The eagerly anticipated fourth installment in DJ Supermarkt's Too Slow to Disco series was announced a few weeks back and it sent a giant, mellow wave of laidback excitement across the world as fans pre-ordered and marked June 30th on their calendars as the day Too Slow to Disco 3 would be released on How Do You Are? Records. How can Too Slow to Disco 3 be the fourth installment you ask? Surely, you didn't sleep on the third volume, 2016's The Ladies Of Too Slow to Disco, did you?
But we're not here to sell you on this collection, oh no - chances are if you're reading this, you have one or more of the previous volumes and were going to buy this one anyway. There are eighteen tracks this time around but before we break them down, let us pause to play the namesake song of the series, "Too Slow To Disco" from the self-titled 1980 album by Paul Davis, which has yet to be included on any volume in the series though it was present in the original mix that inspired the series:
- Captain Fingers himself has the pole position with "Is It You?", a tasty track from his 1981 album Rit, featuring Erik Tagg on lead mustache and vocals.
- Buried in the middle of Side Two of Bob Welch's The Other One (1979), "Don't Let Me Fall" has a bassline and breathy chorus made for the dancefloor.
- Pratt & McClain, go full disco with "Whachersign" (in its rare, promo only, nearly six-minute long Disco mix), a funky little ditty written and originally recorded by Jerry McClain's former bandmate Michael Omartian and Michael's wife, Stormy, for their Christian music album Adam Again.
- Cornelius Bumpus was a Doobie Brother from 1979-1982. He released Beacon in 1983, crediting it to The Cornelius Bumpus Quartet. "Inside You" closes out the first side of that album and is featured in the teaser below:
- For his fourth solo album, 1980's Falling In Love Again, David Gates tried rockin' a little harder on some tracks and dancin' a little faster on others, including a song that references Fred Astaire and roller-skating; "Silky" is about as funky as Gates gets.
- Written and sung by Don Blackman, the smooth track "I Love You" is from Weldon Irvine's 1976 album Sinbad.
- The Markley Band's On The Mark (1982) was the band's second and final album, featuring vocalist Sheila Lowe. The lead track "Fallin' In Love" fits in nicely with other Too Slow to Disco songs.
- "Do The Bossa Nova" by Vapour Trails was a one-off, the lone single from their 1979 self-titled album. Produced by Larry Carlton, who will show up a bit later with a song of his own.
- The Fifth Avenue Band's "One Way Or The Other" from 1969 is the oldest track on Too Slow to Disco 3 yet it fits in pretty well with the songs from the Seventies and the Eighties.
- Mark Capanni's "I Believe In Miracles" from 1974 is a positive, sunny track that lends its title to and appears on the soundtrack album for a 2015 documentary about Nottingham Forest FC. The song, written by Capanni and Bobby Taylor, was first recorded in 1973 by The Jackson Sisters in a wonderful funky arrangement.
- Rod Stewart, Kiss, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and Pink Floyd all released disco tracks but the most surprising disco song from a rock act was probably the Grateful Dead's "Shakedown Street" in 1978.
- Dwight Druick is a Canadian vocalist who released what appears to be his only solo album Tanger in 1980. It is entirely sung in Français as if the title to the saxy "Quand Tu Te Laisses Aller" doesn't give it away.
- Ed Motta called Archie James Cavanaugh's Back And White Raven album from 1980 "the holy grail" for AOR collectors in a 2014 piece for Waxpoetics.com, sending prices for the already rare album soaring. "Take It Easy" is a sweet appetizer to hold us over until we can get our hands on the elusive vinyl.
- "Taste And See" is a funky Gospel jam from Ed Mehl, originally released in 1980. It's got a great guitar solo, a super sax solo, and a groovy bassline.
- Technically, 1978's Larry Carlton is Larry Carlton's third solo album though it's the first one to demonstrate his full talents. "Where Did You Come From?" was written by backing vocalist William "Smitty" Smith, who also recorded the song for his own Smitty (1978) album.
- Influential DJ Professor Eddy is on record as saying "Cool Breeze" by The Jeremy Spencer Band is one of his "favourite West Coast tracks of all time". The track is from the band's 1979 album Flee featuring uncredited lead vocals by Jeanne Hendricks. Like Bob Welch up above, Jeremy Spencer is a former guitarist for Fleetwood Mac.
- Stars 'N' Bars are a Swedish duo and this is apparently the first time their track, also called "Stars 'N' Bars", has been licensed since its original release in 1981.
- "Special Delivery" is from the 1973 album of the same name by Billy Mernit. The song was later covered by Judy Collins in 1976 while Billy left music behind and went on to become an author, teacher and "rom-com guru" before revisiting his musical roots.
(Seeing no one had yet made one, I had started such a playlist but took a break for dinner only to come back to find the playlist above.)