Pisanese Daniela Davoli as played by Carlo Simula this years Camp Cosmic.
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.
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!
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.
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:
Inside something there is a rush of
Who knows what stands in front of
I fashion my future on films in space
Tells me secretly
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.
“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).
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
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
“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.
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.