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Who, What, Where, When & Why
Cat: BST X057. Rel: 06 May 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Who, What, Where, When & Why (Disco version)
  2. No Promises (Disco version)
Review: Limited edition unreleased 12" containing two italo disco and proto house classics anthems : Who, What, Where, When & Why on the side A and No Promises on the flip side.
Both taken from the Magic Spell Album produced by Mario Boncaldo & Tony Carrasco in 1983, the same guys from Klein & MBO, Plastic Mode, Amnesie and Ris. This unreleased 12" contains for the first time the extended disco versions of these two precious gems taken and re-mastered from the archive collection of the legendary Tony Carrasco.
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Cat: BST X046. Rel: 12 Nov 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. A Tour In Italy (Pellegrino mix - Mediterranean version) (7:06)
  2. A Tour In Italy (Tony Carrasco mix) (7:04)
  3. A Tour In Italy (Tony Carrasco mix - dub version) (6:14)
Review: Not to be mistaken for the charity pop behemoth, this Band Aid were a band from Bologna that released a handful of albums and singles in the early 80s. Best Italy have dug out this loose and limber slice of sunny funk and given it a spruce up with a little help from Early Sounds crew member Pellegrino, whose "Mediterranean Version" of "A Tour In Italy" adorns the A side. It's all peppy brass, dreamy guitars and a kooky vocal line about the titular tour, guaranteed to break out some smiles on the dancefloor. On the B side you can indulge in Tony Carrasco's original vocal and dub versions, all of which equally exude summery vibes to keep you warm through the winter months.
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Tittle Tattle (140 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: BSTX 013. Rel: 30 Jan 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Tittle Tattle (Full version) (6:12)
  2. Tittle Tattle (radio version) (4:01)
  3. Tittle Tattle (instrumental version) (5:49)
  4. Tittle Tattle (dub version) (5:10)
Review: The Best Records reissue campaign continues unabated as the Italian label turns to Bariocentro. While the band may have had most of their time in the spotlight in the late 70s, they bowed out with a veritable bomb in the shape of Tittle Tattle, a tightly-wound, punchy slice of uptempo 80s boogie like they just can't make any more. Feel the reverb on the handclaps, the slick guitar chops and Moog-tastic bassline and just try not getting down. This plush reissue comes packed with the radio edit, the full length version, the instrumental and everyone's favourite slice of 80s B side action, the dub mix.
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Don't Leave Me Now (limited 12")
Cat: BST X050. Rel: 14 Jan 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Don't Leave Me Now
  2. Don't Leave Me Now (instrumental)
Review: Block Sistem is yet another curious entity from the labyrinthe archives of Italo disco. Originally released in 1983 on Rabbit Records, this gorgeous, richly produced slice of synthesizer acrobatics was a certifiable hit back in the day. As such, it's been fetching monstrous prices on the second hand market, but once again diggers can rejoice thanks to Best Record, who have done the right thing and dusted this rare gem down for a shimmering new 2019 release. In true Best style they've kept the sanctity of the original record intact, with a vocal mix on the A side and the instrumental on the B side, but this time around there's some utterly fresh artwork adorning the release. Not one to miss!
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Too Much (limited 12")
Cat: BST X023. Rel: 04 Oct 17
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Too Much
  2. Too Much (instrumental)
  3. Too Much (remix)
Review: Official remastered limited edition of this down-tempo disco heaven from one-hit wonders Byron. Originally released in 1985 on the Italian label Golden Sound, 'Too Much' is a must for any discerning Balearic record bag. A side contains the original vocal version and on the B side there is the original instrumental plus the warmest Remix version previously available only on the rarest Byron Album from 1985.
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Aqua Marina (limited 12")
Cat: BST X053. Rel: 18 Mar 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Aqua Marina (club version) (5:08)
  2. Aqua Marina (Sweet Dream version) (4:27)
  3. Aqua Marine (Paradise version) (5:12)
  4. Aqua Marine (original Studio version) (5:30)
Review: Best may be best known for jazz and disco reissues, but they're also dab hands at unearthing forgotten gems from the annals of Italian deep house too. The Countach were last seen in active service back in 1990, dropping just two singles but making sure they were bona fide classics. "Aqua Marina" has plenty of lashings of jazz funk rubbed into its loins, not least on the "Sweet Dream Version". The "Paradise Version" nudges the key of the club mixes and ramps up the reverb, and then the "Original Studio Version" switches up the mood with an organic, live band groove on this crucial 12".
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Cat: BST X052. Rel: 11 Feb 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Running On The Nile (4:52)
  2. Leg Pulling (5:21)
  3. Black Babe (4:00)
  4. Black Babe (Night version) (2:37)
  5. Bara-Hum-Ba (8:33)
  6. Leg Pulling (dub) (5:01)
  7. Babihe (4:57)
Review: Fabrizio Fattori has been a deep cover hero in Italian dance music since the mid 80s, and while he may have shifted his attention to tribal house music in the 90s, this collection zeroes in on his earlier afro disco funk work, which drips with Balearic groove appeal. Collecting sought after records and other archival gems, this lengthy EP is a joyous, synthy excursion through sunny climes, from the MIDI brass and plastic slap bass of "Leg Pulling" to the intricate percussion and live sax of "Bara-Hum-Ba." This is a quintessential Best reissue - beautifully packaged, and putting super rare music back in the hands of the fans.
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Incantations
Incantations (limited 12")
Cat: BST X056. Rel: 08 Apr 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Incantations
  2. Incantations (instrumental)
Review: Limited edition remastered reissue of a classic balearic cosmic track produced by Giorgio Giordano, Giorgio Dolce and Roberto Zanetti (Savage) with the pseudonym of G.A.N.G. , taking inspiration from Mike Oldfield but with a "slow beat" that gives an engaging groove, enriched in the second part by the ethereal vocal interpretation of Stefania Dal Pino. It is a rare "cosmic" pearl, including a dub instrumental version.
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Gimme Your Love (12" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: BSTX 044. Rel: 29 Oct 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Gimme Your Love (vocal) (6:45)
  2. Gimme Your Love (instrumental) (7:16)
Review: Here's another highly desirable slice of formative party fuel from the dusty highways and byways of dance music culture, brought to you by the diligent miners at Best Records. The Gong's Gang was a one-off alias for the equally one-off Nicolosi Family, a collective of real-life brothers and sisters who knew a thing or two about classic early 80s Italo boogie. "Gimme Your Love" is a stellar jam, with Rosanna Nicolosi out front on vocals and the cascading synths and bass stewing in an intoxicating blend that should have any funk detective frothing with approval. Whether you want the full vocal hit or the subtly dubbed out instrumental, this is a jam thoroughly deserving of a second run in the sun.
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Almendra (140 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: BSTXLP 003 . Rel: 12 Dec 16
International
  1. Dudas (5:04)
  2. Samba Del Cuarto Plateado (3:56)
  3. Amanecen (4:23)
  4. Sientelo (3:18)
  5. Tu Y Yo (4:30)
  6. Dulce Pensamiento (4:58)
  7. Tutti Frutti (4:35)
  8. Carapa (2:15)
Review: Claudio Casalini's Best Record label does a fine job of reissuing funk, disco and other curios from the mists of time, and so it goes with this wonderful slice of loose and live soul jazz. Grupo Almendra hailed from Venezuela, and they released their sole album Almendra in 1978 in a whirlwind of Latin American musicality and it had been consigned to relative obscurity. Whichever digger was lucky enough to discover this gem must have been very pleased indeed, for the quality of the music and the production is nothing short of remarkable, while the remastering has respectfully revived the sweet, soulful sound of Grupo Almendra.
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Take Time (limited 12")
Cat: BSTX 015. Rel: 07 Aug 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Take Time (vocal) (4:40)
  2. Take Time (extended) (6:14)
Review: REPRESS ALERT: Once more scouring the annals of disco history for the hottest jams, Best look beyond Italy and snap up this much-vaunted slice of American funk from 1982. While second hand prices can get out of control, it's not hard to hear why this glittering prize from Jagg would be so coveted - it's got everything. Jazz-leaning slap bass, mean synthesizer chops and soaring vocals - "Take Time" is prime to set the party off, and no longer is it the preserve of wealthy collectors. Originally a single-sided affair, Best have done the right thing and filled the B-side up with an extended version to let that groove roll on even longer.
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Got To Have Your Lovin (limited 12")
Cat: BSTX 033. Rel: 04 Jun 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Got To Have Your Lovin (vocal) (6:09)
  2. Got To Have Your Lovin (instrumental) (4:57)
Review: Steve Kahn & Co. are yet another of those curios of the early 80s that Best Italy have dug out, dusted down, spruced up and repressed for your eclectic party pleasure. "Got To Have Your Loving" is a pure feel good jam at every turn - it's got a very natural, live band sound mixed by the legendary Tee Scott that especially makes the aqueous bass playing shine through. Whether you plump for the vocal or the instrumental, this is the kind of record that could set a wedding party on fire as much as a serious heads-down disco funk session. You'll no doubt get a lot of mileage out of this one, and have a great time in the process.
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The MBO Theme (limited 12")
Cat: BST X039. Rel: 24 Sep 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. The MBO Theme (long version) (6:01)
  2. The MBO Theme (Italian version) (6:02)
Review: Best Records fire up a surefire classic from the annals of Italian dance music, crafted courtesy of Italo-disco heavyweight Klein & MBO. "The MBO Theme" was originally a hit in the nascent Chicago house scene, spun by the likes of Ron Hardy thanks to its punchy synth bass and hooky Euro-vocals. This sought-after dancefloor gem has been given a faithful remastering touch, as is the Best Records way, and they've also dug out a previously unheard edit of the track named as the "Italian Version," which stretches out the club qualities of the jam for maximum party impact.
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FORTHCOMING
I'm Dreaming (Any Moment I May Wake Up Scraming)
Cat: BST X055. Rel: 08 Apr 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. I'm Dreaming (original vocal version)
  2. I'm Dreaming (instrumental version)
Review: Cosmic disco classic played regularly by Baldelli, Lodola and in the underground scene, produced by John Kongos in 1981and released on 7 inch, containing only the short vocal version. Now remastered and reissued by Best Italy on 12" containing the full vocal original version plus the instrumental version on the flip.
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Magic Dance
Magic Dance (limited 12")
Cat: BST X058. Rel: 06 May 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Magic Dance (Disco mix)
  2. Pink Footpath (Disco mix)
Review: Official re-mastered limited edition reissue of the mega-rare Blow Up records release of the Italo masterpiece Pink Footpath by Loui$. Originally released in 1985, this gem has become one of the most highly sought after Italo Disco tracks around. On the A side is Magic Dance which is good, but it's the instrumental version of the track Pink Footpath that really gets the disco DJs drooling. With its killer analogue bassline, dreamy soft synths and balearic guitar riffs, it's easy to see why it became such an anthem at the early Ibiza parties as well as a late night favourite in Chicago and New York.
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Nuts On Me (limited 12")
Cat: BST X042. Rel: 01 Oct 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Nuts On Me (vocal) (6:08)
  2. Nuts On Me (instrumental) (6:00)
  3. Aphrodisiac (vocal) (5:53)
  4. Aphrodisiac (instrumental) (4:29)
Review: From the team responsible for Kano and the evergreen Italo hit "I'm Ready," Matakena was a one-off release back in 1983 that has since gone on to attain true cult status (i.e. monstrous second hand prices). Thankfully, the trusted bastion of reissued Italian grooves Best Records is on hand to bring the music back to the people, digging the irrepressible funk of "Nuts On Me" and "Aphrodisiac" out of the vaults and pressing it up for a new generation to get down to. This is sleazy boogie par excellence, full of liquid synth bass, steamy vocals and grooves to die for.
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Miss Manhattan (limited 12")
Cat: BST X047. Rel: 10 Dec 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Miss Manhattan (vocal) (8:53)
  2. Miss Manhattan (instrumental) (8:36)
  3. Manhattan's Piano Reprise (1:04)
Review: Best Records get busy with this absolutely classic slice of early Italian disco from 1981, put together in the one-off-studio-project stylee by Al Festa, Claudio Giusti and Francesco Puccioni. The full vocal mix on the A side nearly hits the nine minute mark, and it's all gold from the chirpy horn section to the scintillating vocal turn by Sharon Russell. The influence from the Nile Rodgers school of funk is plain to hear, not least on the instrumental take on the B side, but also watch out for the gorgeous soliloquy of the "Manhattan's Piano Reprise" which is snuck on as an added extra from the archives.
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Cat: BSTX 011. Rel: 19 Dec 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Stop Your Lies (vocal) (6:13)
  2. Stop Your Lies (instrumental) (6:23)
Review: Best Records' own luminary Claudio Casalini was at the helm for this one-shot studio project that captures Italo disco at its most exuberant and organic. Originally released in 1984, the bassline on "Stop Your Lies" is a quintessential slice of synthetic throb from a golden era, but the electronic elements are wonderfully offset by rich instrumentation and a brilliantly camp vocal performance from the unnamed boy-girl combo. The vocal mix on the A side is strong enough for a single-sided cut, but the instrumental on the flip widens out the reach of the record and really lets Casalini's superb production shine through.
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You (12" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: BST X043. Rel: 29 Oct 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. You (Special Disco version) (6:14)
  2. You (instrumental) (6:28)
Review: Best Records are always a trusted source of reissued obscurities, but they've really outdone themselves this time. New Horizon was a one-off studio project from NYC buried in the annals of 70s disco funk, supposedly helmed by Donald Jenkins, but the chances of finding this mythical record were less than zero before now. "You" is a sumptuous jam, where each player shines in equal measure from the limber bass to the gossamer keys and stirring singers. This is soul jazz of the highest order, so very worthy of a reissue not least in its "Special Disco" guise. The vocal-less cut on the flip is just as wonderful, spinning a web of instrumentation that peaks with a wild guitar solo.
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To Africa/Soul Makossa (limited 12")
Cat: BSTX 018. Rel: 30 May 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. To Africa/Soul Makossa (4:47)
  2. Ain't No Sunshine (2:18)
  3. I Call Your Name/Come Back To Me (2:07)
Review: The latest dig from Best Record Italy's eternal mission to release the finest Roman musical manna features noted jazz man Pino Presti taking on Manu Dibango's eternal party jam "Soul Makossa". Presti's interpretation uses oodles of gleaming 80s synths in place of the original traditional instrumentation, but fear not as the iconic brass section remains a real-world force, and sounds mighty fresh with it. Following up that cover is a sumptuous version of "Ain't No Sunshine" which is aimed square at the heartstrings of the most Balearic cruisers. "I Call Your Name / Come Back To Me" gets even smoother, the vocals capturing Mediterranean getaway romance to perfection.
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You Know Why (12" limited to 250 copies)
Cat: BST X027. Rel: 05 Mar 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. You Know Why (Disco version)
  2. Nice & Easy/Hungry For Love (Disco version)
  3. Come On (Disco version)
Review: Best Records previously mined Pino Presti's illustrious back catalogue for the To Africa / Soul Makossa, You Know The Way and Funky Bump 12"s, and they're back with the Italian arranger's finest disco delicacies straight outta 1977. "You Know Why" is a swooning, romantic groover featuring the sultry vocals of Roxy Robinson. "Nice & Easy / Hungry For Love" is a bold, dramatic cut with striking brass stabs and a slinky bassline that wraps itself around Robinson's classic vocal. "Come On" is a deeper, Philly string laden affair of the heart, rounding out this most passionate of disco 12"s.
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You're My Number 1 (limited 12")
Cat: BST X049. Rel: 14 Jan 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. You're My Number 1
  2. You're My Number 1 (dub mix)
Review: In a rare exception from their usual hyper-obscure archive finds, Best Record have opted this time to give a proper reissue to a diggers favourite which enjoyed a second turn in the spotlight via a Dimitri From Paris compilation on BBE. Radiance and Andrea Stone's "You're My Number 1" is everything a boogie jam should be, from the liquid funk of the bassline to the snap of the drums - we defy anyone to stay off the floor when this pearl drops. It's no surprise to know it was mixed by the legendary M&M Productions team, featuring disco mix champion John Morales. The original is ace, but the extended dub mix on the flip is the one that will have the heads freaking out.
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Cat: BST X048. Rel: 10 Dec 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Computer Communications (10:50)
  2. Computer Communications (remix) (7:24)
Review: Best Records get right to the heart of true Italo disco with this body-poppin' killer from 1983. REM were made up of Paolo Alfani and Nicola Serena, both based in Florence and well ahead of the curve with their experimental electronic disco sound. Making fantastic use of the Mattel Speak & Spell for their vocal hooks, this enterprising duo cooked up a veritable club bomb with their fusion of sleek drum machine rhythms, throbbing acid basslines and romantic synth tones that would come to be widely used in Detroit techno some years later. There's a full original take of the track on the A side, while the flip features a tweaked "remix" version to give you even more of that robo-vocoder action.
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Gespielt von: Ursula 1000, Manu•Archeo
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Let's Go (limited 12")
Cat: BSTX 004. Rel: 02 Aug 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Let's Go (7:33)
  2. Mustang (8:49)
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Party Freaks/Dance Together (12" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: BST X031. Rel: 16 Apr 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Party Freaks (4:35)
  2. Dance Together (4:05)
Review: Alan Shelly was an intermittent feature in the late 60s and early 70s soul and funk scene, but his one-off 7" Party Freaks / Dance Together released in Italy in 1975 remains a treasured gem for those who crave the most potent secret weapons for their record crates. Of course, Best Italy are no slouches when it comes to such records and they have dutifully snapped up the original masters of these sought after jams and given the full, uncut mixes a proper, beautifully remastered airing on 12". "Party Freaks" has a raucous, West African flavour to it that can't fail to set the crowd alight, while "Dance Together" takes things in a looser, jammed out direction - both tracks are pure fire, and it's a damn good thing Best have dusted them down.
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Cat: BSTX 005. Rel: 01 Feb 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Disco Shitan (long version) (5:08)
  2. Shitan (part 1) (3:09)
  3. Shitan (part 2) (4:03)
Review: A near-mythical release from the Italian composer/bassist/karate don Pino Presti, Shitan was a one-off project in 1977. Slow, pensive, full of tension and loaded with detailed cinematic elements, it still sounds forward-thinking today. No surprises that the original 12"s regularly go for hundreds. Madly the long version never made it to the original 12" so this is the first time the full five minute version has been available. As if a repress wasn't enough reason to jump on this!
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Ba Ba Go Go (limited 12")
Cat: BST X054. Rel: 18 Mar 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Ba Ba Go Go (4:41)
  2. Ba Ba Go Go (instrumental) (3:39)
Review: This is a reissue that will have all Italo hunters rejoicing - Topo's "Ba Ba Go, Go" is the kind of holy grail jam that gets bootlegged and still commands high prices. It's not hard to see why - it's a masterclass of otherworldly electronic disco with a prog rock bent and an insanely catchy, oddball vocal hook. With its minimal synth lines and subtly spooky futurist mood, it's every inch the curveball classic. It's shocking it's taken this long for an official remastered version of this track to surface, but don't sleep because it might not be around for long.
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Gespielt von: Jake Stellarwell
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Stop Bajon (12" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: BST X035. Rel: 05 Nov 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Stop Bajon (vocal)
  2. Stop Bajon (acappella)
  3. Stadera
  4. Stop Bajon (instrumental)
Review: Best Italy have dug out a serious gem here, tapping up Italian percussionist and composer Tullio De Piscopo and his much-coveted simmering Balearic jam "Stop Bajon," which was as big in Ibiza (and still is) as it was in its native Italy. With its insistent rhythmic thump, chanting vocals and delicate keys it's little wonder the likes of DJ Harvey love spinning it. As well as the instrumental and acappella cuts of this wonderful mid 80s gem, you also get to sample the ranging downtempo funk of "Stadera," which could almost belong to Talking Heads with its mysterious tones and limber production.
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Vibrations (limited 12")
Cat: BST X025. Rel: 22 Jan 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Vibrations (Disco version)
  2. Baobab (Disco version)
Review: Having reissued Body, Body Love last year, Best Records come back for more of Billy Woost's late 70s grooves, all lifted from his sole self-titled album and presented here in their true 'Disco Version' format. This time around it's "Vibrations" that takes centre stage, and it sounds resplendent in its widescreen vision of disco funk production at its highest possible standard. On the flip "Baobab" sounds even more potent with its killer bassline groove, dream-pop vocal trills and all round feel-good mood. Now if Best can just do the same job with the rest of the album we'll be laughing.
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Gespielt von: Osmose
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