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Disco-Trek [Atlantic, 1976]
You can't deny that disco gets more music out there. If it weren't for this remixed collection of eight mostly rare "disco hits" I might never have heard Sister Sledge's "Mama Never Told Me" or the Valentinos' "I Can Understand It." And since the music isn't brand new, its tone is more soulish than is the current norm, making this a more attractive sampler than any of Motown's Disco-Tech collections. I'm not always crazy about its hyped-up, spliced-in feel and instrumental riff-raff, but I have to admit that they actually improve Jackie Moore's "Time," so who knows. Social note: Boers overrunning South Africa were history's most prominent trekkers. How about retitling this Disco Tracks? B