October 15, 1977: Showdown, DD Sound, Brecker Brothers, Brick, Boney M

New Spins

SHOWDOWN: ‘Keep Doin’ It, Pts. 1 & 2’ (State. STAT 63)
Rather good perky disco shuffler from Meco Monardo and the Camouflage team – could be big.

DD SOUND: ‘Shopping Baby’ (Mercury 6007155) (BNDA debut 7/16/77)
Bright and bouncy Munich remake of ‘Rock Your Baby’, promoed on 12in.

BRECKER BROTHERS: ‘Don’t Stop The Music’ (Arista 117) (BNDA debut 4/16/77)
Long overdue on 45, it’s a strong and simple (for the Breckers) funky pounder.  Continue reading “October 15, 1977: Showdown, DD Sound, Brecker Brothers, Brick, Boney M”

October 8, 1977: TK, Ariola & Hansa, Motown Gold Vol. 2, Whispers, Santa Esmeralda, Love And Kisses

Florida’s TK group of labels is now distributed here by the ever expanding CBS, who will be issuing all future TK products. RCA, who evidently obtained the UK rights to TK for only six months, have a selling-off period for everything they’ve already issued. The news about this switch has come as a big surprise to many DJ’s, who consider it to be rather unfair on RCA. Some jocks are even rumoured to be planning a blacklist ban on all future TK products to teach the American company a lesson. This in turn would be unfair on both CBS and the TK artists but it’s certainly true that too many US companies seem to have a distorted view of this country as a market place. They could well be taught an effective lesson. In fact, RCA did a remarkable marketing job for TK, giving them a far bigger hit with T-Connection than was ever scored in the US. At the same time, CBS were unable to chart the Lovers’ ‘Discomania’ which, although not on TK worldwide, was on TK’s Marlin label in America . . . this, despite the Lovers’ huge disco acceptance here. RCA’s own disco promotion team seem relatively unruffled by the change but then their other labels are currently hot too!

Ariola Records and Hansa Productions, the Germany-based source of so many current disco hits, have opened their own London branch and debuted the new Ariola label last week at a lavish reception. In a lucky number ticket draw I won first prize of either a weekend in Germany or a stereo music centre! Gubbins chose the latter (maybe I can swap it for a colour telly?) which was presented to me by Ariola’s UK head, Robin Blanchflower, and ticket drawing Tina Charles. Anyway, we’re going to have to wait another month before Ariola release what’s likely to be their first hit, the Euro smash and disco import by Amanda Lear, ‘Blood And Honey’, which will be out as a 12in on November 4.


New Spins

VARIOUS: ‘Motown Gold Volume 2’ LP (Motown STML 12070)
Eighteen big hits, both old (Stevie, Marvin, Smokey, Diana, Isleys, Temps) and new (Thelma, Commodores).

WHISPERS: ‘Make It With You’ (Soul Train FC 0996) (BNDA debut 7/23/77)
This great Tavares-type 12-incher is now finally out here.

SANTA ESMERALDA: ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood’ (Philips 6042325) (BNDA debut 9/3/77)
Flamenco-disco by a sorta Spanish Cerrone, edited from his upcoming LP, already a Euro smash and US biggie.

LOVE AND KISSES: ‘I’ve Found Love’ (Barclay BAR 701) (BNDA debut 6/11/77)
Clumsily edited from the hot US disco smash import album, it’s an effective Euro-pounder which mixes well with Celi Bee.  Continue reading “October 8, 1977: TK, Ariola & Hansa, Motown Gold Vol. 2, Whispers, Santa Esmeralda, Love And Kisses”

October 1, 1977: Tina Charles, Mike Theodore Orchestra, Rose Royce, Barry White, Smokie

New Spins

TINA CHARLES: ‘Love Bug’ / ‘Sweets For My Sweet’ (CBS 5680)
Back on form with a jauntily jiggling medley, 12-inched for first 10,000 copies.

MIKE THEODORE ORCHESTRA: ‘The Bull’ (from LP ‘Cosmic Wind’, Atlantic K 50411) (BNDA debut 9/3/77)
Terrific rhythm rattler, a great mixer, with many other strong disco tracks featuring CJ & Co. on vocals.

ROSE ROYCE: ‘Do Your Dance’ (Whitfield K 17006) (BNDA debut 9/24/77)
It’s been 12-inched with the full 9:15 version on one side!  Continue reading “October 1, 1977: Tina Charles, Mike Theodore Orchestra, Rose Royce, Barry White, Smokie”

September 24, 1977: Commodores, Giorgio, Brothers Johnson, Fat Larry’s Band, Isaac Hayes

New Spins

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”

September 17, 1977: Donna Summer, Rose Royce, Hamilton Bohannon, Whispers, Marvin Hamlisch

New Spins

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”

September 10, 1977: Meco, Eddie Henderson, Pioneers, Smokey Robinson, Giorgio

New Spins

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”

September 3, 1977: Rose Royce, John Davis & The Monster Orchestra, Kalyan, Mass Production, Claudja Barry

New Spins

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”