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The Salsoul Orchestra

The Stars Of Salsoul

    Surely no other orchestra can claim the dancefloor kudos of these guys - The Salsoul Orchestra. They've literally played on, shaped, crafted and executed numerous classics since their inception in 1975. As Salsoul Records' in-house band they were quite literally, instrumental, in the personality and sound of one of dance musics most famous and respected labels.

    With over 50 members at times the orchestra offered a level of musicianship and sophistication that hadn't previously been seen in the 'dance' music of the time. Their repertoire has been sampled, flipped, mimicked, and coveted 1000's of times over the years, such is the impact of this group of musicians. This hugely enjoyable bumper selection of some of the orchestra's highlights is pretty much essential, featuring some classic mixes and edits from the likes of Danny Krivit, Walter Gibbons, Larry Levan, Shep Pettibone, John Morales and Tom Moulton you can tell that is pure quality from start to finish. A truly essential package for the die-hard Disco aficionado or for those who are exploring this most important movement in dance music for the first time.

    Curated with the full input and backing of Salsoul Records and carefully selected to reflect the truly timeless nature of the music contained within. For listening, for dancing, for turning on a party! Remastered by Optimum Mastering. Artwork & design by Million Dollar Disco.

    Double Exposure

    The Stars Of Salsoul

      Philly's Double Exposure have undoubtedly earned the title of Disco legends, their music has long been part of the heartbeat with numerous classics under their belts. Their mighty release 'Ten per cent' was the first commercially issued 12" single and subsequently ushered in the notion of the format as a 'go to' in the clubs and among DJ's. Originally thought of as a fad in a world where the 45 was king, this 12" release unknowingly changed the direction of dance music and music promotions practically overnight. Disco history indeed.

      Having worked over the years with some of the biggest producers and arrangers in the game, Double Exposure have benefitted from the talents of people like Norman Harris, Tom Moulton, Bunny Sigler and even in later times, David Morales and Frankie Knuckles. This isn't to say the boys themselves were slouches though, their iconic vocals have laced many classics over the decades. Featured on this fine compilation is a collection of Double Exposure's biggest tracks, all the proper mixes are here, untouched, respectfully sequenced and re-presented in their entirety. Mixes from Walter Gibbons, Tom Moulton and Bobby 'DJ' Guttardo all included. Loud and extended 12" mixes are the order of the day. A truly essential package for the die-hard Disco aficionado or for those who are exploring this most important movement in dance music for the first time. Curated with the full input and backing of Salsoul Records and carefully selected to reflect the truly timeless nature of the music contained within. For listening, for dancing, for turning on a party! Remastered by Optimum Mastering. Artwork & design by Million Dollar Disco.

      Shep Pettibone - A name that commands the greatest of respect from DJ's, diggers, dancers and music lovers across the galaxy. A name that has been emblazoned across so many club classics that the accompanying discography is simply dizzying. Disco groups like Aurra, First Choice and Candido; early 80's experimental dubbed out club cuts of cult outfits like NV, Alisha and Carol Williams; even the heady pop chart successes of bands like Level 42, The Pet Shop Boys, Jermaine Jackson and many more, have all benefitted from Pettibone's prowess behind the mixing boards. A true musical legend and the man who literally crafted the sounds and styles of almost 2 decades of club music back to back, Shep Pettibone's pedigree can never be called in to question.

      Salsoul Records thought a well programmed and thought out retrospective of this legend's output was in order and this incredible collection of tracks is where we find ourselves. A stellar compilation across two heavyweight slabs of wax featuring of some of Pettibone's finest works. Included you'll find genre defining cuts like his mix of Loleatta Holloway's 'Love Sensation', Salsoul Orchestra's majestic 'Love Break' and First Choice's anthemic 'Let No Man Put Asunder' alongside other Salsoul cuts from Weeks & Co, Instant Funk, Inner life and the legendary Leroy Burgess.

      A truly essential package for the die-hard disco aficionado or for those who are exploring this most important movement in dance music for the first time. Curated with the full input and backing of Salsoul Records and carefully selected to reflect the truly timeless nature of the music contained within. For listening, for dancing, for turning on a party!

      Remastered by Optimum Mastering. Artwork & design by Million Dollar Disco. Fully authorized and approved by Shep Pettibone. 


      Loleatta Holloway

      Stand Up (Pangaea's Mix)

      A special one-off white label remix of one of disco's biggest stars by one of the founding members of possibly the most influential electronic music crews in the land? Yep. For the uninitiated Loleatta Holloway is part of dance music's DNA, one of the most recognizable voices in disco, her tones have graced numerous club classics, she's been sampled 1000's of times, her vocal fingerprints are all over classic house music and are instantly recognizable. Remixer Pangaea aka Kevin McAuley is one of the main members of the formidable Hessle Audio crew alongside Ben UFO and Ramadanman. Rising out of the post-dubstep terrain of modern day England, McAuley is a truly open minded DJ and producer pushing sonic boundaries and him and his Hessle co-conspirators have long been garnering respect from all corners since their inception as a collective. "Stand Up" is a truly potent combination of two very different talents, fusing Pangaea's sparse, stripped back, tribal approach and Holloway's roof-raising diva vocals with the end result being a totally destructive yet completely future-proof nightclub missile that'll find plays right across the spectrum. Originally released as a promo-only white label, this remix has been wreaking havoc on dancefloors over the course of the Summer and has featured heavily in the Hessle Audio crew's DJ sets. Gaining rave reviews on sites such as RA and with people literally passing out with excitement over this very special remix / re-edit the crew pull out one final curveball - releasing it via Holloway's original camp - Salsoul Records! The hype is real on this one, do not sleep!

      Loleatta Holloway

      Hit It N Quit It - Jamie 3:26 & Cratebug Edit

      Sheeeeeeiiiiit son! As you're probably aware, Marcel Vogel dropped a top edit comp on his Lumberjacks In Hell imprint back in 2013, causing tops off excitement the world over with a MASSIVE flip of lovely Loleatta. Unfortunately, Marcel kept it street and sidestepped the whole licensing protocol, leaving the record in total repress embargo when the rights holders found out. Not only was this a pisser for the Dutchman, it also left hoards of very happy dancers with no chance of bagging this beauty on the black stuff. Lucky then, that Salsoul have made a cheeky deal of their own, licensing that very edit for a single sided 12". The work of Chicago duo Cratebug & Jamie 326, "Hit It N Quit" borrows a relentless bass loop from "Hit & Run" (think Paperclip People's "Throw") then chops and drops those huge Loleatta vocals to create the perfect disco-house pounder. Played by the whole of the DJ elite, this screamer can demolish any dance floor out there, so play it loud and often!

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Patrick says: Arguably the biggest disco house smasher of the last five years is finally back on wax, this time as a single-sided, DJ friendly Salsoul 12". Guaranteed to turn any dance floor into a hysterical fist pumping mess, this is totally essential!

      Following on from his stellar record store day 2017 double-pack, Dimitri is back with another clutch of indispensable disco edits from his impressive archive for the legendary Salsoul label. Any self-respecting DJ or Disco-lover will be brimming over with excitement upon looking at this impressive selection of tracks, all respectfully and lovingly tweaked by Disco-Dim. Salsoul Orchestra's "Ooh I Love It (Love Break)" kicks things off, a true blue classic, just gently touched in all the right places for extended pleasure. Cooing vocals, girl talk, infectious bass AND the "This is a journey into sound" chimes - what more could you possibly want. Next up is Skyy's total anthem "First Time Around", a classic Garage groover, previously flipped by Cosmo V and Spandex Ste. Dimitri dodges his predecessors' drugged up vibe and gets into dub mode, upping the ante with choice delays and cool loops! Essential stuff. On the flipside The Jammers' "Be Mine Tonight" is another massive Garage smasher, and here Dimitri almost edges Shep Pettibone's OG mix into the Boogie stratosphere. Hydraulic bass reverberated through your cranium, synths whir and buzz and cowbells ring on for days - this is a bona fide dancefloor destroyer! If all that weren't enough, this double-pack finishes is with one of Dim's most sought after reworks, "Just As Long As I Got You" by Love Committee. Beloved by both myself and Dave Walker, this deep, dark and emotional disco stomer has it all - searing guitar solos, screeching strings, big brass and a rhythm section to die for not to mention the most eyes-closed, head shaking, hands aloft heartbreak vocals you'll ever here. Meet me under the mirror ball y'all!

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Patrick says: Massive double pack of classic Dim edits here as the French re-toucher takes on the smooth-grooving "Love Break", Skyy's smashing "First Time Around" and the Boogie-bomb "Be Mine Tonight". As a total bonus you also get arguably the finest disco edit of all time (at least for me and Dave Walker) Love Committee's "Just As Long As I Got You". MASSIVE!

      Various Artists

      Larry Levan's Paradise Garage - The Legend Of Dance Music Vol 4

        Following on from the previous 3 volumes of high quality Disco heat dug from Salsoul's legendary back catalog we have here the 4th and final installment of selections that were favored by DJ-demi God Larry Levan on the dancefloor of his seminal, game changing NYC nightclub The Paradise Garage.

        That's right, high quality Disco, Boogie, Funk & more is the order of the day here with prime-time hits flawlessly rubbing shoulders with underground cuts in a way that mirrors Levan's open mind & faultless ear for music.

        This is an essential release for those who dig the Disco sound & want to have all these incredible records in one place, or for newcomers who wish to explore the sounds & vibe of one of the greatest DJ's of modern times & who want to get down to some of the tracks that have shaped modern day club culture. His never before released remix of Sparkle's "Handsome Man" sits alongside classics from Candido, The Salsoul Orchestra, First Choice and Instant Funk.

        Re-mastered, re-pressed & re-released for 2015 in full conjunction with Salsoul records New York City.

        Various Artists

        Salsoul ReEdits Series One: Dimitri From Paris

          THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2017 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

          Part one of a new Salsoul Re-edits series launches with four reworks from disco aficionado DimitrI From Paris. Available on vinyl for the very first time, Dimitri adds his deft remix touch to Salsoul favourites from Loleatta Holloway, Inner Life, Love Comitte and Skyy.

          Various Artists

          Salsoul ReEdits Series Two: Danny Krivit (Salsoul)

            THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2017 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

            Part two of a new Salsoul Re-edits series launches with four classic edits from seminal edit king Danny Krivit. With over 45 years behind the turntables, if anyone knows what little extra touch a record needs to work on the dancefloor…it’s Danny! Taking his editing skills to four classics from the Salsoul vaults, Danny delivers once again.

            Leroy Burgess

            Heartbreaker / Stranger

            Just when you thought it was safe to put away your wallet, Salsoul go and reissue another diamond from their extended vauts, pleasing the ears of any with a single boogie bone in their body. Originally released in 1983, this killer double A-side "Heartbreaker / Stranger" features the songwriting prowess and vocal majesty of the mighty Leroy Burgess, alongside the one and only Shep Pettibone on the mix - Pow! "Heartbreaker" hooks you in right from the off, boasting the most groovesome boogie bassline around alongside classic Jomox programming before sizzling synths and Leroy's deep and soulful vocal delivery lift us up to cloud nine. On the flip, "Stranger" sees Leroy in euphoric mood, working some soulful seduction over an MJ-esque backing complete with tuneful backing vocals and killer horns - I dare you to stand still when this one drops. 



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