Silver Eagle Records released the first CD disco compilation, the double disc Dancin' The Night Away, in 1988. Rhino Records issued their first disco compilations, the first two volumes of The Disco Years, in 1990. Both volumes were available on vinyl, cassette tape and CD. Those first 2 CDs contained four bonus tracks each, giving them 16 songs vs the 12 songs on other formats.
In 1992, three more volumes of The Disco Years were released followed by Volumes Six and Seven in 1995. Also in 1992, a special Disco Sucks 20 track promo sampler was sent out for in-store play.
Beginning with Volume Three, each successive CD features 18 songs each while the cassette versions were bumped up to 14 songs each. (No vinyl versions were released after Volume Two.) Musicologist Ken Barnes compiled the discs and wrote the liner notes as well. The discs sound great and offer the hit single versions of many of disco's most popular songs including those by Donna Summer, KC & the Sunshine Band, Village People, Change, Chic and Kool & the Gang.