STATUS QUO: ‘Mystery Song’ (Vertigo 6059146)
Wonder if they’ll ever make a single that doesn’t start with a guitar buildup before the rhythm goes WHAM! More full tilt boogie by the best boogiers of the lot.
WINIFRED SHAW: ‘Lullaby Of Broadway’ (UA UP 361131)
The original soundtrack from Busby Berkeley’s chillingly stark dance sequence in ‘Gold Diggers Of 1935’, this great period piece features one hundred pairs of stamping and tapping feet – all in perfect rhythm! I’ve been using it for years, as well as other tracks from its parent album, ‘The Golden Age Of Hollywood Musical’ (UAG 29421).
PHIZZ: ‘Caribbean Queen’ (RSO 2090197)
Trying maybe too hard to be this year’s ‘Fatty Bum Bum’, this perky reggae ditty is causing lots of interest even so. All about a men’s mag centre-spread with a catchy chorus of “in the nude you’re so rude”. Continue reading “July 10, 1976: Status Quo, Winifred Shaw, Phizz, Jesse Green, Carl Mann”
LOU RAWLS: ‘You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine’ (Philadelphia Int’l PIR 4372) (Billboard chart debut 5/22/76)
Philly’s classiest since ‘Me And Mrs. Jones’, this creamily sung beautiful hustler builds from a lush intro to a Lee Garrett-type rhythm at the end. If it doesn’t smash there ain’t no justice!
TAVARES: ‘Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel’ (Capitol CL 15876) (mentioned in Billboard column 5/15/76, Billboard chart debut 5/22/76)
With an initial buzz created by the full-length 12-incher, the ‘It Only Takes A Minute’ originators are hit-bound here as they bound along on a rattling-paced happiness-filled two parter. Pure vitality!
JIMMY JAMES & THE VAGABONDS: ‘Now Is The Time’ (Pye 7N 45606)
Edited from the forthcoming album track, Jimmy’s latest Biddu number is an optimistic pounding bouncer with message lyrics. The strong beat’ll do it. Continue reading “July 3, 1976: Lou Rawls, Tavares, Jimmy James & The Vagabonds, James Brown, B.T. Express”
VAN MCCOY: ‘Jet Setting’ (H&L 6105053) (Billboard chart debut 4/24/76)
His strongest since ‘The Hustle’, Van’s UK-only newie is another similar but more sprightly instrumental, and is out here at the insistence of Liverpool jocks.
DEMIS ROUSSOS: ‘The Roussos Phenomenon’ (Philips DEMIS 001)
There’s no holding this Greek, the EP makes a cheap way of getting such useful smoochers as ‘Forever And Ever’, ‘So Dreamy’ and ‘My Friend The Wind’.
THE BEATLES: ‘Twist And Shout’ (Parlophone R 6016)
Their cover of the Isleys’ ’62 classic remains a punchy party pleaser, while the ‘Back In The USSR’ A-side is a faster fave of less lasting value. Continue reading “June 26, 1976: Van McCoy, Demis Roussos, The Beatles, Sound 9418, Crazy Cavan & The Rhythm Rockers”
BRASS CONSTRUCTION: ‘Changin” (UA UP 36134) (mentioned in Billboard column 1/17/76, Billboard chart debut 1/31/76)
Everyone’s second fave LP track, it’s a bouncily clomping hunk of funk that lacks the catchiness of ‘Movin”. Edited, but the flip is all of ‘Dance‘.
OHIO PLAYERS: ‘Who’d She Coo?’ (Mercury 6167385) (Billboard chart debut 9/18/76)
The only choice disco cut from their new ‘Contradiction’ album, this bubblingly cheerful “hoochie-coochie-coo” chanter is bouncy funk at its best.
ROY AYERS UBIQUITY: ‘Evolution’ (Polydor 2066671)
Ultra-taut tricksily funky hi-hat tapper, a big New York import, which could be good up North. ‘Mystic Voyage’ flip’s a sophisticated smoocher. Continue reading “June 19, 1976: Brass Construction, Ohio Players, Roy Ayers Ubiquity, Edgar Hayes, Sonny Worthing”
WAR: ‘Me And Baby Brother’ (Island WIP 6303)
Re-issued truly by public demand, War’s best-ever dancer has a hockey Conga-type Afro rhythm and bags of vitality. I even remember my Mum dancing to it on the first time around!
DONNIE ELBERT: ‘A Little Piece Of Leather’ (Klik KL 617)
Amazingly, this is the original version of Donnie’s mid-Sixties classic soul stomper, slightly stereo-fied. There’s even a remixed backing track instrumental version of his lovely ‘Who’s It Gonna Be’ for flip!
DANNY & THE JUNIORS: ‘At The Hop’ (ABC 4123)
The time is absolutely right for this all-time Rock ‘n Roller to hit again, what with some discos playing imports of it to please their bopping clients! It’s flipped by ‘Rock & Roll Is Here To Stay’, and is a must. Continue reading “June 12, 1976: War, Donnie Elbert, Danny & The Juniors, Eddie Cochran, T. Rex”
MARBOO: ‘Falling In Love In Summertime’ (EMI 2478)
With lots of evocative seaside sound effects, this gentle mid-tempo jogger has that Jesse Green feel and should do well. Resort jocks will need it!
LITTLE NELL: ‘Fever’ (A&M AMS 7234)
Little Willie John’s classic is totally changed into a fast romping hustler with twee whispering from Nell over girlie group chanting. An outsider worth trying.
MICHEL POLNAREFF: ‘Lipstick’ (Atlantic K 10783) (mentioned in Billboard column 5/8/76, Billboard chart debut 5/15/76)
The Frenchman’s New York disco hit is an excitingly building instrumental hustler, fine for funky folk. Continue reading “June 5, 1976: Marboo, Little Nell, Michel Polnareff, Penny McLean, Impact”
BRYAN FERRY: ‘Let’s Stick Together’ (Island WIP 6307)
The most positive newie of the month, Bry’s rousing revival of the Wilbert Harrison/Canned Heat classic boogie is a “get it on” gas that will fill the floor!
SANDY NELSON: ‘Let There Be Drums’ (UA UP 36114)
Sandy’s ’61 stomper is solid rocking rhythm and hitbound again.
MAXINE NIGHTINGALE: ‘Think I Want To Possess You’ (UA UP 36120)
Enthusiastic if unexceptional bouncy hustler, totally overshadowed by the sparser and more percussive ‘One Last Ride’ flip, which is much, much better and should be checked. Continue reading “May 29, 1976: Bryan Ferry, Sandy Nelson, Maxine Nightingale, Band Of The Black Watch, Hank Mizell”