The Crown Heights Affair – 1975 – Dreaming A Dream
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What can you say about one of the most influential disco sounds of the seventies?
When disco broke through the crown heights affair took the new york dance floors by storm, studio 54 led the way and this album is a classic.
Seminal 70s work from funky disco outfit Crown Heights Affair — recorded when the group still had a lot of fire, and were working in that key transitional sound from soul to disco! The album’s got a really full and grooving feel — and includes both disco and vocal versions of their hit “Dreaming A Dream” — plus the other hit “every Beat of my Heart” the tracks “I Am Me”, “, “Foxy”, and a version of “Na, Na, Hey, Hey”.
DeLite Records (US) / 1975 / DEP 2017
1. Dreaming A Dream (Disco) (3:45)
2. Foxy (4:09)
3. Every Beat of My Heart (5:25)
4. Na, Na, Hey, Hey (4:02)
1. Dreaming A Dream (Vocal) (3:30)
2. I AM Me (4:39)
3. Feeling Tall (4:38)
4. You Smiled (4:02)
5. Picture Show (4:20)
Originally known as Neu Day Express, the group took their new name from a district of their native Brooklyn, and consisted of Phil Thomas, William “Deadbeat Dad” Anderson, Howard Young, Bert Reid, James Baynard, Raymond Reid, Muki Wilson and Raymond Rock. Signed by RCA they recorded a self titled debut album in 1974.
Personnel changes followed, along with a shift to De-Lite Records, the then home of Kool and the Gang. The record label’s subsequent liaison with Polygram Records saw the group gain worldwide audiences for singles such as “Dreaming A Dream”, “Every Beat of My Heart”, “Foxy Lady”, and “Dancin'”.
“Dreaming A Dream” hit Number one on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in 1975, (plus Billboard Hot 100 #43); and they topped out at #2 on the dance chart later that year with “Every Beat Of My Heart” (Billboard Hot 100 #83).
This record really still sounds fresh to me and makes me feel good!