Tag: Disco

Wednesday 5/16/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Meco – Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk (1977)

Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk is a disco album by Meco released in 1977. The album uses various musical themes from the Star Wars soundtrack arranged as instrumental disco music. A single from the album, “Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band”, reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on October 1, 1977, holding to that position for two weeks. The album and single were both certified Platinum, for sales of one million albums and two million singles, on June 8, 1978.

The complete contents of the album are also available on the 1997 Mercury compilation “The Best of Meco”.

  1. Star Wars (15:49)
    “Title Theme”
    “Imperial Attack”
    “The Desert & the Robot Auction”
    “The Princess Appears”
    “The Land of the Sand People”
    “Princess Leia’s Theme”
    “Cantina Band”
    “The Last Battle”
    “The Throne Room & End Title”
  2. Other Galactic Funk (12:31)
    “Other” (4:07)
    “Galactic” (5:02)
    “Funk” (3:21)
  3. “Star Wars Theme – Cantina Band” (7″ edit) (3:32)
  4. “Star Wars Theme – Cantina Band” (12″ disco mix) (7:34)

Drasan Thims (Sandra Smith), Harold Wheeler, Pat Rebillot: Keyboards
Suzanne Ciani: Special Musical and Sound Effects (as created on a Buchla synthesizer)
Tony Bongiovi: Studio tape effects, guitars
Cliff Morris, David Spinozza, John Tropea, Lamer Murhab, Lance Quinn, Simm Tenaj: Guitars
Neil Jason, Bob Walters, Will Lee: Bass
Allan Schwartzberg, Dor McBrene, Jimmy Young: Drums
Anthony Eversley, Dave Carey, John Purcell, Kendall Turner, Kirk Parson, Nor Thornaring, Meco, Rubens Bassini, Solomon Smith, Thomas Simons, Timothy Thompson, Vincent Lilly: Percussion
Eddie Bert: Trombone
Jon Faddis, Alan Rubin, Lew Soloff & Randy Brecker: Trumpets

Sunday 3/7/21 12:30 am ET: Feature LP: Village People – Macho Man (1978)

Macho Man is the second studio album by Village People, released on February 27, 1978. The album gained success due to its hit singles, “Macho Man” (US Billboard pop chart #25) and “Key West.” Rolling Stone said of the album, “It seems certain to become the first out-and-out disco album without John Travolta on its cover ever to be certified platinum”.

This album was reissued to CD in 1999.

1. “Macho Man” 5:14
2. “I Am What I Am” 5:38
3. “Key West” 5:46
4. “Just A Gigolo” 1:15
5. “I Ain’t Got Nobody” 3:22
6. “Sodom and Gomorrah” 6:15

Sunday 3/7/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Village People – Cruisin’ (1978)

Cruisin’ is the third studio album by the American disco group Village People, released on September 25, 1978. Its title is a double entendre: it may mean just driving around or gay cruising. This became obvious even for straight audiences in 1980, when William Friedkin’s movie Cruising was released. Features the hits “Hot Cop” and “Y.M.C.A.” which peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100.

The album was briefly rereleased in 2003 as YMCA in continental Europe.

“Y.M.C.A.” – 4:47
“The Women” – 5:54
“I’m a Cruiser” – 7:03
“Hot Cop” – 6:19
“My Roommate” – 5:20
“Ups and Downs” – 6:21

Victor Willis – lead vocal, background vocals
Russell Dabney – drums
Alfonso Carey – bass
Jimmy Lee – guitar
Rodger Lee – rhythm guitar
Nathaniel Wilkie – Fender Rhodes
Richard Trifan – synthesizer
Peter Whitehead – percussion
Felipe Rose – percussion
Bitter Sweet – hand claps

Wednesday 11/4/2020 11pm ET: Feature LP: Stars On 45 – Long Play Stars On 45 (1981)

Long Play Album was the first album by the Dutch soundalike studio group Stars on 45, released on the CNR Records label in The Netherlands in 1981. In the US the album was retitled Stars On Long Play, released on Atlantic Records’ sublabel Radio Records and credited to ‘Stars On’. In the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand the group was renamed ‘Starsound’ (on certain releases spelt StarSound or Star Sound) and the album itself was listed as Stars On 45 or Stars On 45 – The Album and released by CBS Records. In Spanish-speaking countries both the group and the album were launched under a fourth name: Estrellas en 45. Stars On 45 was also one of the very few Western pop albums to be officially released in the Soviet Union and large parts of the Eastern Bloc on the state-owned Melodiya label, credited to Stars On 45 but the Russian title of the album translates as Discothèque Stars and in Czechoslovakia on the state-owned Opus label as “Stars on 45”. In the Philippines, it was released and uses “Stars on 45 Long Play Album” as its title on the label of the LP (Manufactured and printed by Dyna Products, Inc. under license from PhonoGram International B.V., Baarn, the Netherlands, using Mercury label [Violet background, silver foreground]).

Following the chart success of the first “Stars on 45″ single producer Jaap Eggermont took the original 12” mix of the medley, a re-recording of the Canadian bootleg release “Let’s Do It In The 80s – Great Hits” a.k.a. “Bits and Pieces III”, which included both excerpts from various hits from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s as well as the four-minute Beatles cover segment (“No Reply”/”I’ll Be Back”/”Drive My Car”/”Do You Want to Know a Secret”/”We Can Work It Out”/”I Should Have Known Better”/”Nowhere Man”/”You’re Going to Lose That Girl”) and divided it into two separate medleys. The Beatles part was extended to a whole 16-minute medley which took up the entire Side A of the vinyl album, with excerpts from another 21 Beatles titles plus George Harrison’s solo hit “My Sweet Lord” being recorded and added plus two reprises of the “Stars On 45” theme.

The remainder of the original 12″ mix was re-edited and placed as track one on Side B, coupling recent pop and disco hits like Heatwave’s “Boogie Nights”, Lipps Inc.’s “Funky Town”, Penny McLean’s “Lady Bump” and The Buggles’ “Video Killed The Radio Star” with classic chart hits like Shocking Blue’s “Venus” and The Archies’ “Sugar Sugar” – both of which had been included on the 7″ version of the Beatles medley along with an uncredited musical reference to The Sparks’ 1979 hit single “Beat the Clock” -, The Everly Brothers’ “Cathy’s Clown”, Roy Orbison’s “Only The Lonely”, Martha and the Vandellas’ “Jimmy Mack”, The Fortunes’ “Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling” and Brian Hyland’s “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini”—the latter, however, not on the North American editions of the album because of copyright issues. The medley also featured another uncredited instrumental reference to The S.O.S. Band and their 1980 hit “Take Your Time (Do It Right)” as well as an instrumental reference to the 1979 Disco song “Handsome Man” by Sparkle Tuhran* & Friends

Side B of the album continued with two further medleys performed by Dutch rock revival band Long Tall Ernie & the Shakers. These two titles, “Do You Remember” and “Golden Years of Rock and Roll”, had been hits in The Netherlands as early as in 1977 and 1978 respectively and had also been produced by Stars on 45 producer Jaap Eggermont.

The Long Play Album/Stars On Long Play/Stars On 45 album and its concept was a smash success as it not only reached #7 in the Netherlands, but managed to top both the U.K. and the Australian charts and also reached #9 on the U.S. charts.

The last four minutes of the album version of the Beatles medley (“Good Day Sunshine”/”My Sweet Lord”/”Here Comes the Sun”/”While My Guitar Gently Weeps”/”Taxman”/”A Hard Day’s Night”/”Things We Said Today”/”If I Fell”/”You Can’t Do That”/”Please Please Me”/”I Want to Hold Your Hand”/”Stars On 45”) was in the autumn of 1981 released as the follow-up single in the US under the title “Stars On 45 Medley Part 2” (#67 on Billboard Hot 100). The second single in Europe and most other parts of the world was instead a medley of ABBA hits released under the title “More Stars” (confusingly also the title of the third US single, but an entirely different medley) and was later that same year extended for inclusion on the second Stars On 45 album.

The Long Play Album/Stars On Long Play/Stars On 45 album in its entirety and in its original form remains unreleased on CD.

1. “Medley”, performed by Stars On 45/Stars On/Starsound – 15:48 (US: 15:33)

All tracks written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney unless otherwise noted

“Stars on 45” (Eggermont, Duiser)
“No Reply”
“I’ll Be Back”
“Drive My Car”
“Do You Want to Know a Secret”
“We Can Work It Out”
“I Should Have Known Better”
“Nowhere Man”
“You’re Going to Lose That Girl”
“Ticket to Ride”
“The Word”
“Eleanor Rigby”
“Every Little Thing”
“And Your Bird Can Sing”
“Get Back”
“Eight Days a Week”
“It Won’t Be Long”
“Day Tripper”
“Stars on 45” (Eggermont, Duiser)
“Good Day Sunshine”
“My Sweet Lord” (Harrison)
“Here Comes the Sun” (Harrison)
“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (Harrison)
“Taxman” (Harrison)
“A Hard Day’s Night”
“Things We Said Today”
“If I Fell”
“You Can’t Do That”
“Please Please Me”
“From Me to You” (song not included on the US release)
“I Want to Hold Your Hand”
“Stars on 45” (Eggermont, Duiser)

1. “Medley” (2) performed by Stars On 45/Stars On/Starsound – 8:03 (US: – 7:25)

“Stars on 45” (Eggermont, Duiser)
“Boogie Nights” (Temperton)
“Funkytown” (Greenberg)
“Video Killed the Radio Star” (Horn, Downes, Wooley)
“Venus” (van Leeuwen)
“Sugar, Sugar” (Kim, Barry)
“Cathy’s Clown” (Everly, Everly)
“Breaking Up Is Hard to Do” (Sedaka, Greenfield) (not included on the US release)
“Only the Lonely” (Orbison, Melson)
“Lady Bump” (Levay, Kunze)
“Jimmy Mack” (Holland, Dozier, Holland)
“Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again” (Cook, Greenaway, Instone)
“Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” (Vance, Pockriss) (not included on the US release)
“Stars on 45” (Eggermont, Duiser)

2. “Do You Remember” a.k.a. “Rock ‘n Roll Medley” performed by Long Tall Ernie and The Shakers – 4:31
“Do You Remember”
“Lucille” (Collins, Penniman)
“Bird Dog” (Bryant)
“Runaway” (Shannon, Crook)
“Do You Remember”
“Bread and Butter” (Parks, Turnbow)
“That’s All Right (Mama)” (Crudup)
“Rip It Up” (Blackwell, Marascalco)
“Jenny, Jenny” (Johnson, Penniman)

3. “Golden Years of Rock & Roll” performed by Long Tall Ernie and The Shakers – 4:35
“Nut Rocker” (Tchaikovsky, Fowley)
“Golden Years of Rock & Roll” (Treffers, Britnell)
“Sherry” (Gaudio)
“Wooly Bully” (Thomas, Smith)
“Golden Years of Rock & Roll” (Treffers, Britnell)
“Buona Sera” (De Rose, Sigman)
“Slippin’ and Slidin'” (Penniman, Bocage, Collins, Smith)
“Nut Rocker” (Tchaikowsky, Fowler)
“Golden Years of Rock & Roll” (Treffers, Britnell)
“At the Hop” (Singer, Medora, White)

Bas Muys – vocals (John Lennon)
Okkie Huysdens – vocals (Paul McCartney)
Hans Vermeulen – vocals (George Harrison)
Jody Pijper – vocals
Long Tall Ernie and the Shakers – performers


Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay 7pm ET

DiscoOn “Great Soul Performances” this evening, we go back to the “Disco.” The disco ball is shining, the dance floor is polished, and we’re gonna dance the night away with music by: Gloria Gaynor, the Village People, Donna Summer, the Trammps, Manu DiBango, the Joneses, Alicia Bridges, Tavares, the Bee Gees, Sister Sledge, Rick James and many many more. The party begins at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT following an encore of this past Sunday’s “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s” at 5PM eastern time. So put on your finest dancing shoes and meet me at the “Disco” this evening on RadioMaxMusic.com.

Vinyl Resting Place with Willie B 10am ET

DiscoThis week on the Vinyl Resting Place put your dancing shoes on for some seventies disco.  Put your shiny disco balls up and enjoy your host Willie B for Disco on RadioMaxMusic!  Check the schedule for encore times.

Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay 7pm ET

DiscoHopefully the bitter winter season is finally going to be behind us, and that makes me wanna dance. I was a fan of “Disco.” So, starting today, and going forward throughout the rest of the year on “Great Soul Performances,” we’ll take some time out to salute that era that people either loved or hated.

I’m sure that all over the country many cities had their favorite discos, but for me, being a Native New Yorker, I’ll never forget hanging out and dancing in places like “Xenon” on West 43rd Street, the “Cheetah” on 52nd Street, the “Electric Circus” on St. Mark’s Place in the East Village, “Trude Heller’s” aka “Trude Heller’s Trick” at 418 6th Avenue at 9th Street, “Fantasy East” in the Wakefield section of the Bronx, “Two Different Worlds” in Woodside Queens and of course the “disco of discos,” “Studio 54” on 54th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue.

Cynthia and I went there often and we were there the night Frankie Crocker rode in on a white stallion. Memories none of us will ever forget. So you see where I’m going here. I’ve polished up the old Disco Ball, put on my platform shoes and my bell bottom pants and we are going to get down. All your favorite disco artists will be on board like: Donna Summer, the Village People, Chic, Amii Stewart, the Bee Gees, Thelma Houston, the Trammps, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Rick James and all the rest.

Our disco opens at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT. Naturally, we kick it off after the encore of this past Sunday’s “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s” at 5PM eastern time. It’s gonna be a “Disco Inferno” this evening on “Great Soul Performances” on RadioMaxMusic.com. BTW, don’t forget to move your clocks ahead one hour at 2AM eastern as we usher in what we used to call “Daylight Savings Time” as hope springs eternal. Pun intended. See Ya Later ‘Gator!

Hed Kandi America Radio Show 10p ET

120_hedkandiRoute 94 – My Love ft. Jess Glynne (Original)
Husky – If We Only Had Tonight (Carl Hanaghan Discopolis Remix)
Twism, Michael Wollau – All About Love (Original Mix)
Adam Twelve vs Armand Van Helden – You Know Me (Original Bootleg Mix)
Cupcakes – Captain Obvious (Original Mix)
Shane D – For The Headz (Original Mix)
Duke Dumont – I Got U Feat. Jax Jones (Original Mix)
Solution – Feels So Right (WhiteNoize Remix)
Milk & Sugar – Tell Me Why (My Digital Enemy Remix)
Hanna Hanson – Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You (Dave Rose Remix)
Chris Malinchak – If U Got It (Mark Knight Mix)
Guti, Mark Fanciulli, Inaya Day – The Light (Original Mix)
Inner City & Kevin Saunderson – Big Fun (DJ PP & Jerome Robins Remix)
ATFC feat. Katherine Ellis – Fakerman (Jorge Montia Remix)

Jazzanova, Ben Westbeech – I Can See (Konstantin Sibold Remix)
Dominic Dawson – Flashback (Kruse and Nurenberg Backstage Mix)
Phil & Dan – Everybody Loves (Monte Remix)
KANT – Feelings (Original Mix)
Gorgon City Ft. MNEK – Ready For You Love (Club Mix)
Maison All Stars, Vernon Lewis – I Can’t Fight This Feeling (Bobby Tee, Marc Williams Mix)
Changing Planes – Nobody (Original Mix)
MK feat Alana – Always (Route 94 Mix)

Residents Guest Mix – Stuart Ojelay
Grant Boden & Stuart Ojelay feat Nathan Thomas – Golden Days
Ted Nilsson, Stuart Ojelay ft Jodie Findley – Live For Today
Stuart Ojelay – You Hear Me Girl
Stuart Ojealy – Good Old Days
Stuart Ojelay & Glen Horsborough – TBC
Stuart Ojelay ft Lynsey P & Benjammin Sax – On & On

Back To Love Classic – Byron Stingly – Get Up (Everybody) (Mousse T Remix)

Artist Countdown: Gloria Gaynor Top 20 Hits 6pm ET @gloriagaynor

gloria_gaynorGloria Gaynor (born September 7, 1949) is an American singer, best known for the disco era hits “I Will Survive” (Hot 100 number 1, 1979), “Never Can Say Goodbye” (Hot 100 number 9, 1974), “Let Me Know (I Have a Right)” (Hot 100 number 42, 1980) and “I Am What I Am” (R&B number 82, 1983).

Gaynor was a singer with the Soul Satisfiers, a jazz/pop band, in the 1960s. As Gloria Fowler she recorded “Will You Be My Guy / Train Of Love” for a small Chicago label releasing a second single “She’ll Be Sorry/Let Me Go Baby” as Gloria Gaynor in 1965.

Her first real success came in 1975 with the release of her album Never Can Say Goodbye, which established her as a disco artist. The first side of this album consisted of three disco songs (“Honey Bee”, “Never Can Say Goodbye” and “Reach Out, I’ll Be There“), with no breaks in between the songs. This 19-minute dance marathon proved to be enormously popular, especially at dance clubs. All three songs were released as singles via radio edits, and all of them became hits. The album was instrumental in introducing disco music to the public, “Never Can Say Goodbye” becoming the first song to top Billboard magazine’s dance chart. Capitalizing on the success of her first album, Gloria Gaynor quickly released her second album, Experience Gloria Gaynor, later that same year. While this album was also successful, it was not quite as popular as her previous album in the mainstream.

Some of her lesser-known singles, due to lack of recurrent airplay — including “Honey Bee” (1974), “Casanova Brown” (1975), and “Let’s Make A Deal” (1976) — became hits in the clubs and reached the Top 5 on Billboard’s disco charts. After her 1976 album, I’ve Got You, Gaynor shifted from her hit production team, to work with other productions. While it seemed like a good move, her subsequent producers did not seem to match Gaynor’s vocal approach and style as well. (Source: wikipedia)

1 I Will Survive
2 Never Can Say Goodbye
3 I Never Knew
4 How High the Moon
5 Reach Out I’ll Be There
6 Let Me Know (I Have a Right)
7 I Am What I Am
8 Walk On By
9 Casanova Brown
10 Real Good People
11 Anybody Wanna Party
12 (If You Want It) Do It Yourself
13 Mighty High (with The Trammps)
14 All I Need Is Your Sweet Lovin’
15 Honey Bee
16 Last Night
17 Substitute
18 Let’s Mend What’s Been Broken
19 Let’s Make a Deal
20 Tonight