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SUST    818     LARA SAINT PAUL         SAFFO MUSIC                     CD      04.2018

In 1977, Eritrean ingénue, celebrity, model, softcore actress and singer Lara Saint
Paul journeyed from Italy to Los Angeles, California to record her sixth album, this
time with producer/musician/singer Leon Ware at the boards and writing or co-authoring
every track. This was a profound departure from her Italian easy listening/pop vocal
catalog. With English song titles and an uncredited Quincy Jones assisting on prod.,
session men Ray Parker Jr., Jimmy Gadson, King Errison and Chuck Rainey on guitar,
drums, percussion and bass, and backing vocals from the Pointer Sisters, this is
classic and sexy disco/funk from the genre's peak period, with Afrobeat flavor bubbling
over on the album's single, the haunting 'Voodoo Lady', and a sweaty, breathy undertone
throughout. 'Disco-Music Nudo di Classe' was the subtitle on her feature in the May
1979 issue of Italian skin rag Playmen, which also could be used to describe this
album. Classy naked disco. First time on CD."
SUST    819     VENUS DODSON            NIGHT RIDER                     CD      04.2018

Venus Dodson was part of a loose NYC-based collective in the late 1970's that revolved
around Leroy Burgess and Patrick Adams, whose track 'Shining' was a Paradise Garage
staple and is an acknowledged disco classic.
SUST    820     FLYERS                  YOU'RE MY LADY                  CD      04.2018

"From the nasty opening keyboard riff on 'Discomotion', to the flawless yacht rock
/ballad of 'My Lady' to the rudimentary drum programing on 'Mainline is Sunshine',
this album is chock full of perfectly executed disco-funk breaks and segues that
belie its West Berlin origin. Not sounding unlike the Whatnauts' or Norman Connors'
late 1970's/boogie output at points, or a less-produced Rhythm Heritage for their
technical prowess in a relatively raw context. Originally released on CIP
Filmproduktions, a label more associated with film than music releases, the band
is so tight it sounds as if they'd been culled from some library music session crew.
The band's leader L. H. Tempelhagen and singer The Black Magic Lady have fallen into
obscurity since this remarkable one-off release. First time on CD."