Trevor Bastow - Hey Disco! [LP]
Label: OM Swagger Music
Release date: 4th June 2021
Format: LP Album
Catalogue No: OMSLP003
In recent years disco has made a huge comeback as a genre ranging from the output of classic artists like Donna Summer to obscure gems released across the world from America to Africa.
Hey Disco! was originally recorded and pressed up on 1979 for Josef Weinbergers Programme Music imprint that made contemporary music available for use on radio, film and TV. This cracking collection of disco dance grooves was pressed in a limited run and was not commercially available. All of the tracks were written by Trevor Bastow and performed by a crack unit of top session musicians. Unlike many library albums Hey Disco! had a cohesive feel from beginning to end.
The music on Hey Disco! was only known to specialist library collectors and disco lovers but began to attract interest when the sleeve was featured in the expanded reprint of Jonny Trunk’s 2005 The Music Library book in 2016. In the same year the Big Deal! Weinberger Funk Library 1975-1979 collection featured two tracks - Integration and Hydrogene – from Hey Disco! Integration was an amazing electronic instrumental that had echoes of the sequenced heaven of Donna Summer’s I Feel Love and Hydrogene was an infectious beat driven piece of music. Listeners raved about the tracks and wanted more.
As Hey Disco! was not available digitally, interest amongst disco fans and library collectors who wanted to hear the entire album remained unsatisfied - unless you could get your hands on a rare original copy of the LP. Like, many long established and well run music libraries Josef Weinberger is still thriving today – as JW Media – so Ian Shirley of OM Swagger was able to licence the album for reissue directly from them.
The tracks were re-mastered from the original tapes by Tim Debney at Fluid Mastering who, as always, has done an amazing job.
Bastow’s original compositions on Hey Disco! have a wonderful flow on both sides of the LP. Tracks like Final Destination, Sunset West, Count Off, Sidewalk and Disco Hoedown are as funky as hell and it is a pleasure to allow fans of library and disco music to be get their hands on this lost gem penned by Bastow who sadly went to the big disco in the sky in 2000 at the age of 55.
Hey Disco! Is available on a 180-gram vinyl pressing that exactly replicates the rare Programme Music release from 1979. It is also available on CD, with the latter release featuring full liner notes and unseen photographs.
1. Hey Disco!
2. Final Destination
3. Disco Dive
4. Saving Time
5. Cool It
6. Sunset West
8. Count Off
9. Movin’ East
11. Disco Hoedown
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