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Paris DJs Soundsystem presents 1979 - Standards, Versions and Revamps Vol.20

20 years already! This series of mixes, of cover songs recorded or released during the same year, started with 1960, and we've now reached 1979! The 1960s and the 1970s have been fully covered — pun intended. For this closing chapter on the seventies, we've been diggin' heavily into Jamaican music once again, with reggae adaptations of The Drifters, Sam Theard, Ann Peebles or Bob Dylan, and a reggae/disco take on a Chic classic. But there's also a slowed-down but very groovy version of The Crusaders' hit 'Street Life', a really tight and soulful cover of Hot Chocolate, the traditional 'Misirlou' in nearly-cheesy disco fashion, a James Brown cover (there's always at least a cool one every year), Marvin Gaye revisited in punk-funk mode, or Lalo Schifrin on a worldbeat tip! We even cheated a bit since the last one, 'Mission Impossible' by Lizzy Mercier Descloux, extracted from a recent reissue of her 1979 album 'Press Color', was actually recorded at Carnegie Hall Studio in NY in 1980 — hinting at what's coming next : the 80s!!

Paris DJs Soundsystem presents 1979 - Standards Versions and Revamps Vol 20
Paris DJs Soundsystem presents 1979 - Standards, Versions and Revamps Vol.20
(MP3 Podcast on 2016-08-11

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Tracklisting :
01. George Faith - Please Stay
(from 'Soulfull' album, 1979 / Hollywood)
BURT BACCARACH cover, more info on wikipedia
02. Serge Gainsbourg - Vieille Canaille
(from 'Aux Armes Et Cætera' album, 1979 / Philips)
SAM THEARD cover, more info on wikipedia
03. Hortense Ellis - I Can't Stand The Rain
(from 'Irie Reggae Hits' compilation, 1979 / Joe Gibbs Record Globe)
ANN PEEBLES cover, more info on wikipedia
04. Herb Alpert - Street Life
(from 'Rise' album, 1979 / A&M)
THE CRUSADERS cover, more info on wikipedia
05. T. Brothers - I Want You
(from 'Rockers Reggae' album, 1979 / Rasta)
BOB DYLAN cover, more info on wikipedia
06. Risco Connection - Good Times
(from 'Good Times' 12 inch, 1979 / Sound City)
CHIC cover, more info on wikipedia
07. Ronnie Jones - Brother Louie
(from 'Fox On The Run' album, 1979 / Lollipop)
HOT CHOCOLATE cover, more info on wikipedia
08. Houseband - Get Up Offa That Thing
(from 'Hot Enuff' album, 1979 / RCA)
JAMES BROWN cover, more info on wikipedia
09. Greek Salad With Gus Kamaras - Misirlou
(from'Disco East' album, 1979 / Gyro)
DICK DALE cover, more info on wikipedia
10. The Slits - I Heard It Through The Grapevine
(from 'Typical Girls' 7 inch, 1979 / Island)
MARVIN GAYE cover, more info on wikipedia
11. Lizzy Mercier Descloux - Mission Impossible 2.0
(from 'Press Color' album reissue, 2015 / Light In The Attic)
LALO SCHIFRIN cover, more info on wikipedia
Total time : 50mn 23s

Original cover artworks :

Credits :
Selected by Djouls with the help of Loik Dury (
Mixed and mastered by Grant Phabao (
Artwork copied from Ben Hito (

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