Frankie Knuckles 1955-2014 | Frankie Knuckles Productions
April 2, 2014

To complement the previous post, here is the second playlist from those guys over at the Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA). This time however its a collection of some of Frankies fantastic original productions and remixes. Its a fantastic collection of some of the best known productions including collaborations with Michael Jackson, Toni Braxton, Chaka Khan and much much more. Enjoy!

Frankie Knuckles 1955-2014 | Warehouse Top 50
April 2, 2014

As you might imagine, the tributes have been comming in hard and fast since the news was formally announced.  The following playlist was put together by the geniuses over at Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) and its a stellar snapshot into those old Philly and gospel sounds that shaped what the Warehouse and in turn Frankie’s reputation. Taken directly from the tracklist Frankie listed in the seminal book “Last Night A DJ Saved My Life” , its an awesome collection of tracks. So give the history a listen and have some fun fun. Learn the words, sing along. This is music for dancing!

First Choice – Let No Man Put Asunder (Full Mix) [1983]
May 2, 2010

Time to pay our respects to one of the most sampled accapella’s of all time. First Choices Salsoul helmed late Disco classic has appeared in countless tracks ranging from classic acid themes, through early house, hardcore, rave, happy hardcore, vocal trance, techno trance, psytrance, drum n bass, jungle, you name it, its used a part of this vocal. Not all that surprising though, the harmony is a classic, the vocals are powerful enough without going overboard and dominating the track – likely why its been used so often!

From Discogs
A ‘must-have’ in any DJ case and a ‘must-be’ on every ‘all time Disco list’, “Let No Man Put Asunder” was much more than a feminist anthem or underground Disco hit, as it represented a standard for a whole generation.

The acappella of this timeless Disco classic is arguably among the most sampled ever in the history of the Dance Music, just like was the music from Kraftwerk or The J.B.’s.

Shep Pettibone’s version for “Let No Man Put Asunder” on A side became an instant classic; the single also had a version by the Warehouse resident DJ Frankie Knuckles on the opposite side. The acappella and the fact that both versions were made by heros of the quality music scene from that time made this the most special release of this classic.

Strange as it may seem, the credits for this tune point the production date on 1977, but this single in particular with its versions and acappella was only released years later, in 1983. This was therefore the first pressing with the quintessential acappella by the diva Rochelle Fleming, a true relic.