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.
|A Fifth of Beethoven|
|You Should Be Dancing|
Kool & The Gang
|How Deep is Your Love|
|If I Can't Have You|
|Stayin' Alive/Night Fever/More Than a Woman|
|More Than a Woman|
KC & The Sunshine Band
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.