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5 Disco Albums You Need To Own On Vinyl



I have been meaning to post this for a while. A selection of the finest Disco albums in my opinion. These are albums that I feel you should invest in. Dont bother with mp3 files and CD copies, these need to be heard and owned outright on wax, complete with crackles and clicks. 

There were so many good albums that came out during the Disco boom of 76-79 but they tend to be remembered as the obvious ones. Chic and Donna Summer etc. Yes they have some great music on there but its been over saturated and so the likes of myself and other like minded producers and DJ's tended to venture out further a field and find those records that were lesser known in the mainstream.

So with out anymore delay, below is my take on five albums away from the obvious  that I regard  as albums worthy of a space in your collection. Albums by people who had minor and some respectable success but were not considered house hold names. So as soon as you get back on to Discogs, grab your copies. In no particular order have I placed these works.


CERRONE IV THE GOLDEN TOUCH MALLIGATOR/COTTILION RECORDS 1978


Have you ever heard a track called Feel For You by Bob Sinclar? if so the you need to hear this in its original form. The killer string and bass section on the track "Look For Love" is instantly recognisable as being used by Mr Sinclar back the late 90's. However the original version here has that melancholic dance floor moodiness which hits you with a tear in your eyes with the lyrical content and the Barry White styled guitars, laden with the lyrical waxing of the singers loss of love. 

Until the middle section where the instrumentation takes over and rolls out a heavy drum filling breakdown which was once used by Grand Master Flash in his DJ sets. Then once the full instruments kick back in, its on course to deliver this classic underrated disco anthem in all its glory. There is no stopping once this kicks in. The strings and the low octave analogue synths combined with the vocals reemerging make it ten minutes of pure dance floor heaven. 

Then there is "Music of Life" which is an offbeat slow tempo groove that has the most awesome synth licks throughout. Again smooth vocals whisk all around this track as the bass and strings build up leading to yet another melancholic feel. However the album is only four tracks long due to the length of the compositions, but they are four tracks of pure delight, even the first track "Je Suis Music" is a moody piece but somehow uplifting. The whole album reeks of samples which could be used in many different ways. An album well worth its salt and should be recognised much more than many of the other albums and artists from that era.   

DONNA MCGHEE MAKE IT LAST FOREVER RED GREG RECORDS 1978



If you can afford to spend between £100 and £300 for an original pressing of this then please do so. But a modern day repressing should do the job for around £15. This Patrick Adams and Greg Carmichael masterpiece has some amazing tracks throughout and yet again its only respected by those who know their Disco music and not by the general masses. Starting with the title track "Make it Last Forever" A track that was later copied by Inner Life and remixed by Larry Levan, but here the original carries Patrick's trademark rawness and his ability to grab you by the throat with the very first notes. 

With the opening track it just pulls you in with those high strings hanging on to those slick wobbly guitar hooks and her stunning vocal which is just sublime. As with the other stand out piece on here entitled "It Aint no Big Thing" has that Patrick Adams vibe throughout which has a tuned percussion either a glockenspiel of a Vibraphone  layered on top of the guitars, which kind of loops itself over and over just makes this piece a laid back mid tempo masterpiece. The lyrical content also has that relaxed approach about two lovers who have come to the end of their relationship and both need to move on. 

Im a Love Bug is a Piano driven vibe that was a reoccurring theme in Patrick's Work, with his Bumblebee Unlimited group and the Lady Bug track around the same era. However here the feel of this track has the moans and groans which are a little bit Love to Love You Baby, but with that infectious Piano rolling through the track, alongside some rather sharp treble laden hi-hats. A perfect piece of raw Disco power that's worthy in any collection.



FIRST CHOICE DELUSIONS GOLD MIND RECORDS 1977


Rochelle Fleming and her sidekicks released this album in 1977 alongside now deceased composer Norman Harris. A man who also made his name working with Loleatta Holloway and The Trammps. Here the main two tracks are Doctor Love, which has a fierce Brass section alongside a brilliant string arrangement. A track that is well known throughout the Disco world and has continuously maintained its position as an anthem. It has been sampled many times over the last thirty years within the House scene also, making it a classic hook that has seen many different renditions. 

The album has a few slower tracks which are focused more around the soulful side of the coin, But the major selling point here is the first ever released version of the almighty anthem 
"Let No Man Put Us Under" 
A record that has seen countless remixes and re-edits over the years, not to mention its vocal acapella has been sampled more times than one can possibly even try to guess. It has appeared everywhere from Hip Hop to House right on through to Drum & Bass.

Name the genre and it has more than likely been used  somewhere along the line. I'm am guessing it has been used more than 1000 times in released material ranging from official sample clearance releases to the illegal bootleg scene.
But here in its original form the track which is an album version as opposed to the later versions remixed by Shep Pettibone and other Salsoul related people has a nice warm live appeal to it. The lyrics are outstanding and with Rochelle Fleming on lead vocal duties she belts it out in such a way that it deserves to be sung along to. Always in my top ten Disco anthems is this record.

DOUBLE EXPOSURE TEN PERCENT SALSOUL RECORDS 1976


How do you explain the feeling of creating an absolute monster anthem and yet never see it chart and crossover to a commercial level? Thats how these guys must have felt, and yet they played a massive part in the way we consumed music in the mid 1970's having been the very first band ever to have a single commercially released on a 12" single. That track is of course called Ten Percent, sharing the same name as the album. That record is one of Disco musics most amazing arrangements combined with pounding drums and beautiful strings which were arranged and composed by the almighty Salsoul Orchestra, and remixed/re-edited by Walter Gibbons. 

However the other killer track on here is entitled "Everyman" Another record which failed to strike a chord in the pop charts but would see huge success over 20 years later in the UK charts by a House music act called Milk&Sugar when they used the sample loops for their club hit "Salsoul Nugget" But for me looking back at these records I cant help but wonder why they didnt achieve more success. Ten Percent went to number 2 in the US club charts but mainstream wise nothing happened. So this remains one of those that got away, and has therefore kept its credibility as a more Underground Disco record if you like.  

CLOUD ONE ATMOSPHERE STRUT P&P RECORDS 1976


Saving the best until last, yet again a Patrick Adams work of art. This album was so far ahead of its time and again the commercial music world was simply not ready for this. An absolute cosmic journey throughout the whole album with his heavy use of some really unusual synthesizer sounds which were what made Patrick Adams work stand out from the rest. The title track is the most celebrated piece throughout the Disco and the collectors world with the official 12" pressing. 

But the rest of the album as always with his work carries that repetitive loop feel with both vocals and the music. This is one of those albums that really is in a world of its own and even though it was released in 1976, it was actually recorded in 1975, three years before the Paradise Garage and Studio 54 were open, which goes to show its qualities in being years ahead of the game. An outstanding work which has never been duplicated by other artists over the years, simply because it is so unique it its sound. 

So five albums that you really need to add to your collection if you haven't already. thanks for reading Rob@Waxadisc 























5 Disco Albums You Need To Own On Vinyl 5 Disco Albums You Need To Own On Vinyl Reviewed by Waxadisc Music on 04:02 Rating: 5

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