Every Tuesday, the Analog Kid blog goes back in time and features some of the best groovy R&B/soul songs from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. Sometimes you’ll hear songs from individual artists or from a specific year, and other times you’ll get an entire full-length classic LP ripped directly from the Analog Kid’s vast vinyl vault. Warning: by R&B/soul, I also mean disco. I could go all Village People on your ass at any given moment, so just be ready!
Captain Von Trapp was seriously pissed off when he came home to find his children playing and singing with their new nanny, Fräulein Maria. Can you imagine if he had come home to THIS?
Show-Stoppers ’81: The (Disco) Sound Of Music [U.K. 12″]
Whisper Records, 1981
Vinyl rip courtesy of DJPaulT and his amazing website: http://burningtheground.net/
1. “The (Disco) Sound Of Music” (Rodgers/Hammerstein)
2. “The Sound Of Rapping” (Calvert/Niles)
The Captain might have joined up with Rolfe and the Nazis just to get the heck out of Austria. I suppose he could have just run away with Baroness Schrader instead, but she was kind of a bitch so I’m thinking the Nazis might have been his first choice…
Sheer joy is a rare thing indeed. It is often reserved for children opening presents on Christmas morning, and perhaps for me on the day that Texas beat USC in the Rose Bowl. The last time I saw sheer joy? It was the day I played this 12″ for my wife for the first time. She danced like a schoolgirl for the entire eight minutes, and had a smile so big that it made Julia Roberts’ grin look downright meek.
So, who were Show-Stoppers ’81? And more importantly, who did the singing? Time has revealed that Sarah Brightman was the likely vocalist, as her hit single “(I Lost My Heart To A) Starship Trooper” was written by Jeff Calvert– the producer behind “The (Disco) Sound Of Music.”
Go ahead and dance. You know you want to.
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Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip: “(I Lost My Heart To A) Starship Trooper” (Hughes/Calvert)
Hansa International Records, 1978
Maria & The Von Trapp Children: “The Lonely Goatherd” (Rodgers/Hammerstein)
From the soundtrack album The Sound Of Music
RCA/Victor Records, 1965