December 17, 1977: Canvey Gold Mine Revival #2, War, Trammps, Bob Marley, Mike Theodore Orchestra

New Spins

WAR: ‘Galaxy’ (MCA 339) (BNDA debut 1/14/78)
Spacey slow start to what becomes their best chunky beater since the similar ‘Me And Baby Brother’ – a monster!

TRAMMPS: ‘Love Per Hour’ (from LP ‘III’, Atlantic K 50425)
Probably the hottest of side one’s three typical tracks, while side two has slowies too.

BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS: ‘Jamming’ (Island IPR 2005)
Wow – a longer, totally different dub version on limited 12in! 

MIKE THEODORE ORCHESTRA: ‘The Bull’ (Atlantic K 11035) (BNDA debut 9/3/77)
And this Spanish-flavoured rhythm rattler’s been 12-inched as well.

VARIOUS: ‘Dance Paarrrty’ LP (Atlantic/Contempo CLP 605)
Eight full-length tracks on a sampler, basically for Contempo product but sweetened by Mass Production, Slave and CJ & Co oldies which make it good value.

RAUL DE SOUZA: ‘Sweet Lucy’ (Capitol CL 15955) (BNDA debut 7/30/77)
Unusual fast jazzy piano and synthesizer instrumental by George Duke, with a Stevie Wonder feel and girlie chorus.

TOMMI: ‘Disco Satisfaction’ (Private Stock PVT 129)
Oh gawd, here’s a ‘Discorollingstonesmania’ now, though somehow the female Euro treatment can’t match Jagger’s original raunch!

BLACK SABBATH: ‘Paranoid’ / ‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath’ (NEM NES 112)
Heavy oldies back-to-back.

RORY BLOCK: ‘Help Me Baby’ (Chrysalis CHS 2176/12)
The gal’s gentle Thelma-type builder’s been 12-inched.

GLADIATORS: ‘Pocket Money’ / ‘Evil Doers’ (Virgin VS 19312)
Heavily ethnic punky reggae four-track 12in, with good disco dub versions.

MICHAEL HENDERSON: ‘Goin’ Places’ LP (Buddah BDLH 5018)
Couple of Isley-style funkers and some lovely slowies on a really classy, if specialist, album.

GLORIA JONES: ‘Bring On The Love’ (EMI 2720)
Bland little steady rhythm ticker, 12-inched promotionally (in a luminous sleeve!) to stir some action.

STANLEY TURRENTINE: ‘Don’t Give Up On Us’ (from LP ‘Nightwings’, Fantasy FT 535)
Slushy sax reading of David Soul’s smoocher by a predictable session line-up which lacks only Tom Scott from the usual hacks.


Hot Vinyl

Greg Davies (Watford New Penny, Stevenage Bo Jangles and Bedford Stars) will be having a gala Disney night at the New Penny on Christmas Eve, with seasonal grub, silly games, prizes and plonk.  His hot imports are:

LE PAMPLEMOUSSE: ‘Le Spank’ (AVI) (BNDA debut 10/22/77)
T-CONNECTION: ‘On Fire’ (Dash) (BNDA debut 11/5/77)
EMOTIONS: ‘Don’t Ask My Neighbors’ (Columbia)
DRAMATICS: ‘Shake It Well’ (ABC)
ASHFORD & SIMPSON: ‘Send It’ (Warner Bros.)
ANDREA TRUE CONNECTION: ‘What’s Your Name, What’s Your Number’ (Buddah) (BNDA debut 11/12/77)
CONTROLLERS: ‘Somebody’s Gotta Win’ (Juana)
KING ERRISSON: ‘Manhattan Love Song’ (Westbound LP cut) (BNDA debut 11/5/77)


UK Disco Top 50 – December 17, 1977

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

Appeared in Billboard:
#1 (BNDA debut 9/24/77) / #3 (BNDA debut 7/30/77) / #5 (BNDA debut 5/28/77)
#13 (BNDA debut 8/28/76) / #14 (BNDA debut 10/22/77) / #18 (BNDA debut 9/24/77)
#20 (BNDA debut 9/24/77) / #21 (BNDA debut 8/20/77) / #22 (BNDA debut 9/3/77)
#23 (BNDA debut 6/11/77) / #24 (BNDA debut 8/27/77) / #25 (BNDA debut 6/18/77)
#26 (BNDA debut 12/12/78) / #28 (BNDA debut 3/26/77) / #29 (BNDA debut 1/14/78)
#32 (BNDA debut 11/12/77) / #37 (BNDA debut 12/3/77) / #41 (BNDA debut 8/6/77)
#44 (BNDA debut 9/3/77) / #47 (BNDA debut 9/24/77) / #50 (BNDA debut 8/27/77)

Breakers:
1 BONNIE TYLER: ‘It’s A Heartache’ (RCA)
2 DONNA SUMMER: ‘I Love You’ (Casablanca) (BNDA debut 11/12/77)
3 RUBY WINTERS: ‘I Will’ (Creole)
4 LENNY WILLIAMS: ‘Choosing You’ (ABC LP cut) (BNDA debut 7/30/77)
5 MONTREAL SOUND: ‘Music’ (Creole 12”) (BNDA debut 8/13/77)
6 GEORGE MCCRAE: ‘Kiss Me (The Way I Like It)’ (TK) (BNDA debut 11/19/77)
7 DANNY WILLIAMS: ‘I Hate Hate’ (Ensign)
8 DOOLEY WILSON: ‘As Time Goes By’ (UA)
9 POCKETS: ‘Come Go With Me’ (CBS) (BNDA debut 1/7/78)
10 T-CONNECTION: ‘On Fire’ (Dash – US import) (BNDA debut 11/5/77)


Songs mentioned in “DJ Hotline”:

FOUR TOPS: ‘For Your Love’ (ABC 12”)
DAVID RUFFIN: ‘You’re My Peace Of Mind’ (Motown)
FANTASTIC FOUR: ‘There’s A Fire Down Below’ (Atlantic LP cut) (BNDA debut 9/24/77)
RORY BLOCK: ‘Help Me Baby’ (Chrysalis)
DROIDS: ‘(Do You Have) The Force’ (Barclay)
BABYS: ‘Isn’t It Time’ (Chrysalis)
GLORIA JONES: ‘Bring On The Love’ (EMI)
RARE GEMS ODYSSEY: ‘What Is Funk’ (Casablanca LP cut – US import)
PLAYERS ASSOCIATION: ‘Disco Inferno’ (Vanguard LP cut – US import)
ANTHONY WHITE: ‘Block Party’ (Salsoul 12” – US import) (BNDA debut 9/24/77)
BACCARA: ‘Sorry I’m A Lady’ (RCA – German import)
COACHOUSE RHYTHM SECTION: ‘Nobody’s Got Time’ (Ice/Pye)
FATBACK: ‘Master Booty’ (Spring) (BNDA debut 1/7/78)
THE SECRET: ‘The Young Ones’ (Arista)
XTC: ‘Science Friction’ (Virgin 12”)
VISITORS: ‘No Compromise’ (NRG)
GRAHAM PARKER AND THE RUMOUR: ‘New York Shuffle’ (Vertigo)
AC/DC: ‘Let There Be Rock’ (Atlantic)
CHRIS ELLIS: ‘The Sheik Of Araby’ (UA)
CREME & GODLEY: ‘5 O’Clock In The Morning’ (Mercury)
BEACH BOYS: ‘Little Saint Nick’ (Capitol)
BARDOT: ‘Witchfire’ (RCA)
GIORGIO MORODER: ‘I’m Left You’re Right She’s Gone’ (Oasis LP cut)

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