Friday, 16 April 2010

Various Artists ''Disco-Trek''

Various Artists

( LP Atlantic Records, 1976 )
Catalog # SD 18158

A1 Blue Magic - Look Me Up 5:52
Arranged By - Vince Montana
Producer - Norman Harris
Written-By - Al Felder , Norman Harris
A2 Sons Of Robin Stone - Got To Get You Back 4:32
Producer, Arranged By, Conductor - Bobby Eli
Written-By - Bobby Eli , Vinnie Barrett
A3 Sister Sledge - Mama Never Told Me 5:21
Arranged By, Conductor - Tony Bell
Producer - Taylor, Hurtt & Bell (The Young Professionals)
Written-By - Phil Hurtt , Anthony Bell
A4 Clyde Brown - You Call Me Back 4:48
Arranged By, Conductor - Tony Bell
Producer - Taylor, Hurtt & Bell
Written-By - Phil Hurtt , Anthony Bell
B1 Jackie Moore - Time 4:21
Producer - Brad Shapiro , Dave Crawford
Written-By - Dave Crawford
B2 Sweet Inspirations - This World 5:45
Arranged By [Strings And Horns Arranged By] - Wade Marcus
Producer - Brad Shapiro , Dave Crawford
Written-By - Gary William Friedman , Herb Shapiro
B3 Valentinos - I Can Understand It 5:01
Producer - Bobby Womack , Marshall Brevetz
Written-By - Bobby Womack
B4 United 8 - Getting Uptown (To Get Down) 4:27
Producer - Dennis King , Jimmy Douglass
Written-By - Desmond Wray

Artwork By - Abie Sussman
Engineer - Don Murray , Jay Mickey Mark
Engineer [Assistant Engineer] - Arthur Stoppe, Jeff Stewart
Mastered By - José Rodriguez
Mixed By, Edited By - Tom Moulton
Other [Recording Supervisor] - Anita Wexler
Photography - Jerry Abramowitz
(p) © 1976 Atlantic Recording Corporation
Printed in U.S.A.

Format:Vinyl, LP
Re-mixed at Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, PA.
Mastered at Media Sound Studios, New York, N.Y.
"A Tom Moulton Mix"
Special thanks for permitting us to edit and revise your handiwork:
Norman Harris, Bobby Eli, Phil Hurtt, Tony Bell, LeBaron Taylor, Brad Shapiro,
Dave Crawford, Bobby Womack, Marshall Brevetz, Jimmy Douglass, Dennis King.

This is a compilation of 1972-1975 singles from Atlantic and its related labels. Despite the title, the lengthened tracks, added congas, and other sound effects, most of the tracks were cut before disco was even a viable genre. That being said, Disco-Trek is an accurate set that spotlights Philly produced songs as well southern R&B, two styles partly responsible for disco's success. The Philly sound, of course, gets the nod for its rhythmic innovations. Blue Magic's "Look Me Up" with Norman Harris producing and Vince Montana arranging, has a melodic, smooth, and effortless sound. It's a track that was made for another musical interpretation, but the Spinners; "I'll Be Around" might have been even better. Disco-Trek also has a few of the more obscure tracks to come out of Philadelphia. Compared to the standard set by Blue Magic, the tracks from Sons of Robin Stone and early Sister Sledge are less of the same. Oddly enough, the song that benefited most from the re-edit and exposure was Clyde Brown's "You Call Me Back." A perfect match of standard-issue lyrics and anonymous but competent vocals, it's likable despite the fact that Brown sings both the title and "Thank ya" over 20 times. Side two features the Southern dance music style from producers like Dave Crawford and Brad Shapiro. Jackie Moore's "Time" and the Sweet Inspirations' cover of "This World" both have more languid rhythms than their Philly counterparts. But again, they aren't "disco," either, despite the remixing. Atlantic meant serious business with this effort. All of the eight tracks were skillfully mixed and edited by Tom Moulton and remixed at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia and then mastered at New York's Media Sound. While the tracks here are more like prized finds in someone's B-plus singles collection, Disco-Trek is one of the best and earliest albums to cash in on the disco craze.
By Jason Elias
(AMG. Copyright © 2010 All Media Guide, LLC. Content provided by All Music Guide ®, a trademark of All Media Guide, LLC. All rights reserved.)

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highlander said...

Love this old stuff !!!

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