Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Midnight Rhythm Redux

After playing my usual procrastination game, at long last, I've finally got around to this..

A couple of months ago, I got an unexpected email from Robby Adcock, one of the producers of Midnight Rhythm (which I had originally posted this past March), who not only offered to correct and clarify some of the factual errors and questions that I had in the original post, but also offered to give me some detailed background on the making of Midnight Rhythm itself. As excellent as the record is, I was genuinely surprised at the rich background that this fairly obscure disco project had. I suppose, in some ways, it goes to show that with the convenience of music, mp3s and of all things generally today, often times the sheer energy and effort that goes into making music, especially records employing teams of actual musicians such as this one, can be so easily taken for granted..

Needless to say, I finally got around to updating the original entry with all the info from Robby's emails. For those of you who missed the original posting several months back, the mp3 files are still available for downloading..

Disco Delivery #37: Midnight Rhythm (1978, Atlantic)

Hopefully those of you who enjoyed this album when I posted it the first time (as well as those of you who are new to it) will find the additional info as interesting and informative as I did.. I had to reformat the usual 'mini essay', making it into what I suppose would be the first actual 'interview' that I've ever done.. I've tried to pack as much information as I could in there, so my apologies if it comes across a bit too long winded, or rather - even more so than usual.

When I first bought the Midnight Rhythm album some four years ago, I remember at the time being somewhat frustrated at the lack on information available on this project.. I never expected that I would end up communicating with one of the producers several years later to fill in all the blanks... Quite honestly, when I post about a record, I never expect for it to bring me in contact with any of the producers, writers or musicians behind it, much less have one of them give me a detailed history of the project.. So a major, major thanks to Robby Adcock for his generous contributions and for giving me permission to reprint the content of his emails on here..




Anonymous said...

Wow, that was a great addendum to your original post. It was great to read the insight into making the album. To me, Workin' & Slavin' is pure disco perfection. Honestly, one of my all-time favorite records of the genre. Thanks for the update!

Anonymous said...

Glad to see you back Tommy. Every track you wrote about were part of my favorites at the time. Thanks for the great info.

Tommy said...

Hey Enrique! Thanks for the comment :) Glad you liked the update. I agree, "Workin' & Slavin'" is the ultimate!

Hey Kent, no problem at all! Thanks for the comment! :)

Anonymous said...

Loving the blog - sadly, I can't get the "Midnight Rhythm - Climb/Rushin' To Meet You" link to work - any chance you could check it?

Tommy said...

Sorry about that, anonymous. I've changed the link already, so it should work now.. Thanks for letting me know! :)

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