Best Disco in Town: The Best of the Ritchie Family

The Best Disco in Town: The Best of the Ritchie Family

by The Ritchie Family
     
 
This generous and extensive compilation covers the career of the Ritchie Family, a trio of female vocalists who were produced by Jacques Morali and Henri Belolo (best-known for the hits they crafted for the Village People). Their sound

Overview

This generous and extensive compilation covers the career of the Ritchie Family, a trio of female vocalists who were produced by Jacques Morali and Henri Belolo (best-known for the hits they crafted for the Village People). Their sound basically worked Three Degrees-style harmonized girl group vocals into an instrumental backdrop that balanced Euro-disco slickness with aggressive pop hooks. Like many disco groups, they did a lot of medleys, the most successful being "The Best Disco in Town," a song that contrasts a frothy wraparound dance tune with a medley midsection that includes snippets of songs like "I'll Be There" and "I Love Music." Other notable covers include "Brazil," which brought this pre-rock standard into the disco era with aggressive horns and a stomping dance beat, and "Arabian Nights Medley," which cleverly transformed old tunes like "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" and "Lawrence of Arabia" into an exotica-inspired disco symphony. In terms of originals, standout selections include "American Generation," which works burbling synthesizers into their party-hearty disco sound, and "Put Your Feet to the Beat," a call to dancefloor action that contrasts a churning beat with a sleek, dreamy string arrangement. The track selection also throws in a few recordings from the group's post-'70s period, but tracks like "All Night All Right" unfortunately forsake the group's distinctive sound in favor of a bland, synthesizer-dominated early-'80s dance style that is much less interesting to listen to. Hardcore disco fanatics may carp that this compilation lacks the 12" recordings that made the Ritchie Family a staple at discos, but The Best Disco in Town remains a solid cross-section of the group's best recordings that will please casual listeners.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/1995
Label:
Hot Productions
UPC:
0053993004128
catalogNumber:
41

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Performance Credits

Ritchie Family   Primary Artist
P. Davis   Percussion
Don Renaldo   Strings,Horn
Horace Ott   Conductor
Larry Washington   Percussion
Peter Whitehead   Percussion
Nathanial Wilkie   Keyboards
Cassandra Wooten   Vocals
Snooky Young   Drums
Linda James   Vocals
Gwendolyn Oliver   Vocals
Ritchie Rome   Keyboards
Vera Brown   Vocals
D. Harris   Guitar
J. Atkins   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Gavin Christopher   Producer
Malavasi   Producer
Jacques Morali   Producer
Horace Ott   Arranger
Jacques Fred Petrus   Producer
Jimmy Douglas   Producer
Ritchie Rome   Producer
Mark J   Engineer

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