With a CV resembling a 'Who's Who' of the music industry, the career of remixer/producer PHIL HARDING spans over 30 years - from recording The Clash and Elton John in the 70s, to remixing and producing top club/dance/pop acts in the 80s/90s, to recently working with Lamont Dozier in L.A.
In the 80s, working out of a basement studio in the Pete Waterman-owned PWL studio complex (with production partner Ian Curnow), Phil Harding club mixes and productions dominated the dancefloors and club charts on an international scale. On this long-awaited, remastered double-CD package are 25 sought-after classic 80s remixes and rarities - including 10 US Dance Chart hits (4 reaching No 1) and UK club and singles chart successes too numerous to mention (and many first-time-on-CD). A must-have release for 80s club, dance and pop devotees alike, it features...
- Motown stars... DIANA ROSS, THE FOUR TOPS, MICHAEL JACKSON WITH THE JACKSON 5, JIMMY RUFFIN (best known for 'What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted')
- Hit 80s artists... ABC, HOLLY JOHNSON, EIGHTH WONDER & THE PET SHOP BOYS, IMAGINATION, BASIA (MATT BIANCO), BLOW MONKEYS, FIVE STAR, GODLEY & CREME, RICK ASTLEY and DEAD OR ALIVE
- Previously unreleased tracks and mixes... JIMMY RUFFIN stunning unreleased production, RICK ASTLEY (2 unreleased mixes including the original 'Never Gonna Give You Up' Club Mix + 2 unreleased Harding/Curnow productions) and a planned SINITTA 1990 re-launch with a Madonna 'Vogue'-style club sound.
- Comprehensive colour booklet... packed with new research, Phil Harding mix commentary and interviews on an unprecedented scale (equivalent to an extra 5 chapters-worth if included in the Phil Harding book)... In addition to an in-depth brand new interview with Phil Harding and Ian Curnow together on 'the making of' these tracks and beyond, there are interviews with 10 other artists/industry personnel involved with these tracks back-in-the-day.
The CD is a tie-in release with Harding's recent 600-page book ''PWL From The Factory Floor'
', the inside story of PWL Studios, whose vast array of hits for other artists - beyond KYLIE MINOGUE and JASON DONOVAN - included the PET SHOP BOYS, FIVE STAR, DONNA SUMMER, MEL & KIM, BANANARAMA, ERASURE, GARY MOORE, CHIC and DOLLAR - as well as working with unknown industry newcomer SIMON COWELL.
The book explains what went on behind-the-scenes at the 24/7 studio and has sections on working with well-known artists, in-depth interviews, commentaries on classic mixes and a technical section with something for everyone - including how to mix a Number 1 hit and revealing some of the techniques and wizardry of working in the record industry.
CD1 [See the key below for track rarity symbols]
01. Michael Jackson with The Jackson 5 - I Want You Back ['88] (12" Remix) *
02. Eighth Wonder - I'm Not Scared (10'' Remix) @@
03. ABC - When Smokey Sings (The Miami Mix)
04. Diana Ross - Love Hangover ['88] (12'' Version) @
05. Rick Astley - She Wants To Dance With Me (Original Extended R'n'B Version) +
06. Four Tops - Reach Out I'll Be There ['88] (12'' Remix) @@
07. Holly Johnson - Americanos (PWL Extended Version) @
08. Godley & Creme - Snack Attack (Extended Remix) @
09. Jimmy Ruffin - Easy Just To Say (I Love You) (Extended Club Mix) @@
10. Basia - Until You Come Back To Me (Phil Harding 12'' Remix) @
11. Rick Astley - Til The Day That I Die +
12. Dead Or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) (Murder Mix) #
01. Blue Mercedes - I Want To Be Your Property (DEF B4 Dishonour Mix) @@
02. Pepsi & Shirlie - Heartache (Dot & Daisy's Club Remix)
03. Imagination - Instinctual (Jack Leee Freak Mix) @@
04. Blow Monkeys - Digging Your Scene (Remix) @@
05. Rick Astley - Stay With Me Tonight +
06. Fe Fi Fo Fum - Beat Your Body (Manhattan Mix) @@
07. The Blue August Project - Oxygen (Extended Dance Version) @
08. Sinitta - Body Shopping (New Vogue Version) +
09. XS-5 - I Need More (Extended Dance Version) @
10. Agents Aren't Aeroplanes - The Upstroke (12'') @@
11. Jimmy Ruffin - Truly Yours +
12. Five Star - Rain Or Shine (Remix)
13. Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up (Phil Harding 12" Mix) +
+ Previously unreleased
@@ First time on CD
@ First time on CD in the UK
* Rare on CD
# First time on CD from studio master original