John Davis And The Monster Orchestra* ‎– Night & Day / Up Jumped The Devil (Special Edition)

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Night And Day
1-1 Tell Me How You LIke It 5:16
1-2 I Get A Kick 3:01
1-3 Night And Day 5:08
1-4 I've Got You Under My Skin 4:20
1-5 I Can't Stop 5:05
1-6 In The Still Of The Night 5:23
1-7 You Do Something To Me 3:45
1-8 It's D'Lovely 2:37
1-9 Tell Me How You Like It (7" Edit) 3:32
1-10 I Get A Kick (12" Version) 5:19
1-11 Night And Day (7" Version) 3:30
1-12 I Can't Stop (12" Version) 6:59
1-13 I Can't Stop (7" Version) 2:58
Up Jumped The Devil
2-1 Up Jumped The Devil 5:40
2-2 We Can Fly 4:39
2-3 You Gotta Give It Up 5:45
2-4 Once Upon A Time 6:07
2-5 The Magic Is You 4:47
2-6 You're The One 3:42
2-7 Recapitulation 5:38
2-8 Up Jumped The Devil (12" Version) 5:31
2-9 Up Jumped The Devil (7" Version) 3:21
2-10 You Gotta Give It Up (12" Version) 5:46
2-11 You Gotta Give It Up (7" Version) 3:22
2-12 The Magic Is You (7" Edit) 3:36
2-13 You're The One (7" Edit) 3:22

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Notes

Dennis Harris miscredited as "Kenny Harris"

Tracks 1-1, 1-9, 2-1, 2-5, 2-8, 2-9, 2-12 Copyright Control.
Tracks 1-2, 1-3, 1-4, 1-6, 1-7, 1-8, 1-10, 1-11 published by Chappell Music Ltd.
Track 1-4 published by Warner/Chappell North America Ltd.
Tracks 1-5, 1-12, 1-13, 2-2, 2-3, 2-4, 2-6, 2-7, 2-10, 2-11, 2-13 published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Track 1-6 published by Warner/Chappell Music Publishing Ltd.

Tracks 1-1 to 1-13 ℗ 1976 Sam Records © 2014 Demon Music Group Ltd.
Tracks 2-1 to 2-13 ℗ 1977 Sam Records © 2014 Demon Music Group Ltd.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5014797880252
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 1): |DRCCDX025/A|*071914
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 2): |DRCCDX025/B|*071905
  • Mastering SID Code (Both discs): IFPI L011
  • Mould SID Code (Both discs): IFPI 5Q84
  • ASIN: B00JYDGHRO
  • Label Code: LC 13237

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Starcruiser

Starcruiser

January 15, 2016
John Davis was responsible for many of the lush orchestration behind some of the hottest disco acts in the 70's: Grace Jones, Gary Criss, Charo and many others were treated to his romantic arrangements. After producing the gorgeous "I'm In Heaven" for Touch Of Class, he and his orchestra commenced on their four albums that would rock dancefloors across the world in the latter half of the 1970's.

NIGHT AND DAY
"Night And Day" from 1976 went with a theme popular at the time: remaking 'standards' into disco friendly versions, in this case Cole Porter tunes. The title track hit #109 on the USA pop charts as well as making a dent on the disco charts. I must be blunt; the music has not aged well and sounds like a product of its time. But if you're into frantic string arrangements, percussion overload, horns galore and sexy, urgent girlie chanting, as obviously I am, then this will be your cup of tea. The disc opens with "Tell Me How You Like It" which is strong: sexy, lots of innuendo, rumbling bass and the expected flourishes of strings. Background vocals are the gorgeous and famed Sweethearts of Sigma. "I Get A Kick" is up next and is campy as hell, although its better in it's 12" version also included here. It's a great version of the song and you can just imagine sipping a martini next to a pot plant in a disco and then doing the hustle to it. The title track is up next and provides the perfect disco update of this song, 'whoo's' and all. As in many of their songs it includes a chant halfway through just to remind you that this was the disco era and it was fonky! "I've Got You Under My Skin" is in a similar vein but wears the formula a bit thin and is not really my favourite tune on the album by a long shot. In fact, the vocals can get rather shrill at times. "I Can't Stop" is another Davis original and is very strong, again better in its longer version also available here, less sugar and more funk in this one and I believe a staple for b-boys. It's back to the sugar for the next three songs: "You Do Something To Me", "It's D'Lovely" and "In The Still Of The Night" which all push the concept a bit too far. In particular, "You Do Something To Me" sounds garish, "It's D'Lovely" is camp as hell and almost cartoonish in its silliness. "Night and Day", "Tell Me How You Like It" and "I Can't Stop" are included in their 7'' edits as bonus tracks although for me I never both with these as I like the longer versions, although I know there are many people who expect these to be included. The aforementioned 12" versions of "I Get A Kick" and "I Can't Stop" are fantastic. All together, an album that has some great moments but one that would probably be more enjoyed for selected cuts rather than as a whole.

UP JUMPED THE DEVIL
Davis expressed fears that he would be typecast for covering others tunes and on this album it's all originals and in turn it's a much more satisfying album. The title track was a major club hit and cuts the cuteness for some lowdown funk that hits a nerve. "We Can Fly" is so gloriously happy and uplifting it can't help but put you in a good mood as it sinks its sweet teeth into your consciousness. Delightful! "You Gotta Give It Up" is back to that funky approach and is a so-so follow up to the title track. "Once Upon A Time" is in the "We Can Fly" vein and is again sweet as pie, a true romantic disco fantasy that again sinks into your brain. And finally, his masterpiece "The Magic Is You" in a nearly 14 medley, romantic, exciting, over the top, drenched in strings and features the man himself I think on some so so vocals. The whole medley is essential for anyone curious about a phenomenon of the disco era: that of the side long suite that was so popular back then. "Magic", "Devil" and "You Gotta GIve It Up" are included in their 7" edits which I don't bother with, but it does include "You're The One" with the funky percussive break from the "Magic" medley which is cool. "Devil" and "You Gotta Give It Up" are included in their 12" versions which is cool but I can't overly notice much difference.
It's beautifully packaged and has some nice vintage shots of the cover sleeves from the day and the sound is mastered so well by Bruce Bartlett. Liner notes are interesting by Alan Jones, famed author of "Saturday Night Forever".
In summing up, if you like MFSB, Salsoul Orchestra, or big band disco that's over the top and drenched in strings, then you can't go wrong with this two cd set!