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 Gloria Gaynor on your ass at any given moment, so just be ready!


1977 was the year of the record-breaking Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, but it was also the year that another album came out of nowhere to sell almost twenty million copies worldwide. That record was Santa Esmeralda’s Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood, and it might just be the best disco album of all time. This is the part of the blog where I usually tell you a bit about the band and where I was when I first heard the song, blah blah blah– but not today.

Today, we dance!

A Time to Dance - Hearts and Laserbeams




Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood 1

Santa Esmeralda Starring Leroy Gomez: Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood

Casablanca Records, 1977

Vinyl rip courtesy of the Analog Kid


1. “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood/Esmeralda Suite” (Benjamin/Marcus/Caldwell/Skorsky/de Scarano/Ray)

Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood/Esmeralda Suite

2. “Gloria” (Morrison)


3. “You’re My Everything” (de Scarano/Skorsky/Gomez)

You’re My Everything

4. “Black Pot” (Skorsky/Gomez)

Black Pot


Bonus Tracks!

The first rule of The Analog Kid blog is that if you write about a song on the Analog Kid blog, you share the song on the Analog Kid blog.

Santa Esmeralda_ Singles & B-Sides

Santa Esmeralda Starring Leroy Gomez: “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” [7″ Version] (Benjamin/Marcus/Caldwell)

Casablanca Records, 1977

Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood [7″ Version]

About The Analog Kid

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