Various Artists – Can You Feel It? Vol.2: Modern Soul, Disco & Boogie 1976-84
Only one year after the big success of “Can You Feel It? Modern Soul, Disco & Boogie 1976-86”, Tramp Records is extremely proud to present the second volume in the series. Get up, get down, and get ready for some more highly underrated MODERN SOUL, DISCO and BOOGIE! SIDE A: Cirt Gill’s disco bomb “Put The Music In Your Ear” is the perfect tune to open this second Volume. Tony Swamy, originally from Georgetown, Guyana, South America, recorded his one and only 45 in 1978. German saxophonist/band leader Ambros ‘Mabusso’ Seelos is best known for his 1960s/70s funk outings. “In Orbit” is an insanely groovy disco cut and with this compilation celebrates its debut on vinyl! The Gangbusters unreleased disco banger remained in the can for 38(!) years until Tramp put it out on proper 45rpm single (on clear wax!) in 2018.
SIDE B: The contribution of The Mabin Brothers Band is quite obscure as is “Love Me” by Mr. Maurice, while Maxwell is best known for his funk classic “Radiation Funk”. “Meltdown” was recorded around the same time but remained unreleased. Funk 45 collectors watch out as Tramp will put out a strictly limited 7″ of both tracks soon – don’t sleep! Harry Hann recorded “Bump and Run” in 1977 when The Bump was one of the hottest dances around.
SIDE C: Tyree Glenn Jr. is no new name for the educated Tramp musicologist (check out “Can You Feel It? Vol. 1″ and the two recently released 7” reissues “Jealous Love” b/w “Beautiful Woman” and “Superbad” b/w “Marl Sehen”). Jeremy Power’s “Ombre De Plaisir” is sung in french, and what a “magnifique” Boogie-Funk track it is! “Intercession” was recorded in 1984 and is also a very fine midtempo Boogie track. Cecil Lyde is best known for his superrare, self-produced Stone Free album from which we pulled “Money’s Funny”.
SIDE D: The album finishes with four mellow tracks. First of all we have the wonderful “Dear Wendy”, followed by the equally great “Lover’s Fantasy”. Grayson Street delivers the uplifting “Medicine Man” which has a similar positive vibe as the final choice for CYFI 2 by The Fantastic Shakers, Carolina’s premier beach music combo. “The Wrong Side Of Me” with its catchy almost pop-ish arrangement closes out the set perfectly.
So there you have it, 16 obscure but brilliant Disco, Modern Soul & Boogie grooves of which the majority have not been compiled anywhere else. Not sure if there will be a third volume in the future, but if the answer to the question: “Can You Feel It?” is “YES!”, then we shall see.