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Harvey Scales - Hot Foot - A Funque Dizco Opera (1979)

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Harvey Scales - Hot Foot - A Funque Dizco Opera (1979)
Artist: Harvey Scales
Title Of Album: Hot Foot - A Funque Dizco Opera
Year Of Release: 1979
Label: Casablanca Records / NBLP-7164DJ
Genre: Funk, Disco, Soul
Total Time: 42:11 min
Format: FLAC (tracks, vinyl)
Quality: Lossless
Total Size: 252 mb

Harvey Scales once co-wrote 'Disco Lady' for Johnnie Taylor. The hit sold millions. He also cut some superb hard funk 45s during his 'Harvey Scales and the Seven Sounds' era. A bit of searching will take you to some nice blogs that have those 7-inches online. This album by Harvey Scales is, in fact, 'A Funque Dizco Opera'. And that's exactly what it is. An opera. The story is simple: we listen to the adventures of Hot Foot, the best disco dancer in town. But there's competition on the block, 'cause Fast Steppin' Eddie from Detroit City came over to challenge Hot Foot's reputation! Too bad nobody ever decided to take this opera to Broadway... Anyway, don't worry too much about the 'Dizco' in the sub title, 'cause Scales made sure to emphasize on the funk. In the first track, you will definitely hear similarities with 'Shaft' from Isaac Hayes. Track 2 kicks off with a disco intro, but after 30 secs it turns into an almost cover of Kool's 'Jungle Boogie'. Track three, a ballad, features a brilliant bass solo by Robin Gregory. I won't go into all songs, since they're all good, but one track stands out as an absolute killer: 'Dancing Room Only'. This one really has to be played loud. What a superfunky floor filler. 'Dancing Room Only' is also very famous amongst beat diggers for the nice drum intro, which was once used by the Beastie Boys in 'Shake Your Rump'. By the end of the album, Hot Foot finally meets with Fast Steppin' Eddie and a disco dance battle has to decide who is the real disco king. You just have to check out the whole album to find out who wins! Also pay attention to what happens after the last song fades out... Up to this day I haven't been able to find this rare bomb on CD; not even a Japanese pressing. So, folks, enjoy this funque dizco opera.


A1 Hot Foot (Theme) 4:03
A2 Disco Fire 5:49
A3 I Get Off On You 6:19
A4 Rock Your Body 4:30
B1 Dancing Room Only 6:43
B2 Keeps Getting Better 5:58
B3 (Show Up) For The Showdown 7:40

Arranged By [Rhythm] – Harvey Scales, Melvin Griffin
Arranged By [Strings & Horns] – Melvin Griffin
Bass – Robin Gregory
Conductor [Strings & Horns] – Melvin Griffin
Drums – Jeffrey Williamson
Guitar – Cedrick Rupert
Keyboards, Saxophone [Alto] – Melvin Griffin
Mixed By – Harvey Scales, Melvin Griffin, Wayne Newendorf
Percussion – Shondu Akiem
Piano – William Scott Harralson
Producer – Harvey Scales, Melvin Griffin
Recorded By, Engineer – Wayne Newendorf
Saxophone [Baritone] – Ben Petry
Saxophone [Tenor] – Kenny Walker
Synthesizer – John Eidsvoog
Trombone – Kevin Lockett
Trumpet – Ivan Howard
Vocals – Harvey Scales
Vocals [Featuring] – L. C. Coney, Thomas Causey
Written-By – Harvey Scales, Melvin Griffin

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