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By the early '80s, disco had gone back underground, and no one kept the beat spinning like Larry Levan, of New York's Paradise Garage. Collecting signature cuts from the DJ's sets, including his own iconic edits of songs like Peech Boys' "Don't Make Me Wait," Journey Into Paradise offers a snapshot of the soulful cutting edge of that era's dance music. Alternating lush, starry-eyed jams with sparse, percussive workouts and springy electronic funk, it's a feel-good tribute to Levan's unerring instincts and trailblazing tastes.

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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

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

Neglected by many because of his early death and lack of recordings, Larry Levan is one of the seminal names in dance music, a legendary inspiration during the 1970s and '80s. Influenced by David Mancuso's Loft parties, which presaged disco by more than five years, Levan took his cue and transferred those communal vibes to clubland with one of the most famed night spots ever, the Paradise Garage. For more than ten years, Levan's garage style was a wildly eclectic mix including any tracks (or parts...
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