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Friday, September 7, 2007

Go West - Eye To Eye

The british duo of Peter Cox and Richard Drummie called themselves Go West. Formed in 1982, they quickly had a publishing deal and possessed a porastudio, but, lacked a band or recording company. With the support of their manager, John Glover, the two recorded two demo tracks ("We Close Our Eyes" & "Call Me"). These songs landed them a recording contract with Chrysalis Records. Both songs, also, landed them their first two pop hits in America and they never looked back.

They contributed their biggest hit to date to the Pretty Woman soundtrack called "King Of Wishful Thinking". This song gave them their only top 10 as it peaked at#8 in the spring of 1990. Currently, the two is still touring and recording.

Today's track comes from the duo's debut LP Go West. This song gave them their third and final appearance on the dance chart.

Taken from the original 12" single on Chrysalis 42900
Eye To Eye (Horizontal Mix) - 5:10
Song charted on September 28, 1985. Spent 4 weeks on the chart and reached #32

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Various Artists Compilation - Philadelphia Classics

If you have been an avid reader of this blog, you know that Billboard magazine did not chart only 12" singles for the Dance/Disco chart, but they also included 7" singles and full LP's. Today I pulled out one of those entire LP's . It's a great double LP compilation from 1978.

Philadelphia Classics is a compilation of the great Philly sound of the mid-late 70's. It is also sort of a label sampler, since every artist on this compilation was with Philadelphia International. All songs on this compilation were mixed by Tom Moulton, who isn't credited on the LP issue. Some of the longer versions, like MFSB - Love Is The Message, were created especially for this release.
The original press of this was in a gatefold sleeve, while the repress had the 2x12" vinyl together in one sleeve.

Taken from the original double LP on Philadelphia International 34940
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A1. MFSB - Love Is The Message - 11:27
A2. MFSB - TSOP (Sound Of Philadelphia) - 5:42
B1. Three Degrees - Dirty Ol' Man - 8:17
B2. O'Jays - I Love Music - 9:39
C1. Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - Don't Leve Me This Way - 11:00
C2. O'Jays - Love Train - 6:14
D1. Intruders - I'll Always Love My Mama - 9:41
D2. Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - Bad Luck - 8:00
Entire LP charted on January 7, 1978. Spent 1 week on the chart and reached #34

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Mister President - Coco Jamboo

Mr. President is a dance group consisting of German-born vocalists Judith Hildebrandt (T-Seven aka T) who left the project in 2000, Daniela Haak (Lady Danii aka Lady Dany aka Danii) who also appeared in Kai Matthiesen's project "Reset feat. Danii", and rapper Sir Prophet Of Funk, who was kicked out of the project when the two girls refused to work with him anymore because of his attitude after the success of "Up 'n' Away". He was replaced with rapper Delroy Rennalls (Lazy Dee aka Lazy). When Judith left, a female singer called Nadia took her spot, but she didn't stay for long. Her part was eventually given to Myra who did background-vocals for Mr. President before and was also involved to the project "Paffendorf".

Released in 1997, this is the only time the group charted in the US. I can't believe it's been 10 years.

I feel this song was ahead of it's time. It's got a nice African grove, basic lyrics and a catchy hook. (I still don't know what a Coco Jamboo is or what it means).

Song taken from the original promotional 12" single on Warner Bros.
Coco Jamboo (Extended Version) - 5:45
Song charted on August 2, 1997. Spent 11 weeks on the chart and reached #17

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Poussez - Poussez!

Poussez (pronouced poo-Say) is the studio disco group assembled by Alphonse Mouzon. One of the steamier disco groups of all time. (This has to be one of my all, time, favorite, disco, groups.)

Poussez debuted in 1979 with their first album, aptly titled, Poussez!, on the Vanguard label. The album contained only 4 tracks but, they were such, huge, hits in the clubs that, 3 of them were released as 12" singles. You're All I Have, was the only song missing this distinction but, not by much. A great Disco classic by itself, it was merely overshadowed by the popularity of the other tracks. All the tracks, however, only charted from the LP according to Billboard magazine. Alphonse Mouzon's, wife, according to one source, provided the steamy, moany, vocals on the track, "Come On And Do It".

Poussez went on to release only one more album in 1980.

Taken from the original LP on Vanguard 79412
A1. Come On And Do It - 7:38

A2. Boogie With Me - 7:54
B1. You're All I Have - 8:40
B2. Never Gonna Say Goodbye - 7:43
Entire LP charted on April 14, 1979. Spent 23 weeks on the chart and reached #15