Friday, October 20, 2017

10 essential Garage classics…

10 essential Garage classics10 essential Garage classics… Like always, a selection is per definition limited, and God knows how Club Music would definitely not havin’ sounded the same without these Gospel fueled uptempo R&B jams. As many goodies which would have countless of us dancin’ until the morning lights back at the time.

Unlike what it might seem at first sight, this selection isn’t about what Larry Levan happened to champion at the Paradise Garage. But more about what was then also known as the Jersey Sound. More a spirit than a proper genre as a matter of fact. Even though it no surprisingly embodied the most soulful side of a then emerging House Music back then. As many vibes which had their sanctuary, the Zanzibar with Tony Humphries at the control behind the decks. But also their so to say propeller by the likes of Abigail AdamsMovin’ Records (shop and label). Not to mention their compilations with Joey Negro‘s seminal ‘The Garage Sound Of Deepest NY’ in the series.
As a result, many are those we couldn’t talk about here, even though they would have definitely been worth a mention.

No need to say how this selection is way from being exhaustive. Nevertheless, you should find thereafter a pretty much illustrative sample of highly emotional pieces of art where the quality predominates. Be it in terms of melody and arrangements.

Wishing you’ll enjoy the ride as much as we did, while putting this together for you, with your feedback, and a mention of your favorite track more than welcome.

10 essential Garage classics / The Underground Solution – Luv’ Dancin’ (In Deep Mix) (Strictly Rhythm)
A four time DJ Awards winner for ‘Best House DJ’ in 1999, 2002, 2004 and 2007, Roger Sanchez, also known as Roger S or the S-Man, made the sensation back in 1990. This, with this hypnotic deep joint standing as one of the biggest classics on seminal NYC House Music label Strictly Rhythm…
10 essential Garage classics / Earth People – Dance (Kerri Chandler Centrofly Mix) (Champion Records)
One of the most underrated geniuses of all time, Joey Longo, better known as Pal Joey is the ‘typical fruit’ of a New York cosmopolitan culture. Working back then at Vinylmania, he almost embraced everything from Hip-Hop to Rave culture. Collaborating with KRS-One or The Orb, meanwhile crafting his own style. Using fragments of Carl Bean‘s ‘I Was Born This Way’, the 1990 released ‘Dance’ stands as his signature cut. A gem which Kerri Chandler eventually pushed forward on his Centrofly Remix.
Louie Vega and Kenny Dope soon after sampled on Black Magic‘s ‘Dance (Do That Thing)’ on Strictly Rhythm…
10 essential Garage classics / Ceybil Jefferies – Love So Special (Tony’s Extended Mix) (Atlantic)
Turned into one of the Zanzibar’s anthems by DJ resident Tony Humphries who remixed it. Taken from Ceybil‘s 1991 released ‘Let The Music Take Control’, a song co-written by Tony Varnado, responsible for the classic ‘The Flower’ under his Mello House guise. With production work courtesy of Renato Pearson, himself responsible for the ultra sought after ‘Sunday Afternoon’ as Rudoupho
10 essential Garage classics / Turntable Orchestra – You’re Gonna Miss Me (Music Village Records)
Released back in 1988, and most likely the biggest classic to be credited to DJ/producer Hippie Torrales. An infectious Piano led jam fueled with Latin influences, talkin’ about the lies punctuating at times a relationship. With Anna Quiñones featuring on the phone rap. A cut which Joey Negro licensed on his Republic Records label back then. Eventually including on the vol. 1 of his ‘The Garage Sound Of Deepest New York’ compilation, along with Phase II‘s ‘Reachin’
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9 Comments on 10 essential Garage classics…

  1. As an old PG head, I see most of the tracks mentioned were after the “twi-light” years of the PG. Nothing from 77-82. If I were the writer, I’ve would have sought the advice of someone who was there. Someone who lived the PG and someone who could have suggested tracks before they closed in 1987. IJS….

    • You’re mosdef right whenever considering Garage as the PG, Ralph. Nevertheless Garage was also used as a denominator for the Jersey Sound which appeared by the end of the 80’s. That sound which Tony Humphries heavily championed back then at The Zanzibar. This explaining why no tracks from the period you mentioned has been listed there. Hopin’ this makes sense to you. Feel free if inclined to send us your list for a future topic about the PG. Peace 😉

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