Friday, March 11, 2011
Track 1 - Pinball Playboy Theme
Track 2 - Little Girls And Ladies
Track 3 - Comin' To Getcha
Track 4 - Olympiad '84
Track 5 - Reach Out For Love
Track 6 - Funky Get It
Track 7 - State Street Samba
Now, this is a fascinating disco groove release on the Motown label performed by an anonymous group called "Cook County". From what I understand it was created as a promotion for the 1979 rollout of the Playboy pinball machine. The producer was Vic Caeser who led an interesting life, he resided at the Playboy mansion for 10 years, was a piano player in Marilyn Monroe's stage act, allegedly took drugs with Robert Kennedy and Sammy Davis Jr. and also wrote the theme song to Richard Nixon's 1968 presidential campaign (despite being a democrat).
The title track is a reworking of the "Playboy Theme" by Cy Coleman with additional pinball sound effects included. "Olympiad '84" seems to be an attempt to create a theme song for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics (why?). Whatever the reason for it's inclusion here it proves to be a real treat, as is "Comin' To Getcha" which has a decent slab of funk groove complimenting the disco vocals. My personal favourite is "State Street Samba" which I'm embarrassed to say caused me to dance around the house earlier today. It's a glorious 7 minute long mix of disco, samba rhythms and rare groove cool.
If you are curious about the model used for the front cover it is the Playboy Playmate for February 1979, Lee Ann Michelle.