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Various Artists - 'Disco Italia: Essential Italo Disco Classics 1977-1985' [CD]

Various Artists

Disco Italia: Essential Italo Disco Classics 1977-1985



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Product Details
  • Jan 15, 2008
  • Funk/ Jazz/ Soul
  • STRUT036CD
  • 2.8 oz
  • new (we only sell new items)
  • Strut Records
On today's electro-obsessed dancefloors, original Italo disco is now a big deal, a regular fixture with DJs and dancers seduced by the epic, spacey energy, the brash synths and heavy percussion breaks leaping from the grooves. Acts as diverse as Metro Area, Hot Chip, Pet Shop Boys and Ricardo Villalobos owe much to late '70s and early '80s Italian music. John Travolta as Tony Manero, it is not.

Italo-disco has boasted a major role in dance music heritage since it first surfaced. New York and Chicago clubland held a close affinity as Italo productions sat perfectly alongside early boogie and Latino freestyle at feted spots like Paradise Garage, The Funhouse and The Music Box. Labels like Emergency regularly licensed tracks and cemented a presence Stateside. The music's roots can be traced back to early Moroder and Cerrone and, later, Mauro Malavasi's productions for Change and BB&Q Band, a spacious, tight production style that still sparkles with its electro touches and warm, jazzy arrangements.

'Italo Disco' brings together original classics and rarities by some of the leading producers of the time from Claudio Simonetti and Giancarlo Meo (aka Kasso and Easy Going) to Peter Micioni and Balearic favourite, Tullio De Piscopo. Many tracks appear on CD here for the first time and the album features several exclusive re-edits by compiler Stevie Kotey, member of DJ / producer team Chicken Lips and label boss of Bear Entertainment.

The album is packaged in a 4-panel card digipak. Booklet features rare photos, original sleeve artwork and extended notes by Bill Brewster, author of 'Last Night A DJ Saved My Life' and the website

The Italians do it better....
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