Here is a mix from way back in March 2014 that I curated for AOR Disco.

Matthew Hamilton

Following recent guest mixes for Balearic Social and Seekmagic, Paul Hillery aka pH sets his sights on the west coast of America for this exclusive mix of yacht rock and sunset disco. Featuring much cherished classics such as Ned Doheny’s Sweet Friction sand David Batteau’s Spaceship Earth, the mix also includes a host of rarities. For example we thought we’d covered all the 1970s soft rock double acts out there (such as Neilsen / Pearson, Seals and Croft, Larsen / Feiten Band, and numerous others) but no – here we have Druick and Lorange, who make their debut on the site with their 1974 track Joshua. And the final third of the mix evokes the afterglow of the Laurel Canyon scene in the early to mid 1970s and is similar in feel to pH’s excellent Folk Funk and Trippy Troubadours series.

The original covers for these mixes were deemed to be a little risque so were changed. I’d taken my lead from the old 70’s Levi advert, and the following mixes in this series continued with the same tongue in cheek style.

So below is the new and the old cover!

Sweet Friction AOR Disco

Sweet Friction AOR Disco

Track listing
We’re All Headed In The Same Way – Faith
Cajun Moon by Kieran White
Forever by Will & James Ragar
Sweet Friction by Ned Doheny
Step On You by Joe Vitale
Back To The Streets by Rudy Norman
Spaceship Earth by David Batteau
Eyes So Green by Gulliver
A Fool In Line by Starbuck
Be That Way by Jimmy Gray Hall
There’s A Place by Paul Virgilio
Four Horsemen by Fable
House On The Rock by Rob Mehl
Music Is My Mistress by Snail
Joshua by Druick & Lorange
Danger In The Night by Moonrider

AOR Disco was started in 2009 by Matthew Hamilton with a mission to rediscover the lost golden age of Adult Orientated Rock. From the beardy acoustic era of late 1960s Laurel Canyon to the white-suited Yacht Rock yuppies of the early 1980s, AOR Disco seeks out the best in vintage Californian drive-time hits, soft-rock disco, psychedelic funk, and the kind of obscure album tracks you might find at the back of your dad’s record collection.

This isn’t some guilty pleasures site however. Having been misunderstood and marginalised by the music press for decades AOR is finally being given the love it deserves by a new generation of DJs and producers who give the old classics a very modern shine whilst retaining the spirit of the originals.

AOR is back and you need never say sorry for liking this music ever again.

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