Summer Night Disco

Donna Summer
'Moonride' by Universal Love (which sounds a little bit like 'Love Train' by the O'Jays) and 'Come inside' by The Shades of Love are from ‘Disco 2: A Further Selection of Independent Disco, Modern Soul & Boogie 1976-80’ that came out on Soul Jazz Records last Friday. It contains rare, classic and in-demand tracks from the mighty vaults of semi big disco labels, such as New York's Salsoul and Miami's TK Records. Besides those tracks, there are killer virtually unknown tracks, released on tiny bespoke one-off labels, now (almost) impossible to find, neither in the history books nor in record shops.

More or less by accident George McCrae had a worldwide hit with 'Rock Your Baby' on the just mentioned Miami-based TK label in 1974. The song was written and produced by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch (KC & the Sunshine Band). It was originally intended as a single for George's wife Gwen, but she called in sick the day the studio was booked. When Gwen's manager, George, showed up to say sorry for his wife, they put him behind the microphone and the rest is history. 'Rock your baby' became a million-selling number one all over the world and it heralded the disco craze. In 1975 George and Gwen McCrae made an album as a duo. A track from 'Together', called 'Mechanical body', is on the tracklist. The couple divorced in 1977.

Tracklist:

Montana – Warp Factor II [A Tom Moulton Mix] (1978)
Santa Esmeralda – House Of The Rising Sun (1978)
Tim Maia – VerĂ£o Carioca (1977)
Creative Source ‎– You Can't Hide Love [The Apple Scruffs Edit] (1973)
Patti Charles ‎– Music Lady (1977)
The Fantastic Aleems – Movin' To The Beat (1981)
Woods Empire – Universal Love (1981)
Donna Summer – Bad Girls (1979)
Brian Bennett – It's A Crazy World (1976)
George & Gwen McCrae – Mechanical Body [Disco Tech Edit] (1975)
Universal Love – Moonride (1977)
The Shades Of Love – Come Inside (1979)
Claudja Barry – When Life Was Just A Game [Peech Edit] (1977)
Ryan & Kleinfeld – Heartbeat (1983)
Luxar – P.Y.T. [Berry & Gain Dub] (2014)
Her – Quite Like [D-Pulse Remix] (2015)


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