The Disco Sound

There is no agreement to what the first record of disco is. Some say Eddie Kendricks “Girl You Need A Change of Mind” produced for Motown Records in 1973 was the first. Others say it’s Manu Dibango’s “Soul Makossa” produced in 1972. However, the similarity between both is the major disco sound that it exudes. There is a versatile orchestra sound of soul and funk mastered by the musicians. The disco beat is a subdivided four/four meter with a strong bass. Another common disco sound is a string and horn section alongside a rhythm section. Early disco records are relevant because their popularity was built on club play as opposed to radio exposure. Because of this, DJ’s had direct influence on the production of records.



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