EMI Records’ Licensed Repertoire Division, representing Salsoul/Stax/Fantasy/EMI Int’l, have launched a big “Disco Dancin’” promotion campaign via radio, press, dealers and discos to push a clutch of their recent soul-type LP releases, and a few current hot hits. Sadly most of the material already looks rather dated tor disco freaks, but of course the actual music remains good . . . John Gibbs ‘Trinidad’ is due on EMI Int’l 12in, while Kellee Patterson’s full-length ‘If It Don’t Fit’ is the flip to her 7:45 ‘Turn On The Lights’ on another EMI Int’l 12in . . . USA-European Connection is now not on 12in, but Rokotto and Al Matthews are, while Motown have issued a promo 12in of Rare Earth ‘Warm Ride’ featuring their “Disco Eye-Cued” banding system which shows virtually where to cut in at rhythm breaks, etc . . . Niels Birk (Langaa) infos that the ‘Thank God It’s Friday’ LP set costs £11.50 in Denmark, where the chart-topping ‘Saturday Night Fever’ is £9.50 . . . that’s a lot of bacon!
SATURDAY NIGHT BAND: ‘Come On Dance Dance’ (CBS 0341) (BNDA debut 4/15/78)
Crazy, but the smash side-long LP version won’t be out until July, when everyone will already have this edited 5:48 12in (or the 3:59 7in) as the fast changes-filled rhythm rattling flier is just too hot to stop! Similarly zingy flip.
USA-EUROPEAN CONNECTION: ‘Come Into My Heart’ LP (TK TKR 82532) (BNDA debut 2/11/78)
Instead of a shorter 12in, this side-long 14:28 zingy thumper stays on LP and comes out in time to sell! For some reason bigger gay and pop than funk, unlike Saturday Night Band, it however goes through similar changes.
LOVE COMMITTEE: ‘Law And Order’ (Salsoul SSOL 109) (BNDA debut 6/24/78)
Creamily churning old Temptations-type smooth stamper, hitting funk now and bound to be big pop . . . and with Tories? Pity it’s only 2:59 though. Continue reading “June 17, 1978: Saturday Night Band, USA-European Connection, Love Committee, Black Ivory, Trade Mark”