(born on 1952)
Marc Cerrone was one of the most influential disco producers in Europe during the 1970s and early '80s, eclipsed only by Giorgio Moroder. Born in Paris in 1952, he studied music as a child and won his first post as the orchestra leader at a Parisian club at the age of 18. After additional work with the French producer Barclay during the early '70s, he released his first solo album, Love in C-Minor, in 1976. The title track proved a massive European hit and worked its way into the American Top 40 as well. Although he only placed one more single in the U.S., Cerrone stayed popular on his native continent over the course of a career spanning a dozen albums. He did, however, see a spike in his global popularity and recognition in the post-internet era, due in part to documentaries that helped define his contribution to disco. He even occasionally released new material, including his 2016 album Red Lips. ~ John Bush
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Dance - Released April 4, 1979 | Malligator Préférence
In the late 1970s, one thing Cerrone could not be accused of is relying on formula; Supernature was a major departure from Love in C Minor and Cerrone's Paradise, just as Cerrone IV: The Golden Touch was a major departure from Supernature. And for the most part, Cerrone's fifth album, Cerrone V: Angelina, is very much a departure from The Golden Touch. A diverse LP from 1979, Angelina finds the Parisian branching out into pop/rock without abandoning Eurodisco completely. Unfortunately, Angelina marked the first time a Cerrone album was uneven and disappointing. The glossy "Call Me Tonight," which features vocalist M. Aller, is a Eurodisco jewel, but "Living on Love" sounds mechanical and stiff; and the tunes that combine disco and rock elements are fairly catchy but far from remarkable. "Rock Me," in fact, ends up sounding like a poor person's version of Donna Summer's "Hot Stuff." This isn't to say that Angelina is a bad album; the record does have its moments, but it's hardly in a class with Love in C Minor, Supernature, or The Golden Touch. This is an album that only diehard Cerrone collectors will want. ~ Alex Henderson
Dance - Released March 23, 1982 | Malligator Préférence
In 1982, Cerrone was determined to forge ahead; and, for the Paris native, that meant paying a lot less attention to the type of Eurodisco that had endeared him to European audiences in the late 1970s. You won't find a lot of Eurodisco on 1982's Back Track; instead, this vinyl LP emphasizes sleek, sophisticated R&B/pop and is often quite mindful of the sounds that urban contemporary stations were playing at the time. Memorable items like "Stop on By," "Strollin' on Sunday," and the title track (which enjoyed some urban contemporary airplay on the East Coast) don't sound anything like "Love in C Minor" or "Take Me," but they have a lot in common with the material that Kashif and his allies were producing and writing for Evelyn "Champagne" King in 1981 and 1982. However, Cerrone acknowledges his past with an interesting remake of "Supernature," which features singer Nanette Workman and is more R&B-minded than the original version. And "Trippin' on the Moon" has a European dance-pop flavor. But Back Track is an R&B album first and foremost, and while it isn't among Cerrone's essential releases, it's solid and respectable. ~ Alex Henderson
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