German efficency from 1981. Everything is done exactly as prescribed – und keine Ausnahmen (no exceptions)!
Argentina 1974. Much to admire in the propotions, the sense of cold remoteness and the views of the Cosmic Sea.
This is just a bunch of Turkish songs that I didn’t feel like writing seperate posts for. “Lokum” is not to be interpreted in the Danish way, mind you.
First one on the menu is a cover version of Sabine Sauvant’s Casbah In Cairo. There are other really nice tunes on this album by the way.
Next is a synth and bass heavy jam, from a guy who looked like a Turkish version of the Danish singer Richard Ragnvald.
Last up is from the trio of girls known as Cici Kızlar. I love those wrenching synths in the chorus part.
“Karişik” means mix, and yes, this is another one of those Turkish disco medley records that mixes new sounds with old. Not quite as good as the Osman İşmen stuff, but there are certainly highlights to be found. This sample is from the first parts of side A.
It’s the mighty Usha Uthup from India of course, here delivering an early eighties tune typically and totally out of sync with the zeitgeist of it’s era. This one comes on like something out of the psychedelic sixties, with added seventies disco vibe. Which, naturally, is a perfect combination.
From the Momento Intra LP from Italy ’78. A true disco masterpiece. If you’re into strings, synth wobbling space sounds, groovy repetitions and perfectly orchestrated arrangements, this record belongs in your shelf.
This instrumental version of the 1978 Luv hit has nothing to do with prefabricated, ironic, critically sanctioned, synthetic bad taste a la Madonna or Jeff Koons. This is the real deal, for those who demand all-embracing engagements in all their shameless emotions.
Can it be – no Hollywood 7 here at the Overfitting blog until now? High time for this tremendous Dutch disco drama from 1980, about the Omaha Beauty Queen who journeyed to Hollywood to seek fame and fortune in the Film Business. Only the cruel Fates of Tinseltown failed to recognize her talent and so, alone and disillusioned, she was soon forced to change gears and pursue a career in prostitution.
The 80s: black on black, John Woo heroic bloodshed films and lots of synthesizer music like this. Westway was already included in my birthday mix.
Party is peaking. Fingers desperately seeking for another trusty banger. Moment of hesitation. Sure it mixes nicely and has a driving bassline. But can I drop something this sleazy for the unsuspected dancers trying to reach enlightenment or better still, each other? I’m afraid I can. Wild, loud and dangerous disco sounds tonight at Blanko, Turku.
Easy listening warhorses occasionally get it right, either accidentally or after having decided enough schlager is enough. Here’s a gritty 1979 midtempo track by Alberto Salerno and Angelo Valsiglio, more known for their contributions to the careers of people like who Ornella Vanoni and Julio Iglesias. Interestingly Angelo Valsiglio’s cv also includes the ghastly/hilarious Buone Vacanze by Ilona Staller.
And from behind Yuhua Ben and Z’Ab twenty maidens appeared, carrying large plates of Sikbaj made with vingar; from the tribe of Fazara seven pots of Fattoush with mint, cucumber, olive oil, garlic, and onions from IbnZuqqa; rice puddings; mint tea; Quwarmah Al Dajaj with nutmegs and dates and cooked in Khudr Almazad juice of rather startling green color; orange blossom Khafeh; roasted and salted broad beans; sole fillets poached in fish stock and lime and garnished with shellfish and served under a rich buttery sauce as teached by the great Naswad Asaf ud-Dowlah; elephants milk; eight hundred sparrows killed by the the falcon of Quraysh Abd al-Rahman, who escaped by his cunning the spearheads of the lances and the blades of the swords of Appasid Al-Mansur, after wandering solitary through the deserts; four camels stuffed with sheep, chicken, fish, rice, lemons, honey and eggs; lamb cooked by man who was the son of a cook, wise, honest and pleasant; fish produced by the same hand and with equal sagacity in it’s preparation; and Yhua Ben cried it to be neverending.
From the ’78 Italian LP “Naples pop dimension”. This entire album is just incredible. Full on orchestra disco with lots of synth tweaking and not by anybody, but the synth genius behind the Automat LP, Mario Maggi. I’m not even sure if i find this track the best. “Tu Ca Nun Chiagne” is also banging or the slow one on the b side I Te Vurria Vasa!… if you don’t have this one, go get it!
I remember way way back, always finding the Sherry 12″ “Let’s Go Wild” at fleamarkets. I bought it at least twice, hoping it was any good. It wasn’t, and still isn’t, but this track from the LP is an excellent little piece of orientalism.