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Janice McClainSmack Dab In The Middle

Label:Warner Bros. Records – DRCS 8893, RFC Records – DRCS 8893
Format:
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Promo
Country:US
Released:
Genre:Funk / Soul
Style:Disco

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ASmack Dab In The Middle6:48
BSmack Dab In The Middle (Instrumental)4:27
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℗ 1979 Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Made in U.S.A.
RFC Trademark of RFC Records

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  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Matrix / Runout (Label A): XPA 0121 S
  • Matrix / Runout (Label B): XPA 0123 S
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A): DRCS D̶S̶R̶E̶ -8893-XPA-0121-S-M1 ∩ ⊲ 24579 (1) ✩ Sterling
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B): DRCS D̶S̶R̶E̶ -8893-XPA-0123-S-M1 ∩ ⊲ 24575 ✩ Sterling

Other Versions (5 of 7)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
New Submission
Smack Dab In The Middle (7", 45 RPM)Warner Bros. Records, RFC RecordsRCS 49103US1979
New Submission
Smack Dab In The Middle (7", 45 RPM, Promo, Stereo, Mono)RFC Records, Warner Bros. RecordsRCS 49103US1979
Smack Dab In The Middle (12", 33 ⅓ RPM)Warner Bros. Records, RFC RecordsDRCS 8893US1979
New Submission
Smack Dab In The Middle (12", Promo, Test Pressing, Stereo)Warner Bros. Records, RFC RecordsDRCS 8893US1979
Smack Dab (In The Middle) (Acetate, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Single Sided)Warner Bros. Records, RFC RecordsnoneUS1979

Reviews

jancito303's avatar
jancito303
Massive disco choon that was included in the epic Larry Levan mix ‎– Live At The Paradise Garage.
chrisnova777's avatar
chrisnova777
perfectly sampled by mateo + matos in thier house remix track "just a dab" from (1998) https://www.discogs.com/Mateo-Matos-Just-A-Dab/release/48649
Djsmoothcat's avatar
Djsmoothcat
Edited 10 years ago
One of my favorite "early" Larry mixes. Soaring vocals, wonderful arrangement and definitely worked hard by Mr. Levan for the core members and their guests at the mighty "G".
kool_fraser's avatar
kool_fraser
Edited 15 years ago
Yeah, this is a classic song and I agree that it requires no update for the contemporary age; it is simply a stunning track that should be appreciated for what it is and left that way. Her vocals on this track are totally impassioned, just the outpourings of a woman completely controlled by love. The track has a great structure, and I especially like the rhodes break in the track, which is accompanied by the male vocals going "give it up, give it up, give it on up, smack dab in the middle." Epic dance music, period.
downtown.music's avatar
Edited 17 years ago
Great, funky soulful disco masterpiece...nothing really "House" about it though, other than the fact that all the big-name, old-school House DJ's played this back in the day. It's not electronic-sounding or robotic in any way, but it sure is spacious, big-sounding, really well-recorded, and it does have amazing keyboard work and all-around musicianship. One of Larry Levan's great mixes, though you have to admit he really didn't do too many "weak" mixes during his illustrious career. This great SONG has never really been given a proper re-issue treatment to my knowledge, and the version on the LEGIT "Disco Connection" double-LP is a short edit, NOT the 6:48 full vocal mix on this here pressing. Young DJs of today need to listen to and appreciate these great old disco productions on their own terms...no "House-ification" or Techno remix/remake is necessary if you have the balls to play great, timeless music for your crowd. Seek one of these originals out for your collection before they're all gone, `cuz I wouldn't hold your breath waiting for this to get the proper, legitimate re-issue treatment anytime soon.
jcisking's avatar
jcisking
One of the all-time great dance songs that ushered the "house" sound from the Disco era.
the horns in this song were dynamic as well as the drumming.
It needs to be revived for the new dance generation, maybe
a "techno" version.