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Peter NeroDisco Dance & Love Themes Of The 70s/Say Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose ... CD
Columbia/Vocalion (UK), 1973/1975. Used ... $9.99
A pair of 70s albums from Peter Nero – finally both out on CD! On Disco Dance & Love Themes Of The 70s, Peter Nero hits the disco years – and uses the groove to really transform his sound in a mighty great way! That bold piano that Peter put down in the 60s is still right out front in the mix – but it gets some soaring support from arrangements by Bert DeCoteaux, who adds in just the right blend of soul and strings to give the whole record a sweetly clubby sound! The approach is way better than most pop-disco modes of the time – thanks to the deeper pedigree of DeCoteaux – and the strong Nero piano lines really keep things moving, even in an instrumental mode. Titles include nice versions of "Feel Like Makin' Love", "Love's Theme", "Superstition", and "Theme From Emmanuelle" – plus a nice original called "Soul Ballet", a great funky number! Say Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose features some surprisingly great Fender Rhodes from Peter Nero – an artist who's normally just associated with acoustic piano! Nero didn't touch electric keys that often, but when he did the results were always great – these pointed, punctuated lines that had the same energy as his acoustic work, but with a very different vibe. Much of the record still features regular piano – mixed with nice charts from Nero and Bhen Lanzaroni – but the electric elements really make the whole thing great, and titles include "Woman Of The World", "A Million To One", "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life", "Loves Me Like A Rock", and "Daydream". CD

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