Bob Blank Retrospective Coming Soon on Strut

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In the heyday of disco, if you were a young, out-of-pocket group looking for quality recording and production work, there was one go-to studio and one in-house producer to rely on: Bob Blank and his Blank Tapes studio. The man produced a ton of groups—from the influential to the unknown—between the mid-'70s and mid-'80s, including Gladys Knight, Sun Ra, and Charanga 76, and now, thanks to the Strut label in conjunction with DJ History, Bob Blank is getting the retrospective he deserves. Slated for release on February 2, The Blank Generation: Blank Tapes NYC 1975-1985 highlights the best and biggest productions to come out of the New York studio with Bob behind the boards, and also comes with an extensive interview with the producer along with rare photos from his personal archive. More info on the forthcoming retrospective can be found here, and make sure to check out the online video interviews with Bob Blank chronicling his creation of Blank Tapes and all the music made there. Album artwork and tracklist are below.


1. Debby Blackwell – Once You Got Me Going
2. Charanga 76 – Music Trance
3. Milton Hamilton - Crystalized
4. Sun Ra – Where Pathways Meet
5. The Necessaries – State of Art
6. Lydia Lunch – A Cruise to the Moon
7. James Blood Ulmer – Jazz is the Teacher, Funk is the Preacher
8. Bumblebee Unlimited – I Got A Big Bee
9. Mikki - Itching for Love (Unreleased Segio Munzabai M&M Mix)
10. Fonda Rae – Over Like A Fat Rat
11. Gladys Knight – It's A Better Than Good Time (Walter Gibbons Mix)
12. Lola – Wax the Van (Jon’s Dub)
13. Aural Exciters – Emile (Night Rate)