Yesterday's Sounds Today

Tag: Disco

Song Of The Day: Melba Moore, “This Is It”

Taken from the SoulMusic Records release, Standing Right Here: The Anthology (The Buddha and Epic Years).

Song Of The Day: People’s Choice, “Turn Me Loose (12″ Version)”

Taken from the Big Break Records reissue, Turn Me Loose (Expanded Edition).

The Emotions: Blessed: The Emotions Anthology 1969-1985 (Big Break)

This lavish two-disc set highlights the best work of Chicago trio The Emotions’ career, and is an essential collection of high quality pop and soul music.

Coffee: Slippin’ & Dippin’ (Big Break)

Even though Coffee’s brand of disco music was out of favor in 1980, that doesn’t take away from the sheer pleasure of their debut album’s good-to-the-last-drop groove.

Jimmy Somerville: Live And Acoustic At Stella Polaris (SFE/Cherry Red)

It might seem unusual for a man who specializes in dance music to perform acoustically, but the setting provides the opportunity to highlight Jimmy Somerville’s greatest asset: his amazingly natural falsetto. This album captures that moment, in a brief but highly enjoyable performance.

Lalo Schifrin: Black Widow/Towering Toccata (Robinsongs)

This twofer collects prolific soundtrack composer Lalo Schifrin’s two solo albums from 1976 and 1977. Heavily indebted to disco, the two offer some interesting variations and arrangements.

Heatwave: Always & Forever: Love Songs & Smooth Grooves (Big Break Records)

This compilation highlights the greatest asset of disco/funk band Heatwave: its love jams.

Kleeer: Get Tough: The Kleeer Anthology 1979-1985 (Big Break Records)

Kleeer was a prolific New York disco/funk/R&B band, releasing seven albums over five years. This anthology collects the best of the best, and makes a case for their role in the history of the music of the era.

Karen Young: Hot Shot (Big Break Records)

Karen Young was a Philadelphia singer who scored a massive hit in 1978, yet only released one album in her short career. Expanded and remastered, it’s another fine document from the last days of disco.

Tasha Thomas: Midnight Rendezvous (Soul Music)

Tasha Thomas was a promising young singer whose star was on the increase when she released what would be her sole solo album, five years before her untimely death from cancer.