The Classic Tips for 1998.
December 28, 1998
Yo Yo Honey "Groove on" (DJ Pierre Remixes)(Jive Records 12" White Label, 1992)
Maybe the best remix DJ Pierre ever did in his own 'Wild Pitch' style.
December 20, 1998
Soho "Give it up / Hot Music" (Kool Groove Records 12" Re-Issue, Original ????)
Two early house tracks from Pal Joey rereleased for our pleasure. "Give it up" comes in the 'Passion Mix' while "Hot Music" comes in form of the 'Jazz Mix'.
December 13, 1998
Ron Trent "The Afterlife / Making Love / Altered States" (Warehouse Records 12", 1990)
Early work from one half of USG.
December 6, 1998
Coldcut feat. Lisa Stansfield "People hold on" (New Jersey Jazz Mix)(Tommy Boy Records 12", 1989)
This mix by Blaze was ahead of its time, and it still sounds wicked today. And the DJs at Body'N'Soul pay tribut to its class by still playing it.
November 29, 1998
Will Downing "A love supreme" (Island Records 12", 1988)
Classic all the way, especially in its Frankie Knuckles mixes.
November 22, 1998
Sounds of Blackness "Optimistic" (Perspective Records 2x12" Promo, 1991)
This was their first single, and as you might know, their lead singer is Ann Nesby. An oustanding Jimmy Jam & Tery Lewis production (together with Gary Hines).
November 15, 1998
J.M. Silk "Cry of the lonely" (RCA Records 12", 1987)
One of my J.M. Silk favorites of all time.
November 8, 1998
The Andrea True Connection "More, More, More" (Buddah Records Album, 1976)
Now hasn't this been real disco music? And its got the 'A Tom Moulton Mix' trademark on it.
November 1, 1998
Groove Collective "Whatchugot" (Giant Step/Reprise Records 12", 1994)
I know this is a pretty young record, but it's in my opinion one of the best remixes the Masters at Work ever did. Groove Cellective is a jazz outfit remixed smoothly in a jazzy way for the dancefloor.
October 25, 1998
Russ Brown "Gotta find a way" (Jump Street Records 12", 19??)
First release ever on this label with no year mentioned (I think it comes from around 1985), this is a huge garage classic coming in Tee Scott mixes.
October 18, 1998
Fatback "Is this the future?" (Spring Records 12", 1983)
Midtempo groover from 1983 - do you remember it?
October 11, 1998
Al B. Sure "Missunderstanding" (Remixes feat. Monie Love)(Warner Brothers Records 12" Promo, 1990)
One of my alltime favorite new jack swing tracks, here in its rare remixes featuring Monie Love doing the raps.
October 4, 1998
The Emotions "Flowers/I don't wanna loose your love" (Columbia Records 12" Promo, 1976)
Classic soulful music from the mid 70s...
September 27, 1998
Three Generations feat. Chevell "Superlover" (Atlantic Records 12" Promo, 1990)
This rare promo has five different versions of this underground classic produced by Kerri Chandler. Also included is "Get if off", another underground classic.
September 20, 1998
Tammy Lucas "Hey Boy" (SuperTronics Records 12", 1986)
This came back into my mind when somebody mentioned it on the Masters at Work Chatbar. Again, this is one of those 'Garage' classics people still talk about these days, and with the names of Boyd Jarvis, Timmy Regisford, Larry Patterson and Merlin Bobb involved, this is a showcast of talent, too.
September 13, 1998
Loose Ends "Slow down" (MCA Records 12", 1986)
Nick Martinelli produced groover and one of my favorite Loose Ends songs.
September 6, 1998
Rainy Davis "Sweetheart" (SuperTronics Records 12", 1986)
Recently covered by Jermaine Dupri feat. Mariah Carey, this was mixed by none other than Tony Humphries for the clubs - and no, it was no house remix, it was a r&b club remix.
August 30, 1998
Jovonn "Be Free" (GoldTone Records 12", 1991)
This was Jovonn Armstrong's own label, distributed by Emotive Records. This cut was as deep as usual and still sounds fresh today.
August 23, 1998
Stephanie Mills "What cha gonna do with my lovin'" (20th Century-Fox Records 12", 1979)
James Mtume and Reggie Lucas on top of their game on this soulful production, covered by several artists but none achived the quality of the original.
August 16, 1998
Bas Noir "Ah... Bas Noir" (Atlantic Records Album/CD, 1992)
This album hat lots of good music on it. Unfortunately, some tracks never got released on 12" and the act had been dropped after only one album.
August 9, 1998
Chantal Curtis "Get another Love" (Key Records 12", 1979)
A true Paradise Garage classic.
August 2, 1998
Yarbough & Peoples "Don't stop the music" (Mercury Records 12", 1980)
Maybe the best known production by Lonnie Simmons - a gorgeous groover to die for.
July 26, 1998
Ricky Dillard "As always" (Trax Records 12", 1988)
Covered again these days by Michael Watford (see the review section), this was as deep as house music ever got back in the late 80s.
July 19, 1998
Grace Jones "Private Live Sampler" (Island Records 12" Promo, 1998)
Ah, surprised to see an actual record on this page? Well, this is a promo sampler for the forthcoming double-CD "Private Life: The Compass Point Sessions". It includes the classic "Pull up to the Bumper", the fantastic 'Hot Blooded Version' of "Slave to the Rhythm", an unreleased version of "Pars", "My Jamaican Guy" and finally the 'Dub Version' of "Private Life".
July 12, 1998
Joe Smooth "Goin' down" (DJ International Records 12", 1987)
Not as popular as 'Promised Land' but another big club hit back then.
July 5, 1998
Trybe "Psychadelic Shack" (WildPitch Records 12", 1988)
Remixed by Frankie Kncukles in a 'psychadelic' way, this was an underground house anthem back then.
June 28, 1998
Shawn Christopher "Don't loose the magic" (Morales Instrumental)(Arista Promo 12", 1992)
Never released commercially (what a shame this is), this special promo has the beautiful instrumental version by David Morales.
June 21, 1998
Sorry, I totally missed to do a classics review.
June 14, 1998
Jimmy 'Bo' Horne "Dance Across the Floor" (Sunshine Sound Disco Records 12", 1978)
This is one of those classic T.K.Disco records from the late seventies.
June 7, 1998
Frankie Knuckles "Only the strong survive" (DJ International Records 12", 1987)
Got this only about two years ago, but baby, this is a classic house music track from the might eighties.
May 31, 1998
Phreek "Weekend" (Atlantic Records 12", 1978)
One of those classics that won't go away of your mind. This is a production by Patrick Adams and Leroy Burgess. And yes, Tommy Musto remixed it for the 90 (check the News section for infos on that 'Everybody Dance!' album).
May 24, 1998
Loose Joints "Is it all over my face" (WesTend Records 12", 1980)
What a club classic this is including a female and male version, both mixed by the legendary Larry Levan.
May 17, 1998
Will be back next week.
May 10, 1998
Terry Callier "Sign of the times" (Elektra Records 12", 1979)
It didn't even know I got his in my collection (I was looking for something different and found this one). Terry Callier, who is bakc with a new album and slamming new 12" 'Love them from Spartacus', had this nice club track back in 1979.
Marshall Jefferson presents Truth "Open your eyes"(BigBeat Records 12", 1988)
Marshall Jefferson put out one of his best productions ever with this deep house cut.
April 26, 1998
Valerie Johnson "Step into my life" (Emotive Records 12", 1991)
One of Jovonn's best productions ever, this is a classic New Jersey Garage song from 1991 and it was also the start for Emotive Records to deliever a series of quality releases.
April 19, 1998
Lil' Louis & the World "Club Lonely" (Epic Records 2x12" Promo, 1992)
"Miss Thing, ther is no guest list tonight. Oh, oh, oh... Lonely people lonely, lonely people lonely." Now ereryone should know this words and this record. Maybe the biggest record for Lil' Louis in his career. The double-pack promo had some oustanding bonus mixes ('Alone & Horney Remix', 'Swinging Trumpet Mix', 'He Jazzed Her Mix', 'Loneapella').
April 5, 1998
Rose Royce "Do your dance / Wishing on a star" (Whitfield Records 12" Promo,k 1977)
This cuts are taken from the 'In full bloom' album and are produced by Norman Whitfield, one of the late '70s most known producers. I'm sure everybody knows the pure class of that truly outstanding ballad 'Wishing on star', but this album sampler also has the cool funky disco-cut 'Do your dance' on it, too.
March 29, 1998
Alison Limerick "Gettin' it right" (Arista Records 2x12" Promo, 1992)
One of the best remixes the Masters at Work ever did. This exclusive double-pack has the bonus '23rd Dub'. Still sounding fresh today so people - rock it again!