scaruffi's favorite disco albums

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38. Change: The Glow Of Love (Warner Bros./RFC, 1980) 5
17. Sister Sledge: We Are Family (Cotillion, 1979) 4
13. Chic: Chic (Atlantic, 1977) 3
40. Hamilton Bohannon: Summertime Groove (Mercury, 1978) 2
3. Kool & The Gang: Wild And Peaceful (De-Lite, 1973) 2
19. Donna Summer: The Donna Summer Anthology (Casablanca/Chronicles, 1993) 2
41. Gregg Diamond Bionic Boogie: Hot Butterfly (Polydor, 1978) 1
37. Tantra: The Double Album (Importe/12, 1980) 1
24. Candi Staton: Young Hearts Run Free (Warner Bros., 1976) 1
25. Loleatta Holloway: Loleatta (Gold Mind/Salsoul, 1976) 1
26. Cloud One: Atmosphere Strutt (P&P, 1976) 1
32. Santa Esmeralda: Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood (Casablanca, 1977) 1
34. Taana Gardner: Taana Gardner (West End, 1979) 1
15. Sylvester: Step II (Fantasy, 1978) 1
1. Giorgio Moroder: From Here to Eternity (Casablanca, 1985) 1
2. Gloria Gaynor: Never Can Say Goodbye (MGM, 1975) 1
11. Cerrone: Love In C Minor (Cotillion, 1977) 1
4. Trammps: The Trammps (Golden Fleece/CBS, 1975) 1
6. Grace Jones: Portfolio (Island, 1977) 1
14. Village People: Village People (Casablanca, 1977) 0
31. Michael Zager Band: Let's All Chant (Private Stock, 1977) 0
33. Linda Clifford: If My Friends Could See Me Now (Curtom, 1978) 0
5. Love Unlimited: Under The Influence Of . . . (20th Century, 1973) 0
35. France Joli: France Joli (Prelude, 1979) 0
36. Direct Current: Direct Current (TEC Records, 1979) 0
22. Disco-Tex & The Sex-O-Lettes: Disco Tex & His Sex-O-Lettes (Chelsea, 1975) 0
39. Kano: Kano (Emergency, 1980) 0
30. Voyage: Voyage; Fly Away (Marlin, 1978) 0
29. Love And Kisses: Love And Kisses (Casablanca, 1977) 0
28. First Choice: Delusions (Gold Mind, 1977) 0
16. Isaac Hayes: Chocolate Chip (HBS, 1975) 0
12. Silver Convention: Save Me (Midland International, 1975) 0
18. Diana Ross: The Boss (Motown, 1979) 0
20. B.T. Express: Do It ('Til You're Satisfied) (Roadshow, 1974) 0
21. LaBelle: Nightbirds (Epic, 1974) 0
10. Sister Sledge: Circle Of Love (Cotillion, 1975) 0
23. Salsoul Orchestra: The Salsoul Orchestra (Salsoul, 1975) 0
9. KC & The Sunshine Band: KC & The Sunshine Band (TK, 1975) 0
8. Barry White: Barry White's Greatest Hits (20th Century, 1975) 0
7. The Jimmy Castor Bunch: Butt Of Course (Atlantic, 1974) 0
27. Ashford & Simpson: So So Satisfied; Send It (Warner Bros., 1977) 0
42. Beautiful Bend: Beautiful Bend (Marlin, 1978) 0


big gym sw0les (crüt), Friday, 31 May 2019 00:28 (three weeks ago) Permalink

of all times

big gym sw0les (crüt), Friday, 31 May 2019 00:29 (three weeks ago) Permalink

30. Voyage: Voyage; Fly Away (Marlin, 1978)

These are two different albums, pretty weird to list them as once. The same with Tantra, though at least those two albums were released together after being released separately, unlike with Voyage.

Tuomas, Friday, 31 May 2019 06:31 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Anyway, I'll probably go with Tantra, though obviously there's lots of greatness on that list.

Tuomas, Friday, 31 May 2019 06:32 (three weeks ago) Permalink

The sight of Scaruffi’s name in a curatorial capacity makes my enthusiasm centers shut down pretty rapidly but I’ll give him props for including the Gregg Diamond album

You can't see it but I had an epiphany (Champiness), Friday, 31 May 2019 06:34 (three weeks ago) Permalink

In any poll that didn’t include it Change would get my vote based on the merits of “Searching” alone, but, alas, “Hot Butterfly”

You can't see it but I had an epiphany (Champiness), Friday, 31 May 2019 06:35 (three weeks ago) Permalink

voted sis sledge

flopson, Friday, 31 May 2019 08:25 (three weeks ago) Permalink

voted sis sledge

flopson, Friday, 31 May 2019 08:25 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I don't know a lot here but I'm still thinking about voting for Bohannon

think the toledo mud hens but for twitter (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 31 May 2019 15:45 (three weeks ago) Permalink

No Fern Kinney?

Shite New Answers (jed_), Friday, 31 May 2019 15:51 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I think the weirdest thing here is including a Donna Summer greatest hits compilation instead of a “studio album” as it were. Can’t argue that she had killer hits though.

big gym sw0les (crüt), Friday, 31 May 2019 15:55 (three weeks ago) Permalink

laughing at the idea of Scaruffi forcing himself to take a break from jacking it to early Klaus Schulze albums so he can rate disco just for completion's sake

frogbs, Friday, 31 May 2019 15:55 (three weeks ago) Permalink

scaruffi isn't the first person i would come to for a disco list but this isn't bad. not as eurodisco centric as i would've thought either

findom haddie (jim in vancouver), Friday, 31 May 2019 17:09 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Are Labelle disco? I've never thought of them that way.

ascai, Friday, 31 May 2019 17:23 (three weeks ago) Permalink

disco just means to be played at discos, especially when we're talking that early (1974) when no specific disco style had emerged. so labelle's soul/funk/rock combo is "disco". huge crossover with funk and disco in general obv

findom haddie (jim in vancouver), Friday, 31 May 2019 17:30 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I have no conception as to how anyone could vote for anything except Chic.

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Friday, 31 May 2019 23:08 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i can't really vote in this poll because while id probably say disco is my favourite genre i completely approach it as a singles genre. I've googled a number of these albums and i know say 2 or 3 songs, sometimes 1.

chic isn't even my favourite chic album

findom haddie (jim in vancouver), Friday, 31 May 2019 23:12 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I have no conception as to how anyone could vote for anything except Chic.

― blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Friday, May 31, 2019 7:08 PM (four minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

the sister sledge album is a chic album fwiw

flopson, Friday, 31 May 2019 23:13 (three weeks ago) Permalink

but agreed insofar as chic inc are m/l the only disco outfit that were a good album band. i think real people is my fav chic lp

flopson, Friday, 31 May 2019 23:15 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I've no idea who Scaruffi is. I'll vote for the chic album called We Are Family by Sister Sledge in lieu of the absence of Fern Kinney's Groove Me but I agree with Jim. I could probably count on, uh, two hands the times I've actually listened to disco albums.

Shite New Answers (jed_), Friday, 31 May 2019 23:18 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i have a "disco list" google docs file which is all of my favourite disco songs and has hundreds of songs, but probably couldn't do a top 10 disco albums

findom haddie (jim in vancouver), Friday, 31 May 2019 23:21 (three weeks ago) Permalink

true, i'm aware. i think that i tend to think of Chic before Sister Sledge when I think of Rodgers/Edwards productions generally, but also because i was legit obsessed with Chic as a young kid and only came to Sister Sledge once i was older.

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Friday, 31 May 2019 23:21 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i also admit that i can go for the rest of my life without hearing most tracks from that Sledge record again, whereas i'd rather die than never hear "Everybody Dance" again.

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Friday, 31 May 2019 23:22 (three weeks ago) Permalink

'he's the greatest dancer' and 'thinking of you' are all-time for me

flopson, Friday, 31 May 2019 23:38 (three weeks ago) Permalink

“Lost in music” is the greatest song ever

brimstead, Saturday, 1 June 2019 02:11 (three weeks ago) Permalink

fairly unsurprising/conventional list

the two big singles from the voyage albums that he combined into one listing are really unbelievable but each of them eclipses the rest of their respective albums by some distance. i'll vote the glow of love

dyl, Saturday, 1 June 2019 02:58 (three weeks ago) Permalink

the less this guy is discussed the better (he probably agrees tbh)

dyl, Saturday, 1 June 2019 02:59 (three weeks ago) Permalink

why is that?

big gym sw0les (crüt), Saturday, 1 June 2019 03:05 (three weeks ago) Permalink

glow of love is a great choice

flopson, Saturday, 1 June 2019 03:28 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Def wanna hear that guy’s opinion on disco!

Bitch, I Might Be Giants (Whiney G. Weingarten), Saturday, 1 June 2019 03:34 (three weeks ago) Permalink

ah, I gotcha. my bad!

big gym sw0les (crüt), Saturday, 1 June 2019 03:55 (three weeks ago) Permalink

is there any opinion scaruffi has proffered that can be described as interesting? he is known for churning out ratings and rankings as efficiently as possible, as if he were some sort of high-throughput analytical instrument in a quality control laboratory. why should anyone with a sincere interest in art of any kind care about the thoughts of someone with such a joyless approach to criticism?

dyl, Saturday, 1 June 2019 04:39 (three weeks ago) Permalink

laughing at the idea of Scaruffi forcing himself to take a break from jacking it to early Klaus Schulze albums so he can rate disco just for completion's sake

― frogbs

on the one hand at this point every time the man's name is mentioned i instinctively roll my eyes (though he's no better nor worse than any number of other obsessive list-makers), but on the other hand i can think of no reason to not trust opinions on disco albums from anyone who has ever jerked off while listening to "timewind"

i don't think i've heard any of these albums in their entirety with the possible exception of "tantra", which i found a little bit overrated (a list of tantra songs i find to be worth listening to more than once: 1. "hills of katmandu - the true patrick cowley mix"; 2. "hills of katmandu - the unfinished patrick cowley mix" -20-) this seems less like a list of classic disco albums than a list of uneven disco albums which contain utterly timeless bangers - fair enough, and if anybody wants to make the case that "step ii" is listening to after the first two songs, i'm totally open to the argument, but man i didn't even find "stars" worth listening to all the way through.

Flood-Resistant Mirror-Drilling Machine (rushomancy), Saturday, 1 June 2019 04:45 (three weeks ago) Permalink

maybe i'm being overly harsh but idk, can't help but kinda feel that way! then again, i have a fairly middling-to-low opinion of beloved disco auteur tom moulton after having read his columns in billboard (in which he would routinely refer to new releases as 'products' and deploy sentences like 'so-and-so's new lp, out next week, has exactly two strong cuts') so maybe i'm not to be trusted either xp

dyl, Saturday, 1 June 2019 04:46 (three weeks ago) Permalink

patrick cowley's remixes of "hills of katmandu" basically ruin the song for me. like what does one even get out of the track if all one wants to hear is the ~spooky exoticism~ and none of the flitty effeminacy? overrated masc disco heroism strikes again.

dyl, Saturday, 1 June 2019 04:52 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i haven't read any of tom moulton's billboard columns but i have heard a fair few fucking fantastic disco mixes by mr moulton

haven't heard any disco mixes by piero scaruffi but, again, would willingly listen

Flood-Resistant Mirror-Drilling Machine (rushomancy), Saturday, 1 June 2019 04:54 (three weeks ago) Permalink

patrick cowley's remixes of "hills of katmandu" basically ruin the song for me. like what does one even get out of the track if all one wants to hear is the ~spooky exoticism~ and none of the flitty effeminacy? overrated masc disco heroism strikes again.

― dyl

omg, fucking ouch. dyl i don't want to act like a diva stereotype but i'm having a hard time not being brutally insulted by that statement, could you maybe do me a favor and walk that one back a little bit? thanks

Flood-Resistant Mirror-Drilling Machine (rushomancy), Saturday, 1 June 2019 05:00 (three weeks ago) Permalink

obsessive cataloguing is the most joyful form of engagement with humankind imo

big gym sw0les (crüt), Saturday, 1 June 2019 05:04 (three weeks ago) Permalink

much less stressful than dancing in public

big gym sw0les (crüt), Saturday, 1 June 2019 05:06 (three weeks ago) Permalink

maybe i'm being overly harsh but idk, can't help but kinda feel that way! then again, i have a fairly middling-to-low opinion of beloved disco auteur tom moulton after having read his columns in billboard (in which he would routinely refer to new releases as 'products' and deploy sentences like 'so-and-so's new lp, out next week, has exactly two strong cuts') so maybe i'm not to be trusted either xp

― dyl, Friday, May 31, 2019 9:46 PM (twenty-five minutes ago)Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Vince Aletti writes the same way and I am here for it

findom haddie (jim in vancouver), Saturday, 1 June 2019 05:15 (three weeks ago) Permalink

sorry rushomancy i'm just being too much and lashing out needlessly. i like to pretend that seriousness (of the scaruffi type) has no place in dance music -- even tho i'm obviously wrong abt it -- and therefore that those whom the serious anoint as the form's greatest minds ought to be knocked down a peg. i can acknowledge that patrick cowley was brilliant even if i'm not especially fond of that particular mix (saying he 'ruins' it certainly overstates it a bit).

Casablanca Records has released the new Donna Summer album, "I Remember Yesterday." There are two strong cuts, "I Feel Love" and "Take Me." "I Feel Love" is the stronger of the two and undoubtedly one of the best things Summer has done. The sound is built around two Moog synthesizers which play the same rhythm over and over again throughout the entire song. The result is a hypnotic effect into which a second melody line is woven. The production is enhanced by a good break.

there's a small snippet of a moulton column. i read things like that and find it unbelievable that someone who would describe a record that has been an endless source of intangible dancefloor magic in such dry terms could also be responsible for mixing recordings just as magical. guess i'd better start believing it.

dyl, Saturday, 1 June 2019 05:25 (three weeks ago) Permalink

This is actually what I want from a record review

findom haddie (jim in vancouver), Saturday, 1 June 2019 05:32 (three weeks ago) Permalink

no worries i was mostly just put out by the implication that i was somehow "masc" for liking patrick cowley :) obviously cowley's take on it is, errr, _high energy_, but i don't necessarily think that's equivalent to "masc disco heroism".

i kind of respect moulton's take on "i feel love"! a record as amazing as "i feel love", it's so easy to get carried away by the mystique of a record like that. to treat it in such a matter-of-fact, nuts-and-bolts manner, to emphasize the _craft_ of it while saying nothing at all of its art beyond "it's good" - well, it's fucking terrible criticism, but it seems like a pretty good summation of what a dj should know about it!

Flood-Resistant Mirror-Drilling Machine (rushomancy), Saturday, 1 June 2019 06:14 (three weeks ago) Permalink

otm

big gym sw0les (crüt), Saturday, 1 June 2019 06:20 (three weeks ago) Permalink

this here is why ilm still means so much to me

(not you, whiney)

mookieproof, Saturday, 1 June 2019 06:30 (three weeks ago) Permalink

and if anybody wants to make the case that "step ii" is listening to after the first two songs, i'm totally open to the argument, but man i didn't even find "stars" worth listening to all the way through.

I love Step II front to back, but no, it ain’t really a disco album. Sylvester is a great ballad singer though, and I like the boogie and funk-light tracks as well.

Stars is just a perfect self-contained little thing, down to its artwork, an EP really, with those four bare-bones tracks, both lyrically and musically. If you never did listen to it all the way through, you would have missed out on “Need Somebody To Love Tonight”, the emotional flipside to “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)”, and a pinnacle of human achievement, just like Mighty Real itself. I have reason to believe you know it very well though!

breastcrawl, Saturday, 1 June 2019 08:58 (three weeks ago) Permalink

(And of course, both of these albums are unthinkable without Two Tons o’ Fun)

breastcrawl, Saturday, 1 June 2019 09:11 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I don’t know who this dude is, but the best Chic albums came after the self titled.

But he could have picked a Chic anthology/compilation either way if he was going to allow those.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 1 June 2019 13:30 (three weeks ago) Permalink

sylvester is a good torch diva but yeah, that's not really something i'm into. when he starts belting out "i who have nothing" i just start thinking about the brenda & herb version. and yes, two tons o' fun are obviously pivotal!

thinking a little more about cowley's work in terms of gender and what it means to me... while it doesn't have a sense of ebb and flow, to me masc stereotypical music is orgasm-centered (think the "big rock ending"). cowley doesn't really do that. the limited dynamic of something like his mix of "hills of katmandu" makes me think of edging more than anything straightforwardly "masc".

i'm sure tom moulton wouldn't describe it in those terms!

Flood-Resistant Mirror-Drilling Machine (rushomancy), Saturday, 1 June 2019 13:37 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Oh man, if there’s one song you have to listen to all the way to the end, it’s Sylvester’s “I (Who Have Nothing)”. First of all, I love the arrangement and the playing, that nervous, jittery percussion, the strings and the way the piano sounds. But those last ~5 minutes, from when the breakdown starts 6’30 minutes in, are truly something else.
That Brenda & Herb version, which I didn’t know about, is good, but Syl, Marsha and Izora blow it right out of the water. I’m pretty sure you will have forgotten all about it by the time they’re done.

breastcrawl, Saturday, 1 June 2019 14:40 (three weeks ago) Permalink

many xposts, but "Lost in Music" remains a favorite of all time, but not the LP version. only the extended remix.

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Saturday, 1 June 2019 15:44 (three weeks ago) Permalink

the remix from 1984? with the Duran Duran guts??

brimstead, Saturday, 1 June 2019 16:32 (three weeks ago) Permalink

guys not guts

brimstead, Saturday, 1 June 2019 16:32 (three weeks ago) Permalink

taana gardner album is pretty good

the late great, Saturday, 1 June 2019 16:53 (three weeks ago) Permalink

has any rap producer sampled the intro to “when you touch me”? I can picture someone like Trae Tha Truth goin in against that part

brimstead, Saturday, 1 June 2019 22:54 (three weeks ago) Permalink

brimstead, no, the Rodgers/Edwards remix, i guess is the more appropriate title? this is the only version of the song, as far as i'm concerned.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6ZNcIJmn5I

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Sunday, 2 June 2019 01:05 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Tim Sweeney played this version at a warehouse party in Bkln in 2006 or so, warming up for Carl Craig, and since then, I've never really been able to listen to the original without thinking this is the only version that matters.

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Sunday, 2 June 2019 01:07 (three weeks ago) Permalink

uh yeah that’s the one, 1984, feat Andy Taylor and Simon Le bon.. to each their own https://www.discogs.com/Sister-Sledge-Lost-In-Music-1984-Nile-Rodgers-Mix/release/13087568

brimstead, Sunday, 2 June 2019 01:13 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I think Grace Jones' Portfolio works as an album, side one being a medley of show tunes and side two being four great disco hits and nothing else

Josefa, Sunday, 2 June 2019 14:05 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I actually used to own a lot of these two, but there are only a few that are listenable all the way through. Barry White is one, but going from memory, I guess I'd pick Chic, 'cos it's the only one I still listen to.

But damn, no Boney M?

Oklamoma! Original Broadway Cast Recording (I M Losted), Sunday, 2 June 2019 15:39 (three weeks ago) Permalink

brimstead, what's not to like about that version?

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Sunday, 2 June 2019 20:00 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I just don’t thing the spiffy 80s touches like the reverb on the vocals sound very good... the original is just perfection to my ears.. it is too bad there’s not like an epic ten minute Walter gibbons remix of the original

brimstead, Sunday, 2 June 2019 20:20 (three weeks ago) Permalink

um think not thing

brimstead, Sunday, 2 June 2019 20:21 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Picking between Chic and Sister Sledge was a real Sophie's Choice situation, but I had to pick Sister Sledge because I was obsessed with the We Are Family album when I was a preteen.

Dee the (Summer-Hating) Lurker (deethelurker), Monday, 3 June 2019 02:01 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Voted for Giorgio, though it's more techno than disco. (It came out in 1977 btw, not 1985.)

The best Chic album is Risqué imho.

No Earth Wind & Fire?

does it look like i'm here (jon123), Monday, 3 June 2019 12:21 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i love Tom Moulton's sociopathic review of 'I Feel Love' lol

flopson, Monday, 3 June 2019 22:47 (three weeks ago) Permalink

how the hell is that sociopathic? he's describing how the track is produced!

big gym sw0les (crüt), Tuesday, 4 June 2019 02:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

sorry.., didn't mean any offense to sociopaths :(

flopson, Thursday, 6 June 2019 01:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

where can i read Tom Moulton reviews? googled around and couldn't find anything

flopson, Thursday, 6 June 2019 01:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

moulton columns appeared in billboard's disco section starting, afaict, in the october 26, 1974 issue and continuing until barry lederer took over at some point in mid-1978. over some periods his columns were basically weekly, and over others it appeared more sporadically. my go-to links for browsing old billboard issues are these two from google books and american radio history

dyl, Thursday, 6 June 2019 02:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink

unfortunately there's nothing more convenient than that. i do have an excel file of links that go directly to the disco sections of the google books/american radio history docs if that would be helpful

dyl, Thursday, 6 June 2019 02:51 (two weeks ago) Permalink

(altho apparently sometimes the column was hidden in other sections like 'general news' or 'fm action' or w/e so idek if that would be helpful)

anyway here's moulton on scaruffi's fave chic album:

Also from Atlantic Records comes Chic's LP titled, "Chic." It contains the group's successful disco hit, "Dance, Dance, Dance," plus one other strong cut that will probably be the followup single. The tune "Everybody Dance," unlike the group's current hit, has warmth and beauty.

dyl, Thursday, 6 June 2019 02:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

at least he correctly notes later in the column of king errisson's l.a. bound: 'There are a number of strong cuts on this product.' high praise!

dyl, Thursday, 6 June 2019 03:00 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Saturday, 8 June 2019 00:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Sunday, 9 June 2019 00:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I voted Donna Summer because, cheat or not, it has the greatest number of great disco songs.

zama roma ding dong (Eric H.), Sunday, 9 June 2019 00:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

w00t w00t, Change's The Glow of Love and Sister Sledge's We Are Family are on top! I'm genuinely thrilled by this result. That Chic's self-titled 1977 album is #3 makes this the Trifecta of Awesome.

Dee the (Summer-Hating) Lurker (deethelurker), Sunday, 9 June 2019 02:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink

oh wow at the glow of love finishing on top. nearly every track on that album is great in its way -- i'd say "it's a girl's affair" is the weak link but it's still a good, v solid track.

dyl, Sunday, 9 June 2019 17:50 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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