Discophiles, take note: the new reissue series you’ll want to be keeping an eye on is Disco Recharge. It has been masterminded by Mr. Pink, the golden-eared curator behind the Disco Discharge compilation series, and is devoted to doing deluxe, remastered reissues of cult favorite disco albums. As the following press notes reveal, they’ve got a big summer ahead with a 2-for-1 reissues of the Tangerue and Strange Affair studio projects as well as a 2-disc reissue of Voyage’s classic Fly Away album. Read on for all the magical mirrorball details…
DISCO RECHARGE: TANGERUÈ/ STRANGE AFFAIR
RELEASED JULY 2ND
Disco Recharge is proud to bring you two cult albums on one CD from the heyday of US Disco.
Tangerué was originally released in 1979 and produced by Bruce Weeden and Ed Strauman. Both were protégés of the disco legend Boris Midney. Recorded in Philadelphia for South Philly Records the album features all the hallmarks of 1979 disco — soaring strings, catchy melodies, cooing disco girls and a 4/4 beat which meant the album was an instant dance floor smash. Included on this Disco Recharge album is the ‘Tangerué Medley’ which was only previously available as a 12” single back in the day.
The second album Strange Affair is a 1980 release which because of the ‘death of disco’ movement virtually disappeared off the radar. Produced again by Bruce Weeden but this time with Giuliano Salerni (of Ultimate fame) this is an absolute gem. Again recorded for South Philly Records it takes influences from Chic and Salsoul but adds its own unique twist. As a bonus we have included the 12” version of ‘Bad Connection’.
Long out of print the original vinyl releases of both Tangerué and Strange Affair are perennial Disco collector’s items with original editions consistently fetching large sums on e-bay and Discogs. Additionally, a new generation of re-editors are now discovering the tracks for the first time and doing their own interpretations as evidenced by the amount of re-edits which have recently been turning up on Soundcloud and various forums and blogs – proof positive that both of these albums are ripe for re-discovery and will appeal across the disco spectrum.
We would expect all Disco Recharge albums to appeal to the core fanbase of the Disco Discharge series and become collectible releases in their own right. File under Disco!
Tangerue / Tangerue
1. Dance With Me
2. Everynight, Everyday
3. Doin’ Your Own Thing
5. Tangerue Medley
Strange Affair / Strange Affair
6. Bad Connection
7. No, No, No
8. Love Is A Strange Affair
9. I’m Ready / Disco Star
10. Don’t Stop The Music
11. Bad Connection (Original 12′ Mix)
DISCO RECHARGE: VOYAGE – ‘FLY AWAY’
RELEASED JULY 30TH
Christmas 1978. For that’s when ‘Fly Away’, the second album by the French created studio group Voyage soared to pole position in the Billboard Hot Disco Dance Charts and remained on every DJs playlist for a further solid 18 weeks. ‘Fly Away’ was a brilliant follow-up to the group’s breakout monster album ‘Voyage’ that once more successfully mined the theme of jet set travel.
The message in the music was simple; take a holiday, don’t hesitate, be free and enjoy yourself collecting ‘Souvenirs’ along the sun-kissed, dressed-to-impress way. The melodies were brightly polished, the orchestration richly textured and the sweeping female vocals summoned up the lush promise of exotic romance. From the hand-beaten drum based ‘Kechak Fantasy’, the Indian-flavoured ‘Eastern Trip’ and the ‘Tahiti, Tahiti’ chant with Hawaiian guitar accents, through the percolating synthesizer driven ‘Let’s Fly Away’, the ‘Golden Eldorado’ conquistador fever dream and the Rock ‘n’ Soul ‘Gone With The Music’, the second Voyage album was an instant dance generator, another magnificent take-off into the Disco heavens followed by the most carefree of flights.
‘Disco Recharge’ presents this essential 1978 Euro Disco classic in a unique Special Edition, the first time the ‘Fly Away’ album has ever received such Deluxe treatment. Apart from the original segued ‘Fly Away’ album, CD1 also includes the ‘Special Instrumental Volume 2’ bonus album. This mix of amazing instrumentals of tracks from the ‘Voyage’ and ‘Fly Away’ albums received a very limited release at the time; it was mainly given to select DJs. It also features instrumental versions of tracks from lead singer Sylvia Mason’s 1979 solo album, produced by Voyage, and makes its CD debut here.
CD2 features all bonus cuts of the hit singles from ‘Fly Away’ including the Hot Tracks remix of ‘Souvenirs’, plus ‘Dance and Romance’ by Disco & Co, one of the many names the Voyage session men used for their library music releases. Those famously talented session guys were guitarist Slim Pezin, keyboardist Marc Chantereau, bass player Sauveur Mallia and drummer Pierre-Alain Dahan. It was producer Roger Tokarz who put them together with Sylvia Mason to form the main Voyage core line-up.
But while Sylvia Mason became the public face of Voyage, she had help with the gloriously sung crystal-clear vocals. Mainly from a combination of backing singers collectively known as the ‘Birds of Paris’ because they appeared on practically every French Disco release throughout the 1970s. From Cerrone to Alec R. Costandinos and Don Ray to Voyage, the ‘Birds of Paris’ added their instantly recognizable signature touch of close harmonies and choral dexterity. Members of that Disco sorority included Madeline Bell, Joanne Stone, Kay Garner, Sunny Leslie, Sue Glover, Vicki Brown, Katie Kissoon — and Stephanie De Sykes.
1) Souvenirs 6.31
2) Kechak Fantasy 3.08
3) Eastern Trip 2.04
4) Tahiti, Tahiti 5.00
5) Let s Fly Away 5.07
6) Golden Eldorado 4.53
7) Gone With The Music 6.54
8 — Lady America 6.43 (Instrumental)
9) Let s Fly Away 4.50 (Instrumental)
10) Golden Eldorado 4.53 (Instrumental)
11) Gone With The Music 6.37 (Instrumental)
12) We ve Gotta Dance 5.49 (Instrumental)
13) Shadow In The Sun 5.19 (Instrumental)
14) Closer To Heaven 4.44 (Instrumental)
15) Hello Superduper Star 5.28 (Instrumental)
1) Souvenirs (Original 12 Mix) 6.29
2) Souvenirs (Original 7 Mix) 3.59
3) Souvenirs (Steve Algozino Hot Tracks Remix) 8.14
4) Souvenirs (Steve Algozino Hot Tracks Remix)
(Pitched up) 6.26
5) Let s Fly Away (Original 12 Mix) 4.59
6) Let s Fly Away (Original 7 Mix) 3.59
7) Tahiti, Tahiti (Original 12 Mix) 5.11
8 — Tahiti, Tahiti (Original 7 Mix) 3.43
Disco & Co
9) Dance And Romance 3.03