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Sunday, October 26, 2014

DON'T YOU WANT MY LOVE DEBBIE JACOBS the epitome of a disco classic

Debbie Jacobs first debuted on the disco charts in 1979.  The album Undercover Lover featured the title tune, Hot Hot and the definitive disco classic Don't You Want My Love.  DON'T YOU WANT MY ZIP?  DON'T YOU WANT MY ZIP 2? more remixes here
The white label promo was previously quite collectible but has become more common over the years.  Ironically it was the B side to Undercover Lover though it was far more popular.

She later came to be known as Debbie Jacobs Rock and had a few more club hits.  The most rare of which is her fantastic take on the Hi Nrg classic Maybe This Time.  Which ended up with a very limited promo only release.  Due to some complications with the label it was not formally released and so the far less enchanting versions by Norma Lewis, Viola Wills and others are the ones which got the most play.  There are some copies of Debbie's version to be found however but they cost a few hundred dollars.

I'm providing you with a tasty zip file.  It includes the extended promo twelve inch version, the alkalino edit and the extra long Clausell edit which is not easy to come by, and Italian DJ Moplen's edit. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

I, I, I The Osmonds disco record

One of the oddest jumps onto the disco bandwagon was The Osmonds in 1979.  It was produced by Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees but still managed to flop.  It didn't even enter the disco charts.

It was in any case a solid release.  It remains very popular with the collectors and still fetches a pretty penny on Ebay and Discogs. I,I,I, want to download this osmonds disco record

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Barbra Streisand's Shake Me Wake Me Twelve Inch

Another refreshed link post from a few years back.




Everyone knows The Main Event (fight) and her duet with Donna Summer No More Tears (Enough is Enough) but years before a special disco version promo only 12" by Babs was released. The Shake Me, Wake Me white label 12" was serviced to d.j.'s in 1975 by Columbia records. It was a made for the dance floor re-working of a track from her successful Lazy Afternoon l.p.

Arranged and Conducted by Rupert Holmes who later had a #1 pop hit with Escape (the pina colada song) it was a Holland Dozier Holland penned r and b song which previously had been a Top 20 pop hit for The Four Tops in 1966.

Not exactly one of those makes you run out to the dance floor crowd fillers, it's still a valid piece of disco history and rather hard to find.  It might also be disputed that she didn't necessarily jump on the disco bandwagon as this is so early in disco history that not even commercial 12" were being produced yet.

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STEREO AND MONO SIDE
SONNY DJ's FABULOUS EDIT


Sunday, October 19, 2014

A TASTE OF HONEY weren't one hit wonders

A Taste of Honey had a short blast of success.  It included the massive #1 pop hit debut single Boogie Oogie Oogie in 1978 and the lovely Japancentric ballad Sukiyaki a #3 hit in 1981 (both hitting #1 on the R&B charts).

The quirky thing about the grammy winning group was that they were all female, after 1980.  And these females played the instruments and wrote the songs.  You go girls!

 The group's first single, "Boogie Oogie Oogie," was inspired by an unresponsive audience during a date at a military base; Johnson believed the crowd was chauvinistic toward the group's two female guitar players. The notorious bass solo intro came about when Johnson was warming up before the recording session, unaware that she was being recorded. The single sold more than two million copies and topped Billboard's charts for three weeks in fall 1978. The follow-up single, the slinky and funky "Do It Good," went to number 13 R&B and number 79 pop, and A Taste of Honey went platinum.



My favorite Taste of Honey song is Rescue Me from their third album in 1980.  It didn't chart in pop or disco but was a #16 R&B hit.  It's their most collectible maxi single since it was only available as a PROMO.  My late friend Greg Womack knew how much I loved it so he made me a great edit.  I'm including it in my Taste of Honey zip with a couple other songs.
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

ANDREA TRUE CONNECTION, what you may know, and what you might not

We've had Andrea True posts before but this one includes some tasty edits.
Andrea Marie Truden has two particular distinctions to me as a disco diva.  First of all she transitioned from adult film star (14 films between 1970 and 1975) to vocalist and she sang my all time favorite disco song More, More, More (pk. #4 U.S. #5 U.K. #1 Canada).  She like me was Catholic school educated.  I think this accomplishment sort of documents how much more progressive the disco era was then what we are living now.  Can you even imagine an adult film star transitioning to pop star in 2014?

Andrea also had some major luck with having at least two major disco luminaries on her side.  Both Gregg Diamond and Tom Moulton were instrumental in bringing the Andrea True Connection sound to the dance floors. 
N.Y. You got me Dancing was her only other entry on the pop charts peaking at #27 in 1977, though she did have more success on the Billboard Disco Charts. 
During her heyday as a porn actress, around 1975, True was hired by a real estate business in Jamaica to appear in their commercials. During her stay in Jamaica, a political crisis gripped the island, and no one was allowed to leave with any money. Not wanting to lose the pay she had earned from the real estate ads, True asked her friend, record producer Gregg Diamond,  to travel to the island and produce a track for her, which she would finance locally using that money. Diamond arrived with a composition in hand, to which True added her vocals. The result of their collaboration was "More, More, More." (thank you wikipedia for that juicy tidbit.)

Four major disco hits on the disco charts and even one, More, More, More which shot all the way up to #4 on the pop charts and went platinum.  Andrea's chart success only happened over a two year period.  So by 1979 she was back to making adult films.  Sort of sad when you think of it but Buddah cancelled her contract after they had earned millions off of her.  The follow-up album White Witch failed to cause a spark and remains somewhat obscure.  Her 1980 album War Machine was released in Europe only. Believe it or not it was a hard rock album.
Her stage names included  Inger KissinSinge LowSandra LipsAndrea Travis, and Catherine Warren.

Born in Nashville it sure was to our fortune that she didn't pursue a career in country and western.  In 1999 the Canadian group Len sampled the instrumental break from "More, More, More" in their own hit single, "Steal My Sunshine".  Around 2000 she was living in Boynton Beach, Florida working as a psychic reader as well as a counselor for drug and substance abusers.






When Andrea True left the stage in 2011, on November 7 she was 58.  She had since moved to Woodstock New York.  I've seen her in a couple disco related documentaries.  You can also find her in a few mainstream films, including the documentary Inside Deep Throat.  She was even an extra in The Way We Were. ANDREA'S IMDB PAGE  In later years she really seemed to have let herself go.  But when you are this much of a beauty in your youth it must be quite a battle to retain your looks.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Peru's morning music gem Africa

As much as I love to spotlight Italo disco up in here I also don't want to ever forget that there was a time when you could hear morning music at the club.  As my mind fills with cobwebs and I forget more and more I need to pull one out here and there for my readers to enjoy.


Dutch group Peru who also recorded as Nova produced some very cool atmospheric numbers that got spun as morning music at The Saint.  One to especially note here is 1988's Africa.  Which also happened to be the last year of The Saint's existence.


The band started in 1979 and put out albums until 1993.  I don't know much about them but they are definitely worth looking more into.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Dario Dell'Aere, Fockewulf 190, Italo Disco Rarities, EAGLES IN THE NIGHT, FRED VENTURA SINGLES



eagles in the night
AN EAGLES ZIP
EAGLES IN THE NIGHT
HEARTBEAT FRED VENTURA
LEAVE ME ALONE FRED VENTURA
THE YEARS GO BY FRED VENTURA
IMAGINE FRED VENTURA 1987 TIME RECORDS

Fockewulf 190 using the voice of Fred Ventura came out with Eagles in the Night by Dario Dell'Aere in 1985 on Market Records Italy. It is now one of the most coveted Italo Disco 12" in existence and in my opinion one of the very best. It is the epitome of Italo Disco kitsch. The male vocals are completely off and he seems to yell "oh wacky co-co" and then after when she sings "oh I will become an eagle that flies only in the night" and he comes back "Uh ho Uh ho." It is simply classic nonsensical Italo at it's best. Why would someone want to become an eagle that flies only in the night anyway?

I was trying to put my finger on what makes the sound of the music so unusual and then it dawned on me it sounds as if in the background they are playing a children's xylophone. Yet the synth work is top notch.

Frank Tavaglione with the ultra rare 12" Tumidanda is also Fockewulf 190. Aliases in Italo Disco seem more common then they would be in a spy movie! Body Heat was their release from 1984 on Market Records. Ironically they wrote on the sleeve of the 12" that Dario Dell'Aere did the vocals but it was actually Fred Ventura (Federico Di Bonaventura).


The 12" cover art work by Tiziana Dell'Aere for Eagles in the Night is quite interesting too and probably ups the value as quite a few collectors I've come in contact with are quite partial to picture sleeves. Especially those who collect Italo Disco.


My love for Italo Disco came quite late in life. Because at the time going out in Rome in the 80's that's the music I heard in clubs and most nights it didn't seem quite so remarkable to me. But now considering how coveted and rare many of these tracks have become and then reading about how many of them had a strong influence on early house music and were staples on the legendary WBMX of Chicago, I realize that I really was quite fond of them after all. It's just that here in Italy in many cases they were simply Top 40 radio fodder so they seemed quite common.


But as of late, I've become a rabid collector of Italo mp3's. I guess because I've already accumulated so many of the disco and morning music ones that I wanted to get. Also due to the fact that for several years Italo disco labels like il discotto, Memory, Time, Market, Baby and others were quite prolific it would be almost impossible to know the majority of the releases. Many fell by the wayside during that period and many others were licensed by ZYX records in Germany and those got promoted heavily even though in many cases they were not the best ones.


Friday, October 10, 2014

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Gary's Gang weren't really just one hit wonders

Queen's N.Y. based, Gary's Gang sprang on to the scene at the end of 1978 with the single Keep on Dancin' an all out disco ditty with some super happy accents on the xylophone tip.

They continued to chart dance up until 1983 without ever really having an impact on the pop charts.
Let's LoveDance Tonight was apparently a real Paradise Garage favorite.  Though it didn't get anywhere near as well known as Keep on Dancin' which even had some R&B chart success.

The later songs were a bit more on the Hi NRG tip and were spun regularly at clubs like The Saint.
One called Makin' Music I discovered on a tape of a night at The Saint as spun by I think Shaun Buchannan.  It caught my ear quickly and I just had to know who it was.  

The band went through a few cast changes but the drumming and vocals of Gary Turnier remained a constant.



Sam Records actually released a compilation that had new edits on it.  I thought most of them were lousy.  But I wanted there to be variety in the zip so enjoy there are 12 items in it.