17 track compilation CD featuring Love Unlimited Orchestra, Rhythm Heritage, Meco & More.
Whatever the reason that Betty Davis' Is It Love or Desire – also known as Crashin' from Passion – remained unreleased until 2009 no longer matters. Davis remembers a personal rift with Island's Chris Blackwell. Studio In the Country manager Jim Bateman (in Bogalusa, LA) claims the studio was never paid and therefore refused to release the masters to Island, etc. It makes no difference, because hearing this album, a ten-song set that was to be.
As a title, Super Rare Disco was a stretch when this disc was released in 1997, and since then, it has only become more of a stretch. While there are no possible cases against Lyn Collins' "Rock Me Again and Again," Eddie Kendricks' "Date With the Rain," First Choice's "The Player," and the Jimmy Castor Bunch's "It's Just Begin" as dynamite disco singles, none of them have been particularly hard to locate since the mid-'90s. One case where the Robbins label deserves some thanks is the inclusion Four Below Zero's "My Baby's Got E.S.P.," a classic underground single helmed by Patrick Adams (who was also responsible for Inner Life's "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," Musique's "In the Bush," Black Ivory's "Mainline," and about 50 other beloved dancefloor singles). No matter what, this is a fine disco compilation for those who want to dig beneath the surface of ubiquitous chart-toppers.
Rock music in the 1980s had completely lost the gritty feel of earlier eras, until Lenny Kravitz rediscovered the magic formula. Kravitz's sonic template combined good old-fashioned rock & roll with glam, soul, and psychedelia, making him a massive success. He made a splash straight out of the gate with his album Let Love Rule. After that, he de-emphasized the flower-power aspects of his music and began moving toward a heavier rock sound.