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Old 06-15-2022, 05:10 PM   #401 (permalink)
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Showtime at the Apollo 2 : Ray Charles & The Raelettes


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Old 10-19-2022, 06:23 PM   #402 (permalink)
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Default Venus Dodson - Night Rider

I couldn't find a disco thread so I'm putting this in the Soul/R&B thread.

Night Rider is a really great disco track by Venus Dodson in 1979. What a Diva. Does anyone remember hearing or dancing to this? To me, it sticks out as different to many others. I can’t really remember if this exact track was played in Manchester UK in the 90s where I spent my college years, but these kind of tracks were guaranteed floor fillers. We were all jumping in sync with our jumpers (sweaters) tied around our waists as it would be getting too hot. Often these heavier tracks would be played in the latter part of the evening, probably to give the DJ a bridge into more house, D&B, techno tunes later on in the evening.

The rhythm and bass plays around different key centres, so it was really groovy to get thrown around the cadences. I guess the main key is A. But it moves so quick. Sometimes the verse is based around C, B flat and D, and then the chorus goes down to A, F and G, with a plunge down to D then back up again. And the vocals are brilliantly syncopated so you just get lost in it all. The backing vocalists sing in octaves throughout which gives a really lush, strong and rounded delivery (think also “Ain’t no mountain high enough” by Ashford and Simpson).

I read that the producers were Leroy Burgess, Patrick Adams and Ken Morris from New York. Does anyone have any more info on them? Did this track start out in NY discos before spreading around the world? I can’t believe Venus Dodson didn’t get as much recognition in Europe as Gloria Gaynor, Donna Summer, Chaka Khan etc., or did she? Were many of these tracks actually sung by Venus without us realising it?

This to me is a real disco gem. Her webpage is Venus Dodson Home Page for anyone interested in reading more about her.



Ooh, night rider
Take me higher, higher higher
Ooh, night rider
By your side, I'll let you fly

{Verse 1}
Your day begins at sundown
You're a creature of the night
And in every corner uptown
You rendezvous where light's all bright

{Pre-Chorus}
In my fantasies, you are all over town
Master of ecstasy, you captivate my mind
Whoa yeah

{Chorus}
Ooh, night rider
How I want to be there with you
Ooh, night rider
By your side, I'll let you fly

{Verse 2}
Center of attraction
Good times seem to follow you
I watch you from a distance
I know you're only passing through

{Pre-Chorus}
In my every dream, our love is one of a kind
But in reality, I know you'll never be mine, no, no

{Chorus}
Ooh night rider
How I want to be there with you
Ooh night rider
By your side, I'll let you fly
Night rider, yeah

{Instrumental}

{Chorus}
Ooh night rider
Ooh night rider
Ooh night rider
Ooh night rider
By your side, I'll let you fly
Ooh night rider

{Instrumental}

{Chorus}
Ooh night rider
How I want to be there with you
Ooh night rider
By your side, I'll let you fly
Ooh night rider
Ooh night rider
Ooh night rider
Ooh night rider
Ooh night rider
By your side, I'll let you fly
Ooh night rider
By your side, I'll let you fly
Ooh night rider
Ooh night rider
Ooh night rider
Ooh night rider

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Old 11-04-2022, 08:07 PM   #403 (permalink)
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Wah Wah Watson with Herbie Hancock 1976 (TV program Denmark) - Hang Up Your Hang Ups
With Herbie on keyboards, Bennie Maupin on reeds, Paul Jackson on bass and James Levi on drums
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3lgmnsTdcA


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A dirty jazz funk track from Byrd's 'Caricatures' album. Great descending cadence and classic Mizell Bros sound.

(Thinks of wandering around Manhattan in 1976, with all the colourful cars, leaky fire hydrants, people in the streets...)

Donald Byrd - Onward Til Morning

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It had a great line up too:
Donald Byrd - Trumpet, Co-Writer
Patrice Rushen - Keyboards
Gary Bartz - Saxophone
David T. Walker - Guitar
James Jamerson - Electric Bass
Harvey Mason - Drums
Stephanie Spruill - Percussion
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I got some[Barry White]goin on.
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Spinning this one now. Good to hear again.
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II got some Jazz going on with...Jeff Lorber Fusion!
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