Livin' Joy

Livin' Joy

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Livin' Joy was an Italian House project of Gianni Visnadi and Paolo Visnadi. Their first single "Dreamer" featured the voice of vocalist Janice Robinson. Released in 1994, the record became a hit the following year. Unable to reach a deal with Janice Robinson for the follow up single (and subsequent album), she was replaced by Doris Diggs AKA Tameka Starr.
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Livin' Joy Discography

Albums

MCD 60023 Livin' Joy Don't Stop Movin' (Album) MCA Records MCD 60023 UK 1996 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

PR009 Edie Brickell / Livin' Joy Edie Brickell / Livin' Joy - Good Times / Dreamer (Radio Mix)(7", Jukebox) MCA Records PR009 Italy 1994 Sell This Version
MCSTD 1993 Livin' Joy Dreamer (Single, Maxi) Undiscovered MCSTD 1993 UK 1994 Sell This Version
PR 034 Live / Livin' Joy Live / Livin' Joy - Selling The Drama / Dreamer(7", Jukebox) MCA Records PR 034 Italy 1995 Sell This Version
MCSJB 40041 Livin' Joy Don't Stop Movin' (Maxi, Single) MCA Records MCSJB 40041 UK 1995 Sell This Version
ZAC 110 Livin' Joy Follow The Rules (Single) MCA Records, Undiscovered ZAC 110 Italy 1996 Sell This Version
MCD 77505 Livin' Joy / New Edition Livin' Joy / New Edition - Follow The Rules / Hit Me Off(7", Promo) MCA Records MCD 77505 Italy 1996 Sell This Version
MCD 77501 Antonella Ruggiero / Livin' Joy Antonella Ruggiero / Livin' Joy - Fare Fare / Don't Stop Movin'(7", Promo) MCA Records MCD 77501 Italy 1996 Sell This Version
ZAC 237 Livin' Joy Deep In You (Maxi, Single) Universal, Undiscovered ZAC 237 Italy 1997 Sell This Version
ZAC 154 Livin' Joy Where Can I Find Love (Single, Maxi) MCA Records ZAC 154 Italy 1997 Sell This Version
WMCST 40129 Livin' Joy Megamix(12", Promo) Universal WMCST 40129 UK 1997 Sell This Version
ZAC 223 Livin' Joy Total Mix(12") ZAC Records ZAC 223 Italy 1997 Sell This Version
WMCSTD40196 Livin' Joy Just For The Sex Of It (Maxi, Single) Undiscovered, MCA Records WMCSTD40196 UK 1998 Sell This Version

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Dj_Triquatra

Dj_Triquatra

July 29, 2015
edited 12 months ago
Nobody seems to have mentioned that the version of "Dreamer" on their album has different/resung vocals (though same lyrics) to the "original" and other remixes of "Dreamer". Very curious. I would love to hear the story behind that if anyone knows more information.

*edit* I should read before I post, haha. It turns out that the Vocals on the album for "Dreamer" were actually re-sung by "Tameka Starr" and not by the original singer "Janice Robinson". Still interesting they did that and wonder if there is a story behind it.
Pentrazemine

Pentrazemine

October 14, 2012
Great House project, distinctive against most House groups during this decade. Alot of their songs commonly utilized the Casio CZ-101 Electric Organ preset to create their melody hooks as featured prominently in Dreamer, Follow the Rules, and Don't Stop Movin'. And it worked out beautifully - combined with the romantic-laced vocals of Janice Robinson and Tameka Starr and producers/songwriters Gianni and Paolo Visnadi. The brainchilds of the earlier House group, Alex Party. Where some of their singles also retain the electric organ-sound found in Livin Joy.

Shame they didn't fair too well with Just for the Sex Of it back in '99, they had huge potential.
MeteoraXV

MeteoraXV

July 20, 2012
edited over 4 years ago
Great group, really had their own sound. First song I hear was "Follow The Rules", and when the synths kicked in, it hit me like a hammer in the face. Their first album showcases their own sound, they had this great lead synth sound (which Robin S had already utilized on her 1993 album "Show Me Love", but Livin' Joy were more consistent in sound).

"Dreamer" and "Follow The Rules" sound grand and majestic when the choruses kick in. The rest of their first album, "Don't Stop Movin", is a MUST-HAVE dance classic. If you don't have this album, you're not a really dance music fan ;)

After that they released "Just For The Sex Of It", a single from 1999. VERY disappointing song, as it seems like they were trying to sell out here by going the pop route (as many dance groups were doing in the late 90s, just like in the 80s many heavy metal/hard rock groups were going the pop/hair metal route in the late 80s).

I have found 8 other, unreleased songs that would've been on their next album, "Just For The Sex Of It", (which was eventually shelved), and they couldn't have picked a worse single than the title track. The rest of the album doesn't really do that much for me, except for the songs "Lookin' Fine", "Love Yourself", "I Only Wanna Dance" and "Ready To Love You". Those four songs are easily the creme of the crop. I've been playing them over and over and over and they just kick my ass every time.

Great group, do get their first album, you won't be dissapointed ;)

Well, that is unless you're one of those type of people who don't know the difference between "repeating the same stuff" and "having your own style/sound". Australian rock band AC/DC has always been heavily criticized over this. AC/DC have their own style, unlike 99% of rock bands out there. They don't just blatantly "repeat themselves", they have an instantly recognizable style that they work within. Same thing goes for Livin' Joy. 99% of bands/groups out there are eclectic, diverse.

Only few groups like AC/DC, U2, Deep Purple and Livin' Joy (different genres of music, I know) had their own, instantly recognizable sound.

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