At the end of last year we asked the question on our social media channels, ‘what’s your all time favourite retro release?’ and we were bombarded with suggestions and memories from members past and present! A series that was mentioned time and again was the old ‘Combo’ range, which featured the likes of ‘Disco Combo’, ‘Pop Combo’, ‘Party Combo’ and ‘Latino Combo’ – remember them?
The release that evoked a lot of happy memories was ‘Disco Combo 1’, a fun and funky double album containing some classic tracks, such as ‘Disco Inferno’ (well, obviously!) ‘Funky Town’ and Can You Feel It’ by the awesome Jacksons!
This was only released on cassette tape and had an interesting BPM range, to say the least, with side one starting at 132, climbing to 144 in the middle of the mix, then gradually slowing in tempo again to end on 133! Side 2 was a more consistent 125 – probably the preferred pace for Step at the time!?
Here’s the full tracklist for anyone who’d like a trip down memory lane:
- Dan Hartman – Instant Replay
- The Tramps – Disco Inferno
- Kelly Marie – Feels Like I’m In Love
- The Real Thing – Can You Feel The Force
- Gibson Brothers – Que Sera Mi Vida (If You Should Go)
- Gonzales – Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet
- Brainstorm – Love Is Really My Game
- Pointer Sisters – Jump
- Sylvester – Do You Wanna Funk
- The Jacksons – Can You Feel It
- Gary’s Gang – Keep On Dancing
- Anita Ward – Ring My Bell
- Chic – Le Freak
- Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive
- Stacey Lattislaw – Jump To The Beat
- Hamilton Bohannon – Let’s Start The Dance
- Tasha Thomas – Shoot Me With Your Love
- Sister Sledge – We Are Family
- Gloria Gaynor – Reach Out
- Evelyn Thomas – High Energy
- Narada Michael Walden – I Shoulda Loved Ya
- Lipps Inc – Funky Town
- Ottawan – D.I.S.C.O
- Detroit Spinners – Working My Way Back To You
I defy anyone to not be humming these tunes all afternoon (and I’m really sorry if you’ve got I Will Survive stuck in your head…)
If you’d like to re-create this disco vibe in your class, check out our double album Disco Inferno, which contains a lot of the same classic tracks!
What are your all time favourite Pure Energy releases that have stood the test of time? Do you still have a loft crammed with cassette tapes that will never get played again? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn!