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Saturday, September 27, 2014

AND NOW FOR ONE OF MY CHOICES FOR BEST HI NRG RECORD EVER....DON'T STOP by MOTION

Don't Stop by Motion is the perfect hi NRG record.  Another gem from 1983 it could only be a little better if it were an italo disco record.  But it's not so it holds back a little.  It doesn't give us all the drama that a space disco italo disco would give us.  But it sure makes a good case for a Hi Nrg record.

 ORIGINAL AND A RECENT EDIT of DON'T STOP

Johnny Dorazio and Tony Bentivegna of Motion were also behind Nightlife Unlimited.  In their first line-up in 1979 as a Canadian disco group.  They were also in a couple other groups.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Gayle Adams

Gayle Adams only had the two albums on Prelude and a handful of singles on other labels but I certainly think back upon her with a lot of favor.  She was a disco artist that didn't really get to benefit from any crossover success either.




A WONDERFUL GAYLE ADAMS ZIP




She also didn't benefit from the fact that her releases came out at the tail end of the disco era.  I'd like to think that Stretchin' Out, Your Love is a Lifesaver, Love Fever and others would have been crossover to pop hits had they come out just a couple years earlier.  They are certainly as good as Anita Ward or Chic.

Luckily her remixes were done by Francois K. cause he was the man.


Her cover of Baby I Need Your Loving didn't even get a twelve inch release in the U.S.



Her collaboration with Tyrone Brunson Love Triangle flopped.

Frankie Knuckles on Larry Levan from the film Maestro


Studio 54 1977 to 1980



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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

ITALO DISCO PERFECTION CYBERNETIC LOVE BY CASCO

Casco means helmet in Italian and Casco is Salvatore Cusato.  An Italian DJ and producer who passed in 2011.




Cybernetic Love the 1983 release on House of Music records came during the big boom of Italo Disco and it's cheery, spacey, vocoder perfection symbolizes all that's best of the Italo Disco sound.

A CASCO ZIP



Interestingly the 1986 follow-up Son of my Father was a Giorgio Moroder remake and lacked any of the magic of the first release.  It is in fact not even a collectible like Cybernetic Love and can be picked up for a song.



Sunday, September 21, 2014

A LITTLE BIT OF JAZZ TONIGHT MAKES ME FEEL ALRIGHT


This blog is being re-posted.  Originally it ran in 2010 but now I have a zip with even more mixes in it.



I hate speaking in absolutes but A Little Bit of Jazz by the Nick Straker Band is quite frankly my favorite disco song of all time. It spent one week at #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play Chart in 1981.

THE ZIP OF THE JAZZ

My friend Jimmy M, a DJ based out of Arizona even created an edit for me for my birthday a couple years ago. Since I'm a Gemini and it's almost my special day again I thought I'd bring it out for you all to enjoy. He definitely played up some of the sound effects that I love so much in this song. Give me rocket ships, cowbells and whistles in my disco and you've put a smile on my face!
Another edit in the zip is by my friend Greg Womack.  He just left this earth late summer but I can assure you that he'd be thrilled to be included in this zip along with the fantastic Shep Pettibone Master Mix version.

I remember one time I was at The Loft in it's most recent home at the Ukranian Center on 2nd Avenue in the East Village and it came on. I was dancing and grooving and just feeling it and the next thing I knew I was crying. Tears of joy thank you very much. It just sounded so right, so delish. It wasn't the first time I've felt ecstasy on a dance-floor but it was one of the most powerful ones.

A Little Bit of Jazz was one of the fiercest Shep Pettibone Mastermixes made famous on the great series that New York Disco Radio Station WKYS (KISS) and Prelude records put out in 1982.  Check out my blog on Shep Pettibone.  Remember you can use the search function above to find out which things I've written about before.  If the links are dead feel free to ask me to refresh for you and if I can I will.

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HOT GIRLS OF ITALO DISCO, Pamela Prati, Patrizia Pellegrino, Lara Orfei, Daniella Poggi, Beatrice and more

Another link I'm refreshing.
Here's an hour mix by Flemming Dalum.
CLICK HERE TO GET IT
Tracklist:
STELLA CARNACINA – Sola
HILDEGARD – Satanicamente
HILDEGARD – Gay
FLAVIA FORTUNATO - Se Tu Vuoi 
KIKI GAIDA - Isole Vergini
LARA ORFEI - Se Mi Rompi Non Ci Sto
PATRIZIA SARONNI - E Poi
KATIA - Io Senza Di Te
SIMONA DONALISIO – Teen Ager Dance
DANIELA POGGI - Break Up (Hysteric Edit)
GABRIELLA FAVA - Discoteca 
CECILIA RIZZOLI - Cosi’Non Va
ROSANNA FRATELLO – Sola
MARINA OCCHIENA – Videosogni
PAMELA PRATI - Un Nodo All'Anima
BEATRICE - Io Questo Disco Me Lo Comprerei 
ILARIA BERLATO - Succederà Qualcosa
PAOLA CRISTALLO – Notte Di Luna 
LOS ANGELES – Videomania
PATRIZIA PELLEGRINO - Musica Spaziale (Flemming Dalum Edit)
PATRIZIA SARONNI - Perche Dovei
STELLA CARNACINA

Hildegard


Simona Donalisio
Rosanna Fratello
Marina Occhiena (was in the group Ricchi e Poveri until 1981)
Pamela Prati (has been in like 2 dozen movies)
Beatrice
LOS ANGELES
Patrizia Pellegrino

Saturday, September 20, 2014

99 1/2 Carol Lynn Townes from Breakin'


Carol Lynn Townes has released records as part of a group and as a solo artist.  But she is really only well-known for one.  Her remake of Alton, McClain & Destiny's 99 1/2 in 1982 which was included on the soundtrack for Breakin' and became a smash.  Single-handedly practically giving an anthem to the sound of electro.  99 1/2 for you


Believe in the Beat was included in the soundtrack for Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo but it didn't prove to be as big a smash as 99 1/2.

Her discography included 2 albums and about ten singles.
Watch Breakin' here.
Breakin' 2 (the first of 9 parts).
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Friday, September 19, 2014

A DEFINITIVE DISCO HOLY GRAIL COME ON AND ROCK BY NEEDA

A Cosmic Baldelli favorite this record has remained a holy grail for years.  Though there have been bootleg represses.  Not only that but there is the original 1979 press on Sunshower and then the Leomini press which came out a little later that year and has a bit of more spacey sound to it.  DOWNLOAD NEEDA HERE
This record is special no two ways about it.  It's certainly disco on the super funky tip.  I only wish I had had the opportunity to hear it on a dancefloor back in the day.  It must have been something.
NEEDA ZIP INCLUDING A RECENT EDIT

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

THE QUEEN'S ENGLISH Jose & Luis Xtravaganza background vocals MADONNA

Here is another re-post with a refreshed link.  This time with the addition of the Hot Tracks remix.


Jose Guiterez and Luis Camacho first appeared on vinyl on the Sire New Faces compilation in 1993.  My dear friend Risa Morley was the Aand R Director for the project.  She had been working side by side with the illustrious Seymour Stein in her career at Sire. 




So Madonna saw Paris is Burning and felt so inspired that she had to have voguers on her tour and do a song about voguing.  The rest is history for Jose Guiterez and Luis Camacho.  But where exactly do you go after you've been on tour with Madonna?  You can of course get a record deal and then not have your record promoted well enough to become a hit.  Some would say it was a bad record, and what can you do with that?  But I beg to differ.  It was a fun record and those boys had their pulse on the N.Y. ball scene and the downtown trendy scene at the same time.  Their voguing at The Sound Factory among other places remains legendary.  And left Madonna herself in awe.


Clearly had she offered more substantial backing vocals then the song would have been a guaranteed  hit.  Seems like what she offered was like throwing a bone.  But I guess that was a big deal for her because she has never done backing vocals for anyone before or since.  Junior Vasquez the most important DJ in N.Y. at the time produced and co-wrote the song along with the boys.


I heard Queen's English a few times at The Sound Factory but I wouldn't say Junior pumped it so often that he made it a huge hit there.  Not like he did with "X" his ode to the house of Xtravaganza.  Larry Levan used to create hits at The Paradise Garage by forcing his taste on the crowd.  Junior did that too to a certain extent.  But to me it seemed more like he was forcing a particular sound on his crowd and if you didn't really care for it tough luck.




Granted one could say that the boys contributed greatly to the massive success of Vogue and she acknowledged that.  Otherwise she would not have brought them to perform at the 1990 Video Music Awards or used them for her Rock the Vote advertisement or had them featured in the documentary Truth or Dare.






Jose also appeared in the controversial Justify My Love video.  The first video that had to be sold in stores because it was not permitted to air on MTV.  It proved to be one of the all time best selling single video's of all time.  Jose was named father of the House of Xtravaganza in 2002.  Both boys have since been inducted into the Ballroom Hall of Fame and have appeared in the 2006 ballroom documentary How do I Look?  In the fall of 2012 Jose Xtravaganza partnered with filmmaker Jason Last, known for his work in the field of fashion, to create the short film VOGUE(ing).   Both Jose and Luis have taken their talents to Japan on several occasions to represent their house and the art form.


How to Vogue for Vogue Japan

Alright, what's this about the Queen's English?

The Queen's English
Do you know the Queen's English?
The Queen's English
Do you know the Queen's English?

Hey Luis
Yeah?
Hey Luis
Yeah?
Introduce yourself
Alright
Introduce yourself
Alright

My name is Luis
I come from downtown
And I get down and I know it

The Queen's English
Do you know the Queen's English?
The Queen's English
Do you know the Queen's English?

Hey Jose
Yeah?
Hey Jose
Yeah?
Introduce yourself
Alright
Introduce yourself
Alright

My name is Jose
I come from downtown
And I get down and I know it

The Queen's English
Do you know the Queen's English?
The Queen's English
Do you know the Queen's English?

Queen's that read are the best
Mmmm
Queen's that read are the best
Tally, tally, tally

Love break, love break, love break, love break
(3x)

Queens that read are the best 
Queens that read are the best
And they can also get a job anywhere

Can you read
Can you read Queen's English
Can you read
Can you read

Can you read
Can you read Queen's English
Can you read
Can you see

The Queen's English
Do you know the Queen's English?
The Queen's English
Do you know the Queen's English?