Disco Discharge - Disco Fever USA
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Disco Discharge is back! The highly acclaimed series returns for it’s third outing in January and February to provide some much needed disco heat to warm up the dark winter nights.
The first instalment is ‘Disco Fever USA’ which features 22 tracks, all in their 12" or long album versions, many of which are on CD for the first time!
Disco was born in the USA so what better way to start the new series than an album full to bursting with some of the best disco the US ever gave us?
Stand out tracks on CD 1 include ‘Sunshine Hotel’ by Richard T. Bear, the atmospheric and haunting ‘Like An Eagle’ by Dennis Parker, Tom Moulton’s mix of ‘Why Must A Girl Like Me’ by Claudja Barry, ‘Love Dancing’ by Marlena Shaw and for the first time on CD and taken from the original 1/4" production master, ‘You’re The Fire’ by Whitney’s mum and veteran vocalist Cissy Houston.
CD 2 kicks off with a fantastic cover of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday’ by Disco Discharge faves Boys Town Gang plus other highlights include the sublime ‘One Love’ by Celi Bee & The Buzzy Bunch, Johnny Mathis’s superb disco take on the Cole Porter standard ‘Begin The Beguine’ which is a real rarity and again taken from the original 1/4 inch production master, Ultimate’s ‘Ritmo De Brazil and from probably the worst disco movie ever ‘Nocturna: Granddaughter of Dracula’, two career highlight tracks, ‘Love Is Just A Heartbeat Away’ by Gloria Gaynor and the vampish ‘Nighttime Fantasy’ from Vicki Sue Robinson, both included here in the original full-length soundtrack versions.
Expect immediate demand as the first 8 releases in the Disco Discharge have now all become catalogue staples and are consistently in-demand.
Disco Discharge is now the most consistently-selling premier Disco series in the world, so make sure you keep the whole catalogue in stock!
|| ||Baby Let Me Kiss You (Original Album Version)|
|| ||Like An Eagle (Original 12” Mix)|
|| ||Sunshine Hotel (Original 12” Mix)|
Richard T Bear
|| ||Two Hot For Love (Original 12” Mix)|
|| ||Why Must A Girl Like Me (Tom Moulton Album Version)|
|| ||You’re The Fire (Original Album Version)|
|| ||Love Dancing (Original 12” Mix)|
|| ||Boogie Wonderland (Original 12” instrumental Mix)|
Earth Wind & Fire
|| ||Holler (Original Album Version)|
John Davis & The Monster Orchestra
|| ||Space Bass (Original 12” Mix)|
|| ||Cisselin’ Hot (Original 12” Mix)|
|| ||Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday (Original Album Version)|
Boys Town Gang
|| ||Life Is A Song Worth Singing (Original Album Version)|
|| ||Step On Out (Original Album Version)|
|| ||One Love (Original 12” Version)|
Celi Bee & The Buzzy Bunch
|| ||Begin The Beguine (Special Disco Version)|
|| ||Duke’s Train (Original Album Version)|
Area Code (212)
|| ||Ritmo De Brazil (Original Album Version)|
|| ||Dance (Original 12” Mix)|
|| ||Love is Just a Heartbeat Away |
|| ||If My Friends Could See Me Now (Original 12” Mix)|
|| ||Nighttime Fantasy (Original Disco Mix From the soundtrack to Nocturna)|
Vicki Sue Robinson
In The Basement
Okay, it’s time to get on your disco boots and head for the dance floor! Not every track is fronted by a soulster that’s for sure but there’s some sounds to make you feel good here and the average track length is around seven minutes, so be careful not to peak too soon. Eleven tracks on each cd, highlights on number one being Marlena Shaw’s ‘Love Dancing’ – see the review for ‘Take A Bite’ above – Cissy Houston’s ‘You’re The Fire’ (from her 1980 Columbia album, ‘Step Aside For A Lady’) and Chuck Cissel’s handclap-filled ‘Cisselin’ Hot’. The Earth, Wind & Fire take on ‘Boogie Wonderland’ is an instrumental by the way. Opening cd-two, Boy’s Town Gang’s take on ‘Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday’ is actually pretty good, Jackson Moore being the lead singer by this time. The Teddy Pendergrass and Linda Clifford offerings of course need no introductions but I confess to having forgotten ‘Love Is Just A Heartbeat Away’ by Gloria Gaynor, from the soundtrack to the 1979 MCA movie, ‘Nocturna’ and Vicki Sue Robinson’s ‘Night Time Fantasy’ - #21 on the ‘Billboard’ Hot Disco/Dance chart – from the same source.
Disco Discharge’s winning formula has not changed here: dynamic 2CD sets stuffed with full-length disco mixes, each with a slightly different twist. Mondo Disco is inclusive and global; Disco Fever USA mines American disco; Cruising The Beats majors of Hi-NRG and Euro Beats corrals Italo Disco and other continental variants.
Each of these albums throws up some obscure gems such as Body To Body by Gepy & Gepy and Noel’s Dancing Is Dangerous, written and produced by Sparks’ Mael brothers, all of which serve to enhance the reputation of this series.
Welcome to the best disco compilation series in the world. The competition has been fierce since the mid 70s. Hundreds have cashed in on disco’s success then and the interest has hardly diminished since. If people dance to house and it’s derivatives today, it’s because of disco, period. Everyone knows the classics but what about the rest, the numerous tunes that didn’t make it on radio and TOTP? So many gems remain in the vaults, forgotten or never heard by the new generations. This is precisely the gap the clever people at Harmless decided to tap into (with a few classics thrown in, this time by the likes of Boys Town Gang, Dan Hartman, Bobby O, Ryan Paris…): make all these tracks (ever so rare today in most cases) available to the unsuspecting public and connoisseurs alike. This third salve, each of which offers four double cds, is as crucial as the first and second if you’re a dj or an enthusiast. Focussing strictly on original 12” mix – magic words to the ears of any dj - Disco Discharge of course documents well the roots of disco, Black/Latin gay America and NYC in particular. But what is so good with this series is its aim at linking this starting point to Europe. Dance music has never stopped crossing the Atlantic, one way or the other. About time this constant bouncing off got highlighted. So just go buy this new lot of cds (‘Disco Fever USA’, ‘Mondo Disco’, ‘Euro Beats’ and ‘Cruising The Beats’), take them home and discover how Italians, Germans, French and others gave disco new angles and why the ball hasn’t stopped rolling since.
Time Out, January 2011
The market is saturated with disco classics comps, most of which are composed of the same 30 or so Magic FM mainstays, in a different order. Either that, or they’re borderline impenetrable mixes of rarities slapped over each other in just such a way as to not put the DJ out of a job.
What makes the Discharge series interesting is their inclusion of big-name wedding reception classics (in this case, Earth Wind and Fire’s ‘Boogie Wonderland’) alongside more exotic material such as Slick’s understated ‘Space Bass’ or the almost reggae-fied island disco of Fern Kinney’s ‘Baby Let Me Kiss You’. It shows the compilers are assembling a history lesson on a specific sub-genre, whether it’s gay disco, electro disco or Euro disco, in the form of a cohesive collection, rather than just trying to show off their obscurantist knowledge.
This latest instalment centres on bombastic, funk-derived dancefloor disco. This is the music that inspired the infamous ‘disco sucks’ Cominksy Park Demolition Night, where stacks of disco platters were set alight by angry rednecks who’d never heard of dioxin poisoning. And if that’s not a glowing recommendation, we don’t know what is.