Content tagged 'Disco'
Disco Inferno (Album of the Day)
Philadelphia vocal group The Trammps were early adopters of disco, harmonizing to irresistible dance rhythms with a little help from their friends in MFSB, Philly soul hitmakers in their own right who provided production and instrumental support. The Trammps reached the big leagues with "Disco Inferno," which was just a minor hit until inclusion in the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack pushed it back up to #11 on the pop chart. The song, in its near-11-minute full-length version, became the title track to the quintet's most successful album, which also included two other Dance chart No.1s in "Starvin'" and "Body Contact Contract." The Gold-certified DISCO INFERNO was released 40 years ago today, and the collection can still make dancefloors burn, baby, burn.
KC and the Sunshine Band (Album of the Day)
Main Course (Album of the Day)
Send It (Album of the Day)
Ashford and Simpson were songwriting royalty at Motown, penning smashes for Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross, among others. But the husband-and-wife team was eager to perform as well as compose, and with SEND IT they finally became stars in their own right. The 1977 collection, their fifth for Warner Bros., serves up dreamy romantic balladry ("Let Love Use Me") and dancefloor-ready funk (minor hit "Don't Cost You Nothing"), with an elegant instrumental ("Bourgie Bourgie") thrown in for good measure. SEND IT was the duo's first Gold album and first to reach the R&B Top 10, and we'll give it another spin as we remember Nickolas Ashford, born on this day in 1941.
We Are Family (Album of the Day)
Sister Sledge already had a couple of studio sets under their belts when they released WE ARE FAMILY, but it was on that Cotillion collection that the quartet truly hit it out of the park. Thanks partially to its use as the theme song to the Pittsburgh Pirates' successful World Series run, the title track became a No.2 hit; and opener “He's the Greatest Dancer” also reached the Top Ten; the album itself went platinum on this day in 1979. Philadelphia siblings Kathy, Debbie, Joni and Kim Sledge harmonize like angels and each gets a chance to sing lead, and the sisters get a huge assist from Chic's Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers, who wrote and produced these 8 tracks. Rodgers once declared that “pound for pound, I think WE ARE FAMILY is our best album hands down,” and it stands as not just Sister Sledge's finest, but one of the greatest long-players of the disco era.