World Premiere – Share The Night

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Classy disco track from 1983, produced and mixed by DJ and remixer Jonathan Fearing. The beautiful synthesizer solo is by Fred Zarr, Brooklyn based composer and keyboardist who as worked alongside numerous artists including Madonna, Whitney Houston, Debbie Gibson, Eartha Kitt, Ziggy Marley, The Strikers and Tina Turner.

World Premiere – Share The Night (Club Mix) (Discogs)

Bell & James – I Love The Music

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Leroy M. Bell and Casey James were a songwriting and disco funk duo from Philadelphia. Thanks to Bell’s uncle they started writing songs for the roster of Philadelphia International Records (MFSBTeddy Pendergrass, …) before signing with A&M and releasing three albums. Their biggest disco writings are Jackie Moore hit “This Time Baby” (originally written for The O’Jays) and “Are You Ready For Love” by Elton John. “I Love The Music” is the last song from their first album, it was later covered by The Spinners and recently sampled by Joe & Jessey.

Bell & James – I Love The Music (Discogs)

Girl, You Need A Change Of Mind

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This ’86 cover by Fred Fowler of the Eddie Kendricks’ classic “Girl, You Need A Change Of Mind“, is one of those records that perfectly reveal the transition from Disco to House Music back in the 80’s. Arranged by disco pioneer Patrick Adams and mixed by fabulous DJ and producer Bruce Forest.

Fred Fowler – Girl, You Need A Change Of Mind (Discogs)

Colleen Grant – Latin Parang

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Parang is a popular folk music originating from Trinidad and Tobago: can best be described as Christmas folk songs sung in Spanish. Some say it came out from Spanish colonists’ influence on local culture. Some say Venezuelan immigrants brought it. “Latin Parang” is its perfect disco declination from 1980: beautifully arranged by Leston Paul, who later gained massive success with “Hot Hot Hot” by Arrow.

Colleen Grant – Latin Parang (Discogs)

That’s the kind of Love I’ve got for You

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“That’s The Kind Of Love I’ve Got For You” is a song written in 1978 by Dean Parks and Donald Fletcher for the pop diva Dusty Springfield. It was produced by Roy Thomas Baker and 12” mixed by Tom Moulton. Dusty does disco, no more to say.

D. Springfield – That’s The Kind of Love I’ve Got For You (12” Mix) (Discogs)

Change – Paradise (12” Mix)

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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)