Friday, November 28, 2014

BEFORE DISCO EXPLODED, THE ELEMENTS WERE COMING TOGETHER TO USHER IN AN EXCITING NEW SOUND…
THE ROOTS OF
DISCO
Drawing from the rhythms of Motown; the seminal funk of Sly & The Family Stone and James Brown; the lush productions of Barry White, Isaac Hayes and Philadelphia International ‘s Gamble & Huff; all of these genres spawned disco.
Here are 50 songs that were among the early influences on The Disco Sound… Check back each week as 5 new songs will be added (in alphabetical order):

 BAND OF GOLD
Freda Payne (1970)
 BEGGIN'
Timebox (1968)
 BROTHER'S GONNA WORK IT OUT
Willie Hutch (1973)
CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF YOUR LOVE, BABE
Barry White (1974)
CLOUD NINE
Edwin Starr (1971)
DO IT (TIL YOUR SATISFIED)
B.T. Express (1974)
DON'T LEAVE ME THIS WAY
Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes (1975)
DOWN TO LOVE TOWN
The Originals (1976)
DREAMING A DREAM
Crown Heights Affair (1975)
FOOT STOMPIN' MUSIC
Hamilton Bohannon (1975)
FOREVER CAME TODAY
The Jackson 5 (1975)
FREE MAN
South Shore Commission (1975)
GET READY
Rare Earth (1970)
GET UP (I FEEL LIKE BEING A) SEX MACHINE
James Brown (1970)
HEY GIRL COME AND GET IT
The Stylistics (1974)
HIJACK
Herbie Mann (1975)
I'LL BE HOLDING ON
Big Al Dowling (1974)
I'M DOIN' FINE NOW
New York City (1973)
KEEP ON TRUCKIN' (Part 1)
Eddie Kendricks (1973)
KUNG FU FIGHTING
Carl Douglas (1974)
LAW OF THE LAND 
The Temptations (1973)
LIFE'S NO FUN LIVING IN THE GHETTO
Willie Hutch (1975)
THE LOVE I LOST
Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes (1973)
LOVE IS THE MESSAGE
MFSB featuring The Three Degrees (1974)
LOVE TRAIN
The O'Jays (1973)
THE LOVE YOU SAVE
The Jackson 5 (1970)
MACHINE GUN
The Commodores (1974)
MASTERPIECE
The Temptations (1973)
MIGHTY HIGH
Mighty Clouds Of Joy (1976)
MIGHTY MIGHTY
Earth, Wind & Fire (1974)
MOVIN'
Brass Construction (1976)
NEVER, NEVER GONNA GIVE YA UP
Barry White (1973)
THE PLAYER
First Choice (1974)
PSYCHEDELIC SHACK
The Temptations (1970)
ROCK YOUR BABY (Parts 1 & 2)
George McCrae (1974)
SATISFACTION GUARANTEED (OR TAKE YOUR LOVE BACK)
Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes (1974)
SHAME, SHAME, SHAME
Shirley (And Company) (1975)
SHE'S A WINNER
The Intruders (1972)
SHINING STAR
Earth, Wind & Fire (1975)
SING A SONG
Earth, Wind & Fire (1975)
SOUL MAKOSSA
Manu Dibango (1973)
STICK-UP 
The Honey Cone (1971)
SUN GODDESS
Ramsey Lewis & Earth, Wind & Fire (1975)
TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT
Jimmy Ruffin (1974)
THAT LADY
Isley Brothers (1973)
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Caffe` Latte` presents a new update: continuing to #40...
Updated twice weekly, here is a ranking of the 200 most essential disco songs, taking into consideration: influence, popularity, chart performance and enduring quality:
The 200 MOST ESSENTIAL 
DISCO ERA SONGS
  
31 IT'S RAINING MEN The Weather Girls 1982
 32 FLY ROBIN FLY Silver Convention 1975
 33 LAST DANCE Donna Summer 1978
 34 DON'T LEAVE ME THIS WAY Thelma Houston 1976
 35 CAN'T STOP THE MUSIC Village People 1980
 36 GOT TO BE REAL Cheryl Lynn 1978
 37 LOVE IS YOU Carol Williams 1977
 38 DANCE, DANCE, DANCE (YOWSAH, YOWSAH, YOWSAH) Chic 1977
 39 TURN THE BEAT AROUND Vicki Sue Robinson 1976
 40 UPSIDE DOWN Diana Ross 1980
Check back here for the next instalment. You can find past posts for this countdown too.
CAFFE` LATTE`TOP 2000 TRACKS {EXPANDED EDITION}

#1709 SUMMERFLING K.D. Lang
An unusually cheerful K.D. Lang draws us into the delights of summer with the irresistible "Summerfling", the lead single off her 2000 album release 'Invincible Summer'. Lang co-wrote the song with David Piltch, who also plays guitar and keyboards on the track.

#1710 EMELY Danny (Saucedo)
Sweden's Danny Saucedo went pure pop on his 2008 album 'Set Your Body Free'. He re-recorded the song "Emely", written by Amir Aly and Henrik Wikstrom, as a duet with Sasha Strunin for release in 2009, but the (solo) album version is superior and included here.


The list is a ranking made up of the songs I enjoy the most, ranked in order of preference: the higher we go, the more I cherish them. Some were released as singles, others as album tracks. Some are obscure; others were worldwide hits or have universal appeal. They aren't always the most famous or popular, but simply a personal choice.This expanded section now includes songs from the last few years. I hope you find some new tracks to love, or re-discover some past favourites.
Along with climbing among the remaining Top 100 each day, 2 new songs ranked in positions 1501-2000 will also be added daily.
The long ascent began in 2013... This week the Caffe` Latte` Top 2000 Choice Tracks moved into the Top 100 of this blogger's most cherished recordings. A new song will be added each weekday.Check back from next Monday for the next update.
CAFFE` LATTE` TOP 2000 TRACKS
THE TOP 100
#96 i will survive
Gloria Gaynor
(1978)
Writers: Freddie Perren & Dino Fekaris
"Never Can Say Goodbye" made Gloria Gaynor disco's first major star. She was commonly referred to as 'The Queen of Disco'. The reality is that Gaynor's subsequent releases failed to sustain the success of that 1974 single. Donna Summer emerged around the same time and was swiftly identified as a contender for the crown. Gaynor's fortunes continued their downward direction in 1978. She slipped on stage in Europe and was paralyzed from the waist down. Having severely injured her spine, Gaynor was bedridden for many months. Around this time, her mother passed away. As she recovered, her label arranged her next single, a song entitled "Substitute". Freddie Perren and Dino Fekaris agreed to produce the recording as long as they could write the B-side. As Gaynor explained to me in an interview: "they talked to me about the kind of subject matter that i like". The 2 producers presented Gaynor with the lyrics to "I Will Survive".
Gaynor was instantly impressed with their composition. On the recording, it is clear that the lyrics resonated with her. She was convinced its message would translate into a hit, but her record company disagreed. "They wouldn't even listen to it," Gaynor continued. "I Will Survive" was issued, but as the B-side for "Substitute". The single flopped. Gaynor persevered. The track was given to a DJ at Studio 54 who played it and loved it. More copies were distributed to other New York DJs and the song's appeal became evident. Soon, it was being requested in clubs and at radio stations.The record company had to re-issue it as the A-side.
"I Will Survive" reached #1 in the USA and Britain in 1979. It was a Top 10 in several other countries. To this day, the empowering disco song remains an essential party favourite. It is an anthem for the women's movement and the gay community.     
This is a list made up of the songs I enjoy the most, ranked in order of preference: the higher we go, the more I cherish them. Some were released as singles, others as album tracks. Some are obscure; others were worldwide hits or have universal appeal. They aren't always the most famous or popular, but simply a personal choice. I have excluded songs from the last few years in order to get a better idea of a song's lasting impression. I hope you find some new tracks to love, or re-discover some past favourites.
A new song from the remaining Top 100 is added each weekday, while another 2 are also included from positions 1501-2000 daily. Check back here every 12 hours for an update of the 2000.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

NEW RELEASE OF THE MONTH
NOVEMBER 2014
WHITNEY HOUSTONLIVE: HER GREATEST PERFORMANCES
It's hard to ignore the tragedy that accompanies the release of this live compilation of Whitney Houston's watershed performances. The collection spans decades, rather than highlighting 1 entire show or tour.Throughout, Houston's boundless vocal power is indisputable.
Opening track "Home" finds a 19 year old being introduced to a TV audience on "The Merv Griffin Show" in 1983, before her pop breakthrough 2 years later. A gushing Griffin can be heard at the end of her rendition. Clearly, Houston's talent was evident early on.
Next, we hear a maturer Houston on Johnny Carson's "The Tonight Show", performing her 1st major hit "You Give Good Love". Her growth as a vocalist is impressive. 
The sound quality drops significantly for "How Will I Know", a performance at The Brit Awards.That aural disappointment is followed by a breathtaking live performance of "One Moment In Time". Houston is in fine voice here, captured at the Grammy Awards in 1989, confidently owning the song. This is more than a definite standout, her triumphant awe-inspiring delivery is an event.
"Greatest Love Of All" is given a subtle piano-led and jazz nightclub feel. Houston's voice is clear, assured and builds gradually to another amazing climax. This is 1 of the 2 songs from Arista Records' 15th anniversary concert. The big ballad gives way to an upbeat party vibe as Houston excites the crowd with her 1987 international smash hit "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)".
Her legendary performance of "The Star Spangled Banner" at the 1991 Super Bowl is included here. Houston's unmatched delivery will forever be the yardstick by which other subsequent interpretations will be compared.
The choice of selecting moments from across her career, means the album lacks some cohesion and the banter between songs, which is a shame. It feels like a live version of her greatest hits by the time we reach "All The Man That I Need". This is 1 of 3 songs from Houston's 1991 Welcome Home Heroes show for Gulf War veterans. The other 2 are "I'm Your Baby Tonight" and "A Song For You". The latter is far superior, in sound quality as well as showcasing Houston's towering vocal ability. This version is also interesting as the singer revisited it with a very different interpretation on her 2009 album 'I Look To You'. 
An interesting medley of "I Loves You Porgy" (the standard from "Porgy and Bess"), " And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" (from "Dreamgirls") and "I Have Nothing" (from 'The Bodyguard') follws. Once again, Houston proves she is without par. 
"I'm Every Woman" is another celebratory anthem for Houston, showing a different side of the entertainer. It is followed by another song from 'The Bodyguard' soundtrack, "I Will Always Love You". Both tracks were taken from Houston's 1994 concerts in South Africa. The latter is yet another remarkable feat in live performance. 
"My Love Is Your Love" finds Houston re-uniting with her R&B roots, taking her music into a more contemporary context. It works, but sadly, this is a brief foray. Houston returns to her big ballads with "I Believe In You And Me". 
The only song representing the 21st century is a poignant reading of "I Didn't Know My Own Strength". Here, we have a woman whose life and career had spiralled out of control. Abused by her husband and affected by drug addiction, Houston was launching a comeback and a new album. Listening to this performance, from "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in 2009,it's tempting to wonder how her next phase might have turned out differently. This album serves as a reminder of the power of Houston's unique voice.
CAFFE` LATTE`TOP 2000 TRACKS {EXPANDED EDITION}

#1707 THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE Roberta Flack
Roberta Flack's interpretation of Ewan McColl's "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" was recorded in 1969 and appeared on her 'First Take' album. Clint Eastwood's use of the song in the 1971 film 'Play Misty For Me' made it a global hit the following year.

#1708 GIVE IT UP KC (& The Sunshine Band)
For "Give It Up", the lead singer of KC & The Sunshine Band, Harry Wayne Casey co-wrote with Deborah Carter. The single was released in 1983 and reached #1 in Britain. It was the group's final significant international hit.

The list is a ranking made up of the songs I enjoy the most, ranked in order of preference: the higher we go, the more I cherish them. Some were released as singles, others as album tracks. Some are obscure; others were worldwide hits or have universal appeal. They aren't always the most famous or popular, but simply a personal choice.This expanded section now includes songs from the last few years. I hope you find some new tracks to love, or re-discover some past favourites.
Along with climbing among the remaining Top 100 each day, 2 new songs ranked in positions 1501-2000 will also be added daily.