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Thursday, June 26, 2014

I Love it by Trussel is PERFECTION

Trussel was a funk group from Petersburg, Virginia who first came to some fame as Evelyn King's touring band. Then they had one l.p. release in 1980 on Elektra Records. It featured the infectious disco throw-down Love Injection. But the real prize on it was I Love It. A few years back it was included on the superb cd series Azuli Presents, this one featuring Derrick L. Carter, Choice: A Collection of Classics. Since re-discovering it, it has been consistently one of my most played tracks in iTunes.

It is simply just not your typical disco or funk tune. Not even a dollop of cheese on this one. It's a veritable house party in itself. The production work by Fred Wesley, who formerly had collaborated with the Ike and Tina Turner Review, James Brown and Funkadelic is adventurous and far from commercial sounding. Around this time Fred Wesley also came out with a major Loft classic with his own House Party 12" on RSO records. It was featured on Nuphonic records Loft Classics Volume 2 compilation. But back to I Love It cause hot damn I just love it so much!

The breaks are on fire on this track. In fact by about five and a half minutes in it turns into a full-stop jazz funk jam session. The lead singer starts a frenzied insane scat and then the hook just repeats over and over:
I Love It
I Love Only You
I Love It
And The Things That You Do
I Love It
I Love Only You
I Love It
And The Things That You Do....That You Do....That You Do...That You Do

Truly a disco funk jazz odyssey. This love mantra just keeps repeating until it fades out but by then you should love it too.

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The Jones Girls are not gonna make me love somebody else, they will do just fine

The Jones Girls were already around as an R&B act throughout the 70's before they came upon the right formula and made some classic disco.  With the help of the genius at Philadelphia International Records, such as Dexter Wansel, Bunny Sigler and Kenny Gamble they made some delightful music that brings back great memories for me and I'm sure many others.

The three sisters also had the pleasure of doing background vocals for some of the biggest acts.  The list includes Teddy Pendergrass, Aretha Franklin and Lou Rawls, they also worked extensively with Diana Ross and Linda Clifford.

In 1979 they finally had their own major hit when You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else went to the Top 5 on the R&B charts and #12 on the Hot Disco Charts of U.S. Billboard.  I had the fortune of growing up with the incredible disco radio stations out of New York so songs like Nights over Egypt and Dance Turned Into a Romance are very familiar to me too.  What an under-rated trio they were.

I've provided a tasty zip of some of Shirley, Brenda and Valorie's best.  Especially since a few have been given recent edits and even remixes.  Valorie Jones is no longer with us she died in 2001 at the young age of 45.  JONES GIRLS ZIP

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


Dutch band Fox the Fox are responsible for one of my favorite italo disco songs. Released in 1984 and remixed by the great Ben Liebrand. It was their only hit.  DOWNLOAD PRECIOUS LITTLE DIAMOND


A lot of disco re-makes are hokey.  This isn't one of them.  It was awfully brave to even consider doing this song over.  After all it was one of the first huge disco hits on the pop charts.  Back when the word disco was not even being used The Hues Corporation shot up to #1 with Rock the Boat.  It also charted in other countries especially the U.K. where it went Top 10.  Unfortunately it's release came just a few months before the Disco charts had even been instituted.

It was 1982 and disco wasn't exactly in vogue but the Ben Liebrand produced release out of Holland brought us right back to Studio 54.  Sung by Forrest Thomas a Texan transplanted to Holland it proved to be a disco smash taking it up to #9 on the Billboard Dance Charts in the states only 8 years after the success of the original.