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Urban75 Album of the Year - 1977

Discussion in 'music, bands, clubs & festies' started by belboid, Sep 6, 2017.

  1. Spandex

    Spandex Well-Known Member

    Big love to belboid for running this. And everyone who voted.

    Here’s my list:

    1. Giorgio Moroder – From Here to Eternity

    Surely the greatest album to come out of Germany in '77. While every electronic music producer cites Kraftwerk as an influence, and the title track of Trans Europe Express might be the greatest track released all year, this is a much more enjoyable listen from start to finish. And it’s not much less influential – this sounds like house music, it sounds like synthpop, it sounds like 20% of all music recorded in the 80s. Kraftwerk might still sound like the future, Moroder was the future. He was on fire in ’77.

    2. Munich Machine – Munich Machine

    More Moroder. My best friend’s dad, Denis, fancied himself as a disco DJ in the 70s and when I was a 14 year old metaller he told me I shouldn’t be listening to that rubbish, I should be listening to this. And he played me Get on the Funk Train, the 15 minute long track that fills up the A-side. Ultimately, he was right. I heard it played in a club once - over a proper soundsystem and with a head full of MDMA that bassline is devastating. The B-side is one long medley of uptempo versions of Moroder/Donna Summer’s greatest hits and as such is amazing.

    3. Cerrone – Cerrone 3 – Supernature

    This is a fucking fantastic album from French dude Cerrone. The tracks are mixed together: the A-side is the well-known title track mixed into a 3 minute long drums + FX track mixed into a beatless track. The last 2 tracks on the side just wouldn’t work outside the context of the album (or in a mix). The B-side is three fantastic disco tunes mixed into each other. It puts a smile on my face just thinking about it.

    4. Fela Kuti – Sorrow Tears and Blood

    Which of the 5 Fela albums released in ‘77 to vote for? They’re all good. I decided to only vote for one and having a quick skim through them, it just had to be this one.

    5. Francis The Great ‎– Ravissante Baby

    This was reissued a couple of years ago and is an amazing afrobeat/afro-funk two tracker. The A-side is more uptempo and relentlessly good; the B-side much funkier. Love the vocals by 12 year old Francis.

    6. Sidiku Buari – Disco Soccer

    A Nigerian disco album that is just great track after great track after great track. I’ve played this almost to death.

    7. Arpadys – Arpadys

    When putting my ballot together it became apparent to me that, when it comes down to it, I love euro synth-disco. And here’s some more.

    8. Kraftwerk – Trans Europe Express

    Seemingly, the third greatest album to come out of Germany in ’77.

    9. Voyage ‎– Voyage

    Another great disco album Denis introduced me to. It was the first disco album I heard that made me realise – hey, disco is fucking amazing. A French disco concept album that’s supposed to be like travelling the world, with the different tracks supposedly reflecting music from different countries. Again, all the tracks are mixed together - it was years before I realized where one track ended and the next started. It’s all just amazing disco though, except ‘Scotch Machine’ - nobody needs bagpipe disco and that embarrassment of a track saw it drop to 9th on my ballot. In fact, it sees me never play the beginning of the B-side.

    10. Akwassa ‎– In The Groove

    A Nigerian afro-funk gem that was reissued a couple of years ago. One of the best 70s afro-funk albums I've heard.
     
  2. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    fair dos about kraftwerk

    on the subject of "what the year was all about", there was a vaguely interesting BBC4 docu earlier in the year "the secret science of pop" which set out to use a computer to analayse all the tunes it could, from the 50s up to the present day IIRC and using analysis of waveforms etc, try and work out what made the perfect pop tune. As an aside from this experiment it was also able to chart what changes happened and when. When it comes to the late 70s there was one unmistakable shift in sound that blew all other changes out of the water (in terms of quantity)...and that was disco (and funk) drum patterns arising and dominating everything, and to a certain extent staying there for ever since!

    Objectively if you have to boil down the late 70s to one single change its the total dominance of disco. Punk was a niche change in objective terms. Thats what the documentary showed anyway
     
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  3. Knotted

    Knotted Sweet when you stir it up

    That's a good and proper list Spandex
     
  4. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

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