I don't know anything about this record, except that it was pressed in the Philippines for the Pathe Marconi/EMI label and that it found its way somehow to a thrift store in north Phoenix. Released in 1975, it compiles a small handful of European dance singles, including the oft-collected smash "El Bimbo" by Bimbo Jet, as well as its follow-up "La Balanga. These tracks were no doubt repackaged to take advantage of the burgeoning disco market that had begun to nudge its way out of the clubs by the mid-seventies and onto the turntables of regular folks. The disco scene had been going strong for years in the real world by this time, but was just starting to make a dent on the US charts.
Unlike the formulaic disco preferred by American television-watching audiences, this album highlights a wide varieties of club styles. From the familiar Afro-Cuban "El Bimbo," and the moody easy listening of "Sweet Summer Love," to the giddily moog-centric "Slag Solution" and the heavy-metal robotics of "Diabolic Man," this album showcases the kind of creative diversity hard core dance music fans enjoyed before the deluge. The flamboyant cartoon cover is just icing on the cake.
I have but one caveat to offer: since this is a disco album after all, both sides of the album are "blended." I chose to leave them that way. Anyway, here's the track list:
El Bimbo I & II - Bimbo Jet
Slag Solution - Buffalo's Band
La Balanga II - Bimbo Jet
Tico Tico - Magic Merry Band
Soledao - Sam Clayton Band
Sweet Summer Love - Sam Clayton Band
She - Sam Clayton Band
Diabolic Man - Diabolic Man
La Balanga I - Bimbo Jet