"It’s Gonna Take a Miracle" is symphonic girl-group soul by The Royalettes. Starting with Motown/girl group sounds, this track builds to a full orchestral crescendo weeping its across it’s three minute duration. 2 of their albums were recently reissued under the name It’s Gonna Take a Miracle: The Complete MGM Recordings. MGM 1966.
Here is a mix I threw together a couple months ago for some friends of mine.
This is my first ever DJ-ish mix entitled “Disco Partyzzz”. It’s rather basic but it gets the point across. This is a mix for dancers with hit after high energy hit. Blazing beats and smoking sweeps keep the flow. 1 hour and 42 minutes of ripped bliss.
The best moments are all over the place but some particular niceties are around the 1 hour mark. There is some Star Wars action around the 30 min mark. If yer looking for a new friday song to replace Rebecca Black’s hit up the 23 minute mark. Wanna hear a neat little medeley of disco tracks? Check out the 47 minute mark
Vince Montana was one of the original members of MFSB, the backing band for Philadelphia International as well as many other Gamble and Huff productions. When the MFSB crew started migrating to Salsoul Records for better pay and session bookings Montana headed up the new Salsoul house band The Salsoul Orchestra. Montana was afforded a lot of opportunity at Salsoul producing, writing and arranging as well as leading his own band Montana who recorded this version of Aaron Copland’s“Fanfare for the Common Man” on their I Love Music LP. Salsoul 1978.
The main theme from Thank God It’s Friday. Love and Kisses, who “perform” the song was actually a project put together by Alec Constandinos, legendary european disco producer. He wrote and recorded a lot of the track using studio musicians, making Love and Kisses basically a studio band with specific singers. Casablanca 1978. (NOTE: I had to really compress it to fit the 12” single version on tumblr)
Many people may have heard Ducksauce’s song "Barbra Streisand", but what you may not have heard is the original song they sampled: "Gotta Go Home" by Boney M. Kickin’ track with some nice steel drums clangin’ in there. Sire Records 1979. (Reblog this so people know where the sample from "Barbra Streisand" comes from!)
Isaac Hayes recorded this cover of The Jackson 5’s “Never Can Say Goodbye”, written by Clifton Davis, in 1971 shortly after the original was released. The track appeared on his album Black Moses. Stax 1971.
Check out this recently issued 70’s psychedelic soul album by Father’s Children called Who’s Gonna Save the World. It’s a great album with plenty smooth instrumentation and psychedelic experimentation. Amazing group vocals and harmonies more complicated than most things Sly and his Family Stone did. Great grooves and plenty of spiritual consciousness. Songs range from funk grinders to soul meditations. Numero Group 2011.
You may know the Hues Corporation from the song “Rock the Boat”, one of the first popular disco songs. It was on their 1974 album Rockin’ Soul released by RCA Victor. The album contained this song "Rockin’ Soul" which has a very similar feel to “Rock the Boat” but its a little more rock ‘n’ roll while still using sweeping strings and an afro-beat 4 on the floor. RCA Victor 1974.
Off The Salsoul Orchestra’s album Nice and Nasty comes this humdinger “It Don’t Have to Be Funky (To Be a Groove)”. From those chiming guitars in the intro to the laid back electric piano, this song surely grooves (including that weird snare drum sound). Salsoul 1976.
I’m currently taking a class on Jazz History at UC Berkeley. We discussed blues and grooved to this track by B.B. King. It’s a super soulful blues number, originally written in the 1950s, called "The Thrill Is Gone”. ABC 1969.