Sunday, March 9, 2014
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Today it's Oscar night and here is an incredible disco song that earned Giorgio Moroder an Oscar. "The Chase" which was featured in 1978 movie Midnight Express. This electronic instrumental was clearly labeled disco however it is a known fact that this song became the footprint for the hi-NRG genre of dance music. The song was arranged by Harold Faltemeyer under the leadership of Mr. Moroder. The song was aslo used for the NBA basketball season for that year and countless sports events. It was covered by Daft Punk during their live concerts and it has been sampled and covered to death as well. The group DuOuD did a great cover of it with Arab luths.
|Giorgio Moroder and Rachel Welch at the 1979 Oscars.|
Saturday, March 1, 2014
We start the month of March with a 1990's amazing dance vocal from American vocalist, pianist and song writer Oleta Adams. Circle Of One was her most widely acclaimed LP. The album was produced by Tears for Fears, she used be one of their background voices. You can actually hear her beautiful voice on their song "Woman In Chains". The first two songs, "Circle of One" and "Rhythm of Life" didn't grant this amazing voice success outside the dance floors until they released her cover of Brenda Russell's "Get Here"which peaked internationally and the US making this heartfelt song a favorite lip sync song among drag queens as I recall when I first heard it. Here is "Circle Of One", the Full Circle 12" remix which I think deserves respect. It's a beautiful almost dance ballad and I remembered it was a favorite among the DJ's when they would drop it late during nights or early mornings. Enjoy!
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Friday, February 14, 2014
During 1978, the idea of a live disco album seemed almost laughable; that the album was by the crowned Queen of Disco, Donna Summer, whose studio creations were polished to a futuristic gloss never seen before by producer/writers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, seemed unheard of. The naysayers forgot, however, that Donna Summer possessed one of the finest voices not only in disco, but in all of pop music. The live portion of this tri-folded LP combines Summer classics with unexpected but excellent covers of standards like "The Way We Were," and a medley of "The Man I Love" and "I Got it Bad and That Ain't Good." The studio material includes Summer's theme to The Deep, "Deep Down Inside" and the sublime 17-minute version of "MacArthur Park Suite" The entire LP was mostly recorded live at the Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles, California. The band during this recording included: Donna Summer (vocals); Mike Warren, Peter Woodford (guitar); John Santulis (violin); Dick Spencer (alto saxophone); Don Menza (tenor saxophone); Joe Romano (baritone saxophone); Bobby Shew (trumpet); Bruce Paulson (trombone); Doug Livingston (keyboards); Sal Guglielmi (bass); Keith Forsey, Richard Edelman (drums, percussion). I truly enjoy listening occasionally to this live recording on vinyl from start to finish. On that same year, disco and Hi-NRG pioneer Patrick Cowley created a 15:45 remix of "I Feel Love" which, despite not impressing Moroder, became a popular "underground classic" available only on acetate discs. The remix used loops, keeping the song's bass-line going for extended passages of overdubbed effects and synthesiser parts.In mid-1980, Cowley's mix was released with the title "I Feel Love / I Feel Megalove" and subtitle "The Patrick Cowley MegaMix", but only on a limited vinyl pressing by the DJ-only subscription service Disconet. Since this pressing was not available to the general public for commercial sale, it became highly sought after by collectors.In 1982 the mix was released on a commercially available 12" single in the UK market by Casablanca, backed with an 8-minute edited version. With this wider release, "I Feel Love" became a dance floor hit again, five years after its debut. A further-edited 7" single reached #21 on the UK singles chart. Enjoy!
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Oh, and since I opened a can of worms here is a pic of that night along with my dear friend Matt Reynolds to my left who was dressed as Mrs. Roper.
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Here is a remix of a house classic by DFX's "Relax Your Body". It was released in 1989 and it used samples from KLF's "What Time Is Love". It was made famous in 1989 at Ibiza's Ku Club which is now Privilege. Here is the Glamjack Hip House treatment with the second half taken from Richie Rich's version as well and the original by DFX. Enjoy!
Relax Your Body (Another HipHouse Glamjack Remix)