February 26, 1977: Non-Stop Disco Chartbusters, Sons Of Robin Stone, Arthur Prysock, Mexicano, Deodato

Are you a DJ on Creole’s mailing list?  If so, you’d better check out their new ‘Non-Stop Disco Chartbusters’ album (CRLP 508), as your name is likely to be on the back of it!

Creole have listed all 500 or so DJ’s that were on their books at the end of last year – but, here’s the rub, they’re not sending the album out to them even though they’re thanked for their “continued support”.

How long that support remains forthcoming we must now wait and see, while for those who are interested the album itself really is non-stop, with every track mixing fairly intelligently into the next without even the tiniest gap.

Basically instrumental and decidedly hustling, it contains tracks like CRISPY & CO ‘Brazil’, CHEQUERS ‘Undecided Love’, HOT BLOOD ‘Soul Dracula’, BONEY M ‘Baby Do You Wanna Bump’, BOBBY AZEFF ‘My Way’, LAFAYETTE STREET ‘Chariot’ and SOUL AFFAIR ORCHESTRA ‘Amor Amor’, all in a flurry of sizzling cymbals.

New Spins

SONS OF ROBIN STONE: ‘Got To Get You Back’ (Atlantic K 10723) (Billboard chart debut 10/26/74)
Near legendary 1974 New York disco hit, a cool vocal group thudder, recently released along with other better-known old Warner/Atlantic hits.

ARTHUR PRYSOCK: ‘When Love Is New’ (Polydor 2058842) (mentioned in Billboard column 10/30/76, Billboard chart debut 11/20/76)
Lovely jaunty mellow hustler in Lou Rawls style, big in US and a chart chance here.

MEXICANO: ‘Move Up Starsky’ (Baal BDN 38037)
Strong reggae skanker with definite hit prospects, now out through Pye.  Continue reading “February 26, 1977: Non-Stop Disco Chartbusters, Sons Of Robin Stone, Arthur Prysock, Mexicano, Deodato”

February 19, 1977: Supercharge, King Floyd, The Mexicano, Chaplin Band, Cerrone

New Spins

SUPERCHARGE: ‘Get Up And Dance’ (Virgin VS 170)
Extremely catchy big and busy-sounding happy chanter, bound to smash.

KING FLOYD: ‘Body English’ (Contempo CS 2103) (mentioned in Billboard column 10/30/76)
Powerful simple bouncy funker, hot.

THE MEXICANO: ‘Move Up Starsky’ (Pioneer PION 3)
Rock steady reggae with DJ toasting, big in Midlands.  Continue reading “February 19, 1977: Supercharge, King Floyd, The Mexicano, Chaplin Band, Cerrone”

February 12, 1977: Alfie Khan Soul Orchestra, Double Exposure, Mass Production, Burlesque, Jimmy James

New Spins

Following a marathon listen to a whole three weeks’ worth of new releases, here at last is an up-to-date New Spins section . . . in case anyone was worried.

ALFIE KHAN SOUND ORCHESTRA: ‘Law Of The Land’ (Atlantic K 10894)
At last this legendary German instrumental version of the Temptations tune is out here!  Although from ’74, it has the ‘Jaws’ sound and should smash.

DOUBLE EXPOSURE: ‘Ten Percent’ LP (Salsoul SZS 5503) (LP mentioned in Billboard column 6/26/76, LP Billboard chart debut 9/4/76)
As well as the full superb 6:51 title track, there’s the (less good) 7:00 ‘My Love Is Free‘ US disco hit.  A pity radio’s not on ’em.

MASS PRODUCTION: ‘Welcome To Our World’ (Cotillion K 10898) (Billboard chart debut 10/23/76)
Now on 45, and even edited to 3:58 it’s a funky classic of our time.  Continue reading “February 12, 1977: Alfie Khan Soul Orchestra, Double Exposure, Mass Production, Burlesque, Jimmy James”

February 5, 1977: Trammps “Disco Inferno” LP review

‘Disco Inferno’ is the title of THE TRAMMPS’ long-awaited new album (Atlantic K 50339), and so far as the States are concerned it’s already hotter than hell!  Even more than before, every track is totally disco – maybe too much so, as they get samey when heard together.

On the dance floor (or radio), they’ll have more individuality when played on their own, and certainly each one is getting separate disco action in America.

The biggest US movers are the 10:54 title track (a repetitive mechanical churner that gets tedious), ‘Starvin” (typically bland New York-style slickness), and – a better bet for here – ‘Body Contact Contract’, which at 6:55 is a good medium-paced finger snapper with clever wordplay around the ‘Contract’ title and soulfully screamed pleas to “sign it”.

There’s a tricky instrumental buildup to the frenetically galloping ‘I Feel Like I’ve Been Livin’ (On The Dark Side Of The Moon)’ – another good one – while the shorter ‘Don’t Burn The Bridges’ and ‘You Touch My Hot Line’ seem more mundane on first hearing.  In fact, Atlantic are confident that they have here an album full of potential singles, and they could be right!  Continue reading “February 5, 1977: Trammps “Disco Inferno” LP review”