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Jungle Music
Jungle Music (gatefold 2xLP repress)
Cat: STRUT 066LP. Rel: 17 Sep 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Jakki - "Sun... Sun... Sun" (Walter Gibbons original 12" edit) (9:20)
  2. Gladys Knight - "It's A Better Than Good Time" (Walter Gibbons Acetate mix) (12:25)
  3. TC James & The Fist O'Funk Orchestra - "Get Up On Your Feet (Keep On Dancin')" (Walter Gibbons mix) (11:05)
  4. Sandy Mercer - "You Are My Love" (12" version) (7:32)
  5. Bettye Lavette - "Doin' The Best That I Can" (Walter Gibbons 12" mix) (11:05)
  6. Arts & Craft - "I've Been Searching" (Walter Gibbons 12" mix) (9:54)
  7. Dinosaur L - "Go Bang" (Walter Gibbons unreleased mix) (12:26)
  8. Luv You Madly Orchestra - "Moon Maiden" (12" mix) (8:48)
Review: With the capabilities of modern discology allowing for the current deluge of disco 'edits', most of which do little beyond extending an intro for ease of mixing, it would have been an intriguing prospect to see what disco edit progenitor Walter Gibbons thought. Sadly we'll never find out, but current edit profiteers could do worse than check out this retrospective of Walter Gibbons remixes compiled by Strut. Nominally split between the 70s and 80s, the first section documents the imaginative reworks of the Salsoul catalogue that helped cement Gibbon's reputation whilst the second focuses on the mid eighties period where he worked closely with Arthur Russell. It was a chance encounter at the Salsoul office which afforded the then 22-year-old Gibbons an opportunity to remix Double Exposure's "Ten Percent", which became the first commercially successful 12inch release. That mix is one of seven tracks which aptly demonstrate the percussion heavy style Gibbon's branded Jungle Music, with the closing 11 minute mix of Betty LaVette perhaps the most impressive example. The second section provides more sonic intrigue, starting off with a previously unreleased remix of Arthur Russell's "See Through", which is followed by Gibbons seminal take on Dinosaur L's "Go Bang" and perhaps the masterpiece of his career - a nine minute remix of Strafe's "Set It Off". Strut have delivered yet another superlative retrospective here. Released on a double LP with a limited bonus mix CD, this is not to be missed!

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