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Larry Levan's Classic West End Remixes Paradise Garage

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Available on CD, cassette and limited edition triple vinyl (via DJ specialty shops) this is a compilation of nine tracks remixed (between 1979 and 1982) by Larry Levan, the DJ behind New York's famously influential nightclub, The Paradise Garage. Levan is a producer and remixer who, though he died in 1992, continues to be cited as one of the industry's greatest and most revered. Each of the nine individual full-length tracks was DIGITALLY REMASTERED specifically for this project. The sound quality is brilliant! A supporting series of classic West End Records 12" vinyl singles are being released to compliment this album in the signature West End Records hot pink New York City skyline jackets. The compilation comes complete with comprehensive liner notes giving the label's history, its relationship with Levan and anecdotes about each of the nine remixes and how each came about.

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...Absolutely unmissable, exceptionally essential recordings. -- Chris Orr, XLR8R magazine, September 1999

...Without question, this should be required listening for today's DJs, remixers, and club punters. -- Michael Paoletta, Dance Trax, Billboard Magazine, June 19, 1999

West End produced some of the quality stuff, and this CD is both evocative and contemporary. -- David Hinckley,New York Daily News/New York Now, July 13, 1999
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 6, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: July 6, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: West End
  • ASIN: B00005QFLA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,347 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Zain Rashid on March 11, 2002
Format: Audio CD
It almost brings a tear even to think of his loss, these sounds here are but a fraction of the love and diversity practiced and preached through his music. I own all these tracks on vinyl, but for any DJ or lover of Garage, this one is essential listening. Don't keep these to yourself, pass 'em along.
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Since it's easier to acquire "Journey to Paradise" and "Salsoul Mixes", this maybe the most slept on of Larry Levan anthologies. It's obviously out of print and you have to spend mad ducats for a very good copy. If you can track it down, be sure you grab it because its worth the money and then some.

I'm lucky to have all four of his defintive complimations- and I noticed that all of them have a distictive musical style ( come to show you how deep his talent run). As opposed to the fully produced - elaborate styles on his other three anthologies, Most of the Westend Mixes are raw and elemental in it's production style. His best Westend Mixes emphasize basslines and precussions in the front, while the strings and synths are pushed to the background for the most part. This means that the four on the floor beat pounds through your head like a migriane- and the production approach pays off tenfold as the collection ranks up there with his other classics.

The album kicks off with Tanna Gardner's "Heartbeat". You'll find this album on other Larry Levan anthologies, but this is the best remaster as the bassline smothers you like the humid air on a hot summer day. The most suprising track is "Serious, Sirius, Space Party" by Ednah Holt. She's able to escape the chessy trappings of the Richie Family- and create something so cosmic and funky that George would be beggin her to jump on the Mothership. The spacy groove and sound effects is enough to make Bernie Worrell envious. It just does a wonderful job of setting up a planetary party atmosphere without sounding corny. Kudos to Ednah and Kenton Nix. The next track is "No Frills" by Tanna Gardner. This is the most polished track on the CD and it sounds light years better than a lot of the cliched synth funk being released at the time.
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gotta hear it to believe it. gotta believe the liner notes when they jive it's live music. outta this world funk soul party grooves.
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