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Disco Fever – my first contribution to an official CD compilation

In early 1999, I met with Derek Smith from Gallo, and he asked for my opinions and ideas for a South African Disco compilation. In July 1999, Disco Fever was released with a credit to me in the booklet – 40 years old and I was starting a new career!

Disco Fever

Tracks:

  1. Magic Carpet Ride [Kay, Moreve] – Buffalo 1979 [4:28]
  2. Living For The City [Stevie Wonder] – Disco Rock Machine 1978 [7:19]
  3. House Of The Rising Sun [Traditional, arranged by Dan Hill and Kevin Kruger] – Hot R.S. 1977 [14:35]
  4. Hiroshima [P. Crossley, T. Owen, A. Oakley] – People Like Us 1987 [6:39]
  5. Eloise Concerto [Paul Ryan/ Zane Cronjé] – Rouge 1978 [17:32]:
    1. Eloise
    2. Love Lost
    3. Eloise Finalé
  6. Time Of The Season [Rod Argent] – Neil Cloud 1978 [6:33]
  7. Living Inside My Head [John Ireland] – John Ireland 1978 [6:25]
  8. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida [Doug Ingle] – Hot R.S. 1979 [7:47]
  9. You Really Got Me [Dave Davies, Edward Kassner] – Disco Rock Machine 1978 [7:12]
  10. Born To Be Wild (Medley) – Buffalo 1980 [14:07]:
    1. Born To Be Wild [Mars Bonfire]
    2. Gimmy Gimmy Good Lovin’ [Levine, Cordell]
    3. Mony Mony [Gentry, James, Cordell, Bloom]
    4. Born To Be Wild [Mars Bonfire]
  11. Reflections – Neil Cloud 1978 [17:38]:
    1. The Good, The Bad And The Ugly [Ennio Morricone]
    2. Reflections Of My Life [Campbell, McAleese]
  12. Delta Queen [T. Tassenberg] – Hot R.S. 1977 [7:49]
  13. Time To Love [Trevor Rabin] – Disco Rock Machine 1978 [7:18]
  14. Give [Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse] – Harari [5:16]
  15. Money Runner [Quincy Jones] – Hot R.S. 1980 [6:28]
  16. Loving Styles [Trevor Rabin] – Disco Rock Machine 1978 [7:15]
  17. Burn Out [Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse] – Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse 1984 [4:57]

Release information:
July 1999, Gallo, CDREDD 627

Credits:

Thanks to: John Ireland, Brian ‘Vagabond’ Currin, Dion Singer, Gary Van Riet, Lana-Jane Miller, Terry Owen, the good people at EMI, Peter Pearlson (Forest Studios) for all his hard work, Terry Fairweather, the crowd at Apula and everybody else who made this compilation possible.

Compiled by Derek Smith.
Digitally re-mastered at Forest Studios by Peter Pearlson.

Review:

by Brian Currin, 1999

In the late 70s disco music internationally was dominated by such artists as The Bee Gees, Donna Summer, Chic, Gloria Gaynor, Village People, etc. The rhythm was everything and musicianship was secondary.

In South Africa, however, disco seemed to take on a distinct harder edge, with a number of classic hard rock and heavy metal songs being given the disco treatment. Paul Ryan’s classic ‘Eloise’ was extended to 17 minutes by Zane Cronjé’s Rouge, HOT RS covered Iron Butterfly’s ‘In-A-Gadda-Da -Vida’ (cleverly combining it with Frankie Vaughan’s 1957 UK #1 smash hit ‘Garden Of Eden’) and Peter Vee’s Buffalo covered Steppenwolf’s heavy metal anthem ‘Born To Be Wild’.

Ex-Rabbitt, Trevor Rabin with his Disco Rock Machine recorded the Kinks’ ‘You Really Got Me’ while his colleague, Neil Cloud (Rabbitt’s drummer), covered ‘Time Of The Season’ originally done in 1968 by Rod Argent’s Zombies.

All these tracks and others (like John Ireland’s ‘Living Inside My Head’) are on this Gallo collection compiled by Derek Smith.