Disco Not Disco: Post Punk, Electro & Leftfield Disco Classics, Vol. 3

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Given new life through an arrangement with !K7, the Strut label -- the source of so many wonderful compilations covering many neglected points within the spectrum of dance music across several decades -- resumes with its third Disco Not Disco compilation, compiled by "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life" author Bill Brewster who provides typically sharp and fact-packed notes and Strut founder Quinton Scott. When the first two volumes were released in 2000 and 2002, many listeners susceptible to strange rhythmic sounds had yet to be introduced to Arthur Russell or Material, and it's safe to say that those who never set foot inside places like the Paradise Garage or the Loft would...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Given new life through an arrangement with !K7, the Strut label -- the source of so many wonderful compilations covering many neglected points within the spectrum of dance music across several decades -- resumes with its third Disco Not Disco compilation, compiled by "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life" author Bill Brewster who provides typically sharp and fact-packed notes and Strut founder Quinton Scott. When the first two volumes were released in 2000 and 2002, many listeners susceptible to strange rhythmic sounds had yet to be introduced to Arthur Russell or Material, and it's safe to say that those who never set foot inside places like the Paradise Garage or the Loft would have ever thought to give a 16-minute cut off a 1981 Steve Miller Band album any kind of attention. Since then, compilations covering roughly the same territory -- or one or two specific subgenres dusted off by these discs -- have become common enough to make some Disco Not Disco disciples a little cynical about a third volume. Most of the tracks on this volume are indeed readily available on an assortment of compilations released within the last ten years: Nine O'Clock Drop, Anti NY, the Mutant Disco reissues, Rough Trade Shops: Post Punk and a few recent single-artist reissues, just to cite a few. Even so, we're not talking about the umpteenth big-disco-hit comp; "Contort Yourself" has a long way to go before it becomes one-tenth as comped as "I Will Survive." And it's not like all the tracks from the first two Disco Not Discos had ever been wiped out of existence, either. Easily the most post-punk volume of the series, there's Vivien Goldman with the relatively scarce "Launderette", Delta 5, Shriekback, Konk, and Maximum Joy. They mix it up with another assortment of obscurities from unexpected corners. The biggest, deepest surprises are "Crunch Cake" thick, tightly wrapped fusion-funk from Isotope, "Binary" a frosty 1985 B-side from France's Kazino, and "Seoul Music" one of the series' most distinctive tracks, from Yellow Magic Orchestra, a spell weaved by spiraling percussion and serpentine bass. Even considering the timing and context, the disc is every bit as replayable as the second volume. The only truly bad move here is the inclusion of the instrumental mix of A Number of Names' proto-techno "Sharevari," which is like favoring an instrumental of Laid Back's "White Horse" over the vocal version. Then again, the instrumental does leave room for you to perfect your impersonation of a black Detroiter approximating a posh Frenchman speaking English. Important note: Gina X Performance's "Kaddish" is not on the disc, even though it is listed. "Seoul Music" is in its place -- in the end, a good thing. Bizarrely, the advance copies did list the YMO track and included it, and there was no Gina X presence whatsoever.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/15/2008
  • Label: Strut Records
  • UPC: 730003303227
  • Catalog Number: 33032
  • Sales rank: 66,372

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Launderette (3:47)
  2. 2 Mind Your Own Business - Delta 5 (3:13)
  3. 3 My Spine Is the Bassline (4:01)
  4. 4 Your Life - Konk (7:25)
  5. 5 Crunch Cake - Isotope (3:55)
  6. 6 Contort Yourself - James White & The Blacks (6:15)
  7. 7 Love Tempo - Quando Quango (7:55)
  8. 8 Seoul Music - Yellow Magic Orchestra (4:47)
  9. 9 Don't Lose Control - Material (4:19)
  10. 10 Binary - Kazino (3:56)
  11. 11 Los Niños del Parque (5:03)
  12. 12 Sharevari - A Number of Names (6:17)
  13. 13 Shake It Right (Bang 'Em Right) (6:24)
  14. 14 Medley: Silent Street/Silent Dub (7:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Daniel Ponce Bongos
Bill Laswell Bass
Keith Levene Bass, Guitar
Gary Boyle Guitar
Stephen Mallinder Bass, Overdubs
Adele Bertei Keyboards
Vicki Aspinall Violin
Michael Beinhorn Synthesizer
Steve Beresford Bass, Piano
Dan K. Brown Bass
Don Christensen Drums
Zeus B Held Keyboards, Vocoder
Andy Johnson Percussion
Gina Kikoine Vocals
Zoe Kronberger Piano, Electric Piano, Vocals, Clavinet, Synthesizer Strings
Nigel Morris Drums
Bethan Peters Bass, Vocals
Frank Roberts Synthesizer, Piano, Electric Piano
Alan Riggs Guitar
Anya Phillips Background Vocals
Tony Thompson Drums
Vivien Goldman Vocals
Julz Sale Vocals
Kelvin Knight Drums
Ros Allen Bass, Vocals
John Mark Harris Guitar
Marty Williamson Guitar
Technical Credits
Cabaret Voltaire Producer
Bill Laswell Composer
Barry Andrews Composer
Beate Bartel Composer, Producer
Michael Beinhorn Composer
Bob Blank Engineer
August Darnell Remixing
Chris Haas Composer, Producer
Zeus B Held Producer
Mark Kamins Remixing
Robin Lumley Producer
John Luongo Remixing
Jay Mark Remixing
Carl Marsh Composer
Dick O'Dell Producer
George Oban Composer
Bethan Peters Composer
Mike Pickering Composer
Frank Roberts Composer
Tony Wrafter Composer
Rob Warr Producer
Dana Vlcek Producer
Alan Riggs Composer
Bill Brewster Sleeve Notes
Vivien Goldman Composer
Walter Coelho Mastering
Maximum Joy Composer
Rick Holliday Composer
Kelvin Knight Composer
Sterling Jones Composer
Stewart Pickering Engineer
Paula Leslie Composer
Dr. John Walker Producer
Simon Best Composer
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