Various Artists

1970s Disco Hits

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Not much information comes attached to the seven songs gathered on 1970s Disco Hits: a brief disc that anthologizes Harvey Miller's New York-based Tyson label. We know that Miller produced the cuts here, and we know that disco/boogie pioneer Patrick Adams (Black Ivory, Musique, Inner Life) had a hand in the arrangements. The most perplexing aspect of the disc is how only two of these selections could have possibly been recorded during the '70s. The other five have all the telltale signs of '80s production -- it's in the drum programming, it's in the synthesizer work, and it's also in the lack of string arrangements that Adams often used during the decade prior. Though low-budget and misleading, the material here -- all of it rare -- ranges from fair to good. None of it's as stunning as Adams' work for his own P&P or Prelude labels.. Lonzine Wright's "Stop the Taxi," and the Paper Dolls' "Cool It," are the two most significant curiosities. "Stop the Taxi" is the best track here, a spare house production with a delicate touch, while the production on "Cool It" comes closer to resembling club-friendly U.K. synth pop than anything else. Hardcore Adams fans will want this because the man's name is on it. Disco and house DJs will want this for the same reason. No one else has any reason to seek it out.