Thursday, November 3, 2011


Due to the heavy action and response on my past DISCO posts, here are two weird and random DISCO sampler LPs that were both issued by RCA in 1979.

"DISCO DAZZLE" is a STRI-DEX ("Come Over To My PAD for Disco Dazzle" is the tagline on the back cover) promotional album put out by RCA Special Products. It features seven long NON-STOP disco classics by big dancefloor names and RCA artists like the late VICKI SUE ROBINSON ("Turn The Beat Around"), the inventive sound of DR. BUZZARD'S ORIGINAL SAVANNAH BAND and that tight Philly instrumental sound by SALSOUL ORCHESTRA.

ODYSSEY is here with their classic "Native New Yorker" and EVELYN "CHAMPAGNE" KING ("Smooth Talk") shows off her great vocal power. Early SHALAMAR delivers an exciting "Take That To The Bank" and an upbeat soulful MAJOR HARRIS track, "I Wanna Dance With You" rounds out this DAZZLING platter.
"DISCO AROUND THE GLOBE" is released by RCA Global Communications and features one side of U.S. disco hitmakers and the B-side travels the world to find the best international sounds. This LP is NOT mixed non-stop so I put track numbers on the individual songs.

For the American side, a reappearing EVELYN "CHAMPAGNE" KING is represented by her megahit "Shame" and Motown legend EDWIN STARR has an updated sound with "Contact." Successful songwriting duo GREY & HANKS had a giant groove with "Dancin'" and east coast band INSTANT FUNK couldn't have had a bigger classic than their #1 smash "I Got My Mind Made Up (Say Whaat)." Soooo funky. If you want my money, you gotta make it good as honey.

On the International side, the famous Brazilian dance combo BANDA BLACK RIO kicks up "Dance Do Dia" with great synths and clavinet while HIDEKI from Japan unleashes the "Hideki Disco Special" even though they spell his name wrong on the cover. Hideki is possibly the LP's highlight! He incorporates snippets of other disco hits in his tune to bring the vibe way up. RITA & L'ANONIMA RAGAZZI represent Italy with "Presto" and a disco cover of Serge Gainsbourg's "Que Est In Que Est Out" is by France's LAURENT VOULZY.

Turn it up, switch on the mirror ball and dance all night.

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