A Fifth of Beethoven

A Fifth of Beethoven

by Walter MurphyWalter Murphy


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Walter Murphy's "A Fifth of Beethoven" put classical disco on the map. It helped that Beethoven's symphony had a heavy percussion feel, which Murphy cranked up a couple of notches with his amazing ingenuity. Other selections, while creatively different, are just as good, but didn't burn a hole in the charts like "Fifth." "Suite Love Symphony," "Flight '76," "California Strut," and "Russian Dressing" will expand your mind and quench your musical thirst at the same time. "Midnight Express" is fine European boogie, while the horn-laden "Get a Little Lovin'" is a funky thing. It's always a nice trick when artists can define a genre with a single song, and Murphy did that. Even better when they can follow it up with an album that expands on that song's charms and delivers a satisfying listening experience. A Fifth of Beethoven does that with unerring style and class and stands as one of the high points of the disco era.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/27/2014
Label: Imports
UPC: 5013929241039
catalogNumber: 1097447

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Walter Murphy   Primary Artist,Conductor,Keyboards
Angela Bofill   Vocals
Jon Faddis   Trumpet
Harvie Swartz   Bass
George Young   Flute,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
David Nadien   Leader
Porcino   Trumpet
Ray Alonge   Horn
Carmine d'Amico   Guitar
Gayle Dixon   Leader
Irving Spice   Leader
Brooks Tillotson   Horn
Ed Xiques   Saxophone
Paul Bernardi   Trombone
Eddie Garr   Background Vocals
Mike McGovern   Trumpet,Soloist
Greg Westhoff   Percussion,Conga
Pat Bianco   Vocals
Frank Dillard   Vocals
Artie Kaplan   Saxophone
Jim Buffington   Horn
Mike Caruso   Guitar
Don Corrado   Horn
Bob Merigliano   Drums
Lou Marino   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Walter Murphy   Arranger,Composer
Thomas J. Valentino   Producer
Bob Hickson   Cover Painting
Steve "Spaz" Schnee   Liner Notes
Wayne A. Dickson   Reissue Producer
Malcolm McKenzie   Photo Scanning

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