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Soul Central Feat. Kathy BrownStrings Of Life (Stronger On My Own)

Label:Defected – DFTD094
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM


This Side
AStrings Of Life (Stronger On My Own) (Full Length Vocal)
Backing VocalsJaquie Williams*
That Side
AA1Strings Of Life (Danny Krivit Re Edit)
Instruments [All Instruments]The Wikkaman*
RemixDanny Krivit
AA2Strings Of Life (Funky Lowlives Mix)
Instruments [All Instruments]The Wikkaman*
Remix, Producer [Produced By]The Funky Lowlives

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Produced, arranged and mixed for Soul Central Productions.

Track A1:
Published by Zomba Songs Inc. / Sharma Publishing admin. Beat That Music Ltd (IMG) / Defected Music.
Management: Trenton Harrison-Lewis & Clyde Osbourne at Evolve Management.
Mixdown engineer courtesy of Copyright Productions.
Incorporating elements of "Strings of Life" by James & May published by Zomba Songs Inc.
Also incorporating elements of "Stronger On My Own" written by Paul Timothy & Jaquie Williams published by Sharma Publishing admin. Beat That Music Ltd (IMG)/Defected Music.

Track AA1:
Exclusively licensed from WhistleBump.
© 2003 WhistleBump.
Publishing: Transmat Mayday Music, Ltd / BMG (f.k.a. Zomba) Music Publishing, 1987.

Track AA2:
Exclusively licensed from WhistleBump.
© 2003 WhistleBump.

℗ 2003 WhistleBump. © 2004 Defected Records Ltd.
Under exclusive license from WhistleBump.
Made in England.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned): 826194004477
  • Barcode (Text): 8 26194 00447 7
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Etched): DFTD 094 A .Chris A. HEATHMANS -
  • Matrix / Runout (Side AA Etched): STU. DFTD 094 AA
  • Rights Society: MCPS
  • Label Code (GVL): 12153

Other Versions (5 of 35)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Strings Of Life (12", Promo)DefectedDFTD094DJUK2004
Recently Edited
Strings Of Life (12", Promo)D:vision RecordsDV 393Italy2004
Recently Edited
Strings Of Life (12")Feel The RhythmFTR 4201-6France2004
Strings Of Life (12")CassagrandeCSG-1156MXSpain2004
Recently Edited
Strings Of Life (Stronger On My Own) (CD, Promo)DefectedDFTD094CDPUK2004


Nepthys's avatar
The "Stronger on my own" vocals are just icing on an absolute trainwreck of a cake. This never should have been allowed to happen.
ballmouse's avatar
Derrick May hated this remake. He cleared the release only because it would have been released against his wishes anyway.
Risingson's avatar
Edited 16 years ago
Well, I love this remake. Though the piano "improvisation" part in the Danny Krivit mix sounds a bit forced, yes, there is more percussion and more production, but it adds a lot of epic to an already epic and marvelous piece of music. It retakes the piano loop, it takes the same synth, and it mixes it with tension making it one of the best feelings in dancefloors when it has the break. The vocal edit is also quite good, transforming a detroit song into an ibiza vocal house hit.

If the people behind the remake call themselves "Soul Central" is very simple: this remake has a lot of soul, it's sentimental and maybe melodramatic, it makes you feel good and it's one of the better homages to the beginnings of electronica I've listened to. A highlight, no doubt.
Edited 16 years ago
I absolutely hate this rework. I do am a fan of Kathrine but this don't feel right at all. Everybody should know this by know as they beefed up the beats, added the used-one-time-too many percussions on it and dropped a messy and un-arranged vocal on top of it. I also think the production sucks big time with the mix of the old sounds combined with new.

Like many others, i love the original Strings Of Life and this was, like the Innercity -"Big Fun" rework a few years ago, a poor attempt in the end. Because of the popularity of the original, this was bound to be a hit in clubs and radio. And after listening to it you just sit there cold like a question mark thinking: "What's the point?".

Leave the classics alone please, i beg you all.
This stunt has been done better with Bucketheads - "The Bomb" to mention one, but this cash-in job is total bollocks.
And that Danny Krivit put a hand on it is another think i dont really get.