LNR ‎– Work It To The Bone

House Jam Records ‎– HJA 8803
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM

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© 1987 Cool Breeze BMI.
℗ 1988 House Jam Records Chicago, IL.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Etchings side A): HJA-8803-A ∆M
  • Matrix / Runout (Etchings side B): HJA-8803-B ∆M
  • Rights Society: BMI

Other Versions (5 of 23) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
HJA 2016 002 LNR Work It To The Bone(12", RE) House Jam Records HJA 2016 002 UK 2016 Sell This Version
PRO-7268 LNR Work It To The Bone(12") Profile Records PRO-7268 US 1989 Sell This Version
HJA 8803 LNR Work It To The Bone(12") House Jam Records HJA 8803 US 1987 Sell This Version
KOOL T 501 LNR Work It To The Bone(12") Kool Kat KOOL T 501 UK 1989 Sell This Version
KOOL T 501 R LNR Work It To The Bone(12") Kool Kat KOOL T 501 R UK 1989 Sell This Version


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July 18, 2018
as pointed out by leroy skibone on his youtube upload of the vocal version, the sped-up tape noise on this original pressing which permeates the right channel during the vocal version of the track (and which other users have commented on here) contains identifiable snippets from other contemporary house tunes, particularly:

1. Hollywood (3) - Funk Me, Jack Me
2. West Phillips - Tell Me (That You Want Me)
3. Gil De La Paz - Casa, specifically the Latin House Mix

this was most likely an error introduced when originally mastering the record in 1987/88, since other pressings after that time, including the 2016 reissue, eliminate the noise, so it clearly wasn't part of the song as recorded


November 23, 2015
MegaTune!!!! One of the most important Jams that ever made. It will ever alive for a real Dj.


October 20, 2015
edited over 2 years ago
Still rocking the party to this day. Always a good idea to play this record


March 22, 2015
i have the version on House Jam and the vocal cut is messed up. it sounds like there's a second recording cut into the record at lower volume underneath. it sounds like a sped-up record is playing at the same time. i'm not insane.


February 6, 2011
A total classic house jam. The percussion is perfect jackin' material. The lo-fi production is magnified by the fact that there seems to be obvious tape noise in the background!


October 26, 2010

The original and the best. This had the same impact on the house scene in 1987 as Moby's "GO" did in 1990. Everyone was like "Hey, what the f*%k is that, who's done it and where can I get me a copy! So minimal, so tribal, sooo deep....whenever I hear that vocal line and those analogue drum patterns it always brings a smile to my face, I never tire of hearing it, no matter what mix it's used in(and there have been quite a few to date!). I was in Phonica today and there was a new mix banging out of the sound system(white label by?)and I bought it without a moments hesitation, just like that! it's still that good, it's a piece of house music history and will rock any party without exception.


August 18, 2007
edited over 11 years ago

Whenever people talk about House with Tribal influences, I will remember this early House tune from 1987, later sampled by the Italo-House act Cappella on "Helyom Halib" on the end eighties.

The percussion here has clear tribal influences and a minimal environment; its importance lies on the fact that, when you remember that 'House Of Gypsies - Samba' was a classic of the genre from 1992, you'll have an idea of the impact caused by this tune back in 87 - "Come on let's work it to the bo-bo-bone!" infested the dancefloors Worldwide, and was later included on several important compilations of the genre, such as "House Nation vol 2", "Jack Trax - The Sixth Album", "Deep Heat 89", "Rhythm Zone Vol 1", "Best Of House Music Vol 2", among others - thanks to Larry Thompson & Rick Lenoir.

Despite everything said above, "It's A Mystery To Me" had a more avant-garde essence and is the recommended tune for the connaisseurs on this 12 inch.


November 1, 2002

This is not as good as Capella's "Heylom Halib" which uses the same "Work" sample. People used to get these two tracks up. It is quite minimal compared to Heylom Halib. I do not have this 12", but if I find it, I'll definitely buy it. It's another early house classic.