Just pass­ing along some updat­ed infor­ma­tion about a forth­com­ing release from Harmless Records’ Disco Recharge reis­sue series.  The set in ques­tion is the dou­ble-CD spe­cial edi­tion that pairs the Grand Tour and Southern Exposure albums from Canada’s leg­endary Three Hats Productions.  The new release date for this set is May 13th.  Read on for addi­tion­al info on the­se albums, with full track list­ings — includ­ing details on the exten­sive bonus tracks — and addi­tion­al info about the albums…




May 13th 2013 | Harmless | CD (DRCCDX015)

Come And Take A Trip With Me. Fantasy You Can Be Sure…”

So begins a heady trip around the world cour­tesy of Grand Tour. Originally released in 1977 on the Butterfly label and pro­duced by Canadian dis­co duo Willi Morrison and Ian Guenther this album show­cas­es six ful­ly orches­trat­ed tracks of an extra­or­di­nary pedi­gree. “The Grand Tour” is an out­stand­ing exam­ple of sophis­ti­cat­ed North American dis­co, whilst Flight From Versailles”, as the title sug­gests, has a much more European flavour along with the insane­ly catchy “Let’s Go Boating”. And a stun­ning cov­er of the Yardbirds “Still I’m Sad” is anoth­er real high­light. As well as being a hit on the dance floor the Grand Tour album’s lounge style proved equal­ly pop­u­lar at late night par­ties where drug and drink fuelled rev­ellers could take off on a mind excur­sion togeth­er – ‘Grand Tour’ tak­ing them on a trip like no oth­er! Never before issued on CD this Disco Recharge spe­cial edi­tion also includes many of the sin­gle edits as well as a brand new ‘Grand Tour med­ley’ cre­at­ed espe­cial­ly for this release.

Disc one

Grand Tour – On Such A Winter’s Day

1) The Grand Tour                            6.02

2) Let’s Go Boating                           5.56

3) Still I’m Sad                                  6.04

4) Flight From Versailles                  6.17

5) Late November                            5.59

6) California Dreamin’                      5.21

Bonus Tracks

7) The Grand Tour (Original 7” Mix)          3.44

8 — Let’s Go Boating (Promo only 7” Mix)   3.32

9) Still I’m Sad (Original 7” Mix)               3.27

10) Late November (Promo Only 7” Mix)  3.54

11) Grand Tour Medley time                      19.07

Guenther and Morrison’s Southern Exposure album takes up disc two of this spe­cial edi­tion. Only sparse­ly dis­trib­ut­ed out­side of the US and Canada upon its’ release in 1979, this is anoth­er tour-de-force dis­co album with its feet plant­ed firm­ly on the dance floor. “Headin South” has influ­ences of Dan Hartman whilst On Our Way” – prob­a­bly the strongest track – has a lush 70’s Euro porn style and a num­ber of funky break­downs that will res­onate with the afi­ciona­dos as well as the dis­co curi­ous. “Love Is” gal­lops along in a more tra­di­tion­al US style but with killer hooks and final­ly “Tight Pants” ups the camp and ends the album on a def­i­nite high. Never before released on CD this edi­tion comes with the orig­i­nal 7” edits of “Love Is’”and “Tight Pants” and well as brand new edits of “Headin’ South” and “On Our Way”.

Disc Two

Southern Exposure – Headin’ South

1) Headin’ South                               7.50

2) On Our Way                                  9.33

3) Love Is                                          11.48

4) Tight Pants                                   6.02

Bonus Tracks

5) Headin’ South (Edit)                     3.50

6) On Our Way (Edit)                        3.52

7) Love Is (Original 7” Mix)               3.45

8 — Tight Pants (Original 7” Mix)        3.26