LIVE AND REMASTERED REVIEW
Live & Remastered takes you back to the beginnings of Ministry of Sound providing a snapshot of some of the greatest DJ’s in fine form.
On 21 September 1991, Ministry of Sound embarked on a remarkable journey which eventually took it to the forefront of British club culture. A brainchild of DJ Justin Berkmann, taking his inspiration from New York’s Paradise Garage, the club’s mission was to become London’s first club entirely devoted to American house. From its humble beginnings in a disused bus garage, Ministry of Sound has evolved to become one of the worlds best-known club brands, an independent record label and a multimedia entertainment business.
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the club announced the 20:20 Project which started in March with a multi-media exhibition. Further events include a three day party in September, an international tour and the release of Live & Remastered. The compilation features 5 unheard mixes from 1991 by Larry Levan, David Morales, Todd Terry, Kenny Carpenter and Justin Berkmann. All were recorded on DAT and culled from the club’s extensive recording archive.
The first mix showcases Larry Levan’s aesthetic perfectly: heaps of soulful vocals and melodic chords proving the strong bond between soul, R&B, gospel and house in his sets. As One by Jus’ Friends (feat. Robert Owens on vocals) and Ceybil’s Love So Special set the mood in fine style. The mix deepens with the piano house of Trilogy (featuring members of C+C Music Factory) and two cuts by Italian house producers Soft House Company. After a extended breakdown, Robert Owens picks up the groove with the timeless and still powerful I’ll Be Your Friend.
The Pressure by the Sounds of Blackness, a vocal and instrumental ensemble led by Gary Hines is a highlight after which the mix goes downhill. The moaning and groaning of Slam Me Baby by 4 to the Bar is sleazy, cheesy and out of place. And then there’s Crystal Water’s. Her Makin’ Happy doesn’t make me happy at all! Ms. Waters vocals have never sounded anything else than uninspired, monotonous and bored.
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