Apr
08
2015
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Amon Duul II

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Amon Duul II – Le Guadeloop

Never at home in any land of theme pubs the perspective of these quirky Germans on global culture was always well informed. These seductive sounds are from 1974, way ahead of their time.

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Apr
08
2015
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Midnight Movers

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Midnight Movers Unlimited- Follow The Wind

As one drifts through the soundscapes occasionally there’s a curious feeling of something lacking, even with most sound elements present in at least some capacity. Could it be you need to get funked more, early 70s style? Try the Midnight Movers as they recorded in 1972.

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Apr
06
2015
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Disco General

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Disco General – Adiano To Proskefali

Ah, Greece, the birthplace of western civilization! The epic tragedies, the poetry, the history. The philosphers, the Olympics, the anal sex. Here’s a 1980 Creek tune, the title of which could have something to do with any of those things.

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Apr
02
2015
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Deeper

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John Barry – Theme From The Deep (slowed down)

“You’re standing in an open field. Suddenly there’s music in all directions. Your bones resonate as if you’re listening to beautiful music in front of a powerful home stereo system. But there’s no radio in sight, and nobody else hears what you do.”

That’s how they tried to market the Bone Fone, an extremely odd gadget that transmitted sound through collar bones. Developed originally by Bang & Olufsen, the product hit the stores in 1979. The sensation was amazing – the music seemed to throb deep inside your body. Bass in the chest, strings screeching up towards the eyeballs, moaning and groaning caressing the private parts. It was fantastic. So why did this thing not catch on big time? A complete mystery.

The music is the familiar film theme, slowed down for maximum effect.

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Apr
01
2015
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Flute Salad

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Ju-Par Universal Orchestra ‎- Flute Salad

US ’76. From the album Moods and Grooves

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Apr
01
2015
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Honey, Be My Superman

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Lecia and Lucienne – Honey, Be My Superman

On very thin ice here with imminent danger of falling into schlager waters. Still, we must study material like this on occasion.

Glamorously coiffured sisters Lecia and Lucienne Jonsson from Denmark were at it very early on, their first album came out in 1964. Later they got produced by none other than Tommy Seebach himself, and here then is a prime example what the results sounded like. Extremely lightweight cabaret disco, perhaps. Worth picking up should you come across a copy? Have a listen.

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Mar
31
2015
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Timeflight

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Orchestra P. S. Norton – Timeflight

Beautiful orchestra disco from Germany. Probably from ’77 or ’78. The strings on this are just spot on. Melancholic and powerful.

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Mar
31
2015
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The People Are The Energy

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Up With People – Ready Or Not / People Are The Energy

It had to happen – a disco record by Up With People! This American troupe of all-singing all-dancing young people with permanent smiles had it’s roots in the Sing Out shows presented by the right wing Moral Re-Armament movement during the sixties. The groups toured around the world – I myself was dragged to see one at a tender age here.

The Up With People organization was funded by companies like General Motors and Exxon. The objective was to counter the hippie subculture – a threat to western civilization – with clean, wholesome stage productions suitable for all ages. The members were mainly from the states but were also lured in from the countries the group toured. To qualify as a member, a recruit had to live with a host family and participate in service projects and educational workshops. Arranged marriages could also be part of the deal. Actress Glenn Close was reportedly part of the cult at one point.

Rather horribly, I’ve found myself humming the Up With People disco record quite a few times, feeling the world smile around me.

Check the drag queen in the middle of the image.

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Mar
31
2015
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Summer In The City

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Evolution – Summer In The City

This time an Australian variation, from 1978.

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Mar
30
2015
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Magic Voyage

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Skyline – Magic Voyage

Skyline – I’m Gonna Fall

Studying the self-observation exercises of G.I. Gurdjieff as well as the works of Aleister Crowley, Alfred Korzybski and Timothy Leary. Yoga, Sun Ra, weed and quantum mechanics. All relevant approaches to understanding the world around us. As is dancing to space disco.

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Mar
25
2015
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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

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Sapan-Jagmohan – Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Bollywood tune from the ’83 album Pratibha . I find the vocals very charming on this one, contrary to my girlfriend who absolutely hate them. In that case an instrumental is also to be found on the album.

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Mar
25
2015
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Heike Tittmann

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Wie Ein Baum – Heike Tittmann

Heike Barth from Frankfurt changed into Heike Titmann and under that fabulous new name began to sing and praise Jesus on Lord Records, a small label dedicated to Christian realeses. She has a bit of a cult hit with Wie Ein Baum, made in 1979. The track is also known as Wie Ein Baum Will Ich Sein – on it she imagines herself as a tree.

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Mar
24
2015
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Franz Lambert Galaxis Orgel Sound

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Franz Lambert Galaxis Orgel Sound – The Girls From Paramaribo

“First there is the innocently stupid, the insipid song; then the intentionally stupid, the song ornamented with all the stupidities that the singer takes into his head to make. Next comes the vicious song, which corrupts the public and lures it into bad musical paths by the attraction of certain capricious methods of performance, brilliant but with false expression, which is revolting to both good sense and good taste.”– Hector Berlioz, a French Romantic composer c 1840, most famous for Symphonie Fantastique and Grande Messe des Morts.

Well, Hector, and everybody like you today, here’s to you the often quoted message from the wise man: Fuck Art, Let’s Dance.

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Mar
23
2015
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Kong Vinter

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Frank Aleksandersen – Kong Vinter

Norway has a rich tradition of myths, throbbing with supernatural beings like trolls and sexually ferocious nymphs. You may also have heard of stories of Norse mythology focusing on Odin, the chief Norse God and his son Thor. Still, there’s no legend as intriguing and mysterious than that of the 12″ of Kong Vinter, the 1979 realese by one Frank Aleksandersen. Now, behold, listen, and believe.

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Mar
23
2015
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Denis King And His Orchestra

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Denis King and His Orchestra – Regan’s Theme

GB. A tough-as-nails tune from the 1977 original. Accept nothing less.

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Mar
22
2015
0

Simbora

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B-side, US, 1978.

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Mar
18
2015
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Eleventh Hour

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Eleventh Hour – Hollywood Hot

Around the same time producer/songwriter Bob Crewe unleashed his Street Talk disco album late in 1975 with it’s infamous Cherry Boy track – check the lyrics like “your ass is your ticket to paradise…so nice” – he scored a another medium-sized disco hit with this one. The focus is again on the sleazier side of life with stuff such as a conversation between a client and a chicken, an underage prostitute.

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Mar
16
2015
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Proxima Centauri

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I Signori Della Galassia – Proxima Centauri

The classic of the month – from a slightly different angle. The focus here is on the haunting final part of the long 1979 track, with just a snippet of the central theme in the beginning.

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Mar
15
2015
0

If You Want Tell Me

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B-side, France, 1979.

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Mar
15
2015
0

Back To Paris the album version

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Bernheim – Back To Paris (lp version)

The still active Francois Bernheim from France worked with Berlin cabaret icon Ute Lemper, Brigitte Bardot and Patrick Juvet. He also realesed a disco 12″ Back To Paris in 1979, with French version on one side and English language version on the flip. Nine minutes long each, they are lush, fast tempo big production numbers in the episodic suite tradition.

The song begins with introduction, setting the tone for the the remainder of the movements and presenting the main thematic material. This takes the form of theme groups, linked via a modulating transition, or bridges, rather than break passages heard in most long disco records. In the succeeding development sections, the thematic material is presented in new harmonic and textural contexts. The 16 minute album version out in Canada adds entirely new material, some of which is heard in the clip, bringing more depth and drama into the track. Finally the developments transition smoothly into the recapitulation, where the main themes are presented in an intensified form. Spectacular.

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