The famous House pioneer gets a dedicated Post. Renowned for taking risks and mixing most 80’s and 90’s artists at some point or other.
Good bio here;
So a lot of these were never released but played exclusively at Night Club Arena, Palladium NYC and of course Tunnel.
I’ve put these rare mixes in alphabetical order and divided them up into a variety of folders. (Massive thanks for the share Winx) I’ve done a brief review and a mark out of 10. Most of his mixes are long and best described as journeys.
1) Alison Moyet – Ode To Boy (Junior Vasquez Dub)
Not already on here I believe, running at 5:24 this Dub typifies the Vasquez sound, exotic rhythms and lead synths with deep bass. No vocals at all (5/10)
2) Amy Winehouse – Rehab (Junior Vasquez Mix)
He gives it a Tech House feel to it and loops and treats the chorus, until the verses come in after 2 minutes. A weird clash, almost sounds like a mash-up. (5/10)
3) Cher – The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore (Juniors Arena Anthem)
Originally covered in 1996 and produced by Trevor Horn this is another 10 minute epic. (8/10)
4) Cyndi Lauper – True Colours (Junior Vasquez Pride Mix)
Another long mix, over 13 and half minutes long to celebrate Pride. Too much instrumental and not such a great backing, slowing and speeding up. Halfway until the song kicks in, best play it from there. (6/10)
5) Dolly Parton – Peace Train (Junior’s Arena Anthem)
Yet another massive but overlong remix from 1996. Country into Rave House. It works from slow, medium to high tempo. (9/10)
6) Duran Duran – White Lines (Don’t Do It) (Junior Vasquez Mixes)
The maligned cover by DD gets a House Mix at only 5:38 mix. The RAWK guitar riff remains and I think this was also officially released. (7/10) So to was the Freestyle Mix, with the beats and bass suiting the song better (8/10)
Vol 1 (Mixes 1 – 6) here;
7) Eddy Grant – Electric Avenue (Junior Vasquez Marathon Mix)
Well the song is there amongst the over dubs. It is a little bit muddled. (7/10)
8) Elton John – Your Song & Rocketman Mixes
So he even had a go at remixing some Elton John classics.
“Your Song” gets a 10 minute rework, again keeping the full vocal in on what was a piano ballad. I think it was called “Your Song (Junior’s Earth Anthem)” and appeared in the US as on the promo CD of the re-release of the track back in 2002. (8/10)
From January 2000 “Rocketman” has 3 mixes. The semi instrumental Riff Dub (5/10) The “Arena Anthem Dub” (6/10) and the “Arena Anthem” (8/10) that I think originally got aired at a “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” from 1997, cheesy but a big Party pleaser.
9) Fugees – Killing Me Softly (Junior Vasquez Tunnel Anthem)
This also sounds weird, an insistent bassline and lots of loops and edits. Another great reinterpretation of another cover. (8/10)
10) Jewel – Foolish Games (Junior Vasquez Arena Anthem)
A twelve minutes plus by on a more obscure track from Jewel Kilcher from ’96.
11) Maroon 5 – This Love (Junior Vasquez Mixes)
A popular Wedding track given the House Beats. From 2004 and helped by engineer Joey Moskowitz. Full vocals over some Tribal House backing. Must have been licensed by the band or their management. The Padapella is quite ambient and atmospheric with the beats removed. (7/10)
J Records – J1PV-60947-1
|A||This Love (Jr.’s Sound Factory Mix) (8/10)||8:10|
|B1||This Love (Jr.’s Mix Show) (7/10)||6:35|
|B2||This Love (Jr.’s Padapella) (7/10)||5:21|
12) Pat Benatar – Love Is A Battlefield (Junior Vasquez FX Club Mix)
A progressive sound mixed with a touch of Disco and then going Rave for the chorus (8/10)
13) Pearl Jam – Better Man (Junior Vasquez V Motomo Club Remix)
He didn’t get away with this. Again more Rave Techno. The song acts as an acoustic break and then goes back to a mechanical plod (5/10) Quite jarring.
14) Pink Floyd – Is Anybody Out There (Junior Vasquez FX Mix)
Again Four To The Floor Techno is the flavour of this. Sounds dated and cheesy in the worse 90’s way (4/10)
15) Tom Jones – She’s A Lady (Junior Vasquez Extended Mix)
Nearly a Sunday Silly Song. It got a 1995 release an appeared on the soundtrack album “Music From The Motion Picture To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar” Quite Europop. (6/10)