While soul music as we would recognise it goes back to the 50s, pre-recorded black music adopted by DJs to play in public dance venues on sound systems didn't come into its own until the 60s.
Furthermore, in Frank Wilson recorded 'Do I Love You', a record that later became the bedrock of Northern Soul, the first scene in the UK to turn dance music into a lifestyle inspiring everything there was to come. They are in order Backstabbers - Various - The Best Of Dance Classics release combining milestone releases with personal observations and favourites.
Sylvester Stewart was a West Coast DJ whose music had a funk base with a colourful, psychedelic twist defined by this uniquely different record though not to forget 'Family Affair' which was actually a better song. This record is significant as it was one of Motown's biggest sellers ever aside from being of the most infectious, timeless and most perfect dance records of all time. Funk played an integral role in dance music during the 70s, and James was the Godfather of Soul who invented it.
James was so prolific during this period, there is a whole legacy of dance classics that either directly bears his name or carries his hallmark. While this is the track everybody knows, others have helped sustain a healthy funk scene that exists in clubs through to this day, while his 'Funky Drummer' hook inspired hip hop beats on the rap scene.
A teamed Backstabbers - Various - The Best Of Dance Classics with a new family group from Gary, Indiana on this evergreen dance floor classic before another straight after with 'ABC'. THE O'JAYS 'Backstabbers' PIR The sound of Philadelphia played a major role on mainstream danecfloors in the 70s, and this was the first biggie on which all past influences came together for an extraordinary production by standards. In the process a whole generation of people tried to copy them, The Detroit Spinners being particularly successful with it on 'I'll Be Around'.
All down to an old school rousing '70s vocal and production on a song that would never be a hit. While 'Backstabbers' came the year before, it was considered too 'pop' for Northern Soul fans whether they embraced new music or not! The sound created, of course, by its musicians can still be heard today in the music of Joss Stone.
There was so much Backstabbers - Various - The Best Of Dance Classics to Van McCoy than just this record, not least that fact that the re-working of his song 'Giving Up' by Zulema is regarded by many as being the first disco record. Beyond regular discos came concert size venues for all-dayers, all-nighters and weekenders and the start of some extremely butch dance tunes like this. So this is clearly a landmark record in our 40 track journey as a new genre of tailor-made dance music was born, though soon she'd be back with 'I Will Survive' and 'I Am What I Am' during our music's Hoodoo Man - Birth Control - Hoodoo Man prolific commercial era, though I personally always preferred 'This Love Affair'.
Many soul acts felt threatened by it and were resentful towards their record companies who wanted disco hits and more disco hits. While Salsoul has slipped in and out of fashion over the years, for me this is one of the most timeless tracks that really has sounded magnificent throughout all decades.
ROY AYERS 'Running Yes - Various - Now Dance 2003 Polydor Jazz artists came Backstabbers - Various - The Best Of Dance Classics the fore in dance music during the 70s to create 'jazz funk', and those who could sing would take a further step forward and deliver a classic like this. George Benson may have been the most successful commercially of these acts, and Patrice Rushen did okay too, but Roy was always the coolest and remains so to this day.
Tom Browne made his mark with 'Funkin' For Jamaica', but when electronics came along and artists like Ronnie Laws put down their sax and sang to computer rhythms, it was essentially all over.
Finally Herbie Hancock sent the whole lot packing when in his 'Rockit outing killed the genre forever. But programmed beats and synthesizers would soon become prominent in mainstream dance music.
CHIC 'Le Freak' Atlantic A signature sound of guitar, bass and brittle strings launched the writing and production team of Nile Rogers and Bernard Edwards into the mainstream with this ingenious dance record. It hasn't stood the test of time as well as their other creations such as 'Lost In Music' and a personal favourite 'He's The Greatest Dancer' both for Sister Sledgebut it did sell over four million copies and became one of dance music's most unique records.
Follow up 'Good Times' was pretty fine too. Gay clubs were still leading the way with new dance music and this song's influence on what became 'high energy' in the 80s is simply enormous. To mainstream audiences this was just a great pop record of its day, much like The Village People's infamous 'Y.
A', where the masses had no idea of the music's origins. A brilliant dance track, it's George's unique and slightly mad sound at its most seductive as not everything he did with Funkadelic, Parliament or as a solo artist was as accessible to mainstream dancefloors. This however is a bona fide classic. This is a glorious soulful dance record from a precious period when real soul and dance music went hand in hand and sustained itself through hit records and one glorious classic after another.
Not everything was a hit, but the black music industry was self-sufficient so the money was there to allow some freedom to create masterpieces. Was anything ever quite the same after this? I think not. They had previously only written and produced hit records, and they never equalled this success as artists. Meanwhile Philadelphia International became more melancholy after the death of disco entering another golden and very classy I Dont Wanna - Lip Service (13) - Demo2106 with Dexter Wansel more at the helm and occasional dabbles with dance Backstabbers - Various - The Best Of Dance Classics The Jones Girls' 'Nights Over Egypt' and Wansel's own instrumental 'Life On Mars'.
While there were other rap records that year notably Younger Generation's 'We Rap More Mellow'the record was a sensation three years before Grandmaster Flash turned up with 'The Message'. An instant commercial hit, and a timeless dance record, the likes of its sensitivity in the music, the arrangement and the melancholy chords will soon be a thing of the past in the commercial world.
It had a glorious arrangement by Gene Page, responsible for every Barry White hit, a vintage soul voice from one of the greats, and the production values of a Philadelphia International, but was desperately unfashionable except to the hardcore of soul fanatics who have ensured the longevity of this genre.
It was far from being a hit in its day, though ingeniously sampled by the Shapeshifters who used its dramatic opening string section on their recent hit 'Lola's Theme'. Vocally, James 'D-Train' Williams gave the record its soulful credibility, and through an inspired arrangement and production changed dance music's landscape overnight. Prelude Records shortly captured the market for so called 80s 'boogie' music with this record in particular being a milestone classic for a whole new generation of music fans.
While I don't expect he set out to focus on making a dance record here, 'Do I Do' perfectly hit the spot on ironically one of the last fully organic club hits and even boasted a guest appearance by Dizzie Gillespie. What's more up to date night Unknown Artist - Hitladen could also opt to play the song with full visuals on a new system called the video player!
Soon, of course, Michael Jackson soon blew the format wide open with his 'Thriller' mini-movie Any one else remember being at the Camden Palace when that was broadcast live for the first time? Very exciting and very memorable. All these records were born out of the computerised rhythm and percussion ideas of Mtume's 'Juicy Fruit' and Marvin Gaye's 'Sexual Healing', though not everything from this period, and certainly since in this style has aged so well.
This was also a fun period for soul music with Fatback, Jocelyn Brown, Cameo, Prince and others filling dance floors with happy music and having hits in the mainstream. It was the era that came just after Chaka Khan's 'Ain't Nobody', which had been reassuringly classy and sophisticated, but a lot of it did become formularised thereafter. An extraordinary record that divided Your Cheatin Heart - Elvis Presley - Elvis Forever Volume 3 soul scene and started a new era of dance music.
It was also the start of DJs making their own records and having hits and a new generation of people going to warehouse parties to dance to Steve 'Silk' Hurley, Raze's 'Jack The Groove' and others like this. However, before hip hop and house went completely its own way, 'hip house' had a small run of luck, though when it came to fast rap music nothing much compared to Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock's 'It Takes Anything Tahts Part Of You - Elvis Presley - Elvis Forever Volume 3 in It was swiftly adopted by the Americans and sold back to us as New Jack Swing and Backstabbers - Various - The Best Of Dance Classics urban music scene could Backstabbers - Various - The Best Of Dance Classics compete with house.
Fifteen years later and the genre hasn't changed much with DJ Roger Sanchez having a massive hit with 'Another Chance' only recently. Only thing is that records stay at the same BPM these days after a brief run of novelty records started by Lil' Louis with 'French Kiss' where the tempo dropped in the middle.
I really liked Sarah Washington's 'Heaven', though! However, this to me is their most inspired work and comes after all the S. S Band, Toshiyuki Kobayashi - Drawing Speed, Coloring Time O'Neal etc. Talkin' Loud took this further by signing artists to make new records in this style, and Carleen Anderson on this brilliant record epitomises the sound and the period when credible UK soul records were filling dancefloors.
Meanwhile the inimitable James Brown sanctioned his Untitled - Dry Valleys - Movile Cave Sojourns Drummer' riff to hip hop. SWV: 'Right Here' Human Nature Mix RCA By the early 90s it was not uncommon for new records to sample old ones, but few Backstabbers - Various - The Best Of Dance Classics the time were as dramatic or impressive as Teddy Riley's idea to change a very average record into a classic by re-writing the song over Michael Jackson's haunting 'Human Nature'.
It was the period that launched R. Kenny, of course, is one half of Masters At Work with Louie Vega and together they have been making the classiest of all house records for over ten years including those under their other alias Nuyorican Soul.
Real instrumentation has been the key to their success, and collectively they've probably made more great records than any one else in the house genre. Remixed from his debut solo album its wide appeal is due to a combination of simplicity, dancefloor appeal and an artist who older soul fans can take seriously while younger ones can buy into the hype of an association with Kanye West.
Still, at least this record doesn't rely on a sample of an old record Backstabbers - Various - The Best Of Dance Classics today's floorfillers including Kirk Franklin and even Luther Vandross RIP on his Chic-driven 'Shine'. All of which is a bit of a worry. Of course all this is gobbledegook to a teenager today who crave their Justin Timerberlake, Kelis and Jamelia and in the main are regrettably disinterested in what has gone before. Words Ralph Tee.
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