1. Donna Summer – I Feel Love
2. Edwin Starr – Contact
3. The Whispers – The Beat Goes On
4. Shalamar – I Owe You One
5. Leon Haywood – Don’t Push It, Don’t Force It
6. Gladys Knight And The Pips – Bourgie, Bourgie
7. Michael Zager Band – You Don’t Know A Good Thing
8. Cindy Bullens – Too Close To Home
9. Freeez – Southern Freeez
10. Sugarhill Gang – Rapper’s Delight
11. Sister Sledge – He’s The Greatest Dancer
12. KC & The Sunshine Band – Queen Of Clubs
13. Quincy Jones – Stuff Like That
14. Change – Searching
15. Andrea True Connection – More, More, More
16. Debbie Sims – Super Trouper
Information about this compilation album:
Independence Day 1981: Motörhead’s No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith is knocked off the top of the UK album charts by Ronco’s latest compilation. But wait! There’s two of them. Forever intertwined, Disco Daze and Disco Nites. Buy one, get the other free. Except that the records retailed at IR£5.99 (GBP£5.49) – quite a pricey hike from the normal price point of the time. It’s natural to assume that order but a quick look at the catalogue numbers on the spine suggests that Disco Nites was the intended lead – RTL 2056A. At some stage, late in the game and after the sleeves were printed, the order seems to have been reversed. As sure as night follows day, I will talk about Disco Daze first.
Donna Summer’s I Feel Love still sounds like something from the futuristic 1980s but beamed back to 1977. A metronomic delight, a glorious blend of visionary production and a sublime vocal. From here to eternity: absorb Edwin Starr’s fabulously energetic Contact followed by the slick boogie wonderland of The Whispers’ And The Beat Goes On, a smash in 1980. Also from the new decade comes Shalamar’s breezy I Owe You One and Leon Haywood’s shuffle beat revival Don’t Push It, Don’t Force It. Plus the shimmering disco glitter ball Bourgie Bourgie written by Ashford and Simpson but performed by Gladys Knight and The Pips. Midnight ravers.
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