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Various - Disco sound special vol. 3

September 18th, 2011

VA - Disco Sound Special Vol. 3VARIOUS

  • Disco sound special vol. 3
  • Victor musical industries
  • 1976
  • Japan

This is the third volume of the Disco sound special series. Maybe it isn’t as strong as the second volume, but it also has it’s moments. It’s only a single LP release and it follows the line of the series except there’s no songs by any local bands. There’s some basic good disco tracks like “Save me”, “I like it” and “Fly, Robin, fly” by Silver Convention, “Lady pump” by Penny McLean, “Ooh what a night” by Linda G. Thompson and “Sexy lady” by Jumbo 76. What’s weird, there’s “Bump the bump pt. 2″ by Black Buster and “Bump me baby pt. 1″ by Dooley Silverspoon that both appear also on the second volume.

The best ones on this album include funky disco tracks “Funky lovin’” and “Hi fi woman” by the French group Ice - a band that used also names Lafayette afro-rock band, Bobby Boyd congress and Crispy & co. among some others. Ice tracks are both taken from their album Frisco disco (US release was named Import/export) from 1975. The Japanese also seem to have loved the Philippine group Black Buster a lot as there’s again three songs from them in this compilation. Besides the mentioned “Bump the bump pt. 2″, there’s funky midtempo song “Hassle pt. 1″ and quite similar “Old man”, that starts with a nice break. Latter is propably their best known track and have been reissued several times. All the three songs from Black Buster are originally released on their Bump the bump album from 1975. Can’t help it, I just got to love these Japanese compilations.


Ice - Funky lovin’


Ice - Hi fi woman


Black Buster - Hassle pt. 1


Black Buster - Old man


Black Buster - Bump the bump pt. 2

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Various - Disco sound special vol. 2

September 14th, 2011

Various – Disco sound special vol. 2 VARIOUS

  • Disco sound special vol. 2
  • Victor musical industries
  • 1975
  • Japan

There’s at least three volumes in this series of very interesting Japanese disco compilations called Disco sound special. The most interesting of them all is this second volume. First disc of this two lp set contains on quite basic American disco stuff. There’s seven songs from Van McCoy & the Soul city symphony; “Back stabbers”, “Love is the answer”, “The hustle”, “Disco baby”, “Pick up the pieces”, “Get dancin’” and “Shakey Ground” are taken from two different Van McCoy albums. First two are from their 1974 album Love is the answer and the rest are from their 1975 album Disco baby. There’s also “Hey there lonely girl” by The Softones, “I (who have nothing)” by The Chambers Brothers, “Heavy fallin’ out” by The Stylistics, “Maybe” by The Three Degrees and “I can’t help myself (sugar pie, honey bunch)” by Donnie Elbert.

Disc two is the better one. There’s two songs, “Young kung’s” and “Kung fu fighting”, by the Belgian group The Sumos, a band which actually consisted of various members of the more famous Belgian group El Chicles. Then there’s “Bump me baby pt. 1″ by Dooley Silverspoon and “Bump the bump pt. 2″ by the Philippine group Black Buster. The real treat here however is the eight songs of the local Japanese group Soul Sounds Symphony. All of their songs are instrumental covers of pretty well known disco and funk tracks. There’s “Funky stuff” and “Jungle boogie” originally by Kool & the Gang, both heavily funky and groovy versions. MFSB’s “TSOP (The sound of Philadelphia)”, here named as “Theme from tv show “Soul train”", is a funky one but a little thinner than the original. Carl Douglas‘ “Dance the kung fu” gets also a very nice treatment and was reissued together with “Jungle boogie” by Dynamite soul few years ago. The other songs by The Soul Sounds Symphony include the covers of Minnie Riperton’s “Lovin’ you”, The Three Degrees‘ “When will I see you again”, Philly Devotions‘ “I just can’t say goodbye” and BT Express‘ “Do it (’til you’re satisfied)”. Bonus points from the cover.


Soul Sounds Symphony - Funky stuff


Soul Sounds Symphony - Jungle boogie


Soul Sounds Symphony - Theme from tv show “Soul train”


Soul Sounds Symphony - I just can’t say goodbye


Black Buster - Bump the bump pt. 2


The Sumos - Young Kung’s

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