Wednesday, June 23, 2021

NEXT ReSTRUCTURE MIX: "Rock City" - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Roderick Falconer



NEXT ReSTRUCTURE MIX: "Rock City"
- Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Roderick Falconer

 

ReStructure Mix Update (6/23/21) “You Can’t Help (Sentimental Sunday)” - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Flesh


Flesh is Coral Gordon, Janice Hoyte, Stephen Lironi and Douglas Macintyre – an ensemble produced by Steve Harvey from 1985. “You Can't Help (Sentimental Sunday)” is one of my favorite club records of that year. A big hit for my dance floor and one that was infectious drawing more and more to the floor as the track played on. There is so much in this track that it feels complete and secure within its own sound. I always pictured this as an underground hit for The Pointer Sisters at the time – however Flesh is one with two great female vocalists who make the songs lesson – where meeting a new love interest on Saturday makes Sunday feel “sentimental”. It has everything from great keyboard breaks to vocal riffs.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental versions of “You Can't Help (Sentimental Sunday)” and rewired the energy into this ReStructure Mix. I have extended the intro and placed more of those gospel-hard hitting organ breaks into play in this mix.

 

DISCO SPREE - When The Rhythm Takes Over



DISCO SPREE - When The Rhythm Takes Over

"Red Light" - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - The Three Degrees - https://youtu.be/gFBBknXTVqI
"I Don't Need No Music" - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - TJM - https://youtu.be/yYdqTQ0710Y
"Shot In The Night" - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Paul Parker - https://youtu.be/0zRyEol6wnk
“My Baby's Baby" - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Liquid Gold - https://youtu.be/GqajuG9vOxU
"Hazy Shades of Love" - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Amant - https://youtu.be/foGYKY3tVyM


 

REISSUE: "Hazy Shades of Love" - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Amant


Amant is a disco band from Ray Martinez - a man who is a dance music icon dedicated to the sound of disco music and the loving and admiring mood it creates. Ray worked with some of Miami's forerunners prior to disco making it's mark in the late 70s - offering his own style as the shaping tool of it's sound and popularity.

"Hazy Shades Of Love" is the second single and side to the 1978 project "Amant" released on Henry Stone's Marlin Records and as single on T.K. Disco. This has and always be one of my favorite songs. There are layers and layers of elements from grooves to percussion riffs which are what made disco music exciting and adventurous of the time.

I have taken the full album version and gave it a ReStructure Mix working in my own new and existing elements to layer in a new chapter for this fabulous song. My prime motivation is to pay homage to one the disco greats, Mr. Ray Martinez and Amant.
 

REISSUE: “My Baby's Baby" - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Liquid Gold


When disco became a household name there were household products needed - "My Baby's Baby" was one of them. This classic piece of dance music was a pop-disco sensation. Produced by Adrian Baker in 1979, Liquid Gold's disco standard is one of those feel good songs. It contains a fabulous production along with vocals by latter solo artist, Ellie Hope. No flaws here. My ReStructure is a reworking of the song completely to create an impact that may have been this songs initial reaction back in 1979. Another listen will prove the lasting impression of this masterpiece.

 

REISSUE: "Shot In The Night" - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Paul Parker


Paul Parker is a disco/dance artist who began his recording career alongside producer/artist Patrick Cowley during the dance music resurgence in the early 80s. His big club hit, “Right On Target” is the proof and long tern standing of the power of his vocal and music longevity.

I have taken his 1983 track “Shot In The Night” from his “Too Much Too Dream” project and have given the 12” remix a ReStructure Mix to bring the track new life. It has a longer intro with extended drums from the original track and also some added pieces from Patrick Cowley’s classic “Menergy”.

This ReStructure Mix is dedicated to Mr. Paul Parker – who continues to bring us his wonderful sound even today.
 

REISSUE: "I Don't Need No Music" - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - TJM


Thomas Jerome Moulton (TJM) did for disco music in the 70's what Berry Gordy created for Motown in the 60's. There was a distinct sound that Moulton created - it was the essence of soul recaptured in a modern and innovative package. It was about many faucets: from arrangement, mix down and execution. It was the final phase for dance music in the early and mid 70's to begin the work o many influenced by it's power.

TJM is a project produced by Tom Moulton which I call the finale of real disco music. It has the feel of all that Moulton worked for in disco music from his projects as a "disco re-mixer", producer, and his ideals and concepts.

I have taken the track "I Don't Need No Music" and placed it in the ReStructure format - which is a dance mix for the moment and by the moment in the true essence of what I know as the disco mix.

Dedicated to Mr. Tom Moulton
 

REISSUE: "Red Light" - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - The Three Degrees


The Three Degree were formed in 1963 in Philadelphia, PA and became the voices which made soul and disco a trio of sweet sounds. From hits like “When Will I See You Again” to “Givin’’ Up, Givin In” their sound has always given the ear a pleasant ring. It was in 1978 when these ladies united with disco producer, Giorgio Moroder when the explosion of disco excitement hit. The first project titled “New Dimensions” was quite an event for dance floors - and the follow up, “3D” the following year was another mark in disco history.

I have taken the track “Red Light” from the “3D” album and have given a ReStructure Mix to add a new layer of excitement and fun to the song. It is one of the disco-grooviest songs of the pairing of Moroder and these beautiful ladies of song. The disco beat pounds like a heartbeat for The Three Degrees and makes their voice sound well at home.
 

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

NEXT ReSTRUCTURE MIX: "You Can't Help (Sentimental Sunday)" - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Flesh



NEXT ReSTRUCTURE MIX: "You Can't Help (Sentimental Sunday)"
- Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Flesh

 

ReStructure Mix Update (6/22/21) “Donna Rouge” - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Fake


Fake is a Swedish band whose big hit “Donna Rouge” from 1982 is an Italo-disco gem. A touch of the 80’s synth-pop edge on the reminiscent vocals and has always brought to mind the “new romantic” sound of the 80’s, This slick piece of dance material flows like a wonderful melody in the Italian disco flair. It is perhaps one of the most influential for those who were hearing this sound for the first time. Produced by Fabio Sbaragli – this one bears all of the innovation that Italian disco music had successfully utilized brining the 80’s a new catalogue and artists and songs such as Fake’s “Donna Rouge”.

I have taken the 12” version of “Donna Rouge” and the 7” instrumental to rework its magic into a new ReStructure Mix. A heavy downbeat brings this version into more of house feel and some elements that are used to push the limits a bit more are a part here.
 

NEXT ReSTRUCTURE MIX: "Donna Rouge" - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Fake



NEXT ReSTRUCTURE MIX: "Donna Rouge"
- Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Fake

 

ReStructure Mix Update (6/21/21) “Ending Up On A High” - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Seventh Avenue


Seventh Avenue is a high-energy project from “the masters”, Ian Levine and Fiachra Trench. This is a concept group which began in 1979 with their album “Midnight In Manhattan” and then revised in 1984 with the release of the single “I Hear Thunder” which brought their upbeat Broadway celebration feel disco arrangements into a new dance period with a full electronic arrangement. A new line up of men were assembled for the group and a make-over created a whole new, yet reminiscent view of the concept group. “Ending On A High” is another bright and swirling love song with the two discovering a new found affection when close to a break up. The track did quite well in the dance palaces which featured anthem dance tracks as a norm and club that clamored for high energy.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of “Ending Up On A High” and as being a favorite of my own, I reignited the piece for this ReStructure Mix. The accapella intro has become the movement of the remix and some new arrangements on verses and choruses are newly placed.
 

SHADES OF 80's ...totally!


SHADES OF 80's  ...totally!

“A Love Bizzare” – Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Sheila E. - https://youtu.be/vq-OLeuehVU
“Love Is A Stranger” - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Eurythmics - https://youtu.be/hwPu1CoQ7tQ
"Let’s Hear It For The Boy” - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Deniece Williams - https://youtu.be/gEFjhva7ebs
“Forever Your Girl” – Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Paula Abdul - https://youtu.be/_pYNOK1wZWw
“Boys Say Go” – Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Depeche Mode - https://youtu.be/l5iyWmW732A


 

REISSUE: “Boys Say Go” – Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Depeche Mode

 


Depeche Mode is Martin L. Gore, Dave Gahan, Andrew Fletcher, Alan Wilder and Vince Clarke – one of the 80s new breed of electronic dance music in the early 80s. Their music lasted to present and gives off a darker and more underground feel of pulses for dance floors to take that deeper plunge. Much of the rhythms are innovative and also cross a barrier of funk-i-fied synth-pop. “Boys Say Go” is from their “Speak and Spell” album from 1981 and is pressed at a short edit version – a longer excursion is demonstrated in this ReStructure Mix.

I have taken the 3:04 album version and worked a new ReStructure Mix with more kick and action which helps to not only extend the original but also stir a bit more life into the track.

This ReStructure Mix is dedicated to Jax Hammer who gives me the support and excitement again for disco music that is appreciated and held in the heart. Thank you, Jax – enjoy!

REISSUE: “Forever Your Girl” – Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Paula Abdul

 


Paula Julie Abdul is a singer, songwriter, choreographer and dancer who released her first pop-dance sensation titled “Forever Your Girl” in 1988 – brightening the dance scene with a kickin’ format and sweet romantic side. Quite simple and to the point – much of her magic was in both the pairing of her dancing and vocals paired, as seen in many videos of her tracks. “Forever Your Girl” makes it in the Special 80s Edition of ReStructure Mixes since it is one which made my floor not only packed wall to wall – but also brings back some special memories of the mid-80s dance rejuvenation.

I have taken the original 12” version of “Forever Your Girl” and worked a new ReStructure Mix focusing on a full beat powered sound with more of the key-synths rumbling and rolling below the love song. It was great fun to take a radio track and focus on more of a hardcore floor transformation. Pop-dance of the 80s meets a new friend.

REISSUE: "Let’s Hear It For The Boy” - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Deniece Williams

 


Deniece Williams is a voice that resonates throughout the 70s. Her 1976 hit “Free” is the soul that moves the heart and is one of those vocal performances which haunts every sense of our heart and being. Deniece continued throughout the mid-70s with her voice framing many ballads appropriately and then during the big disco years she took a turn into the fire. Her voice made her 1979 disco track “I’ve Got The Next Dance” a roaring classic. In 1984 the soundtrack to the film “Footloose” featured Deniece’s “Let’s Hear It For The Boy” as an outline to the films aura and now classic 80s dance. Produced by George Duke the song presents a moment for the hero of the film to take a bow.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental and used pieces and parts to recreate this anthem into a ReStructure Mix. The original John “Jellybean” Benitez trip is classic enough so this remix is an homage to his genius and another time to get lost in this uplifting number.

REISSUE: “Love Is A Stranger” - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Eurythmics


For Jeffrey Best - my dear friend, Happy Birthdy 2019! And you were always the Eurythmics fan I looked up to. 

Eurythmics is Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox – perhaps one of the most innovative and exciting groups of the 80’s. Their music was a mystical experience that worked about the synth-pop sound of this period. Most of the recognition was due to the unique style and aura of each artist. “Love Is A Stranger” is from their 1983 project titled “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)” which introduced their pulse driven music into a new generation of dancers. The song is their most haunting and mystical number and has echoes of the 60’s psychedelic feel in a light feel. One of my favorites from the duo and one of Annie Lennox’s most intriguing performances.

I have taken the album version of “Love Is A Stranger” and re-casted a new spell for this ReStructure Mix. Many new breaks are placed within the wonderful original production and more of that dreamy effect is focused on.
 

REISSUE: “A Love Bizzare” – Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Sheila E.


Sheila E. is one of the 80s dance music talents who took the dance floor on a funk-esque trip with the assistance of music icon, Prince. Her music made the arena of dance an energetic twist of heavy percussion and her light and sensual vocal edge. Her first hit, “The Glamorous Life” not only embedded her name into our brains but also created a following of a new generation of dancers and music fans. “A Love Bizarre” is from her 1985 project titled “In Romance 1600” – produced by Prince. It is one funk driven dance track which not only stamps Sheila’s sound but also the brand of synth-pop dance where the 80s took off following 70s disco.

I have taken the album version of “A Love Bizarre” and reworked it for this ReStructure Mix. I have focused on making a dance groove with more of the looping and chopping tracking which makes the 80s dance scene not only more of the disc jockey’s art – but also quite ‘bizarre’ at times.
 

Monday, June 21, 2021

Vocals Via Diva Gray - Diva In Session

Vocals Via Diva Gray - Diva In Session

"St. Tropez" - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Diva Gray and Oyster - https://youtu.be/FhbOw-lpwvk
“Memory” - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Diva - https://youtu.be/nlRfhpWv3Ug
“This Side Of Midnight” by Gregg Diamond’s Star Cruiser – Disco Video Mix by Glenn Rivera - https://youtu.be/9XeAc01dmSE
“Good, Good Tequila” - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Diva Gray and Oyster - https://youtu.be/2yYNg68XsJU
"Hotel Paradise” by Diva Gray & Oyster – Disco Video Mix by Glenn Rivera - https://youtu.be/nUZGq_iqolc


 

REISSUE: "Hotel Paradise” by Diva Gray & Oyster – Disco Video Mix by Glenn Rivera

 


Diva Gray is a vocalist who began as a back-up vocalist for Harry Belafonte and then a member of The Harlettes (Bette Midler’s troupe). Her disco career is quite well known, if even by ear. She is the magic voice behind many classic tracks – “Paradise” by Change as well as Gregg Diamond projects, Joe Thomas, Chic, Phyllis Hyman, Roundtree and Meco sessions. Her solo effect with disco producer, Luigi Ojival (Oyster) was an album from 1979 titled “Hotel Paradise”.

I have taken the title track – which is a fun and silly make-believe hotel called “Paradise” which is actually a mental facility. It blends perfectly with the 1972 screwball comedy, “What’s Up Doc?” starring Barbra Streisand, Ryan O’ Neil and Madeline Kahn. With a few effects and imagination the Hotel Bristol becomes the Hotel Paradise.

The film was directed by Peter Bogdanovich

Featuring scenes from “What’s Up Doc?” – RENT THE DVD!
Disco Video Mix by Glenn Rivera
Produced by Ken Emmons

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