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Disco Spectrum 2

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More stunning Real Disco for Real People, like its predecessor compiled with insight and authority by Joey Negro; the names are more familiar this time out -- Patti Labelle, George Duke, the Main Ingredient, Eddy Grant (!) -- even if the material itself is ripe for rediscovery. Several tracks, including Don Ray's brilliant opener "Standing in the Rain," spotlight the great French producer Cerrone, who at his best rivaled the legendary Giorgio Moroder, while Cloud One & the Universal Robot Band's spacy "Don't Let This Rainbow Pass Me By" shifts the focus to Patrick Adams, another of the era's most prolific and groundbreaking studio svengalis. Where so much disco has grown stale over the decades, all 22 of Disco Spectrum's choice cuts sound as fresh today as one imagines they did back in their day; BBE can do no wrong.

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