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    Quote Originally Posted by craner View Post
    But this is a beautiful Change / Jam & Lewis track
    gotta understand, my musical background, it took me forever to come around on any kind of smooth music even long after I'd abandoned the tribalisms of youth. I'm still much more post-disco, i.e. I mainly enjoy bits of 80s R+B, jazz-funk, etc that fit into that context rather than fully embracing them, but even that partial embrace of the smooth was one of the last musical frontiers I had to cross. actually, those two Change records nicely illustrate the shift from post-disco to full-on 80s R+B, you can really see where J+L were headed w/Janet Jackson etc. tbh "You Are My Melody" doesn't really do it for me but I can appreciate the quality at least. Jacques Fred Petrus is one of the most underrated disco auteurs I reckon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by entertainment View Post
    especially interesting how that whole movement interplayed with the religious doctrines of the black community back then
    "Stand On the Word" is ofc great, but funnily enough for once Larry Levan had nothing to do with it. in fact no one can even remember him playing it at the Garage.

    whole backstory as to how it was mislabeled a Levan joint, but it was actually found by Walter Gibbons, who in the early 80s was a member of the same church

    Gibbons (John the Baptist to Levan's Jesus) actually had the most complicated relationship with the church, and the intersection of religion/sexuality/race of any of those dudes. it's a story I encourage you/anyone who cares about the history of dance music to look up, but in short ca. 78 at the height of his powers he caught religion heavy and it destroyed his career. clearing dancefloors playing gospel at peak hour, refusing to remix or play records that were too licentious (in disco!), preaching to everyone, and so on. a very sad death too, like so many of that generation.

    anyway, I'm hardly an expert but that relationship between worldly, pleasure-oriented music and the black church definitely predates disco, and post-dates the brief, glorious post-disco, pre-AIDS heyday of the Garage. there are endless examples, of which this is only one. definitely 100% my favorite gospel house record ever, a perfect hybrid of spiritual and temporal ecstasy.


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    for my choon of the day tho I am picking the ever so lovely and incomparable Sheila Chandra

    British people of a certain age will probably be familiar

    I've listened to this record countless times, will never get sick of it, always makes me feel better

    gods above + below but she was (and is) a beautiful woman in every sense of the word


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    (tbc the original music video is pretty silly early 80s Orientalism but she just transcends it; also, she was 16 when they made that record!)

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    This is not COTD but just a footnote for Padraig (U.S.)*:

    When you feel the genius of this Jam & Lewis pocket epic, the journey will be complete:



    * I still insist on the (U.S.) distinction for the reason of deep Dissensus history.

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    Don't forget too that Luther Vandross was one of the in-house vocalists for Change. Kick-startEd his career.

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    formation are a funny label. i'd always assumed i liked them until i looked at their catalogue and realised that acutally i didn't like them that much.
    sort of paint by number 'ardcore a lot of it. not slagging off that tune just musing like.

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    craner hasn't even acknowledged my special dedication post him on the previous page. i feel...sad.
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    Sorry Leo, I wasn't concentrating properly. Nice to see Belinda.

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    It's one of these rare days in winter with a blue sky and now I long for summer.


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    RnG


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    Quote Originally Posted by cwmbran-city View Post
    Wings was my personal favourite

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