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Silver Convention

  • Save Me [Midland International, 1975] B+
  • Silver Convention [Midland International, 1976] B-
  • Madhouse [Midland International, 1976] B

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Save Me [Midland International, 1975]
All I know about this predominantly black group is that its home town is Munich, in Germany, and that its current single, "Fly, Robin, Fly," is currently, well, taking off. The style is very bare and pure, sort of minimal disco, with lyrics so simple-minded they couldn't have been devised by anyone who knows English as a native language. Like so much good disco, it's funny, and not intentionally, one of those aberrations that could be turned into a major annoyance by major popularity. For the time being, however, it's catchy yocks. B+

Silver Convention [Midland International, 1976]
I hedged last time for fear this group would turn into an annoyance if they got big, but they didn't. Instead they persist as an odd classic, instantly identifiable within a notoriously homogeneous genre, replacing soft disco's characteristic baby-oil flow with an endearingly square herky-jerk. Unfortunately, this collection necessitates a more serious hedge, on grounds of material ("songs" seems to arty a term). They should have borrowed "Lady Bump" and "Big Bad Boy" from Penny McLean, whose bland vocalizing is best buried in the mix, as it is here, rather than showcased on a "solo" album. B-

Madhouse [Midland International, 1976]
Just what you've always wanted--protest disco, in which the philosophical evasions of disco and its lifestyle are taken on (in "oratorio" form) within the genre itself. That means it's simplistic by definition. It's also a noteworthy curio, and a listenable one. B