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Larry Levan Recorded Live at the Legendary Paradise Garage

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  • Audio CD (12 July 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: West End
  • ASIN: B0000A2E4L
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 415,468 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Bourgie Bourgie - Ashford & Simpson
  2. It's Music - Damon Harris
  3. At Midnight - T Connection
  4. Put Your Body In It - Stephanie Mills
  5. Dreaming A Dream - Crown Heights Affair
  6. By The Way You Dance - Bunny Sigler
  7. Right In The Socket - Shalamar
  8. Take Me Home - Cher
  9. Pick Me Up I'll Dance - Melba Moore
  10. Funk Train - Munich Machine
  11. Here We Go Again - People's Choice

Disc: 2

  1. Here We Go Again - People's Choice [cont.]
  2. Bad Mouthin - Motown Sounds
  3. Let Yourself Go - Supremes
  4. Angel In My Pocket - Change
  5. Smack Dab In The Middles - Janice McClain
  6. Sun...Sun...Sun - Jakki
  7. Trinidad - John Gibbs and the U.S. Steel Band
  8. My First Mistake - Chilites
  9. Erucu - Jermaine Jackson

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x93c1ff3c) out of 5 stars 12 reviews
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93c6799c) out of 5 stars I was completely blown away 15 Dec. 2004
By Rob Roy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is the only thing I have ever reviewed on Amazon, and will likely be the only.

I'm into house and techno and happened upon this CD by accident. I heard that US garage music came from the Paradise Garage so I had some money to burn and thought that I needed some over-the-top soulful house in my life (which is basically what US garage it).

So, I get home and IT'S NOT GARAGE at all.

It's amazing disco that I had never heard before. Not the stuff they play on the radio or sell on compilation cds late nite. And it wasn't cheesy and overcooked like alot of popular disco can get. It was just medium well.

The mix is amazingly well put together. For the time this was as close to flawless as it could get.

BUT THE KICKER was the enclosed booklet which goes into Larry Levan and the Paradise Garage. It makes me cry every time I read it.

The whole package is inspiring at the deepest level for me.

If you like house and wanna get to know the roots or just want to know what deeper disco feels like... get this cd.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93c679f0) out of 5 stars HISTORY of Garage & Original House Music 17 Nov. 2003
By Dre Mace - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This CD lives up to the hype. Larry Levan and Frankie Knuckles were making history in the late 70's and 80's. I grew up on Frankie, but Larry was first. The music is all from the era before 1980. You get over 80 minutes of seamless, transitional, dance music of the day. There are elements of Jazz, R&B, Disco, Dance all present here. From beginning to end, this is a moving CD.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93c67e28) out of 5 stars Leapin and Lopin - Larry Levan 31 Aug. 2005
By E. H. Reynolds - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This mixed CD is Jumpin. If you're into the warehouse DEEP House grooves, you'll love these mixes. Levan produced a work of a genius with his remix of songs, his choice of songs and the placement of those songs in the mix. Disc 2 is too short. I wish I could have been at one of his parties when he was alive.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93c69210) out of 5 stars Pure class!! 27 Jun. 2006
By emadex - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a great album for Larry Levan fans or just those wanting to hear the mixing skills and music taste of one of the most influential deejays of dance music - from disco to garage to house and beyond.

The mixes may not be as 100% beat perfect as you would get on a CD mixed by one of today's' deejays, but remember that this is a live set with the minor flaws adding to the authenticity and charm. No studio software creation of perfect (and sometimes bland) mixes here. To my mind - and unlike the Studio 54 style - Larry never seemed to pick tracks purely on their "mixability" but rather selected his tracks on musical merit and then did a good job mixing them anyway.

I particularly like his very subtle use of two copies of Stephanie Mills "Put Your Body In It" where Larry starts the record not at it's rather cold intro but at much later vibey break and then continually mixes the same break over and over (if you listen at around 54 seconds and 1 minute 10 seconds and 1 minute 30 seconds into this track you can just pick this).

It's easy to see how he was such an influence on the current house style of sampling and repeating key elements of classic disco tracks. Check out the end of Trinidad by John Gibbs and the U.S. Steel Band where Larry first cuts in My First Mistake by The Chilites. Definitely the inspiration for "Needin U" as released by another Paradise Garage stalwart, David Morales!

This is an astounding set, all the more impressive when you realize it was recorded in 1979 and a piece of history well worth owning.

Buy it now and play it loud!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93c692f4) out of 5 stars The Blueprint That All Other DJs Follow 6 May 2006
By Jason W. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Anybody who can't see the relevance of this music and ultimately where ALL DJs got their style then you just don't know music. THIS CD IS THE MASTER DJ AT WORK YOU MUST BUY THIS.

WHEN YOU DO YOU WILL KNOW HOW IT WAS DONE AT THE PARADISE GARAGE. If there is any CD you get PLEASE get this one if you love Organic House Music,Dance Music, or Disco then this CD was made for you. I know that I love it you will too. And to all you DJs who want to compare Larry Levan to "today's standards" if it weren't for Larry Levan paving the way by polishing all the rough ends all you "purists" take for granted YOU wouldn't be out there. So if you truly want to keep Levan's spirit alive as DJs learn and REMEMBER what Larry Levan always KNEW: IT AIN'T ABOUT THE MIX IT WAS ABOUT THE MUSIC. You would do well to remember that when you plug into this CD and hear the Man who put his Soul into the Music and became the Music. Just tune in and feel the Love I sure did. Welcome to Paradise.
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