Friday, 29 December 2017

Party Time - Euro Disco Style (compis rel. 2009-11)

Why not have something nice and uplifting to go into the new year with?  Well, parts of these three compilations by Reckless Records' Disco Discharge series kind of fit the bill, but the more I've discovered (and absolutely loved) about late 70s-80s Euro Disco this year, the more I've found it's just as likely to be suffused with melancholy and/or just plain strange.  Which suits me just fine. 

Besides getting hold of these discs, my interest in Euro Disco has definitely been helped by Opium Hum for posting a fair bit of this stuff, so go seek there for full albums by the likes of Space and Change who feature here in some of their best tracks.  Other highlights for me of 'Euro Disco' (the 'pink' volume, links immediately below) include Sparks' Number One Song In Heaven, and Giorgio Moroder's perfect From Here To Eternity.

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Highlights for me on 'Euro Beats': Ryan Paris' Dolce Vita, Modern Talking's Atlantis Is Calling, and Fun Fun's Baila Bolero.  One criticism of this series among those in the know has been that the sound quality can be variable, and the source/master lineage of some of the tracks a bit suspect (almost everything here ends up being labelled "Original 12" Mix", which might not always be the case - but if, like me, you just want an introduction to some great pop/dance music, it's really a moot point.

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Highlights for me on 'European Connection': Space's Carry On, Turn Me On, sounding at the start like a missing piece of Air's Moon Safari; another great Moroder track, If You Weren't Afraid; the epic 16 minutes of Tantra's Hills Of Katmandu.  In fact, this volume is probably my favourite of the three - there's just so much buried treasure: the 'dub' B-side of Sylvia Love's Instant Love; the instrumental bombast of Hypnosis' Droid, and the gorgeous melancholy of Alba's Only Music Survives.

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5 comments:

  1. Bit camp...I've got a few from this series too. If I'm ever on 'Come Dine With Me' the nosey "guests" will doubtless draw their own conclusions in spite of my protests.

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