North End ‎– Kind Of Life (Kind Of Love)

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West End Records ‎– WES 22125
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Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Single
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A Kind Of Life (Kind Of Love) (Vocal) 7:24
B Kind Of Life (Kind Of Love) (Instrumental) 6:05

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Giant Single

Shakin' Baker Music / BMI / Gigi Music Publishing Inc. / BMI
℗ © 1979 West End Music Industries, Inc.
Produced for Edge City Productions
Mastered at Frankford/Wayne.

A Product Of West End Music Industries, Inc.

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  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout): 70420 - 22124 - A F/W TC SMK
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout): 70420 - 22125 - B F/W TC SMK
  • Rights Society: BMI

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DomCasual

DomCasual

March 19, 2010
edited over 4 years ago

Utterly classic. I would love to have been around for this track's release in Boston, as this was very likely the recorded peak of Boston's disco scene. Back before Arthur Baker relocated to New York, he produced several disco, modern soul, and even rap tracks. One of his projects North End, named after Boston's old Italian neighborhood, released only two records, and this first one I would argue is the better of the two. A beautiful, lush, and uplifting positive disco cut, it's also mixed by two of Boston's most important DJs of the time, Danae Jacovidis and John "T.C." Luongo. Luongo left town and went onto scores of classic dance and pop projects in the 70s and 80s, and Jacovidis (mixer of "Born To Be Alive" and several Divine tracks) was active in Boston until his death in 2012. Baker has also said that Jimmy Maynard did percussion on this record and that Larry Levan played it at the Garage. One listen to this track and you can see why: driving disco with very strong vocals and percussion, great use of harmonica (really!) and great builds. Russell Presto and Anthony Carbone were also involved with the monster Boston boogie piece "Let Me Show You" by Larry Wu, but Presto was murdered in the early 80s and outside of the North End/Michelle Wallace records, the two have scarcely any record credits. Listening to "Kind Of Life", one can easily see how they might have built an empire. This essential track is not one of the more commonly seen West End titles but well worth it.