Lawrence Philpot
US-American DJ and producer.
Born July 20, 1954 in Bedford Stuyvesant Brooklyn, New York - Died November 8, 1992 of heart failure at a mere 38 years old.

Larry is revered primarily as the DJ and driving force of the famous gay-friendly disco Paradise Garage. With engineer Richard Long, he custom-designed the Garage's sound system and DJ booth, complete with audiophile Thorens turntables.
Larry's brilliance lay not only in his technical skill and audio expertise, but also in his eclectic taste. He broadened the 'rules' of what dance music could be, mixing everything from gospel, reggae, Philly soul and Euro-disco to rock ("Stand Back"/Stevie Nicks and "Eminence Front"/The Who, to name but two), post-punk ("The Magnificent Seven"/The Clash, and Talking Heads), ambient/environmental music (Klaus Schulze and Manuel Gottsching, for example) and just about everything else.
He augmented his sets with disorienting sound effects and audio manipulations, working the crossover and balance controls to throw sound around the room as if it had a will of its own.

Larry cut his musical teeth at The Loft, essentially the first underground, afterhours disco. Started by David Mancuso at the advent of the '70s, The Loft combined psychedelic culture with proto-disco music, which then consisted of longform, psychedelic-influenced soul ("Melting Pot"/Booker T. & The MG's, "Papa Was a Rolling Stone"/The Temptations, etc.), jazz-funk like The Blackbyrds, funky rock ("Woman"/Barabas, for example) and trippy head music like Pink Floyd's "Dark Side Of The Moon." When "Paradise Garage" opened in 1976, Larry added gospel-and R&B-flavored disco to his musical menu.

After the Garage closed in 1987, Larry kept a considerably lower profile, doing guest spots at various clubs, including "Studio 54," "Palladium" and "Mars," and D.J.-ing regularly at "The Choice," arguably the inheritor of the Garage's underground legacy. "The Choice" didn't have the grandeur of the Garage, but Larry made it his home, casting his psychedelic spell on a diverse crowd of devoted Garage fans and various other afterhours types.

Larry Levan ディスコグラフィー Tracks

Cookie Monster And The Girls (4) C Is For Cookie (Funky Version) Cookie Monster And The Girls (4) - C Is For Cookie Sesame Street Records, Children's Television Workshop US 1978 このバージョンを出品
Bumblebee Unlimited Lady Bug (Disco Remix) Bumblebee Unlimited - Lady Bug (Single) RCA US 1979 このバージョンを出品
Loose Joints Is It All Over My Face (Female Vocal) Loose Joints - Is It All Over My Face (Single) West End Records US 1980 このバージョンを出品
Various Various - Larry Levan's Greatest Mixes Volume Two (Album, Comp) Salsoul Records, Salsoul Records US 1980 このバージョンを出品
Aurra When I Come Home (Remix) Aurra - When I Come Home (Remix) (Single) Salsoul Records, Salsoul Records UK 1980 このバージョンを出品
The Reddings The Reddings - You're The Only One (Single) Believe In A Dream US 1981 このバージョンを出品
The Strikers The Strikers - Body Music (Single) Epic UK 1981 このバージョンを出品
Esther Williams I'll Be Your Pleasure Esther Williams - I'll Be Your Pleasure (Single) RCA Victor UK 1981 このバージョンを出品
AFL1-4023 Esther Williams I'll Be Your Pleasure Esther Williams - Inside Of Me(LP, Album) RCA Victor AFL1-4023 US 1981 このバージョンを出品
Jimmy Ross Jimmy Ross - First True Love Affair (Maxi) Quality, RFC Records Mexico 1981 このバージョンを出品
MERX 90 Central Line Don't Tell Me (U.S.A. Remix) 1など… Central Line - Don't Tell Me(12") Mercury MERX 90 UK 1981 このバージョンを出品
Central Line Walking Into Sunshine (Remixed Version) Central Line - Walking Into Sunshine (EP, Maxi, Single) Mercury Germany 1981 このバージョンを出品
Front Line Orchestra* Front Line Orchestra* - Don't Turn Your Back On Me Quality, RFC Records Canada 1982 このバージョンを出品
Chaka Khan Chaka Khan - Tearin' It Up Warner Bros. Records US 1982 このバージョンを出品
Imagination Changes (Remix) Imagination - Just An Illusion Unidisc Canada 1982 このバージョンを出品
Jimmy Ross First True Love Affair Jimmy Ross - First True Love Affair (Album) Quality, RFC Records Canada 1982 このバージョンを出品
David Joseph David Joseph - You Can't Hide (Your Love From Me) (Sure Is Pure Remix) (Single) Island Records Europe 1983 このバージョンを出品
Gwen Guthrie Gwen Guthrie - Padlock (Special Mixes By Larry Levan) (MiniAlbum, Single) Garage Records, Island Trading Co. US 1983 このバージョンを出品
Jeffrey Osborne Jeffrey Osborne - Plane Love (Maxi, Single) A&M Records US 1983 このバージョンを出品
Central Line Walking Into Sunshine (American Remix) Central Line - Surprise Surprise (Single, EP) Mercury Italy 1983 このバージョンを出品
Kid Creole & The Coconuts* There's Something Wrong In Paradise Kid Creole & The Coconuts* - There's Something Wrong In Paradise (Single) Island Records Spain 1983 このバージョンを出品
DA 6001 Jimmy Castor It's Just Begun 2など… Jimmy Castor - The Return Of Leroy(LP, Album) Dream Records (2) DA 6001 US 1983 このバージョンを出品
Imagination Changes Imagination - Night Dubbing (Album, MiniAlbum) R & B Records Belgium 1983 このバージョンを出品
MCA-13962 Imagination Changes (Remixed Version) Imagination - Changes(12") MCA Records MCA-13962 US 1983 このバージョンを出品
Various Changes Various - It's In The Mix Vol. 1 (Comp) Calibre UK 1983 このバージョンを出品

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編集 over 12 years ago
There's not much that can be said that hasn't been said already in dozens of articles, reviews and tribute websites, but I'm compelled to add my two cents. I first heard about the Paradise Garage from an article in NYC's defunct "SOHO Weekly News", and I was fascinated. The very well written review was published sometime in 1979 or `80, and my interest was piqued, as my world consisted of clubs, parties and venues that thrived on the anti-disco backlash. My willingness to examine my own irrational prejudice against "Disco" occured one night at The Mudd Club, a cutting-edge post-punk dance club with a sound-system designed by Bryan Eno and a punky-artsy clientele that probably prided itself in never having set foot in a "real" discotheque. I counted myself among that herd until I heard a real Disco DJ upstairs, guesting on the second floor, and my eyes were opened wide and my jaw dropped when I watched and listened to this guy seamlessly blending hot Salsoul, West End and Prelude records. Of course the music was amazing and had nothing in common with my media-inspired, brainwashed aversion to so-called Disco music. I was mesmerized and made it my business to get into the Garage come hell or high-water. I had started DJing in the East Village by then and Bobby Shaw, then the promoter for Warner Brothers records, got me on the guest-list and I finally arrived at Disco Nirvana. But even then, Larry opened my mind and challenged my pre-conceived notions of what he was about. In the course of the night I heard Kraftwerk, The Peach Boys, Yaz, Konk, Mikki, The Temptations, Men At Work, D-Train, and the list of ecclectic twists and turns was mind-blowing to say the least..and that sound system. The best I'd ever heard, albeit too loud for my already sensitive ears. I was a regular there until it closed, and due to Larry's reputation as a moody and unpredictable soul with a slightly self-destuctive bent (like Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison, to name a few), I kept my distance from his inner circle and insisted on paying my yearly membership fee as well as the modest admission price. I never regretted my decision, and only after the Garage closed did I become friendly with the now more accessible and down-to-earth Larry Levan. I feel blessed to have had him share his knowledge and stories with me, and not a day passes when I don't think about the man or listen to one of his totally unique, trippy and dub-inspired remixes. Literally NO DJ can ever achieve his impact on my life or come close to his skills at sonic reconstruction and open-minded, genius programming. He was a genuine 20th century SHAMAN. I Love you and miss you Larry!


編集 over 12 years ago
What can be said about this man? Whatever is said, it is not enough! Not only was he a musical pioneer whose influence still resonates in every area of dance music today, he also brought together formerly disperate communities from the most diverse city on Earth. He will be missed and remembered as a DJ for the people and for the DJ of future generations. R.I.P.

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