Nov
02
2014
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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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Oct
29
2014
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Bungaloo

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Bungaloo – Viridiana

France 1977. Not a discofied theme of the 1961 Bunuel film Viridiana – voted as the 37th greatest of all time in Sight & Sounds 2012 poll – but still positively quivering with heightened emotions.

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Oct
28
2014
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Thunder Drum

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Few things sound better than Hillborn injected Chevy big block or psyched disco drums.

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Oct
27
2014
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Hurricane

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“Let’s do a disco song! No, let’s do a glam song! No, no, let’s do a heavy metal song!” Ok, let’s do all of the above then. The image shows Hurricane Allen at its peak, a monster that was terrorizing the American continent the same year this song came out (1980).

Topas – Hurricane

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Oct
27
2014
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Jambo Jambo

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This 1973 Ralf Nowy tribal stomper sounds like the perfect song for dancin’ around the bonfire in the early morning hours, when the real party is just beginning. There’s also a flute in there somewhere, of course.

Sugar Bus – Jambo Jambo

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Oct
27
2014
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Bubble Bubble

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Yan Tregger – Bubble Bubble

How to seduce a mermaid? The obvious choice would be to play this into the ocean. There’s lots of waterproof equipment available just for that. Very experimental piece by Yan Tregger. France ’74

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Oct
27
2014
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Break of Dawn

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Christopher Laird – Break of Dawn

There’s been some references on the blog to this track. It was also featured in the great guest mix by Geoffrey LaRue. Christopher Laird is the man behind The Bumpers. Writer of black jack’s Nag Nag and probably a lot more. The 7 inch is the most common find, but there’s a 12 inch promo out there -so watch out! France ’79

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Oct
27
2014
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Summer Breeze

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Percy Faith – Summer Breeze

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“Sweet is the memory of distant summer days and friends! Like the mellow rays of the setting sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart.” – Washington Irwin.

Huh? In fact, when radiation hits your body, it actually cooks your skin, creating heat that you feel as warmth. A sonic illusion of sunkissed days on the beach is far healthier, like this rather gorgeous 1973 version the the Seals and Crofts lounge classic.

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Oct
26
2014
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Love Beat

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Peace, love and drums.

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Oct
26
2014
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26
2014
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Ich Lebe Mein Leben

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Modern Soul Band DDR – Ich Lebe Mein Leben

Modern Soul Band DDR – Meeting

East German ghetto culture. Memory strasse for some, a history lesson for others, serious ass-shaking for everybody.

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Oct
23
2014
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Trouble

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Fausto Papetti – Troublemaker

A sleazified version of the 1975 Roberta Kelly/Giorgio Moroder/Pete Bellotte classic.

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Oct
23
2014
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Oct
20
2014
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Besame Más

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It’s been Besame Mucho fever lately, in case you haven’t noticed, and here are two more versions to add to the catalogue. One is Turkish and, as is often the case, has a completely different title and set of lyrics to go along with it. The other is an instrumental by Swedish dansband Rospiggarna Med Brudar who, as far as I can gather, were just one short step from being Raggare. This is the biggest surprise of the two – a really unique, slow instrumental psychedelic take on the classic.

Romali Perihan – Seni Görünce
Rospiggarna Med Brudar – Besame Mucho

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