Dream Express

Dream Express

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O.K., it's true that the American market was all but glutted with mediocre, run-of-the-mill disco bands by the end of the 1970s. It's true, too, that most have them have been forgotten -- and usually for good reason. However, there's always an exception to every rule, and though Dream Express might have long ago been forgotten (assuming anybody even remembered them to begin with), still writer/producer Wes Farrell's latest foray into disco waters produced as snappy and peppy a collection of songs as anything else he ever put his name to. "Take Me Out Dancing" -- light, bright, and highlighted by its revved-up fancy guitar intro -- is the real kicker, a blur of excitement to remind, even in 1979, that it was still fun to get-down boogie. The rest of the LP carries on in similar style, and if it's unable to match the full-on exuberance of "Take Me Out Dancing," at least it has fun trying, across the pure disco grooves of "Disco Queen," the ebullient bass and synth "Midnight Dream," the pulsing "Body Shot," and the whip-paced "Wigged Out" -- titled, of course, for the curly platinum headgear that was the Dream Express' visual trademark. Captured in vivid color on the sleeve, by the way, it leaves them looking for all the world like an explosion in a cotton-candy store. Stubbornly avoiding the Euro-styled, Meco-esque, Star Wars-ian blips and beeps that had become de rigueur elsewhere on the disco scene, Dream Express choose their grooves carefully, wrapping up the good-time fluff in a humor-laden style that is all their own. Not taxing on the brain pan, but murder on the dancing shoes, Dream Express is a pure-bred feathery romp through disco's denouement.

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