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Larry LevanLive At The Paradise Garage

Label:Strut – STRUTCD 006, Strut – STRUTCD006, West End Records – STRUTCD 006, Garage Records – STRUTCD 006
2 x CD, Compilation, Mixed, Digipak
Genre:Funk / Soul


1-1Ashford & SimpsonBourgie Bourgie
Arranged ByPaul Riser
1-2Damon HarrisIt's Music
Arranged ByLarry Hatchett
Composed ByC. Buie*, J. Ellison*, M. Swartz*, T. McLean*
ProducerBud Ellison*
1-3T Connection*At Midnight
Arranged ByCory Wade, T Connection*
ProducerCory Wade
1-4Stephanie MillsPut Your Body In It
Composed ByEdward Moore, Howard King
1-5Crown Heights AffairDreaming A Dream
Composed By, ProducerBritt Britton, Freida Nerangis
1-6Bunny SiglerBy The Way You Dance (I Knew It Was You)
Composed ByD. Richardson*, G. Bell*, L. Davis*
Producer, Mixed ByBunny Sigler
1-7ShalamarRight In The Socket
ProducerLeon Sylvers
1-8CherTake Me Home
Composed ByBob Esty, M. Aller*
Producer, Arranged By, ConductorBob Esty
1-9Melba MoorePick Me Up, I'll Dance3:56
1-10Munich MachineGet On The Funk Train
Arranged ByGiorgio Moroder
1-11People's ChoiceHere We Go Again
Composed By, Arranged ByLeon Huff
EngineerJoe Tarsia
2-1People's ChoiceHere We Go Again (Cont.)
Composed By, Arranged ByLeon Huff
EngineerJoe Tarsia
2-2Motown SoundsBad Mouthin'
Composed By, Arranged By, ProducerMichael L. Smith
2-3Supremes*Let Yourself Go
Composed ByB. Holland*, E. Holland*, H. Beatty*
2-4ChangeAngel In My Pocket
Arranged By, ConductorDavid Romani*, Paolo Gianolio
Composed ByDavid Romani*, T. Willoughby*
ProducerJacques Fred Petrus
2-5Janice McClainSmack Dab In The Middle
ProducerMilt Tennant, Thom Page
Producer [Additional], RemixLarry Levan
Composed By, ProducerJohnny Melfi
EngineerEdison Youngblood
2-7John Gibbs And The US Steel BandTrinidad
Composed ByDeLise, J. Gibbs*
2-8Chi-Lites*My First Mistake
Composed ByPhil Hurtt, Richard Rome*
ProducerRichard Rome*
2-9Jermaine JacksonErucu
Arranged ByGil Askey
Composed ByD. Daniels*, Jermaine Jackson
ProducerJermaine Jackson

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Recorded live at the Paradise Garage, King Street, New York in 1979 by Larry Levan.

Manufactured in the EU.
This compilation
℗ 2000
© 2000

In the booklet, the artist name for track 2-7 is "John Gibbs & The U.S. Steel Band"

The packaging of this edition is a slipcase where the white parts glow in the dark, and it holds 2 individual digipak sleeves and a booklet.
A subsequent edition was issued in jewel case.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 6 758651 000682
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 1): STRUTCD06-1 • MASTERED BY DOCDATA IFPI LA31
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 2): STRUTCD06-2 • MASTERED BY DOCDATA IFPI LA31
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LA31
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 7308
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Rights Society: BMI

Other Versions (5 of 7)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Recently Edited
Larry Levan Live At The Paradise Garage (3×LP, Compilation)Strut, West End Records, Garage RecordsSTRUTLP 006UK & US2000
New Submission
Live At The Paradise Garage - Disc Two (CD, Compilation, Mixed, Promo, Cardboard)Strut, West End Records, Garage RecordsSTRUTCD 006UK2000
New Submission
Live At The Paradise Garage (2×CD, Compilation, Mixed)Strut, West End Records, Garage RecordsSTRUTCD 006UK2000
New Submission
Live At The Paradise Garage - Disc One (CD, Compilation, Mixed, Promo, Cardboard)StrutSTRUTCD 006UK2000
Recently Edited
Live At The Legendary Paradise Garage (2×CD, Compilation, Mixed, Reissue, Gatefold Digipak)Garage Records, West End Records, Garage RecordsGCD-2000, GCD2000-2US2003


bruno.muzi's avatar
Ciao, what to add on this fantastic mixed CD that other fans haven't already mentioned? Well, the wish that many others still can taste it! P.S. Obviously it is 5 stars.
bruno.muzi's avatar
Ciao, what to add on this fantastic mixed CD that other fans haven't already mentioned? Well, the wish that many others still can taste it! P.S. Obviously it is 5 stars.
djphineart's avatar
I have done a bit of DJ'ing in my life. I Never met Larry but I count Nicky S and Harvey (MOS) amongst my friends. I have had the honour to have shared stories with people who were more than THERE and who knew Larry well with at the start / middle / end of his career. As a DJ this document of more innocent yet ultimately sinister times is priceless and shows what soul and body music could be like. Compare with what was happening say at The Saint and in this one feel the Loft influences running through this mix sadly absent from what came later. That larry was mixing on old school equipment etc. means critical evaluation of the technicality is worthless. Bottom line he was taking the crowd on a journey mostly by feelings alone - utterly priceless and thank goodness Mel Cheren put it out before he passed. Vital
circularartonomy's avatar
Echo the previous comments.

When this first came out, I didn't really get it, being more into the eclectic Loft sound. 11 years on from the release, this Levan mix just gets better and better and is played all the time, especially in the car where I can turn it right up.

To some modern ears I guess the mixes sound ropey, there are some key clashes, but to me the sound if full on, proper songs for the most part, dripping with emotion. Can't beat it!

iamnewman's avatar
As a long time patron of clubs and dancing I can tell you that no disk will ever capture the feel of the Garage. The Garage had that perfect symbiosis that must occur between the dj and the crowd. The Garage was home to music that only worked there because we were Larry's lab rats and we loved it. We showed the world how Gays and Straights could come together for the sake of music and make it happen... If I had know that we were making history I would have demanded that we would have record more to save for prosperity...
krakabash's avatar
This is a great deal.
Beautifully packaged, great booklet and liner notes, and only cost 9 bucks brand new.
A DJ doing what DJ's are supposed to do...
Pick good records and Play them. Enjoy yourself, and help the crowd do the same.

(As far as mixing faults go, the stories of Larry leaving the booth during a set to clean the lights for half an hour because he wanted the experience to be the best it could be show that seemless mixing and dj tricks where not what it was about. He even slows some tracks down towards the end to mix in the next at it's proper speed, rather than just getting faster and faster. A true journey - up down and back again. Class.)
This is one of the most imperfect live mix CDs available, and would simply not obtain a release if it was recorded by a current DJ.

But this was recorded in much more primitive times, when DJ technology wasn't as developed, underground clubs were not all about perfect mixing and 8 hours of identical, formulaic music.

On this CD, you can hear manual adjustments to record speeds, trainwreck mixing and even some ill-advised mix selections, as well as analogue sound quality.

Yet it all sounds SO much better than your run-of-the-mill "Now That's What I Call Making £££ Out Of The Club Scene II" mix CD released today; most of which aren't really "live mixes", but are made on computers to ensure perfect beatmatching. zzzzzz....

Why then, is this CD apparently so great?

Because you can really feel the passion the DJ has for the music, and the quality of the music is so high that the recording's technical imperfections don't detract from the experience.

Just imagine that you are there. Imagine that your first rave in 1988 was really a visit to the Paradise Garage in 1970s, and just imagine how you would have felt. Would you have been listening out for technically-perfect DJing, or would you have been having the time of your life, at the start of something significant?

Since buying this, I have listened to this dozens of times, and it still sounds amazing. Buy this and listen to history being made. It really is that good.
jussumen's avatar
Excellent historical document - this was just a regular night at the Paradise Garage recorded on tape , while the action was on . You can hear that it's from a tape , because track 11- People's Choice- "Here We Go Again" .. is split into 2 parts , something that happened a lot when the 45 minutes of a cassette's running-time was over , before the song was finished . This is 80 minutes of pure Paradise Garage spirit caught in the act .. He used 2 Thorens turntables without pitch control and a very primitive mixer ,so all of the turnovers are made manually . The only extravaganza you hear here are parts of the intro to an old Grand Funk Railroad track layed over the last song "ERUCU'" by Jermaine Jackson.. children's voices saying - " obey your mother and your father , do what the teacher says and everything will be allright .".another kid says : "I believe there are more people that are bad , than there (are) good ; when you're good you'll live forever , when you're bad you'll die when you die.."
newman01's avatar
When first purchasing Larry live at the garage my first thoughts were how good it must have been to hear his set in 1978, and why don't they make records as classy as that anymore.

eiskristall's avatar
Attention, at this moment you hear music history. The mix isn't that what most of us understand as a technically perfect DJ-set, but I can imagin that THIS was an absolutely INSANITY at this time! Listen and feel the avantgarde in it. Yes.