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Foundation
Foundation
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ten City Builds A Strong "Foundation", 26 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Foundation (Audio CD)
What can be said about this group and this album? For starters the timing could not have been any better: House was starting to gain national attention and the release of this album paved the way for Chicago artists to get their props. This is one of the greatest House albums ever made. It is the culmination of years of of blood, sweat and tears in the Chicago underground circuit, particularly on the part of the album's writers and producers: Byron Stingily and Marshall Jefferson. Byron had been laying down vocals for independent label Bright Star since at least 1986. Marshall championed the use of real instruments, the continued use of the classic 70's disco sound and the creation of real "songs" in House music. He was without a doubt one of the hottest producers for the independent Trax label. When Ten City released "Devotion" on Atlantic in 1987 it was the beginning of a special time for the Chicago Scene. Later on, the release of the album solidified Marshall Jefferson as a name to be reckoned with in the producing arena and Ten City as a legitimate House group.
The album "Foundation" is packed with just plain good music. "That's The Way Love Is" has a lovely bassline, excellent orchestration and great harmonized vocals. Add the lyrics that anyone young or old can relate to and you have a timeless classic. "Suspicious" has Marshall Jefferson written all over it. Hypnotic bassline and smooth vocals. And let's not forget those lyrics that are very 'real'. "Satisfaction" is one of my favorite tracks on the album, simply because it speaks to my soul. This is another classic Marshall Jefferson output. All of the elements are there and mixed together to perfection -- simple bassline and melodies, real instruments, powerful lyrics and the classic 70's disco sound. My other favorite track is "For You". I think it is safe to say that this has to be a favorite of anyone from the New Jersey area -- it has that sort of flavor! Again the elements are there and tightly woven to make you dance!

The album is awesome and would make a great addition to your music library. Don't just take my word for it; these guys even made an appearance in the May 4, 1990 edition of USA Today, Section D. I remember this because I still have the article - laminated!


Journey With the Lonely
Journey With the Lonely
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes Me Proud To Be A Chicagoan!!!, 26 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Journey With the Lonely (Audio CD)
This album is the BOMB! From start to finish you can't help but move your feet! At the risk of sounding like the other reviewers I too must say that this album is nothing short of a masterpiece! Based on my feelings towards the previous album release I bought "Journey With The Lonely" right after its release. To play it 10 years later and have the same feeling now that I had then is a testament to the quality of the project. This album further proves that a dj -- whos primary focus is that of playing records -- can also have a degree of musicianship.
1992 saw a shift in the direction of House music in Chicago: jazz influences. This album lays down the perfect blueprint for anyone who needs a history lesson. "Club Lonely" has to be one of the few tracks in which the album version perfectly compliments the EP. Excellent vocals and a simple, but driving bassline. Then comes the perfect segue "New Dance Beats", continuing in the jazz chords and smooth basslines. "Saved My Life" and "Aahhhh!" are just 100% dance tracks. "Do U Luv Me" is a hypnotic melodic tune that is more subtle in the chords but it still has alot of punch to it. "You're My Reason" and "Dancing In My Sleep" feature wonderful vocals. "Funny How U Luv" is another obvious jass-infusion that moves the soul. Then there's "Thief" and my sleeper track - "Share", which is by far one of the most emotionally tugging songs I know of.

The entire ablum makes me proud to be a Chicagoan!


From the Mind of Lil Louis
From the Mind of Lil Louis

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What A Mind!, 26 Aug. 2007
Lil Louis struck gold by signing a deal with Epic records in 1989. This resulting album showcases what Chicagoans (like myself) knew all along -- this guy has skillz! Louis was always a phenomenal dj and his first few releases on the independent Dance Mania label created a buzz in the Chicago underground dance scene. 1989 was the year in which Louis (and Chicago) would take things to the next level. "French Kiss", one of my favorite tracks (and EPs) of all time, was the catalyst for the growing national interest in Chicago House. The album version is more commercialized with the added vocals but is still able to get the blood pumping. "Wargames", also in a "second" remixed form (and also from the original "French Kiss" EP), is another dance-floor-packer. Other preferred tracks are "I Called U" (something that the guys can definitely relate to) and the sleeper of the whole album: "Nyce And Slo". And then there are a couple of slower tempo tracks to add balance. Basically this is a great introductory album for Lil Louis to "show the rest of the world how we party".
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Sessions Six Mixed by Frankie Knuckles
Sessions Six Mixed by Frankie Knuckles
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Godfather in the HOUSE!, 26 Aug. 2007
Godfather jacks tall with this double set. I love the concept behind the two mixes. Disc One is the song disc, meaning vocals. Very, very soulful. Disc Two is the track disc, meaning tracks. Again, very, very soulful. It is evident that the man enjoys what he's doing because once you get a hold of this set you'll enjoy it, too. Favorite tracks are "Freedom (Make It Funky)", "I Remember Dance", "Hypnodelic", "Heavy Gospel Morning" and "Alabama Blues"
This is another timeless classic from one of the best years for House Music (1996), especially if you lived in England!


Ministry of Sound Vol.7
Ministry of Sound Vol.7

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent follow up to Sessions Six, 26 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Ministry of Sound Vol.7 (Audio CD)
One half of the dynamic Def Mix duo serves up a slamming double set. Who better than David Morales? The mixes are flawless and the selections suggest that David really wants to take you on a ride. If you've never been to the Ministry of Sound this set will make you wish you have; if you have been to the MOS then this set will make you want to go back!


Vol. 4-United Dj's of America
Vol. 4-United Dj's of America
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5.0 out of 5 stars Def Mixers together again, 26 Aug. 2007
Frankie and David have a good sound when they produce a record together; it's only natural that they should have a double cd set that sounds phat too. Frankie's mix is my favorite of the two, but the entire set is phat. Once you get this set you may not put it down.
By the way, don't pay any attention to the date (1995). Some mixes never get old!


Ministry of Sound Vol.5
Ministry of Sound Vol.5
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Price: £29.65

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another required purchase, 26 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Ministry of Sound Vol.5 (Audio CD)
I agree with "rjaxx", just buy the cd 'cause it doesn't disappoint. I too bought this in '95. Looking back, '95 was one of the best years for house music, especially if you were in England, as I was. There are the classic cuts that stand the test of time: "Deliver Me"(which will be re-released on vinyl soon), "A Feeling", and a personal favorite "Get Up Off Me" -- I especially liked the "Masters At Work" vocal promo mixed into the track!


Nu Yorican Soul
Nu Yorican Soul
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Compilation, 26 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Nu Yorican Soul (Audio CD)
Once again the Masters are At Work! These are probably the most talented producers since Gamble and Huff. This album showcases all of the musical elements that make for a phat vibe. And then there are the artists: Jocelyn Brown, Roy Ayers, Geroge Benson, India, Jazzy Jeff on the wheels of steel. This is better than a Broadway Musical! Too bad MTV didn't pick up on this album. Get your copy today!


Our Time Is Coming
Our Time Is Coming

5.0 out of 5 stars MAW Are Ahead Of Their Time!, 26 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Our Time Is Coming (Audio CD)
These guys have only just begun to jam! Anyone who is a DJ is very likely to own a considerable amount of MAW records. This latest offering only waters your mouth for the 12" releases. "Like A Butterfly (You Send Me)", "Backfired", "Our Time Is Coming", "Every Now And Then" and "Latin Lover" are my favorites. Put in the cd and start dancin'!


Collection of Classics
Collection of Classics

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Party Till You Drop, 26 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Collection of Classics (Audio CD)
What more can be said about Frankie Knuckles. Growing up in Chicago during the (radio station) WBMX era, Frankie's was a household name. This cd set further demonstrates how that was possible. Not only was the sequencing of the songs brilliant but the mixing was right on -- especially on Disc One (where he has the unenviable task of beat matching disco records: that usually involves live instruments). Old School Househeads will really enjoy this double set!


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