Various Artists

Disco Fever

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Compiled by the hugely successful dance label All Around the World, more famous for releasing happy hardcore tunes and chart-friendly floor-fillers, Disco Fever is a three-CD collection of songs from the 1970s era of Saturday Night Fever, glitter balls, and Studio 54. Its 60 classics include anthems from some of the genre's most influential artists (Donna Summer's "I Feel Love," Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive"), tracks later made famous by other artists (Thelma Houston's "Don't Leave Me This Way," Dan Hartman's "Relight My Fire"), and contributions from acts not necessarily associated with the sound (ABBA's "Dancing Queen," Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight"). Highlights from the first disc include Sylvester's falsetto-led "You Make Me Feel Mighty Real," Barry White's seductive "You're the First, the Last, My Everything," and the Gap Band's party favorite "Oops Upside Your Head." Diana Ross' funky "Upside Down," James Brown's iconic "Get Up (I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine)," and Shalamar's bass-driven "A Night to Remember" provide the standouts for the second disc, while Spanish duo Baccara's chart-topper "Yes Sir, I Can Boogie," the Village People's novelty hit "Y.M.C.A," and Quincy Jones' brass-infused "Ai No Corrida" are the choice cuts from disc three. Considering the impact the Bee Gees made on the scene, it's surprising that their prolific output is ignored here (although Yvonne Elliman's "If I Can't Have You," penned by the brothers, does appear). But apart from that rather notable omission, the comprehensive and consistent Disco Fever serves as both a trip down memory lane for '70s clubbers and a comprehensive introduction for new listeners wanting to discover the uplifting party sounds of the New York/Philadelphia-originated scene.

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