Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Discotheque - The Discotheque Dance Album (1966)

Well, I finally did the Big Move of my furniture and stuff up from my old house to my new house over Memorial Day weekend. It was the drive from hell. It usually takes 8 to 9 hours to drive from Brownsville (the very bottom tip of Texas) to Dallas, but I was driving a 16-foot Budget truck (a piece of crap) and knew it would take longer. Well, when the truck started rocking from side to side in San Antonio, I knew it was not a good sign and had to drive even slower. I ended up stopping in Waco and calling a friend to drive down from Dallas to drive the truck the rest of the way. My friend said it was good that I stopped driving because there was something wrong with the front stabilizer, or something like that. But, he had driven big rigs so he knew how to handle trucks that drive bad. Anyway, I left Brownsville at 8 AM (with my teenage cousin to accompany me) and didn't get to Dallas until 11 PM - big fun. But, I have my stuff now - including the rest of my record collection! Woo hoo!

One of the albums I brought back is the one I've chosen for today's post. I liked the cover art and the name of the album, so that's why I bought it. It's an album of groovy instrumental hits performed by an all-star orchestra that includes Tony Mottola, Doc Severinsen, Dick Hyman, Bob Haggart, and is directed by Bobby Byrne. According to the liner notes, it is "played for continuous dancing discotheque style... the frug, the watusi, the swim, the fly, the twine, the hammer, the Prince Charlie, you name it..." Now, I've heard of the first three, but not the rest - and I have no idea how to dance any of them! But, it's a fun record to listen to, and also one to play at your next dance party! So, break out the cocktails and party dip, and prepare yourselves for "an unforgettably VIVID musical experience!"

Track listing for The Discotheque Dance Album:

Side 1:
1. A Taste of Honey
2. I'm Henry VIII, I Am
3. St. Louis Blues
4. I'm Telling You Now
5. Old Devil Moon
6. Mr. Tambourine Man

Side 2:
1. Bathtub Saturday Night
2. King of the Road
3. Gonna Build a Mountain
4. My Girl Sloopy (Hang On Sloopy)
5. Tonight
6. Baby Love


Lacey said...

File is unavailable.

Too bad to as this seemed like a good post.

Keep up the good work.

Esther said...

Hi, Lacey,

The system must've been down when you tried to download it because the link works now, and I've seen on my site statistics that others have downloaded it.
Thanks for visiting!


djSOUNDs said...

wow 1966!! curious wanna hear this one.. I hope the sound is good or at least remastered.

Anonymous said...

great post, thanks.

Creamy Wibbibs said...

I have to recommend a Doc Severinsen record from the early Seventies, "Quiet Hours with Doc Severinsen." This is impossibly lush, 101-Strings type orchestra with Doc's lazy trumpet licks over the top--it's not just easy listening, it's all but comatose! Not boring though, just verrrrry relaaaaaaaxing.