CD released: Jan 12, 2024
NIGHT CRUISER & HAPPY HOUR
Digitally remastered release containing two of (Eumir) Deodato's greatest Jazz Funk albums - Night Cruiser and Happy Hour û plus bonus tracks on one CD. Night Cruiser was originally released in 1980, The lead-off title track æNight CruiserÆ begins with syncopated chords from a solo electric piano that initiates a four-on-the-floor disco-funk groove, the tune is a vibrant, get-down party piece that filled dance floors back in 1980. It was issued as a single (in both 7- inch and 12-inch formats) and rose to #23 in the US dance charts. The Happy Hour album was released in 1982 and features the track æKeep On Movin'Æ, a Deodato original that has been sampled by several dance and hip-hop artists (including Olav Basoski and Le Tropical). The '80s had been a hectic decade for Deodato which had seen plenty of outside production projects, they were mostly R&B acts such as Kool & The Gang, Con- Funk-Shun, Juicy, One Way, Gwen Guthrie and the Dazz Band.