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Twogether Disco

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Twogether Disco, a 40-song, double disc set, is a decent addition to the endless supply of disco-themed compilations, extending its reach beyond disco's mainstream heyday and incorporating funk and straight-up R&B that, while hardly qualifying as disco, applies to the dancefloor. The common likes of the Village People's "YMCA," Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive," A Taste of Honey's "Boogie Oogie Oogie," George McCrae's "Rock Your Baby," Anita Ward's "Ring My Bell," and KC & the Sunshine Band's "Get Down Tonight" represent mainstream disco, while Imagination's "Just an Illusion" (a spectacular 1982 R&B chart hit; who could forget that piano melody?) Frankie Beverly & Maze's "Joy and Pain" (another early '80s R&B smash for good reason), and hardly celebratory yet immensely funky selections from the Temptations ("Papa Was a Rolling Stone") and Gil Scott-Heron ("The Bottle") give you an idea of the compilation's eclecticism. Other contributions come from Bohannon ("Disco Stomp"), Eartha Kitt ("Where Is My Man"), Amii Stewart ("Knock on Wood"), Irene Cara ("Flashdance...What a Feeling"), Odyssey ("Going Back to My Roots"), Ashford & Simpson ("Street Corner"), Brass Construction ("Movin'"), and T-Connection ("Do What You Wanna Do"). There's plenty of quality dance music to enjoy, and the compilation scores some points by throwing a few curveballs along the way.

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