This post is dedicated to Michael Boddicker, musician and synthesizer master specializing in electronic music. In 1976, he played keyboards on Candi Staton “Young Hearts Run Free” album, he was only 23 years old. By the time he was thirty, Boddicker was one of the most requested session player in the business, appearing on over 400 albums, movies and television shows including “Saturday Night Fever”, “Thriller” and “We Are The World,” three of the biggest selling recordings in history. He played on “Give Me The Night” by George Benson, on Kenny Loggins’ “Footloose”. “State Of Independence” by Donna Summer and “Dancing On The Ceiling” by Lionel Richie are also in his curriculum. To show you his magic touch, I picked a lesser-known track written by Boddicker and performed with Japanese Logic System. Note: “If you don’t listen this album, you can’t enjoy the essence of computer music”.
Logic System – Automatic Collect, Automatic Correct (Discogs)
Change was initially formed in Bologna in 1979 as a studio-band with a revolving cast of musicians led by Italians Paolo Gianolio (guitar) and Davide Romani (bass). They were a studio creation of producers Jacques Fred Petrus and Mauro Malavasi, who first got together to form their label Goody Music in 1978. With material recorded both in Italy and in America (at the legendary Power Station Studio’s) they released their first album “The Glow Of Love” in 1980 which gained a lot of success thanks to songs like “A Lover’s Holiday” and the same album title track. “Paradise” is a song from the following album “Miracles”: a beautiful classy disco track with a rather impressive background story too. Romani thought that the album didn’t have a strong single and in only one night he wrote “Paradise”. I strongly suggest you to visit this link to get a full cover story on Change, their story and their controversial producer from Guadalupe Jacques Fred Petrus.
Change – Paradise (U.K. 12” Mix) (Discogs)
The guys behind “Brooklyn Express” are Began Cekic and Tee Scott. A Yugoslavian record owner and one of the best DJs and producer of NY in the 70’s. Scott was also the resident DJ at Better Days for 8 years. In an interview by Daniel Wang, Scott reports that Cekic treated him with the best studio gear he can find, and with all these shiny new gifts he couldn’t resist to deliver his magic. Tee Scott mixed and produced 3 singles for him, all covers. This song is essentially a rework of “Spank“, made famous by Jimmy “Bo” Horne.
Brooklyn Express – Sixty-Nine (Special Disco Mix) (Discogs)
Not so famous cover of the Love Unlimited Orchestra classic. Mother F, was a disco project led by Joe La Greca: Canadian producer also behind Carol Jiani and Lime.
Mother F – Welcome Aboard (Discogs)