Italo-disco pioneer gives away dozens of classics and rare tracks
Giorgio Moroder is nothing if not generous. We know that much from his 1975 hit with Donna Summer, "Love to Love You Baby," a tantric ode to extended eroticism that ran to nearly 17 minutes — a fairly unprecedented length for a dance-floor track in that era. Now, the Italo-disco pioneer is giving back to his fans in another way, by unleashing a massive trove of classic songs, alternate mixes, outtakes, instrumentals, and live versions on his two SoundCloud accounts. (It's unclear why he has two separate accounts; presumably, he opened a new one after maxing out the first.)
He kicked off his spree three weeks ago with "Giorgio's New Dancing Shoes," a new production, and he continued with selections from the American Gigolo and Scarface soundtracks. Then he got weird, unearthing cuts from 1975's Krautrock-tinged Einzelgänger, a rare German-language version of 1966's "Stop!" and the full, 13-minute version of the 1978 disco classic "Chase." Since then, he has also given us the 16-minute Battlestar Galactica theme, a live recording from his Louis Vuitton runway show performance, and oddities from 1984's Metropolis.
The bounty just keeps growing: Today he uploaded a downloadable version of "I Feel Love," subtitled "Sample for DJs, Remixes, own Edits." Many of the tracks seem to be available for download for a limited period — presumably, since Moroder doesn't seem to have a premium account, they're getting cut off after a certain number of downloads — and he has also included third-party download links for selected tracks whose limit has been reached on SoundCloud. To get first crack at the goods, follow Moroder's SoundCloud accounts, and get your dancing shoes on.