January 28, 1978: Peter Brown, Raydio, Andrea True Connection, Chic, New Marketts

New Spins

PETER BROWN: ‘Do Ya Wanna Get Funky With Me’ (TK TKR 6009) (BNDA debut 4/23/77)
Sensational strange US smash funky jiggler from last summer, finally out here in its hit 12in form – but it’ll have trouble from his hot new import album.

RAYDIO: ‘Jack And Jill’ / ‘Get Down’ (Arista ARIST 161)
Much imported catchy slow pop soul chugger and an ultra-funky flip, could be big.

ANDREA TRUE CONNECTION: ‘What’s Your Name, What’s Your Number’ (Buddah BDS 467) (BNDA debut 11/12/77)
Coolly thumping builder with rock touches, huge in US and on import. 

CHIC: ‘Chic’ LP (Atlantic K 50441) (BNDA debut 12/3/77)
The full 8:30 ‘Dance Dance Dance’ joins the brittler 6:40 ‘Everybody Dance’, already with import action.

NEW MARKETTS: ‘Theme From M.A.S.H.’ (Satril SAT 123)
Great discofication of the lovely tune, complete with helicopter effects, 12 inched.

LE PAMPLEMOUSSE: ‘Le Spank’ (Pye 7N 25762) (BNDA debut 10/22/77)
Handy new US dance has a steady slow beat and attractive rather low-key music.

T-CONNECTION: ‘Let Yourself Go’ (from LP ‘On Fire’, TK TKR 85202) (BNDA debut 4/22/78)
Happy funky clapping rhythm rattler, plus the full-length ‘On Fire’.

CHALAWA: ‘Exodus Dub’ LP (Sky Note SKY LP 14)
Terrific idea – the Marley album recreated completely, except all the tracks are newly done instrumental dub versions!

LOU RAWLS: ‘Lady Love’ (Philadelphia Int’l PIR 5911)
Typically sophisticated slowie, already hitting.

PATTIE BROOKS: ‘Don’t Make Me Wait’ / ‘Pop Collage Medley’ (Casablanca CAN 116) (BNDA debut 9/24/77)
Edited from her recent LP, the Simon Soussan-produced stompers seem stronger but still strangely empty in their shorter form.

THREE DEGREES: ‘Dirty Ol’ Man’ (Philadelphia Int’l PIR 5944)
‘Philly Classics’-culled old ‘73 clopper, remixed and lengthened into a new 6:45 version that’s merely blander than before.

LEILA & CO: ‘Leila’ (Black Bear BLB 2003)
Arabic-style rattling thumper, quite strong.

GENE FARROW: ‘Move Your Body’ (Magnet 12 MAG 109)
Fairly basic stolid thumper, 12-inched in extended 5:45 version at 80p.

DORIS JONES: ‘Can’t You See The Smile On My Face’ (UA UP 36330)
Melodic gentle loper.

VIOLA WILLS: ‘Let’s Love Now’ (Arista 151)
Thelma Houston-type romper, now 12-inched – as indeed have been last week’s Barbara Pennington and Patsy Gallant newies.

PETER SKELLERN: ‘Put Out The Flame’ (Mercury 6198187)
Gorgeous romantic MoR swayer in nostalgic Robin Sarstedt style.

JIMMY ONDO: ‘Faisons L’Amour’ (MCA 328)
French-sung sexy smoocher for heavy petting.

SAMANTHA SANG: ‘Emotion’ (Private Stock PVT 128)
Bee Gees-accompanied breathy little smoocher.

BILLY PAUL: ‘Everybody’s Breaking Up’ (Philadelphia Int’l PIR 5983)
Tender slow smoocher.

NATURALS: ‘Falling In Love Again’ (Magnum GUN 1001)
Gently grooving attractive reggae, good dub flip.

HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES: ‘Let’s Talk It Over’ (from LP ‘Now Is The Time’, ABC ABCL 5237)
Lovely rap-introed sexy smoocher, while ‘Power Of Love’ is a typical fast dancer.

JERRY BUTLER: ‘I Wanna Do It To You’ (Motown TMG 1097)
Yearning slow smoocher.

OZO: ‘Museum Of Mankind’ (DJM DJS 10823)
Pleasant pop-reggae slowie.

ME, MYSELF & ME AGAIN: ‘Blaze Away’ (Antic K 11528)
Jolly MoR brass band rumpity-tumpter.

FUNKADELIC: ‘Comin’ Round The Mountain’ (from LP ‘Hardcore Jollies’, Warner Bros. K 56299)
Bouncy P-Funk bumper with acid rock guitar, more than a year overdue here.

EARTH, WIND & FIRE: ‘Fantasy’ (CBS 6056)
Pleasant swayer, but ‘Magic Mind’ is already their LP’s disco hit.

ADDRISI BROTHERS: ‘Never My Love’ (Buddah BDS 468)
Lovely plopping slowie, penned by them for the Association in ‘67.

PATTI AUSTIN: ‘We’re In Love’ (CTI CTSP 011)
Delicate smoocher.

SKYWALKER: ‘May The Force Be With You’ (DJM DJS 10828)
Bee Gees-type slow ‘Star Wars’ cash-in.

EARL KLUGH: ‘Keep Your Eye On The Sparrow’ (UA UP 36341)
‘Baretta’s Theme’ by a delicate jazz funk guitarist.

STANLEY TURRENTINE: ‘Papa “T”, Pts. 1 & 2’ (Fantasy FTC 149)
Funkily plodding slow jazz instrumental.


Mix Master

Neil James (Greenford Panels) segues Rose Royce ‘Wishing On A Star’ (Whitfield), Bob Marley ‘Jamming’ (Island), Althea & Donna ‘Uptown Top Ranking’ (Lightning), Emotions ‘I Don’t Wanna Lose Your Love’ (CBS), mixing before end into Eruption ‘I Can’t Stand The Rain’ (Atlantic), mixing minus intro into War ‘Galaxy’ (MCA), Sarr Band ‘Magic Mandrake’ (Calendar), Roy Ayers ‘Running Away’ (Polydor), Chic ‘Dance Dance Dance’ (Atlantic), Cerrone ‘Give Me Love’ (US Cotillion LP), minus drum intro into Eastside Connection ‘You’re So Right For Me’ (Creole), Manu Dibango ‘Big Blow’ (French Fiesta 12”) . . . phew! In fact, that’s a pretty good summary of the current scene, certainly in the London area.


No Hot Vinyl this week.


DJ Top Ten

Norman Davies is resident at Dublin’s Phoenix but is always as hip to hot imports as any London DJ.  He’s just been visiting the discos in New York, where he was knocked out by the superior sound systems.  More a Hot Vinyl than anything, his chart is compiled from what he heard at three clubs in particular: Ice Palace 57, Barefoot Boy, and Uncle Charlie’s South.

1. CERRONE: ‘Give Me Love’ / ‘Love Is Here’ / ‘Love Is The Answer’ (Cotillion LP cuts) (BNDA debut 11/26/77)

2. BIONIC BOOGIE: ‘Risky Changes’ / ‘We Must Believe In Magic’ (Polydor LP cuts) (BNDA debut 12/17/77)

3. DONNA SUMMER: ‘Now I Need You’ / ‘Midnight Shift’ (Casablanca LP cuts) (BNDA debut 11/12/77)

4. CLAUDJA BARRY: ‘Johnny Johnny Please Come Home’ (Salsoul LP cut) (BNDA debut 1/7/78)

5. FREDA PAYNE: ‘Love Magnet’ (Capitol 12”) (BNDA debut 11/26/77)

6. TRAMMPS: ‘The Night The Lights Went Out’ (Atlantic 12”) (BNDA debut 11/26/77)

7. THP ORCHESTRA: ‘Two Hot For Love’ (Butterfly LP cut) (BNDA debut 8/20/77)

8. KING ERRISSON: ‘L.A. Bound’ / ‘Salsoul Sister’ (Westbound LP cuts) (BNDA debut 11/5/77)

9. CHARO: ‘Dance A Little Bit Closer’ (Salsoul LP cut) (BNDA debut 11/19/77)

10. MICHAEL ZAGER: ‘Let’s All Chant Together[sic] (white label) (BNDA debut 1/14/78)


UK Disco Top 50 – January 28, 1978

01 01 Chic – Dance Dance Dance – Atlantic
02 03 Odyssey – Native New Yorker – RCA (12″)
03 02 Donna Summer – Love’s Unkind – GTO
04 04 War – Galaxy – MCA
05 05 Althea & Donna – Uptown Top Ranking – Lightning
06 07 Heatwave – The Groove Line – GTO
07 06 Bob Marley & The Wailers – Jamming – Island
08 08 El Coco – Cocomotion – Pye
09 21 Lenny Williams – Choosing You – ABC (12″)
10 20 Stargard – Which Way Is Up – MCA
11 10 Carl Douglas – Run Back – Pye
12 09 T-Connection – On Fire – TK (12″)
13 12 Roberta Kelly – Zodiacs – Oasis
14 25 Baccara – Sorry I’m A Lady – RCA
15 11 People’s Choice – Jam, Jam, Jam – Philadelphia Int’l
16 RE Donna Summer – Rumour Has It / I Love You / Once Upon A Time – Casablanca (LP)
17 19 Con Funk Shun – Ffun – Mercury (12″)
18 17 L.T.D. – Back In Love Again – A&M (12″)
19 14 Boz Scaggs – Hollywood – CBS
20 16 Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Running Away – Polydor
21 45 Commodores – Too Hot Ta Trot – Motown
22 35 Emotions – I Don’t Wanna Lose Your Love – CBS
23 15 Imperials – Who’s Gonna Love Me – Power Exchange
24 33 Long Tall Ernie – Do You Remember – Polydor
25 37 Manu Dibango – Big Blow – Fiesta (12″) [Imp]
26 46 Earth, Wind & Fire – Magic Mind – CBS
27 18 Village People – San Francisco – DJM
28 32 Bee Gees – How Deep Is Your Love – RSO
29 43 Munich Machine – Get On The Funk Train – Oasis
30 13 Wings – Mull Of Kintyre – Parlophone
31 NE Linda Clifford – From Now On – Warner Bros. (12″)
32 22 Bonnie Tyler – It’s A Heartache – RCA
33 29 Boney M. – Belfast – Atlantic
34 42 Four Tops – For Your Love – ABC (12″)
35 38 Kellee Patterson – If It Don’t Fit Don’t Force It – EMI
36 NE Freda Payne – Love Magnet – Capitol (12″)
37 RE Nite School – Do You Speak French – Ensign
38 NE Cerrone – Supernature / Give Me Love / Love Is Here – Atlantic (LP)
39 30 Darts – Daddy Cool – Magnet
40 47 Ray Charles – I Can See Clearly Now – London
41 49 Brass Construction – We / Happy People – UA (LP)
42 40 Bill Withers – Lovely Day – CBS
43 NE Raul De Souza – Sweet Lucy – Capitol
44 NE David Bowie – Beauty And The Beast – RCA
45 RE High Inergy – You Can’t Turn Me Off – Motown
46 NE Brotherhood Of Man – Figaro – Pye
47 NE Lou Rawls – Lady Love – Philadelphia Int’l
48 26 Pockets – Come Go With Me – CBS
49 27 Dooleys – Love Of My Life – GTO
50 23 Showdown – Keep Doin’ It – State (12″)
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 8/27/77) / #3 (BNDA debut 5/28/77)
#4 (BNDA debut 1/14/78) / #8 (BNDA debut 8/20/77) / #9 (BNDA debut 7/30/77)
#10 (BNDA debut 1/7/78) / #12 (BNDA debut 11/5/77) / #13 (BNDA debut 8/27/77)
#16 (BNDA debut 11/12/77) / #18 (BNDA debut 10/22/77) / #20 (BNDA debut 9/24/77)
#22 (BNDA debut 8/28/76) / #27 (BNDA debut 7/30/77) / #29 (BNDA debut 6/11/77)
#31 (BNDA debut 12/10/77) / #36 (BNDA debut 11/26/77) / #38 (BNDA debut 11/26/77)
#41 (BNDA debut 12/3/77) / #43 (BNDA debut 7/30/77) / #48 (BNDA debut 1/7/78)

Breakers:
1 MONTREAL SOUND: ‘Music’ (Creole 12”) (BNDA debut 8/13/77)
2 TRAMMPS: ‘The Night The Lights Went Out’ (Atlantic LP cut) (BNDA debut 11/26/77)
3 GEORGE DUKE: ‘Reach For It’ (Epic)
4 DOROTHY MOORE: ‘With Pen In Hand’ (Epic)
5 ROSE ROYCE: ‘Wishing On A Star’ (Whitfield)
6 MILLIE JACKSON: ‘If You’re Not Back In Love By Monday’ (Spring)
7 BIDDU ORCHESTRA: ‘Journey To The Moon’ (Epic 12”)
8 RAYDIO: ‘Jack And Jill’ / ‘Get Down’ (Arista)
9 DROIDS: ‘(Do You Have) The Force’ (Barclay)
10 ROKOTTO: ‘For The Broken Hearted’ (State)


Songs mentioned in “DJ Hotline”:

NAZARETH: ‘Gone Dead Train’ (Mountain)
BEE GEES: ‘Stayin’ Alive’ (RSO) (BNDA debut 1/7/78)
SOUTHROAD CONNECTION: ‘You Like It, We Love It’ (Mahogany 12” – US import) (BNDA debut 1/28/78)
LARRY PAGE: ‘Erotic Soul’ (London 12” – US import) (BNDA debut 7/16/77)
THE JACKSONS: ‘Even Though You’re Gone’ (Epic)
DILLINGER: ‘Cokane In My Brain’ (Black Swan)
PARLIAMENT: ‘Bop Gun’ (Casablanca LP cut)
ARCHIE BELL & THE DRELLS: ‘So Glad You Could Make It’ (Philadelphia Int’l LP cut)
CARPENTERS: ‘Sweet Sweet Smile’ (A&M)
LA BELLE EPOQUE: ‘Miss Broadway’ (Harvest) (BNDA debut 6/18/77)
TOMMI: ‘Disco Satisfaction’ (Private Stock)
TONIGHT: ‘Drummer Man’ (TDS)
STEVE MILLER BAND: ‘Swingtown’ (Mercury)
GENO WASHINGTON: ‘Proud Mary’ (DJM)
REVELACION: ‘House Of The Rising Sun’ (Crocus – French import) (BNDA debut 2/18/78)

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