Cloud One – 1976 – Atmosphere Strut
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The studio-bound disco unit Cloud One made its debut in 1976 with the spectacular “Atmosphere Strut,” a drifting, blissed-out nugget of underground disco that featured a repeated female vocal refrain of “We’re gonna fly/Fly away.” More importantly, what made the song stand out from everything else released at the time was the wild synthesizer line from producer and arranger Patrick Adams, who — as with dozens of other short-lived disco acts shamelessly chucked into obscurity — helmed the group. The nine-minute single was also the inaugural release on P&P, the first of several small labels run by Adams and partner Peter Brown. Several Cloud One singles followed throughout the late ’70s on P&P-affiliated labels, such as Queen Constance, Golden Flamingo, Heavenly Star, and Sound of New York.
The Atmosphere Strut LP, released in 1976, compiled some of the group’s 12″ material (the LP included a seven-minute edit of the dizzying “Disco Juice“, another Adams classic). Funky Disco Tracks of Cloud One, an EP, was issued in 1978. A second LP, called Happy Music, appeared in 1979. Another Cloud One gem that’s worth mentioning is “Patti Duke“, a spacy number full of bizarro Moog manipulations and clusters of hand percussion that, when sped up, would probably sound like one of the hottest go-go tracks ever recorded. Thankfully, Cloud One’s recorded works haven’t been too difficult to come by.
This album is the super bomb! Recorded in 1975, it was way ahead of it`s time. It was originally released on P&P records out of the N.Y.C. and was produced by Patrick Adams, the same talented producer of the soul group Black Ivory and later soulful disco outfits of the late 70`s and early 80`s such as Musique (performers of the controversial “Push, Push In The Bush” disco anthem fom 1978), Phreek, Sine, Venus Dodson, and even the Salsoul Orchestra to name a few. All six tracks are incredible, with the standouts being “Atmosphere Strut“, “Disco Juice“, and “Dust To Dust” with Adams` emphasis on over the top synthesizer disco/funk arrangements and sounds.
If you dug Peter Browns` “A Fantasy Love Affair” album, then you`ll dig this one even more because you can tell the whole vibe of that record was influenced by this Cloud One recording. This album preceded Peter Browns` album by two years and even has Peter Brown listed as an executive producer and co-writer of track two on the album called “Charleston Hopscotch”. So for all you real disco/funk heads who think you know what it`s really all about; hold it …. think again. You don`t know what it`s all about until you`ve copped this album and added it to your collection of high quality music purchases. Trust me; you won`t be let down. This really is the real stuff here ya`ll !