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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on May 17, 2002
The title of this collection is appropriate. With just a few exceptions these songs very rarely got radio airplay but they wre hot in the clubs. Back in the day I was fortunate enough to be at ground zero - New York City - and I got to hear many of the best music from the disco era by being on the dance floor at various clubs. The songs selected for these two volumes must have been selected by someone who was there. Great liner notes too. If you want to know what music was REALLY being played by the club deejays get this collection.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2003
This is got to be the best CD ever! Out of 20 songs, 18 were some of my favorites back in the day. If your an ex-disco babe like me,(and now a suburban housewife) you'll be hussling in your living room with or without a partner! Gosh, some of these songs were out when I was still in highschool (yes, that long ago!) and this CD made me feel like it was just yesterday that I hussled the night away!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on September 15, 1998
If you're tired of those same old compilations with the same old songs, then this one's for you. All the rare classics that were even hard to get on vinyl when they were out, are here. I caught your act, When the fuel runs out, Date with the rain, and a whole bunch of others, many one hit wonders. Volumes 1 and 2 are both excellent can't wait for the next 2 volumes. This is one of my favorite CD's.
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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2003
Great tracks--many heard for the first time on CD. Here's a list of other "forgotten" gems that need to appear on future editions of this series:
--Extra, Extra (Ralph Carter)
--Quiet Village (Ritchie Family)
--Hold Tight (Vicki Sue Robinson)
--Romeo And Juliet (Alec R Costandinos)
--I'm A Man (Macho)
--I Who Have Nothing (Sylvester)
--Love Magic (John Davis & The Monster Orchestra)
--Undercover Lover (Debbie Jacobs)
--Love Rush (Ann-Margret)
--This Is Hot (Pamala Stanley)
--Giving Up, Giving In (Three Degrees)
--Open Up For Love (Siren)
--Let Me Take You Dancing (Bryan Adams)
--Don't Drop My Love (Anita Ward)
--On Your Knees (Grace Jones)
--Don't Cry For Me Argentina (Festival)
--Action Satisfaction (Melody Stewart)
--We're Gonna Rock (Sabu)
--I'm Ok, You're Ok (American Gypsy)
--Seabiscuit In The Fifth (Belinda West)
--Without Your Love (Cut Glass)
--I Think We're Alone Now Suite (Scott Allen)
--Fly Too High (Janis Ian)
--A Little Bit Of Jazz (Nick Straker Band)
--If You Want Me (Barbara Roy & Ecstasy, Passion and Pain)
--Can You Handle It (Sharon Redd)
--Give Me A Break (Vivien Vee)
--Goosebumps (Debra Dejean)
--Dance (Night Force)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
This excellent 2-volume compilation successfully proves two things: (1) There's more to disco than Donna Summer, KC & The Sunshine Band, The Village People and the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack; and (2)Disco is more thrilling when it sticks to its soul and funk roots. The subtitle of the first volume could have been called DISCO 101.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on July 24, 2003
For those who have the Disco Box and/or have the Disco Years (vol. 1-7), this album and vol. 2 are both excellent additions. I'm surprised that there are not more than two volumes since there are so many rare tracks that are not even available on CD. My suggestions for other songs that I can't find and I'm sure other people would think of more songs.
Here are the ones I would like to see:
Peanut Vendor - The Rithchie Family
Tiger Baby - Silver Convention
I Love America - Patrick Juvet
Haven't Stopped Dancin' Yet - Gonzalez
Flip - Jesse Green
Think It Over - Cheryl Ladd
Don't Drop My Love - Anita Ward
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
You just gotta have this item! It's one of the finest compilations of hard to find-disco anthems. The liner notes are oustandning, too.

"A date with rain", "Girls", the fantastic "Peace Pipe" by BT Express...

A true revelation.

Check out vol. 2, too. But I personally dig this one the most.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
maybe a couple of tracks on here got some real radio run or some kinda run,but the majority on here hardly ever got that shine beyond the clubs back in the day. Disco Compilations much like top 40 radio tends to only single out a handful of acts or songs and like to have you think that is all there was to a style of music or a era of music and that is the furthest thing from the truth here because this collection of jams stands on it's own and the grooves are non stop. the cool thing about this collection is that the Disco has a strong Funk back-Bone and that it is a strong blend of Groove and Melody. alot of talent on this collection and it can rock a Saturday Night House Party.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2014
As of this writing, this CD and it's Companion are getting pricy. I'm guessing they are out of print? So,I put them on my wish list and hoped for the best. "Super Rare Disco 2" showed up and I got that one first. Now disk 1 showed up at less than 10 dollars and I jumped at the chance to complete the set. I love disk 2 and have a lot of the songs on 1 &2 on vinyl. So i haven't gotten volume 1 yet but I read some reviews buy others and the debate about Disco always fascinates me. All of the reviews are spot on, "Hard to find, Didn't get a lot of airplay,Soulful etc.I personally have never seen a vinyl copy of "Date with the rain" it is still so rare that it is a tradition to ask DJ's at weddings to play it. and we always get the same response "Great song, but nobody has that one!" So I'll be glad to get this first disk for Eddie K. and the Jonese's and a lot of other great songs too.

One of the reviewers call these disks "Proto Disco" and another seemed to lament the fact that most of the songs are 7" copies. It needs to be said that Disco cant be pinned down to a specific time or set of rules. These songs came from a time before 'Disco" was codified as being a 12" single or the long version. I personally never understood the need to have the debate about a song being a full 13 seconds longer than another version and a lot of these reviewers are obsessive about this stuff I understand that the intro on a 12" single gives the DJ time to sync (beat match or pitch bend) the record to whats playing but when your in the club dancing in 1978 you never or rarely heard the full 9 min. 13 second version of anything. All you knew was one song flowing into the next floating along having a great time. I am a collector of Disco music so I understand the sometimes obsessive nature of collectors but I don't prefer one version of a song because it's 15 seconds longer. Which brings brings me back to my point. Disco hit it's peak in 78' and 79' and was going very strong here in Philly. There was a time before that when we just called them Clubs not Discos. the 12" record didn't exist, DJ's didn't have the mixing equipment we have today and so couldn't beat match or pitch bend a record. the first extended mixes were done on reel to reel tape decks by recording a song two or three times and using a razor blade and scotch tape to make it longer and accentuate the good parts. A lot of the songs on "Super Rare Disco 1 &2 come from that era of transition before Disco was "Disco" when most of these songs were called R&B or early Funk. People also danced to the Stones, Zeppelin and Bachman Turner Overdrive. So cast your mind back to a time when A club had only one turntable or a kick ass jukebox and yes you can they were all 7" singles. To this day all the Dj 's I know tell me that they still only play around three and a half to four mins. of a song on average. The reason they give is that people won't dance to a full night of 10 min. songs,dancers want variety. So, do you really need that extra 6 seconds? I forgot to mention there was a time before Proto Disco when people danced and they are dancing still. The debate continues. If disc one sounds as great as disc two I'll be very happy.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2003
This music brought back great memories .. especially cut 17. Girls... it was never on the radio, but we danced all night to it at the clubs. Same with #5, 18 and 17.
Worth it.
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