We kick off this musical genius instalment of Funky Classix with Michael Jackson and a rework of his Disco classic Off The Wall. The original was released in the UK late in 1979 and peaked at #7 in the UK Singles Chart. Taken from the album Off The Wall which hit the #3 spot in the UK Albums Chart and has spent to date a 225 weeks in the chart, the album has sold over 20 million copies worldwide.
Next up is the Reflex remix of Diana Ross’s 1976 Disco classic Love Hangover. The original was released in the UK in the spring of 76 and was a top ten hit for the Disco diva, Love Hangover faired better in the US topping the Billboard Hot 100, Hot Soul Singles and Hot Dance Club Play charts simultaneously.
The Pimpin Willie Regroove of Earth, Wind & Fire’s 1981 classic I’ve Had Enough is the third track in the mix. Taken from the album Raise released the same year, I’ve Had Enough was released as a single in the autumn of 81 and was a top 30 hit for the American group.
Next up is the Funky Deps edit of Change’s UK club classic Glow Of Love. Change was an Italian-American post-disco group formed in Bologna, Italy, in 1979 with soul music legend Luther Vandross on lead vocals for Glow Of Love. Taken from the 1980 album with the same title, Glow Of Love was released as a single in the UK in the summer of 1980 and peaked #14 in the UK Singles Chart.
The fifth track is the Pied Piper Extended 12 Inch Remix of Stevie Wonder’s 1973 classic Higher Ground. The song featured on Wonder’s album Innervisions released the same year. Higher Ground peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the US R&B Singles chart, but only managed a modest #29 in the UK Singles Chart. Wonder played all instruments on the track, including drums and percussion (the intro to Higher Ground has to be the best of any song produced period).
The final track in the mix is the Dimitri From Paris Inna Disco rework of Donny Hathaway’s 1970 socially conscious classic The Ghetto, taken from Hathaway’s debut album Everything Is Everything released on Atlantic Records.