December 10, 1977: El Coco, Brass Construction, Odyssey, Sweet Sensation, Donna Summer

New Spins

EL COCO: ‘Cocomotion’ (Pye 7N 25761) (BNDA debut 8/20/77)
Already a disco smash on import alone, the smooth ‘n slick instrumental clapper makes a great gradual mix out of Chic.

BRASS CONSTRUCTION: ‘III’ LP (UA UAS 30124) (LP BNDA debut 12/3/77)
All tracks are good, being either funky fliers or soulful smoochers, with ‘We’, ‘Celebrate’ and ‘Get It Together’ the hotsies so far.  Nothing new, but what they do they do well!

ODYSSEY: ‘Native New Yorker’ (RCA PC 1129) (BNDA debut 8/27/77)
The prettily swaying sophisticated Dr. Buzzard-type hustler’s been 12-inched to help the growing buzz about it. 

SWEET SENSATION: ‘Wake Up And Be Somebody’ (Pye TN 46036)
Infectiously happy good simplified cover of Brainstorm’s brassy fast hustler, could do well.

DONNA SUMMER: ‘The Greatest Hits’ LP (GTO GTLP 028)
Pretty well what you’d expect.

STEVIE WONDER: ‘Anthology’ LP (Motown M9-804A3)
Hefty triple album chronicles his career from ‘62 to ‘71, including his unissued original of Aretha’s ‘Until You Come Back To Me’ and all the hits that fit.

BLACKBYRDS: ‘Action’ LP (Fantasy FT 534)
Slightly specialist, ‘Street Games’ is a fast funky chugger while ‘Soft And Easy’ and ‘Dreaming About You’ are lovely smoochers.

COMMODORES: ‘Live!’ LP (Motown TMSP 6007)
Good live versions of their recent hits, and a typically funky ‘Too Hot To Trot’ studio newie.

PATTIE BROOKS: ‘Pop Collage Medley’ (from LP ‘Love Shook’, Casablanca CAL 2020) (BNDA debut 9/24/77)
Simon Soussan-produced zingy but brittle thumpalongs, the ‘Popcorn / Black Is Black / Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye’ medley and ‘Girl Don’t Make We Wait’ being huge in US and gay discos.

BILLY PAUL: ‘Only The Strong Survive’ LP (Philadelphia Int’l PIR 82236)
Full 5:38 title track, while David Soul’s ‘Don’t Give Up On Us’ and smoochy ‘Everybody’s Breaking Up’ are good slowies.

THELMA HOUSTON: ‘It’s Just Me Feeling Good’ (from LP ‘The Devil In Me’, Motown STML 12075)
Catchy little romper, already hotter for some than the controversial full-length lead track, ‘I’m Here Again’.

ERIC CLAPTON: ‘Lay Down Sally’ (RSO 2090264)
Jolly J. J. Cale-type leaper.

LOL CREME & KEVIN GODLEY: ‘5 O’Clock In The Morning’ / ‘The Flood’ (Mercury GOD 001)
Atmospheric slow smoocher, interesting ‘Papa Was A Rolling Stone’-type flip.

BING CROSBY: ‘I’m An Old Cow Hand (From The Rio Grande)’ (from LP ‘The Best Of Bing’, MCA MCF 2540)
Great hooting swinger for MoR fun.

NEWPORT MALE VOICE CHOIR: ‘Love Me Tender’ (Polydor 2058964)
Nice oddity, a traditional Welsh treatment of the old Elvis slowie.

RICO: ‘Ska Wars’ (Island IPR 2006)
Just what the world needed, a 12-inched trombone-led slow reggae treatment of ‘Star Wars’!

ALTHEA & DONNA: ‘Up Town Top Ranking’ (Lightning LIG 506)
Sorta ethnic J. Arthur Skank!

BARDOT: ‘Witchfire’ (RCA PB 5055)
Bouncy pop thumper.

RAM JAM: ‘Keep Your Hands On The Wheel’ (Epic EPC 5806)
Stones-type pounder minus any bam-a-lams.

LIMMIE & FAMILY COOKIN’: ‘I Can Stop’ (Bareback EMBS 354-12)
Stop-go Jackson Five-type squeakiness, more stop than go, 12-inched to waste wax.


Hot Vinyl

Chris Hill has another Canvey Gold Mine revival night this Sunday (11), with the Disappointer Sisters in cabaret, a guest spot by Fat Man Graham Canter, and fancy dress prizes (a few tickets still available from Chris at Ilford’s Lacy Lady on Fri/Sat).  His hot import tips include:

CHIC: ‘Everybody Dance’ (Atlantic LP cut) (BNDA debut 12/3/77)
STARGARD: ‘Which Way Is Up’ (MCA) (BNDA debut 1/7/78)
JIMMY MCGRIFF: ‘Skyhawk’ / ‘Tailgunner’ (LRC LP cuts)
JOE THOMAS: ‘Here I Come’ / ‘A Place In Space’ (LRC LP cuts)
LONNIE SMITH: ‘When The Night Is Right’ (LRC LP cut)
RAMSEY LEWIS: ‘Skippin’’ / ‘My Angel’s Smile’ (CBS LP cuts)
MANU DIBANGO: ‘Big Blow’ / ‘Bayam Sell’am’ (Fiesta LP cuts – French import)
LENNY WILLIAMS: ‘Choosing You’ (ABC 12”) (BNDA debut 7/30/77)
JIM MULLEN & DICK MORRISSEY: ‘Footloose’ / ‘What A Way To Go’ (Embryo LP cuts)
RAYDIO: ‘Jack And Jill’ / ‘Get Down’ (Arista)

While he warns about LIPSTIQUE ‘At The Discotheque’ / ‘I’m Still Dancing’ (Ensign LP cuts) (BNDA debut 4/15/78), coming soon.


UK Disco Top 50 – December 10, 1977

01 01 Tom Robinson Band – 2-4-6-8 Motorway – EMI
02 04 Chic – Dance Dance Dance – Atlantic
03 07 Boney M – Belfast – Atlantic
04 08 Status Quo – Rockin’ All Over The World – Vertigo
05 18 Wings – Mull Of Kintyre – Parlophone
06 10 Showaddywaddy – Dancin’ Party – Arista
07 14 Dooleys – Love Of My Life – GTO
08 27 Billy Paul – Only The Strong Survive – Philadelphia Int’l
09 12 Darts – Daddy Cool – Magnet (12″)
10 02 Village People – San Francisco / Hollywood / Fire Island – DJM (LP)
11 03 Belle Epoque – Black Is Black – Harvest (12″)
12 05 Santa Esmeralda – Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – Philips
13 RE Donna Summer – Love’s Unkind – GTO
14 33 Jonathan Richman – Egyptian Reggae – Berserkley
15 09 Diana Ross – Gettin’ Ready For Love – Motown
16 06 Baccara – Yes Sir I Can Boogie – RCA
17 32 L.T.D. – Back In Love Again – A&M
18 13 Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Running Away – Polydor
19 11 DBM – Discobeatlemania – Atlantic (12″)
20 RE Carl Douglas – Run Back – Pye
21 25 Emotions – I Don’t Wanna Lose Your Love – CBS
22 15 Bee Gees – How Deep Is Your Love – RSO
23 29 Bob Marley & The Wailers – Jamming – Island
24 17 Fantastic Four – Got To Have Your Love – Atlantic
25 20 Rokotto – Boogie On Up – State (12″)
26 36 Mike Theodore Orchestra – The Bull – Atlantic
27 34 Munich Machine – Get On The Funk Train – Oasis
28 NE Hot Chocolate – Put Your Love In Me – Rak (12″)
29 23 Con Funk Shun – Ffun – Mercury
30 RE Gonzalez – I Haven’t Stopped Dancin’ Yet – EMI
31 NE War – Galaxy – MCA [Imp]
32 35 El Coco – Cocomotion – Pye
33 NE Amanda Lear – Blood And Honey – Ariola (12″)
34 38 Nite School – Do You Speak French – Ensign
35 40 Jacksons – Goin’ Places – Epic
36 22 Café Crème – Unlimited Citations – Harvest
37 46 Kenny Williams – (You’re) Fabulous Babe – Decca
38 19 Donna Summer – Once Upon A Time (all cuts) – Casablanca (LP)
39 24 Le Pamplemousse – Get Your Boom Boom – Barclay
40 NE Long Tall Ernie – Do You Remember – Polydor
41 37 Saar Band – Magic Mandrake – Calendar
42 44 Santana – She’s Not There – CBS
43 26 Vicki Sue Robinson – Turn The Beat Around / Hold Tight – RCA (12″)
44 NE Elvis Costello – Watching The Detectives – Stiff
45 RE Mass Production – I Believe In Music / Cosmic Lust – Cotillion
46 RE Thelma Houston – I’m Here Again – Motown
47 50 Gibson Brothers – Come To America – Polydor (12″)
48 30 Rose Royce – Do Your Dance – Whitfield (12″)
49 16 Lenny Williams – Shoo Doo Fu Fu Ooh – ABC
50 NE Roberta Kelly – Zodiacs – Oasis
NE = new entry; RE = re-entry
All titles are 7” singles unless noted otherwise

Appeared in Billboard:
#2 (BNDA debut 9/24/77) / #10 (BNDA debut 7/30/77) / #11 (BNDA debut 6/18/77)
#12 (BNDA debut 9/3/77) / #13 (BNDA debut 5/28/77) / #17 (BNDA debut 10/22/77)
#18 (BNDA debut 9/24/77) / #21 (BNDA debut 8/28/76) / #24 (BNDA debut 9/24/77)
#26 (BNDA debut 9/3/77) / #27 (BNDA debut 6/11/77) / #30 (BNDA debut 12/12/78)
#31 (BNDA debut 1/14/78) / #32 (BNDA debut 8/20/77) / #35 (BNDA debut 12/3/77)
#38 (BNDA debut 11/12/77) / #39 (BNDA debut 3/26/77) / #43 (BNDA debut 7/9/77)
#45 (BNDA debut 8/6/77) / #46 (BNDA debut 11/12/77) / #48 (BNDA debut 9/24/77)
#50 (BNDA debut 8/27/77)

Breakers:
1 BRIGHOUSE AND RASTRICK BRASS BAND: ‘The Floral Dance’ (Transatlantic)
2 DENIECE WILLIAMS: ‘Baby, Baby My Love’s All For You’ (CBS)
3 LENNY WILLIAMS: ‘Choosing You’ (ABC LP cut) (BNDA debut 7/30/77)
4 SHOWDOWN: ‘Keep Doin’ It’ (State 12”)
5 EARTH, WIND & FIRE: ‘Serpentine Fire’ (CBS)
6 IMPERIALS: ‘Who’s Gonna Love Me’ (Power Exchange)
7 CRYSTAL GAYLE: ‘Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue’ (UA)
8 DONNA SUMMER: ‘I Love You’ (Casablanca) (BNDA debut 11/12/77)
9 GEORGE MCCRAE: ‘Kiss Me (The Way I Like It)’ (TK) (BNDA debut 11/19/77)
10 ODYSSEY: ‘Native New Yorker’ (RCA 12”) (BNDA debut 8/27/77)


Songs mentioned in “DJ Hotline”:

T-CONNECTION: ‘On Fire’ (Dash – US import) (BNDA debut 11/5/77)
WESS: ‘Goodtime’ (Pinnacle)
STEPHANIE DE SYKES: ‘Your Baby Is A Lady’ / ‘It’s Just Got To Be You’ (DJM)
BLOSSOMS: ‘APB’ (MAM)
PATTI LABELLE: ‘Dan Swit Me’ (Epic) (BNDA debut 9/24/77)
STEVIE WONDER: ‘As’ (Motown)
ROSE ROYCE: ‘Wishing On A Star’ (Whitfield)
CAMEO: ‘Good Times’ (Casablanca)
ROBERT GORDON: ‘The Fool’ (Private Stock 12”)
PATRICK JUVET: ‘Ou Sont Les Femmes’ (Barclay LP – French import)
ST. TROPEZ: ‘On A Rien A Perdre’ (Butterfly LP cut – US import) (BNDA debut 8/20/77)
CHOCOLAT’S: ‘El Caravanero’ (Salsoul LP cut – US import) (BNDA debut 10/29/77)
EASTSIDE CONNECTION: ‘You’re So Right For Me’ (Rampart 12” – US import) (BNDA debut 11/12/77)
BENNY GOLSON: ‘The New Killer Joe’ (Columbia LP cut – US import)
RAY CHARLES: ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ (London)
PENNY MCLEAN: ‘Dance Bunny Honey’ (Jupiter – German import)

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