LP 276: Cloud 9 – The Disco Strings of Cloud 9 (Studio 2 Stereo, 1972)

10 Aug

Side 1
01 Love Child
02 Band Of Gold
03 (You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am
04 Every Picture Tells A Story
05 Dancing In The Street
06 Reach Out I’ll Be There

Side 2
07 The Resurrection Shuffle
08 Walk Away Renée
09 When A Man Loves A Woman
10 Nowhere To Run
11 I Can’t Help Myself
12 River Deep, Mountain High

A new concept n sound: Pounding Detroit-style rhythm and brass, with an overlay of 
sizzling strings… 
searing strings…
spiky strings!…
Has to be heard to be believed!

Arranged and conducted by Harry Robinson.
Produced by Bob Barnatt.

Huge string section with a tight rhythm sound make The Disco Strings of Cloud 9 one of the best Studio 2 Stereo LPs. A savage (that means brilliant) version of Love Child gets the glitterball spinning before wedding perennial Band Of Gold makes a shimmering appearance. A self-penned tune from Barnatt called Every Picture Tells A Story manages to sound like a Motown classic fused like Frankenstein’s monster being handbuilt by Jive Bunny.

There’s epic renditions of evergreen favourites like Dancing In The Street, Walk Away Renée and Reach Out I’ll Be There that sound superb while The Resurrection Shuffle is all gritty Stax-style with a fuzzy guitar. The funk outlives all in the final two tracks – a chunky blast of enthusiastic soul (I Can’t Help Myself) and an epic River Deep, Mountain High.

Comments and feedback are welcome.


4 Responses to “LP 276: Cloud 9 – The Disco Strings of Cloud 9 (Studio 2 Stereo, 1972)”

  1. nlgbbbblth August 11, 2011 at 4:09 PM #


    • Terence October 4, 2011 at 12:48 PM #

      Welcome back
      OK I give up, how do I get this and where is the link.
      Regards from South Africa

  2. Mr D P Gumby August 12, 2011 at 10:48 AM #


    This has exactly the same picture on the front as Alan Caddy’s ‘You Got Soul’ (Avenue Records AVE038), which is a great LP my parents had many years ago that hooked me on soul. Be great is someone could post it as the version of you got soul is excellent.

  3. Lacey August 14, 2011 at 8:42 AM #

    Great album. As 1972 was a bit before my time I was surprised at how “old” some of these standards are. Thank you for the post and the experience.

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