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Any Major Disco Vol. 4

Any Major Disco Vol. 4

Tuesday, July 12, saw the 37th anniversary of the notorious “Disco Demolition Night” at Chicago”s Comskey Park, a night I have discussed with Any Major Disco Vol. 1, and touched on Any Major Disco Vol. 3 (which focussed more on disco as a vehicle for the assertion of gay identity and driver for later black dominance of pop). To mark the anniversary, here is a seriously funky mix of disco tracks “” the sort of disco the more discerning of the mob at Comiskey Park might have appreciated, had they opened their hearts and ears.

So, in memory of all that was good about disco, put on your dancing shoes and shake those hips “” Travolta moves not required.

As always, CD-R length, covers. PW in comments.

1. Splendor – Take Me To Your Disco (1979)
2. The Whispers – It”s A Love Thing (1980)
3. Teena Marie – I Need Your Lovin” (1980)
4. Debra Laws – On My Own (1981)
5. Gene Chandler – When You”re Number One (1979)
6. The Isley Brothers – It”s A Disco Night (Rock Don”t Stop) (1979)
7. The Miracles – Love Machine (1975)
8. Sex O”Clock USA – Get It Up Baby (1976)
9. The Real Thing – Can You Feel The Force (1979)
10. Evelyn “˜Champagne” King – I Don”t Know If It”s Right (1977)
11. Gwen Guthrie – It Should Have Been You (1977)
12. LaToya Jackson – If You Feel The Funk (1980)
13. Front Page feat. Sharon Redd – Love Insurance (1979)
14. Crown Heights Affair – Your Love Makes Me Hot (1982)
15. Heatwave – Too Hot To Handle (1976)
16. Bill Brandon – We Fell In Love While Dancing (1977)

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  1. halfhearteddude
    July 14th, 2016 at 07:01 | #1

    PW = amdwhah

  2. JohnnyDiego
    July 14th, 2016 at 14:12 | #2

    It took me awhile but I came around to disco, Dude. Problem is when I play it I get those looks and comments. In 1975 I was working in a hospital in Boston. One of the orderlies who proclaimed himself the queen of drag came in one evening and told us all about the night before at the club. Everyone had danced the Hustle all night long. He even showed us the steps in the nurse’s lounge. He was usually staid and proper while on the job but that night his flamboyant side shone through. Disco madness had caught hold of him and it wouldn’t let go.
    Thanks for more of the madness, Dude. I love it.

  3. Lynchie
    July 14th, 2016 at 15:42 | #3

    Some great disco tracks there. Always loved The Isley Brothers “It’s A Disco Night” & The Miracles “Love Machine” but also delighted to see Heatwave’s “Too Hot To Handle”(which came from an album that also featured the glorious “Ain’t No Half Steppin'” and “Boogie Nights” – not bad for a debut album!)

  4. manel c.
    July 14th, 2016 at 20:15 | #4

    Sadly there’s a lot of sublime SOUL, Funk, Jazz-funk, Rock, Pop and Gospel tracks that some “criticals” qualifies as “disco”. In Spain in the 70’s for many public and criticals “Disco” signifies “stupid, brainless, intrascendent dance music” and people hated any music not necessary conceived only for dance with, but all music you can ALSO dance with. I was many times “accused” as I was a true Philly Soul lover and never understand how a gospel number as “Put Your Hands Together” by The O’Jays or a jazz number as “Malorie” by Billy Paul can be classified as “Disco” (!!!???). They don’t made difference between Boney M, Baccara or Village People and danceable (apart from “heard able”) soul or R&B artists like The Trammps or Archie Bell & The Drells…!

    Cheers to all

  5. halfhearteddude
    July 15th, 2016 at 17:43 | #5

    Oh man, that is unbelievable. I think I’ll have to cancel my planned trip to Spain next year now.

  6. manel c.
    July 15th, 2016 at 19:38 | #6

    Hi again, amigo!

    I was talking ABOUT THE SEVENTIES! Today things are totally different. There’s a los of soul aficionados and general public who understand that “SOUL” is much more than Aretha, Marvin, etc. and there’s a lot of bloggers, writers, etc. by authentic “connoisseurs” like this by a friend from Valencia, I’m from Tarragona (is in spanish):

    https://saleelsoul.wordpress.com/

    Have a happy trip! :-)

  7. halfhearteddude
    July 16th, 2016 at 10:20 | #7

    Ah, excellent. I shall ask my travel agent to book my flight to Spain next year.

  8. dogbreath
    July 27th, 2016 at 15:58 | #8

    Great mix. You make me feel like dancing. That’d be a good song title! Many thanks.

  9. August 4th, 2016 at 07:17 | #9

    Not only that, but Crosby s comedy tache antics have finally got the better of his erstwhile sidekicks, who once exercised such admirable restraint in the facial growth department.

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