Various - Now That's What I Call Disco

There will always be a small number of ageing punks and rockers who have no truck with disco, but we don't have anything to do with those types. Disco was, of course, just another spin on popular dance music. It was about sex, broken hearts, fooling around and staying up until dawn (so the good stuff basically), all dressed up in expensive-sounding finery (no genre used strings more than disco) and space age electronica. As the success of 'Get Lucky' this year proves, it's a music that continues to shape today's dancefloor sounds.

In terms of value for money, this latest entry in the Now That's ... catalogue wins out: three CDs chock full of classic disco goodness for less than the price of a couple of cinema tickets. A quick scan of the tracklist confirms that most of the big 1970s hitters are here, everything from George McCrae's 'Rock Your Baby' (the UK's first disco number one), Chic through to Candi Staton and The Jacksons, the latter still able to take disco tunes into the charts at the turn of the decade, a few years after the genre's fire had burned brightest. The Bee Gees are obvious absentees, posssibly due to licensing costs, which might also explain why a few of these tracks appear to be re-recordings or unfamiliar mixes, thus shaving a few points off what would otherwise be a great stocking filler at any time of the year. All together now: "Ra-ra-Rasputin!"



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