Various - The Ladies Of Too Slow To Disco
Absolutely fantastic as always. The mid 1970s sure was a man's world. And those blue-eyed soul boy, groove geniuses certainly were hot stuff. But their ambitious recording and partying antics, which were documented on Too Slow To Disco volumes 1 and 2, were mostly a guy-centred drama where the women seemed to be just decorations, mere backing vocalists to the men up front. In 'The Ladies of Too Slow To Disco' it's time to redress the balance. Not only does it feature big names like Carole King, Carly Simon or Rickie Lee Jones, Too Slow To Disco once again unearths lots of overlooked and lost gems of the 1970s LA music scene. These pioneering songwriters were determined to navigate their career on their own terms, while fighting an industry that was only marginally less machismo-driven than the mafia (and in some cases involved characters from both worlds). Chauvinism was the mood music de rigueur in the record biz of the 60s and 70s, and the dawning of sexual liberation as often as not left women holding the baby. But battling through, these women writers and performers redefined what pop music could do, and in doing so, charted the path for the women that followed. You'll find plenty more of that sophisticated West coast pop sound you know we love, where the tune and the groove and the lyrics just fuse together, in a kind of endless sunlight. Take the cruelly overlooked Leah Kunkel's 'Temptation', a total earworm, beautifully played with session musicianship from members of Toto. Leah was the younger sister of Cass Elliot from the Mamas and the Papas, and perhaps wary of comparisons mostly lived the session singer life until she stepped out into the limelight in the late 70s with this lost gem and two underrated and forgotten albums.
2LP - Double 180 Gram Vinyl.