CLASSIC HOUSE MIX: Frankie Knuckles – Live At The Gallery 21 (Chicago / 1987)


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shot in chicago (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

45mn oldschool session live from Chicago.

01. K.I.D. – Hupendi Muziki Wangu? ! (You Don’t Like My Music)
02. James Wells – True Love Is My Destiny
03. Exodus – Together Forever
04. Change – Glow Of Love
05. Ian DurySpasticus Autisticus
06. Mike T – Do It Anyway You Wanna
07. Don Ray – Standing In The Rain
08. General Johnson – Can’t Nobody Love Me Like You Do
09. Trussel – Love Injection

Thanks to Lobbykiller, ALX & Jacob for completing the playlist and bozman for sharing.

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CHICAGO HOUSE CLASSIC: Colonel Abrams – Trapped (1985)


Colonel Abrams moved with his family to New York City when he was ten years old due to his father (a construction worker) getting a job there. The family moved to the East Village in Manhattan on East 13 Street. From an early age, he began playing the guitar and piano. He was in several early bands, among them was Heavy Impact which he played both guitar and keyboards, Joe Webb (guitar), Lemar Washington (guitar), Marston Freeman (bass guitar), Ronald Simmons (drums), and Barbara Mills (saxophone). Later he formed Conservative Manor (mid-1970s), 94 East (the band featuring Prince on lead guitar), and the New Jersey band Surprise Package.

Hits in the mid-1980s including “Leave the Message Behind the Door” and “Music Is the Answer” established him as a solo artist, initially in Europe and later in the US.[2] In 1985 he signed to Steven Machat”s Label/Production company, AMI. Machat, who was working with the New Zealand producer Richard Burgess and hired him against conventional wisdom to produce Colonel Abrams for his company the album Colonel Abrams. Machat then talked MCA into signing the Colonel recordings to have them released throughout the world. AMI also at this time had Ready for the World and the New Edition/Bobby Brown with MCA. This collaboration with the British producer Richard James Burgess produced the hits “Trapped“, “I’m Not Gonna Let You” and urban contemporary ballad “Table for Two”.

“Trapped” reached the top five and went gold in the UK Singles Chart and topped the U.S. Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in 1985,[3] followed by the Colonel Abrams album, which spent two weeks at number one the following year. It was estimated by the Phonographic Association that “Trapped” sold over 5 million copies worldwide by spring 1987. An electronic remix of “Trapped” was later released in 1995 by Boards of Canada under the pseudonym Hell Interface. A new version of “Trapped” (“Trapped 2006”) was released in the UK.

“I’m Not Gonna Let You” also spent a week at number one in the dance chart in 1986. The album peaked at number 75 on the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart and number 13 on the U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Abrams had a number of entries on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart in the 1980s and 1990s, including four entries that hit number one. In 1987 he had his fourth number-one U.S. dance hit with “How Soon We Forget“, the same year that he released his second album, You and Me Equals Us.

On January 9, 2007, Colonel Abrams released the single “Just When You Thought.” It became the third single released on his own record label, Colonel Records, the others being “Heartbreaker” and “Let Us All Be Friends”. On April 2, 2007, Colonel also released a dance smash called “Never Be”. In 2007, Abrams released “Just Like Mathematics” and “True Stories”. . June 2008 saw the release of his single, “Only a Few”. The Colonel will be performing at the 80s Reunion in August 2011.

CLASSIC SOULFUL HOUSE REMIX: MICHAEL JACKSON’S – ROCK WITH YOU (FRANKIE KNUCKLES REMIX)


Michael Jackson – Rock With You (Frankie Knuckles Remix)
Not too many in house circles can touch a MJ cut and do it justice. Frankie turns this into gold, definitely one of the kings of the club remix! The man simply knows what to do for a killer B-Side.

SOULFUL HOUSE CLASSIC: Lil’ Louis – French Kiss (RARE extended Original Underground Mix)


When i first heard this my world changed forever! That hypnotic build up.. sensual break down and the infectious rhythms of one the finest moments in HOUSE MUSIC thanks to Lil’ Louis!

Perfection for any era of HOUSE MUSIC !

CLASSIC CHICAGO HOUSE: Lil Louis – French Kiss


There is only one Lil Louis!

Chicago based DJ and producer.

One of the most popular Chicago house producers during the late ’80s thanks to his massive club hit “French Kiss“, Lil’ Louis was also the only Chicago producer to successfully deal with the major labels; he released two albums for Epic, and only left the label at his own instigation. Born in Chicago, Louis was the son of guitarist Bobby Sims, who recorded for Chess and appeared with the psychedelic-soul unit Rotary Connection. He grew up with nine siblings and played both drums and bass as a child, then began DJing in the mid-’70s (he earned his nickname after appearances at the club River’s Edge while still in middle school). By the end of the decade he had his own club, the Future, where he began working on his editing techniques, thanks to a cassette deck and later a reel-to-reel recorder.
By the 1980s, Lil’ Louis was hosting the biggest house parties in Chicago, and he began recording his productions around that time as well. His first single “How I Feel” appeared on his own label, and he began collaborating with Marshall Jefferson on several tracks – “Seven Ways to Jack” by Hercules, Byron Stingily‘s “I Can’t Stay Away”. In 1987, his new single “French Kiss” became a local hit, then a platinum-selling international classic after being licensed to CBS and ffrr. The success triggered a major-label contract through Epic, and the release of his debut album “From the Mind of Lil’ Louis” in 1989. Charting a course across jazz-fusion and R&B as well as house, the LP was one of the best produced by any of the Chicago figures, and included session contributions from Larry Heard, Die Warzau and his own father on drums. From the album, the moody single “I Called U” became another club hit. His follow-up LP, the more stylistically unified “Journey with the Lonely”, didn’t fare as well and Lil’ Louis retired from recording for over four years, preferring instead to set up his own studio in New York and work on production with Babyface and Me’Shell Ndegeocello. He returned by collaborating with “Little” Louie Vega of Masters At Work and also worked on production for Black Magic.

Download: Lil Louis French Kiss (original)

Download: Lil’ Louis- “French Kiss” (Backup Your Conversation)

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