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12" Essentials: The Seventies
Various Artists
12" Essentials: The Seventies
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Jazz, Pop, R&B
 
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12-inch singles of the '70s spell disco, pure and simple--they were invented to make it easier for DJs to keep a favorite groove going longer, and at their best, they shattered the three-minute constrictions of pop radio. ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: 12" Essentials: The Seventies
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Polygram Records
Original Release Date: 11/10/1998
Re-Release Date: 11/17/1998
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Jazz, Pop, R&B
Styles: Disco, Jazz Fusion, Dance Pop, By Decade, 1970s, Funk, Soul, Quiet Storm
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 731456554525

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12-inch singles of the '70s spell disco, pure and simple--they were invented to make it easier for DJs to keep a favorite groove going longer, and at their best, they shattered the three-minute constrictions of pop radio. This disc focuses on hardcore club-goers' favorites that took advantage of their six or seven minutes to build, plateau, break down, rebuild, and climax, or at least to sustain a colorful buzz. So alongside familiar pop-disco classics, it's got some swell obscurities by the likes of the Gibson Brothers, Good Times costar Ralph Carter, and Bionic Boogie. And in the middle of the swooping strings and clattering bongos, there's a surprise: Kraftwerk's "Trans Europa Express," with its foreshadowing of hip-hop and modern techno. --Douglas Wolk
 

CD Reviews

"essentials" means mostly predictable, but some lost 12" gem
Daniel W. Kelly | Long Island, NY United States | 06/11/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Looking at this line up of tracks, chances are most serious dance fans will already have most of these songs in their 12" format on other CD compilations, BUT, a couple of tracks appear here for pretty much the first time. The ULTIMATE reason I bought this disc was for the 12" version of Grace Jones' "I Need a Man" in its full glorious 7 and a half minute version!!! Not even any of her compilations, which have numerous long versions of her songs, ever manages to include the long version of this track. Polygram records has done a stunning job with the sound mastering. These tracks have never sounded better in digital. Track times are:

1. stomp (6:19)
2. I love the nightlife (5:36)
3. risky changes (7:18)
4. I need a man (7:35)
5. trans europa express (6:40)
6. shake your groove thing (6:38)
7. cuba (7:46)
8. don't leave me this way (5:42)
9. never can say goodbye (6:19)
10. when you're young and in love (5:04)
11. last dance (8:11)
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