Graeme Park

Graeme Park

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Graeme Park
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Born in Aberdeen and grew-up in Kirkcaldy, Scotland. Worked at Select-a-Disc record shop in Nottingham, England, sourcing obscure House music records that he later deejayed at local The Garage club in the 1980s.

Formed the Submission record label and under a variety of names released some of the first UK House material. In 1987 he was invited to join Mike Pickering at the decks of The Haçienda in Manchester, where he played for a decade.

Continues to DJ all around the world and also remixes for many artists.
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Graeme Park Discography

Albums

none Graeme Park Liquid Grooves Vol. 1(CD, Mixed) Liquid Grooves (2) none UK 1994 Sell This Version
CD00 Graeme Park Summer 1995 Live(CD, Album, Mixed) Ind. CD00 UK 1995 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Fac 228 Karl Denver Meets Pickering* And Park* Karl Denver Meets Pickering* And Park* - Wimoweh(7", Single, Promo) Factory Fac 228 UK 1989 Sell This Version

DJ Mixes

MML 04 Danny Rampling & Graeme Park Danny Rampling & Graeme Park - Mixmag Live! Vol. 4 (Comp) DMC Publishing Ltd. MML 04 UK 1992 Sell This Version
DJ 3 Graeme Park Union City Recordings Megamix(Cass, Mixed, Comp) DJ Magazine DJ 3 UK 1992 Sell This Version
DJ 8 Liam Howlett / DJ Pogo / Graeme Park Liam Howlett / DJ Pogo / Graeme Park - The Heavyweight Selection(Cass, Mixed, Comp) DJ Magazine DJ 8 UK 1993 Sell This Version
NRB58:CD Graeme Park No Repetitive Beats (Clause 58 Government Criminal Justice Bill)(CD, Comp, Mixed) 6 x 6 Records NRB58:CD UK 1994 Sell This Version
Cream C/D 001 Graeme Park Cream(CD, Mixed) Cream Records Cream C/D 001 UK 1994 Sell This Version
74321 27934 2 Graeme Park, Pete Tong, Paul Oakenfold, Justin Robertson Graeme Park, Pete Tong, Paul Oakenfold, Justin Robertson - Cream Live(2xCD, Mixed, Bla) Deconstruction 74321 27934 2 UK 1995 Sell This Version
PIMP 2, PIMP 2 CD Graeme Park DJs At Work Volume 2(CD, Mixed, Comp) Pimp Music, Pimp Music PIMP 2, PIMP 2 CD UK 1995 Sell This Version
FIRMCD 04 Graeme Park, Angel*, Chris & James Graeme Park, Angel*, Chris & James - National Anthems(3xCD, Comp, Mixed + Box) Firm Music FIRMCD 04 UK 1996 Sell This Version
FRSHCD2 Graeme Park Eau De House Volume 1(CD, Mixed) Fresh FRSHCD2 UK 1996 Sell This Version
535 701-2 Graham Gold / Graeme Park Graham Gold / Graeme Park - Kissmix 96(2xCD, Mixed) PolyGram TV 535 701-2 UK 1996 Sell This Version
MM 0001-2 Graeme Park / Jim "Shaft" Ryan Graeme Park / Jim "Shaft" Ryan - Too Glamorous(2xCD, Mixed + Box) Miss Moneypenny's Music MM 0001-2 UK 1998 Sell This Version
MINMAG51 / MAY02 Graeme Park We Love The Haçienda(CD, Comp, Mixed) Ministry (Magazine) MINMAG51 / MAY02 UK 2002 Sell This Version
BAR002 Graeme Park Bargrooves - On The House(CD, Comp, Mixed) Seamless Recordings BAR002 UK 2002 Sell This Version
none Graeme Park Bangkok(Cass, Mixed, Sin) Not On Label (Bangkok) none UK Unknown Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

none Graeme Park Exclusive DJ Mix For 3beat.Co.Uk(CDr, Promo, Mixed) 3 Beat Music / Records none UK Unknown Sell This Version

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dabn404eva

dabn404eva

July 14, 2009
I can't agree anymore with the review from manchester.

I was fortunate enough to go to the Hacienda virtually every saturday between 1991 -1994, when Parky was resident with Tom Wainwright.

As a fellow DJ, I can honestly say that I learned more about DJ'ing listening to GP than from any other source.

Fortunately, I was wise enough to purchase several of his tapes from previous Sat nites, and they still sound superb now!

A master and yes, definetely the BEST DJ from the UK, bar none.
manchester

manchester

September 6, 2006
edited over 9 years ago
Graeme Park or 'Parky' as known to thousands of misty eyed devotees from 1988-95 was THE original British House DJ's DJ. Along with Mike Pickering, he was the first British DJ to champion House Music in 85-87, long before Rampling, Oakenfold et al supposedly brought it back from Ibiza (& contrary to what the London-centric media would have you believe!). He was the first British DJ to really master the art of seamless mixing - which may not seem that great a feat nowadays. However back in the day when early House Music was making inroads into the UK club scene, most DJs couldn't mix to save their lives - the likes of Rampling, Oakenfold, Weatherall etc might have had an ear for a good tune but they were technically defunct. Park was a maestro for all up and coming budding DJs - Sasha, Garnier, Seaman and countless other DJs who listened to Park at the Hacienda in the early days will testify to that. What really set Parky apart from other DJs was the construction of his sets which always flowed so beautifully - almost like telling a story & he would mix vocals out of vocals seamlessly. Listen to DJs nowadays and anybody can mix beats after beats, but try mixing many of the classic vocal House & Garage records and get them to flow perfectly.

Parky used to sell mixtapes of his sets at the Hacienda from the DJ booth at the beginning of a night - the tapes were usually from the previous week. Thousands of lucky punters who have copies of many of these legendary tapes will testify what a fantastic DJ Graeme Park was. From the period 1988-1992, Graeme Park was without doubt THE GREATEST HOUSE DJ IN THE WORLD. This was confirmed by the fact that he won the prestigious DMC DJ of the year award in constant succession during these years. He broke so many fantastic records at the Hacienda during this period and many other DJs (Sasha included) followed his lead.
The fact that Graeme was such a humble down to earth guy, who would always spare the time for a chat at the DJ booth, and the fact that he wasn't a great self publicist or arrogant like so many other big name DJs, makes him a great DJ in my eyes. After Parky DJs got too big for their own boots and started believing they were some kind of demi gods - as Park himself said, "I'm only a DJ playing other people's records". However that's not to take away from the fact that he was an incredible DJ during his peak years at the Hacienda & he had many a big name American DJ eating out of the palm of his hands - legends such as Humphries, Knuckles and Morales all greatly respected and admired Graeme Park.

Although post 1995, Graeme for reasons only known to himself - probably due to the money from commercial radio and the fact that he'd been there at the beginning of the dance music explosion & seen it & done it, started playing more and more obvious commerical dance music & lost his edge that made him such a great DJ. BUT the guy should be remembered as one of the finest British House DJs (if not the finest in my humble opinion) of his generation, who influenced and spawned a thousand imitators & spread the gospel of gorgeous, uplifting House Music to a generation that will never forget. RESPECT PARKY!

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