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  • Last Night a D.J. Saved My Life [Sound of New York, 1983] A-
  • Pajama Party Time [Becket, 1984] C+

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Last Night a D.J. Saved My Life [Sound of New York, 1983]
With its nonelectronic JB rhythms and outlandish sound effects (percussion includes a flushing toilet), this terse little sleeper of a novelty-hit spinoff bridges predisco and postdisco funk cannily and unassumingly. Reggie Magloire is a nasty girl who's not just trying to impress the boys, Rose Marie Ramsey's her more romantic counterpart, and with help from writer-producer-arranger-band Michael Cleveland they make street music together. A-

Pajama Party Time [Becket, 1984]
I took a deep breath when I noticed that the raunchy vocal duo who'd fronted the greatest sleeper album in disco history was down to Rose Marie Ramsey, not the raunchier of the two. And you know, I never did exhale. No DJ will save this one. C+