Jungle Music

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/17/2010
  • Label: Strut Records
  • UPC: 730003306624
  • Catalog Number: 66
  • Sales rank: 74,391

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sun... Sun... Sun... - Jakki (9:21)
  2. 2 Ten Percent - Double Exposure (7:03)
  3. 3 Get Up On Your Feet (Keep On Dancin') - The Fist-O-Funk Orchestra (11:06)
  4. 4 It's a Better Than Good Time - Gladys Knight (12:26)
  5. 5 Magic Bird of Fire (Firebird Suite) [Walter Gibbons "Disco Madness" Mix - The Salsoul Orchestra (8:04)
  6. 6 You Are My Love - Sandy Mercer (7:33)
  7. 7 Doin' the Best That I Can - Bettye LaVette (11:04)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Go Bang - Dinosaur L (12:27)
  2. 2 Set It Off - Dinosaur L (9:44)
  3. 3 I've Been Searching - Arts & Crafts (9:55)
  4. 4 Moon Maiden - Arts & Crafts (8:48)
  5. 5 4 Ever My Beat - Stetsasonic (6:54)
  6. 6 Set It Off - Harlequin Fours (9:33)
  7. 7 Calling All Kids - Harlequin Fours (7:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Walter Gibbons Primary Artist
Barbara Tucker Vocals
Kermit Moore Conductor
Vincent Montana Jr. 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
Vincent Montana Jr. Arranger, Composer, Producer
Steve Standard Arranger, Composer, Producer
Kenny Carpenter Photo Courtesy
Giovanni Scatola Mastering
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 Jr. Composer, Lyricist
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