April 3, 2017 Rightside Up

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Diana Ross, Diana, Motown M8-936M1, 1980

Hard as it is to imagine considering her superstar statue, Diana Ross’ solo career was fairly disjointed.  Yes, there were #1 hits every so often, but there never was a remarkable ground breaking record until this one.  That I was able to find a really great copy of it for $2 is not a testament to how good it is, but because it sold millions of copies and, well, people don’t like to move with albums.

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The legend goes that Ms. Ross was hanging out at Studio 54 one night and heard (and met) producers Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards.  Their group Chic blended funk and soul in a very clean modern way.  Ross, knowing a good thing when she heard it, asked Rodgers and Edwards to produce her next album.  She told them she wanted to turn her career upside down, and come out with a whole new sound.

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Rodgers and Edwards responded with amazing material, that Motown hated.  Their own producer sat down with Ross and stripped most of the disco sounding guitar riffs and sped up the playback speed of the tracks before releasing it.  Rodgers and Edwards sued of course, but the public didn’t care.  The backstage drama still produced Diana Ross’ biggest album.

Today’s Summary:
Cost: $2, $253 Remaining

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July 26, 2016 Freak Out

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Chic, C’est Chic, Atlantic SD-19209, 1978

Sometimes, really affordable records can be quite good.  Not everyone will admit to liking Disco Music, but I think its the label they don’t like.  This is a damned great album.  Its only affordable because it sold waaaay more copies than there are record buyers now, so a great condition example like this one can be bought for next to no money.

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Le Freak, while being one of the biggest selling singles of all time (reportedly to this day the best selling Atlantic/Warner single of all time) is a record that really came to define its era.  It’s sound has influenced all dance music that came after it, and the rest of the album follows its lead perfectly.

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I generally don’t promote records like this.  Mostly because industry changing records cost more than my budget allows, but I didn’t have to think twice before taking this one home. To quote Ferris Bueller, “if you have the means, I highly suggest you pick one up”.  It’s not as hard to find as you might think…

Today’s Summary:

Cost: $2, $884 Remaining

 

 

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