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Turas (12" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: BST X037. Rel: 23 Jul 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Turas (vocal)
  2. Turas (instrumental)
  3. Turas (dub version)
Review: As well as all the jazz and funk, Best Italy are also dab hands at digging out Italo disco gems that pretty much qualify as proto house jams for their heavy spinning by the seminal Chicago DJs like Ron Hardy. This essential transmission from Amnesie is a fine case in point, a one hit wonder originally released in 1983 appropriately enough on Proto Records. Now "Turas" makes a welcome return, sounding resplendent in both vocal and instrumental versions, but the real treat for the dedicated diggers is the previously unreleased dub version mixed by legendary DJ Tony Carrasco. That's the jam that will have eclectic spinners getting in a lather.
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Cat: BST X046. Rel: 12 Nov 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. A Tour In Italy (Pellegrino mix - Mediterranean version) (7:06)
  2. A Tour In Italy (Tony Carrasco mix) (7:04)
  3. A Tour In Italy (Tony Carrasco mix - dub version) (6:14)
Review: Early 80's balearic Italian Disco solid release from the classic Bolognian Band Aid, not to be confused for Bob & Midge & co. This limited edition project features the legendary dj Tony Carrasco for the vocal and dub versions and the precious addiction of the unreleased mediterranean version mixed and overdubbed by Pellegrino from the Early Sounds Recordings by adding aggressive percussions remembering something of Konk style.
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Tittle Tattle (140 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: BSTX 013. Rel: 30 Jan 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Tittle Tattle (Full version) (6:12)
  2. Tittle Tattle (radio version) (4:01)
  3. Tittle Tattle (instrumental version) (5:49)
  4. Tittle Tattle (dub version) (5:10)
Review: The Best Records reissue campaign continues unabated as the Italian label turns to Bariocentro. While the band may have had most of their time in the spotlight in the late 70s, they bowed out with a veritable bomb in the shape of Tittle Tattle, a tightly-wound, punchy slice of uptempo 80s boogie like they just can't make any more. Feel the reverb on the handclaps, the slick guitar chops and Moog-tastic bassline and just try not getting down. This plush reissue comes packed with the radio edit, the full length version, the instrumental and everyone's favourite slice of 80s B side action, the dub mix.
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Too Much (limited 12")
Cat: BST X023. Rel: 04 Oct 17
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Too Much
  2. Too Much (instrumental)
  3. Too Much (remix)
Review: Official remastered limited edition of this down-tempo disco heaven from one-hit wonders Byron. Originally released in 1985 on the Italian label Golden Sound, 'Too Much' is a must for any discerning Balearic record bag. A side contains the original vocal version and on the B side there is the original instrumental plus the warmest Remix version previously available only on the rarest Byron Album from 1985.
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I'm In Love (12" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: BST X045. Rel: 12 Nov 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. I'm In Love (Disco version) (11:01)
  2. I'm In Love (USA version) (8:22)
Review: Limited edition of a great pre-80s Italian disco production with massive funky basslines and great vocals produced by Marty Celay and Robert Drake (they previously collaborated and wrote some succesfully songs in USA for Roundtree and Chic projects) finally get an official remastered reissue from Best Record Italy. This time we can find here the full extended 11 minute disco version on the side A and the previously unavailable U.S.A. Version on the flip.
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Ecoute Le Son Du Soleil (12" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: BST X036. Rel: 25 Jun 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Ecoute Le Son Du Soleil
  2. Jingle 1 - Jingle 2 - Jingle 3
  3. Ecoute Le Son Du Soleil (instrumental)
  4. Ecoute Le Son Du Soleil (dub version)
Review: Best Italy turn to cult 80s producer Yannick Chevalier, best known for his work in the field of library music and sound effects, but also responsible for a wonderful, supremely rare disco oddity from 1984 in the shape of "Ecoute Le Son Du Soleil." As well as the off-kilter funk of the original, you can hear the heavily processed vocal on its own for all kinds of creative mixing potential, as well as the instrumental and dub versions. The latter is particularly heavy, built for tripped out dancefloor excursions if you need something serious in your 12" arsenal.
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Din Don (limited 12")
Cat: BST X032. Rel: 16 Apr 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Din Don (vocal) (5:40)
  2. Din Don (instrumental) (5:36)
Review: Silvana Noris was tragically overlooked back in her mid 80s heyday, laying down just three singles before drifting onto pastures new. Best Italy have dug out her shimmering Din-Don single and given it the new lease of life it so richly deserves, helped a little by DJ Harvey testing the cut out on his turntable travels. Noris' vocal is a curious wonder to behold, hitting a low register and imparting a gravelly tone that sits atop the punchy boogie production. Another slice of disco manna makes its way back into the limelight thanks to Best.
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Gimme Your Love (12" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: BSTX 044. Rel: 29 Oct 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Gimme Your Love (vocal) (6:45)
  2. Gimme Your Love (instrumental) (7:16)
Review: Here's another highly desirable slice of formative party fuel from the dusty highways and byways of dance music culture, brought to you by the diligent miners at Best Records. The Gong's Gang was a one-off alias for the equally one-off Nicolosi Family, a collective of real-life brothers and sisters who knew a thing or two about classic early 80s Italo boogie. "Gimme Your Love" is a stellar jam, with Rosanna Nicolosi out front on vocals and the cascading synths and bass stewing in an intoxicating blend that should have any funk detective frothing with approval. Whether you want the full vocal hit or the subtly dubbed out instrumental, this is a jam thoroughly deserving of a second run in the sun.
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Almendra (140 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: BSTXLP 003 . Rel: 12 Dec 16
International
  1. Dudas (5:04)
  2. Samba Del Cuarto Plateado (3:56)
  3. Amanecen (4:23)
  4. Sientelo (3:18)
  5. Tu Y Yo (4:30)
  6. Dulce Pensamiento (4:58)
  7. Tutti Frutti (4:35)
  8. Carapa (2:15)
Review: Claudio Casalini's Best Record label does a fine job of reissuing funk, disco and other curios from the mists of time, and so it goes with this wonderful slice of loose and live soul jazz. Grupo Almendra hailed from Venezuela, and they released their sole album Almendra in 1978 in a whirlwind of Latin American musicality and it had been consigned to relative obscurity. Whichever digger was lucky enough to discover this gem must have been very pleased indeed, for the quality of the music and the production is nothing short of remarkable, while the remastering has respectfully revived the sweet, soulful sound of Grupo Almendra.
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Take Time (limited 12")
Cat: BSTX 015. Rel: 07 Aug 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Take Time (vocal) (4:40)
  2. Take Time (extended) (6:14)
Review: REPRESS ALERT: Once more scouring the annals of disco history for the hottest jams, Best look beyond Italy and snap up this much-vaunted slice of American funk from 1982. While second hand prices can get out of control, it's not hard to hear why this glittering prize from Jagg would be so coveted - it's got everything. Jazz-leaning slap bass, mean synthesizer chops and soaring vocals - "Take Time" is prime to set the party off, and no longer is it the preserve of wealthy collectors. Originally a single-sided affair, Best have done the right thing and filled the B-side up with an extended version to let that groove roll on even longer.
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Got To Have Your Lovin (limited 12")
Cat: BSTX 033. Rel: 04 Jun 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Got To Have Your Lovin (vocal) (6:09)
  2. Got To Have Your Lovin (instrumental) (4:57)
Review: Steve Kahn & Co. are yet another of those curios of the early 80s that Best Italy have dug out, dusted down, spruced up and repressed for your eclectic party pleasure. "Got To Have Your Loving" is a pure feel good jam at every turn - it's got a very natural, live band sound mixed by the legendary Tee Scott that especially makes the aqueous bass playing shine through. Whether you plump for the vocal or the instrumental, this is the kind of record that could set a wedding party on fire as much as a serious heads-down disco funk session. You'll no doubt get a lot of mileage out of this one, and have a great time in the process.
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The MBO Theme (limited 12")
Cat: BST X039. Rel: 24 Sep 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. The MBO Theme (long version) (6:01)
  2. The MBO Theme (Italian version) (6:02)
Review: Best Records fire up a surefire classic from the annals of Italian dance music, crafted courtesy of Italo-disco heavyweight Klein & MBO. "The MBO Theme" was originally a hit in the nascent Chicago house scene, spun by the likes of Ron Hardy thanks to its punchy synth bass and hooky Euro-vocals. This sought-after dancefloor gem has been given a faithful remastering touch, as is the Best Records way, and they've also dug out a previously unheard edit of the track named as the "Italian Version," which stretches out the club qualities of the jam for maximum party impact.
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You're Hurting Me (Pellegrino Na Na Na mix) (12" limited to 150 copies)
Cat: BST X040. Rel: 24 Sep 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. You're Hurting Me (Pellegrino Na Na Na edit) (6:41)
  2. You're Hurting Me (Disco version) (5:35)
Review: Man Face was a short-lived project from the heyday of disco, helmed by two South African artists Winston Alwyn Gill and Henderson Brathwaite, but recorded in Italy. It's little wonder to see "You're Hurting Me" coming to light on Best Records, the trusted stable for all kinds of Italian dance curios, but this time the re-release is being handled in conjunction with the always-on-point Early Sounds crew. Pellegrino, himself an Early Sounds regular, handles edit duties on the A side and lathers up the original with a delicate but delectable approach that keeps the bubbling grooves of Man Face intact while edging a little more mileage out of those sumptuous keys pattering drums.
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Nuts On Me (limited 12")
Cat: BST X042. Rel: 01 Oct 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Nuts On Me (vocal) (6:08)
  2. Nuts On Me (instrumental) (6:00)
  3. Aphrodisiac (vocal) (5:53)
  4. Aphrodisiac (instrumental) (4:29)
Review: From the team responsible for Kano and the evergreen Italo hit "I'm Ready," Matakena was a one-off release back in 1983 that has since gone on to attain true cult status (i.e. monstrous second hand prices). Thankfully, the trusted bastion of reissued Italian grooves Best Records is on hand to bring the music back to the people, digging the irrepressible funk of "Nuts On Me" and "Aphrodisiac" out of the vaults and pressing it up for a new generation to get down to. This is sleazy boogie par excellence, full of liquid synth bass, steamy vocals and grooves to die for.
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Miss Manhattan (limited 12")
Cat: BST X047. Rel: 10 Dec 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Miss Manhattan (vocal)
  2. Miss Manhattan (instrumental)
  3. Manhattan's Piano Reprise
Review: Remastered Limited edition of Miss Manhattan a classic from the early 80's italian's disco archives, produced by AL FESTA and featuring as his first studio experience : Mike Francis. In this case we found the unreleased Manhattan's piano reprise and the full uncut extended versions of both Vocal and Instrumental.
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Cat: BSTX 011. Rel: 19 Dec 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Stop Your Lies (vocal) (6:13)
  2. Stop Your Lies (instrumental) (6:23)
Review: Best Records' own luminary Claudio Casalini was at the helm for this one-shot studio project that captures Italo disco at its most exuberant and organic. Originally released in 1984, the bassline on "Stop Your Lies" is a quintessential slice of synthetic throb from a golden era, but the electronic elements are wonderfully offset by rich instrumentation and a brilliantly camp vocal performance from the unnamed boy-girl combo. The vocal mix on the A side is strong enough for a single-sided cut, but the instrumental on the flip widens out the reach of the record and really lets Casalini's superb production shine through.
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You (12" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: BST X043. Rel: 29 Oct 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. You (Special Disco version) (6:14)
  2. You (instrumental) (6:28)
Review: Best Records are always a trusted source of reissued obscurities, but they've really outdone themselves this time. New Horizon was a one-off studio project from NYC buried in the annals of 70s disco funk, supposedly helmed by Donald Jenkins, but the chances of finding this mythical record were less than zero before now. "You" is a sumptuous jam, where each player shines in equal measure from the limber bass to the gossamer keys and stirring singers. This is soul jazz of the highest order, so very worthy of a reissue not least in its "Special Disco" guise. The vocal-less cut on the flip is just as wonderful, spinning a web of instrumentation that peaks with a wild guitar solo.
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Sexy Lady/Stop The War (12" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: BST X038. Rel: 23 Jul 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Sexy Lady
  2. Stop The War
Review: It's coming out on Best Italy, so you know you're in for a rarified treat from the dusty archives of pan European music. On this occasion the unstoppable reissue label has its disco hat on, serving up the "raw cosmic funk" of Oro, recorded in Naples and originally released in 1977. Back then, this crucial cut was confined to a short 7" edit, but Best have pulled the stops out to track down the master tapes and execute a thorough remastering job on the full-length versions, now pressed to 12" for your long-playing, disc-spinning pleasure. It's a good thing these tracks came back into circulation - they capture the best of the late 70s era in a cool, downright funky style that never gets old.
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Cat: BSTX 010. Rel: 07 Aug 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. You Know The Way (extended) (6:59)
  2. You Know The Way (Tee Scott disco version) (7:20)
Review: REPRESS ALERT: With the Grupo Almendra album fresh out of the gates, Italian label Best Records jump right back in with a crucial slice of disco funk from noted arranger, producer and karate expert Pino Presti. "You Know The Way" is a slinky party starter with on-point slap bass, lively brass and sumptuous Philly strings of the highest order. As if the original wasn't funky enough, the B-side features a disco remix from dearly departed New York disco legend Tee Scott, who subtly buffs up the dancefloor potential of the track to devastating effect.
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To Africa/Soul Makossa (limited 12")
Cat: BSTX 018. Rel: 30 May 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. To Africa/Soul Makossa (4:47)
  2. Ain't No Sunshine (2:18)
  3. I Call Your Name/Come Back To Me (2:07)
Review: The latest dig from Best Record Italy's eternal mission to release the finest Roman musical manna features noted jazz man Pino Presti taking on Manu Dibango's eternal party jam "Soul Makossa". Presti's interpretation uses oodles of gleaming 80s synths in place of the original traditional instrumentation, but fear not as the iconic brass section remains a real-world force, and sounds mighty fresh with it. Following up that cover is a sumptuous version of "Ain't No Sunshine" which is aimed square at the heartstrings of the most Balearic cruisers. "I Call Your Name / Come Back To Me" gets even smoother, the vocals capturing Mediterranean getaway romance to perfection.
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You Know Why (12" limited to 250 copies)
Cat: BST X027. Rel: 05 Mar 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. You Know Why (Disco version)
  2. Nice & Easy/Hungry For Love (Disco version)
  3. Come On (Disco version)
Review: Best Records previously mined Pino Presti's illustrious back catalogue for the To Africa / Soul Makossa, You Know The Way and Funky Bump 12"s, and they're back with the Italian arranger's finest disco delicacies straight outta 1977. "You Know Why" is a swooning, romantic groover featuring the sultry vocals of Roxy Robinson. "Nice & Easy / Hungry For Love" is a bold, dramatic cut with striking brass stabs and a slinky bassline that wraps itself around Robinson's classic vocal. "Come On" is a deeper, Philly string laden affair of the heart, rounding out this most passionate of disco 12"s.
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Computer Communications
Cat: BST X048. Rel: 10 Dec 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Computer Communications
  2. Computer Communications (remix)
Review: "Limited remastered edition of one of the early elektro undergroud italian releases that became a classic in the Chicago house movement, conceived by the italian duo from Florence : R.E.M. formed by Paolo Alfani & Nicola Serena. They experimented for the first time in 1983 the use of a modified Speak & Spell electronic toy by Mattel for the vocal parts instead of the classic vocoder.
Plus the heavy use of fierce electronic drums by Roland TR-808 mixed with acid basslines makes this cut a real milestone !"
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Let's Go (limited 12")
Cat: BSTX 004. Rel: 02 Aug 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Let's Go (7:33)
  2. Mustang (8:49)
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Party Freaks/Dance Together (12" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: BST X031. Rel: 16 Apr 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Party Freaks (4:35)
  2. Dance Together (4:05)
Review: Alan Shelly was an intermittent feature in the late 60s and early 70s soul and funk scene, but his one-off 7" Party Freaks / Dance Together released in Italy in 1975 remains a treasured gem for those who crave the most potent secret weapons for their record crates. Of course, Best Italy are no slouches when it comes to such records and they have dutifully snapped up the original masters of these sought after jams and given the full, uncut mixes a proper, beautifully remastered airing on 12". "Party Freaks" has a raucous, West African flavour to it that can't fail to set the crowd alight, while "Dance Together" takes things in a looser, jammed out direction - both tracks are pure fire, and it's a damn good thing Best have dusted them down.
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Cat: BSTX 034. Rel: 04 Jun 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. I'm Hungry (6:14)
  2. I'm Hungry (Caramba mix) (8:32)
Review: Best are really reaching for the serious stuff here - Stopp was one of those mythical one hit wonders of the Italo disco era that somehow caught a wave on distant shores. It's not hard to see why "I'm Hungry" was huge with the early Chicago house wave and DJs like Ron Hardy. It's a surefire banger, all daggering arpeggio basslines and romantic, mystical lead lines with a catchy vocal chant line to really set the party off. The "Caramba Mix" is no slouch either, edging in a little more club-ready dynamics for those who need a more beat-oriented ingredient for their proto-house cocktail.
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Stop Bajon (12" limited to 300 copies repress)
Cat: BST X035. Rel: 05 Nov 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Stop Bajon (vocal)
  2. Stop Bajon (acappella)
  3. Stadera
  4. Stop Bajon (instrumental)
Review: Best Italy have dug out a serious gem here, tapping up Italian percussionist and composer Tullio De Piscopo and his much-coveted simmering Balearic jam "Stop Bajon," which was as big in Ibiza (and still is) as it was in its native Italy. With its insistent rhythmic thump, chanting vocals and delicate keys it's little wonder the likes of DJ Harvey love spinning it. As well as the instrumental and acappella cuts of this wonderful mid 80s gem, you also get to sample the ranging downtempo funk of "Stadera," which could almost belong to Talking Heads with its mysterious tones and limber production.
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Body Body Love (limited 12")
Cat: BSTX 019. Rel: 17 Jul 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Body, Body Love (Disco version)
  2. Please Touch Me
  3. Sleep
Review: Billy Woost may not have released much music back in his heyday around 1977, but the one album he did put together was enough to secure a place in the crosshairs of the consummate Italian groove archivists, Best Italy. Picking up the finest jams from Woost's back catalogue, we're presented with a three tracker dripping with classic disco charm. "Body, Body Love" comes in a previously unreleased disco form that cruises at an easy pace but packs plenty of punch, while "Please Touch Me" edges the intensity up with a steamy set of strings, brass and vocals. "Sleep" meanwhile taps into a Blockheads kind of funk, bright and bouncy and just a little left of centre, which of course makes it all the more special.
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Vibrations (limited 12")
Cat: BST X025. Rel: 22 Jan 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Vibrations (Disco version)
  2. Baobab (Disco version)
Review: Having reissued Body, Body Love last year, Best Records come back for more of Billy Woost's late 70s grooves, all lifted from his sole self-titled album and presented here in their true 'Disco Version' format. This time around it's "Vibrations" that takes centre stage, and it sounds resplendent in its widescreen vision of disco funk production at its highest possible standard. On the flip "Baobab" sounds even more potent with its killer bassline groove, dream-pop vocal trills and all round feel-good mood. Now if Best can just do the same job with the rest of the album we'll be laughing.
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