Gwen Guthrie ‎– It Should Have Been You

Island Records ‎– DM 4833
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, SP

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  • Rights Society (A): ASCAP
  • Rights Society (B): BMI
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Label): ST-DM-43013-SP
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Label): ST-DM-43012-SP
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Etching): STERLING 1-1 STDM 43013-2 SP
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout Etching): STERLING 1-1 STDM 43012-2 SP

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October 21, 2017
We need an official repress ASAP! ten words entered


November 15, 2013

Sly & Robbie are absolutely on fire for both of these tracks. Gwen Guthrie's voice is amazingly beautiful and Larry Levan's mix is perfect. Both songs are dancefloor sure shots that sometimes bring a tear to this punk rockers eye. Especially after a few lagers with whiskey sidecars. Classic.


February 1, 2007
edited over 12 years ago
Yeah, I am gonna have to reiterate the previous reviewer's comments; this track is one of the great Levan mixes, just everything about it is perfect. It just flows on and on and you don't even really think about any part of the music; it just all rolls over you in one big wave of pleasure. I am, sadly, only recently acquanited with this track but, again in parallel to the above reviewer, have been listening to it continually, it's just that good. Big love and RIP Levan and Guthrie, two bright stars of the Garage.

June 30, 2006
edited over 12 years ago

There really are very few "Classics" that I love SO MUCH, that I will literally NEVER tire of them. OK, I do ask that you not play this for me more than once or twice in one evening, but otherwise, this song is so perfect that every time I hear it I notice something new about how well it was produced and mixed and performed. There are only a few songs that make me feel so good that I get goose bumps. I kid thee not...I'm in my hot, sweaty, un-air conditioned apartment, listening to this for the second time in a row, having decided that it's now or never if I'm ever going to review this. I get goosebumps about halfway through this on the strength of the lyrics and raw, heartfelt emotion that Gwen conveys. Larry Levan did one of the most timelessly classical, un-touchable and perfect jobs of his entire career on this. Yes, he did a LOT of perfect mix and remix jobs, and this is one of them. The judicious use of repetition...a synth sound that has never existed before and never will again...Sly and Robbie out-did themselves too! 6 minutes into the song, toward the end, there's that magical, otherworldly synth sound again, totally anchored by a killer bass-line and real drumming..."I've been searching such a long time...true Love's so hard TO find...been searching such a long time...true Love's so hard TO find...." God took Gwen Guthrie AND Larry Levan away from us way too soon, but those two geniuses and their production team give us the gift of eternal life so to speak: as long as I'm alive, I'll always get goosebumps listening to this.