Lester Lanin ‎– Dancing At The Discotheque

Philips ‎– PHS-600-145
Vinyl, LP, Stereo



The Discotheque, for the uninitiated, is a highbrow record hop given at a nigh spot (many are private clubs) where people from all walks of life- society, motion pictures, politics being especially well-represented- queue up to listen while a behind-the-scene disc jockey plays the latest records and a live rythem section picks-up and ad libs the basic beat for a brace of energetic dancers performing a never-ending repertoire of new dances steps.

In New York, disc palaces like Shepheard's and L'Interdit are in full swing and California's Whisky a GoGo is filled to constant capacity. The Discotheque is shaping up as the most popular gift from France since the Statue of Liberty.

At the Discotheque, the disc jockey takes on all the prominence of a bank president or master chef. The disco master of revolutions has to know what the dancers want most and has to develop a keen awareness of the tempo and tempers of the room. It's not the easiest job in the world, so it's fortunate the Lester Lanin decided to turn his well-known musical talent to the Discotheque. These selections are quaranteed to gladden the heart of even the most jaded Discothequer.

The Lanin Orchestra has filled dance floors from Monaco to the White House, from college campuses to debutant parties and cotillions, and there's no telling how many living room rugs have been rolled up to make way for Lanin's fine recorded moments. Now he adds new dimension to his baton artistry by presenting a record especially for the discotheque-minded.

It would take a book about the size of an unabridged Webster to give a complete description of each new dance spawned by the Discotheques, and any list would be woefully incomplete since dances are created at the rate of one a night. But it can safely and concisely be said that with any of the dances, be it Bird, Bug, Surf, Frug, Watusi, Dog, Monkey, Twist, or combination thereof: 1) the dance step is indicative of the name it bears (for the Bird- you flap your arms), and 2) the dancer keeps the feet stationary, letting the b ody answer the music's message.

And Lester Lanin makes sure the music delivers the message, from the Big Band sound through the Standards to the latest dance innovation. There is little doubt that this LB will probably add a new comer to the list. Since Disco habitues have developed a penchant for giving each and every step an appropriate name, before long, the gang at Il Mio will be moving to the SHimmy, Twist, Wobble, Hitchhiker, and the latest, the Lanin.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): PHS600145A- M1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): PHS600145B- M1

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