Disco Classics [Varese]

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Disco Classics might not be the first port of purchase for many disco fans. Those wanting more than the 20 tracks here will want to plumb for Rhino's Disco Box, or the multi-volume Disco Years series, while those who want just one compilation might be disappointed by the absence of any major '70s disco hits by the Bee Gees, Gloria Gaynor, Donna Summer, K.C. & the Sunshine Band, and Van McCoy. It's nevertheless a wide-ranging offering of huge, medium, and moderate disco hits from 1973-84, some of them not over-anthologized. There are, should you be wary of scaring your party guests by playing something they haven't heard a million times, a number of mega-smashes, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Disco Classics might not be the first port of purchase for many disco fans. Those wanting more than the 20 tracks here will want to plumb for Rhino's Disco Box, or the multi-volume Disco Years series, while those who want just one compilation might be disappointed by the absence of any major '70s disco hits by the Bee Gees, Gloria Gaynor, Donna Summer, K.C. & the Sunshine Band, and Van McCoy. It's nevertheless a wide-ranging offering of huge, medium, and moderate disco hits from 1973-84, some of them not over-anthologized. There are, should you be wary of scaring your party guests by playing something they haven't heard a million times, a number of mega-smashes, including Walter Murphy's "A Fifth of Beethoven," Anita Ward's "Ring My Bell," B.T. Express's "Do It 'Til You're Satisfied," Silver Convention's "Get Up and Boogie That's Right," Carol Douglas's "Doctor's Orders," and Irene Cara's "Flashdance...What a Feeling." Less familiar, and providing welcome variety, are 5000 Volts' frantic "I'm on Fire," Santa Esmeralda's one-shot disco cover of the Animals' "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood," Musique's lewd "In the Bush," and Polly Brown's almost-pop "Up in a Puff of Smoke." And no party would be complete without the Michael Zager Band's "Let's All Chant," with its immediately recognizable, not to say irritating, high-pitched rising rhythmic chants, repeated ad infinitum. Some might say First Choice's 1973 single "Armed & Extremely Dangerous" is stretching a little in advance of the disco era, but it's worth stretching boundaries to make room for a song with at least as many roots in early-'70s Philly soul as early disco.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2003
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • UPC: 030206646528
  • Catalog Number: 066465
  • Sales rank: 86,070

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Knock on Wood - Amii Stewart (3:40)
  2. 2 A Fifth of Beethoven (3:04)
  3. 3 Ring My Bell (3:35)
  4. 4 Love in C Minor, Pt. 1 - Cerrone (4:04)
  5. 5 Get Up and Boogie (That's Right) (2:46)
  6. 6 I'm on Fire - 5000 Volts (2:50)
  7. 7 You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) - Sylvester (3:48)
  8. 8 Armed & Extremely Dangerous (2:50)
  9. 9 Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood (3:44)
  10. 10 Doctor's Orders - Carol Douglas (2:59)
  11. 11 Flashdance...What a Feeling (3:56)
  12. 12 In the Bush - Musique (4:04)
  13. 13 Last Night a D.J. Saved My Life (4:46)
  14. 14 Up in a Puff of Smoke (3:26)
  15. 15 I Got the Feeling - Two Tons O' Fun (5:20)
  16. 16 Come to Me - France Joli (4:15)
  17. 17 Heartbeat (4:52)
  18. 18 Think It Over (3:40)
  19. 19 Do It ('Til You're Satisfied) (3:29)
  20. 20 Let's All Chant (3:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Zager Conductor
Alvin Fields Vocals
Dollette McDonald Vocals
Barry Baker Vocals
Technical Credits
Steve Cropper Composer
Eddie Floyd Composer
Frederick Knight Composer, Producer
Ric Ocasek Composer
Sylvester Producer
Milt Jackson Composer
Irene Cara Composer, Contributor
Roger Cook Composer
Keith Forsey Composer
Anita Ward Contributor
Giorgio Moroder Composer, Producer
Walter Murphy Composer, Contributor
The Silver Convention Contributor
Michael Zager Arranger, Composer, Producer
Alvin Fields Composer
Patrick Adams Composer, Producer
Thom Bell Producer
Bennie Benjamin Composer
Cissy Houston Composer
Allan Felder Composer
Harvey Fuqua Producer
Tony Green Composer, Producer
Roger Greenaway Composer
Norman Harris Composer
Michael Kunze Producer
Barry Leng Producer
Silvester Levay Composer, Producer
Cary E. Mansfield Producer
Billy Nichols Composer
Geoff Stephens Composer
James Wirrick Composer
Thomas J. Valentino Producer
Jeff Lane Producer
Tony Eyers Composer, Producer
A. Scott Galloway Liner Notes
Bill Pitzonka Art Direction
Eddie OLoughlin Producer
Phillip Swern Composer, Producer
Reggie Thompson Producer
Steve Massie Producer
Sol Marcus Composer
Gloria Caldwell Composer
Marc Cerrone Composer, Producer
Michael Cleveland Producer
Sandra Cooper Composer
Johnny Arthey Producer
Kenton Nix Composer
Henry Batts Producer
Frank Loverde Composer
Michael Cleveland Composer
Stephan Prager Composer
Jean Manuel De Scarano Producer
Cleveland Composer
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