Get Down Tonight: The Disco Explosion

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The three-disc box set Get Down Tonight: The Disco Explosion was released just after PBS premiered the program of the same name, which featured new performances -- from Anita Ward, Thelma Houston, A Taste of Honey, KC & the Sunshine Band, and several others -- with archival footage from the disco era. Content-wise, the box doesn't do much to separate itself from the average disco compilation series, leaning heavily on mainstream hits. Each of these 58 songs reached the pop chart, remarkable for a movement with most of its roots planted in clubs that were only a little like Studio 54, populated by marginalized blacks, Latinos, and gays -- a subculture avoided or barely ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The three-disc box set Get Down Tonight: The Disco Explosion was released just after PBS premiered the program of the same name, which featured new performances -- from Anita Ward, Thelma Houston, A Taste of Honey, KC & the Sunshine Band, and several others -- with archival footage from the disco era. Content-wise, the box doesn't do much to separate itself from the average disco compilation series, leaning heavily on mainstream hits. Each of these 58 songs reached the pop chart, remarkable for a movement with most of its roots planted in clubs that were only a little like Studio 54, populated by marginalized blacks, Latinos, and gays -- a subculture avoided or barely acknowledged by many Saturday Night Fever fans. The difference is also in the stark contrast between excluded people who were inclusive and included people who were exclusive. Most of the songs here have appeared on scores of other disco compilations, but those discs are prone to flimsy packaging and poor sound. Distributed by Sony, this box has excellent sound, insightful liner notes, and plenty of bold photographs, all of which make it a helpful disco starter kit. That said, it does rely mostly on radio edits of the songs, always an unfortunate move when dealing with a style of music that thrived on extended, elaborate grooves granted, a high quantity of tracks on a disc is always appealing to the average consumer's eyes. The discs are broken down by geography, bizarrely enough, moving from the West Coast to the Midwest and East Coast to everywhere else. This causes confusion. Freez was a U.K. group, so they appear on the "South and Across the Atlantic" disc, despite relying heavily on production from Americans Arthur Baker and John Robie. If you apply the same rationale, Midwesterners Diana Ross and the Jackson 5 should appear on the Midwest/East Coast disc, but they're on the West Coast disc due to Motown's L.A. base. Despite a few blunders two too many Village People songs and a few damp squibs that should remain on those low-budget comps and the problematic setup, there are plenty of inclusions that won't lose steam any time soon, no matter how many times they're played -- Heatwave's "Boogie Nights," Manu Dibango's "Soul Makossa," Odyssey's "Native New Yorker," A Taste of Honey's "Boogie Oogie Oogie," Chic's "Le Freak," and Indeep's "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life" are prime examples. In other words, don't let all the nitpicking get in the way of a good time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/2004
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • UPC: 826663034127
  • Catalog Number: 30341

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hot Stuff - Donna Summer (3:47)
  2. 2 You Dropped a Bomb on Me - The Gap Band (4:04)
  3. 3 Y.M.C.A. - The Village People (3:45)
  4. 4 Got to Be Real - Cheryl Lynn (3:43)
  5. 5 Do Ya Wanna Funk - Sylvester (6:55)
  6. 6 What Am I Gonna Do With You - Barry White (3:34)
  7. 7 Heaven Must Have Sent You - Bonnie Pointer (3:32)
  8. 8 Dancing Machine - The Jackson 5 (2:40)
  9. 9 Too Hot Ta Trot - The Commodores (5:38)
  10. 10 In the Navy - The Village People (3:45)
  11. 11 It's Raining Men - The Weather Girls (3:30)
  12. 12 After Dark - Pattie Brooks (7:53)
  13. 13 Upside Down - Diana Ross (4:04)
  14. 14 Super Freak, Pts. 1-2 - Rick James (3:25)
  15. 15 Boogie Oogie Oogie - A Taste of Honey (3:36)
  16. 16 Rock the Boat - Hues Corporation (3:06)
  17. 17 Love's Theme - Love Unlimited Orchestra (3:33)
  18. 18 Don't Leave Me This Way - Thelma Houston (3:37)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Shame - Evelyn "Champagne" King (2:57)
  2. 2 Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry (3:10)
  3. 3 Knock on Wood - Amii Stewart (3:49)
  4. 4 More, More, More, Pt. 1 - Andrea True (2:59)
  5. 5 Turn the Beat Around - Vicki Sue Robinson (3:22)
  6. 6 More Than a Woman - Tavares (3:13)
  7. 7 Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me Girl - The Spinners (4:03)
  8. 8 A Fifth of Beethoven - Walter Murphy (3:02)
  9. 9 Call Me - Blondie (3:30)
  10. 10 Funkytown - Lipps, Inc. (3:55)
  11. 11 Ladies Night - Kool & the Gang (3:27)
  12. 12 September - Earth, Wind & Fire (3:35)
  13. 13 Doctor's Orders - Carol Douglas (3:29)
  14. 14 Le Freak - Chic (4:16)
  15. 15 December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night) - The Four Seasons (3:32)
  16. 16 The Hustle - Van McCoy & the Soul City Symphony (3:43)
  17. 17 Shame, Shame, Shame - Shirley & Company (3:53)
  18. 18 Last Night a D.J. Saved My Life - Indeep (4:42)
  19. 19 Native New Yorker - Odyssey (5:28)
  20. 20 I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor (7:59)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Get Down Tonight - KC & the Sunshine Band (3:11)
  2. 2 Pick Up the Pieces - The Average White Band (3:02)
  3. 3 Boogie Fever - The Sylvers (3:26)
  4. 4 Dancing Queen - ABBA (3:49)
  5. 5 Fly, Robin, Fly - The Silver Convention (3:47)
  6. 6 Ring My Bell - Anita Ward (3:33)
  7. 7 Chase - Giorgio Moroder (4:19)
  8. 8 No Parking (On the Dance Floor) - Midnight Star (4:24)
  9. 9 Soul Makossa - Manu Dibango (4:27)
  10. 10 I Love the Nightlife (Disco 'Round) - Alicia Bridges (2:58)
  11. 11 If I Can't Have You - Yvonne Elliman (2:54)
  12. 12 Boogie Nights - Heatwave (3:37)
  13. 13 Young Hearts Run Free - Candi Staton (4:03)
  14. 14 I Just Want to Be Your Everything - Andy Gibb (3:43)
  15. 15 Disco Lady - Johnnie Taylor (4:28)
  16. 16 That's That Way (I Like It) - KC & the Sunshine Band (3:04)
  17. 17 Born to Be Alive - Patrick Hernandez (3:24)
  18. 18 I.O.U. - Freeez (3:49)
  19. 19 Venus - Bananarama (3:36)
  20. 20 Come to Me - France Joli (4:13)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Arthur Baker Composer
Steve Cropper Composer
Eddie Floyd Composer
Debbie Harry Composer
Rick James Composer
Frederick Knight Composer
Kool & the Gang Composer
Cheryl Lynn Composer
Lionel Richie Composer
Barry White Composer
Maurice White Composer
Paul Jabara Composer
David Foster Composer
Alicia Bridges Composer
Roger Cook Composer
Bernard Edwards Composer
Keith Forsey Composer
Robin Gibb Composer
Van McCoy Composer
Nile Rodgers Composer
Alan Gorrie Composer
Paul Shaffer Composer
Giorgio Moroder Composer
Patrick Hernandez Composer
Walter Murphy Composer
Michael Zager Composer
Gerald Jackson Composer
Barry Gibb Composer
Manu Dibango Composer
Harvey Scales Composer
Benny Andersson Composer
Roger Ball Composer
Ronald Bell Composer
Pete Bellotte Composer
Henri Belolo Composer
Vincent Calloway Composer
Harry Wayne "K.C." Casey Composer
Reuben Cross Composer
Hal David Composer
Don Davis Composer
Lamont Dozier Composer
Malcolm Duncan Composer
Harold Faltermeyer Composer
Dino Fekaris Composer
Richard Finch Composer
John H. Fitch Jr. Composer
Kenny Gamble Composer
Bob Gaudio Composer
Maurice Gibb Composer
Cary Gilbert Composer
Tony Green Composer
Roger Greenaway Composer
Steven Greenberg Composer
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer
Wally Holmes Composer
Leon Huff Composer
Pete Jackson Composer
Janice Marie Johnson Composer
Ronald LaPread Composer
Silvester Levay Composer
Sandy Linzer Composer
Bobby Lovelace Composer
Robbie McIntosh Composer
Onnie McIntyre Composer
Al McKay Composer
Alonzo Miller Composer
Jacques Morali Composer
Ted Myers Discographical Annotation
Walter Orange Composer
David Paich Composer
Rob Parissi Composer
Judy Parker Composer
Dean Parks Composer
Freddie Perren Composer
Denny Randell Composer
John Robie Composer
Sylvia Robinson Composer
Lonnie Simmons Composer
Simon Soussan Composer
Geoff Stephens Composer
Hamish Stuart Composer
Rudy Taylor Composer
Rod Temperton Composer
Björn Ulvaeus Composer
Robbie Van Leeuwen Composer
Milan Williams Composer
Allee Willis Composer
Victor Willis Composer
William King Composer
Thomas McClary Composer
Richard Foos Executive Producer
Lisa Glines Art Direction
Stig Anderson Composer
Sabrina Soussan Composer
Michael Cleveland Composer
Patrick Crowley Composer
Don Fletcher Composer
Albert Vance Composer
Barry Walters Liner Notes
Garson Foos Executive Producer
Perry L. Kibble Composer
Susan Hutcheson Composer
Bill Simmons Composer
T.J. Lubinsky Executive Producer
Stephan Prager Composer
Jeff Palo Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EXCELLENT CHOICE OF SONGS, Caroline G. McMaster, Tampa, Florida

    Get Down Tonight: The Disco Explosion is a fantastic 3 CD set. It includes about 58 hits from the '70's through the '80's. They all are VERY good! This is a must have for a disco collector. If there were more stars to indicate satisfaction level of this product, I definitely would give it a few more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    get down tonight

    i have been serching for months on disco music but now i found what im looking for.i saw get down tonight the dico explosion on channel 13 recently i had fun i enjoyed myself danceing to all the music.i love disco music i love all music.

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