December 24, 1977: Philadelphia Classics, Chris Brown’s Hot Vinyl

Hottest import for several weeks has been the fantastic ‘Philadelphia Classics’ double album (US Philadelphia Int’l PZG 34940), selling here for about £5.50, which contains eight old disco monsters all completely remixed and stretched out into longer, fresher, brand new versions! Best bets seem to be the O’Jays’ ‘I Love Music’ (9:36) and ‘Love Train’ (6:14), Harold Melvin’s ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’ (11:00) and ‘Bad Luck’ (8:00), and more by the Intruders, Three Degrees and MFSB.

Hot Vinyl

Chris Brown (the other one, from Pantiles and Frenchies) will be funking it up at the big Reading all-dayer on January 2 and is running coach parties there from Camberley, bookable on Guilford 37317.  His import tips are:

AL HUDSON: ‘If You Feel Like Dancing’ (ABC 12”)

JIMMY MCGRIFF: ‘Skyhawk’ / ‘Tailgunner’ (LRC LP cuts)

MANU DIBANGO: ‘Big Blow’ (Fiesta 12” – French import) 

BLACK LIGHT ORCHESTRA: ‘Touch Me, Take Me’ (RCA LP cut) (BNDA debut 3/26/77)

LONNIE SMITH: ‘Funk Reaction’ (LRC LP cut)

MICHELE: ‘Can’t You Feel It’ (West End LP cut) (BNDA debut 11/5/77)

EARTH, WIND & FIRE: ‘Magic Mind’ (CBS LP cut)

ORLANDO RIVA SOUND: ‘Moon Boots’ (Salsoul 12”) (BNDA debut 11/19/77)


UK Disco Top 50 – December 24, 1977

01 01 Chic – Dance Dance Dance – Atlantic
02 05 Donna Summer – Love’s Unkind – GTO
03 04 Wings – Mull Of Kintyre – Parlophone
04 03 Village People – San Francisco – DJM
05 08 Showaddywaddy – Dancin’ Party – Arista
06 24 Odyssey – Native New Yorker – RCA (12″)
07 19 Bob Marley & The Wailers – Jamming – Island
08 15 Carl Douglas – Run Back – Pye
09 16 Bee Gees – How Deep Is Your Love – RSO
10 23 Munich Machine – Get On The Funk Train – Oasis
11 07 Dooleys – Love Of My Life – GTO
12 11 Darts – Daddy Cool – Magnet (12″)
13 18 Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Running Away – Polydor
14 21 El Coco – Cocomotion – Pye
15 29 War – Galaxy – MCA
16 10 Boney M – Belfast – Atlantic
17 17 Jonathan Richman – Egyptian Reggae – Berserkley
18 02 Tom Robinson Band – 2-4-6-8 Motorway – EMI
19 06 Billy Paul – Only The Strong Survive – Philadelphia Int’l
20 NE Bonnie Tyler – It’s A Heartache – RCA
21 NE Ruby Winters – I Will – Creole
22 14 L.T.D. – Back In Love Again – A&M
23 09 Status Quo – Rockin’ All Over The World – Vertigo
24 NE Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band – Floral Dance – Transatlantic
25 39 Hot Chocolate – Put Your Love In Me – Rak (12″)
26 20 Fantastic Four – Got To Have Your Love – Atlantic
27 45 Amanda Lear – Blood And Honey – Ariola (12″)
28 50 Roberta Kelly – Zodiacs – Oasis
29 32 Donna Summer – Rumour Has It – Casablanca (LP)
30 NE Donna Summer – I Love You – Casablanca
31 26 Gonzalez – I Haven’t Stopped Dancin’ Yet – EMI
32 36 Café Crème – Unlimited Citations – Harvest
33 13 Emotions – I Don’t Wanna Lose Your Love – CBS
34 NE Pockets – Come Go With Me – CBS
35 44 Mike Theodore Orchestra – The Bull – Atlantic
36 25 Belle Epoque – Black Is Black – Harvest (12″)
37 27 Nite School – Do You Speak French – Ensign
38 28 Le Pamplemousse – Get Your Boom Boom – Barclay
39 RE Lenny Williams – Choosing You – ABC (LP)
40 30 Con Funk Shun – Ffun – Mercury
41 49 Boz Scaggs – Hollywood – CBS
42 NE T-Connection – On Fire – Dash [Imp]
43 RE Eddie Henderson – Say You Will – Capitol
44 35 Saar Band – Magic Mandrake – Calendar
45 NE Four Tops – For Your Love – ABC (12″)
46 46 Gibson Brothers – Come To America – Polydor (12″)
47 41 Mass Production – I Believe In Music – Cotillion
48 12 Diana Ross – Gettin’ Ready For Love – Motown
49 38 Showdown – Keep Doin’ It – State (12″)
50 NE High Inergy – You Can’t Turn Me Off – Motown
NE = new entry; RE = re-entry
All titles are 7” singles unless noted otherwise

Appeared in Billboard:
#1 (BNDA debut 9/24/77) / #2 (BNDA debut 5/28/77) / #4 (BNDA debut 7/30/77)
#6 (BNDA debut 8/27/77) / #10 (BNDA debut 6/11/77) / #13 (BNDA debut 9/24/77)
#14 (BNDA debut 8/20/77) / #15 (BNDA debut 1/14/78) / #22 (BNDA debut 10/22/77)
#26 (BNDA debut 9/24/77) / #28 (BNDA debut 8/27/77) / #29 (BNDA debut 11/12/77)
#30 (BNDA debut 11/12/77) / #31 (BNDA debut 12/12/78) / #33 (BNDA debut 8/28/76)
#34 (BNDA debut 1/7/78) / #35 (BNDA debut 9/3/77) / #36 (BNDA debut 6/18/77)
#38 (BNDA debut 3/26/77) / #39 (BNDA debut 7/30/77) / #42 (BNDA debut 11/5/77)
#47 (BNDA debut 8/6/77)

Breakers:
1 SLADE: ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ (Polydor)
2 BOOMTOWN RATS: ‘Mary Of The Fourth Form’ (Ensign)
3 BING CROSBY: ‘White Christmas’ (MCA)
4 ROBERT GORDON: ‘The Fool’ / ‘Endless Sleep’ (Private Stock 12”)
5 ALTHIA & DONNA: ‘Up Town Top Ranking’ (Lightning)
6 BARDOT: ‘Witchfire’ (RCA)
7 CARVELLS: ‘The LA Run’ (Creole)
8 CAMEO: ‘Funk Funk’ / ‘Good Times’ (Casablanca)
9 RORY BLOCK: ‘Help Me Baby’ (Chrysalis)
10 COACHOUSE RHYTHM SECTION: ‘Nobody’s Got Time’ (Ice/Pye)


Songs mentioned in “DJ Hotline”:

THE BANNED: ‘Little Girl’ (Harvest)
MINK DEVILLE: ‘Cadillac Walk’ (Capitol)
COMMODORES: ‘Brick House’ / ‘I Feel Sanctified’ (Motown LP cuts) (BNDA debut 4/16/77)
PATTI LABELLE: ‘Dan Swit Me’ (Epic) (BNDA debut 9/24/77)
SYLVESTER: ‘Over And Over’ (Fantasy) (BNDA debut 8/6/77)
FREDA PAYNE: ‘Love Magnet’ (Capitol LP cut – US import) (BNDA debut 11/26/77)
EASTSIDE CONNECTION: ‘You’re So Right For Me’ (Rampart 12” – US import) (BNDA debut 11/12/77)
ANDREA TRUE CONNECTION: ‘What’s Your Name, What’s Your Number’ (Buddah 12” – US import) (BNDA debut 11/12/77)
ZIGGIE ANDY: ‘Touch Me’ (Hansa – German import)
DROIDS: ‘(Do You Have) The Force’ (Barclay)
GLORIA JONES: ‘Bring On The Love’ (EMI)
FATBACK: ‘Master Booty’ (Spring) (BNDA debut 1/7/78)
BILL FREDERICKS: ‘Love With You’ (Polydor)
BLOSSOMS: ‘APB’ (MAM)

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