Larry Levan ‎– Live At The Paradise Garage

Strut ‎– STRUTCD 006, Strut ‎– STRUTCD006, West End Records ‎– STRUTCD 006, Garage Records ‎– STRUTCD 006
2 × CD, Compilation, Mixed, Digipak

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1-1 Ashford & Simpson Bourgie Bourgie
Arranged By – Paul RiserProducer – Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson*
1-2 Damon Harris It's Music
Arranged By – Larry HatchettComposed By – C. Buie*, J. Ellison*, M. Swartz*, T. McLean*Producer – Bud Ellison*
1-3 T Connection* At Midnight
Arranged By – Cory Wade, T Connection*Composed By – David Mackey, Theophilus CoakleyProducer – Cory Wade
1-4 Stephanie Mills Put Your Body In It
Composed By – Edward Moore, Howard KingProducer – James Mtume, Reggie Lucas
1-5 Crown Heights Affair Dreaming A Dream
Composed By, Producer – Britt Britton, Freida Nerangis
1-6 Bunny Sigler By The Way You Dance (I Knew It Was You)
Composed By – D. Richardson*, G. Bell*, L. Davis*Producer, Mixed By – Bunny Sigler
1-7 Shalamar Right In The Socket
Composed By – Dick Griffey, Kevin Spencer, Leon SylversProducer – Leon Sylvers
1-8 Cher Take Me Home
Composed By – Bob Esty, M. Aller*Producer, Arranged By, Conductor – Bob Esty
1-9 Melba Moore Pick Me Up, I'll Dance
Composed By – Gene McFadden, John Whitehead, R. Rose*Producer – Gene McFadden, John Whitehead
1-10 Munich Machine Get On The Funk Train
Arranged By – Giorgio MoroderComposed By – Giorgio Moroder, Pete BellotteProducer – Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte
1-11 People's Choice Here We Go Again
Composed By, Arranged By – Leon HuffEngineer – Joe TarsiaProducer – Kenneth Gamble And Leon Huff*
2-1 People's Choice Here We Go Again (Cont.)
Composed By, Arranged By – Leon HuffEngineer – Joe TarsiaProducer – Kenneth Gamble And Leon Huff*
2-2 Motown Sounds Bad Mouthin'
Composed By, Arranged By, Producer – Michael L. Smith
2-3 Supremes* Let Yourself Go
Composed By – B. Holland*, E. Holland*, H. Beatty*
2-4 Change Angel In My Pocket
Arranged By, Conductor – David Romani*, Paolo GianolioComposed By – David Romani*, T. Willoughby*Featuring – The Goody Music Orchestra*Producer – Jacques Fred Petrus
2-5 Janice McClain Smack Dab In The Middle
Composed By – Milt Tennant, Thom Page, Thom SmithProducer – Milt Tennant, Thom PageProducer [Additional], Remix – Larry Levan
2-06 Jakki Sun...Sun...Sun...
Composed By, Producer – Johnny MelfiEngineer – Edison Youngblood*
2-7 John Gibbs And The US Steel Band Trinidad
Composed By – DeLise, J. Gibbs*
2-8 Chi-Lites* My First Mistake
Composed By – Phil Hurtt, Richard Rome*Producer – Richard Rome*
2-9 Jermaine Jackson Erucu
Arranged By – Gil AskeyComposed By – D. Daniels*, Jermaine JacksonProducer – Jermaine Jackson

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Recorded live at the Paradise Garage, King Street, New York in 1979 by Larry Levan.

Manufactured in the EU.
This compilation
℗ 2000
© 2000

In the booklet, the artist name for track 2-7 is "John Gibbs & The U.S. Steel Band"

The packaging of this edition is a slipcase where the white parts glow in the dark, and it holds 2 individual digipak sleeves and a booklet.
A subsequent edition was issued in jewel case.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 6 758651 000682
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 1): STRUTCD06-1 • MASTERED BY DOCDATA IFPI LA31
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 2): STRUTCD06-2 • MASTERED BY DOCDATA IFPI LA31
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LA31
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 7308
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Rights Society: BMI

Other Versions (5 of 6) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
GCD-2000, GCD2000-2 Larry Levan Live At The Legendary Paradise Garage(2xCD, Comp, Mixed, RE) Garage Records, Garage Records GCD-2000, GCD2000-2 US 2003 Sell This Version
STRUTCD 006 Larry Levan Live At The Paradise Garage(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Strut, West End Records, Garage Records STRUTCD 006 UK 2000 Sell This Version
STRUTCD 006 Larry Levan Live At The Paradise Garage - Disc Two(CD, Comp, Mixed, Promo, Car) Strut, West End Records, Garage Records STRUTCD 006 UK 2000 Sell This Version
STRUTCD 006 Larry Levan Live At The Paradise Garage - Disc One(CD, Comp, Mixed, Promo, Car) Strut STRUTCD 006 UK 2000 Sell This Version
STRUTLP 006 Larry Levan Larry Levan Live At The Paradise Garage(3xLP, Comp) Strut, West End Records, Garage Records STRUTLP 006 UK & US 2000 Sell This Version


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September 4, 2018
I have done a bit of DJ'ing in my life. I Never met Larry but I count Nicky S and Harvey (MOS) amongst my friends. I have had the honour to have shared stories with people who were more than THERE and who knew Larry well with at the start / middle / end of his career. As a DJ this document of more innocent yet ultimately sinister times is priceless and shows what soul and body music could be like. Compare with what was happening say at The Saint and in this one feel the Loft influences running through this mix sadly absent from what came later. That larry was mixing on old school equipment etc. means critical evaluation of the technicality is worthless. Bottom line he was taking the crowd on a journey mostly by feelings alone - utterly priceless and thank goodness Mel Cheren put it out before he passed. Vital


September 5, 2011

Echo the previous comments.

When this first came out, I didn't really get it, being more into the eclectic Loft sound. 11 years on from the release, this Levan mix just gets better and better and is played all the time, especially in the car where I can turn it right up.

To some modern ears I guess the mixes sound ropey, there are some key clashes, but to me the sound if full on, proper songs for the most part, dripping with emotion. Can't beat it!



June 27, 2008
As a long time patron of clubs and dancing I can tell you that no disk will ever capture the feel of the Garage. The Garage had that perfect symbiosis that must occur between the dj and the crowd. The Garage was home to music that only worked there because we were Larry's lab rats and we loved it. We showed the world how Gays and Straights could come together for the sake of music and make it happen... If I had know that we were making history I would have demanded that we would have record more to save for prosperity...


April 2, 2004

This is a great deal.
Beautifully packaged, great booklet and liner notes, and only cost 9 bucks brand new.
A DJ doing what DJ's are supposed to do...
Pick good records and Play them. Enjoy yourself, and help the crowd do the same.

(As far as mixing faults go, the stories of Larry leaving the booth during a set to clean the lights for half an hour because he wanted the experience to be the best it could be show that seemless mixing and dj tricks where not what it was about. He even slows some tracks down towards the end to mix in the next at it's proper speed, rather than just getting faster and faster. A true journey - up down and back again. Class.)


February 2, 2004
This is one of the most imperfect live mix CDs available, and would simply not obtain a release if it was recorded by a current DJ.

But this was recorded in much more primitive times, when DJ technology wasn't as developed, underground clubs were not all about perfect mixing and 8 hours of identical, formulaic music.

On this CD, you can hear manual adjustments to record speeds, trainwreck mixing and even some ill-advised mix selections, as well as analogue sound quality.

Yet it all sounds SO much better than your run-of-the-mill "Now That's What I Call Making £££ Out Of The Club Scene II" mix CD released today; most of which aren't really "live mixes", but are made on computers to ensure perfect beatmatching. zzzzzz....

Why then, is this CD apparently so great?

Because you can really feel the passion the DJ has for the music, and the quality of the music is so high that the recording's technical imperfections don't detract from the experience.

Just imagine that you are there. Imagine that your first rave in 1988 was really a visit to the Paradise Garage in 1970s, and just imagine how you would have felt. Would you have been listening out for technically-perfect DJing, or would you have been having the time of your life, at the start of something significant?

Since buying this, I have listened to this dozens of times, and it still sounds amazing. Buy this and listen to history being made. It really is that good.


April 8, 2003
Excellent historical document - this was just a regular night at the Paradise Garage recorded on tape , while the action was on . You can hear that it's from a tape , because track 11- People's Choice- "Here We Go Again" .. is split into 2 parts , something that happened a lot when the 45 minutes of a cassette's running-time was over , before the song was finished . This is 80 minutes of pure Paradise Garage spirit caught in the act .. He used 2 Thorens turntables without pitch control and a very primitive mixer ,so all of the turnovers are made manually . The only extravaganza you hear here are parts of the intro to an old Grand Funk Railroad track layed over the last song "ERUCU'" by Jermaine Jackson.. children's voices saying - " obey your mother and your father , do what the teacher says and everything will be allright .".another kid says : "I believe there are more people that are bad , than there (are) good ; when you're good you'll live forever , when you're bad you'll die when you die.."


May 17, 2002
When first purchasing Larry live at the garage my first thoughts were how good it must have been to hear his set in 1978, and why don't they make records as classy as that anymore.



April 8, 2002
Attention, at this moment you hear music history. The mix isn't that what most of us understand as a technically perfect DJ-set, but I can imagin that THIS was an absolutely INSANITY at this time! Listen and feel the avantgarde in it. Yes.