Category Archives: Disco

THE MANHATTANS-THERE’S NO ME WITHOUT YOU.

THE MANHATTANS-THERE’S NO ME WITHOUT YOU. Like so many other groups, success took time to come The Manhattans’ way.  Indeed, The Manhattans released seven albums before making a commercial breakthrough with 1976s The Manhattans. It was certified gold, and 1977s It Feels So Good and 1980s After Midnight repeated the feat. However, before their 1976 …

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CERRONE-LOVE IN C MINOR.

CERRONE-LOVE IN C MINOR. Recently, I wrote about Cerrone’s second album Cerrone’s Paradise, released in 1977. The album that inadvertently started Marc Cerrone’s solo career was Love In C Minor, released the year before, in 1976. After this, Marc Cerrone would go on to become one of the biggest selling artists of the disco era, …

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CERRONE-CERRONE’S PARADISE.

CERRONE-CERRONE’S PARADISE. During the disco era, it wasn’t just American labels like Salsoul, Casablanca, SAM and TK that were producing disco music. Over in Europe, producers like Giorgio Moroder, Frank Farian, Claude Francois, Don Ray and Cerrone were releasing some of the most cutting-edge dance music. One of these producers, Marc Cerrone started releasing albums …

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THE FIFTY BEST REISSUES OF 2014-PART 3.

THE FIFTY BEST REISSUES OF 2014-PART 3. ELTON JOHN-GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD. Although critical acclaim and commercial success were constant companions for Elton John between 1970 and 1978, one year stood out, 1973. During 1973, Elton released two of his most successful albums. The first of these two albums was Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only …

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THE FIFTY BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2014-PART 5.

THE FIFTY BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2014-PART 5. STRANGE BREAKS AND MR. THING III. One of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed compilation series made a welcome return in May 2014. That’s Strange Breaks and Mr. Thing III. It’s been a long time coming. Five years in fact. So, after a five year back, Mr. …

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BOMBAY DISCO VOLUME 2.

BOMBAY DISCO VOLUME 2. 1979 was a landmark year in the history of disco. Suddenly, after being the musical flavour of the month for several years, disco sucked. In the space of a year, disco went from hero to zero. Disco’s downfall started on Christmas Eve 1978,  That’s when Steve Dahl was fired by Chicago …

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BO KIRKLAND AND RUTH DAVIS-YOU’RE GONNA GET NEXT TO ME-THE COMPLETE CLARIDGE RECORDINGS.

BO KIRKLAND AND RUTH DAVIS-YOU’RE GONNA GET NEXT TO ME-THE COMPLETE CLARIDGE RECORDINGS. By 1976, disco was providing the soundtrack to dance-floors worldwide. Originally, however, disco was an American phenomenon. Gradually, though, the rest of the world succumbed to the disco sound. Around the world, dancers danced to the pulsating disco beat. However, disco’s popularity …

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DISCO: A FINE SELECTION OF INDEPENDENT DISCO, MODERN SOUL AND BOOGIE 1978-82.

DISCO: A FINE SELECTION OF INDEPENDENT DISCO, MODERN SOUL AND BOOGIE 1978-82. Never has a musical genre caused so much controversy as disco. It divided opinion back in the seventies. Even today, thirty-five years after disco survived a near death experience, disco continues to divide opinion. People seem to either love or loathe disco. There seems …

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WILLIAM ONYEAEBOR 2.

WILLIAM ONYEAEBOR 2. Enigmatic. That’s the perfect word to describe synth funk pioneer, William Onyeabor. He is, without doubt, one of the most mysterious and elusive musicians. There’s a good reason for this, Much of William Onyeabor’s life is shrouded in mystery. After releasing eight albums between 1978 and 1985, which will feature in Luaka Bop’s …

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BOBBY WOMACK-PIECES.

BOBBY WOMACK-PIECES.  On  June 27th 2014, Bobby Womack, one of the legends of soul music died. Bobby’s career had lasted over fifty years. It began when Bobby was a member of The Valentinos. After that, Bobby embarked upon a solo career. He released his debut album Fly Me To The Moon in 1968. Bobby would then release another …

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UNDER THE INFLUENCE VOLUME 4-COMPILED BY NICK THE RECORD.

UNDER THE INFLUENCE VOLUME 4-COMPILED BY NICK THE RECORD. Over the last few years, ZR Records Under The Influence compilation series has become one of the most eagerly awaited releases. The first volume of Under The Influence first hit the shops back in October 2011. Under The Influence Volume 1 was compiled by Red Gregg. …

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NANA LOVE-DISCO DOCUMENTARY FULL OF FUNK.

NANA LOVE-DISCO DOCUMENTARY FULL OF FUNK. Disco. Never has a musical genre caused so much controversy. It divided opinion back in the seventies. Even today, disco continues to divide opinion. That’s why disco has been described as Marmite music. People seem to either love or loathe disco. There seems to be no in between. Controversy even …

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DISCO RECHARGE-JOHN DAVIS AND THE MONSTER ORCHESTRA-AIN’T THAT ENOUGH FOR YOU AND THE MONSTER STRIKES AGAIN.

DISCO RECHARGE-JOHN DAVIS AND THE MONSTER ORCHESTRA-AIN’T THAT ENOUGH FOR YOU AND THE MONSTER STRIKES AGAIN. By 1978, John Davis had established a reputation in music as a successful songwriter, arranger and producer. Ever since the early seventies, he’d been working in Philly, with groups like First Choice, The Intruders, The Soul Survivors and artists …

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DISCO RECHARGE-JOHN DAVIS AND THE MONSTER ORCHESTRA-NIGHT AND DAY AND UP JUMPED THE DEVIL.

DISCO RECHARGE-JOHN DAVIS AND THE MONSTER ORCHESTRA-NIGHT AND DAY AND UP JUMPED THE DEVIL.  One of the phenomenon’s of the disco era, was the arrival of the disco orchestra. Obviously, the best known and without doubt, best, and most successful was The Salsoul Orchestra. It was founded by Vince Montana Jr, in 1975 and played …

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THE FAR OUT MONSTER DISCO ORCHESTRA-THE FAR OUT MONSTER DISCO ORCHESTRA.

THE FAR OUT MONSTER DISCO ORCHESTRA-THE FAR OUT MONSTER DISCO ORCHESTRA. Between 1975 and 1979, disco orchestras provided the soundtrack to dance-floors worldwide. The greatest disco orchestra was, without doubt, The Salsoul Orchestra. Founded and lead by the late, great Vince Montana Jr, The Salsoul Orchestra featured some of Philly’s top musicians. This included the …

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CAROL WILLIAMS-‘LECTRIC LADY.

CAROL WILLIAMS-‘LECTRIC LADY.  In late 1975, Carol Williams became the first Lady of of Salsoul. Carol, one of the original disco divas, became the first female singer to sign for Salsoul. At Salsoul Records, Carol worked with Vince Montana Jr, the man behind the rise and rise of The Salsoul Orchestra. With Vince at her side, Carol Williams disco …

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HORSE MEAT DISCO VOLUME IV.

HORSE MEAT DISCO VOLUME IV. It’s been a long time coming, Horse Meat Disco Volume IV. Three years, but hey, who’s counting. At last, though, the wait is nearly over. Horse Meat Disco Volume IV will be released on Strut Records on 16th June. A lot has happened in the last three years. Since the …

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MARGIE JOSEPH-FEELING MY WAY.

MARGIE JOSEPH-FEELING MY WAY. When Margie Joseph released Feeling My Way in 1978, she was just twenty-eight. However, Feeling My Way was Margie’s seventh album since her debut Makes A New Impression. It was released on Volt Records, a subsidiary of Stax Records in 1970, a year after Margie signed to Volt. Margie Joseph had …

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SHAWN LEE PRESENTS GOLDEN AGE AGAINST THE MACHINE.

SHAWN LEE PRESENTS GOLDEN AGE AGAINST THE MACHINE. Shawn Lee’s new album, Shawn Lee Presents Golden Age Against The Machine, which was released on 5th May 2014, has been a labor of love. It’s Shawn paying homage to the golden age of hip hop, which influenced and inspired him. So much so, that Shawn decided …

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BLUE MAGIC-MESSAGE FROM THE MAGIC.

BLUE MAGIC-MESSAGE FROM THE MAGIC. By 1978, when Blue Magic released Message From The Magic, their career had stalled. Much had changed since they released Mystic Dragons in 1976. Two of Blue Magic’s original members had left. Vernon and Wendell Sawyers had left after Blue Magic’s fourth album, Mystic Dragons. It was the least successful …

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