To disco with love
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Over 250 Disco-era album covers-from sexy to silly, elegant to outrageous-that brings alive a time when fashion, politics, and sexuality all converged in harmony on the dance floor.
Paging through To Disco, with Love is like catching Saturday Night Fever all over again. From Diana Ross and Donna Summer gazing fiercely from their chart topping albums to the Village People's trademark costumes and the Bee Gee's blinding white jumpsuits, To Disco celebrates the days when the dance floor ruled the world.
Gathered together and presented chronologically, these striking covers tell the story of a moment in time when art and photography, music, and dance changed the world. We see a rapid evolution, from the early days when Disco's roots were firmly planted in Soul, Latin, and Jazz, all the way to the digital revolution of the 1980s. Like fleeting moments caught in the strobe, these covers vibrantly capture our takes on fashion and beauty, wealth and status, sex, race, and even God.
As the hair gets bigger, bell bottoms wider, and platform shoes steeper, the vibrancy and energy of this moment in music history is brought back to vivid life. Accompanied by insightful, spirited descriptions that showcase the evolving trends in photography, illustration, and design, To Disco, with Love charts the history of the music and the industry during its groovy heyday.
steady thump, thump, thump with a feeling of urgency. Gradually, perhaps with the first rays of dawn, it all fades away. A virtual trip. “Trapped in A Stairway” and his version of “Last Dance,” two songs Jabara wrote for Thank God It’s Friday, in which he had a prominent role, are also included on this disc. “Last Dance,” as performed in the film by Donna Summer, won Academy and Golden Globe Awards for Best Original Song. Technicolor Locales Resembling Eden, apples, oranges, and something that
Columbia Records. Art direction: Ed Lee; Photography: Menken-Seltzer. Paul Jabara, Keeping Time. Casablanca Record and FilmWorks, Inc. Art direction: Henry Vizcarra/Gribbitt!; Logo: Chuck Schmidt; Photography: Ron Slenzak. D.C. LaRue, Confessions. Casablanca Record and FilmWorks, Inc. Graphics: Stephen Lumel/Gribbitt!; Photo: Ron Slenzak. Eddie Drennon, It Don’t Mean A Thing. Casablanca Records and FilmWorks, Inc. Art direction: Edward Beckett/Gribbitt; Photography: Ron Slenzak, Scott Hensel.
of Oz. Millennium Record Co, Inc. Art direction: Gribbit!. Parlet, Pleasure Principle. Casablanca Record and FilmWorks, Inc. Art direction and design: Gribbitt!; Illustration: Shusei Nagaoka. Fat Larry’s Band, Spacin’ Out. Fantasy Records. Art direction, illustration: Phil Carroll; Design: Dennis Gassner/Lucinda Cowell. Patrick Adams, Phreek. Atlantic Recording Corp. Art director: Sandi Young; Illustration: Todd Schorr. Motown Sounds, Space Dance. Motown Record Corp. Cover concept: Michael L.
Karen Coshof. Amii Stewart, Knock On Wood. Ariola America, Inc. Sleeve: Cooke-Key; Photography: Brian Aris. copyright www.brianaris.com. C.D. Band, HooDoo VooDoo. Casablanca Records and FilmWorks, Inc. Design: Murry Whiteman/Gribbitt!; Photography: Dick Zimmerman. Bionic Boogie, Hot Butterfly. Polydor, Inc. Design: Mick Rock/Thormahlen; Artwork: Ernie Thormahlen; Photography: Mick Rock. Blondie, Parallel Lines. Chrysalis Records Inc. Art direction and design: Ramey Communications; Lettering:
Three’s a charm. Riffing on their name, The Three Degrees’ album portraits present them as different temperatures, warm and cool. The turban-wearing gals look like hot licks of flame on the red album, which has three important cuts: “Dirty Old Man,” an early dance floor favorite; “When Will I See You Again,” an international hit for which they are still remembered; and the Gamble and Huff–penned theme song for TV’s Soul Train, “TSOP” (“The Sound of Philadelphia”) which was such a huge success it