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El Coco - (1998) Greatest Disco Hits

El Coco - (1998) Greatest Disco Hits

ALBUM Greatest Disco Hits (CD)
RECORD LABEL / RELEASE INFO: MCA Records (US) / 1998 / AVD 21103


Producers: W. Michael Lewis and Laurin Rinder


Cocomotion 5:14 1977 El Coco
Brazil 3:12 1975 El Coco
Gimme Some 3:01 1976 El Coco
Afodesia 8:21 1978 El Coco
Disco Carnival 2:24 1975 El Coco
A Brighter Shade Of Blue 2:26 1975 El Coco
Let's Get It Together 6:32 1976 El Coco
Dancing In Paradise 7:56 1978 El Coco
Mondo Disco 4:57 1977 El Coco
Shake it Down 4:45 1982 El Coco

El Coco - (1998) Greatest Disco Hits

The producers behind El Coco, Laurin Rinder and W. Michael Lewis, put out a boatload of Disco material from the mid 1970s into the early 1980s under a variety of fictitious studio groups. Most of their material has never seen the light of day on CD so it is satisfying to see that MCA/Universal Music has compiled an El Coco Greatest Disco Hits CD. Comprised of ten tracks, MCA chose some of El Coco's best for this greatest hits collection.

Unfortunately, many of the songs are edited especially the incomparable 1977 Disco classic, Cocomotion, which originally ran over ten minutes on the Cocomotion album. An "almost" complete version sans the last fifteen or so seconds appears on the now out of print CD, Disco 54: The AVI Collection. Disco Carnival and Mondo Disco are also edited versions.

Songs such as Brazil from the album Brazil, Gimme Some and Let's Get It Together from the album Let's Get It Together, the sexy and hypnotic Afrodesia from the 1978 album Dancing In Paradise, A Brighter Shade of Blue from the Mondo Disco album and Dancing In Paradise are all the full album versions.

The oddball track is Shake it Down from 1982 that is nothing like previous El Coco tracks in that it is an attempt at 80s Disco-Funk with black male vocals instead of the usual females. Would have preferred if they had left this track off so that we could have gotten a complete version of another track.

El Coco's Greatest Disco Hits is a budget release so there are no liner notes or photos, but the music speaks for itself.

This CD contains many of Rinder & Lewis' greatest El Coco Disco songs from the AVI catalogue. This compact disc has a ridiculously low price tag and very good audio quality so grab it despite some edited tracks as it is the only way to get most of El Coco's greatest hits on CD.


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