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  • Vinyl
  • Label: Avco Records
  • ASIN: B001QVJDM8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #719,140 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1975 Avco Records LP Release.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ on February 22, 2010
Format: Vinyl
When I was a little kid, my parents tried, for about three days, to learn disco dancing. My dad loved Bobby Bare and mom Joan Baez, so I don't have to tell you how far that went. If you can picture how my then sideburned and now shavenheaded dad would now look in his polyester suit, that about sums up my folk's place: about 96 standard deviations on the left side of the boggie fever bell curve.

Anyway, this is the record these disco test piolts used, by Van McCoy. I got this in the 1990s after my parrents finally caved to a request I had since being a 70s todler--forking over their 30 or so album collection.

Disco Baby contains the "Hustle." Those popping cymbals and that grooving bass on the track is what really started to move the mirror ball into the mainstreem: for, for example, unwitting WASP victims like my parents. In 1975, the days when the world was small enough to truely be taken over by one song, "The Hustle" was all over radio and TV. EVERYBODY wanted to, as McCoy's back up singers chime, DO IT

That is on here. So are other tracks by McCoy, including the Ohio Players "Fire."

I respect McCoy as an arranger--disco was if there ever was an arranger's medium--but MAN does he lay the sugar on thick. This music is extremely heavy on strings--and not in the Curtis Mayfield sense. The orchestrations are sheets of satin and shine, that blended type of feel that cover's the music.

This worked for Barry White so well becuase his voice and identity was so strong, his vocals were holding the music up and not the other way around. With White you could hear a nice counterbalance between the instruments--he had a classical percision McCoy lacks.

As disco, this does work--you can still get down to it.
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Fun to hear again, although the bottom is light and the top is way up! The high treble sound and lack of bass to balance it out, makes it slightly irritating to my ears. I don't think it's due to the fine digital remaster, which simply accentuates the original sound recording's stratospheric highs and shallow lows. Just the same I enjoy listening to all the songs, and look forward to the availability of "The Disco Kid, The Real McCoy, and Rhythm Of The World" on CD. I just hope they come with the inner sleeve liner notes in English. Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony made music that made me smile because it took me way up above the gloom.
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