Jackie Moore – I’m On My way – Big Break Records

This timely re-release of the singer’s 1979 album features her most well-known number, This Time Baby but the story digs deeper than that. Sleeve notes are from Malcolm McKenzie who explains it all in detail but for the purpose of this review the nuance is located purely in Jackie Moore’s richly resonate voice, which portrayed a full bodied range and depth of emotions, emanating from Rhythm and Blues though so clearly steeped in the classier end of Disco as that decade finally closed. Whether taking care of slower, reflective ballads such as Joe or tearing up the dancefloor, as any of the other tracks do, the influence of the Philly sound plays evidently throughout and it’s that quality which lends the music such longevity. Try, Can You Tell Me Why for an unadulterated rush of string-drenched excitement. Also of note of course are the additional versions which feature great remixes by John Luongo and Michael Barbiero of the albums other single, How’s Your Love Life Baby, plus a new reworking of the now classic, This Time Baby by Mike Maurro.

Release: December 1




Can You Feel The Force? The John Luongo Disco Mixes – Groove Line Records

I’m starting to wonder if we’ve actually skipped a generation of music and care less about the present (at our own expense) every time the word Disco reappears. Because it’s blatantly apparent that for many the past is simply more exciting than the here and now providing some sense of forgone authenticity. But while there may well be some truth in that once you hit the play button on this superlative collection of John Luongo’s extended mixes all your hopes and dreams are right there: realised, shinning, glittering, beautiful. The hugely influential Boston DJ added his own distinctive dancefloor flair to a number of now classic cuts reshaping The Jacksons, Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground) – complete with that elevating synth rush – alongside a wealth of other artists which we won’t see recreated anytime soon. All-time favourite Melba Moore’s exquisite Pick Me Up, I’ll Dance sits favourably next to Dan Hartman’s epic Vertigo/ Relight My Fire, while Marlena Shaw’s heart-tearing vocal Touch Me In The Morning sings out for the loss of soulful song writing. Santana reaches for the sun on the life-affirming One Chain (Don’t Make No Prison) contrasting with the brash bass-heavy lines of The Quick’s sassy, funky Zulu. Finally, at the very real risk of repeating myself once again Christian John Wikane explores the fine detail of the stories life and times across the accompanying booklet. And is, par for the course, a treat to read in itself.

Release: October 27


The Men In The Glass Booth – BBE Music

Let’s face it you’re going to hear the word Disco at least once as you course the veins of this glorious experience, which places the music somewhere around the mid to late nineteen seventies. But even before we even get to the music you first encounter this wonderful story, in this instance, illuminated by Al Kent whose supremely informed sleeve notes are almost as exciting as the music itself. The album’s title comes from the revered Vince Aletti who epically charted the genre’s progress through his columns for After Dark and Village Voice. Starting with the story behind Leon Collins’s 1974 release ‘I Just Wanna Say I Love You’ and the inspired role DJ John Luongo played in Disco’s ever evolving timeline the feature details the driving force that DJ’s played in the literal shaping of the sounds heard on the dancefloor. Filling in some overdue gaps in the chain of events he moves into more chartered territory with Double Exposure’s now infamous ‘Ten Percent’ an extended edit which formed the very first publically available twelve inch single. But of course that isn’t even half of the story as this compilation of DJ mixes from the era proudly lays testament to America’s instigators without whom we would be at a definite loss today. The prime difference with what you will hear here and what has been happening with Disco re-edits currently is that these tracks are what actually occurred there and then, not some re-imagination of the past, which makes this collection all the more significant, real even. Featuring the likes of Walter Gibbons, Tom Savarese, Bobby Guttadoro and Jim Burgess this proves to be indispensable listening both for those that like to remember plus for those who don’t want to forget.