Edgar Winter - "Above & Beyond" (12" version) (6:26)
Review: Having previously offered up two vinyl compilations focusing on his book Life & Death on the New York Dancefloor 1980-83, dance music documentarian Tim Lawrence has decided to travel back in time to the decade covered in his previous book, Love Will Save The Day. This second part (of two) gathers together some of the greatest American dance music of the 1970s, deftly showcasing what some might call the disco continuum. It covers a lot of ground, moving from the sparkling orchestrated soul of Willie Hutch and the intergalactic jazz-funk of Charles Earland, to the punk-funk hedonism of Miroslave Vituous and the boogie-era brilliance of Edgar Winter, via a string of surging underground disco treats.
Les Troubadours Du Roi Baudouin - "Dibwe Diambula Kabanda"
Chuck Mangione - "Land Of Make Believe"
Wilson Pickett - "Don't Knock My Love" (part 1)
Wilson Pickett - "Don't Knock My Love" (part 2)
James Brown - "Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose"
Jackson 5 - "Hum Along & Dance" (Uncut version)
Brainstorm - "Lovin' Is Really My Game" (12" version)
Domenic Troiano - "We All Need Love" (12" version)
Gladys Knight & The Pips - "It's Time To Go Now"
Willie Hutch - "Brother's Gonna Work It Out"
Charles Earland - "Leaving This Planet"
Laura Lee - "(If You Want To Try Love Again) Remember Me"
The Modulations - "I Can't Fight Your Love"
Margie Joseph - "Prophecy"
Blue Magic - "Welcome To The Club"
Twennynine - "Fancy Dancer" (with Lenny White - 12" version)
Miroslav Vitous - "New York City"
Edgar Winter - "Above & Beyond" (12" version)
Review: Having already delivered a killer compilation inspired by the music explored in his fantastically forensic examination of NYC's early '80s post-punk dance scene, "Life and Death on the New York Dancefloor", academic and author Tim Lawrence has now served up a similar essential set based on his previous tome, the detailed story of disco that is "Love Saves The Day". The two-disc set begins begins with a dash of traditional Congolese music and ends with the spacey, synth-laden boogie business of Edgar Winter's "Above & Beyond"; in between, you'll find the hard-worn funk of James Brown, the percussive dancefloor jazz of Chuck Mangione, the soaring Philly soul of Wilson Pickett, a string of inspired (and usually heavy) disco workouts, a dash of jazz-funk and even a chunk of NYC no-wave.
Johnny Dynell & New York 88 - "Jam Hot (Rhumba Rock)" (6:53)
Rammellzee vs K-Rob - "Beat Bop" (original 12" single) (10:11)
3 Teens Kill 4 - "Hold Up" (4:01)
Review: Designed as an accompaniment to Tim Lawrence's brilliant 2017 book of the same name, "Life and Death on the New York Dancefloor" offers a snapshot of one of the most significant periods in the history of NYC dance music. It focuses on a four-year period between 1980 and '83, when the city's various musical scenes mixed and mutated at a dizzying rate. Lawrence's selections are spot on, with mutant disco classics by the likes of Dinosaur L and David Byrne being joined by Latino electro-funk (Johnny Dynell), early hip-hop (Rammellzee Vs K-Rob), new wave (Tuxedomoon, Alan Vega) and post-punk rock (3 Teens Kill 4).