Journey Into Paradise: The Larry Levan Story (Remastered)
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||Paradise||Change||5:11||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Weekend (12" Extended Version)||Phreek||8:13||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Clouds (2006 Version)||Chaka Khan||4:27||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Haven't You Heard (12" Single Version)||Patrice Rushen||6:44||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||We Got the Funk (12" US Re-Edit Version)||Positive Force||7:15||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Smack Dab In the Middle (12" Version)||Janice McClain||6:48||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Bad for Me (12" Long Version)||Dee Dee Bridgewater||8:31||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Heartbeat (Club Version)||Taana Gardner||9:50||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||You Can't Hide (Your Love from Me) [12" Single Version]||David Joseph||6:43||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||Love Honey, Love Heartache (12" Vocal Version)||Man Friday||5:16||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||Don't Make Me Wait (12" Extended Version)||Peech Boys||7:25||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||Baby I'm Scared of You||Womack & Womack||5:38||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Lost In Music (1984 Bernard Edwards & Nile Rodgers Remix)||Sister Sledge||6:35||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Why Leave Us Alone (12" Long Version)||Five Special||10:09||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||Love Injection||Trussel||7:50||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Can't Play Around (12" Vocal Version)||Lace||5:27||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Ain't No Mountain High Enough (The Garage Version)||Inner Life||10:28||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||It Should Have Been You (12" Vocal Version)||Gwen Guthrie||7:06||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||A Lovers Holiday (12" Version)||Change||6:26||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Situation (U.S. 12" Mix)||Yaz||5:43||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Once In a Lifetime (2006 Version)||Talking Heads||4:18||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Love Has Come Around (12" Single Version)||Donald Byrd||7:53||$0.99||View In iTunes|
DJ Larry Levan ruled New York’s Paradise Garage in the ’80s with a musically omnivorous playlist that helped define and expand the era’s club sound. Over two and a half hours, Journey Into Paradise recaps his legacy. Smartly sequenced, it groups tracks sonically, moving from lush disco mainstays (Change’s “Paradise”) to sparse, percussive workouts (Tanaa Gardner’s “Heartbeat,” David Joseph’s “You Can’t Hide (Your Love From Me)”), from bubbling epics (Inner Life’s “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough) to New Wave classics (Talking Heads, Yaz). Nine tracks – from Janice McClain to Peech Boys in the first half; Lace, Inner Life and Gwen Guthrie in the second – are heard in Levan’s own remixes. The thrill of great dance music in a moment when its rules were changing is all over this set: Journey is a history lesson with a massive groove.
The proper artist listing is as follows:
1. Paradise -- Change 2. Weekend -- Phreek 3. Clouds -- Chaka Khan 4. Haven't You Heard -- Patrice Rushen 5. We Got the Funk -- Positive Force 6. Smack Dab in the Middle -- Janice McClain 7. Bad For Me -- Dee Dee Bridgewater 8. Heartbeat -- Taana Gardner 9. You Can't Hide (Your Love From Me) -- David Joseph 10. Love Honey, Love Heartache -- Man Friday 11. Don't Make Me Wait -- Peech Boys 12. Baby I'm Scared of You -- Womack & Womack 13. Lost in Music -- Sister Sledge 14. Why Leave Us Alone -- Five Special 15. Love Injection -- Trussel 16. Can't Play Around -- Lace 17. Ain't No Mountain High Enough -- Inner Life 18. It Should Have Been You -- Gwen Guthrie 19. Lover's Holiday -- Change 20. Situation -- Yaz 21. Once in a Lifetime -- Talking Heads 22. Love Has Come Around -- Donald Byrd & 125th Street, NYC.
Club Music...the way it ought to be!
The arrangements...the introductions...the grooves. What more can I say? Larry Levan is the master of feel good music. It took me over 15 years to find the vinyl versions of these rare club classics. Now, I can download the digital versions in less than 20 minutes. Looking forward to seeing more garage, house, and Detroit funk cuts on iTunes in the near future.
Larry Levan is the truth
Buy this album right now. I had to rummage through dusty bins at independent record stores half way around the world just to find some of these gems. All you have to do is point and click. It is not fair. Larry Levan is the master and Journey Into Paradise is the truth. The standouts are Don't Make Me Wait (Peech Boys) and Inner Life's Ain't No Mountain. You have taken the Gay Pimp way back to Paradise Garage.
Born: June 21, 1954 in Brooklyn, NY
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s
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