Sunday, June 25, 2006

GREGG DIAMOND


rofile:
Born 1949, New York City, New York State, U.S.A.

Died 14th March 1999




















ANDREA TRUE CONNECTION - More More More (1976)


Genre:
Electronic
Style:
Disco
Credits:
Producer - Gregg Diamond


Tracklisting:

01 Party Line
02 Keep It Up Longer
03 More, More, More
04 Fill Me Up (Heart To Heart)
05 Call Me


Link to download:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/552u4h

"If you lived in the 70's like myself, she was the ultimate disco diva along with Donna Summer. Though not as successful as Summer (due to her porn star past), she still had the range towards mainstream acceptance."

"One of the most enjoyable disco recordings."

""More, More, More" is a great song, and it is probably one of the best disco songs out there. The rest of the material comes close to that song's classic lush appeal! This is great for anybody who appreciates good dance music!"

some bio:
"Singer Andrea True was among the most fascinating characters to emerge from the disco era -- a former porn star, she was best known for the smash "More, More, More," one of the truly classic club hits of its time. Born and raised in Nashville, during the late '60s True relocated to New York City to pursue a career in acting. Outside of work as an extra in a handful of mainstream films, she enjoyed little success; eventually, she was forced to turn to X-rated material. While in Jamaica in 1975, she recorded the sensual "More, More, More" with producer Gregg Diamond; the track -- credited to the Andrea True Connection -- was then licensed to Buddah Records and remixed by Tom Moulton, and upon its release ultimately reached the number four slot on the U.S. pop charts. An LP, also titled More, More, More, soon followed, but after the sophomore effort White Witch failed to match True's early success, her recording career was essentially over." ( All Music Guide)

more about Andrea: http://www.70disco.com/andtruec.htm





BIONIC BOOGIE

Genre:
Electronic
Style:
Disco























BIONIC BOOGIE (1977)

Credits:
Arranged By - Brad Baker Bass - Jim Gregory Drums - Alan Schwartzburg Guitar - Lance Quinn , Steve Love Percussion - Jimmy Maelen Producer - Gregg Diamond Saxophone - Joe Ferguson Strings - Gene Orloff , Harry Lookofsky , Jesse Levy , Kermit Moore , Lony Loniere , Sanford Allen Trombone - John Kelly , Trumpet - Charley Miller , Peter Ecklund


Tracklisting:

01 Dance Little Dreamer (3:40)
02 Risky Changes (6:19)
03 Don't Lose That Number (Mumbo Jumbo) (4:50)
04 Boogie Boo (5:16)
05 We Must Believe In Magic (4:56)
06 Stop The Music (4:53)
07 Feel Like Dancing (3:55)
08 Big West (4:50)


Link to download:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/cuwdku

"Bionic Boogie were a studio disco outfit produced by disco magician Gregg Diamond. For Bionic Boogie's first incredible disco album, he wrote songs like "Mumbo jumbo" and "Dance little dreamer", although the highlight of this album is "Risky changes". (This track is available also on a rare 12" 3-track EP promo). (http://www.disco-funk.co.uk)





















HOT BUTTERFLY (1978)

Credits:
Arp Axe - Jerry Thomas, Arranged By [Strings, Horns] - Brad Baker, Bass - Jim Gregory, Drums - Richard Crooks, Guitar - Steve Love ,Hand Claps - Disco Dykes, The, Mastered By - Joe Gastwirt, Mixed By - Godfrey Diamond, Percussion - Jimmy Maelen, Percussion [Additional] - Godfrey Diamond, Producer - Godfrey Diamond, Vocals - Cissy Houston , David Lasley , Luther Vandross , Zach Sanders


Tracklisting:

01 Hot Butterfly (5:18)
Harp - Gene Bianco Synthesizer - Jerry Thomas
02 Chains (6:21)
Synthesizer - Jerry Thomas
03 When The Shit Hits The Fan (Rocket Pocket) (5:24)
Guitar [Electronic] - Lance Quinn
04 Paradise (5:15)
Guitar [Electronic] - Jeff Miranov Harp - Gene Bianco
05 Cream (Always Rises To The Top) (6:35)
06 Fess Up To The Boogie (5:25)


Link to download:
http://rapidshare.de/files/24054845/hot_butterfly_1977.rar.html


"Gregg Diamond always had a knack for making some rather unusual disco music. He had a distinctive style and this album is an excellent example of it. His lyrics could be a bit out there, but that's Mr. Diamond. Bionic Boogie was one of the names he used for the studio musicians he employed. The title track "Hot Butterfly" shows that he could be sensitive when need be without resorting to schmaltz. Measured and dreamy, it feels like the perfect closer after exhausting your body on the dancefloor. It also has a sweet lead performance by the late Luther Vandross, three years before he started his solo career. "Chains" is Diamond in his more quirky mode. It has a driving, rock-tinged beat layered with unison singing by the four excellent session singers employed on the album, namely David Lasley, Cissy Houston, Zachary Sanders & Luther Vandross. "When the s**t hits the fan (Pocket- rocket)" is one of the two silly filler tunes included on this six-song set. "Paradise" is a fast-tempo latin-influenced dancer with David Lasley's falsetto bouncing all over it. It's a catchy, busy tune. "Cream (always rises to the top)" is a mid-tempo dancefloor classic with soft, but insistent drumming and jazzy guitars flowing throughout. The song also has some of the most puzzling lyrics that Diamond ever wrote and Zachary Sanders lead vocal has lots of character to add to the piece. The album concludes with the goofy "Fess up to the boogie", which includes thought-provoking lyrics such as "The Wizard of Oz is number one because he fessed up to the boogie." Deep. Overall, it's a disco classic that has been transferred to cd with wonderful clarity. Last but not least, there's that freaky-looking album cover. In case you couldn't tell, that is a drag queen on the cover, looking quite fierce. She's obviously a Rocky Horror Picture Show fan. "























TIGER, TIGER (1979)

Tracklisting:

01 Lay It On The Line
02 Crazy Lady Luck
03 Spandisco Band
04 Tiger, Tiger (Feel Good For A While)
05 Take The Boogie Home
06 Seaview

Link to download:
http://rapidshare.de/files/24055964/tiger_tiger_1979.rar.html

http://www.mytempdir.com/766640 track 06 : seaview


"A pretty weak album by the late great Gregg Diamond of Bionic Boogie and Star Cruiser fame. Features Luther Vandross as writer and lead vocals on several songs."

"I can play this Bionic Boogie album in its entirety several times in a row and not get tired of it. It is that good! It is a shame they don't make them like this anymore. The orchestration, the lyrics... every song is a keeper and it goes without saying that this Gregg Diamond / Bionic Boogie album is a must for any Disco record collector."




















GREGG DIAMOND - Starcruisin' or Star Cruiser (1978)


Genre:
Electronic
Style:
Disco
Notes:
Produced by Greg Diamond and Godfrey Diamond for Diamond Touch productions Ltd.


Tracklisting:

01 Fancy Dancer (6:14)
02 Island Boogie (3:33)
03 Starcruisin' (6:14)
04 Bring Back Your Love (3:39)
05 Holding Back (5:04)
06 This Side Of Midnight (5:24)
07 Too Hot To Reggae (3:12)
08 Arista Vista (4:38)


Link to download:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/hbleq0




















GREGG DIAMOND - Hardware (1979)


Genre:
Electronic
Style:
Disco
Notes:
Written, arranged and produced by Gregg Diamond for Diamond Touch Productions.



Tracklisting:

01 1/8 Of Your Love (7:15)
02 Greyhound Bus (8:11)
03 Vamp (2:28)
04 War Paint (Love Line) (6:28)
05 Shinin' (5:14)

06 Boogie Doctor (6:36)

Link to download:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/pptk1e

Gregg Diamond's solo records are dancefloor-like "dynamite" disco albums on high-standard.
They are really good!! I can only suggest take them!!


some bio:
Gregg Diamond was a pianist, drummer, songwriter, and producer who was ctive in the jazz and disco music scenes of the 1970s.
Diamond wrote the song "Hot Butterfly," which was released in 1978 under one of his group's names, Bionic Boogie, with Luther Vandross providing lead vocals. The song was later covered by David Lasley and Chaka Khan. His other popular songs included "Risky Changes" ,"Dance Little Dreamer" (released by Bionic Boogie in 1977), "Cream (Always Rises to the Top)" (released by Bionic Boogie in 1978), "Starcruisin'" (1978), "Fancy Dancer" (1978), and "Tiger, Tiger (Feel Good For a While)" (1979).
Diamond's association with Vandross came off the success of David Bowie's "Young Americans" album, which both Luther and Gregg's brother Godfrey--his full time engineer---contributed to.
He also produced a breakout album for TK recording artist George McCrae, scoring a massive club hit with "Love In Motion", which Diamond produced and wrote.
His biggest commercial success was as writer and producer of the single "More More More" recorded by the Andrea True Connection in 1975.
He died of gastrointestinal bleeding on March 14, 1999 at the age of 49.(wikipedia.org)



13 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so very much for these disco gems! I had several of these on vinyl back in the day.

By the way, Gregg Diamond was part of Jobriath's band in the early 70s.

5:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've got both Jobriath albums in mp3. I'll see if I can find them and then figure out how to upload them to rapidshare or something like that. I'll let you know - it might take me a couple days.

scott

1:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I finally found my Jobriath albums (actually, mp3 files). Sorry it took so long.

Here are links to RapidShare. Each file contains a photo of the cover of the album.

The music is not all that great, really, but I like it.

Scott

http://rapidshare.de/files/24861509/Jobriath_-_Jobriath.rar.html

http://rapidshare.de/files/24864026/Jobriath_-_Creatures_of_the_Street.rar.html

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Olá,

Apenas hoje descobri este sua maravilhosa página. Gostaria que você postasse novamente ou mandasse para mim os links dos discos do Greg Diamond e de seu Bionic Boogie. Poderia também mandar o link da Andrea True Connection pois estão todos vencidos. Tenho muita coisa boa e se você precisar de algum disco do Brasil, pode pedir que dou um jeito de mandar.
Parabéns pelo post e se puderes, manda os links para mim.
Obrigado,

Telmo Mylius Junior
Brasil - RS

tmyliusjr@gmail.com
tmyliusjr@yahoo.com.br

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Gregg Diamond Star Cruiser link is broken.

11:53 AM  
Anonymous Jacqueline D. said...

For the love of God, won't you please upload the Andrea True Connection album and Hot Butterfly song again? I'd love more than anything to be able to own those fine gems of classic '70s music. Pretty please!

3:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ANDREA TRUE CONNECTION - More More More (1976)http://rapidshare.com/files/211040587/atcn76.rar


BIONIC BOOGIE:

Bionic Boogie (1977)
http://rapidshare.com/files/105556920/bionicb.rar.html

Hot Butterfly (1978)
http://rapidshare.com/files/105565754/hot_butterfly__.rar.html

Tiger,Tiger (1979)
http://rapidshare.com/files/105556090/bbtiger.rar.html



GREGG DIAMOND - Starcruisin' or Star Cruiser (1978)http://rapidshare.com/files/105562549/starcruiser__.rar.html

GREGG DIAMOND - Hardware (1979)http://rapidshare.com/files/105567639/gdwhw__.rar.html

6:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just a note because theres something trouble with the links as blogger left as they finishing.

All the links finishes with:

rar.html

salty

6:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ISLAND BOOGIE is a masterpiece of Disco Music!! (In the Album Star Cruiser 1978)

3:54 PM  

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