Sep
16
2014
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Primitive Desire

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Primitive Desire

Tracks extremely hot six or seven years ago when this recording was made during a gig. Contains long versions of Eastbound Expressway’s fierce Primitive Desire, Delicate Jan by Azoto, Johnny Guitar by Slang and the anthemic Dream Machine by Disco Dream and the Androids – which absolutely has to be heard in full – plus some Discocross and a bit of Yma Sumac.

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Sep
15
2014
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Franek Kimono

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Franek Kimono the polish Bruce Lee produced this outstanding track in the year 1983.

Franek Kimono – Pozcegnanie Franka

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Sep
15
2014
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Arabian Melody

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There has been a bit of an oriental theme on the blog lately, and it continues here with this 1972 stomper by Pop Concerto Orchestra, guaranteed to give your harem keeper a hard time. And…was “Arabian Melody” the inspiration for Elias Rahbani’s “Liza…Liza”? I can spot a few similarities. B-side has its qualities as well.

Pop Concerto Orchestra – Arabian Melody
Pop Concerto Orchestra – Nefta

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Sep
15
2014
1

Deesco

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Rick Dees has taken a lot of flack from purists, and his Disco Duck record has even been pointed out as one of the reasons for the Disco Demolition event. I personally don’t think all that hate is justified, because if you look around you can see that he has a larger disco output than that one gimmicky record, and the quality of some of it proves that he must have taken what he was doing seriously. At least to some extent. Ok, no further need to glorify the man….here is an example of what i’m talking about.

Rick Dees – You Got Those Lips (Instrumental)

And just for the record, I would rather put on the Disco Duck than a Gloria Gaynor record – anytime.

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Sep
14
2014
1

Juegos De Aqua

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Adolfo Waitzman – Juegos De Agua

Spain 1974. My personal favourite at the moment.

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Sep
14
2014
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Oba Oba Macumba

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Vamps – Oba Oba Macumba

The classic of the month, with priceless spoken segments.

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Sep
14
2014
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The Korva Selection

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Prime Force – The Korva Selection

Prime Force – Disco Lady

What does a Korva selection contain? The British track from 1978 has a polished, soundtrack-ey feel to it and it’s indeed supposed to have something to do with a film score. The message in Disco Lady is more clear though the tune could do with some radical editing, like leaving everything out but the wicked synths.

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Sep
12
2014
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Oriental

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Peru – Oriental

Peru – Caves

Like Orientalist subjects in western art in general, exoticism in disco was associated with fantasies of opulence and barbaric splendour. During the seventies the tracks were in the expected orchestral mould, such as the previous post illustrates. The trend continued during the early 80s when Arabic themes were interpreted with synths, finding fans in the New Romantic movement. These examples are from 1983, made in Holland.

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Sep
12
2014
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Lawrence D’Arabie

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Raymond Levefre – Lawrence D’Arabie

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Epic in scope but perhaps still not a serious rival for the Ritchie Family version? However, old Raymond did manage what sounds like the definitive take on the theme for Star Wars, with a hot, absolutely kicking arrangement.

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Sep
12
2014
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Isabel’s Sandstorm

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Isabel – Sandstorm

Here’s another Sandstorm from Greece, by Isabel of the One Night Love Affair and I Love Disco fame. This is a version of the Desert Express tune, not the one By La Bionda of course.

Isabel’s 1978 album has an elaborate folding sleeve for no other apparent reason than to impress us with a large image of a HELICOPTER.

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Sep
11
2014
1

F.B.I.

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Strangely attractive 7″ from ’77.

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Sep
11
2014
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The Bees

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Kero – The Bees

Nice hippie’ish surf vibe from Daniel Sentacruz. Italy ’74

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Sep
11
2014
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Akin I Lbhar (Au-delà Des Mers)

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Akin I Lbhar

A bit more 80s, this one, with a strong Les Bains Douches vibe – think Philippe Starck furniture, w i d e shoulderpads, everybody wearing black. Tracks include Djamel Allam: Akin I Lbhar (Au-delà Des Mers), B.E.F: The Secret Life of Arabia, Richard Strange and the Engine Room: Damascus, Ande Popp: Mondo Popp, plus misacellaneous bits and pieces from people like Bernard Lavilliers.

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Sep
10
2014
4

Blowing

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Veto Matchill – Blowing

I was tipped by my good friend Vomatron about this one, and what a surprise i got when it arrived. Aquatic Italian prog when it’s best. I can’t really find any info on the artist, but he/they were really ahead of their time. Italy ’76

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Sep
09
2014
1

Verfolgung

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This track is on a random library i found last year on a fleamarket in munich. It´s called Verfolgung and was produced in 1987.  A german delight sounds like a heavy techno bass line, i pitched it down for more pleasure…

Verfolgung

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Sep
09
2014
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Crazy Spider

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Gum Bisquit – Crazy Spider

This is how psych should sound. If it was injectable, i believe it would be the strongest and most addictive drug on the market. Watch out for this spider, it’s lethal! Italy ’74

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Sep
08
2014
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Who Does?

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Disco for the one in a vintage Oscar Wilde t-shirt (b-side, Italy, 198?).

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Sep
08
2014
1

Dog Days

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Frank Widling – Dog Days

France ’74.

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Sep
08
2014
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Flangin’T

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The Danish group Rainbow has been mentioned once before here on the blog, in connection with their disco version of Ghost Riders In The Sky. I’m not sure who originally told me that they released a full LP (maybe i saw it on Discogs). In any case, I found it a few months ago and was pleasantly surprised that it contained yet another, even better, song than Ghost Riders….Flangin’T (yes, that is how it is spelled) is a nice guitar-equlibristic disco-inspired piece, with fusion jazz elements – overall a great mix of ideas.

Rainbow – Flangin’T

Not that much info is available about Rainbow on the internet, and they are strangely omitted from any of the more popular Danish music biographies, but this site refers to them as a kind of “party band” that doubled as studio musicians. It also reveals that more than one pressing exists of “At Last” (my copy is on yellow vinyl, but sound quality is pretty good).

The site also mentions that the group disbanded after the release of the LP, but if you flip to the back cover of “Disco Tango”, you will see that Seebach essentially lists the group as his studio band for the album. It should also not come as a surprise that Seebach had a hand in “At Last”, being credited both as co-producer and percussionist (but not as songwriter).

According to living library of music knowledge, Michael Denner (of Mercyful Fate fame, and in whose shop i found the LP), Rainbow’s guitarist Torben Johansen went on to have a big international carreer in the 1980’s, but exactly how and where is a bit unclear. What is sure is that he was very active on the Danish music scene for many years, and could have used his guitar skills for other interesting projects. We shall see what might eventually appear.

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Sep
07
2014
1

Jet Flight Number 3

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Jon Petersen & Skyliner – Jet Flight Number 3

Jon Petersen & Skyliner – Funky Fever

Before settling for an airline, check that the films are satisfying and the pampering bag up to scratch. As they are bound to disappoint, fly with our sounds from Overfitting Disco instead as we definitely provide first class in-flight entertainment, more effectively than the latest Marvel superhero flick or Peppermint breath fresheners from Aveda.

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