Hot 97 All Night Dance Party with Tony Humphries, 1996

March 27th, 2008 by RJJNYC

Side A
Side B

Kind of an odd classics mix, not one of his best, makes me wonder how happy he was working for Hot 97 (I’m not sure how many shows he did for them). I’d forgotten the date but the R&B records mentioned during the ad break were released in 1996; this was the point at which disco and house were about to almost completely disappear from NYC radio. Can’t recall hearing Tony playing “The Message” on any other mix show I’ve heard.

When I first moved to NYC in 92, radio was great: weekends would have Red Alert followed by Tony Humphries on Kiss, and the late John Robinson did a weekday midday mix on WBLS (which I would wake up to, during a long pathetically lazy period of unemployment that year). My favorite Tony tape is posted on the main site (side A, side B); although the file is titled differently, I’d scrawled, “Tony Humphries Pumping it to Fuckery” on the cassette case. Have very fond memories of listening to it on a Sunday back then, lived on West 93rd and we’d leave Sound Factory late Sunday morning wacked out of our gourds, have an amazing cab ride up the West Side Highway staring twinkly-eyed at our new home, then get back to the apartment and rock out to the tape, smoking joints and drinking tea until we were no longer capable of speech. Even the bit where the announcer comes on and says “it’s definitely snuggle weather, that’s for sure” ends up being part of the ride, and I just love the moment where he cuts out from “If I can’t have you” into this amazing long dubby track (now ID’d, it’s Paradise Inc. – Get Together Now). His mix of First Choice’s Pressure Point also makes an appearance, along with many other great tracks (Beats International – Change Your Mind, Ronny Jordan – So What, Sure is Pure – Is this Love Really Real? Eve Gallagher – Love is a Master of Disguise).

Finn Johannsen’s blog has an interesting recent interview with Tony Humphries (“house music genres have broken in so many fragments it looks like a subway map”).

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  1. Frank McGahon Says:

    Thanks for posting these. I actually downloaded the 1992 one ages ago but didn’t really give it a proper listen and have it on some backup drive so I downloaded it again. I just scanned through it – sorry, don’t recognise the dubby track, but also I didn’t hear the Sure Is Pure in there either. I only recognise, at first listen, a handful of the tracks, I’m ashamed to admit!

    Do you know some/most of the others?

    Side A
    01. Hear the Music – Gypsymen (E-Legal)
    02. ?
    03. ?
    04. ?
    05. ?
    06. Helpless – Urbanized
    07. Workout – Frankie Knuckles
    08. ?
    09. ?
    10. ?
    11. If I Can’t Have You – Kim Wilde
    12. ?

    Side B

    01. Love Is A Master Of Disguise – Eve Gallagher
    02. Pressure Point – First Choice
    03. ?
    04. ?
    05. Lift Every Voice (Take Me Away) – Mass Order
    06. ?
    07. ?
    08. The Afterworld – The Underworld
    09. ?
    10. ?
    11. ?
    12. ?
    13. Keep On Keepin On – Disco Elements
    14. ?
    15. ?

  2. RJJNYC Says:

    Hi Frank, I can fill in some of the blanks but there are a bunch that I don’t know.

    01. Hear the Music – Gypsymen (E-Legal) – would love to know the other track layered over this with the female vocal sample
    02. All I Want – Richard Rogers (John Robinson mix I think)
    03. “all alone” – pretty sure I found out what this was at one point, now forgotten
    04. Change Your Mind – Beats International (one of the Tenaglia mixes)
    05. Romance (Sexy Sax Mix) – Jorio feat. Jay Rodriguez
    06. Share My Love – Michelle Ayers (not sure which mix, sounds very different from clips of the main mixes on the Emotive release I can find online)
    07. Helpless – Urbanized
    08. Workout – Frankie Knuckles
    09. “I’ll do anything” ?
    10. One True Woman – Yazz
    11. ? This track is just gorgeous, but I have no idea what it is
    12. If I Can’t Have You – Kim Wilde
    13. ?
    Side B
    01. Love Is A Master Of Disguise – Eve Gallagher
    02. Pressure Point – First Choice
    03. So What – Ronny Jordan
    04. Is this Love Really Real? – Sure is Pure
    05. Lift Every Voice (Take Me Away) – Mass Order
    06. Love You All My Lifetime (Love Suite Opus Mix) – Chaka Khan (this is an all time favorite of mine, those bubbly ascending synths on a big system will just wreck you)
    07. ? “baby I’m burning”
    08. “what do you want from me” – another track that I love to death, would really like to know what this is
    08. The Afterworld – The Underworld
    09. Keep on Reaching – Voices Of Fine Tune feat Barbara Dixon & Anthony Darby (guess – the way he mixes into this track is one of those killer Tony Humphries moments)
    10. Still in Love (MAW mix) – Meli’sa Morgan
    11. ? another lovely unknown track
    12. Keys of Life – Nick Jones Experience
    13. Keep On Keepin On – Disco Elements (not sure which track this is – the D-Train samples are def from the Nick Jones track)
    14. ? “hooked up to the heavens”
    16. ? monster bassline
    15. Make it On My Own (T-Scat Mix) – Alison LImerick

  3. Frank McGahon Says:

    Thanks for that Richard!

    I’ll have another proper listen to it and see if anything rings any bells. Looks like I got the Disco Elements one wrong, the one I was thinking of had the same D-Train samples…

  4. RJJNYC Says:

    Thanks, any additional IDs would be much appreciated! The vocal on that “what do you want from me” track is almost Al Green-like. The Nick Jones is from an EP called “Music for the Neighborhood” on the NuGroove subsidiary Massive B, only know it because I bought it for one of the other tracks, although can’t remember which one.

  5. Frank McGahon Says:

    I’ve got an ID for you!

    09. “I’ll do anything” ?

    This one with the Inner Life sample is Todd Terry. The version I have is this one:

    http://www.discogs.com/release/29972

    His Unreleased Project series usually included rejected remixes – on this EP is a different version of his PM Dawn remix – so I don’t know if this track was originally done as a remix of something else or is a standalone and I haven’t had a chance to dig out the actual record to see if it’s the exact same mix

  6. Frank McGahon Says:

    Yeah, just checked it out – it’s definitely the same one

  7. Frank McGahon Says:

    I have a semi-ID for you.

    07. ? “baby I’m burning”

    is definitely a Terrence Parker production. Which one I can’t say for now but the production is almost exactly the same as his Seven Grand Housing Authority stuff

  8. RJJNYC Says:

    Excellent, thanks! Also just bought a copy of the Voices of Fine Tune from Vinylmania on Discogs and the guess was right, it’s the Kim Boogie mix.

  9. DoublePromo Says:

    The song before Kim Wilde “If I Can’t Have You” is:

    Morenas – Cuando Brilla La Luna (Fabrice Rawmix) on DFC Records

    http://www.discogs.com/release/46436

  10. RJJNYC Says:

    Two year anniversary update, tracklist now almost complete apart from that track that samples Kym Mazelle. Frank was on the money about Terrence Parker, it is his remix of Random Noise Generation – Falling In Dub.

    Tony Humphries, Kiss Mastermix Dance Party, March 21, 1992

    Side A
    Gypsymen – Hear the Music/Ecstasy – Twelve Minutes Of Ecstasy
    Richard Rogers – All I Want (John Robinson Mix)
    ??? “all alone”
    Beats International – Change Your Mind (Cook’s Mix)
    Jorio feat. Jay Rodriguez – Romance (Sexy Sax Mix)
    Michelle Ayers – Share My Love (Share My Dub)
    Urbanized feat. Silvano – Helpless
    Frankie Knuckles – Workout
    Todd Terry – I’ll Do Anything
    Yazz – One True Woman
    Morenas – Cuando Brilla La Luna (En La Cima Del Mundo Mix)
    Cheryl Howard – If I Can’t Have You (House Mix)
    Paradise, Inc. – Get Together Now (Club)
    Eve Gallagher – Love is a Master of Disguise

    Side B
    Eve Gallagher – Love is a Master of Disguise
    First Choice – Pressure Point (Tony Humphries Remix)
    Ronny Jordan – So What
    Sure Is Pure – Is This Love Really Real?
    Mass Order – Take Me Away
    Chaka Khan – Love You All My Lifetime (Love Suite Opus Mix)
    Random Noise Generation – Falling In Dub (Club Mix)
    Bobby Griffen – What Do You Want From Me (Club Extended)
    The Underworld – The Afterworld
    Voices Of Fine Tune feat Barbara Dixon & Anthony Darby – Keep On Reachin (Kim Boogie Mix)
    Meli’sa Morgan – Still in Love (MAW Mix)
    Shades of Black – Blurton Road (Nemesis Remix)
    Nick Jones Experience – Keys of Life
    Kim Martin – Welcome To My Heaven (Club Mix)
    Nu-World – Chrystol Dance
    Alison Limerick – Make it On My Own (T-Scat Mix)

  11. RJJNYC Says:

    The final ID from the 92 tape, courtesy of Dave/magicsounds:

    F.O.G. (Fits Of Gloom) – What You Like (Do It Better)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pVjm23ATHg

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