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Journey Into Paradise: The Larry Levan Story

Larry LevanAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Paradise (Remastered Version)Change 5:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Weekend (12" Extended Version) (Remastered)Phreek 8:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Clouds (2006 Remastered Version)Chaka Khan 4:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Haven't You Heard (Remastered 12" Single Version)Patrice Rushen 6:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. We Got The Funk (Remastered 12" U.S. Re-edit Version)Positive Force 7:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Smack Dab In The Middle (12" Version) (Remastered)Janice McClain 6:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Bad For Me (Remastered 12" Long Version)Dee Dee Bridgewater 8:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Heartbeat (Club Version) (Remastered)Taana Gardner 9:50Album Only
listen  9. You Can't Hide (Your Love From Me) (Remastered 12" Single Version)David , Joseph 6:43Album Only
listen10. Love Honey, Love Heartache (Remastered 12" Vocal Version)Man Friday 5:16Album Only
listen11. Don't Make Me Wait (Remastered 12" Extended Version)The Peech Boys 7:26Album Only
listen12. Baby I'm Scared Of You (Remastered LP Version)Womack And Womack 5:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Lost In Music (1984 Bernard Edwards & Nile Rogers Remix) (Remastered)Sister Sledge 6:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Why Leave Us Alone (Remastered 12" Long Version)Five Special10:09Album Only
listen15. Love Injection (Remastered LP Version)Trussel 7:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Can't Play Around (12" Vocal Version) (Remastered)Lace 5:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Ain't No Mountain High Enough (The Garage Version) (Remastered)Inner Life10:28Album Only
listen18. It Should Have Been You (12" Vocal Version) (Remastered)Gwen Guthrie 7:06Album Only
listen19. A Lovers Holiday (Remastered 12" Version)Change 6:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Situation (U.S. 12" Mix) (Remastered Version)Yaz 5:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. Once In A Lifetime (2006 Remastered Version )Talking Heads 4:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen22. Love Has Come Around (Remastered 12" Single Version)Donald Byrd 7:49$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 11, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000CQJYZ4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,396 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Love disco, but burned out on "We Are Family" and the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack? Journey Into Paradise: The Larry Levan Story will satisfy your thirst for lost dance nuggets, with 22 lesser-known tracks from the likes of Chaka Khan, Sister Sledge, and many more. As DJ of NYC's Paradise Garage in the '70s and '80s, Larry Levan created a downtown alternative to the high gloss of Studio 54's exclusive celebrity scene, combining up-tempo R&B dance music with a potpourri of other styles. The Journey Into Paradise collection honors the Garage vibe by focusing mainly on unstoppable disco-era jams--if Change's top 10 R&B charting "Paradise" doesn't get your booty shaking, have a friend check your pulse--with a dose of the modern dance sounds of Yaz and Talking Heads thrown in for variety. The nine tracks included here mixed by Levan contain lush disco arrangements that break down into extended sections of beats and voice backed by minimal accompaniment, anticipating the distilled sound of the house music that would later come to rule the dance floors. On the turntable or in your car stereo, these songs paint the picture of a disco scene more focused on the music than the latest fashion, where feeling good was more important than looking good and a great beat washed away the cares of the world. --Ben Heege

Product Description

One of the few truly legendary figures in the universe of contemporary dance music, the late, great Larry Levan revolutionized the art of the DJ with his soulful and eclectic sets, insanely audiophile rig, and consummate flair as both an innovative remixer and visionary turntable artist. Revered for the pulsing dance floor magic he created as resident DJ ast New York City's famed Paradise Garage- perhaps the most revered club in dance music history - Levan merged underground hits with popular classics of every genre to take the communal dance experience to new heights. A seminal figure in both the disco-defined '70s and house-centric '80s, his innovations reshaped dance music itself and influenced every DJ who would follow.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Journey into Paradise March 24, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Being a devoted member of Paradise Garage when I lived in NY. It brought back fond memories of dancing on the dance floor and chilling on the roof top to the wee hours of the morning. I will never forget Paradise Garage, my best club experience ever was at the Garage. I spent every holiday there and not one time did Larry disappoint me. From seeing Grace Jones perform live to the Peach Boys I will always remember the Friday nights chilling with my friends in the movie theater or the roof top. My hearing today, is not 100% because of the countless times I fell asleep on the speakers and then woke up when I heard "Don't make me wait". It brought back so many memories that when I went to NY and let my sister hear the CD she stole by CD. I will cheris this collection forever and thank you.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHO SAYS YOU CAN'T EXTEND YOUR STAY AT PARADISE! December 24, 2007
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With underground disco music receiving a considerable amount of recognition these days, it's not suprising that a major reissue company like Rhino is there to cash in on this low key craze. You would think with Rhino being a major company that this anthology would be lame compared to the other Larry Levan anthologies- which have been released by smaller reissue labels. Journey into Paradise is the complete opposite as it turns out to be a consistently strong set that complements Live at Paradise Garage, the Salsoul Mixes and the Classic Westend Mixes nicely. Of all the major reissue companies, I respect Rhino for caring about the quality of the music to deliver stellar anthologies such as this.

Chances are if you're a seasoned disco/ house junkie, you have most of these tracks already on either 12" singles or various other compliations. For those new to the music like myself, it's a absolute God send. Compared to his other anthologies,the songs on here are the earthiest. The stripped down rhythm tracks gives the songs a more subdued feel. Make no mistake, this is dance music with plenty of bump and groove. In fact, the more subtle feel make the track selection seem like a playlist for their "Mixed Fridays".

The songs themselves are marvelous with the bass heavy Chic influenced groove of "Paradise", The ultimate gettin out the house for some fun at the end of the week anthem, "Weekend"- avaliable for the first time in its original 12" form! There's no denying Chaka Kahn's goergous "Clouds", Womack's and Womack's sublime opus" Baby I'm scare of You" will make you feel like you're floatin' on a cloud (especially at the breakbeat). Trussell's "Love Injection" is also tight with the way they change keys at the peak of the song - it's also quite humorous.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Paradise Garage Lives On!!! April 17, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This double cd set is an excellent representation of the music I experienced first hand at The Garage. It's amazing how music can transport a person through space and time. I would recommend this compilation to all "Garage Heads" and to anyone that knows a garage head and has seen the look in their eyes when they've tried to describe the feeling of being in The Paradise Garage. Larry Levan was simply a master. Words fail me but the goose bumps speak for themselves. Let us never forget. LONG LIVE PARADISE!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "There will never be club music like this"!!!! May 31, 2009
By Jennie
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
Im glad to see that there are still "garage heads" left! This cd is slamming and the memories are awesome! Even though I was to young back then to go clubbing, I remember one of my friends who went to the Garage, and used to tell me everything about it!! I love these songs, they bring memories of when music was just "Dance" music and everyone of all genders and races danced and had a great time together!! They should make a movie out of this!! (Studio your heart!) This was surely the beginning of dance music! I don't think there will ever be a time like this again!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CLUBHOUSE/PARADISE GARAGE November 5, 2007
This is it!!!!!! And you had to be there!!! Nobody did like we did back then,You can call this dinosaur music if you want too but this is it!!! If you were there you would know how hot this is!!!! YEAH TITO!!!! (the DJ at the Clubhouse (DC).No partying will ever be done like this again,
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1 of 0 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome . . . June 11, 2007
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a must for the Disco/House lovers. Brings back memories of U.S. Studio/The Warehouse: 206 South Jefferson, Chicago!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another DJ Genius Gets A New Release !! April 20, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Thank god that there are new releases/compilations coming out for our great DJ's from the past: Nicky Siano's "THE GALLERY", Tom Moulton "A TOM MOULTON MIX", and now Larry's 2-cd set. If you are a true collector, get over to e*b*a*y and snatch up the 5-cd set by Tom Savarese (it's from his 1978/1979 New Year's Eve Party) and it rocks!! Since there is no offcial release for Tom Savarese, this is the only place to get his collection. Hurry before someone stops it!! Larry Levan rocks!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TRUE Garage music April 29, 2006
Format:Audio CD
It isn't often we get to hear the actual true grass roots of any music movements and when we are in the throes of such a rare and special moment in time we can't fathom how signifigant the experience is and it may be DECADES before we finally realize it.Examples Jimi hendrix:Rock, Miles Davis:Jazz, Dance Music DJing,and Turntableism:LARRY LEVAN. Some of us were too young to experience this pivotal moment in history and for those of you who DID? :Be Grateful. This is a documentary of a 20th Century Master.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great music
Published 11 days ago by Thomas Harold Riley
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good cd/hard to find
Published 23 days ago by Julio Perez
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Great addition to my collection
Published 1 month ago by old school/ house head- girl
5.0 out of 5 stars what it must to been like to dance away at the Paradise Garage in NY
WOW!! what it must to been like to dance away at the Paradise Garage in NY!!!!- Fantastice mixing here that really takes you on a journey! RIP Larry- thank you for your talent!
Published 2 months ago by Anthony J. Russo
3.0 out of 5 stars WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE
looking for actual mixes or blends..... record selections where on point.....maybe a live performance would do the records some justice
Published 2 months ago by Greg Waters
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Sound
I was very surprised by the sound dynamics in the songs. They are clear, fresh, clean, and powerful. Read more
Published 5 months ago by TheBigGirl_1
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It!!
I enjoyed it so much, I bought 2 additional CDs for relatives! And not surprisingly, they loved it too! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Angela Fields
Rhino has been on a bit a cheap streak in recent years, but this is a first class issue that belongs in any collection of disco deep cuts. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Syd
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love Larry Levan
I enjoyed listening to this CD because the sound clarity was real good. The number of songs for the price was worth the purchase .
Published 20 months ago by H-MAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Journey Into Paradise: The Larry Levan Story...
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Journey Into Paradise: The Larry Levan Story is a classic collection of music by a Master D.J.

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Published on July 5, 2012 by D. S. HARDEN
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