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Night at the Playboy Mansion
     

A Night at the Playboy Mansion

5.0 3
by Dimitri from Paris
 
Greek-born DJ and musician Dimitri from Paris has dual successful career tracks running. His debut album, SACREBLEU, was a defining musical document of 1996; its clever blend of lounge chic and house music was ubiquitous on dance floors, in cafes, and even on television (as the soundtrack to a popular auto commercial). At the same time,

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Greek-born DJ and musician Dimitri from Paris has dual successful career tracks running. His debut album, SACREBLEU, was a defining musical document of 1996; its clever blend of lounge chic and house music was ubiquitous on dance floors, in cafes, and even on television (as the soundtrack to a popular auto commercial). At the same time, Dimitri was solidifying an international reputation as a top-flight DJ, driving crowds mad with his playful mix of current house and disco/funk favorites. As resident headliner of the Paris's Wednesday night "Respect Is Burning" party, Dimitri helped spearhead the current renaissance of French dance music with compatriots Daft Punk, Cassius, and Laurent Garnier (a trend captured on the albums PARIS IS SLEEPING, RESPECT IS BURNING VOL. 1 and VOL. 2). Dimitri's first mix CD, Mixmag's MONSIEUR DIMITRI'S DE-LUXE HOUSE OF FUNK, is among the best of the recent dance compilations. For his latest mix CD, A NIGHT AT THE PLAYBOY MANSION (sponsored by, surprise, Playboy Enterprises), Dimitri really turns out the disco, delivering a super slice of retro-fabulous dance tunes. Old-school cuts such as Ashford & Simpson's "Found a Cure" and Stetsasonic's "Talkin' All that Jazz" appear in souped-up remixed form, sliding nicely between such current faves as Salome de Bahia's "Outro de Lugar." The results are superb, proving that good-time music is relevant in any decade.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
On A Night at the Playboy Mansion, Dimitri from Paris pulls together some of the best sounds from the past and gives them a fresh twist. The 14-song set includes three freshly remixed songs from the late '70s and the original version of Cerrone's "Give Me Love" from 1977. The entire album has a strong disco feel from beginning to end. The beats thump at a mellow pace with a syncopated sense of funk. This disco sense also comes from the constant appearance of synthesized strings lingering during each song's melodic hook. Most of the 14 songs use vocals to varying effects. For example, the Sunburst Band's "I'll Be There for You (Joey Negro Vocal Mix)" includes a number of vocal tracks acting as background effects, sampled refrains, and peak outbursts. In the end, the heavy use of vocals can wear on the listener, who is more often accustomed to instrumental house tracks rather than an entire set of vocal tracks. Since every song has its own distinct vocal melodies, the set really has no salient peak or rest period. Instead, the entire set comes loaded with vocal hook after vocal hook and melody after melody until Dimitri from Paris's fiery remix of Ashford and Simpson's "Found a Cure." The set would be more rewarding with a few breathers but will surely satisfy anyone who appreciates a heavy dose of mid-tempo disco house loaded with vocals.
Rolling Stone - James Hunter
On this DJ mix, Dimitri From Paris establishes a bubbly, quick-moving world of eternal relaxation.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/25/2000
Label:
Astralwerks
UPC:
0724384912222
catalogNumber:
49122

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dimitri from Paris   Primary Artist
Ashford & Simpson   Track Performer
Marc Chantereau   Percussion
Angie Brown   Background Vocals
Gene Perez   Bass
Bah Samba   Track Performer
Sunburst Band   Track Performer
Black Masses   Track Performer
Mecca Headz   Track Performer
Salomé de Bahia   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Cerrone   Composer
Frankie Knuckles   Composer
Nick Ashford   Composer,Producer
Steven Barkan   Engineer
Valerie Simpson   Composer,Producer
"Little" Louie Vega   Executive Producer
Alain Wisniak   Composer
Tommy Hunter   Arranger,Producer
Doug King   Producer
Pike   Producer
Dimitri from Paris   Remixing
Kenny Dope   Executive Producer,drum programming
Jimmy Simpson   Remixing
Terry Hunter   Producer
Marc Cerrone   Composer
Philippe Zdar   Contributor
Delite   Producer
Dave Lee   Producer

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A Night at the Playboy Mansion 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I hadn't heard most of these songs before and knew none of them by nname but I took one listen to this album and my feet started moving. You can just picture Hef's crowd stirring it up. Awesome.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this album a year ago and since then it has'nt left my cd deck. This album changed my attitude to disco. If you want to get into the groove, try also the material of Bob Sinclair and Africanism.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is THE cd! If you're into disco remixes you'll love it! Dimitri has a very unique way of mixing, his sound can never be mistaken for anybody else's...All tracks are great...It will keep you moving all the time even when you're not listening to it!