Friday, September 12, 2008

There But For The Grace of God Go I

About a week ago I was excited to find a used copy of Machine's 1979 self-titled record that features the disco classic "There But For The Grace of God Go I" which is one of the most requested songs at STUDIO!. Machine was basically a studio disco group put together by legendary producer August Darnell, a founding member of both Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band and Kid Creole And The Coconuts. The album's single, "There But For The Grace of God Go I" remains to be the most memorable and known track from the group's existence. Other stand out tracks on the record consist of the lesser known "Marisa", "You've Come A Long Way, Baby", and "Get Your Body Ready". Overall, it's hard to think of a more classic release from August Darnell's impressive catalogue which certainly includes a number of great dance gems. I'm just happy to now have the ability to fulfill those 'few rare enjoyable' requests each and every Wednesday.

Machine - There But For The Grace of God Go I

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5 comments:

disco_dan said...

A true bona-fide classic! Thanks for posting this!

Mark Hodgson said...

I bought this in the UK, but I don't think it had a picture sleeve. It had some airplay in London but I never heard anything else by MACHINE again...

steele said...

Kid Creole and the Coconuts also do a version of this which is dope. I think it only ever came out on a B side but is worth tracking down.

pissy said...

The Kid Creole and the Coconuts version is here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9TO4iYL-9I

Thanks for all the tunes. I'm just sorry I dont live in Seattle so I can come and dance, but I lived in SF from 75' to 84' so that kinda makes up for it. How did I miss all these tunes?

Also, there were 2 different versions of this song. The no Blacks no Jews no Gays reference was offensive so they changed that part to "where only upper class people stay'

Dave said...

"Is it Love" is by far the BEST song on the album!!!

Timmy Regisford would kill this at SHELTER for like 20 minutes!