Walter Gibbons ‎– Jungle Music (Mixed With Love: Essential & Unreleased Remixes 1976-1986)

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Jakki Sun... Sun... Sun... (Walter Gibbons Original 12" Edit) 9:19
Double Exposure Ten Percent (Walter Gibbons 12" Mix) 7:06
TC James* & The Fist O'Funk Orchestra* Get Up On Your Feet (Keep On Dancin') (Walter Gibbons Mix) 11:11
Gladys Knight It's A Better Than Good Time (Walter Gibbons Acetate Mix) 12:25
Salsoul Orchestra* Magic Bird Of Fire (Fire Bird Suite) 8:06
Sandy Mercer You Are My Love (12" Version) 7:32
Bettye Lavette Doin' The Best That I Can (Walter Gibbons 12" Mix) 11:04
Dinosaur L Go Bang (Walter Gibbons Unreleased Mix) 12:24
Strafe Set It Off (Walter Gibbons 12" Mix) 9:45
Arts & Craft I've Been Searching (Walter Gibbons 12" Mix) 9:58
Luv You Madly Orchestra Moon Maiden (12" Mix) 8:50
Stetsasonic 4 Ever My Beat (Beat Bongo Mix) 6:54
Harlequin Fours* Set It Off (US 12" Version) 5:51
Arthur Russell Calling All Kids (Walter Gibbons Mix) 7:16

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baj

baj

June 3, 2014
referencing Jungle Music - Mixed With Love: Essential & Unreleased Remixes 1976-1986, 2xLP, Comp, STRUT066LP

Great tribute to Walter Gibbons. He was THE innovator of DJing, remixing and editing in the 1970s. NO music technician is more responsible for pushing disco in the direction of house than Walter Gibbons. He completely re-thought what a dance music record could or should be. To get a better idea of this, compare Tom Moulton's remixes with his and you'll see what I'm talking about. A major reason for this was that Moulton quickly became part of the dance music establishment and had no interest in pushing the envelope, whereas Gibbons was always pushing the envelope. Levan and Tee Scott took their remixing lead from Gibbons, and Ron Hardy always chose the Gibbons mix over others (to me, Hardy was an heir to this tradition of innovation).

This compilation is a great testament to Gibbons' capacity for innovation and his artistic range. Acetate recordings are de facto horrible so just be ready for that, but the cut of It's a Better than Good Time is an fantastic 12-minute journey and impossible to find (for anything less than a small fortune, anyway). Other rarities await, and even the ones you already have are nice to have doubles of, especially the Jakki track, so you can smooth out the drafty edits Gibbons made (Lawrence makes a good case for why Gibbons should be credited). A winner and worth every penny to track down.
DEGASPERI

DEGASPERI

March 16, 2011
edited over 6 years ago
referencing Jungle Music - Mixed With Love: Essential & Unreleased Remixes 1976-1986, 2xLP, Comp, STRUT066LP
i was looking forward to this release very much, but it is very disappointing for me that the LP version contains only 9 of 14 tracks. The CD version contains 14 tracks and i don't understand why Strut didn't press the missing 5 tunes on the wax or simply added a 3rd vinyl. Anyway, the release is very good and worth to buy specially of the killer -Arts & Craft - I've Been Searching- tune,
which is very hard to find.
mjb

mjb

February 16, 2011
referencing Jungle Music (Mixed With Love: Essential & Unreleased Remixes 1976-1986), 2xCD, Comp, STRUT066CD
The mix of "Ten Percent" appears to be the one by Ken Cayre, rather than the one by Walter Gibbons.
robbadobba

robbadobba

October 14, 2010
referencing Jungle Music - Mixed With Love: Essential & Unreleased Remixes 1976-1986, 2xCD, Comp, Promo, STRUT066CD
I have this CD...the artwork states "It's A Better Than Good Time" is 6:51, but the disc actually has the full 12:25 version on it.