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)

Lucky In Love (Extended Version)

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In 1985, Mick Jagger released his first solo album “She’s The Boss”. It was produced by Jagger himself with Bill Laswell and Nile Rodgers and included an incredible (and endless) list of guests: Pete Townshend, Sly & Robbie, Bernard Edwards, Jan Hammer, Herbie Hancock and Michael Shrieve. Just to name a few. To promote the album, Jagger made videos with Julien Temple for five of his album’s nine songs and later the footage became the (bad) homemovie “Running Out Of Luck“: which featured Mick as the main actor and Dennis Hopper, Rae Dawn Chong and Jerry Hall as co-starrings. “Lucky In Love” was the second single from the album, with guests Jeff Beck on guitar, Wally Badarou on Keyboards, Guy Fletcher and Herbie Hancock at the synthesizers. Extended remix by François Kevorkian and Ron St. Germain.

Mick Jagger – Lucky In Love (Extended Version) (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)

Cerrone – Call Me Tonight

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Something that I’ve always loved about Disco is the message. The 95% of disco music is full of burning bodies, high fevers, unexpected lovers and Knights In White Satin. All this was possible thanks the extended version of “Love To Love You Baby” by Giorgio Moroder and Donna Summer: that 16 minutes song officially legitimized sex in the charts. Another European producer, the French drummer and composer Cerrone was a prominent key figure for some of the best sexy disco songs out there. “Call Me Tonight” is in this list, a track from the Cerrone – American LP – “Angelina”, written with Alain Wisniak the song features a bunch of great session players: Greg Mathieson, Jeff Baxter, David Hungate and singer Michelle Aller.

Cerrone – Call Me Tonight (Discogs)

Steel Pulse – Reaching Out

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Steel Pulse is a roots reggae musical band, formed in 1975 at Handsworth Wood Boys School, in Birmingham, England, composed of David Hinds (lead vocals, guitar), Basil Gabbidon (lead guitar, vocals), and Ronald McQueen (bass). All of them came from working class West Indian immigrant families, and none had much musical experience. They took some time to improve their technical proficiency, often on Roots inspired material by the Wailers, Burning Spear and several other prominent Jamaican artists. Thanks to the punk movement they started having gigs, the group wound up as an opening act for punk and new wave bands like the Clash, the Police and XTC, and built a broad-based audience in the process. Trough the years they gained more popularity and evolved their style having their peak when, in 1987, they won the “Best Reggae Album” at the Grammy Awards. “Reaching Out” is a single from the 1988 album “State Of Emergency”: probably their more pop/disco oriented work. The song is produced by Godwin Logie and remixed by Timmy Regisford.

Steel Pulse – Reaching Out (Extended Version) (Discogs)

Chasing John Lee & Gerry Brown

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In 1975, bassist John Lee formed a Jazz band with drummer Gerry Brown. Together they recorded two albums for Blue Note Records, “Mango Sunrise” & “ Still Can’t Say Enough”. One for Mood Records called “Brothers” and two for Columbia Records: “Medusa” and the ladder “Chaser”. Released in 1979, it was recorded in Copenhagen and features Kenneth KnudsenDarryl Thompson and Palle Mikkelborg. “Celebration” is the more disco oriented track from the album: warm synth arrangements and a very melodic guitar solo are the key elements of this beautiful song.

John Lee & Gerry Brown – Celebration (Discogs)