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Album Review

Better known for being the first official house record pressed on vinyl than for its musical contents, "On & On" isn't much more than skeletal Roland 808 rhythms looped and overlapped with some misguided vocals to boot. If not for its hallowed status as being "the first," this Jesse Saunders production would be long forgotten, much like his other productions like "Funk You Up." Even so, it's a curious listen, as it sounds incredibly bare and lifeless to contemporary ears yet probably sounded revolutionary and exuberant during its own epoch. The flip side consists of several rhythm tracks that further present the then-novel wonders of drum machine programming. Again, "On & On a curious listen for sure.


Born: March 10, 1962 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Though others did more in the pioneering of Chicago house during the early '80s, Jesse Saunders deserves mention for being part of the two records which debuted house music on wax. First, as an addition to the band Z Factor, Saunders wrote and recorded the 1983 single "Fantasy" for Mitchbal Records. Later that year, he founded his own Jes-Say Records and released "On and On," the track usually pointed to as the beginning of house music. (Actually, DJs and producers had been recording before this...
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