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James Murphy (DFA)
1. Beginning of the Heartbreak
2. Primetime (Uptown Express)
3. Love Has Come Around
4. I Got My Mind Made Up
5. I Feel Your Love Comin' On
6. Tell Me That I'm Dreaming
8. Adventures in Brickett Wood - (Layne's Head Stash Re-Roll mix)
9. Butter Up (Gimme Some Bread)
10. You Got Me Running
11. Like Some Dream (I Can't Stop Dreaming)
12. Cowboys and Gangsters
13. Still Going Theme
15. Keep on Move
16. Just as Long as I've Got You - (DJ Dimitri Edit)
17. Everybody Get Down
18. I Need You Tonight
19. Hippie Priest Bum-Out
20. Dance to the Music - (Dub)
21. I Feel Good, Put Your Pants On
22. I Love Music
23. Life Is Something Special
24. Don't Don't
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 72
Jack tann; Baby Oliver; Ron Rogers; DFA; Daniel Wang; Jimmy Simpson; David Was; Don Was; Eric Duncan; Jerry Cucuzzella; Roberto Tyson; Ray Pinky Velazquez; Frank Beaty Wilson; Michel Bibeau; Isaac Hayes; Jimi Tenor; Larry Levan; Alphonse Mouzon; Kurt Munkacsi; Eric Broucek; Peter Gordon; Bunny Sigler
Personnel: Iris Hiskey, Rebecca Armstrong, Dora Ohrenstein (vocals); David Byrne, Arto Lindsay (guitar); Peter Gordon (clarinet, saxophone, piano, synthesizer); Tom Bailey (keyboards); David Van Tieghem (drums, electronic drums, percussion).
Audio Mixers: Jimmy Simpson; James Murphy ; Ray Pinky Velazquez; Mark Berry; Pat Mahoney .
Audio Remixers: Don Was; Layne Fox; Ray Pinky Velazquez; Ken Collier .
Recording information: Big Apple Studios, New York, NY; Claremont 56 Studios; Manthraxx; Vanguard Recording Studios, New York, NY; Ylane, Finland.
Arrangers: Baby Oliver; Fitz Roy; Frank Beaty Wilson; Michel Bibeau.
File under Indie Powers Used for Good. For the 36th volume of its Fabriclive series, Fabric tapped LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and Pat Mahoney, a duo that has been DJing together for roughly a year and possibly perplexing a fair portion of the audiences by not relying on the kind of rhythmic post-punk that has informed their own music. Fair enough: the path from "North American Scum" to Donald Byrd's Isaac Hayes-produced "Love Has Come Around" (included here) is a lot less direct than the path from "Losing My Edge" to the Fall. Mixed with a Bozak -- a standard early mixer used with the basic two-turntable setup -- and aided when needed by the Logic program, Murphy and Mahoney's set tends to have the feel of an on-the-fly gig with occasionally imperfect beat-matching and the sound of actual vinyl being spun. The selections are very inspired, ranging from tracks that are well-known among disco freaks (Instant Funk's "I Got My Mind Made Up," Was [Not Was]' "Tell Me That I'm Dreaming," Love Committee's "Just as Long as I've Got You") to less-known or less-played cuts (GQ's "Lies," Chic's "I Feel Your Love Comin' On," Jackson Jones' "I Feel Good Put Your Pants On"). Only a few were made during the last 20 years, but they are just as relevant: Daniel Wang's years-ahead-of-its-time sample-and-loop-driven "Like Some Dream (I Can't Stop Dreaming)," Baby Oliver (aka Morgan Geist of Metro Area)'s loony "Primetime (Uptown Express)," LCD Soundsystem's practically all-percussion "Hippie Priest Bum-Out," Still Going's rather nice piano house/electro mutant "Still Going Theme." Disco purists might be miffed that two relative newcomers are meddling with their music and have been granted this type of high-profile platform, but there is a real upside in this disc's potential as a gateway into a very rich and -- despite excellent books and compilations that have come out during the past several years -- still largely misunderstood music form, at least for those younger listeners who are open-minded enough. And who could have a problem with that? (Well, secret-handshake snobs -- that's who.) A wide range of potential next stops for those who are just getting into disco: Larry Levan's Live at the Paradise Garage, Frankie Knuckles' Choice: A Collection of Classics (especially its first disc), Danny Krivit's Grass Roots, and -- if you tend to favor this set's weirder moments -- Geist's Unclassics. ~ Andy Kellman
Spin (p.99) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[E]legantly paced. The Chic stares, Ze Records poses, sexy Peech Boys eschatology, plus some jazz-oriented passages from Donald Byrd and Love of Life Orchestra, are masterfully mixed..."
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