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Title - 'Disco Nights (Expanded Edition)'
Artist - GQ

To bring you up to date, if needs be, GQ was an American group, formed in The Bronx, New York, primarily noted for its success in disco music and R&B. The core membership of the group commenced playing professionally, under different group names, as of 1968.

In the '70s the group had evolved into The Rhythm Makers, playing primarily funk music. The Rhythm Makers were composed of Emanuel Rahiem Leblanc (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), Keith "Sabu" Crier (bass and vocals), Herb Lane (keyboards and vocals) and Kenny Banks (drums and vocals).

But it was when Kenny Banks left band and was replaced by Paul Service in 1978 that the group's manager suggested that the group name be changed to "GQ", which stood for "good quality".

GQ actually became quite successful playing music representative of the period's disco influenced sound. They had several highly-ranked singles in multiple markets (US Pop, US Black, US Disco/Club). Indeed, their biggest hit was 1979's 'Disco Nights (Rock-Freak),' a single from their debut album Disco Nights - which, coincidently Cherry Red Records (under BBR) has now re-released in deluxe Super Jewel case with six bonus tracks!

The album kicks off with the #1 hit 'Disco Nights (Rock Freak),' before heading into the funk of 'Make My Dream A Reality, the ballad 'It's Your Love,' and the downright funk of 'Spirit.' The lovesick 'This Happy Feeling' is next, with 'Wonderful' and is backed by a cover of A Taste Of Honey's 'Boogie Oogie Oogie' and rounding out the original album, the sentimental cover of Billy Stewart's classic 'I Do Love You.'

The newly-expanded cuts begin with a 7" Single Version of 'Disco Nights (Rock Freak),' a 7" Single Version of 'Make My Dreams A Reality,' a great 12" Disco Remix of 'Boogie Oogie Oogie,' a 7" Single Version of 'I Do Love You,' before rounding out with the trio of 'Disco Nights (Rock Freak) (12" Version),' 'Make My Dreams A Reality (12" Version),' and finally another 'Boogie Oogie Oogie' - this time a 12" Promo!

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