Imports set the trends for the future and are much used by the hipper club jocks. This page hasn’t reviewed many imports as I think that most DJ’s find it hard enough getting ordinary domestic releases, let alone US hot wax!
However, there is now such interest in twelve-inch disco pressings that imports are becoming more widely accepted.
To help give an ahead-of-the-minute guide to the Stateside vinyl that’s likely to be big here, I’ve recruited a regular panel of top funky club DJ’s to give their current top tips. This week we hear from Chris Hill of Ilford’s Lacy Lady fame, and from Tony Clark of Newcastle’s Julie’s – Tony also works at Callers Record Shop in Newcastle, supplying everyone from Ian Levine on down.
Tony’s tips are:
LA EXPRESS: ‘Dancing The Night Away’ (Caribou)
TIMMY THOMAS: ‘Stone To The Bone‘ (Glades) (Billboard chart debut 3/12/77)
ARTHUR PRYSOCK: ‘I Wantcha Baby‘ (Old Town LP cut) (mentioned in Billboard column 1/15/77, Billboard chart debut 1/29/77)
LATIMORE: ‘It Ain’t Where You Been‘ (Glades LP cut)
DOOLEY SILVERSPOON & JEANNE BURTON: ‘Am I Losing You‘ (Cotton 12″)
MILLIE JACKSON: ‘There’s Something About You‘ (Spring LP cut)
and, one that Chris has been on for a long time too, BO KIRKLAND & RUTH DAVIS: ‘You’re Gonna Get Next To Me‘ (Claridge LP cut), currently vied for by several UK record labels, it’s so hot!
URBIE GREEN: ‘Another Star’ (CTI LP cut)
JOE THOMAS: ‘Funky Fever‘ (Groove Merchant 12″) (mentioned in Billboard column 12/25/76)
GARY BARTZ: ‘Mother Nature‘ (Prestige LP cut)
BOOKER T & THE MGS: ‘Sticky Stuff‘ (Asylum LP cut)
CROWN HEIGHTS AFFAIR: ‘Far Out‘ (De-Lite LP cut) (Billboard chart debut 11/6/76)
LAKESIDE: ‘Taboo‘ (ABC LP cut)
JIMMY SMITH: ‘Can’t Hide Love‘ (Mercury LP cut)
CHAPLIN BAND: ‘Let’s Have A Party‘ (EMI 12″) Continue reading “March 5, 1977: import tips from Chris Hill & Tony Clark”