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Voguing and the House Ballroom Scene of New York City 1989-92

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Released to coincide with the publishing of a similarly titled book, Voguing and the House Ballroom Scene of New York City compiles 18 diverse club records that span two decades. As detailed in the booklet, the still-kicking form was developed by the gay and transgender black dancers in Harlem ballrooms of the '70s -- their dramatic moves inspired by the poses struck by models in fashion magazines -- and reached the mainstream in '89/'90 via Malcolm McLaren and Madonna. Records of numerous styles provided the soundtrack, as long as they had the stabs and "points" that enabled the dramatic movements and poses. A three-track stretch on disc two exemplifies the stylistic ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Released to coincide with the publishing of a similarly titled book, Voguing and the House Ballroom Scene of New York City compiles 18 diverse club records that span two decades. As detailed in the booklet, the still-kicking form was developed by the gay and transgender black dancers in Harlem ballrooms of the '70s -- their dramatic moves inspired by the poses struck by models in fashion magazines -- and reached the mainstream in '89/'90 via Malcolm McLaren and Madonna. Records of numerous styles provided the soundtrack, as long as they had the stabs and "points" that enabled the dramatic movements and poses. A three-track stretch on disc two exemplifies the stylistic range of the scene's backdrop. The Tom Moulton mix of MFSB's "Love Is the Message," a universal disco anthem, is sprawling and supremely elegant. Rageous' "Cunty," featuring voguer Kevin Aviance, is a raw and vicious house track. First Choice's "Love Thing," with its swaying and tugging strings, extended break, and alternately stupefied and assertive attitude ("I'm stuck on ya baby, it's just about to drive me crazy"; "You treat me right, I'm yours tonight"), is just as exemplary. Collectors of disco and house compilations won't find much here that hasn't been licensed for several other releases across the 2000s and 2010s, but the context here is crucial, and the packaging is tremendous, including dozens of images and several postcards, interviews with DJs David DePino and Junior Vasquez, quotes from the great Daniel Wang, and notes from well-regarded author Tim Lawrence. Disc three is a one-track mix of the selections, executed by Junior Vasquez, who tailored his sets -- as well as some of his productions -- for voguers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/22/2013
  • Label: Soul Jazz
  • EAN: 5026328002552
  • Catalog Number: 255
  • Sales rank: 259,025

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Moment of My Life - Inner Life (6:30)
  2. 2 The Ha Dance - Masters at Work (5:30)
  3. 3 Just Like a Queen - Ellis D (7:19)
  4. 4 Got To Be Real - Armand Van Helden (5:08)
  5. 5 Is It All Over My Face? - Loose Joints (6:54)
  6. 6 The Witch Doktor - Junior Vasquez (9:51)
  7. 7 Break 4 Love - Raze (5:26)
  8. 8 Let No Man Put Asunder - First Choice (7:38)
  9. 9 Body Drill - 2 Body's (5:26)
  10. 10 Love Hangover - Diana Ross (7:49)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Din Daa Daa - George Kraanz (4:06)
  2. 2 X - Rageous (10:47)
  3. 3 Love is the Message - MFSB (11:27)
  4. 4 Cunty (The Feeling) - Rageous Projecting Kevin Aviance (7:01)
  5. 5 Love Thang - MFSB (7:50)
  6. 6 Deep In Vogue - Malcolm McLaren (8:57)
  7. 7 This Brutal House - Nitro Deluxe (7:09)
  8. 8 Ooh I Love It (Love Break) - The Salsoul Orchestra (7:45)
Disc 3
  1. 1 [Untitled] (66:04)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
George Kranz Composer
Kenny Gamble Composer
Leon Huff Composer
Armand Van Helden Composer
Junior Vasquez Composer
Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez Composer
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Ferre Baelen Composer
Kevin Aviance Composer
Pete Reilly Mastering
Stuart Baker Liner Notes
Foster Composer
Tim Lawrence Sleeve Notes
Y.M. Scretching Composer
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