Jungle Music

Jungle Music

by Walter Gibbons
     
 
Not as extensive as Mixed with Love, the Strut label's Jungle Music nevertheless has a wider scope than that triple-disc box, which was released in 2004 on Suss'd and focused on Walter Gibbons' remix work for Salsoul. Between the two releases, three tracks overlap, but each one is crucial to enjoying and comprehending Gibbons' ahead-of-his-time genius.

Overview

Not as extensive as Mixed with Love, the Strut label's Jungle Music nevertheless has a wider scope than that triple-disc box, which was released in 2004 on Suss'd and focused on Walter Gibbons' remix work for Salsoul. Between the two releases, three tracks overlap, but each one is crucial to enjoying and comprehending Gibbons' ahead-of-his-time genius. During the seven-minute 12" version of Double Exposure's "Ten Percent," the guitars and drums from an elegant, soaring slice of disco-soul are weaponized. The "Disco Madness Mix" of the Salsoul Orchestra's "Magic Bird of Fire (Firebird Suite)" is an absolute nightmare for Stravinsky fans, an orgy of drums, hand percussion, barrelhouse piano, thrumming bass, and (oh yeah) some strings -- closer to a dozen finely segued breakdowns than a proper tune. The 12" mix of Luv You Madly Orchestra's "Moon Maiden," highly eroticized and swooning, is nine minutes of torture for Duke Ellington purists. Gibbons' advanced handiwork for other (often much smaller) labels was just as out-there, whether it cleared dancefloors or just happened to be in service to them. This aspect of the DJ
emixer's career is highlighted by Jakki's "Sun…Sun…Sun" (which switches between euphoric, horn-spiked disco-funk and creepy proto-tribal house), Sandy Mercer's "You Are My Love" (where he showed rare restraint but used simplicity and repetition to great effect in the breakdown), and the male and female versions of the hissing house anthem "Set It Off" (issued on his Jus Born label in 1984 and 1986). Gibbons' radical irreverence would be easier to discern with a companion compilation of the original mixes, but for most disco heads not completely in the know, these two discs will get the point across and leave them begging for more.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/17/2010
Label:
Strut Records
UPC:
0730003306624
catalogNumber:
66

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Performance Credits

Walter Gibbons   Primary Artist
Barbara Tucker   Vocals
Kermit Moore   Conductor
Vince Montana   Conductor
Stephen James   Conductor
Willie Daniels   Vocals

Technical Credits

Arthur Russell   Composer,Producer
Craig Peyton   Arranger
T.G. Conway   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Allan Felder   Composer
Eric Matthew   Arranger,Producer
Kermit Moore   Arranger
Stetsasonic   Producer
Edison Youngblood   Engineer
Jay Dryer   Arranger
Paul Huston   Composer
Landy McNeal   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Johnny Melfi   Composer,Producer
Walter Gibbons   Remixing
Vince Montana   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Steve Standard   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Kenny Carpenter   Photo Courtesy
Mark Sameth   Composer
Glen Bolton   Composer
Cory Robbins   Producer
T.C. James   Arranger
Arnold Hamilton   Composer
Matt Thame   Cover Graphics
George Logios   Producer
Bob Johnson   Composer
Klaus Dahmen   Graphic Design
Leonardo Roman   Composer
Kevin Misevis   Producer
Tim Lawrence   Sleeve Notes
George Pettus   Composer
Arts & Crafts   Composer
Joseph Davis   Composer
Stephen James   Arranger,Producer,Concept
Tony Macauley   Composer,Producer
Tony Smith   Photo Courtesy
Yuko Ichikawa   Photo Courtesy
Willie Daniels   Vocal Arrangements
Will Socolov   Producer
Ulla Misevis   Producer
Shahid Wright   Composer
Martin Nemley   Composer
Charles Arthur Russell   Composer,Lyricist

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