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Disco Box

The Disco Box

The shimmer of the cymbals. The slinky grooves. The orgasmic ooohs and aaahs. The salacious come-ons of the divas and queens that changed dance music -- not to mention aerobics -- forever. Disco was pure liberation. Blacks, whites, Latinos, gays, and straights with open minds and swiveling hips came together like a nation under a groove, thrilling to hits like


The shimmer of the cymbals. The slinky grooves. The orgasmic ooohs and aaahs. The salacious come-ons of the divas and queens that changed dance music -- not to mention aerobics -- forever. Disco was pure liberation. Blacks, whites, Latinos, gays, and straights with open minds and swiveling hips came together like a nation under a groove, thrilling to hits like Donna Summer's "I Feel Love," Chic's "Good Times," Anita Ward's "Ring My Bell," and Evelyn "Champagne" King's "Shame." Now 80 of those classics -- spanning a decade of decadence -- have been compiled on Rhino's essential four-CD set, The Disco Box. From its radiant disco-ball packaging to its 50-plus pages of liner notes, this set embodies the spirit of the age like no other release of its kind. Funk-fueled fun like Wild Cherry's "Play That Funky Music" and Rose Royce's "Car Wash" bump up against crossover classics like Blondie's "Heart of Glass" and Sister Sledge's "We Are Family." Light on kitschy cheese (sorry, folks, no "Disco Duck") and chirping Australian pretty boys, The Disco Box moves from soul candy (the Jackson 5, Peaches and Herb) to proto rap (Indeep's "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life") and '80s electro (Freeze's "IOU"), chronicling a sound that laid the groundwork for the past 20 years of house, hip-hop, and electronica. Revolution never felt so good.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Rhino's four-CD Disco Box is the most impressive disco retrospective yet assembled, featuring 80 tracks and exhaustive liner notes which chronicle the music's history, artists, innovations, and subsequent influence. Like many of the best Rhino anthologies of this sort, The Disco Box is a mixture of acknowledged classics and neglected yet surprisingly high-quality lesser-knowns (although the emphasis here is more on the former). The result is an enormously infectious, entertaining package that makes the best case yet for the importance and creative viability of disco in its heyday. There are a couple of minor flaws -- most disco fans will be able to name a few absent favorites (none of the Bee Gees' historically crucial Saturday Night Fever tracks were available for licensing, for example), and others may bemoan the lack of extended 12" club versions, which simply wouldn't fit into a compilation of this scope. At any rate, The Disco Box is still as definitive and well-done an overview as we're ever likely to see, and even at four CDs, it's the perfect introduction.

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Candi Staton   Track Performer
Blondie   Track Performer
Change   Track Performer
Chic   Track Performer
Disco Tex and the Sex-O-Lettes   Track Performer
Gloria Gaynor   Track Performer
Dan Hartman   Track Performer
Heatwave   Track Performer
Thelma Houston   Track Performer
Jackson 5   Track Performer
Kool & the Gang   Track Performer
Cheryl Lynn   Track Performer
Peaches & Herb   Track Performer
Ritchie Family   Track Performer
Rose Royce   Track Performer
Patrice Rushen   Track Performer
Sister Sledge   Track Performer
Edwin Starr   Track Performer
Donna Summer   Track Performer
Sylvester   Track Performer
Tavares   Track Performer
Trammps   Track Performer
Weather Girls   Track Performer
Barry White   Conductor
Wild Cherry   Track Performer
Betty Wright   Track Performer
Bell & James   Track Performer
Alicia Bridges   Track Performer
Carol Douglas   Track Performer
Foxy   Track Performer
Freeez   Track Performer
Hot Chocolate   Track Performer
Inner Life   Track Performer
Van McCoy   Conductor,Track Performer
Musique   Track Performer
Vicki Sue Robinson   Track Performer
Sylvers   Track Performer
Andrea True   Track Performer
Anita Ward   Track Performer
Karen Young   Track Performer
Indeep   Track Performer
Hues Corporation   Track Performer
Miracles   Track Performer
GQ   Track Performer
Patrick Hernandez   Track Performer
Debbie Jacobs   Track Performer
Love Unlimited Orchestra   Track Performer
Walter Murphy   Conductor,Track Performer
Shirley & Company   Track Performer
Silver Convention   Track Performer
Amii Stewart   Track Performer
Lipps, Inc.   Track Performer
McFadden & Whitehead   Track Performer
Arpeggio   Track Performer
Boys Town Gang   Track Performer
Taste of Honey   Track Performer
Pete Brown   Track Performer
Norman Harris   Conductor
KC & the Sunshine Band   Track Performer
Evelyn "Champagne" King   Track Performer
Narada Michael Walden   Track Performer
Michael Omartian   Conductor
Village People   Track Performer
Big Apple Band   Track Performer
5000 Volts   Track Performer
Monti Rock   Track Performer
Sex-O-Lettes   Track Performer
Young & Company   Track Performer
Soul City Orchestra   Track Performer
B.B. & Q. Band   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Dan Hartman   Producer
Kool & the Gang   Composer
Aldo Nova   Composer
Patrice Rushen   Producer
Edwin Starr   Producer
James "J.T." Taylor   Composer
Barry White   Arranger,Producer
Greg Mathieson   Arranger
Deodato   Composer,Producer
Paul Jabara   Producer
Greg Diamond   Arranger,Producer
Bernard Edwards   Producer
Van McCoy   Arranger
Gene Page   Arranger
Nile Rodgers   Producer
Giorgio Moroder   Producer
Bob Crewe   Producer
Walter Murphy   Arranger
Wade Marcus   Arranger
Gerald Jackson   Composer
Terri Gonzalez   Composer
Patrick Adams   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Thor Baldursson   Arranger
Robert "Kool" Bell   Composer
Ronald Bell   Composer,Producer
Pete Bellotte   Producer
Tony Bongiovi   Producer
George "Funky" Brown   Composer
Steve Buckingham   Producer
Harry Wayne "K.C." Casey   Composer
Bob Clearmountain   Producer
Jerry Cohen   Producer
Reuben Cross   Composer
Hal Davis   Composer,Producer
Jay Ellis   Producer
Bob Esty   Arranger,Producer
Jack Faith   Arranger
Harold Faltermeyer   Arranger
Dino Fekaris   Producer
John H. Fitch   Composer
John Florez   Producer
Harvey Fuqua   Producer
Norman Harris   Arranger
Bill Inglot   Producer
Pete Jackson   Composer
Andy Kahn   Arranger,Producer
Michael Kunze   Producer
Dennis Lambert   Producer
Kenny Lehman   Producer
Paul Leka   Producer
Barry Leng   Producer
Silvester Levay   Composer
Terry Lewis   Arranger,Producer
Sandy Linzer   Composer
Mauro Malavasi   Arranger
Marty Paich   Producer
Gene McFadden   Producer
Narada Michael Walden   Producer
Robert "Spike" Mickens   Composer
Bruce Miller   Arranger
Fonce Mizell   Producer
Larry Mizell   Producer
Meco Monardo   Producer
Jacques Morali   Producer
Mickie Most   Producer
Bill Motley   Producer
Michael Omartian   Arranger
David Paich   Producer
Weldon Dean Parks   Composer
Freddie Perren   Producer
Gary Peterson   Annotation
Jacques Fred Petrus   Producer
Brian Potter   Producer
Richard Rinch   Producer
Paul Sabu   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Warren Schatz   Arranger,Producer
Charles Smith   Composer
Simon Soussan   Arranger,Producer
Dennis "D.T." Thomas   Composer
Earl Toon   Composer
Jean Vanloo   Producer
Cory Wade   Producer
John Whitehead   Producer
Norman Whitfield   Producer
Curtis "Fitz" Williams   Composer
Art Wright   Arranger
Arthur Wright   Arranger
Michael Young   Producer
Barry Blue   Producer
Charles Mims   Producer
Tony Eyers   Arranger,Producer
William Young   Producer
Brian Chin   Liner Notes
Jimmy Simpson   Producer
Jim Bonnefond   Producer
Reggie Thompson   Producer
Ritchie Rome   Producer
Barry Walters   Liner Notes
Michael Freedberg   Liner Notes
Deborah Carter   Composer
Stephan Prager   Composer
Steve Greenberg   Producer
Kalama Koanui   Composer
Buddy Hankerson   Composer,Producer
Perry Kibble   Composer
Janice Johnson   Composer
Greenberg   Composer
Donald Fletcher   Composer
Cleveland   Composer
Errol Brown   Composer
Claydes Smith   Composer

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