Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Various Artists - Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Soundtrack (1977)


Note: this release was originally purchased as a double LP, later replaced by a CD.

I really don't need to write anything about this album, because you had (or still have) a copy, too. It wasn't bad on 2 LPs, but so much better on CD. Heard on CD as over 70 minutes of music, this disc comes off like an idealized commercial-free radio set of late-'70s dance music.

Let's look at the numbers:
  • 40+ million - copies sold worldwide.
  • 120 - weeks on Billboard's album charts (until March 1980).
  • 57 - spot on VH1's 2003 list of greatest albums of all time.
  • 131 - spot on Rolling Stone magazine's 2003 list of 500 greatest albums of all time.
  • 1 - Grammy Award for Album of the Year (1979)
  • 10:51 - length of the epic Disco Inferno by The Trammps
  • 17 - tracks
  • 6 - Billboard #1 pop hits

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #1 (24 straight weeks, Jan 21-July 1, 1978)
Peak on Billboard's R&B albums chart: #1 (5 consecutive weeks, February 18 - March 18, 1978)
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #1 (25 consecutive weeks, January 21 - July 8, 1978)

Tracks: God help me, I love disco music. I can't skip any of these tracks, not even the cheesy Fifth Of Beethoven or the processed David Shire instrumentals. If I had to pick a favorite track, it would probably be If I Can't Have You by Yvonne Elliman.

Single Artist 
 Hot 100 
 R&B 
 Dance 
AC
Jive Talkin'
Bee Gees
1

9
A Fifth of Beethoven
Walter Murphy
110
13
You Should Be Dancing
Bee Gees
14125
Open Sesame
Kool & The Gang
55613
How Deep is Your Love
Bee Gees
1

1
Night Fever
Bee Gees
18
19
If I Can't Have You
Yvonne Elliman
1

9
Stayin' Alive/Night Fever/More Than a Woman
Bee Gees


3
Stayin' Alive
Bee Gees
14
28
Disco Inferno
The Trammps
1191
More Than a Woman
Tavares
3236

Boogie Shoes 
KC & The Sunshine Band
3529


Personal Memory Associated with this CD: Seeing the movie at the Texas movie theater in downtown BC (even though I had the soundtrack before I saw the movie). Now when I watch the movie, I notice its dark subject matter of bigotry, rape, and death. When I was 12 years old, I didn't pay attention to any of that. To me, it was all about the music and the dancing. That may be the last movie I ever saw in a single screen movie house.

The song Disco Inferno, for some reason, reminds me of a jr. high tennis tournament at BCHS.

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