Lionel Richie – Running With The Night + Re-up (US Promo 12″)

Another Classic, this time from ’83 and getting the extended treatment.

This has more of the guitar work from Steven Lukather (Toto)

He was backed by ; Bass – Joe Chemay (California), Drums – Jeff Porcaro (Toto), Guitar – Carlos Rios, Percussion – Paulinho Da Costa, Piano – John Hobbs, Synthesizer, Vocoder – Michael Boddicker. Richard Marx is even doing backing vocals with ex-Commodore David Cochrane

All these can be heard on the rare instrumental version. Where the backing arrangement can really be enjoyed.

For the Collectors”+Promo+Vinyl+Mixes+-+1983.rar/file

Motown – PR-135

ARunning With The Night (Vocal)5:58
B1Running With The Night (Instrumental)6:52
B2Running With The Night (Single Version)4:02

Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons – Book Of Love (US 12″)

Pop version of the doo wop 1957 hit by The Monotones covered by a classic combo. This got a release in July 1985 and was produced and arranged by 2 of the Seasons, Bob Gaudio and Charles Calello. It was mixed in a modern style by Tony D’Amico, who also updated “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Stay.” It appeared on the album, “Streetfighter”

This later appeared on “Hits Digitally Enhanced” This ran alongside a normal compilation called simply “The Four Seasons Hits”, imagine if you bought the wrong one. These came out 3 years later in ’88.

Shades of Billy Ocean’s “When The Going Gets Tough” as it all done via the computer. That typical mid 80’s production but it’s all about the harmonies.

An odd release hence it’s on this blog.”

MCA Records – MCA-23549

ABook Of Love (Club Version)6:00
BBook Of Love (Edited Club Version)3:44

The Trammps / Chic – Disco Inferno / Mega Chic (Chic Medley) (US 12″)

A late 80’s Remix (’88) of this Classic and not as cheesy as you’d expect to cash in the Disco Revival.

Remixed by Ron Kersey who adds a little bit of late 80’s Cheese gimmicks but I have heard a lot worse.

“Mega Chic” will be a Godsend for any Mobile Dj’s , an updated megamix with a synth bass and other additional electronics. Mixed by Bert Bevans and Ian Grimble with additional synths by Jimmy Polo. It was commissioned by Nile Rogers and Bernard Edwards so they must have improved with this updated sound.

Atlantic – 0-86197

AThe TrammpsDisco Inferno (Remix)8:10
ChicMega Chic (Chic Medley)(7:35)
B.1Le Freak
B.2Everybody Dance
B.3Good Times
B.4I Want Your Love

Leila K With Rob ‘N’ Raz – Got To Get (US 12″)

Another that was on the cusp of the 90’s. Swedish combo doing a bit of a Neneh Cherry impression and getting a huge International Hit from it.

No overused samples and an original hook based on a simple saxophone riff. Instantly and ear worm.

Mike “Hitman” Wilson toughens everything up, new bassline and a organ riff and keeps the rap in but it just doesn’t work.

Mopz Below (Robert Broman) gives it more of a lighter 4 to the Floor on the last track.’N’+Raz+-+Got+To+Get+-+US+12”+Vinyl+Mixes+-+1989.rar/file

Arista – AD1-9932

A1Got To Get (Extended Mix)4:26
A2Got To Get (Hitman’s Home Mix)5:25
B1Got To Get (Single Version)3:45
B2Got To Get (Swemix)5:40

Mantronix Featuring Wondress – Got To Have Your Love + Re-ups (US 12″)

A very well known track and still to be heard today. From December ’89 so a good quiz question whether it was the 80’s or 90’s.

The lead mix is the one to go for with all the extra beats and vocals. The Funky Drummer loop never dies.

A shout out to the “Love Dub” that manages to get some House stabs in there and those vocals, wow!”

Capitol Records – V-15521

A1Got To Have Your Love (Club With Bonus Beats)8:23
A2Got To Have Your Love (Hard To Get Rap)2:48
A3Got To Have Your Love (Luv Dub)6:23
B1Got To Have Your Love (Club Edit)5:25
B2Got To Have Your Love (Instrumental)3:36
B3Got To Have Your Love (Radio Edit)4:12

D-Mob Featuring LRS & D.C.Sarome – It Is Time To Get Funky + Re-up with an Addition (US and UK 12″)

From ’88 but not getting a US release to a year later this is a great example of Hip House from Dancin’ Danny D . The rap from London Rhyme Syndicate (A. Coulson, B. Reynolds, D. Lovindeer) commentating on the Dance scene at the time.

The Casualty Mix is much tougher with sirens and a deeper bass. A great alternative drop especially the Instrumental. Those drum loops cut hard almost Renegade Soundwave. Was this a different remixer ?

FFRR – 886 627-1

A1It Is Time To Get Funky (Extended 12″ Mix)7:15
A2It Is Time To Get Funky (7″ Version)3:30
B1It Is Time To Get Funky (Casualty Mix)8:10
B2It Is Time To Get Funky (Casualty Instrumental)7:03

And here is the UK 12″ with a different B-side, ripped when I had black hair.

From the sleeve;

Special Thanks to Marios De Vries, Trenton Harrison, And To Everyone Else Who Made This Possible – You Know Who You Are.
Trance Dance – Not Featured On The Forthcoming LP ‘A Little Bit Of This, A Little Bit of That’

The B – side is actually preferable to the A side, funky and very Proto House. Love Can’t Turn Around. Quite fun in a follow my moves style.

FFRR – FX 107

AIt Is Time To Get Funky
BTrance Dance (12″ Jersey Mix)

Fortran 5 – A Combined Complete Collection

So it turns out I had ripped a load of Fortran 5 stuff and not posted on here. Prompted by a couple of twelves from Mike B. Apart from the J.R Hartley untitled release, a John Luongo mix of “Look To The Future” , the “Joe Mix” of “Look To The Future” but that’s everything !

Love Baby (US Promo and UK Promo 12″)

November ’90 and the incarnation of Fortran 5 , Simon Leonard and David Barker had finished with the I Start Counting project and turned their eyes to the Dancefloor.

With a bit of a Leftfield vibe this track had the deepest of basslines for the time but as always had a slightly scewed vision and obsession with London.

The executive producer was the late Colin Faver, a massive techno DJ and well known London music head.

A myriad of mixes with the first 2 crafted by Mute’s mad scientist Paul Kendall with the help of Kris Weston (Thrash) and some vocals from the mysterious Lucy. The Marine Mammal makes an appearance as a film sample right at the end of track 1. Both the mixes are pretty similar, the “Electropathy” being the more instrumental and solid with no weird samples.

The band mix the other 2 tracks, more bleeps on the “Haze Mix” and an 808 working overtime. Some House record samples and a few different sounds, oh and Kraftwerk !

The pick of the mixes is the Charlie Endell one (named after the late 70’s TV series that was a spin off from Budgie set in Glasgow.) Analogue squelches and samples and layered beats. More sneaky House records being sampled.”+Promo+Vinyl+Mixes+-+1990.rar/file

Mute – ED 5504

A1Love Baby (Carnivorous Marine Mammal With Short Limbs Mix)6:51
A2Love Baby (Electropathy Mix)5:43
B1Love Baby (Haze Mix)6:07
B2Love Baby (Charlie Endell Mix)6:15

So to compliment this I picked up the UK Promo which has a different B-side and it’s a corker. Using the Funky Drummer as its base and Alison Moyet singing the title of the Yazoo’s “Midnight” it is a sample heaven.

I’ve omitted the “Love Baby” mix as it appears above.

Mute – 12MUTE 120

ALove Baby (Carnivorous Marine Mammal With Short Limbs Mix)6:48
AAMidnight Trip (N29 Mix)5:58

Crazy Earth (12″)

A bit out of order but this was their first release from July 1990. Again sample heavy including Syd Barrett . This was packaged as if it were a Brazilian import. It’s production was credited to a certain Edson Arantes Di Nascimento whose name bore a striking similarity to that of Edson Arantes Do Nascimento (Pelé’s birth name.) Anything to get into the Record Shops and hence the Clubs.

Again Colin Faver is involved with the production under the name Colina Di Fazoria !

Proto Deep House with many transitions the “Acid Rain” being the hardest of a set of very similar mixes. Perfect for a Chilled slot.

Mute – 12 MUTE 113

A1Crazy Earth (L’Essence De Syd)
A2Crazy Earth (Acid Rain)
BCrazy Earth (Global Warming)

Groove (12″)

Next from August ’91 and with the involvement of The Orb, thanks to Thrash’s involvement. The original is a cover of “Tequila” by The Champs

As the amusing credits on the sleeve reveal ;Engineer – Mark Lusardi, Remix [Desert & Afters By] – The Decidedly Slinky Stupidly Sexy Senile Seductress Pepe, Remix [Mixed, Mingled, Merged & Manhandled By] – Thrash, Remix [Side Orders & Second Helpings Singularly Served Supplied And Satisfied By] – The Portion Master Dr Alex Paterson and Vocals – Shola Phillips.

A mid-tempo track with layered vocals. The acoustic sample hook seems very familiar, The Doors ? Got a dub vibe to it, well it is the Orb.

“XX21” samples D.A.F. (“Co Co Pino”) and is one of my favourite tracks by them. The cut up guitar samples and deep bass kicks.

“Bike” , a longer version on the twelve, samples Sid James reciting Pink Floyd’ / Syd Barrett’s track. The backing is appropriately Kraftwerk’s “Tour De France” / “Mad World” before going into a bit of piano House. Bizarre and probably a labour of love for engineer George Holt.

I’d love to hear the Promo only track, “Life In Bruce Springsteen’s Stereo” which includes samples from Madonna’s “Like A Prayer.” (I’ve just put my order in for one !!!)

Mute – 12 MUTE 126

AGroove (The Herbal Supper Mix)5:57
B2Bike (Sid Sings Syd)5:49

Heart On The Line (US Promo 12″)

So this is the same as the UK twelve , booooo!!!!! From September ’91 and 4 mixes that employ the likes of Vince Clarke, (2) Moby (1 and 4) and Justin Robertson.

Two female vocals contrast with the harsh electronic backing. Jocelyn Montgomery (Miranda Sex Garden) and Katharine Blake (Miranda Sex Garden and Mediæval Bæbes)

The Moby mixes are a bit drab but with plenty of Moby-ism’s and driving beats. Old Skool Classics but not my bag.

I like Vince’s mix, some signature sounds and Robertson’s adds some acid squelches.”

Mute – 0-66491

A1Heart On The Line (Voodoo Child Remix)5:20
A2Heart On The Line3:49
B1Heart On The Line (HP Saucey Mix)5:00
B2Heart On The Line (Bassline Mix)4:58

Fortran 5 Featuring Larry Graham – Look To The Future (12″)

Onwards to August ’92 and the revival of the Disco groove with a few Joey Negro mixes. Quite a departure for the duo with a more of a band sound and the lead vocals by the legendary Larry Graham (Sly & The Family Stone) and Candy Mckenzie on backing vocals  Andrew Livingstone adds some extra keyboards.

The Future Dub brings out a punchier bass but ditches nearly all the vocals. “Start The Dance” was done with Colin Faver and the lads, a more subtle take and Sly and The Family Stone sounding.

The last track is edited by Gordon Matthewman and engineered by Greg Hunter. Mad Techno alert !!! Almost Aphex Twin in places.

Mute – 12mute 136

A1Look To The Future (Joey Negro’s “Future Mind” Mix)6:08
A2Look To The Future (Joey Negro’s “Future Dub” Mix)5:54
B1Look To The Future (“Start The Dance” Mix)7:19
B2Bass Degree Zero5:34

Persian Blues (12″)

From May ’93 and another change of style with the main track featuring the vocals of Blancmange’s Neil Arthur.

The lead mix was done by David Holmes in his own cinematic way. A progressive House builder that goes into full Orchestra on its journey. 303 bubbling throughout plus some timpani.

Track 2 is the only one to have Arthur’s vocals, suitably long and dramatic (and slightly sinister) Analogue sounds and samples. A critique on the West’s attitude to Persia.

Fabio Paras remixes track 3 , very chilled and weighing in at 12 minutes long. (hence the title) He works the sampled calls and exotic sounds.

The Pulsation Mix is just, pulsations !

Mute – 12 MUTE 157

A1Persian Blues (Full On Orchestral Philharmonical Mix)
A2Persian Blues (3YE1270 Mix)
B1Persian Blues (The 11.56 Sound Clash System Remix)
B2Persian Blues (Pulsation Mix)

Time To Dream (12″)

From June ’93 and another long , atmospheric mix from Spirit Feel (
Graeme Walker and Paul Valentine) “Fruit Of The Spirit”. Is that John Barry’s “Midnight Cowboy” I can hear ? The reggae bass doesn’t drop to gone 7 minutes.

The David Holmes mix is frantic acid tinged track, a galactic ride with harmonica sample making it in towards the end on the breakdown.

“Up your bum…” is a driving bit of IDM , “Taking Me To The Chamber Of Dreams” sample as well a deep bass tone.

Jackie Sheridan provides the vocals which can be heard on the Original version. All twanged guitars and a meaty synth bass.

Mute – 12 MUTE 143
A1Time To Dream (The David Holmes Mix)
A2Time To Dream (Up Your Bum With A Bicycle Pump Mix)
B1Time To Dream (Fruit Of The Spirit Mix)
B2Time To Dream (Original Version)

Now to dig the 3 albums out !!! Even the abysmal “Avocado Suite”

The band Curve next week !

Red Flag – Machines *Links Added* + Re-ups (US 12″)

On with the 90’s and the gathering together of this Cult synth duo’s work.

Kicking off with this ’92 with 8(!) mixes, some quite short. Tony Garcia mixes the first 3 tracks. The Reynolds Brothers keep their trademark melodies but surround it with sequencers and samples, kicking off with Nitzer Ebb sounding “Metal Shop Mix” The “House Of Sprockets” keeps the song amongst the added beats. The LP version is quite decent.

Heartfelt lyrics – ‘One Earth, One Mother, one day people will discover. One more reason, One more try, don’t say goodbye… I couldn’t face the world, if I couldn’t change my world!’ mmmm ?

The following mix melds the sample Rhythmik Vibrations into an instrumental, robotic disco. Rave is the style of the “Hammer And Saw” , I would have loved to hear this back in the day. It includes all the familiar size and then the vocals kick in. The best of the bunch. The “Ambient Dub” isn’t very ambient , beats have been removed but it still remains on the Rave tip.

The final two tracks are of their time. Techno tracks with some rudimentary samples, very Rave lite. Like the smattering of Acid on the penultimate track, cheesy as it may sound.

Links Added …sorry !”

I.R.S. Records – V-13863

A1Machines (Metal Shop Mix)
A2Machines (House Of Sprockets Mix)
A3Machines (LP Version)
A4Machines / Rhythmik Vibrations (The Medley Mix)
AA1Machines (Hammer And Saw Mix)
AA2Machines (Ambient Dub)
AA3Machines (Tekno Acid Dub)
AA4Machines / Rhythmik Vibrations (Tekno Vibrations Mix)

Paul Young – Not the Rest But The Best ( 3 x 12″)

Not a special edition release but some of my older rips. When he was into his synths and experimentation. All from ’83.

I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down (White Label 12″)

Produced by Laurie Latham and given the Potoker treatment and that liquid bass. A top, top mix with the right amount of gimmicks and funk.

More bass to be found on the extended version from the album ” Th Secret Of Association” and the Simmons SDS V snare sound. Jim Paterson from Dexy’s adds his trombone.

CBS – TA 6762

AI’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down (US Remix)6:15
BHot Fun

Come Back And Stay / Yours (Extended Club Mix Versions) (12″)

In My Top Twenty 80’s tracks, especially in this extended form. September 83 so 39 years young!!

Featuring (from the sleeve)

  • Backing Vocals – Kim & Maz, The Fabulous Wealthy Tarts
  • Bass – Pino Palladino
  • Drums – Mark Pinder
  • Featuring – The Royal Family
  • Guitar – Paul
  • Guitar [Ghost] – Steve Bolton (from Atomic Rooster)
  • Keyboards – The Rev

“Yours” sounds pretty current , a slower groove. Some good vocal workouts and that weird bass. A bit of a forgotten classic.

CBS – TA 3636

ACome Back And Stay (Extended Club Mix Version)7:31
BYours (Extended Club Mix Version)5:39

Wherever I Lay My Hat / Broken Man / Sex (12″)

So here it is. Who says we don’t put the obvious on here! I was that young at the time I didn’t even know it was a cover.

If you were to have a successful hit you needed a decent B-side so “Broken Man” with it’s EMU sampled strings showcases Young’s voice really well.

Hidden away is one of my favourite tracks by him, the saucy “Sex”, heard it on the Tube and was sold! Air Simmons and those samples and weird noises.

CBS – TA 3371

A1Wherever I Lay My Hat (Extended Club Mix Version)5:59
A2Broken Man3:54
BSex (Extended Club Mix Version)7:00

Paul Young – Some People + Re-ups (US 12″)

1986 saw Paul Young attempt to crack America having lot his way a bit in terms of success in the UK. Hugh Padgham was brought into produce with Steve Thompson & Michael Barbiero providing a typical 80’s remix.

Not the best of remixes and a terrible dub, just boring!! Drum machines and samplers. Black Velvet ?? The Way You Make Me Feel ?? Shuffle Groove.

Love at bit of Pino bass.


Columbia – 44 05979
ASome People (New York Mix)7:17
BSome People (Dub)5:17