Splendor – 1979 – Splendor
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Brilliant and sought after disco LP, which features (amongst others) the talents of Earth Wind & Fire‘s Philip Bailey. The front cover also has great artwork, showing shoes in the shape of animals falling from the sky over the countryside.
Every track is great. Philip’s soaring vocals grace “All night long“, a great uptempo track. “Take me to your disco” follows the theme of many records of that era, with a story of aliens landing and wanting to be taken to a disco rather than “Take me to your leader“. My favourite track on the LP is the mostly-instrumental “Carnival” at the end of Side 2, again uptempo and just simply a great tune.
This LP’s label was originally Columbia, however all references to Columbia were erased for some reason! Circular black labels were stuck around the edge of each label on the record (although a previous owner has tried to remove it on Side 1), and on the back cover, the word “Columbia” was crossed out with a black marker everywhere it appears.
Produced by Philip Bailey, Tommy Vicari and Robertt Nunn for Holy Sound Productions
Executive producer: Gerry Griffith
Mixed by Tommy Vicari, Philip Bailey and Robertt Nunn
Lead vocals: Sascha Meeks, Robertt Nunn, Richard Shaw, Philip Bailey, Carl Carwell, Dianne Reeves, Maxine Willard Waters, Julia Tillman Waters and Clydene Jackson