Various Artists, The Disco Box

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By Sarah Zupko

PopMatters Editor & Publisher

I remember a time in the not-too-distant-past when there wasn’t a dirtier word around than “disco.” But the tides of pop culture always change and what was yesterday’s embarrassment is today’s hot trend. Probably more than anything else, house music and Boogie Nights have resurrected disco. House treads on similar funky, dance grooves—only, surprisingly, disco may have had more fun doing it. Probably as a result of licensing snags, the collection doesn’t include any tracks from Saturday Night Fever kings, The Bee Gees, but every other “crucial” disco track is there. From Gloria Gaynor’s proud pep talk “I Will Survive” to the stadium theme song “YMCA” (The Village People), The Disco Box has all the hits and plenty of obscure disco precursors to boot.

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