Martin Circus ‎– Disco Circus

Unidisc ‎– SPEC-1223
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM

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A Disco Circus 14:06
B Disco Circus Medley
Mixed By [Uncredited] – François Kevorkian



Publisher: Ivan Mogull Music Corp. (ASCAP)
℗ 1984 Vogue P.I.P. (France)
© 1984 Unidisc Records Ltd.

'Disco Circus Medley' contains pieces of NYC Peech Boys' 'Don't Make Me Wait' and Arte Noir's 'African Connection'

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SPEC-1223 Martin Circus Disco Circus(12") Unidisc, Black Sun SPEC-1223 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
SPEC 1223 Martin Circus Disco Circus(12") Matra SPEC 1223 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
SPEC-1223 Martin Circus Disco Circus(12") Unidisc, Prelude Records SPEC-1223 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
MS 1011 Martin Circus Disco Circus Medley(12") Alexis Records MS 1011 US Unknown Sell This Version
82876660231 Martin Circus Disco Circus(12") Disques Vogue 82876660231 France 2004 Sell This Version


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April 2, 2005
edited over 12 years ago

The Unidisc "Medley" version uses as its basis an un-released Francois Kevorkian acetate of Francois' un-released Dub Breakdown mix of Disco Circus. FK only gave the acetate (or tape version) to Larry Levan, David Mancuso, and perhaps a few other close DJ friends. At some point many years ago, someone stole David's copy and it was immediately bootlegged along with Francois' "X-Medley". The acetates were eventually recovered, but for many years Unidisc continued to put out this so-so-recording quality version, which does indeed have a lot of elements that were never in the original production at all. Now that Unidisc owns the old Prelude Catalogue, they have zero rights to release the Martin Circus material, which was originally licensed TO Prelude. Unidisc wound up owning the actual Prelude catalogue, minus Martin Circus.


February 22, 2005
edited over 13 years ago

An absolutely amazing disco track. It's one of those tracks that helped establish the house sound of the decades to follow. The 'Dum Dum' vocal bassline idea is later copied on many chicago house records.
Especially the Medley version is wonderfull. It incorporates some african sounding chants in the beginning and a very loud siren, nice to capture the attention when playing it in a club. Also vocal pieces from NYC Peech Boys' <a href=''>Don't Make Me Wait</a> are featured, another defining house/garage track. The only negative thing to say about this record is that on both the original and the 'Disco Classic' reissue the Medley version sounds like it's recorded on a C-60 casette from a radioshow, mixed with worn records.