juni 13, 2017

Bionic Boogie - Bionic Boogie (1977) - Lp

Gregg Diamond (May 4, 1949 – March 14, 1999) was an American pianist, drummer, songwriter, and producer who was active in the jazz and disco music scenes of the 1970s.
Diamond wrote the song "Hot Butterfly," which was released in 1978 under one of his group's names, Bionic Boogie, with Luther Vandross providing lead vocals.
Bionic Boogie were a studio disco outfit produced by disco magician Gregg Diamond. For Bionic Boogie's first incredible disco album, he wrote songs like "Mumbo jumbo" and "Dance little dreamer", although the highlight of this album is "Risky changes".
The song was later covered by David Lasley, The Sweet Inspirations, and Chaka Khan. His other popular songs included "Risky Changes" (released by Bionic Boogie in 1977), "Dance Little Dreamer" (released by Bionic Boogie in 1977).

When you think of the 1970’s what do you think about? Superfly? Shaft? Saturday Night Fever? Over the top cheesy commercial disco? Studio 54? Anyway, I can go on and on with 70’s inspired guesses and we could be at this all day. But both you and I don’t want that. Bionic Boogie’s 1977 self titled release on Polydor seemed to embody all things disco while walking that thin line between cheesy commercial disco and real legit disco.
The driving bass lines, simple boom/clap of the drum kit and the glittzy, glittery chimes and aural strings point this album straight to the cheesy disco category around that time. However, the superb funk breaks, horn solos, and staccato strings point this right back to the real disco and will dance right into your boogie filled heart. This album packs a lot of names in the credits. The group credits consist of an almost 30 piece band including drummer Allan Schwartzberg.
Does that name sound familiar? Well, it should be you’ve heard him drum all over the 70’s on albums by Deodato, Gloria Gaynor, Carl Douglas, and even jammed with the Godfather himself, James Brown. All the tracks on this album are notable and definitely help define the last days of disco in the 70’s. However, if you were to ask me my favorite tracks I’d have to go with “Boogie Boo,” for the driving head noddin’, foot shufflin’ groove.

Side A
A1. Dance Little Dreamer – 3:40
A2. Risky Changes – 6:19
A3. Don’t Lose That Number (Mumbo Jumbo) – 4:50
A4. Boogie Boo – 5:16

Side B
B1. We Must Believe In Magic – 4:56
B2. Stop The Music – 4:53
B3. Feel Like Dancing – 3:55
B4. Big West – 4:50

Companies, etc.
℗ © 1977 Polydor Incorporated 
Printed in Holland
Produced and Engineered for Diamond Touch Productions Ltd.
Diamond Touch Publishing Ltd.
Genre: Funk, Soul, Disco
Format: LP
Label: Polydor Records
Catalog# 2391322
Prijs: € 6,95

Vinyl: Goed
Cover: Goed

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