LNRWork It To The Bone

Label:House Jam Records – HJA 8803
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM


A1Work It To The Bone (Vocal)4:30
A2Work It To The Bone (Instrumental)5:38
BIt's A Mystery To Me (The You And Me Both Mix)7:07

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© 1987 Cool Breeze BMI.
℗ 1988 House Jam Records Chicago, IL.

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  • Matrix / Runout (Etchings side A): HJA-8803-A ΔΛΛ
  • Matrix / Runout (Etchings side B): HJA-8803-B ΔΛΛ
  • Rights Society: BMI

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Work It To The Bone (12", 33 ⅓ RPM)House Jam RecordsHJA 8803US1987
Work It To The Bone (12", 33 ⅓ RPM)House Jam RecordsHJA 8803US1987
Work It To The Bone (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Test Pressing, Diskmakers)House Jam RecordsHJA-8803US1988
Work It To The Bone (12", 33 ⅓ RPM)House Jam RecordsHJA 8803US1988
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Work It To The Bone (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Test Pressing, Cook Laboratories, Inc.)House Jam RecordsHJA-8803US1988



  • Dannyboi93's avatar
    There's a techno track released in the late 90s that samples this. It's going to do my nut in that I can't remember what it was. I don't think it was Umek's mechanism series. But it might be.
    • rezz's avatar
      At least one of the background tracks caused by the pressing flaw is K. Joy - My Phone.

      Can anyone identify the others?
      • tnadnort's avatar
        I wonder which version I have? The ink on A side label is extremely dark but still noticeably blue, "WORK IT TO THE BONE" and all the text below that point are so dark they appear almost black. The ink on the B side label starts in the same extremely dark manner but "IT'S A MYSTERY TO ME" and all text below that are in very light blue ink, almost as if the printer was running dry of ink. "HOUSE JAM RECORDS" and "LNR" are printed in very dark blue ink on both label sides. The original white die cut card sleeve (shrink wrapped) is a recycled and repurposed LP cover of this release Destruction - Mad Butcher, turned inside out. The vinyl is dark purple translucent when held up to strong light.
        • xitum's avatar
          MegaTune!!!! One of the most important Jams that ever made. It will ever alive for a real Dj.
          • enabler's avatar
            Edited 8 years ago
            Still rocking the party to this day. Always a good idea to play this record
            • colpi's avatar
              i have the version on House Jam and the vocal cut is messed up. it sounds like there's a second recording cut into the record at lower volume underneath. it sounds like a sped-up record is playing at the same time. i'm not insane.
              • ballmouse's avatar
                A total classic house jam. The percussion is perfect jackin' material. The lo-fi production is magnified by the fact that there seems to be obvious tape noise in the background!
                • WALTHAMSTOW007's avatar
                  The original and the best. This had the same impact on the house scene in 1987 as Moby's "GO" did in 1990. Everyone was like "Hey, what the f*%k is that, who's done it and where can I get me a copy! So minimal, so tribal, sooo deep....whenever I hear that vocal line and those analogue drum patterns it always brings a smile to my face, I never tire of hearing it, no matter what mix it's used in(and there have been quite a few to date!). I was in Phonica today and there was a new mix banging out of the sound system(white label by?)and I bought it without a moments hesitation, just like that! it's still that good, it's a piece of house music history and will rock any party without exception.
                  • Alain_Patrick's avatar
                    Edited 16 years ago
                    Whenever people talk about House with Tribal influences, I will remember this early House tune from 1987, later sampled by the Italo-House act Cappella on "Helyom Halib" on the end eighties.

                    The percussion here has clear tribal influences and a minimal environment; its importance lies on the fact that, when you remember that 'House Of Gypsies - Samba' was a classic of the genre from 1992, you'll have an idea of the impact caused by this tune back in 87 - "Come on let's work it to the bo-bo-bone!" infested the dancefloors Worldwide, and was later included on several important compilations of the genre, such as "House Nation vol 2", "Jack Trax - The Sixth Album", "Deep Heat 89", "Rhythm Zone Vol 1", "Best Of House Music Vol 2", among others - thanks to Larry Thompson & Rick Lenoir.

                    Despite everything said above, "It's A Mystery To Me" had a more avant-garde essence and is the recommended tune for the connaisseurs on this 12 inch.
                    • DJTURN's avatar
                      This is not as good as Capella's "Heylom Halib" which uses the same "Work" sample. People used to get these two tracks up. It is quite minimal compared to Heylom Halib. I do not have this 12", but if I find it, I'll definitely buy it. It's another early house classic.


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