Classy disco track from 1983, produced and mixed by DJ and remixer Jonathan Fearing. The beautiful synthesizer solo is by Fred Zarr, Brooklyn based composer and keyboardist who as worked alongside numerous artists including Madonna, Whitney Houston, Debbie Gibson, Eartha Kitt, Ziggy Marley, The Strikers and Tina Turner.
World Premiere – Share The Night (Club Mix) (Discogs)
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Leroy M. Bell and Casey James were a songwriting and disco funk duo from Philadelphia. Thanks to Bell’s uncle they started writing songs for the roster of Philadelphia International Records (MFSB, Teddy Pendergrass, …) before signing with A&M and releasing three albums. Their biggest disco writings are Jackie Moore hit “This Time Baby” (originally written for The O’Jays) and “Are You Ready For Love” by Elton John. “I Love The Music” is the last song from their first album, it was later covered by The Spinners and recently sampled by Joe & Jessey.
Bell & James – I Love The Music (Discogs)
I feel a little bit guilty because I never posted a proper disco ballad. Please enjoy this beautiful song by American singer Phyllis Nelson. After working and recording on several disco records in the late 70’s she written and recorded this song in 1984. It was her biggest hit. Produced by Yves Dessca and mixed by Jon Glass.
Phyllis Nelson – Move Closer (New Mix) (Discogs)
Big Country was originally formed in 1981 by guitar playing founder members Stuart Adamson and Bruce Watson both native of the band’s hometown Dunfermline in Scotland. The band broke massively worldwide with the release of the album “The Crossing” selling over 2 million copies and driving the record to 3 Grammy nominations in the USA. The second album “Steeltown” debuted at number 1 in the UK and contained the hit singles “Ease Of Eden”, “Where The Rose Is Sown” and “Just A Shadow“. Both albums were produced by English Steve Lillywhite. If you care, here you can hear directly from him some talkings about the making of the first album.
Big Country – Just A Shadow (Extended Remix) (Discogs)
This post is dedicated to Michael Boddicker, musician and synthesizer master specializing in electronic music. In 1976, he played keyboards on Candi Staton “Young Hearts Run Free” album, he was only 23 years old. By the time he was thirty, Boddicker was one of the most requested session player in the business, appearing on over 400 albums, movies and television shows including “Saturday Night Fever”, “Thriller” and “We Are The World,” three of the biggest selling recordings in history. He played on “Give Me The Night” by George Benson, on Kenny Loggins’ “Footloose”. “State Of Independence” by Donna Summer and “Dancing On The Ceiling” by Lionel Richie are also in his curriculum. To show you his magic touch, I picked a lesser-known track written by Boddicker and performed with Japanese Logic System. Note: “If you don’t listen this album, you can’t enjoy the essence of computer music”.
Logic System – Automatic Collect, Automatic Correct (Discogs)
In 1985, Mick Jagger released his first solo album “She’s The Boss”. It was produced by Jagger himself with Bill Laswell and Nile Rodgers and included an incredible (and endless) list of guests: Pete Townshend, Sly & Robbie, Bernard Edwards, Jan Hammer, Herbie Hancock and Michael Shrieve. Just to name a few. To promote the album, Jagger made videos with Julien Temple for five of his album’s nine songs and later the footage became the (bad) homemovie “Running Out Of Luck“: which featured Mick as the main actor and Dennis Hopper, Rae Dawn Chong and Jerry Hall as co-starrings. “Lucky In Love” was the second single from the album, with guests Jeff Beck on guitar, Wally Badarou on Keyboards, Guy Fletcher and Herbie Hancock at the synthesizers. Extended remix by François Kevorkian and Ron St. Germain.
Mick Jagger – Lucky In Love (Extended Version) (Discogs)
This ’86 cover by Fred Fowler of the Eddie Kendricks’ classic “Girl, You Need A Change Of Mind“, is one of those records that perfectly reveal the transition from Disco to House Music back in the 80’s. Arranged by disco pioneer Patrick Adams and mixed by fabulous DJ and producer Bruce Forest.
Fred Fowler – Girl, You Need A Change Of Mind (Discogs)
Parang is a popular folk music originating from Trinidad and Tobago: can best be described as Christmas folk songs sung in Spanish. Some say it came out from Spanish colonists’ influence on local culture. Some say Venezuelan immigrants brought it. “Latin Parang” is its perfect disco declination from 1980: beautifully arranged by Leston Paul, who later gained massive success with “Hot Hot Hot” by Arrow.
Colleen Grant – Latin Parang (Discogs)
“That’s The Kind Of Love I’ve Got For You” is a song written in 1978 by Dean Parks and Donald Fletcher for the pop diva Dusty Springfield. It was produced by Roy Thomas Baker and 12” mixed by Tom Moulton. Dusty does disco, no more to say.
D. Springfield – That’s The Kind of Love I’ve Got For You (12” Mix) (Discogs)
“Tell I’m Not Dreaming (Too Good To Be True)” is a song by Jermaine Jackson featuring his younger brother Micheal. It’s taken from his ’85 self-titled album: a track that was never officially released as a single because of legal difficulties between Michael’s label, Epic, and Jermaine’s label, Arista. The song did receive anyway a lot of airplay and it was nominated for “Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals” at the Grammy Awards. This 12” version is remixed by Steve Algozino for his Hot Tracks Music Service.
Jermaine Jackson – Tell Me I’m Not Dreaming (Hot Tracks Remix) (Discogs)