Via Wax Poetics: "The Horse Meat Disco crew is back with Volume IV on Strut Records, dropping June 16. Listen to “Ain’t No Way” by Opal, a studio creation by producer Elliot Rossoff and songwriter Phil Barr.
From the liner notes....
Elliot Rosoff (producer): I am primarily a concert violinist and have played on records by people as diverse as Philip Glass, Deodato and LL Cool J. In the early ’80s, I had a studio, Opal Studios, and our engineer Andy Langston did a lot of R&B and disco production—our projects included a disco version of Jesse Green’s “Nice and Slow.” On “Ain’t No Way,” the singer was a girl called Brenda Watts—she had released a few records beforehand like “Who Needs a Love Like That” but seemed to disappear from music after Opal. I remember that we received great feedback and a lot of club play across New York.
Phil Barr (writer): During the ’70s, Elliot was one of the few people in New York that had a 24-track studio. “Ain’t No Way”had originally been written as a hard rock track—Elliot liked it and we started working on an R&B version of it, which he put out on his label, Silver Cloud.
"For the fourth edition of the expertly curated Horse Meat Disco compilation journey, the boys dig deep once more for a potent mix of original and contemporary deep disco nuggets. Included are many tracks receiving their first ever reissue including L’Amour feat. Krystal’s infectious vocal disco gem ‘Let’s Make Love Tonight’, K.S.B.’s Italo Balearic secret weapon ‘Misaluba’ and Rena’s quirky, coquettish ‘I Love Your Beat (Play It Again Sam)’.
The album also features new and exclusive productions including a fresh Horse Meat mix of Joey Negro’s brilliant version of T.C. Curtis’ ‘Candidate For Love’ and the lesser known Chicago funky disco stormer ‘Getting To Know You’ by Shahid Mustaf MC.
‘Horse Meat Disco IV’ is released on 2CD (CD1 mixed by Horse Meat Disco, CD 2 unmixed full length tracks), unmixed 2LP (including full CD version as an insert) and digital. The CD package features a poster fold-out featuring the album cover artwork and all formats feature extensive sleeve notes and track by track info along with brand new photos.