New York Citi Peech Boys* ‎– Life Is Something Special

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Life Is Something Special (Vocal) 8:07
Life Is Something Special (Glimmer) 1:00
Life Is Something Special (Special Edition) 8:00
Life Is Something Special (A Capella) 3:45

Versions (16)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
0-99928 New York Citi Peech Boys* Life Is Something Special(12") Island Records, Garage Records 0-99928 US 1982 Sell This Version
811 375-1 Peech Boys Life Is Something Special(12") Phonogram 811 375-1 France 1982 Sell This Version
DMD 393 New York Citi Peech Boys* Life Is Something Special(12", Promo) Island Records, Garage Records DMD 393 US 1982 Sell This Version
43948 Peech Boys Life Is Something Special(12", S/Sided, TP) Specialty Records Corporation 43948 US 1982 Sell This Version
7-99926 New York Citi Peech Boys* Life Is Something Special(7", Promo) Island Records 7-99926 US 1982 Sell This Version
7-99926 New York Citi Peech Boys* Life Is Something Special(7", Single) Island Records 7-99926 US 1982 Sell This Version
7-99926 New York Citi Peech Boys* Life Is Something Special(7", TP) Island Records 7-99926 US 1982 Sell This Version
12WIP 6846 Peech Boys Life Is Something Special(12") Island Records 12WIP 6846 UK 1983 Sell This Version
600 757 NYC Peech Boys* Life Is Something Special(12") Island Records 600 757 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
F 600779 Peech Boys Life Is Something Special(12") Island Records F 600779 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
WIPX 880 Peech Boys Life Is Something Special(12") Island Records WIPX 880 Italy 1983 Sell This Version
X-13132, 12WIP 6846 Peech Boys Life Is Something Special(12", Ltd) Festival Records, Island Records X-13132, 12WIP 6846 Australia 1983 Sell This Version
WIP 6846 Peech Boys Life Is Something Special(7") Island Records WIP 6846 Jamaica 1983 Sell This Version
105.160 Peech Boys Life Is Something Special(7") Island Records 105.160 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
WIP 26846 Peech Boys Life Is Something Special(7", Single) Island Records WIP 26846 Italy 1983 Sell This Version
WIP 6846 Peech Boys Life Is Something Special(7", Single) Island Records WIP 6846 UK 1983 Sell This Version

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the_once

the_once

May 3, 2011
referencing Life Is Something Special, 12", 600 757
An electro-funk-soul honky-tonk workout which formed the staple of the Paradise Garage soundtrack, steeped in postivity which obviously rubbed off on a certain friend who moved many a mile north to escape the obvious all encompassing power (good or bad) of Larry Levan's lifeforce and create his own phenomenon - Spinning on the altar of positivity to this day thirty years on. That's some lifeforce.

It's the B-Side which puts you in the moment on this masterpiece. Levan's tutelage at the loft and reverence & awareness of atmospherics and dub is clear, which still powers Body & Soul to this day, the only missing piece being the handclaps - the most underrated instrument in all of his effects armory.

Listen to the acapella. Snatches have been used in many pop house anthems and it's incredible how many people have made money in the last 20 years off the back of Larry Levan's genius.

I'd love to see a film on the life story of this guy. In fact, I'd love to MAKE a film on the life story of this guy. Chris Rock though, not Will Smith.

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Alain_Patrick

Alain_Patrick

March 17, 2005
edited over 12 years ago
referencing Life Is Something Special, 12", Promo, DMD 393
More recently I discovered that, mis a part the use of samples of Bernard Fowler's "Life Is Something Special"'s acappella by Coco Steel & Lovebomb (in "Feel It!", "Work It") and Joey Negro (with "Do What You Feel"), we can feeeel the influences of this classic on the initial part ("This...is something...special...for you" (in a Circulation tune and in the Unconditional's hit "Magic Feet").
Two essential producers of the Drum & Bass World, Markus Intalex and LTJ Bukem, also made use of the classical acappella: in one hand, Intalex & ST Files through "Nightfall", and in the other Mr. GoodLookingOrganisation on "Brothers With Soul".
During the eighties, DJs used to play this acappella combined with other tunes. That was the case of Farley Jackmaster Funk, who opened his 1987 gig at WBMX (Chicago) with a marvelous sequence using Fowler's lyrics.
"Muuuuusic iiiiis so speciaaaaal"!
Alain_Patrick

Alain_Patrick

December 26, 2004
edited over 12 years ago
referencing Life Is Something Special, 12", 0-99928

One of the main oeuvres from the band of Larry Levan and keyboardist Michael de Benedictus, “Life Is Something Special” stands as one of the real classics of the beginning of the eighties, specially because of its historical acapella, whose vocals belong to the band singer Bernard Fowler. The samples of the expressions “Feel It!” and “Work It!” were used many years later by the duo Chris Mellor & Lene of Coco Steel & Lovebomb - which released “Feel It!” and “Touch It” (both in 1991 by Instant Records / WARP). The acapella was also largely used in the sets of the House pioneers (such as Farley Jackmaster Funk in his 1987 WBMX gig at Chicago). The tune became one of the underground club anthems, played in the Paradise Garage (New York, USA) and the Hacienda (Manchester, UK).