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The Best of Meco

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Album Review

The Best of Meco is an exhaustive and carefully assembled collection of the producer/keyboardist's disco-fied renditions of popular movie themes; opening with his biggest hit, "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band," the disc also includes singular performances of the "Theme from Close Encounters, " "Themes From The Wizard of Oz" and "Love Theme From Superman (Can You Read My Mind?)" While certainly a one-of-a-kind document of the cultural forces at work during the late 1970s, at over 74 minutes in length, it's nevertheless guaranteed to tax the endurance of all but the most devoted fans — those, however, will find the collection a veritable treasure trove.

Customer Reviews

Album almost worth it for one track

I'll give it three stars because one track, the almost 16-minute long "Star Wars: Title Theme etc." is great (five stars). I had it on vinyl back in the 70's and I thought I'd never hear it again (I think "Other Galactic Funk" was on the flip side). It takes you through all that first great Star Wars movie music themes in a "disco big band" style. It's a bit cheesy, but it doesn't sound cheap like most of the other Meco tracks. I think Meco actually topped the charts with this one during the days of Star Wars mania. Too bad you have to get the rest of the album. I bought it for 99 cents when iTMS first opened up. They didn't have the "album only" restriction back then. You can, however, pick up the short version (the first song in the album list), Star Wars Theme / Cantina Band (12" Disco Mix), for 99 cents. The 30-second preview sounds like it's a portion of the longer track.

Ok for a start.

If your interested in what the music of the late 70's was like, Then this album will give you a good taste of the pulse pounding, high energy beat of disco music. I wasn't a real fan of disco music back then, but Meco's stuff was ok. I just wish that some of his best albums would be re-issued in their complete form.

disco orchestral cinema kitsch

Meco pretty much owes his whole career to John Williams. He took everything that was already present in Williams' complex soundtracks, and arranged them for synthesizers with a disco beat. Several of these tracks were top 40 and club hits back in the day, and the pure perfect sheen of 70s Casablanca production makes sure they stand the test of time. Success was gaurenteed by the focus on sci-fi and fantasy flicks, and by an evident love for those movies. The way the future was supposed to sound! You may be smiling, but you'll also be dancing.

Biography

Born: November 29, 1939 in Johnsonburg, PA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s

Producer and studio musician Meco marked a confluence of the two dominant pop-culture preoccupations of the late '70s, shooting to fame on the heels of a chart-topping disco rendition of the theme to Star Wars. Born Meco Monardo in Johnsonburg, PA in 1939, he took up the trombone at the age of nine, and later earned a scholarship to the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. There Meco formed a jazz trio with fellow students Chuck Mangione and Ron Carter, later enlisting with the West Point Army...
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