'Don't leave me this way' Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes (Tom Moulton Mix 1976)

Elegant, under-stated disco: contradiction in terms, no as this music demonstrates. Disco, and this song in particular is all about the build, the rise and development and when the elements come together just before two minutes, wow. 

There's some angel looking out for me, how about this: Moulton is the 'originator of the breakdown section, the remix and the 12-inch single vinyl format' (according to my favourite lazy person's source) and in his time sported an impressive moustache. 

Here's a 2013 article from FACT n Moulton from 2013 that spells it out, in detail.

Just love the way the beat remains constant - and there's such perfection in its under-stated continuum - while the elements come forward, or fall back. It's precise, but far from cold. 'Baby, please, baby, please ...(come on)' when listening to various versions of this song earlier today, I thought of this punk version of the same:

Cheree, Cheree
Oh baby
Oh baby
I love you

Cheree, Cheree
My comic book fantasy
Oh I love you
Oh baby

Cheree, Cheree
Shut that door, baby
Oh I love you
Oh come play with me ...

Though I'm pretty certain, or have always thought that the final two lines in this verse are: 'Je t'adore baby/Oh I love you/Comply with me ...' (I much prefer this second version, no surprises). Here is the original from 1975, a major hit for the group that epitomised Philadelphia Soul. 

This is pretty sweet too, mainly for the way the eccentric vocal performance is highlighted - where Teddy Pendergrass (a vocalist I never got really until I heard this) feigns losing it, expressing longing and determination to keep his love with such an intensity, you can hear it come through in the occasionally almost-ugly timbre of his voice.

In the remix, Moulton 'civilised' the intensity of the vocal performance; breaking it up, interlacing it with other elements, but here it dominates. At the start it's the curious, rolling beat, the instrumentation and at the end it's all about the voice. Beautiful. 

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