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John Morales - The M-M Mixes Vol.2 - out on BBE



John Morales The M-M Mixes Vol 2
John Morales - The M-M Mixes Vol. 2
NYC Underground Disco Anthems & Previoulsy Unreleased Exclusive Disco Mixes
(2xCD/2xLP/2xLP/Digital) Barely Breaking Even BBE155, 2011-03-28

Few can match John Morales contribution to the world of the enthusiast turned remixer come producer. John Morales is considered one of true legends of the mix. And his work some thirty years later continues to be cutting wedge and inspiring. Although familiar with John's work - his epic mix of Universal Robot Band's boogie anthem is the source from which BBE Records got its name - No attempt had been made to summarise the pinnacle of John's work. This second release is continued history lesson in dance music. He formed with the late Sergio Munzibai, M+M productions whose output of over 650 mixes will be unmatched by many celebrity big name remixers of today. From the Rolling Stones to Gloria Estefan, The Temptations to Hall and Oates, Aretha Franklin to BBE - we have all been moulded by Johns everlasting influence. This superb double CD presents some of John's finest works. One CD of classic boogie, cult favourites featuring John's first credited mix of Inner Life's Caught Up In A One Night Love Affair whilst CD two showcases for the first time previously unreleased mixes of gems from the legendary Salsoul catalogue from anthems like My Love is Free to the underground Cult hit Jocelyn Brown's Make It Last Forever. This is the legacy of the M+M mixes.

John Morales The M-M Mixes Vol 2
John Morales - The M-M Mixes Vol. 2
NYC Underground Disco Anthems & Previoulsy Unreleased Exclusive Disco Mixes
(2xCD/2xLP/2xLP/Digital) Barely Breaking Even BBE155, 2011-03-28

Tracklisting CD1 :
01. Caught Up - Inner Life
02. Hooked On Your Love - Fantastic Aleens
03. The More I Get - Teddy Pendergrass
04. Don't' Give Me Up - Harold Melvin
05. Heartless - Evelyn Thomas
06. Get Down Friday Night - Fantastic Aleems
07. Now Is Tomorrow - Brass Construction
08. Slipping Into Darkenss - WAR
09. Young Hearts Run Free - Candi Staton

Tracklisting CD2 :
01. Dreamin - Loletta Holloway
02. The Player - First Choice
03. Dancing Into The Stars - Logg
04. Rio DeJaneiro - Gary Criss
05. You And I - Brenda Gooch
06. Magic Bird Of Fire - Salsoul Orchestra
07. If Your Gonna Love Me - Inner Life
08. My Love Is Free - Double Exposure
09. Make It Last Forever - Inner Life

Tracklisting LP1 :
A1. Caught Up - Inner Life
B1. Now Is Tomorrow - Brass Construction
C1. The Player - First Choice
D1. Slipping Into Darkness - WAR

Tracklisting LP2 :
A1. The More I Get - Teddy Pendergrass
B1. Young Hearts Run Free - Candi Staton
C1. Dreamin - Loletta Holloway
D1. Make It Last Forever - Inner Life

Digital Bonus Tracks :
19. The Player (Acapella Dub Beat Mix) - First Choice
20. Dreamin (Acapella Dream Dub) - Loletta Holloway
21. The More I Get (Instrumentally With A Touch of Teddy) - Teddy Pendergrass

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Press Release :
"The original process of 're-mixing records' was intended to provide an alternative listening experience which had been optimized for people who went out to dance at Discos. John was one of the early pioneers who loved music, understood his craft and HAD RESPECT FOR THE CREATIVE WORK from which his mixes were derived" - Patrick Adams - Super Producer. Writer of over 30 Gold and Platinum records and back to back winner of ASCAP Songwriter of the year award 1996/1997

This compilation is his second for BBE. Few can match John Morales contribution to the world of the enthusiast turned remixer come producer. John Morales is considered one of true legends of the mix. And his work some thirty years later continues to be cutting wedge and inspiring. Although familiar with John's work - his epic mix of Universal Robot Bands boogie anthem is the source from which BBE Records got its name - No attempt had been made to summarise the pinnacle of Johns work. This second release is continued history lesson in dance music. He formed with the late Sergio Munzibai, M+M productions whose output of over 650 mixes will be unmatched by many celebrity big name remixers of today. From the Rolling Stones to Gloria Estefan, The Temptations to Hall and Oates, Aretha Franklin to BBE - we have all been moulded by Johns everlasting influence. This superb double CD presents some of John's finest works. 1 CD of classic boogie, cult favourites featuring Johns 1st credited mix of Inner Life's "Caught Up In A One Night Love Affair" whilst CD 2 showcases for the first time previously unreleased mixes of gems from the legendary Salsoul catalogue from anthems like "My Love is Free" to the underground Cult hit Jocelyn Brown's "Make It Last Forever". This is the legacy of the M+M mixes.

About John Morales :
If you grew up in the '80s and had even the smallest of passing interest in music, particularly club music, chances are you were very familiar, albeit unwittingly, with the work of John Morales. On the radio, in the record racks and most importantly on the dancefloor John's work (predominantly with studio partner Sergio Munzibai) helped define an era and influence future generations of DJs, producers and artists.

Born into a hard working Puerto Rican household in the Bronx, New York, at the start of the rock 'n' roll era, Morales, like many children of the era, was fascinated by this new art-form that was saturating the airwaves and rebelling parents everywhere. So in love with the music he heard, as a 12-year old he persuaded his local record store to give him a part-time job with payment not in dollars, but in 45s. By the time he was old enough to get a full-time job his burgeoning record collection had helped land him one of his first DJ gig at the influential Stardust Ballroom in the Bronx (his father had early owned a bar in Jersey City where John had first got the DJ bug). As his reputation grew Morales was invited downtown to Manhattan to play guest spots at the likes of Pippins, Bentleys, 1018, Limelight and the infamous Studio 54.

Like many DJs of the '70s John ventured into the studio more through need than necessity: "I started to make medleys and remixes because the records in those days were too short, most in the 3 minute range, and being a DJ I needed to get more out of the records I was spinning. I first started to do my edits using the pause button on a Teac Cassette Deck. After many hours of self education I graduated and I purchased a Sony _" reel-to-reel and learned to edit. It was hard work and long hours editing and putting all the little pieces of tape together and making something creative happen. Reflecting now, I realize how important it was to what I would later do. It taught me a lot about what I wanted to do and how to do it, so that by the time I got in a real studio I was virtually a whiz at editing tape much to the amazement of some of the engineers I worked with."

His now infamous 'Deadly Medleys' and 'Sunshine Acetate Medleys' brought him to attention of New York disco producers Greg Carmichael and Patrick Adams who were impressed by the hunger and desire of the self-taught engineer. "My first credited mix was Inner Life's 'Caught Up (In A One Night Love Affair)', even though I had worked on a few other records before that, but I hadn't been credited, for acts like the Universal Robot Band and Musique's 'In The Bush'.

A meeting at New York's influential WBLS radio station, where Cuban-born Sergio Munzibai worked as musical director alongside Frankie Crocker would signal the next chapter in Morales' career, and resulted in unquestionably the most prolific remix partnership in the 1980s and 90's with over 650 mixes to their name. "We partnered in 1982, when we met at a New York studio called Blank Tapes where I had worked for many years with Bob Blank. Sergio and John's first record together was Mikki's Itching For Love. After that we united and did all our mixes together and the M&M moniker was born."

Discovering an instant rapport and musical appreciation it translated well into the recording studio where the M&M stamp became synonymous with almost every major dance release of the era. In fact it wasn't uncommon for the duo to remix upwards of 10 records in any given month. Alongside cult and groundbreaking records for the Fantastic Aleems ('Get Down Friday Night'), Class Action ('Weekend'), and of course Jocelyn Brown ('Somebody Else's Guy') they refashioned certified pop smashes for DeBarge ('Rhythm Of The Night'), Harold Faltermeyer ('Alex F'), Shakatak ('Down On The Street'), Miami Sound Machine ('Dr Beat'), the Temptations ('Treat Her Like A Lady') and hundreds more in an eight year period that saw them almost an ever present on the Billboard Dance, R&B or Hot 100 pop charts. Tina Turner, the Rolling Stones, Spandau Ballet, Aretha Franklin, Shalamar, Hall & Oates, Dan Hartman, Candi Staton, Melba Moore, Rose Royce, Billy Ocean, Debbie Gibson, Odyssey, the Commodores and even Peter Schilling and Rod Stewart, in fact just about every major artist of the day was in someway retouched by the hands of Morales & Munzibai.

"We worked together till around 1989," John recalls. His solo production projects in the '90s included such acts as Debbie Gibson, Brenda K Starr, Denise Lopez, The Thompson Twins, Blow Monkeys, Five Star and Art Of Noise. "Sergio unfortunately passed away in 1991. He was a wonderful person full of life that loved music and was a great people person. Anyone who knew him loved him, and I'm sure wherever he is he's listening to music."

Quotes :
"I totally love what you did with "Now Is Tomorrow. "The mix is very well done. As you have managed to maintain the integrity of the original track while bringing a refreshing vibrancy, newness and updated sonic space to it." - Randy Muller (Brass Construction)

"John Morales, what can I say, he is the beginning of JOCELYN BROWN!! We started out with a demo of CAUGHT UP IN A ONE NIGHT AFFAIR and there it began! He new how to record and work the sound of my voice like no other engineer has, I never had to worry about how I sounded or how a note came out for he and I was always one on catching the bad notes (hahahahaha) or wrong phrasings!! John was the reason I stayed in studio with INNER LIFE, he made each day that we were together a wonderful and exciting adventure! Being a singer is one thing but being an artist is another! He made me see the difference and how to apply the talent that I had to the knowledge he had to our music! I am so happy to have had this chance in my life with him and how it all still is so important in the recording business after 30 years!! People never forget the songs we have done together and the feeling that went with the songs! John and I both were going through alot and the music healed a lot of out hurts and pains. So what do I say about John Morales - well he is Uncle John to my Daughter Kayaswonna and also to her children, my sister knows him as a brother and I will always know him as apart of my family and most of all the one who believed in me and my voice! Luv ya!" - JB (Jocelyn Brown)

"M+M stands for Morales Magic," say Tom Moulton, the man who single-handedly created the remix as an art form in between inviting the twelve-inch single and producing some of the most groundbreaking records that defined the disco era. "John always adds that sparkle in a mix that seems to bring out the energy and excitement when he works on something. When Morales does his mix he leaves a giant stamp on it. You can't top that." - Tom Moulton

"When I started DJ'ing in the early eighties, there were already a lot of remixers, but only a few kept my attention. John Morales was one of the names I was looking out for on a record label. He was always taking a song to a more exciting level. The tricks and techniques of his remixes stood the test of time and are part of today's dance music arsenal. It's about time there is a collection of his work so we can finally have his best mixes as well as some outstanding unreleased material, remastered by today's standards" - Dimitri from Paris

"John Morales is a pioneer of our music and has been one of the reasons why I am a producer. He has inspired me since the 80s and by looking at this track listing I have to say he is a genius at WORK!!" - Louie Vega (Grammy Award Winner, Vega Records / MAW)

"John Morales is certainly one of the angels in my life. At the time that John was involved with us, I always felt that my work was in good hands. The original process of 're-mixing records' was intended to provide an alternative listening experience which had been optimized for people who went out to dance at Discos. John was one of the early pioneers who loved music, understood his craft and HAD RESPECT FOR THE CREATIVE WORK from which his mixes were derived." - Patrick Adams

"I was privileged to work extensively with John Morales through the mid 1980's as his London based Engineer/Mix Buddy. It always felt like we were working on the "cutting edge" and I look back at this time with great affection. When he first came to England, the dance music scene didn't know what had hit it. John's original New York Production style proved to be an instant hit and we went on to make some great records and achieved many chart successes in this period. His instinctive and innovative approach to feel and groove was inspirational and has had a long lasting influence on my career." - Graham Dickson

"John is an unsung hero in the music world and without his participation many of the hits from Greg and others would never have come to fruition. His modesty has kept him from the acclaim that he deserves. I've known him for over 35 years..." - Bob Blank (Blank Tapes Studio NYC)

"As a friend and mentor, John taught me the art of professional reel-to-reel editing because at that time in the mid-to-late 70's, I only knew of my self-taught rudimentary cassette/pause editing style. My implementations fooled a lot of people, but it wasn't professional enough to meet the final cut. Thank you John for my professional beginning." - Paul Simpson

"John Morales is one of the original remixers who actually was doing "additional production" I've been a big supporter and fan for years and I'm honored to now add good friend. This cd is just a small taste of his ability and range. Once this comes out and does its thing I will hopefully work on the future volumes to display his sometimes underrated classic work!" - Johnny "D" De Mairo (Henry Street Music CEO)

"Classic fanatic!! John was a great influence during the great disco era often not credited for his great mixes ie. Inner Life and many Salsoul mixes…" - - Glenn La Russo (Salsoul Records)

"One of the First 12" I ever experienced was mixed by John ("Inner Life", "Caught Up In A One Night Love Affair"). One of the First DJ's I heard on N.Y. radio was John (WBLS). John's Medly's redefined the meaning of "Editing" and paved the way for what and who followed, opening the minds of countless other DJs'/editors who followed, including myself. Through the Late 70's and 80's so much of what I was Listening and Dancing to, was Mixed by John (and John + Sergio). One of the First Remixes I had the honour of doing (in the late 80's) was Produced by John, a true innovator and someone who we can all thank for his continuous love and dedication to Dance Music. Getting a release that contains some of John's best (and some unreleased works) is such a treasure. Definitely, a dream comes true." - - Victor Simonelli

"John Morales is one of the true pioneers from the dance/disco era. In conjunction with the late Sergio Munzibai they both formed M&M productions and set the tone of the 80's with magical dance mixes that will be cherished indefinitely like vintage wine." - Ray Pinky Velazquez

French info :
Cette compilation est la seconde de John Morales sur BBE. Peu peuvent égaler à sa contribution au monde de l'enthousiasme du remixeur devenant producteur. John Morales est considéré comme l'une des vraies légendes du mix. Et son travail environ trente ans plus tard continue à être innovant et inspirant. Bien que familier avec le travail de John - son mix épique de l'hymne des Universal Robot Bands boogie est la source par laquelle BBE l'a découvert. Aucune tentative n'avait été faite pour récapituler le pinacle de travail de Johns. Cette seconde sortie est la continuitée d'une leçon d'histoire de la musique électronique. Avec Sergio Munzibai il forme, M+M productions dont la production de plus de 650 mixes sera inégalée par beaucoup de célébrité des grands remixeurs renommés d'aujourd'hui. Des Rolling Stones à Gloria Estefan, The Temptations au Hall and Oates, Aretha Franklin à BBE - nous avons tous été modelés par l'influence éternelle de John.
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Ron Ron ·  11 February 2011, 19:23

Someone got it wrong for song " Hooked on your Love"
The group was the Fantastic Aleems not Aleens ..oops.LOL


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