Melba Moore ‎– Dancin' With Melba



Standing Right Here 7:01
Free 7:14
Play Boy Scout 6:21
Promised Land 9:53
Make Me Believe In You 9:14

Versions (8)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
BDS 5720 Melba Moore Dancin' With Melba(LP, Comp) Buddah Records BDS 5720 US 1979 Sell This Version
BDSC 5720 Melba Moore Dancin' With Melba(Cass, Comp) Buddah Records BDSC 5720 US 1979 Sell This Version
BDLP 4059 Melba Moore Dancin' With Melba(LP, Comp) Buddah Records BDLP 4059 UK 1979 Sell This Version
6.23991 AO Melba Moore Dancin' With Melba(LP, Comp) Buddah Records 6.23991 AO Germany 1979 Sell This Version
6.23991 Melba Moore Dancin' With Melba(LP, Comp) Buddah Records 6.23991 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
BDS 5720 Melba Moore Dancin' With Melba(LP, Comp, Club) Buddah Records BDS 5720 US 1979 Sell This Version
BDS 69014 Melba Moore Dancing With Melba(LP, Comp, RP) Buddah Records BDS 69014 US 1984 Sell This Version
FTG 302, 88725411022 Melba Moore Dancin' With Melba(CD, Comp, RE, RM, Exp) Funky Town Grooves, Buddah Records, Sony Music Commercial Music Group FTG 302, 88725411022 US 2012 Sell This Version


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January 15, 2016
referencing Dancin' With Melba, CD, Comp, RE, RM, Exp, FTG 302, 88725411022
By the time "Dancin' With Melba" came out in late 1979, there was such a glut of disco material that was on the market, not to mention the release of her new album, the sub-standard "Burn", that this collection of remixes was basically ignored. The title and the cover image probably didn't help as they are rather uninspired. Mixed by the late dj Richie Rivera, it features five cuts in the original starting with the best: "Standing Right Here", a dreamy, yet funky number written by the late McFadden and also sadly late Whitehead. It chugs along with an insistent groove and a chant like quality...'you promised me lovin', you promised me lovin'..."Free" is up next and this is another favourite of mine from the album. It was produced by Van McCoy originally and it has his sound all over it: syrupy sweet strings, and a chorus that gets under your skin and sinks into your brain. "Play Boy Scout" is my least favourite cut on here; it has a melody that doesn't work for me and I find the song dull. "Promised Land" is better, and I imagine would sound more impressive on a big sound system. It has a haunting quality that is captivating. "Make Me Believe In You" which I think was a big underground hit for Patti Jo in the early 70's is terrific: moody, melodramatic and just the right combo between being great for dancing whilst also being serious soul. The two bonus tracks then follow (although only one is listed as so) and "Good Love Makes Everything Alright" is my second favourite song on the whole album. Another Van McCoy production which features all his trademarks: the swirling strings, positivity and the 'whoos' that made up so much of his work with Faith, Hope and Charity and his own disco albums in the mid 70's. Finally, the 12" version of her well known McCoy classic "This Is It" ,which to be honest sounds like it was clipped a bit at the start but it still a great song. I do feel there was a longer version though. The liner notes feature Melba's thoughts on the project, but they're not really all that insightful. I do praise Funkytown Grooves for reissuing this though as remixed albums like this were not as common in 1979 as they are today. A review from Blues and Soul magazine at the time lamented that he felt the 'cuts went on too long for his comfort', and that the album was not aimed at listeners, rather, dancers. At that point in time it seems that reviewer had had enough of disco, but thirty plus years later, this is a worthy part of any Melba fans or disco dancers catalogue.