The Disco Years, Vol. 1: Turn the Beat Around

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Dozens upon dozens of disco compilations -- some good, some bad -- have been released since Rhino dribbled out their seven-volume Disco Years series in the '90s. While several of the discs that have followed offer consistent track listings and more eye-pleasing packaging, this particular series remains one of the best available. Across seven discs, the disco phenomenon is summarized with a near-perfect balance between the universally known and the not quite as popular. Some might want to stick strictly to the pop-chart toppers, which is understandable for nostalgia's sake; however, one of the most important characteristics of this era is that the singles that failed to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Dozens upon dozens of disco compilations -- some good, some bad -- have been released since Rhino dribbled out their seven-volume Disco Years series in the '90s. While several of the discs that have followed offer consistent track listings and more eye-pleasing packaging, this particular series remains one of the best available. Across seven discs, the disco phenomenon is summarized with a near-perfect balance between the universally known and the not quite as popular. Some might want to stick strictly to the pop-chart toppers, which is understandable for nostalgia's sake; however, one of the most important characteristics of this era is that the singles that failed to cross over into mainstream territory consistently rivaled -- and frequently trumped -- their gold and platinum counterparts. So, it doesn't matter whether you were a Paradise Garage regular or an infrequent viewer of Dance Fever -- there's something for everyone on each of these volumes. The first volume of The Disco Years, subtitled "Turn the Beat Around," is heavy on mainstream hits, including Thelma Houston's "Don't Leave Me This Way," the Trammps' "Disco Inferno," Diana Ross' "Love Hangover," Andrea True Connection's "More More More," Rose Royce's "Car Wash," and A Taste of Honey's "Boogie Oogie Oogie." The most problematic aspect of these discs is that they favor radio edits that often trim several minutes from the original versions. Hardcore disco freaks will argue that a compromise of the extended groove defeats the purpose, but Rhino would have had to stretch this series out to an unwieldy size in order to accommodate each inclusion's most club-friendly mix.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/23/2000
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227987121
  • Catalog Number: 79871

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Hustle (3:47)
  2. 2 Shame, Shame, Shame - Shirley & Company (3:00)
  3. 3 Never Can Say Goodbye (3:05)
  4. 4 That's the Way (I Like It) (3:59)
  5. 5 Car Wash (3:17)
  6. 6 More, More, More - Andrea True (3:03)
  7. 7 Disco Inferno - The Trammps (3:37)
  8. 8 (Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty (3:08)
  9. 9 Love Hangover (3:50)
  10. 10 Don't Leave Me This Way (3:41)
  11. 11 Turn the Beat Around (3:28)
  12. 12 Boogie Oogie Oogie (3:40)
  13. 13 You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) - Sylvester (3:48)
  14. 14 Dance With Me - Pete Brown (3:51)
  15. 15 Miss Broadway - La Belle Epoque (4:04)
  16. 16 Shake Your Groove Thing (3:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gloria Gaynor Track Performer
Thelma Houston Track Performer
Peaches & Herb Track Performer
Rose Royce Track Performer
Diana Ross Track Performer
Sylvester Track Performer
The Trammps Track Performer
Betty Wright Track Performer
Van McCoy Track Performer
Vicki Sue Robinson Track Performer
Andrea True Track Performer
Shirley & Company Track Performer
Peter Brown Track Performer
A Taste of Honey Track Performer
Pete Brown Track Performer
KC & the Sunshine Band Track Performer
Soul City Orchestra Track Performer
Technical Credits
Gerald Jackson Composer
Ken Barnes Liner Notes
Pete Jackson Composer
Geoff Gans Art Direction
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