the tube new york special 1983
Fuck Calvin Harris, Larry Levan invented disco. Yeah, you can credit at least a dozen people with the creation of the relatively ephemeral fad that swept New York and Comiskey Park in the late 70s and early 80s: Giorgio Moroder, Frankie Knuckles, Sal Abatiello, Tony Manero, Disco Stu. But for the purposes of this blog post, we’ll give it to Larry Levan, the DJ mastermind behind New York’s Paradise Garage, the spot that served as the prime incubator for disco, house, and the dance party as we currently conceive it.
I’m not sure how I didn’t catch the recording of the Paradise Garage’s second anniversary (1979) when it leaked about six weeks ago, but I finally wrangled it this weekend. Credit goes to Isodisco for dropping gems on us that Mobb Deep would probably loathe. Originally a radio broadcast recorded by Lenny Fontana on his father’s reel, the tape was transferred to DAT in the early 90s and eventually to the slightly muddy MP3 you hear today. Pay no mind, the funk bleeds through all levels of distortion. And don’t get caught in the usual “disco sucks sentiment.” This was pop music at its finest: fun, danceable, soulful, and as organic as Whole Foods in contrast to the normal swill that we currently consume.
Bebu Silvetti - Silver Rain
BBC Radio…Paradise Garage tapes broadcast.
BBC Radio 1 Essential mix & 6Music in are celebrating the music of the Paradise Garage. Including a nightly series of 1 hour shows interviewing many of the artists, DJ’s, dancers who performed there… to add to this there will be a rare 5 hour special BBC broadcast from 1979 when WBLS’s Frankie Crocker hosted the PG’s 2nd Anniversary feat Dan Hartman & Loleatta Holloway live and Larry Levan DJing.
The dates of the broadcast will be July 18th & 23rd ( which would of included Larry’s birthday).
Larry Levan Live at Paradise Garage - NYC - 1982
Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson - In The Bottle
The Clash - The Magnificent Dance
Cymande - Bra
Loose Joints - Is It All Over My Face
Double Exposure - My Love Is Free
Exodus - Together Forever
First Choice - Double Cross
First Choice - Doctor Love
Lenny Williams - Runnin’
Raw Silk - Do It To The Music (Acapella)
Fatback - Going Home To See My Baby
The Salsoul Orchestra - Runaway
Shades Of Love - Keep In Touch (Body To Body)
Positive Force - We Got The Funk
Roy Ayers & Ubiquity - Running Away
The Salsoul Orchestra - Ooh I Love It (Love Break)
The Salsoul Orchestra - You’re Just The Right Size
Carl Bean - I Was Born This Way