HIJACK !!

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Instrumental and semi-instrumental Disco were popular sub genres in some areas ( Kebekelektrik,Space,Biddu Orchestra ). My first contact with the track ” Hijack” was with Herbie Mann’s 1974 hit. Although not completely instrumental ( it repeated the phrase” Oh Oh Oh Oh Hijack Hijack, I’m gonna steal Your Love” voiced by Cissy Houston) close enough. The bass and the flute were the prominent sounds and carried this very catchy track which was part of every DJs repertoire.Mann was an experimental musician who dabbled in many genres including latin Disco and jazz. The track reached #1 on the ” Disco Action” charts. The track was written Spanish musician Fernando Arbex and originally recorded by the group Barrabás for their 1974 album ¡Soltad a Barrabás!.IWhen Mann’s track caught on some DJs began playing the original Barrabas version and although similar in sound ( slightly slower) it exuded a more “primal” feel. The two tracks were interchangeable in nightly programming. Enoch Henry Light was a classical violinist, bandleader, and recording engineer who also released another version of the track in 1975 on a collection of mostly pop Disco releases. Again very similar in sound but the energy of the other 2 versions just wasn’t there. The track is still a recognizable addition to any Disco themed night. It was sampled by the Rap Group ” The Beatnuts” in 1999 and Jennifer Lopez’s Jenny From The Block. hijack.

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