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A rare gem from the past

Remember the name Gino Soccio from the Disco Era of the late 70′s and the early 80′s? Madras B, the short wave radio station in Chennai also used to play his music. Gino Soccio’s general repertoire  was pure disco music but for one exceptional song.  I was blown away wondering how a disco producer could come up with such a song. This one is from the album “Closer” and it is the title track. Pure Ambient stuff much before “Ambient” came into vogue. Even the place where I listened to this song is fresh in my mind, a shop in Velachery, Chennai where the guy was playing the record via an Akai-Bush system, again somewhere in the late 80′s.

The synth sounds are from the “Oberheim polyphonic”. The YouTube video below shows someone actually playing the LP via a Hi-Fi system.

 

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