Dieter Bohlen's productions are perhaps the most internationally recognised, through his success with groups and singers like Modern Talking, C. C. Catch, and Blue System. His sound was lighter, more Europop and very accessible to an International audience. Bohlen's productions popularised the Discofox sound throughout Continental Europe and beyond. The Discofox sound was also very evident in the tracks released on Coconut Records by the likes of Bad Boys Blue.
Likewise, Michael Cretu achieved international success, especially with the recordings of his one time wife Sandra Lauer, who recorded simply as Sandra. Cretu produced a number of other artists including Peter Schilling and Hubert Kah.
Fancy, or Tess, produced a stable of artists and musicians, such as Linda Jo Rizzo and Grant Miller, who made some of the most admired Italo/Eurodisco cuts of the time. Indeed Fancy's own early recordings were produced by Amada Lear's 1970's producer, Anthony Monn. Fancy's later recordings were quite heavily influenced by The Pet Shop Boys sound of the mid to late 80s, many becoming regarded as Hi-NRG classics.
A number of producers and labels made higher BPM Hi-NRG/Spacedsico recordings, bearing a similarity to those of Holland's Michiel Van Der Kuy. The tracks by Mike Mareen, Latin Lover and Fancy fall into this category. Some German artists, in particular The Twins, Micro Chip League and Boytronic, owe much more to synthpop originating with Kraftwerk, and later popularised by British synth pop artists of the early 80s.
Some German producers, notably Jack White and Harold Faltermeyer, exported their Eurodisco production skills to America, where they gained commercial success with a number of American recording artists. I'll visit this topic in a later post.
It is hard to give a simple overview of German Eurodisco from this period, but here are 100 tracks to illustrate some of the breadth of these German artists and their recordings.
THIS LOVE, Two Nations (ZYX, 1986)