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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Who is Randy Wiper?


Who is Randy Wiper? I really don't know. Nor do I know who his producer Ruler was. But the Trash records 1984 italo disco release by Randy Wiper is called I'd Like to Know. It's one of those unknown gems on a tiny label.
http://www.mediafire.com/?4jv19tlpw051lqj


He's certainly swarthy, whoever he is!

Friday, October 1, 2010

INSANELY RARE VOCODER FUNK the pinch SHOT OUT


A limited edition 7" inch single on a small Texas label called Spider-Mo Records has become a highly collectible record. Shot Out by the pinch is a Electro vocoder romp.
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I don't go on much about my Vocoder fascination but it is one of my passions. It's featured on lots of classic Funk, Italo and Electro records that I'm fond of.

Maybe it reminds me of Peter Frampton. I loved his talk box vocals when I was in Elementary school. But not long after my passion turned toward disco.

The 12" single is a re-press and is not collectible like the original 7" single.


Monday, September 13, 2010

HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN by HOT r.s. is a HOT disco re-make




There were tons of disco re-makes. Some were schlock and some really hit it on the nail. I guess because so much material was released in such a short period of time it was hard to constantly come up with completely new songs.

HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN in .wav


A faceless band from Johannesburg, South Africa came up with a 14 minute+ disco remake masterpiece with their cover of The Animals single from 1964 The House of The Rising Sun.


Hot R.S. and this 1977 disco 12" went on to become one of the most collectible and hard to find releases of the entire disco era.



Wednesday, June 30, 2010

KITSCH, CAMPY AND OH SO RIGHT FRENCH EURO ACT MAGAZINE 60


Magazine 60 are composed of Dominique Regiacourte, Jean-Luc Drion and Veronique Oliver. A French Electro NRG outfit able to sing in a few languages.



a Magazine zip

Their best known 12" was the infectious Don Quichotte. I had a really great time dancing to it. My best friend at the time was a girl from L.A. and it was one of her favorites from the underground clubs she used to frequent there. Clubs with names like Power Tool at rotating locations long before anyone was speaking about raves.

I think it was quite fun how they featured a theme, with Pancho Villa being another one of their fun Latin themed dance releases.










Sunday, May 23, 2010

NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN'S BOOGIE HOLY GRAIL



Before Narada Michael Walden became the hugely successful Producer of Whitney Houston among others he was a member of the jazz group Weather Report. He also scored a disco hit with I don't Want Nobody Else in 1978.

His 1980 Promo only 12" I Want You is a boogie holy grail. It is both scarce and mighty. Not one of his best known efforts.

http://www.mediafire.com/?jmw41zzmwrw

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

TEE SCOTT's BOOGIE MASTERPIECE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF LOVE by KARIN JONES

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Better Days star DJ Tee Scott remixed many of my favorites. But Karin Jones Under the Influence has to be right up there among my very favorites.


The 1982 12 inch disco remix on Handshake is a highly coveted slab of vinyl. But in this case the full album is even more sought out. In fact the Dunn Pearson Jr. (of classic Red Greg Groove on Down fame), arranged gem was even re-pressed in 2005 on cd. Eddie Levert of The O'Jays even provides backing vocals on one of the tracks.

UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF LOVE

Friday, April 30, 2010

HOLLAND'S MORNING MUSIC LEGENDS TIME BANDITS

Dutch men with Big hair, melancholy lyrics, falsetto's, 80's style, on paper it seems like the makings for schlock.  But to me it's morning music sublime.  The Time Bandits had several releases which tugged at my heart strings and warmed the cockles of my very soul.  ONLY A FOOL in .wav  BEN LIEBRAND REMIX OF ENDLESS ROAD
A TIME BANDITS ZIP
 BIGGER TIME BANDITS ZIP
From 1981's "Live it Up" to 1986's "I won't steal away" they rode the U.S. dance charts and European pop charts with varying degrees of success.


Here's one of their twelve inch in my ebay store

But when they hit it right they hit home-runs.  Perfect synth-pop that summed up an era and a feeling and will always hold a special place in my heart.



The Bandits remind me that it can feel so right to love a chirpy, poppy, light song.  To love it and to want to hear it again and again and again.


In the states we had the pleasure of never being allowed to feel sick of them.  They never had a U.S. pop hit.  But punters in clubs like The Saint and Danceteria knew them well.

Alides Hidding the main songwriter in the band moved to L.A. in 1989 and had his songs covered by many artists including Jennifer Rush and The Nylons.

Endless Road HIGH ENERGY DANCE MIX



Time can only whisper truth for both of us


All the answers I can find, I put my trust

In a never ending road that leads to my door



I don't want you to go, my love

That's all you have to know

And I want you to help my soul

Somebody show me the way



And I want you to know, my love

It's an endless road till love finally comes our way

My love, uuhhh

My love

It's an endless road till love finally comes our way

My love, uuhhh



Now, we fought against the wall where love was back before

We tried to make it flow but love wouldn't let us go

Crazy us, for all those wasted words



I don't want you to go my love

That's all you have to know

And I want you to heal my soul

Somebody show me the way



And I want you to know, my love

It's an endless road till love finally comes our way

My love, uuhhh

My love

It's an endless road till love finally comes our way

My love, uuhhh




LUCIO BATTISTI DISCO NUMBERS








He was most popular during the seventies when politically conscious music was big in Italy. Hell the commies were about to take over when Aldo Moro was kidnapped and later killed by the "brigada rosso." Not the best move since this Christian Democrat politician was doing a lot to comprise with the Italian Communists, but hey this isn't a political blog now is it?







This zip contians two of his most famous songs Ancora Tu and il Veliero which I think contain more then a bit of the disco beat to them and were both released in 1976.


The other download features a recent edit of Questo Amore.









He died of cancer in 1998 and compilations of his career's work have been selling like hot cakes in Italy and around Europe ever since.



Tuesday, April 20, 2010

LADY GA GA LOVE GAME ITALO DISCO STYLE












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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

LOVE IS THE MESSAGE MFSB and VOGUING BALLS FOREVER




Nothing can really be said about this record without sounding banal. For voguers, ball children, Garageheads, Loftheads, Body and Soul fans and many d.j.'s and club punters along the way it's been an inspiration and the stimulus of much joy.
LOVE IS THE MESSAGE in .WAV
Originally a 45 rpm release in 1973 it seemed to simmer and boil throughout the years until exploding in the late 70's as an out and out disco classic. It's been re-pressed many times including in 1979 when MFSB shared the billing with The Three Degrees.

The Danny Krivit remix is the definitive one to have. Danny himself was right in the thick of it all too. He like David Mancuso came to prominence in the 70's and has continued to be active ever since. Often his projects are billed under aliases like Mr. K.

His version was included on the compilation to accompany the classic dance scene book Last Night a DJ Saved My Life which I blogged about a couple years ago here on Disco Vinyl.

If you click on the title of this blog it will bring you directly into my Ebay store where you can check out the huge amount of Paradise Garage classics I have for sale.


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

I ALWAYS FOUND IT INTERESTING THAT LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD WAS A PARADISE GARAGE CLASSIC



I never could stand Weird Al Yankovic but this parody definitely has it's moments.

Note that this video came out before Michael Jackson's Thriller. Notice just a few similarities in the choreography?

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

LOSING GAME JO JO ZEP




The last single for Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons was a lush morning music beauty called Losing Game.

Here I provide the scarce extended remix done by Jellybean Benitez back when he was the Junior Vasquez of his day. Man his name is on tons of my records. All sorts of styles too. Jellybean as we know was also instrumental in launching Madonna and was one of her many lovers.

Aussie Joe Camillieri (Zep) also wrote and produced the song. I think one of the best parts of this song are the tasty female background vocals. I wonder who they are? They deserve some kudos.

Unfortunately the group broke up just as they were about to be launched in the American market and that's probably why this great track remains relatively obscure.

Click the title of this blog and it will bring you directly into my Ebay store and it's listing for this Promo 12".


LOSING GAME

Thursday, February 18, 2010

THE PARADISE GARAGE HOUSE BAND, KONK


YOUR LIFE in .WAV
You could almost call Konk The Paradise Garage house band. They played there many times including the closing night.

They had that perfect mesh of new wave, disco, jazz and latin. So they had the power of appealing to many yet keeping their sound real street and underground.

KONK WEBSITE


Their biggest hit Your Life was picked up by Sleeping Bag. It was massive in New York. Here I choose to spotlight an earlier 12" Konk Party which was released on Celluloid in 1983.

GET SOME KONK

Just recently the band played for the first time in more then 20 years.  It was an event to commemorate the life of DJ Mark Kamins.  He was an early champion of their work, as they often played at Danceteria as well as The Paradise Garage.

SWEET TALK ROBIN BECK 1979









I'm pretty sure this gem has been posted on a few blogs, but I just can't get enough of it. It's one of those songs I slap on when I feel a bit down and it always cheers me up. The strings are just so fluttery. It's so Chic, so orchestral so BIG and GRAND. Yet it just got lost in the shuffle. Just too much disco coming out in 1979 I guess.


Course Dimitri of Paris got his hands on it. If he hadn't then it would have been Joey Negro or any other of a large number of d.j.'s that just can't seem to let well enough alone.

Robin Beck has remained sort of an obscure figure too. She definitely serves us hot and pretty.

I haven't heard any of her other releases. There were a few too including a 12" in 2006 no less.

Is Robin Beck even in this group picture? I would guess she's old enough to be any of these girl's mom. Has anyone heard Sunblock featuring Robin Beck doing First Time from 2006? If so drop me a note and tell me about it. So did they do this photo shoot at the Playboy mansion? Where's Kendra? Where's Bridget?

This is actually a re-make of her single from 1988 which seems to have only been released in Europe. So I'd have to guess that our Robin Beck is based somewhere on my continent. So was this song a jingle for Coca-Cola or something?


Back to the meat, I posted this for the gem Sweet Talk. Clicking above you can listen to the original and Dmitri's recent take on it too.


Kenny Lehman who had his hands in a lot of Chic stuff and Lemon produced, conducted and arranged this disco beauty. Thomas Jones co-produced. He also was involved with Lemon and Roundtree too. So it proves that even if you have the right cooks in the kitchen you still may not be able to sell your dish at Spago.


Kudos to Robin herself for having a hand in writing this tune. For disco I'd call it a masterpiece for it's lyrics alone. Though that's not necessarily saying much, think Fly Robin Fly or Boogie Oogie Oogie.


Saturday, February 6, 2010

ITALO DISCO HOLY GRAIL BY ROBERT CAMERO






The funny thing about this 1990 Italo Disco goes Hi NRG import on Lombardoni Publishing Recordings is the fact that they misprinted the title on the sleeve. They actually called it Let me Tall in Love on the cover.

http://www.mediafire.com/?ya9dcmetnhy

Not too swift, huh?

Severo Lombardoni was the well respected boss of Disco Magic Records and appeared on some of it's releases as an artist. He produced the 1982 classic by DelanuĂ  How Many Fill and Alan Barry's Tell me the Reason just to name a couple. He's definitely Italo Disco legendary.



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Thursday, January 21, 2010

JAMES MASON

http://www.mediafire.com/?hdw1vjeegny



I got this off answers.com since I was researching this l.p. for my Ebay auction.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=190363966913&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT

What can I say other then it's all that!






Jazz-funk fans, believe the hype: James Mason's Rhythm of Life is every bit the overlooked classic its small but fanatical cult following has built it up to be. Smoothly soulful (but not slick) and spiritually uplifting throughout, the album's blend of funky fusion and progressive R&B is hardly the stuff purist dreams are made of, but anyone who loves the deep grooves of Donald Byrd or Mason's former employer, Roy Ayers, will immediately understand why this is considered a masterpiece in acid jazz circles. Breezy ballads and ferocious up-tempo groovers alike benefit from Mason's sure sense of songcraft and his knack for full-bodied arrangements. Mason plays all the guitars and loads of vintage synths (two different ARPs and Fender Rhodes electric piano among them), so he's largely responsible for the instrumental meat of every track. And though he's a strong soloist when he chooses, his focus is more on creating luxurious textures and working the grooves. And work them he does -- the faster tracks are amazingly driving for the jazz-funk genre, taken at tempos that would be fast even for R&B or rock, with lots of frantically slapped bass from Gene Torres. Clarice Taylor's vocals are far more soulful than the charmingly amateurish jazz-funk norm; what's more, the songs -- all but one co-written by Ninoska Escobar -- aren't just perfunctory groove vehicles, but feel more substantially structured than is typical for the genre. At least four -- "Sweet Power Your Embrace," "Free," "Funny Girl," and "Slick City" -- have become rare-groove club standards, and the title cut is an absolute monster. Records like Rhythm of Life -- catchy, funky, richly textured, and utterly joyous -- are a huge reason the acid jazz movement came into being; since their virtues aren't as prized by hardcore jazzers, they might otherwise be consigned to oblivion. Thankfully, this one was rescued. ~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide

Sweet Power your Embrace and Free were released as a double a Side single in 1977. While Sweet Power Your Embrace and Funny Girl received a limited 12" release in 1977 too.



They also pulled out I Want Your Love in 1996 but I haven't heard it so I don't know what they did to it.





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