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Larry Levan: Genius of Time *

Track List

>Life Is Something Special (Special Edition)
>Can't Shake Your Love [Larry Levan Mix] - (remix)
>Padlock [Larry Levan Mix] - (remix)
>Love Honey, Love Heartache [A Larry Levan Mix] - (remix)
>Carried Away [Larry Levan Remix] - (remix)
>Bad for Me [Larry Levan Mix] [Remastered 12" Long Version] - (remix)
>Groovin' With You [Levan Vocal Edit]
>Rock [The Garage Vocal Version], The
>Groove (Larry's Yaw)
>First True Love Affair [Larry Levan Remix] - (remix)
>Seventh Heaven [Levan Mix] - (remix)
>You Can't Hide (Your Love from Me) [Larry Levan Mix] - (remix)
>Feel Up [Larry Levan Mix] - (remix)
>It Should Have Been You [Larry Levan Mix] - (remix)
>Tell You (Today) [Larry Levan Mix] - (remix)
>I'll Be Your Pleasure [Larry Levan Remix] - (remix)
>Real Love [The Paradise Garage Mix] - (remix)
>Walking Into Sunshine [Special Mix] [Larry Levan Mix] - (remix)
>Planet Love [Specially Remixed Version] [Larry Levan Mix] - (remix)
>Peanut Butter [Long Vocal] [Larry Levan Mix] - (remix)
>And I Don't Love You [Instrumental Dub]
>Don't Make Me Wait [Extended Version]

Album Reviews:

Pitchfork (Website) - "The twenty-two tracks on this definitive best-of compilation capture the slippery, pliant, ecstatic sound that defined Larry Levan..."

Clash (magazine) - "To listen to these tracks is to be transported back 30 years to an anything-goes New York club scene before the relentless high speed 4/4 thud of house, to a time when soulful vocals and funk grooves were the order of the day."

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Chris Menist.

Since 1980, there has been an assortment of compilations devoted to DJ Larry Levan, including multiple anthologies devoted to the man's remixes of Salsoul and West End tracks, and Journey Into Paradise, a set of Warner-distributed selections that combined material he remixed or merely played. Genius of Time, released in Europe through Universal, has the widest reach of them all, and concentrates on Levan's radical alterations. None of the tracks originated on Salsoul, a frequent client, so career highlights such as like Inner Life's "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and Instant Funk's "I Got My Mind Up" aren't included. Instead, a judicious portion comes from the Island label, the source of four delectable, dubbed-out mixes of songs recorded by Gwen Guthrie with the Compass Point All-Stars. Another Island post-disco classic here is the monstrous Levan mix of ex-Hi Tension vocalist David Joseph's "You Can't Hide (Your Love from Me)," merely a slightly nutty, relatively tame tune in original form. There's a fair amount of overlap with previous Levan comps and other well-regarded various-artists sets, but quite a few -- Merc & Monk's "Carried Away," Jeffrey Osborne's "Plane Love," and Bert Reid's "Groovin' You" among them -- also appear on a legitimate compact disc release for the first time. ~ Andy Kellman


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