Peter Straker – Alabama Song
Liza Minnelli – Tropical Nights/Bali H’ai
The first track is probably not dance music an sich but it could make for an interesting opener for a dj set. This version of the famous Kurt Weil & Bertolt Brecht tune is covered by a British actor who was also connected to the rock band Queen. The 1977 record was partly produced by Freddie Mercury.
The second contains stuff ripped from a schmaltzy Rogers&Hammerstein musical South Pacific. Tropical Nights/Bali H’ai is the only actual 70’s disco record by Liza, a cabaret girl, stage presence, former substance abuser, Studio 54 regular, daughter of Hollywood legend Judy Garland, close friend of Michael Jackson and other dead celebs like Elizabeth Taylor, and a still active singer. After a relaxed opening section the long cut suddenly lurches foward in tempo, speeding up to a Star Wars-style instrumental part called Bali H’ai. In October 7th 1977 Tropical Nights was one of the top 10 faves for dj Tony Carrasco at the Playground Disco in New York.