First Listen! Ed The Red feat. Vivian Lee – Music Is So Wonderful (Zanzibar Millenium Mix) (Bottom Line Records)
Music is so wonderful… And God knows how those what had the chance to witness this back in the day know how Edward ‘Ed The Red’ Golstman‘s Bottom Line Records is synonymous with some of the most infectious pieces of Jersey Sound (also known as Garage!) one may think of. From the overwhelming ‘Do Me Right’ by the likes of Secret Lovers, to Barbara Dixon‘s ‘Wanna Be Your Lover’ and Devastating‘s ‘Tell Me What’. With Alabama native Vivian Lee‘s ‘Music Is So Wonderful’ makin’ no exception. Eventually givin’ the label its biggest classic back in 1992, with the heavy support of Tony Humphries at the Zanzibar.
Gary Van den Bussche of the DSG Music label, then distributing imports in the UK, licensed it. Eventually givin’ it extra remixes on his own Wizz Records label at the time. And this is just how he came to suggest Ed to revamp this gem.
Our preference, no surprisingly, goes for for the Zanzibar Millenium Mix. A reconstruction that brilliantly recaptures the spirit of the vibes one could hear there back at the time. Eventually sounding more genuine than its original release while getting Lee‘s vocal performance to a brighter level.
You don’t wanna miss that one, and certainly neither did we!
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Born in the USSR, Ed The Red, who’s real name is Edward Goltsman, immigrated to the USA in 1979 as a teenager. He had been studying piano and voice since age 6 and went to Berklee College of Music once in America. By the 80’s he was working as a professional keyboard player with Jazz, Funk, Gospel and top 40 bands. He started producing and mixing in 1985. And in the next 5 years he placed tracks with countless labels. From Emergency Records to Active Records and Jump Street Records. Not to mention Sutra, Quark and Atlantic Records and others.
Ed started his own House Music label – Bottom Line Records – back in 1990. It quickly became a household name among the lovers of deep, soulful, jazzy, Garage house music. Most of the tracks on the label were produced by Ed The Red and Nelson ‘Paradise’ Roman. Ed nevertheless signed several cuts from other producers. From Lenny Fontana, Reggie and Ronald Burrell to T-Solomon. But also Harry Soto and George Morel to name a few.
In 2016, Ed, who now resides in Florida, decided it was (about) time to reactivate Bottom Line Records. 2017 looks like a big break out year with many new releases on the shelves.