Various ‎– Disco Italia: Essential Italo Disco Classics - 1977-1985


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September 1, 2015
referencing Disco Italia: Essential Italo Disco Classics - 1977-1985, CD, Comp, STRUT036CD

a missed opportunity thinking about how many magnificent classic period of the first Italodisco treated from 77 to 85 ( see Vivien Vee , Klein & MBO , Capricorn and you could go on for hours .. ) more essential here that you could put the subtitle of rarity , between the good things you could also say that from the first to unidicesima song , there are many good pieces of large manufacturers era Malavasi , Simonetti , Pulga primarily ..but the last 2 tracks ruin an operation that would be quite good, but one can not but wonder why there has been a wider operation of classic titles , I say to fans of Strut I hope that in a not too distant future you rifacciate alive with a second volume can raise the shortcomings of the first chapter


April 8, 2012
edited over 6 years ago
referencing Disco Italia: Essential Italo Disco Classics - 1977-1985, CD, Comp, STRUT036CD
Although marketed as "Italo Disco Classics", this compilation isn't exactly filled with what people think of when they hear the terms "Classics" or "Italo Disco". Italo Disco is normally 1982-1986 drum machine and/or synth-dominated, disco-style (but increasingly pop) productions of Italian origin, or things with a very similar sound. And you'd think classics would be well-known tracks, right?

Instead, the album is mainly obscure tracks in the more traditional acoustic and electric disco and boogie veins. On top of that, Five Letters and Revanche are French. Well, OK, Revanche has one Italian member, but the point remains that it's not even 100% "made in Italy", which IMHO is a prerequisite to using the term Italo. I can forgive the abuse of "Classics", but I feel the phrase "Italo Disco" shouldn't be used for these styles of Italian disco & boogie. It cheapens the compilation and lowers my opinion of the Strut label; clearly they were using the term to sell more copies. Also, the mastering of a few tracks is questionable—why such poor dynamic range on the Kano and Easy Going tracks? Why is "Wojtyla Disco Dance (Part 2)" played pitched down 8% (and listed as Part 1)?

Nevertheless, most of the music is of Italian origin, and the selections are all very good. For the obscure, quality music alone, it's a compilation worth getting.