Classic Disco Grooves From The Crates

Luciana Faria
Happy new year! I'm sure that disco is the best way to start 2018 :-) The Salsoul Orchestra led by vibraphonist Vincent Montana initially consisted of many of the original members of Philadelphia International's MFSB, who had moved to Salsoul as the result of a financial disagreement with producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. Other members began performing as The Ritchie Family and as John Davis and the Monster Orchestra. On later MFSB and Philadelphia International recordings, Gamble & Huff used a new rhythm section which resulted in a slightly different sound.

Though the Salsoul sound (named for its connotations of salsa and soul) became passé in the wake of disco music's explosion and rapid commercialization during the late '70s, Salsoul was a heavy influence on house music in the 1980s and even the return of disco-inspired electronica during the following decade. The orchestra's track, "Chicago Bus Stop” (“Ooh I Love It”) has been sampled in Madonna’s “Vogue” and in hip hop songs such as 50 Cent's "Candyshop" and Eric B & Rakim's "Paid in Full".

Enjoy these classic disco grooves from the crates!


Glen Adams Affair – Just A Groove (1980)
Niteshifters – Show Me What You’ve Got (2017)
Jan Hammer Group ‎– Don't You Know (1977)
The Midnight – Collateral (2017)
Loose Ends – Hanging On A String (1985)
Change – Change Of Heart (1984)
Nightschool – Do You Speak French? (1978)
Charo And The Salsoul Orchestra ‎– Dance A Little Bit Closer (1977)
Elijah John Group ‎– Keep A Little Love For Yourself (1979)
Kim Hekker – It’s Not Easy (1979)
Jocko – The Rocketship (1979)
Rainbow Brown – Let’s Go Another Round [A Tom Moulton Mix] (1981)
Jonelle Allen ‎– Baby, I Just Wanna Love You (1978)
Leon Haywood – I Want'A Do Something Freaky To You (1975)
Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam ‎– Little Jackie Wants To Be A Star (1989)
Felix Cavaliere ‎– Never Felt Love Before (1975)
Hunt’s Determination – Problems (1978)
Chaz ‎– (We Want To) Rock You (1982)
Vaughan Mason And Crew – Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll (1979)
Toni Smith ‎– (Oo) I Like The Way It Feels (1983)
The Jones Girls – Keep It Comin’ (1984)
Tommy Stewart – Hot Box (1978)
The Salsoul Orchestra – Chicago Bus Stop (1975)
Funky Espresso РDisco Fran̤aise (2017)


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