Various Artists

Jumpin': Original Full Length Classics from the Disco Underground

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Youngsters and those who are otherwise late to the party will be confounded at their elders' indifference toward this collection of rare classics from the late disco and boogie boom of the late '70s and early '80s. Unlike their watered-down and novelty-value platinum counterparts, none of these songs exactly troubled the charts upon release and none of them are played at sporting events. Regardless of any of the attendant snobbishness that comes along with a compilation like Jumpin', it is a fine grouping of sounds that emanated from New York clubs like the Loft and the Paradise Garage over 20 years prior to this release. If you're a vinyl purist, it could take you a fair amount of time at a princely sum to hunter-gather these 12 nuggets -- or you could just plunk down the cost of this one disc and be done with it. Five reasons for picking this up: the lush, Latin jazz-funk of Candido's "Thousand Finger Man"; the dizzying bliss of Cloud One's "Disco Juice" (surprisingly not in its superior nine-minute incarnation); the delightfully oddball roller-funk of T.W. Funkmasters' "Love Money"; the exuberant mid-tempo shake of Loose Joints' "Is It All Over My Face?"; and the dub-drenched Latin funk of Dinosaur L's "Go Bang." Acting primarily as a great introduction to the underground dancefloor favorites of yesteryear, the disc also functions as a skip down memory lane for former club-goers. Furthermore, many of these songs rightfully live on in the crates of house and disco DJs of the present.

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