COMMODORES: ‘Brick House’ (Motown TMG 1086) (BNDA debut 4/16/77)
Terrific catchy funker, already a monster.
GIORGIO: ‘From Here To Eternity’ LP (Oasis OASLP 501) (BNDA debut 8/6/77)
More Donna than Donna, the whole first side segues continuously with flying electronic freakiness.
BROTHERS JOHNSON: ‘Right On Time’ (A&M AMS 7313)
Powerful herky-jerky bumper, 12in for 75p (first 10,000 copies). Continue reading “September 24, 1977: Commodores, Giorgio, Brothers Johnson, Fat Larry’s Band, Isaac Hayes”
DONNA SUMMER: ‘I Remember Yesterday’ (GTO GT 107) (BNDA debut 5/28/77)
Happily skittering Dr. Buzzard soundalike, flipped by her much demanded old ‘Spring Affair’ leaper.
ROSE ROYCE: ‘Do Your Dance, Pts. 1 & 2’ (Whitfield K 17006) (BNDA debut 9/24/77)
‘Car Wash Part Two’ culled from their new album and cut in two for 45.
HAMILTON BOHANNON: ‘Bohannon Disco Symphony’ (Mercury 6167565) (‘Andrea’ BNDA debut 5/21/77)
Dynamic jittery thudder and a prettily pianistic ‘Andrea’ double A side, both from his great current import album. Continue reading “September 17, 1977: Donna Summer, Rose Royce, Hamilton Bohannon, Whispers, Marvin Hamlisch”
MECO: ‘Star Wars Theme / Cantina Band’ (RCA XB 1028) (BNDA debut 7/23/77)
Here it is, the sensational smash hit disco treatment of the big US sci-fi movie theme! Full of freaky effects and great stereo, it bridges into more music from the flick before ending on the catchy theme again.
EDDIE HENDERSON: ‘Say You Will’ (Capitol CL 15937)
Driving fast jazz-funk trumpet twirler, madly infectious and already a dancefloor filler!
PIONEERS: ‘My Good Friend James’ (Mercury 6007147)
Terrific sophisticated swinger In Lou Rawls/Natalie Cole style which deserves to hit . . . and I’m not biased by the title! Continue reading “September 10, 1977: Meco, Eddie Henderson, Pioneers, Smokey Robinson, Giorgio”
ROSE ROYCE: ‘Do Your Dance’ / ‘It Makes You Feel Like Dancin’’ (from LP ‘Full Bloom’, Whitfield K 56394) (BNDA debut 9/24/77)
‘Car Wash’ handclaps dominate these slightly slinkier funkers, which may be a little too long at 9:15 and 8:43 for the slower tempo, despite interestingly original instrumental developments and great sound. Then there’s ‘You Can’t Please Everybody’ for ‘Put Your Money’ fans!
JOHN DAVIS & THE MONSTER ORCHESTRA: ‘The Magic Is You’ / ‘You’re The One’ (Polydor 2058923) (BNDA debut 6/25/77)
Exciting rhythm rattlers with smooth singing, biting brass and bouncy beat should be big.
KALYAN: ‘Nice And Slow’ (MCA 317)
Great lively instrumental of Jesse Green’s hit, with useful phased cymbals intro. Continue reading “September 3, 1977: Rose Royce, John Davis & The Monster Orchestra, Kalyan, Mass Production, Claudja Barry”