November 1, 1975: Andy Fairweather-Low, Juan Carlos Calderon, J.A.L.N. Band, Python Lee Jackson, Fleetwood Mac

New Spins

ANDY FAIRWEATHER LOW: ‘Wide Eyed And Legless’ (A&M AMS 7202)
Beautifully subtle swaying sophisticated semi-slowie, my own fave of the week, and hopefully ideal for those more romantic moments!

JUAN CARLOS CALDERON: ‘Bandolero’ (CBS 2726) (Billboard chart debut 6/21/75)
From last year like ‘El Bimbo’ and now re-issued after European and US success, this semi-hustling instrumental has a catchy melody and paradoxically fashionable sound – plus some Spanish guitar to snare the oldsters.  Useful, and could click.

J.A.L.N. BAND: ‘Street Dance’ (Magnet MAG 44)
Already extremely popular, this UK recreation of the unavailable Fatback Band instrumental is full of pounding bouncy funk beat and John Kongos-type party noises. 

PYTHON LEE JACKSON: ‘In A Broken Dream’ (Young Blood YB 1002)
Moodily magnificent slowie with early Rod Stewart vocals, as you all know it’s been a belated hit before.

FLEETWOOD MAC: ‘Man Of The World’ (DJM DJS 620)
And another old slow smash, once very big with rock crowds.

B.T. EXPRESS: ‘Do It (‘Til You’re Satisfied)’ (Pye 7N 25666)
The ‘Non-Stop’ band’s first hit, re-issued (with longer disco flip for the first time here) to cash in on their tour.

MERRY CLAYTON: ‘Keep Your Eye On The Sparrow’ (Ode ODS 66110)
Marvelous Merry wails through a fantastically funky bumpy rhythm structure.  Another Natalie?

MATAYO: ‘Matayo’ (Rak 222)
Paul & Barry Ryan appear to be involved in this phoney Afro-funker, which doesn’t stop the rhythm being full of thumping bounciness.  Are CCS and Hot Chocolate also involved?

LINDA RONSTADT: ‘Heat Wave’ (Asylum AYM 549)
Although lacking Martha & The Vandellas’ frantic energy, this slightly gentler but still similar reworking of their 1968 classic should be useful.

Re-issued heavy metal knees-up that could be the next ‘Jig-A-Jig’.

PAUL DAVIDSON: ‘Midnight Rider’ (Tropical AL 056)
Superbly produced with stereo effects and strings, this subtle reggaefication of Greg Allman’s tune could follow Bob Marley chartwards.

DONALD BYRD: ‘Black Byrd’ (Blue Note BNXW 7001)
The funky cut from early ’63 that gave the Black Byrd a brand new bag, this sparse chanter is out here at last on 45.

DEODATO: ‘Medley: Caravan / Watusi Strut’ (MCA 215)
Huge in NY discos, Eumir’s fast and funky instrumental combines the sinister Duke Ellington tune with his own galloping rhythm piece, which continues on the flip with possibly more impact.

IKE & TINA TURNER: ‘Delila’s Power’ (UA UP 36028)
‘Nutbush City Limits’ Part Two, which means it’s certainly powerful even if unoriginal.

EBB TIDE: ‘Give Me Your Best Shot, Baby’ (Parts 1 & 2) (Polydor 2001560) (mentioned in Billboard column 12/21/74, Billboard chart debut 2/8/75)
Pete Wingfield vocal sound on a nice easy-rolling Philly group clomper.

MICHAEL JACKSON: ‘Just A Little Bit Of You’ (Tamla Motown TMG 1006) (Billboard chart debut 2/22/75)
Strongly arranged catchy hustler.

Import Picks

JIM GILSTRAP: ‘I’m On Fire’ (Roxbury RB 2016) (mentioned in Billboard column 10/25/75, Billboard chart debut 11/15/75)
Although losing in the US to 5000 Volts, Jim’s multi-tracked version has a more hustling disco sound with schlurping hi-hats, and is already getting played in some clubs here.

SOUTH SHORE COMMISSION: ‘We’re On The Right Track’ (Wand WND 11291) (mentioned in Billboard column 9/20/75)
Ultra High Frequency’s near miss of a while back has been redone by Norman Harris, and it comes out smoother with a hustling Tom Moulton mix, Smokey Robinson-type warbling and stereo train effects.  Here comes the Express!

WAYNE MIRAN & RUSH RELEASE: ‘Oh Baby’ (Roulette R 7176)
Synthetic strings and a gentle start lead into this lovely low-key hustler that’s got a melody that’ll nag its way clean through your brain.  Mixed-down vocal and echoing harmonies complete the scene.

MIRACLES: ‘Love Machine’ (Parts 1 & 2) (Tamla T 54262F) (mentioned in Billboard column 10/4/75, Billboard chart debut 10/11/75)
From their ‘City Of Angels’ concept LP comes the guys’ grittiest outing for ages, a grunting-introed fast thumper with staccato chanting and Jimmy Castor influences.  Their voices are as pretty as ever and the beat don’t quit.  Could be huge here.

UK Disco Top 20 – November 1, 1975

01 03 Drifters – There Goes My First Love – Bell
02 06 Esther Phillips – What A Diff’rence A Day Makes – Kudu
03 01 David Essex – Hold Me Close – CBS
04 04 Dee Clark – Ride A Wild Horse – Chelsea
05 13 George McCrae – I Ain’t Lyin’ – Jay Boy
06 07 Roxy Music – Love Is The Drug – Island
07 05 Natalie Cole – This Will Be – Capitol
08 11 Trammps – Hold Back The Night – Buddah
09 02 Four Seasons – Who Loves You – Warner Bros.
10 10 People’s Choice – Do It Anyway You Wanna – Philadelphia Int’l
11 14 Art Garfunkel – I Only Have Eyes For You – CBS
12 09 Fatback Band – Yum Yum (Gimme Some) – Polydor
13 NE Maxine Nightingale – Right Back Where We Started From – United Artists
14 16 KC & The Sunshine Band – That’s The Way (I Like It) – Jay Boy
15 RE Faith, Hope & Charity – To Each His Own – RCA
16 NE David Bowie – Space Oddity – RCA
17 RE Hello – New York Groove – Bell
18 RE Leroy Brown – One Woman Man – EMI
19 NE Gloria Gaynor – Do It Yourself – MGM
20 NE Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony – Change With The Times – Avco
NE = new entry; RE = re-entry

Appeared in Billboard:
#2 (Billboard chart debut 6/21/75)
#7 (Billboard chart debut 9/13/75)
#8 (Billboard chart debut 6/21/75)
#9 (Billboard chart debut 8/23/75)
#10 (mentioned in Billboard column 6/14/75, Billboard chart debut 7/5/75)
#12 (Billboard chart debut 7/12/75)
#13 (Billboard chart debut 4/3/76)
#14 (mentioned in Billboard column 7/26/75, Billboard chart debut 9/13/75)
#15 (Billboard chart debut 7/19/75)
#19 (mentioned in Billboard column 8/2/75, Billboard chart debut 8/23/75)
#20 (Billboard chart debut 10/4/75)

Songs mentioned in “DJ Hotline”:
JOHN ASHER: ‘Let’s Twist Again’ (Creole)
EDDIE DRENNON: ‘Let’s Do The Latin Hustle’ (Friends & Co. – US import) (Billboard chart debut 9/20/75)
JIM CAPALDI: ‘Love Hurts’ (Island)
JOE DASSIN: ‘Africa’ (CBS)
LINDA G. THOMPSON: ‘Ooh What A Night’ (Magnet) (mentioned in Billboard column 10/25/75, Billboard chart debut 1/17/76)
SILVER CONVENTION: ‘Fly Robin Fly’ / ‘I Like It’ (Magnet) (mentioned in Billboard column 7/19/75, Billboard chart debut 8/2/75)
TRAMMPS: ‘Scrub Board’ (Buddah)
GIL SCOTT-HERON: ‘Johannesburg’ (Arista)
BIG YOUTH: ‘Big Youth Dread’ (Lucky)
DR. FEELGOOD: ‘Back In The Night’ (UA)
GARY TOMS EMPIRE: ‘Drive My Car’ (Epic) (mentioned in Billboard column 7/26/75, Billboard chart debut 11/1/75)
DENNY CHRISTIAN: ‘Roll Out The Barrel’ (Sonet)
SEVEN SEAS: ‘Super Jaws’ (Jay Boy) (Billboard chart debut 9/13/75)

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