July 20, 2012

20,000 vinyl LPs 4: The Skatt Brothers - Disco Daze

I started the Vinyl LP series because I have over 20,000 albums I am selling; each blog entry of the series is about an album from my collection. Inquire for more info.

At the apex of the Disco rage, late in 1979, The Skatt Brothers issued an album entitled, "Strange Spirits". The title song was my favorite but it was "Walk the Night" and "Life at the Outpost" that were their big hits. "Walk the Night" reached #9 on the Billboard chart.

 (click on any image to see larger size)
front cover photographer: Dean Tokuno
photo of album cover by Styrous®

back cover photographer: Dean Tokuno
photo of album back cover by Styrous®

The Skatt Brothers was formed in Los Angeles by Sean Delaney. The group was similar to the Village People (remember them?) but never reached the same exposure (notoriety?). It was, however, extremely popular in Australia for some reason. The album was recorded in Toronto, Canada.

back cover detail
photo of album back cover detail by Styrous®

The line-up was:
Sean Delaney (keyboards)
Pieter Sweval (bass)
Richard Martin-Ross (guitar)
Richie Fontana (drums, guitar)
David Andez (guitar)
Craig Krampf (drums)

There is an animated interpretation of the song "Walk the Night" on uTube.

The original 1980 Australian music video for "Life at the Outpost" can also be seen on YouTube. The men dancing in the video are not the real Skatt Brothers but Australian male models (for some reason they did not want to appear in the video). It's fun watching it, however, from this vantage in time (30 years later) it is a bit dated.

The album was released by Casablanca Records; Casablanca was a major label for disco music in the late 70's. 

Standard record sleeve
used by Casablanca records.
photo of record sleeve by Styrous®

Casablanca launched the careers of KISS*, Donna Summer*†, Parliament, The Funkadelics*†, Angel and the Village People but also recorded Cher, The Sylvers, Buddy Miles, Giorgio Moroder*†, Santa Esmeralda*† and many others. The Casablanca film division produced the films, "The Deep", "Midnight Express"*†, "Foxes" and "The Hollywood Knights". Casablanca Records was purchased by PolyGram after which the label went into decline. Visit the Casablanca website to see more Casablanca Records videos. Be warned, however, it takes forever to get the pages to open.

The Skatt Brothers vinyl LP label detail, side 1 
photo by Styrous®

Sean Delaney would go on to work with members of the hard rock band, Kiss, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons and Peter Criss. David Andez would work with The Village People.   

When I recently found the videos on YouTube, I wrote to a friend, "I just came across this song [Walk the Night] on YouTube. Although it was played in every gay bar in existence, it was the anthem of the leather crowd in 1979/80. I remember being totally ripped out of my mind with a friend in a bar somewhere and fiercely dancing to it like there was no tomorrow. It [the video] brings back wonderful memories of a new, free and exotic world that seemed to have no end; or so we thought at the time."   
*† Another blog entry for this album may come in the future.   

The Skatt Brothers vinyl LP label detail, side 1 
photo by Styrous®


Side 1:

A1 - Dancin' For The Man, written by Sean Delaney* - 3:46
A2 - Fear Of Flying, written by W. Morrison* - 3:44
A3 - Midnight Companion, written by Pieter Sweval, Sean Delaney - 3:25
A4 - Walk The Night, written by D. Andez*, Richie Fontana - 3:53

Side 2:

B1 - Strange Spirits, written by Pieter Sweval - 4:21
B2 - Someone's Taken My Baby, written by Pieter Sweval, R. Martin-Ross*, Sean Delaney - 4:29
B3 - Life At The Outpost, written by Pieter Sweval, Sean Delaney - 4:56
B4 - Old Enough, written by Pieter Sweval, Sean Delaney - 5:43

Companies, etc.

    Recorded At – Phase One Studios
    Mastered At – Sterling Sound
    Manufactured By – Casablanca Record and Filmworks, Inc.
    Distributed By – Casablanca Record and Filmworks, Inc.
    Phonographic Copyright (p) – Casablanca Record and Filmworks, Inc.
    Copyright (c) – Casablanca Record and Filmworks, Inc.
    Published By – Skattsongs
    Published By – Ample Parking Publications
    Produced For – Three Hats Productions


    Arranged By [All Arrangements, Vocals Arrangements] – Pete Pedersen, The Skatt Bros.*
    Art Direction – Phyllis Chotin
    Bass – Pieter Sweval
    Design – Gribbitt!
    Drums – Craig Krampf, Richie Fontana
    Engineer [First] – George Semkiw
    Guitar – Richard Martin-Ross
    Guitar [Lead] – David Andez
    Keyboards – Sean Delaney
    Mastered By – George Marino
    Performer [Auxialiary Musicians] – Barry Keane, Brian Russell, Carl Marsh (2), Errol Thomas, Michael Toles
    Photography By – Dean Tokuno
    Producer – Ian Guenther - Willi Morrison*
    Producer [Produced With] – The Skatt Bros.*

Barcode and Other Identifiers

    Other (Pressing Plant ID): 26
    Rights Society (A1, A3 to B4): ASCAP
    Rights Society (A2): CAPAC
    Matrix / Runout (A-Side Label): NBLP 7192 AS
    Matrix / Runout (B-Side Label): NBLP 7192 BS
    Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Etching): NBLP-7192-A3-PRC-C-3RE 1-11 MUSIC FOR MISS THING STERLING
    Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout Etching): NBLP-7192-BS-PRC-C-3RE 1-1 I LOVE PAUL STERLING

Skatt Bros. ‎– Strange Spirits
Label: Casablanca ‎– NBLP 7192
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 1979
Genre: Rock, Funk / Soul
Style: Pop Rock, Disco

The entire collection is for sale. Interested? Contact Styrous®

Enjoy, Styrous® July 20, 2012


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