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3.0 out of 5 stars Fast and loose with "disco" and "classic", December 2, 2009
This review is from: Disco Discharge: Classic Disco (Audio CD)
Hmmm... . The classic disco era ended at the beginning of 1980. Disco evolved from there into more generic, non-threatening "dance music" or faster, gayer, heavier Hi-Nrg. Much more variety, widening and narrowing occurred after the early 80's. "Funky Town" ushered in 1980 and was either the last "disco" hit or the first "dance" hit. That classic may have been the biggest cusp-rider of all time.

This niggling with details plays into this set's title and track selection. There are some terrific songs here and the music sounds great. There are also some head-scratchers. Many of these tracks have been or are currently available on CD. I'm a big fan of keeping the music alive but a bigger fan of bringing more back on CD, so why include "Got To Be Real," which has been compiled to death, when space could have been provided to one of the many lost songs that deserve a little CD-release love (Baby O's "In The Forest" or the long version of Donna Summer's "With Your Love," as 2 examples). How is "Thanks For Loving Me," recorded in 1982 but never released until now, either disco or a classic? Listening to it here, it's certainly not disco. It's much more a ballad that long overstays its welcome no matter what the liner notes say. Here's a minor mystery: Was "Livin' Up To Love," one of my favorite Boris Midney songs, recorded by Companion, as it's here attributed, or by Double Discovery, as indicated on the original 12" single and previous collections? It still sounds great, but that confusion is puzzling. Either way, it's yet another song here from technically outside the disco era. Details, details.

Despite the niggling, this and the other 3 sets in this series are in my collection. Some reasons to grab this now before it's gone: Esther Phillips, Grey & Hanks, Idris Muhammed, John Davis.

To Demon Music and Harmless, keep them coming. Amazon, thanks for listing the track lengths.

** UPDATE 11-17-2012 **
- Baby O "In the Forest": Available on Ben Liebrand's compilation 'Grand 12 Inches Vol. 7,' released March, 2010
- Donna Summer "With Your Love": Available on 'Disco Discography Vol. 1,' released December, 2011
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Initial post: Apr 6, 2010 3:56:08 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 6, 2010 3:59:07 AM PDT
Livin Up To Love was recorded by Double Discovery in 1982--but the Companion version (both produced by Midney) came out one or two years earlier (edit: 1981). They're similar but the Companion one strikes me as a bit more funky.

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 9:35:08 PM PST
A. Salas says:
Just a short comment regarding your "niggling". Despite some purists' definition of the term disco, and your handy little breakdown, let's agree that term means different things to different people. I'm honestly puzzled at all the nitpicking about the Disco Discharge, frankly no one besides Liebrand is doing such a good job bringing 70s & 80s dance music rarities to CD in such high quality mastering. Both series get an awful lot of flack for their track listings. I say, just don't buy if the 80s tracks are such a problem. Or better yet, produce your own series of remastered disco tracks. It's lot of work of work, but ultimately a labor of love.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2013 5:10:56 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 13, 2013 5:11:34 AM PDT
No, these compilations are not carefully curated. Some suburban kids head to the used record store to buy whatever looks good and if it is in playable condition they transfer the vinyl until they have 150 minutes worth of material to burn. Maybe an older brother gives them something good once in a while to help out. The babies behind Disco Discharge were born in the 90s. They have no ideas about popular music or cultural history. If it's old and not punk, it must be disco. No labor of love here, just another display of lackadaisical ignorance.
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