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Chapter 119: Could Heaven Ever Be Like This

Disco, R&B

Disco, silly as it can be, is often deeply poignant. It’s an ideal vehicle for catharsis; over a suitably irresistible beat, sadness becomes triumph, and anger becomes vindication. This chapter opens hot with Heatwave and keeps the ardor up throughout, as George McCrae and Candi Staton infuse steady grooves with a lush yearning. I had to end with Loleatta Holloway’s quaking but firmly controlled breakdown on “Dreamin’,” because nothing can possibly follow it.
1. Heatwave

The Groove Line

2. Chic

Good Times

3. George McCrae

Rock Your Baby

4. Vicki Sue Robinson

Turn the Beat Around

5. Bee Gees

You Should Be Dancing

6. Candi Staton

Young Hearts Run Free

7. Santa Esmeralda

Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood

8. Idris Muhammad

Could Heaven Ever Be Like This

9. The Whispers

And the Beat Goes On

10. Loleatta Holloway