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Get Ready for Disco!

Updated on January 15, 2015

Put On Your Dancing Shoes!

When the feature film, Saturday Night Fever arrived on the big screen the disco phenomenon spread across America and into the mainstream. It wasn't just about the music, the disco style was flash. Flash clothes accessorised by gold chains and platform shoes. As the 1970s ended so, for the most part, did Disco.

While the following selections only reflect a small minority of disco albums and artists, these are a few of my favorite albums of the era and are a perfect fit for the Discofanatics on your holiday, birthday, or special occasion wish list and are my favorite five!

Get Ready to Dance!

Just because we are from the Baby Boomer generation doesn't mean we can's bust-a-move!

Saturday Night Live

As the 5th best-selling album of the 1970s this is the movie soundtrack that still defines the sound of disco

Saturday Night Fever/The Original Movie Soundtrack
Saturday Night Fever/The Original Movie Soundtrack

When the movie hit the big screen in 1977, The Bee Gee's soundtrack was so commercially successful that no album could match its sales until the 1982 release of Michael Jackson's Thriller.

In America the album dominated the charts for 24 weeks at Number One, reaching top spot in the UK as well. The album did very well at the Grammy Awards, taking prizes for Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Performance, Best Arrangement for Voices, and Producer of the Year.

 

KC and the Sunshine Band 25th Anniversary Collection

This compilation of 25 years has all the hits!

KC and the Sunshine Band 25th Anniversary Collection
KC and the Sunshine Band 25th Anniversary Collection

Between 1975 and 1977 KC and the Sunshine Band kept the dance floor moving with a string of singles, Get Down Tonight, That's the Way (I Like It), (Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty, I'm Your Boogie Man, and Keep It Comin' Love. Enjoy these tunes and others on this 31-track album.

 

All Together Now!

With so many artists and albums having been released during the disco revolution it is often best to purchase compilation albums which feature a selection of hits. These three albums, together, will feature the perfect playlist for lovers of the genre or for your next disco party!

Pure Disco
Pure Disco

If you can't make up your mind or prefer to listen to a mix of classics, Pure Disco has 21 tracks featuring such genre stars as The Village People, Barry White, KC & The Sunshine Band, Donna Summer and others 1970s stars.

 

It's In the Mix - Pure Disco

Featuring 21 disco favorites!

Featuring such stars of the day as Abba, Donna Summer, Barry White, K.C. & the Sunshine Band, and Diana Ross the complete listing for the album includes:

1. YMCA - Village People

2. Celebration - Kool & The Gang

3. Dancing Queen - Abba

4. Hot Stuff - Donna Summer

5. I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor

6. You're The First, The Last, My Everything - Barry White

7. I Need Your Lovin' - Teena Marie

8. Knock On Wood - Amii Stewart

9. I Love The Nightlife - Alicia Bridges

10. Flashback - Imagination

11. That's The Way (I Like It) - K.C. & The Sunshine Band

12. Best Disco In Town - Ritchie Family

13. If I Can't Have You - Yvonne Elliman

14. Oops Upside Your Head (I Don't Believe You Want To Get Up And Dance) - Gap Band

15. Love Hangover - Diana Ross

16. Cuba - Gibson Brothers

17. Funkytown - Lipps, Inc.

18. Got To Give It Up (Part One) - Marvin Gaye

19. Don't Leave Me This Way - Thelma Houston

20. I Feel Love (Rollo & Sister Monster Mix Radio Edit) - Donna Summer

21. The Grease Megamix - John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John

Pure Disco 2
Pure Disco 2

The second album in the series of compilation albums showcasing disco's greatest hits and hit makers.

Featuring the music of Sister Sledge, Hues Corporation, Diana Ross Ohio Players, and others.

 

In the Mix - Take Two

Wait, there's more!

Complete tracks listing for the second album of the series includes:

1. I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor

2. (Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty - KC & The Sunshine Band

3. Turn The Beat Around - Vicki Sue Robinson

4. Macho Man - Village People

5. We Are Family - Sister Sledge

6. Flashdance...What a Feeling - Cara, Irene

7. I Just Want to Be Your Everything - Gibb, Andy

8. Everlasting Love - Carlton, Carl

9. Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe - White, Barry

10. Rock the Boat - Hues Corporation

11. Love Rollercoaster - Ohio Players

12. Upside Down - Ross, Diana

13. Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry

14. The Hustle - McCoy, Van

15. Love's Theme - Love Unlimited Orch

16. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) - ABBA

17. Fly, Robin, Fly - Silver Connection

18. Ring My Bell - Ward, Anita

19. It's Raining Men - Weather Girls

20. Last Dance - Summer, Donna

21. Diva Megamix: Reach Out I'll Be There/Hot Stuff/I Found Love [Now That] - Gaynor , Gloria

Pure Disco 3
Pure Disco 3

And the beat goes on in the third album of the Pure Disco series with Peaches & Herb, Kool & The Gang, Abba, Blondie, and even more!

 

In the Mix - Take 3

One more time with even more disco hits!

The third compilation album includes even more music to dance to!

1. He's The Greatest Dancer - Sister Sledge

2. Le Freak - Chic

3. In The Navy - Village People

4. Disco Inferno - The Trammps

5. Shake Your Groove Thing - Peaches & Herb

6. Ladies Night - Kool & The Gang

7. Never Can Say Goodbye - Gloria Gaynor

8. Boogie Oogie Oogie - A Taste Of Honey

9. Could It Be Magic - Donna Summer

10. Love Machine - Miracles

11. Get Up & Boogie - Silver Convention

12. When Will I See You Again - Three Degrees

13. Come To Me - France Joli

14. Forget-Me-Not - Patrice Rushen

15. Lay All Your Love On Me - Abba

16. You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) - Sylvester

17. Then Came You - Spinners

18. Shadow Dancing - Andy Gibb

19. Heart Of Glass - Blondie

20. December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night) - The 4 Seasons

21. You're The One I Want (Martian Remix) - John Travolta/Olivia Newton John

Retro Disco at eBay

The ever-changing market of collectibles at eBay.

Disco Movies

Disco takes to the big screen with these top titles of the 1970s and 1980s!

Featuring John Travolta in the male lead of Tony Manero Saturday Night Live is certainly the most famous of disco movies. The film follows Brooklynite Manero as the up-and-coming king of disco at the local discoteque, 2001 Odyssey.


As with many musical movies the film is also a love story, leaving broken hearts along the way to fame. Roger Ebert, in 1977, summed up the film nicely:

"The movie's musical and dancing sequences are dazzling. Travolta and Miss Gorney are great together, and Travolta does one solo (in an unbroken shot) that the audiences cheered for. The movie was directed by John Badham ('The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars'), and his camera occupies the dance floor so well that we really do understand the lure of the disco world, for all of the emptiness and cruelty the characters find there."

Can’t Stop the Music was released as disco moved into a new decade, coming to the big screen in 1980. Merging disco music with comedy the Village People lead the way performing such classics as "I Love You to Death," "Milkshake," "Liberation," "Can't Stop the Music," "Magic Night" and of course, "Y.M.C.A."

Also popular during the days (and nights) of disco was roller skating which came together with disco in the 1979 feature film, Roller Boogie.

Linda Blair filled the starring role as a runaway rich girl seeking fame in the Southern California roller rink Jammers. As am teen back in the day I was pursuing the same quest at my local roller rink which may be why I have watched this film time and time again!

Resource consulted:

Ten Best Disco Movies

https://tv-movie-reviews.knoji.com/ten-best-disco-movies/

Disco on YouTube

If you want a true taste of these retro sounds YouTube has plenty of videos to enjoy. These will certainly get you started!

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      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      Those videos sure brought back some memories!