Aug
12
2017
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Epic Deep Male Vocal Classics

Epic Deep Male Vocal Classics pt 1

Epic Deep Male Vocal Classics pt 2

Political awareness, passion, universal love, chauvinism and warped sexual politics – it’s all here in disco tracks sung by some of the greatest voices ever.

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Apr
12
2014
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Sleeping Blue Nights

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Driving sounds from 1974.

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Mar
11
2014
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La Martinique, New York

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La Martinique, New York

Starting a new series focusing on playlists featured in Vince Aletti’s book Disco Files.

On page 49 dj Raymond Goynes lists his top ten for the week of December 28 1974 at La Martinique in New York. The titles include kickass boogiestyle cuts like Philadelphia by B.B. King, Express By B.T.Express and both the Gene Page and Love Unlimited Ork versions of Barry White’s Satin Soul. Many of the other records popular in clubs during the week like Get Dancin’ by Disco Tex and the Sex-O-Lettes, one of the biggest hits of the season, don’t get mentioned but it’s quite possible that at least this hilarious/awful/fascinating fave got spinned at La Martinique as well. Hear some of Get Dancin’ in the mix and see what you think. Crap or grand?

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Sep
15
2013
5

Los Angeles ´76 Mix

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Los Angeles ´76 mix

What kind of car did Pam Grier drive in 1976 – a De Tomaso Pantera GTS? A yellow Chevrolet Corvette? Imagine her behind the wheel at midnight, cruising past the billboards on her way to the After Dark in the corner of Beverly Boulevard and La Cienega, or to the famous Circus Disco. This is the music she heard on the radio, switching channels every few minutes. Cool jazzy moods, elegant instrumentals, male harmony tunes and a hot latin hustle classic or two.

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Jun
14
2012
2

Sofia

In my opinion Sofia Rotaru was the most beautiful singer in Soviet Union in 70s. She made her best records in 70s too.

Here’s dramatic disco-funk standart “Temp” (“Tempo” in  Russian, 1979) with irreproachable arrangements:

Sofia Rotaru – Temp

And this is her soul side: heartstopper “Lebedinaya Vernost'” (“Swans Fidelity”, 1974). Each time I listen to this song I can’t hold back the tears.

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Feb
25
2012
1

Bullet

–What’s this garbage? Sounds like a chipmunk with diarrhea.
–l like that.
–What are you doing? Cost me $10.95 plus tax.
–You call that music? This is music.

This way I fell in love with “Right Said Fred” Barry White.

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Feb
23
2012
8

L.O.V.E. Got A Hold On Me

He might be white Barry White (sorry for bad pun), but has chosen German and Italian TV-shows instead of NY clubs.
Sorry for this foolish TV spot, but the song is worthy of it, even in short version (David Mancuso would not give me a lie).

And here’s another, big proto-disco stomper with video even worse than previous. (more…)

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Feb
04
2012
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I (Who Have Nothing)

Rare video — official promo of Sylvester’s “I (Who Have Nothing)”, 1979. Uncommon example of non-camp disco-video.

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Jan
24
2012
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“Black Underground Flavas”: unreleased Salsoul compilation

In 2003-2006 Salsoul re-released almost whole its catalogue, but one compilation of  “Salsoul  Flavas” series – “Electrophonic Beats, Dubby Mixes & Black Underground Flavas” – didn’t  see a light of the day. Greg Wilson (he selected the tracks) guesses that material seemed too experimental to copyright owners.

In 2008 Mr. Wilson published the tracklist in one of his article, but a few days ago this article disappeared from net. Now tracklist is here for your pleasure (192 kbps, 72:30, 99.6 Mb):

01. Aurra / Such A Feeling (pt 2 & 3) / Shep Pettibone Mix

02. Rafael Cameron / Boogie’s Gonna Get Ya (Instrumental) / Francois Kevorkian Mix

03. Weeks & Co / If You’re Looking For Fun (Dub) / Shep Pettibone Mix

04. Vaughan Mason / You Can Do It (Instrumental)

05. Sly Cabell / Feelin’ Fine (Club Version) / Shep Pettibone Mix

06. Leroy Burgess / Heartbreaker / Shep Pettibone Mix

07. Instant Funk / (Just Because) You’ll Be Mine (Extended) / Shep Pettibone Mix

08. Edwin Birdsong / She’s Wrapped Too Tight (She’s A Button Buster) (Extended)

09. Aurra / Baby love (Instrumental) / Shep Pettibone Mix

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Jan
09
2012
3

Drums that changed a world

It’s always interesting to discover nodes where music flow changed its direction, especially when these nodes are the songs. Here are a few of such milestone songs.

“The Love I Lost” of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes (Philadelphia International Records, 1973) gave to world “Four-on-the-Floor” rhythm pattern.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uN7mQtcLRCs&feature=player_embedded

BTW 2nd pretender to the palm is Temptation’s “Law Of The Land” (Motown, 1973), but actually it has only 4/4 kick drum without hissing open hi-hat.

Certainly I could not miss the song that gifted its own standard rhythm pattern to Hip-Hop. This is fabulous The Soul Searchers’ “Ashley’s Roachclip” (Sussex, 1974). Short drum break on 3:31 and the rest is… 5 pages on whosampled.com.

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Jun
13
2011
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Great Battle

Everyone saw classic rasta-movie “Rockers” or, at least, this snippet with a battle between Soul Music and Roots Rock Reggae:

A name of the winning song isn’t much interesting for visitors of this blog (just in case, this is The Jays and  Ranking Trevor’s “Queen Majesty”).

Second place is taken by acid-disco track (in style of Horse Meat Disco) “Get On Up (Get On Down)” (1978) of Roundtree:

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Aug
13
2010
3

green eyed lady

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Total Unity – Green Eyed Lady [1978]

One of my dancefloor secret weapons & now I hope one of yours. Green Eyed Lady is one of those rare tracks that works across a number of audiences. The deep soulful vocals by Hense Powell are intoxicating enough to galvanise an entire Northern Soul audience into throwing a whole tub of talcum powder on the floor in wild abandon!  The music itself is a whole different story with the kind of dirty throbbing synth workout that echoes Patrick Cowley or Giorgio Moroder at their most sleaziest and at one point I am even reminded of Suicide’s Martin Rev (you have just got to hear it to believe it!).

The track seems to be a re-work of a 1970 soft-rock track performed by American band Sugarloaf & written by David Riordan. The link between the two tracks seems to be the wonderfully named Frank Slay who produced both the Sugarloaf and Total Unity versions of the track.

Frank Slay was also responsible for the track’s release on his own label Claridge Records which according to Discogs was initially formed in New York in 1965 only to close down a year later in 1966. Frank then moved to Los Angeles in 1974 and re-vamped the label, switching from rock to disco before again folding the label in 1978.

The actual track was part of a 1978 four track untitled  release which in addition to Total Unity (which seemed to be project specific as I can find no other releases by them) featured Ruth Davis, Freddie Cannon & Overfitting favourite D.C. LaRue. The fact that this was released in 1978 and the label folded in the same year, one can deduce this hardly sold at all. Perhaps this explains why a decent copy of the record can be had for between five and ten Euros!

I appreciate there are a couple of crackles on the rip but I think the quality of the track warrants the odd distortion. If anyone has a better rip feel free to contact me and I will happily update the track.

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Mar
25
2009
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Ghetto Kung-Fu

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The Mody-Vation – Ghetto Kung-Fu

Hotfoot Records, Germany, 1974

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Feb
09
2009
47

What is that song ?

Please try to identify those following samples.

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Jan
23
2009
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Jan
15
2009
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Oct
19
2008
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Hit Man

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Chantal Curtis – Hit Man

Great hit in the target! Original touch with the jewish harp (love that!). And this chants… (starring the diva Chantal Curtis)

You’d better watch out for the Hit Girl !…
or she will “Get Another Love“, LP released on Keylock Records and produced by Pierre Jaubert in 1979.

Chantal Curtis – Get Another Love

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Oct
07
2008
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All This Love That I’m Givin’

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Gwen McCrae – All This Love That I’m Giving

Gwen Mc Crae is an american singer inspired as much by gospel, R’n’B, soul as funk and also by her husband.
It appears on her 3rd album “Melody Of Life” in 1979.

It’s been later sampled by the frech duo Cassius. (more…)

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Sep
26
2008
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Cosmic Truth

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Is there a life on another funky planet ?…

The answer is an Undisputed Truth. This is a groovy mix of soul, psychedelism and space music from the “Cosmic Truth” LP released in 1975.

The Undisputed Truth – UFO’s
The Undisputed Truth – Spaced Out
The Undisputed Truth – 1990

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Aug
04
2008
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