“ Genre: Compilation / Artist: Various Artists / Box set / Audio CD released 2007-06-18 „
The seventies is not one of my preferred decades for music. I find it either falls into disco or punk. Obviously this is a sweeping statement as there are a lot of fine records which do not fall into either of those categories. There are thirty tracks on this album and we get the full extended remixes, so let's have a look at the highs and lows.
We begin with the dubiously titled 'Lady Bump' by Penny McLean. Her vibrant vocals are camp and startling, she is the kind of woman best avoided on a busy bus. A lovely part where she screams as if she is being murdered is the highlight.
Silver Covention turn in a sly sounding bit of disco with 'Get Up And Boogie.' The vocals are akin to Chic or Earth Wind and Fire and there are enough chanty bits to shout along too, though for me I find it too much of a slow starter. Much more enticing is 'DISCO' by Ottawan, which is glitzy, naff and a whole lot of fun. Though it does smack of cheesy mobile discos run by some bloke called Smiley Dave...
'Spank' has been sampled in the last few years as a dance record. The original by Jimmy Bo Horne is a funky affair with strong kick drums and a nagging hook, deep resonating bass on this one and some stylish space sounding vocals in the background.
Disc two throws up some treats in the form of Kool and The Gang, though the nine minute cut is way too long and it begins to annoy after a while, despite the infectious chorus which instructs you to do a little dance and get down tonight. Carol Douglas' 'Burnin' has a wonderful guitar opening it before her fiery vocals arrive and set the track alight. When the song kicks in you will want to chug along to the appetising rhythm and the chorus is very satisfying.
I adore Billy Ocean's stuff. His slick vocals and charisma carry any song and 'On The Run' has a superb bass hook and really slinky vocals from Mr Ocean. It provides a much needed break from his overplayed 'When The Going Gets Tough.'
My final tips come in the form of Gonzalez's 'I Haven't Stopped Dancing Yet,' which conjures up images of that last disco dance of the night and the warm sounding 'Sunshine Day' which has an invigorating summery melody and soulful vocals.
A fairly decent compilation worth checking out.