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Various - Disco Spectrum
BBE has made it its mission to bring hard to find classics to the masses with their great reissue program.  In the tradition of the Funk, Jazz and Latin Spectrum series, these two titles shine the light on underground nuggets that would put a hurting on your wallet should you try to find the originals.  

Volume I features soul groovers like Omni's "Out Of My Hands," "Feel It" by Revelation, "Trip To Your Mind" by the Hudson Brothers and Exodus' immortal "Together Forever.  Volume II keeps the quality coming with Don Ray, Chantal Curtis, Cloud One and Eddy Grant alongside underacknowledged cuts from George Duke and Patti LaBelle.  

Between the two sets you get far more than the typical tired selections of your oldies medley.  What is most revelatory is that they document how strong soulful dance music was well into the 1980s, well beyond its alleged 1979 peak.  You also can't help but notice the sheer rhythmic diversity displayed here.  "Too Hot For Love" by THP has the standard thump-thump-thump you'd associate with disco, but John Gibbs' funk-tinged offering "Trinidad" and the bold afrobeat/disco experiment of "Let Me Love You" from Bunny Mack are simply electrifying, proving once and for all that disco was more than a one-trick bag.

Props to Joey Negro whose masterful taste in selecting these compilations is further proof that the man knows his classics.  True heads are eagerly awaiting the next edition.

Copyright 2001 B. Graff.  All rights reserved.

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Released 1999 and 2000 on Barely Breaking Even

Disco Spectrum 1 (selected tracks)
John Gibbs - Trinidad
Clyde Alexander - Got to Get Your Love
Ramsey & Co - Love Call
Logg - You've Got That Something
John Davis - Bourgie Bourgie
Exodus - Together Forever
Baby O - In the Forest
Rare Pleasure - Let Me Down Easy

 

Disco Spectrum 2 (selected tracks)
Don Ray - Standing in the Rain
George Duke - I Want You For Myself
Patti Labelle - Music Is My Way of Life
Aquarian Dream - Phoenix
Aleems - Hooked On Your Love
Bunny Mack - Let Me Love You
Louis Ramirez - Do It Anyway You Wanna
Alfredo De La Fe - Hot to Trot

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