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Review: Various Artists, Cosmic Disco?! Cosmic Rock!!!

Eskimo Recordings is the label that released Prins Thomas two-disc mix Cosmo Galactic Prism.  So, when I saw they had also released a set called Cosmic Disco?! Cosmic Rock!!! I thought it would be more of the kind of space disco that Prins Thomas is known for.  Maybe with more of a rock influence – which would have been alright with me – but contemporary space disco all the same.  Uhh . . . no.

In the early 80’s one of the hottest club scenes in Italy was happening at the Cosmic Club on Lake Garda.  The DJ who made the club famous was Daniele Baldelli who was renowned for the wide variety of music he played, for the way he mixed tracks from wildly disparate genres together, and for his tendency to monkey around with time, often playing tracks at markedly slower tempos than originally recorded.  On Cosmic Disco?! Cosmic Rock!!! Baldelli joins up with another DJ, Marco Dionigi to present a dance mix of composed of carefully sequenced tracks with a decided rock influence.

The tracks that I recognize on Cosmic Disco?! Cosmic Rock!!! originated in Baldelli’s heyday in the late ’70s and ’80s.  For example he gives us his reworkings of The Thompson Twins’ “Beach Culture”, The Dream Syndicate’s “50 in a 25 Zone”, Ray Parker Junior’s “The Other Woman” and Martha and the Muffins’ “Danseparc”.  Not surprising given Baldelli’s notable skills and the period from which the music is taken, the tracks on Cosmic Disco?! Cosmic Rock!!! are exceptionally well mixed.  The drum programming that gives the set its dance rhythm is very well synced to each track and the tracks are well sequenced with each flowing from the one before smoothly and elegantly.  For me, one of the treats in the set was hearing Spider’s original version of “Better Be Good To Me” released in 1981 which Tina Turner would cover in 1984 with such great success.

If Cosmic Disco?! Cosmic Rock!!! had been released in 1989 it would probably have been a monster.  Released out-of-time in 2008 I expect that it will have somewhat limited appeal.  Which is a shame, really, because Baldelli is a master and it shows.  If you like dance music and have fond memories of music from the ’80s Cosmic Disco?! Cosmic Rock!!! is one you might want to check out.

Spider – Better Be Good To Me from Cosmic Disco?! Cosmic Rock!!!

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06/10/2010 - Posted by | CD reviews, music, music reviews | , , ,

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