Gwen GuthrieIt Should Have Been You

Label:Island Records – DM 4833
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, SP
Genre:Electronic, Funk / Soul
Style:Garage House, Soul, Disco, Funk


AIt Should Have Been You (Vocal)
Mixed ByLarry Levan
Written-ByDarryl Thompson*
BGetting Hot (Vocal)
Written-ByS. Dunbar/R. Shakespeare*

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  • Rights Society (A): ASCAP
  • Rights Society (B): BMI
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Label): ST-DM-43013-SP
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Label): ST-DM-43012-SP
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Etching): STERLING 1-1 STDM 43013-2 SP
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout Etching): STERLING 1-1 STDM 43012-2 SP

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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It Should Have Been You (US Remix) (12")Island Records600 656Europe1982
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It Should Have Been You (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Promo, SP)Island RecordsDMD 344US1982
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It Should Have Been You (12", 45 RPM)Island Records600.595Europe1982
It Should Have Been You (12", 45 RPM, Stereo)Island Records12WIP 6757UK1982
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It Should Have Been You (7", 45 RPM, Single)Island Records, Island Records104 262, 104 262-100Germany1982



  • DigLiverpool's avatar
    Absolutely faultless, deep NYC electro funk disco at its best and what a line up Gwen, Larry, Sly, Robbie like this only come about once a decade and this is one of them. Buy on sight as people don't let tunes like this go.
    • charlotteverniani's avatar
      how do you classify it as a "garage house"?
      there was no House music in 1982, not even in the USA
      • REENO's avatar
        A quintessential Guthrie track, and one of Larry's best mixes. Does not get any better than this.
        Go for the promo 12" though as it has the instrumental mix as well.
        • _digger's avatar
          The B-side chorus has been ripped "getting ready, getting ready for the best time in your life..." can't remember for the life of me though... Some 90's ravey chart track I think
          • CHRISMATTRESS's avatar
            Sly & Robbie are absolutely on fire for both of these tracks. Gwen Guthrie's voice is amazingly beautiful and Larry Levan's mix is perfect. Both songs are dancefloor sure shots that sometimes bring a tear to this punk rockers eye. Especially after a few lagers with whiskey sidecars. Classic.
            • kool_fraser's avatar
              Edited 17 years ago
              Yeah, I am gonna have to reiterate the previous reviewer's comments; this track is one of the great Levan mixes, just everything about it is perfect. It just flows on and on and you don't even really think about any part of the music; it just all rolls over you in one big wave of pleasure. I am, sadly, only recently acquanited with this track but, again in parallel to the above reviewer, have been listening to it continually, it's just that good. Big love and RIP Levan and Guthrie, two bright stars of the Garage.
              •'s avatar
                Edited 17 years ago
                There really are very few "Classics" that I love SO MUCH, that I will literally NEVER tire of them. OK, I do ask that you not play this for me more than once or twice in one evening, but otherwise, this song is so perfect that every time I hear it I notice something new about how well it was produced and mixed and performed. There are only a few songs that make me feel so good that I get goose bumps. I kid thee not...I'm in my hot, sweaty, un-air conditioned apartment, listening to this for the second time in a row, having decided that it's now or never if I'm ever going to review this. I get goosebumps about halfway through this on the strength of the lyrics and raw, heartfelt emotion that Gwen conveys. Larry Levan did one of the most timelessly classical, un-touchable and perfect jobs of his entire career on this. Yes, he did a LOT of perfect mix and remix jobs, and this is one of them. The judicious use of repetition...a synth sound that has never existed before and never will again...Sly and Robbie out-did themselves too! 6 minutes into the song, toward the end, there's that magical, otherworldly synth sound again, totally anchored by a killer bass-line and real drumming..."I've been searching such a long time...true Love's so hard TO find...been searching such a long time...true Love's so hard TO find...." God took Gwen Guthrie AND Larry Levan away from us way too soon, but those two geniuses and their production team give us the gift of eternal life so to speak: as long as I'm alive, I'll always get goosebumps listening to this.


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