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.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Various Artists - The Get Down Boogie Sound (2013)

British Import

"The hidden sound of black America is boogie.  A funk meets soul hybrid that dominated US clubs at the start of the 1980s." - from the liner notes

Here we have a compilation of dance club hits from the years 1981-83 from the vaults of the Fantasy, Vanguard, and Posse labels.  A popular term for these sorts of songs is "garage classics."  An enjoyable look at the transition of dance/funk music from the string-filled '70s to the synth-filled '80s.  Don't worry, there's still plenty of Latin percussion, silly lyrics, hand claps, and danceable beats. In other words, disco music with synth bass and Linndrum.  Most of these were 12" single-only releases; the liner notes claim that most of these tracks have never been available on CD before now.  With detailed track-by-track annotations, this joint has an academic/historical feel to its packaging, but playing the CD is a 78 minute party.

I was completely unfamiliar with every last one of these songs until I recently purchased this disc. Regrettably, none of these songs were played on radio stations I was listening to and they only charted on Billboard's Disco chart if they charted at all (see below).  More info and samples available on the Ace Records website. I'm currently drooling over some of the offerings at said website. Future purchases are imminent.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart:  Did not chart

Tracks: (chart info from Billboard's Disco charts; links to YouTube clips provided for some of my favorite tracks)
1981Get Up An' Dance (Dance With Me)Mynk
1982Can't Get Away (From Your Love)Carol Williams38
1982Dance So FineNijel
1981That's A Lady Shock
1982Sweet ThingConvertion
1983I Love MusicJ.T.
1981Give It Up (Don't Make Me Wait)Sylvester20
1981PastelMarlon McClain
1981I Wanna Get With YouRitz40
1981Project FunkEazy
1982Body MovesRare Essence
1981Electrophonic PhunkShock

Personal Memory Associated with this CD:  None

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