Sep
15
2012
0

Bassano – Aspetta Ancora

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Bassano aka Antonio Bassano Sarri, ex member of a 60s beat group, in his only disco effort from 1978. Cheese here, too much vocals but excellent synthwork all over. Bassano entered the crime section of the newspapers, as in 1992 he strangled his lover and then committed suicide throwing himself on the train rails.

Bassano – Aspetta Ancora

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Jul
12
2012
2

Do The Train

Zack Ferguson – Do The Train

This one is recorded from the long play (Italy, 1979) as I don’t have the desired 7″ version, yet. Lyrics are encouraging to utterly questionable moves on the floor. Let’s just hope nobody listens…

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Jul
05
2012
0

Fire Dance

Erton Revelation – Fire Dance

Nights are getting a bit darker here in Finland after the midsummer. It’s still about the most perfect time to wear your latest fashion statements and head onto your favourite hideout beach with friends. Picture yourself dancing fiercely around the bonfire to this irresistably groovy 7″ from Italy (1977). Just be careful with those flammable fabrics!

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May
09
2012
2

Enzo & Stefano

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Private press release from Italy on a very tiny label, and that is already starting to gain some attention, so it’s time to reveal it. These “discoteque-connected” records – normally pretty rare – used to be the norm once and they were useful as promotional stunts. This was the soundtrack of the China Club in Modena.

The production is very cheap, but nevertheless, and this is the case, tunes like these are absolutely captivating………

Enzo & Stefano – Everybody disco dancing

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Apr
12
2012
1

Estate Samba

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An absolutely great samba track, how italians did it in 1980 learning the Tropicalismo and Disco lesson combined in one shot. Not much info on the group, which just did another disco/prog single the year before. In any case, this is a great summer invocation, or just the perfect soundtrack to get some Peyote in your bedroom dreaming of being at Copacabana beach.

Mescaleros – Estate Samba

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Apr
05
2012
2

King Kong Love Theme

The Lovelets – King Kong Love Theme

Dreamy lounge disco from Italy (1977).

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Apr
05
2012
0

Gianna Massaro

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Interesting – and extremely rare – slow disco track from Italy with the appropriate amount of off-key singing and cheese, 1982. This is here presented the way I spin it, pitched up to the max as to offer some drugged-up mood. Gianna Massaro did just this single, but internet evidences suggest she’s the same lady who’s currently experimenting revived success as trash queen on TV talent shows.

Gianna Massaro – Amami

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Mar
22
2012
4

La Mia Sinfonia

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It’s almost a golden rule: as every TV show in Italy had its own sigla, every babe that was given even a minimum of TV/cinema exposure was also given the chance of making a record.
Yvonne Harlow is mainly remembered among obscuro cinema lovers for starring as Stella Shining in the sleazy Enzo Milioni cult Giallo from 1978 “La sorella di Ursula” (aka. “The Sister of Ursula” / “Curse of Ursula”). The plot is quite common among the similar works of the era: while searching for their estranged mother, two hot sisters, Dagmar and Ursula, arrive at a lavish seaside hotel. But a mysterious killer is murdering women in the area………the track might have turned out to be a better tune if the authors didn’t indulge on producing a cheap imitation of a failed TV show sigla. I doubt the track is kind of a spin off that didn’t make it to the soundtrack as the author (Mimi Uva) is the same.

Yvonne Harlow – La mia sinfonia

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Mar
22
2012
0

Christine

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Another example – this time from 1977 – of a disco arranged track where is clear the influence of the “canzone italiana” as a specific genre.
And yet another fine excerpt from Massimo Bizzo’s bio notes: “I am always inventing new emotions, new stimulations which make me feel better, which make me feel alive. When I was 10 years old, my favourite game was writing music and in the evening I performed them to my family. At 16th years old I became the singer of the band “The Devils”. We felt this as our baptise for the fire, to perform for the first time for a real public, to let them enjoy, to let them dance and also being paid for this. What a panic that first time.”

Massimo Bizzo – Christine

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Mar
22
2012
0

Vola Via

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An obscure Celso Valli arranged track from 1979.
This is the first, and not the only one, Carlo Cori record.
Son of Ruggero Cori, of the Quartetto Marino Marini, for the rest, I’ll leave you to this excerpt from the bio note *he* writes on *himself* on *his own* website:
“Sensual voice, on the road rocker, Rolex collector, loves Porsche cars, on a mission to give love to women…to him, life is “Spaghetti Sex & Rock’n’roll”…and for this he’s grudged by many…..what a character!!!”.

As for Patrizia, her surname is Fanfani, niece of one of the founders of the political party Democrazia Cristiana, Amintore Fanfani, and one of the most powerful politicians of the period.

Surely not the biggest disco bomb around, but I’m a sucker for the hilarious lyrics and the out of tune singing.
And, hey, never forget disco in Italy was massively influenced by the tradition of the canzonetta/canzone popolare.

Patrizia & Carlo Cori – Vola via

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Mar
19
2012
4

You can call me Mister Ritmo

As we say in Russia: the lad has said – the lad has done. It was not so easy as I thought in the beginning…

So, at first it was like that. Now, when Randi doesn’t sing, but only ecstatically shouts, mock disco-rock schlager transmuted into experience of disco-climax (at least, as I hear it).

Randi “Ritmo” (How_Beezar Instrumental Edit)

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Thank Italocarlito for support. Jussi, your lossless copy is awaiting for you, as you wished.

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Feb
28
2012
8

Donna di Cera

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Ok, time for a good Tempera penned and produced track now. Under the radar for a while now, this is a very nice late disco shot sung by Elisabetta Viviani.

“Donna di Cera” has a tremendous synth abuse, which is totally Vince style, I must admit I love this track. And please, say hi to the maximum representative of the “Donna di Cera” (wax woman) ever.

Elisabetta Viviani – Donna di Cera

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Feb
28
2012
4

Nuovo Sistema

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An obscure Vince Tempera arranged release, written by that devil writer that is Cristiano Malgioglio and from that Pandora’s box that is 1977. Yes, another chicken-themed song blatantly written under-the-influence! When asked about this, he said he couldn’t remember anything about it, of course he did, but was clearly too ashamed someone still remembered this. Anyways, I have a soft spot for this track, particularly when the choirs go “Disco Salsa-Disco Co-Co”. WTF? tag clearly deserved, needless to say.

Nuovo Sistema – Co co co

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Feb
28
2012
3

Donatella Moretti

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An apparently rare and in demand Shel Shapiro-penned disco single from miss Donatella Moretti under the moniker DM System Orchestra.
Donatella’s career spawned many genres, but now she is into holy music. So here we present her infamous “Born to be Alive”-ish disco past, for your pleasure, or for public scorn, up to you.
Image depicts Donatella in a 60s shot.

Donatella Moretti – Che Pazzo Sei

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Feb
28
2012
2

Marisa Interligi

Dancing Days

“Dancin’ Days” was a brazilian soap-opera that had a tremendous impact on Italian society. You could literally see people meeting just to watch each of the 174 episodes of the soap, that narrated the story of the difficulties Sonia Braga faces after 11 years in prison to get her place back in society and regain her daughter Marisa (not this Marisa), who grew up as his sister Yolanda.

This is the incredibly cheesy italian sigla of “Dancin’ Days” sung by Marisa Interligi, one of the highest examples of off-key singing and choruses.

Marisa Interligi – Occhio di Serpente

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Feb
28
2012
0

Lydo La Torre

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Can’t tell you how *much* I love long forgotten cantautori who totally failed on the charts because they clearly had to move on to another job.
This 1977 latin-chanson-disco attempt of mister Lydo La Torre on the tiny Skorpion label is the proof, and to me has something truly appealing. Maybe the strange appeal garbage has, but I can’t help it…..

Lydo la Torre – Tramonto Rosso

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Feb
28
2012
0

Stop Segreto

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Lapera has been one of the various monikers used by Pinuccio Pirazzoli for his minor productions.
“Stop Segreto”, from 1975, has been under the radar for a while now, and it’s a great (erotic) slow jam. When asked about his vast singles production, he just said “Yes, it’s been a lot of tunes, but they all came directly from my a**”, he obviously meant he wrote, played, recorded them all in person.

Lapera – Stop segreto

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Feb
28
2012
0

Patrizia Caselli

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To continue on the path of long forgotten disco babes, ladies and gentleman, let me introduce you miss Patrizia Caselli. An obviously failed attempt from 1981 to capitalize on the enthusiasm the Walkman produced since its introduction on the market in 1979. Patrizia Caselli had a moment of popularity, as she has been the lover of Walter Chiari, and more recently until his death, to italian politician Bettino Craxi. This is her last single, the previous ones are better, particularly her 1980 cover of Johnny Guitar sung in italian.

Patrizia Caselli – Walkman

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Feb
28
2012
2

Elisabetta Virgili – Primo Amore

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A very interesting flipside with sweeping synths, and a historical document combined in one post. This is the first Elisabetta Virgili single prior to the Steelcreem-ish “Hook The Hook” published the following year, and was the sigla of the legendary Italian TV show, “Chi?”. Colour on italian TV was introduced from 1977 on, so this is one of the very last black and white programs broadcasted on italian public tv, youtube document below is the proof.

Elisabetta Virgili – Primo Amore

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Feb
28
2012
0

Ciliegie Amare

Disco-Cherries

Another lovely italian disco track from 1977, that sees the participation of 80s pop star Donatella Rettore in one of her very first musical approaches. This sits on the flipside of the “Dormire con Te” single. It might apparently sound a bit too cheesy, but believe me, these drums will grow on you (and the pressing is quite loud).

Ciliegie Amare – Pussa Via

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