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  • Audio CD (May 12, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino / Wea
  • ASIN: B0000032DI
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,713 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Shame - Evelyn 'Champagne' King
2. Star Love - Cheryl Lynn
3. Honeybee - Gloria Gaynor
4. I'm On Fire - 5000 Volts
5. I Feel Love - Donna Summer
6. Boogie Woogie Dancin' Shoes - Claudja Barry
7. Automatic Lover - Dee D. Jackson
8. Boogie Motion - Beautiful Bend
9. Boogie Nights - Heatwave
10. H.A.P.P.Y. Radio - Edwin Starr
11. Must Be The Music - Secret Weapon
12. Upside Down - Diana Ross
13. Feelin' Lucky Lately - High Fashion
14. Take Your Time (Do It Right), Pt. 1 - The S.O.S. Band
15. I Can't Wait - Nu Shooz
16. Remember What You Like - Jenny Burton
17. Touch Me (All Night Long) - Wish
18. Mindless Boogie - Hot Chocolate

Editorial Reviews

Chronicling the much-beloved/maligned genre from its rise in the mid-'70s to the early 80s, this seven-volume series features all of disco's greatest artists, biggest chart hits, and most important underground club smashes. Guaranteed to make you get up and boogie!

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Pearlman on March 28, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Some of these other reviews miss the point. You don't need another compilation with all the overplayed pop hits--the disco superhighway is paved with billions of lost classics, and this particular volume collected some of my favorites. Edwin Starr is one of the few soul survivors who had really good disco-era hits. The other one is "Contact"; here, "H.A.P.P.Y. Radio" is a chugger from the summer of '79, soon before the bottom dropped out and we all had to listen to Christopher Cross for a while. (Sorry CC fans, like you're reading this anyway.) With hindsight, I guess no one could afford to be that H.A.P.P.Y. for too long. And don't deny yourself Claudja Barry's dreamy vocals as she sings about the magic "Boogie Woogie Dancin'" shoes that turned her into a Saturday night Cinderella. By the way, this song is an example of Eurodisco, which was usually chilly and much less fun...like, for example, Donna Summer's early, personality-free hit "I Feel Love," right before Claudja on this disc and possibly my least favorite of Donna's Top Tens.
Only when I bought this CD did I realize that "Boogie Motion", by faceless act Beautiful Bend, was the theme to "Dance Fever," the Denny Terrio show that had hapless celebrities rate "real" disco couples yanked from the dance floors of America. (The liner notes omitted this crucial detail, yet somehow Rhino still won't let me write for them.) It's also great. Along with Evelyn `Champagne' King's awesome "Shame," Heatwave's "Boogie Nights," and strong songs from Gloria Gaynor, Diana Ross, and Cheryl Lynn, Volume 5 is one of the best of this series.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 2, 2000
Format: Audio CD
"The Disco Years, Volume 5: Must Be The Music" is a good album, with a selection of very rhythmic songs, but some of them shouldn't even be on this album, considering that disco lasted from the early 70's to about 1981-82. Take for instance, Nu Shooz's "I Can't Wait", released in 1986, and also Wish's version of "Touch Me (All Night Long)", released in 1984, but both of them are part of the best songs on this album. We also have the fitting disco of Diana Ross and Heatwave, but some of the other artists I never heard of before (Secret Weapon, High Fashion, Wish, Edwin Starr). This 5th album in "The Disco Years" series stands well with it's predecessors and is an enjoyable album for anyone who loves disco or 80's music.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ryan A. Rigg on April 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I have already written reviews for Volumes 1-4 of this series. I gave Volume 1 (which contained music from the beginning of the disco era) 5 stars because it was the best collection so far with only one "dud" track. Volume 2 (with music from the end of the disco era) received 4 stars because although it contained some great songs, it also contained 5 "dud"s. Volume 3 also received 4 stars because even though it only contained 1 "dud", it was all over the place and did not have a unifying theme. Volume 4 received 4 stars because it had a great theme (Chic and Chic-inspired music) but it contained at least 4 "dud"s.

Now we come to Volume 5. Another mess. If there were a theme to this CD, it would be the "Disco Diva" since 14 of 18 tracks are sung or performed by female vocalists. However, once again there are many songs that just don't belong here. Here is a track by track review:

1. Shame by Evelyn "Champagne" King

2. Star Love by Cheryl Lynn

3. Honeybee by Gloria Gaynor:

These first 3 tracks are awesome by some of the best Disco Divas of the time. What a shame that their careers were cut short by the fact that they were labled disco singers and had a hard time finding success after disco died.

4. I'm on Fire by 5000 Volts: This song climed to #26 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1975. As Randy Jackson would say, this song is "just a-ight".

5. I Feel Love by Donna Summer: The Queen of Disco and often cited as the best song of the disco era.

6. Boogie Woogie Dancin Shoes by Claudja Barry: Another Disco Diva, not as good as the other Disco Divas represented here, but once again, "just a-ight".

7. Automatic Lover by Dee D. Jackson: The first true "dud" of this CD.
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By denise tucker on December 18, 2013
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be careful when buying this CD"s they are singles it can be very tricky. when you think you are buying one song and end up getting something else.
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Nice...it was good for party throw backs. The price was well worth it. I would be looking into more CD's from the company.
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By STANLEY WOMACK on February 25, 2013
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YOU CANNOT GO WRONG WITH THIS ONE, ONE OF THE BEST GOING TODAY! I PLAY IT ALL THE TIME. PLUS WITH VARIOUS ARTIST ON THE C.D
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