Nov
07
2014
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Space 2000

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Yvan Guilini – Space 2000

Great Hammond organ disco from Belgium ’78. It’s from the LP Yvan Guilini vol.2. There’s some other good tracks on this album, but space 2000 is definitely the best. The picture above is the danish answer to Klaus Wunderlich. Ole Erling the king of hammonds. Maybe he did some disco related stuff too..?

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Nov
06
2014
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Escapade With Zero

1156Skorpio – Escapade With Zero

“The possibility of dialectics of desire, of an unpredictability of bliss: The bets are not placed, there can still be a game.” Quoting Roland Barthes here because his theory of jouissance (bliss) pretty much sums how I feel about collecting and playing disco records. It’s not the mere pleasure (plaisir), but the possibilities to unpredictable connections between various sounds, images and desires that keep the game interesting.

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Nov
06
2014
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I Was Looking For An Indian War Dance

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I guess this is one of those records that managed to go under the radar for ages, but then suddenly shows up many places independently, within a short period. I found “Indian War Dance” in Istanbul, on Turkish press, with all the crackling campfire qualities that follows such a release, and recently included it in this mix. Our blog captain also used it in his recent mix. The b-side “I Was Looking For You” is not to be overlooked either.

Until a few months ago there was no info to be found about this release, but now I can gather that it is French, and from 1977.

Victor Upshaw – Indian War Dance
Victor Upshaw – I Was Looking For You

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Nov
06
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06
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Der Montag

Ulli Baër – Der Montag edited, check out the bass line!

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Nov
05
2014
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Die Böhmstory

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Max Greger Jr. – Die Böhmstory (1977)

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Nov
05
2014
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Stou

stou1Γιώργος Θεοδωράκης – Stou

“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” Hunter S. Thompson once phrased. Repetitious tribal beats of this morning music classic will eventually ease unnecessary tensions and you’ll be dancing even if lying still on the floor. Plays well with Le vieux de la montagne.

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Nov
05
2014
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Tony Noble Harem

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Tony Noble Harem – Hurt

A grandiose mor standard once bellowed out by acts like Elvis, Timi Yoro and Ignazio Boschetto gets the 1978 treatment in Italy. See also: Tony Noble Band: House of the Rising Sun.

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Nov
03
2014
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Le Prédicateur

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Jo Alan – Le Prédicateur

A mysterious psyché-disco realese from Belgium by chanteur Jo Alan (real name Jorge Aliane). A Prédicateur is a preacher.

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Nov
03
2014
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Morning Spunk

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Morning Spunk – Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

spunk (spngk) n. 1. Informal Spirit; pluck. 2. Punk, touchwood, or other tinder. 3. In vulgar slang, Ejaculated semen.

Take your pick.

The 1977 track is a more dancefloor-friendly Italian take on the Ian Drury classic, co-written by Chas Jankel of Questionnaire and Ai No Corrida fame.

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Nov
02
2014
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Alpha

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Vangelis – Alpha (@45rpm)

Vangelis – epic, or just overblown?

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Nov
02
2014
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02
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01
2014
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Tipo

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Pisanese Daniela Davoli as played by Carlo Simula this years Camp Cosmic.

Daniela Davoli – Tipo

 

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Oct
31
2014
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Gilda Giuliani

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One of the best Superman-related disco tracks ever. This 1979 italian one is a truly wonderful take on the original John Williams theme: very long atypical disco (at least for 1979 and a 7″) with a fantastic break in the middle, not much vocals, and limited incursions on the original theme. Miss Giuliani’s voice, together with the full strings and horns section of RCA Italiana directed by legendary Guido Cenciarelli makes the rest.

Gilda Giuliani – Superman

Oct
31
2014
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Ritmo Dance

 

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Boncompagni and Ormi – Ritmo Dance

This record was made as a promotion for the Fiat Ritmo car in Italy ’78. It’s even released on a Fiat label. The only relation i have to Boncompagni & Ormi besides this, is from the Bus Connection project and Beryl Cunningham’s Why-O.
Drive the Ritmo!

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Oct
30
2014
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Tom Dooley

A cover version of the Tom Dooley track, an old US standard, in a 70s discofied version coming from Italy. This one starts as a spaghetti western, then turns into a demented cowboys-on-the-loose track, sounding like Sergio Leone meets a drunk Yodel male choir. The result is bad, bad, bad……….therefore absolutely magnifico! Please thank the immense italian maestro Dino Siani with the Verona Folk choir ensemble, for this gem which I’m sure will get stuck in your head and you’ll be humming for days.

Dean Siani Orchestra featuring Verona Folk – Tom Dooley Story

 

 

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Oct
30
2014
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A body in a snare

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Magic de Spell – A body in a snare

This Greek new wave track has a very disco’ish feel to it. Pumping drums and suicidal lyrics. not bad huh?

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Oct
29
2014
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フレッシュ・フェイリュア(輝け太陽)

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The Japanese Cast of Hair – フレッシュ・フェイリュア(輝け太陽)

The Japanese version of Let The Sunshine In, the finale of the musical Hair, is the most rhythmically accented of the cast recordings made during the late 60s. As you can hear, it’s approaching disco already.

The lyrics mirror the English original. Some of it is excessively deep:

“Somewhere
Inside something there is a rush of
Greatness
Who knows what stands in front of
Our lives
I fashion my future on films in space
Silence
Tells me secretly
Everything
Everything…
The rest is silence
The rest is silence
The rest is silence”

This seems to refer to the cosmic mystery that is life and suggests people are capable of rising to god-like greatness. “I fashion my future on films in space” points not at cameras but has to do with the thin film that creates our reality and our supposed control over it.

“Silence tells me everything” could be about meditation, though “The rest is silence” is a quote from Shakespeare which refers to death.

Go figure. But, in any case the music is great and Japanese graphic design of the sleeve is superb.

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