

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Rain never goes out of fashion, neither black umbrellas or italian indie disco.

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Oct
03
2013
1

Savana

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I haven’t seen the movie (Italy, 1976). But without the defining context this infectious mixture of seductive chorus and percussions sounds like a track playing at the fashion shoot for Italian Vogue from the early 70s.

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Sep
11
2013
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Explosions feat. Leona La Viscount – Love Explosion

 

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Vocal soulful disco madness on the rare italian Analogy label, 1979. Not everybody’s taste, but still, important as to document how vital and extremely diversified the scene was in my country during those years.

Explosions feat. Leona La Viscount – Love Explosion

 

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Aug
31
2013
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Santa Fè

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Your hippie friends are planning a disco party at the desert and you’re still undecided what to wear? Our favourite supermodel got everything right in 1968. Equally impressive soundscape was designed by Capuano-Tosti-Capuano in 1976.

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Mar
04
2013
4

California Woman

Peter Nikys – California Woman

Eurodisco perfection from Italy, 1978.

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Feb
24
2013
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Bombora & The House Of The Rising Sun

Anthony Kata Group – Bombora

Tony Noble Band – The House Of The Rising Sun

Two classics from the Gang Tony Noble label (Italy, 1977/78).

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Dec
25
2012
1

E’ Natale

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One more christmas song for your use here at Overfitting Disco! A rare and pretty fine example of christmas-talo, aka italo-disco christmas song. It retains all the classic elements of italo, yet it adds the child voice of Tania Esposito. This track won the Ambrogino 1984, a local Milan competion started in 1964 by Tony Martucci, Giuseppe Radaelli and Pier Emilio Bassi. There was actually a market for children records at the time, and the compilation LPs of this were printed and distributed by different labels over the years. The competiton festival was stopped in 1985 and revamped in 2006.

One line goes like “E’ un Natale di din-don, lo dice anche il DJ” (it’s a din-don Christmas, the DJ says that too), so merry christmas!

Tania Esposito – E’ Natale

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Nov
05
2012
1

Overfitting Disco featured on electronique.it

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Stop the press! Your beloved blog appears quoted on the pages of the italian portal electronique.it, where my new mix is featured…..check it out and dance at the Ritmo of disco!

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Oct
12
2012
0

Kitrà

 

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Circus 2000 was a progressive rock band that released two albums between 1969 and 1972. Members of this band were Silvana Aliotta of Le Streghe fame, and Roberto “Johnny” Betti, who would have later founded in 1975 the small label Shirak, ranging from prog to folk to jazz to disco. Another evidence that in Italy the disco sound derived directly from the very peculiar experience of progressive rock. For sure, one of the major flipside bombs of the label sits on the 1980 “Ulè Ulè” single by mysterious Kitrà.

Sung in italian, “Hotel de la plage” is a pure incarnation of disco at the turn of the decade, and a delightfully hedonistic episode of a man in love with a woman, with the attached nostalgic post-one night stand feeling; but who cares really, when there’s such a killer mixture of voice, synths and choruses ? You better check out the full track on the radio.

The same label would have later hosted another creative effort of the Betti/Aliotta team, the killer track Got to be, under the moniker Ben Norman, who was no one else than the voice of Silvana, altered in order to turn it into a male voice.

Kitrà – Hotel de la plage

Oct
10
2012
6

Ornella Ventura

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Italy, 1981, and possibly the best disco effort from Ornella Ventura. Legendary guitarist Alberto Radius did write some tracks for her too. The story is basically a rant (“sigaretta, droga maledetta”) on how big cigarettes are addictive, and love of course. Ornella would have later approached the obscure italo disco shores: in 1984 with the Malgioglio/Pirazzoli penned “Schiava” on the Strong Record label. In 1986, “Touched” would follow, the sigla of the legendary teenager TV program “Tandem”, and one of the most sought-after italo disco records, where Ornella was dropped, just using Ventura.

Ornella Ventura – Sigaretta

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Oct
02
2012
0

Dream Express Orchestra

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Belgium, 1976. A super hot tune penned by Maurice Jarre, which was published in Italy on Aldo Pomilia’s Aris label with a totally different (and better) picture sleeve.

Dream Express Orchestra – Villarhides

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Sep
27
2012
1

Le Hostess

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Pino Presti joint from 1980, a sigla of the TV show “Il Barattolo”. The jam here is the flipside “Mama’s away”. No singers here, but Pino Presti himself confirmed the vocals here have been provided by jazz singer Rossana Casale at her very first musical experiences.

Le Hostess – Mama’s Away

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Sep
26
2012
1

John Kongos – I’m dreaming

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A track that has been creating some buzz recently and is now time to reveal. Months ago I slowly disseminated this among some disco friends, and it turned out to grow a lot on many, and became a sought-after single.
John Kongos is famous also for the 1982 afro-cosmic classic “IMPI”, released under that same moniker. This has been published in 1981 on Claudio Simonetti’s Bubble label, and ended up being covered by Patrick Juvet the following year, re-titled “Alibi”, as the flipside of the “Pas Folle De Moi” single. Mr. Albion included this track in his 2012 “Mixtura 18” mixtape.

John Kongos – I’m dreaming

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