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Live at the Legendary Paradise Garage Live

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This was recorded in 1979, live at the Paradise Garage, King Street, New York, by Larry Levan. Tape courtesy of Victor Rosado. Mastered at Frankford Wayne Mastering Lab, NYC. Issued on CD twice. Original 1st edition 2000 Strut Records 2CD [UK] import, Cat#:STRUTCD 006 [Black Artwork]. 2nd edition, is a [US] 2CD reissue in 2003 on Garage Records, Cat#:GCD2000.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Bourgié Bourgié
  2. It's Music
  3. At Midnight
  4. Put Your Body in It
  5. Dreaming a Dream
  6. By the Way You Dance (I Never Knew It Was You)
  7. Right in the Socket
  8. Take Me Home
  9. Pick Me up, I'll Dance
  10. Get on the Funk Train
  11. Here We Go Again

Disc: 2

  1. Here We Go Again [Take]
  2. Bad Mouthin'
  3. Let Yourself Go
  4. Angel in My Pocket
  5. Smack Dab in the Middle
  6. Sun... Sun... Sun...
  7. Trinidad
  8. My First Mistake
  9. Erucu
  10. Smack Dab in the Middle
  11. Erucu
  12. Trinidad


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 11, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Strut Records
  • ASIN: B00004W3S5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #475,336 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Thomas Santilla on August 9, 2000
Format: Audio CD
the anticipation for this cd was so high,i was worried it would fall under everyone's expectations.but instead we get a glimpse of one night in 1979 that is pure magic.all the elements are here that are larry's trademarks-the ability to mix older tracks("funk train" and"erucu") with current tracks and newer unreleased gems(change's "angel in my pocket"-not out until the next year!)listen to the way he introduces a snippet or a whisper of a song,building up the anticipation of the listener.my only disappointment was when the last track fades out,i felt this immense sadness-i wanted it to keep going.i also worry when the next chance will come-look how long this took to be released.but for now,we have a historical document of one night in the greatest club and the best dj ever-and that is a good thing.
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As a former patron of the Garage I can honestly say that
Larry Levan and the Paradise Garage live on in this most
excellent collection of garage classics. I only wish someone would compile some of Larry's mixes from 80 to 83-84 which would
lay aside all doubt as to who is the best D.J of all times...
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First, I'd like to remark on the sheer clarity and technical excellance of the transfer to CD of the original tapes. Hats off to the Strut UK label. I can only pray that they can get their hands on more classic disco tapes (more Levan from the 1980s would be a start) and make them available to the public in the same way. Now on the vibe: Pure Disco Heaven from the beginning especially with the likes of Ashford & Simpson, T-Connection and Stephanie Mills starting out the set. If you like 70s style disco music, this is for you. As essential a testament of the early New York disco scene as David Mancuso's "The Loft" put out by another Brit label, Nuphonic.
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If you ask just about any house DJ in NYC over the age of 30 about their major influences, chances are they'll mention Larry Levan and the Paradise Garage. Larry is infamous for his special vibe and his delivery of soul in the purest form. He pushed the boundaries of music and then broke right through them.
Those of us who never made it to the Garage or heard Larry play live now have a chance to get a little taste of what made Larry and the Garage so influential, with the release of "Larry Levan Live at the Paradise Garage" from Strut Records/West End Records. While this 2.5 hour CD can't capture the spirit of Larry's legendary sets it comes pretty damn close.
Sampling the likes of Cher to the Supremes to Jermaine Jackson with music ranging in genre from pop to funk to soul, this CD is truly a testament to the gifted ease with which Larry could move a crowd and deliver his expressiveness and heart through music. Larry is famous for creating the perfect environment for his guests at the Garage, combining the music with the Garage's legendary sound system and lighting.
Once, while in the middle of a record, he ran out of the booth, grabbed a stepladder and proceeded to clean all six mirror balls while the record spun around in silence for half an hour. All of the club goers waited patiently for the man many of them worshipped as a God to finish up so he could get back to doing what he did best - playing music.
Story has it that he knew his crowd so well that from the booth he could point to a crowd of people sitting down and proceed to put on a record that would have them all out on the floor dancing in seconds.
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By A Customer on August 7, 2000
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Anyone with the slightest intrest in the art of Djing and croud control needs to listen to this live recording of the inspirational Larry Levan at the peak of his powers. Soul seeps from every track, as Larry weaves in and out of prime disco gems. As someone who only wishes I could have lived through those extraordinary years in the Paradise Garage, this CD goes someway to justifying Larry Levan's reputation as the greatest DJ of all time. As the last tune kicks in after a wall of echo's and effects, Larry has you in the palm of his hand and begging for more. This CD is recommended to anyone with an intrest in house music history, I await volume 2.
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