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Midnight Rhythm

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Throughout the history of dance-pop and disco, there have been artists who had both radio appeal and club appeal (Donna Summer in the 1970s, Madonna in the 1980s, Crystal Waters in the 1990s) and artists who only had club appeal. In 1978, Midnight Rhythm was the quintessential club act. This self-titled Euro-disco LP wasn't the least bit radio friendly; the shortest tune lasts nine minutes, the longest lasts 15 minutes. But while Midnight Rhythm didn't interest either R&B or pop radio, club DJs were quick to embrace this album's three tracks, which include "Workin' & Slavin' (I Need You)" and "Midnight Rhythm" on side one and the 15-minute "Climb/Rushin' to Meet You" on side two. The songs are invigorating and catchy, if mechanical and limited; this is the type of dance music that loses a lot of its appeal outside of a club setting. While Donna Summer's "Last Dance," Madonna's "Like a Virgin," and Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" are the type of dance records that you can either get up and move to or sit down and listen to, Midnight Rhythm's LP is strictly for the dance floor. The production is everything, and the vocals are only there to support the beats and the tracks. But despite its limitations, this is a likable record that has been exciting club DJs since the late 1970s.

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