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, May 16, 2014

Various Artists - Super Rare Disco, Vol. 1 (1997)


Let's get this weekend started properly with some disco, shall we?  I'm currently reading Vince Aletti's book, The Disco Files 1973-78: New York's Underground, Week By Week (2009) and thought this might be a good accompaniment. 

I'm not going to repeat what I wrote earlier about Volume 2 of this series, but everything in that post applies to this release as well.  It took me a while to find this first volume while the second volume seems to be readily available.  I'd be hard-pressed to pick a favorite between the two discs, but put the two together in one playlist and you've got a party (mirror ball optional, but recommended).  Better yet, go find the extended versions of these 20 songs.  Andy Kellman at allmusic correctly states:
As a title, Super Rare Disco was a stretch when this disc was released in 1997, and since then, it has only become more of a stretch.  No matter what, this is a fine disco compilation for those who want to dig beneath the surface of ubiquitous chart-toppers.
And would ya look at that - the liner notes are written by the aformentioned Mr. Aletti. It's not new, but it's new to me.  Good stuff.

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

Tracks: The only songs I'd heard before putting this CD in the tray were The Tymes' You Little Trustmaker which appeared earlier on this blog: Soul Hits of the '70s: Didn't It Blow Your Mind, Vol. 14 and First Choice's The Player which appears on one of the wonderful discs in the Backbeat series. (chart info from Billboard's Disco charts; links to YouTube clips provided for some of my favorite tracks)

YearTitleArtistChart
1974Tell Me What You WantJimmy Ruffin5
1975Dreaming a DreamCrown Heights Affair1
1976Touch and GoEcstasy, Passion & Pain4
1974Sugar Pie GuyThe Jonses9
1975Foot Stompin MusicHamilton Bohannon3
1975Free ManSouth Shore Commission1
1976My Baby's Got E.S.P.Four Below Zero
1974You Little TrustmakerThe Tymes7
1974Rock Me Again & Again & Again & Again & Again & Again (6 Times)Lyn Collins
1975Let Me Lay My Funk On YouPoison
1974I'll Be Holding OnAl Downing1
1974Dream WorldDon Downing
1975To Each His OwnFaith, Hope & Charity15
1975Makes You BlindThe Glitter Band4
1972Date with the RainEddie Kendricks
1972It's Just BegunThe Jimmy Castor Bunch
1974GirlsMoments and Whatnauts12
1974The PlayerFirst Choice
1975Peace PipeB.T. Express3
1975Hold Back the NightThe Trammps

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None

Previously revisited for the blog:
Volume 2


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