Throughout my early period of discovering disco music
it was always a thrill for me to hear a redit or remix of
a piece of music that I was familiar with.

It was a necessity for the underground feel of a disco hit that it contain the elements which dancers and deejays were accustomed to, and so desired.

With today's dance music it is typical to have 4 to 5 varied mixes to suit different club environments. Most of these customized mixes conform a song with new sound. At times a song may be unrecognizable within 2 mixes.

I have taken several classics and rare selections to reedit and create what I call "ReStructure Mixes" - some are pieces of the original and others are edited remixes. Most of these cuts I have used the original LP or 12" mix - straying from another engineers remix. This is to maintain my own sound with the original recording.

I hope you will enjoy them - please let me know by sending me an email at restructuremix@cox.net or let me know if there are any classics you would like me to perform a "ReStructure Mix" on!

Glenn Rivera

 


 

 

 

 

• Women - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Snob

Snob is a disco project from Philip Walter, Patrick Barbero and Philippe Renaux – formerly titled Black Sun. Their 1979 project titled “Are Women Snobs?” is one of the disco variations on the Italo-disco craze taking over in the late 70s and early 80s. “Women” is a single from the album which is known by hardcore disco connoisseurs as a slice of that disco pie. The number uses heavy synthesizers and guitar riffs in the pure disco sound and weaves a hypnotic foundation for the light and elf-like chorus singing of those ladies in the club that drive onlookers to question just where they come from. The theme alone follows the Italo-disco exploration of alternative and unique compositions. The drum tracks are the main force here and they never leave short a space where a break can benefit.

I have taken the 12” version of “Women” on the Canadian disco label P.B.I. Records and took those grooves which formulate that hardcore disco edge in a ReStructure Mix. More of the winding pieces which make this song an underground sensation. It also signifies the movement of disco music which even today continues to influence artists and dancers everywhere.

• Special Delivery - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Angela Bofill

Angie Bofill is a soul, jazz and rhythm and blues vocalist whose work it best known for her work in the late 70s and pop-dance tracks in the early 80s. Even though most of her memorable tracks are ballads I became focused on Angela’s music thanks to the sweetness of her voice and unique phrasing. “Special Delivery” is from her 1983 album “Teaser” and is produced by Narada Michael Walden who also gave a great effort in many dance productions of the time including Aretha Franklin, Sister Sledge, Stacy Lattisaw, Amii Stewart and Phyllis Hyman. This number is a nice pop-soul mover that incorporates a definitive announcement to a love who is unsuspecting. A nice dance track for Angela and again her voice powers this song into gear with her power yet subtle tease.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of “Special Delivery” and re-delivered this ReStructure Mix with new play with the existing beats. It works like a surprise in many ways with a few breakdowns and more of the bridge which echoes a 60s flair.

• Cuba Libre! - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Modern Rocketry

Modern Rocketry is a high energy project from San Francisco’s disco resurgence during the early 80s. The studio ensemble began in 1983 with their singles “I’m Not Your Steppin’ Stone” and “The Right Stuff” – both produced by Ken Kessie and Morey Goldstein. The sound of dance music began a new shift in dance music in the early 80s was immensely driven by electronics which brought the energy level higher. Tracks like “Cuba Libre!” are the essence of the 80s high energy scene where the rolling sequencers delivered the power and energy that dancers were looking for.

I have taken the 12” version of “Cuba Libre!” from the Megatone Record label – remixed by Marty Blecman and have given it a new ReStructure Mix lift. More of the celebration is extended by the chorus being ignited in many new ways along with some extending of those climactic keyboards and play on edits. A classic disco number is added by The Gibson Brothers to add to the excitement.

• Yoda's Theme - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Boris Midney

Boris Midney is one of the earliest innovators of disco/dance music in the late 70s. His approach with disco music in his first two projects USA European Connection and Beautiful Bend were a blend of female chorus in Philly style along with a futuristic and electronic orchestra. His style was one which perplexed many whose ideas and rhythm were following the standard. It was not long before this underground disco style became a classic among itself and influenced many producers and artists in the upcoming disco arena. “Yoda’s Theme” is from Boris Midney’s 1980 album which featured “Music From The Empire Strikes Back” scored by John Williams. Midney had already progressed into a new rhythmic and jazz fused edge which was heard in his projects Festival, Masquerade and Caress. With “Yoda’s Theme” Midney does not hold back from using what imagination brought along with score.

I have taken the album version of “Yoda’s Theme” and gave it a new ReStructure Mix and took pieces of the composition from Boris Midney to play out in a new and soaring version. More of the swirling pieces of Midney’s majestic orchestral snippets are intact and at times are created in a new way.

• 7th Heaven - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Vanity

Vanity is Denise Mathews and is best known for her performances with group Vanity 6 and her music affiliation with artist, Prince. Her solo career following the Prince Triage ensemble began in 1984 where her singles featured her luscious vocals pawing at funk rhythms like a cat teasing its prey. “7th Heaven” is a 1985 single which was produced by Bill Wolfer and was featured on the Motown soundtrack to the film “The Last Dragon”. The track is very similar to her single “Pretty Mess” yet the rhythm funk grooves make it unique and stand on its own. The sexy vocal again lures us into Vanity’s style and play land where the height of the song never ends.

I have taken the soundtrack version of 3:28 into a ReStructure Mix as a portion fixer to extend and work with more beats and street drums to enhance this number. “7th Heaven” has the alluring quality which makes Vanity’s style stand out and obvious and this extension works on completing it in a new suggestive way.

This ReStructure Mix is dedicated to Ray Duran Jr. for his request to bring this piece onto the floor again with more ‘heaven’ for our ears and feet.

• My Love Is Hot - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Lalomie Washburn

Lalomie Washburn is a soul and funk singer from the early 70s also from featured in bands High Voltage and Love Craft. Her solo recording began in 1977 with her album “My Music Is Hot” on disco music’s Parachute Records. The project was produced by Sye Mitchell and took Lalomie into a disco funk arena with a perfect landing for her soulful and sexy delivery. “My Love Is Hot (Caliente)” is the single which I caught onto with its Latin percussion outline and standard lounge male chorus adlibs. It is one of the great funk fares of the mid-70s and also features The Waters on backup vocals. A driving number that is one of the remnants of a great era of funk to disco.

I have taken the album version of “My Love Is Hot (Caliente)” and rearranged the hot track with a new ReStructure Mix for a deeper layout. It features a riff from an earlier recording produced by Sye Mitchell titled “Everybody Must Pay” by Swede. This new rework is a treatment of the loops and additions to give Lalomie another chance to lure us into the “hot” music these two have left us with.

• Give Me - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Range

Range is an Italo-disco project from Paul Mazzolini – a producer also known as Gazebo, Paul Micioni who produced projects by Easy Going, Gary Low, Amii Stewart and Twilight and Natasha King who is also the vocalist on the track “AM/FM” under Natasha. “Give Me” is the only 12” single released by this ensemble in 1981 yet the single lays out Italo-disco in its most creative and influential time period. The magic keyboards from Mazzolini are a galactic swirl that sounds as if they could have existed in an early work from Boris Midney. The song has a sweet taste of the Italian disco chorus which extends a delivery that is harmony at a falsetto range in a whisper. One of the memorable moments in disco history where the artists play the majestic elements of dance music with flair and a funky bass under tone.

I have taken the 12” of “Give Me” and created a ReStructure Mix to pay tribute to both Mazzolini and Micioni and their wonderful contributions to dance music. This slick piece is one where you can hear the talent and creative sense play. It has always been a favorite of mine from the echoes of that keyboard riff in a dance hall. This reworking is a touch of tribal drums meet outer space.

• Am I Normal - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Eye To Eye

Eye To Eye is Julian Marshall and Deborah Berg. One of progressive moments in 80s dance music where the arrangement utilized a focus on the moody edge of nu-wave and synth-pop. A style which late became adaptable for alternative dance tracks and shaped the mid-80s dance floor. “Am I Normal” is a track that gives off the elegance of an anthem for an early morning dance floor number as clubs like The Saint would claim as a theme song. Julian Marshall also worked with The Flying Lizards who worked another cutting edge nu-wave dance track in 1979, a cover of Motown’s “Money”. Vocalist Deborah Berg gives a wonderful performance which rings out the questionable message which appears to be insecurity in circles. Her voice is a nice addition to a synth-pop band as Eye To Eye and may be the earliest feel of later 80s groups like Basia and Swing Out Sister.

I have taken the 12” version of “Am I Normal” and gave it an homage not only to the track itself but also the 80s transition of disco music to a new dance style in many variations. This song always gave me the escape that the dance floor offered with its piecing keyboards and sequencers following the mood. It is presented in this ReStructure Mix as another example of great imagination of talent from Eye To Eye.

• Don't Turn Your Love Away - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Viva

Viva is a high energy disco project from producer by Kevin Mason and arranged and conducted by Mike Durandt. The aerobics pump in this one makes it light and sweet as the male vocal croons in a sexy 60s flair. One of the releases of the time that stands out with its original airy feel. High energy began speaking its true voice with tracks as this and made the mid-80s once again a rejuvenation period for disco music.

I have taken the 12” versions to weave this new ReStructure Mix and adding more of a shallow percussion assist to work along this pumping energy. More detours are taken into new breaks and a new way of listening and dancing to this little gem.

• When You Walk In The Room - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Rammong Speed

Ramming Speed is an 80’s high energy project from Canadian disco producers Ian Guenther and Willi Morrison – the fantastic duo who brought to dance floors their former work by THP Orchestra, Southern Exposure, The Duncan Sisters, Grand Tour, The Skatt Brothers, American Fade, and Hazell Dean’s “Evergreen”. This 1984 release is another example of the magnificent duo and their ability to shift from the big disco production of THP Orchestra and Grand Tour into the new and growing high energy sound of the early 80s. A sound which seemed heavily influenced by later 70s productions by The Simon Orchestra and the striking drums and dramatic keyboard riffs. “When You Walk In The Room” is a clever disco clever of the Jackie De Shannon song and takes it to the hilt with pounding drums and the rolling bass tracks. One of the sweet high energy pieces which continued to keep the disco efforts moving in a progressive manner for the 80s.

I have taken the 12” and utilized the three versions to recreate a ReStructure Mix with hints of the original from the 1964 original. The drums and percussion are pieces of the original only being brought to the front like a cannonball. More of the Morrison and Guenther work which continued to leave me in awe of their magic in the 80s and just as successful on the dance floors.

• Some Kind Of Love - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Billy Always

Billy Always (William Lewis Moore) is a soul vocalist whose talent led him under the direction of Aretha Franklin in the 50s at the age of nine. His solo recording career includes the 1980 single “Some Kind of Love” which was released under Canada’s dance label V.S. Records. A funk arrangement a mild energy yet quite contagious thanks to the magic of Billy’s vocals. The blaring horns create a nice layer of serious throwing down in this one.

I have taken the 12” of “Some Kind of Love” and recreated a looser and funk driven groove with some pieces of the bongo riffs and horn parts. The existing groove makes this ReStructure Mix only a rekindling of arrangement in parts and pieces.

• From Here To Eternity - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Colby

Colby is an Italo-disco project from producer Servero Lombardoni along with Marcello Catalano arranging this classic Giorgio Moroder instrumentation. Released in 1987 this single placed the space disco epic into a new time zone with a hard hitting beat and use of the elements from original pieced into a new journey into the sound of electronic disco during its creation. This one pours more of the mystic with heart and soul which Moroder may have given this project during his brainstorms – it is the classic Italo-disco emulating the master with respect and the same imagination.

I have taken the 12” dance mix and “Pippo” mix into this ReStructure Mix to pay tribute to Moroder’s original as well as the Italo-disco counterpart so well executed. I have added a few of the original elements to piece this journey into a completeness that will give the ride a pleasing familiarity.

• You Make Me Feel Brand New - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Lorraine McKane

Lorraine McKane is known for her big dance track “Let The Night Take The Blame” from 1984. A track which revitalized the high energy movement with its direct target for the night life and its disco diva spotlight allowing the lure of the night lights to point the fault for a short but sweet relationship. It was that disco magic rolled into a song. “You Make Me Feel Brand New” from 1990 is Lorraine’s fabulous high energy cover of The Stylistics 1974 soul classic ballad. It gives the piece a wonderful pitch into disco space with its sweet yet defined vocal from Ms. McKane and the high energy production from Steve O’Donnell who gave us work from David Boydell, The Salsoul Orchestra and Tracy Ullman and Pete Ware who also gave us in the dance arena tracks by Bona-Riah, Divine, and Hazell Dean.

I have taken the original 12” version and focused on taking the existing energy and extending it. The beauty of the original is still intact and only pieces and parts of the rolling bass synths and climactic keyboards are given more opportunity to relay the magic of the song. Lorraine’s vocals are rearranged in spots and given a layered fade out.

• The Beast In Me - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Silence 2 featuring Gordon Grody

Silence 2 is an 80s dance project from Italo-disco’s most essential producer, Mr. Jacques Fred Petrus and arranger Celso Valli – paired along with longtime vocalist Gordon Grody who performed in many sessions including disco groups Lemon, Gregg Diamond’s Starcruiser and Bionic Boogie, Change and B.B. & Q Band. “The Beast In Me” is a track released in 1984 twice. This version by Gordon Grody and the Italo-disco duo Petrus and Valli is an electronic version in the synth-pop mode where the release by Bonnie Pointer in the same vein with more of a rock edge poured into the mix. Grody’s vocal bring a 80s male rock flair with his Steve Perry flair and style. It is one of early morning weapons I would reach for when those eerie playlist call for the deeper mood of energy. A must for those moments for me when a little jolt was needed early in the AM.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental into the ReStructure Mix phase to create a blend for the heart of the song. In the early morning arrangement when the mood stays where it is haunting and eerie. A few elements of percussion are added to peak the breaks and chorus spots for more push.

• Skydancer - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Android

Android is an electronic disco project from The Netherlands featuring Imro Van Hetten and Marc Hartman. Their first single from 1986 followed in the Italo-disco sound with a keyboard instrumental journey titled “Skydancer”. The track utilizes the heavy down beat with rolling sequencers providing the foundation for a short interlude. Many of Italo-disco music’s instrumental pieces crossed over into a wider audience in the mid-80s gave the high energy theme a direction. “Skywalker” is pieces of keyboard which emulate a space or futuristic feel. May sound like a motion picture theme cut down to a dance track. It is one of the periods of dance music where once again a sound influenced another change in direction.

I have taken the 12” and dub versions of “Skydancer” and created a new layout in this ReStructure Mix. It uses more of the keyboard parts as the flow along with a riff from a familiar composition from Giorgio Moroder which helped to bring about this sound all together.

• It's Hot - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Unyque

Unyque is a disco ensemble from 1979 produced by Britt Britton and Freida Nerangis of Crown Heights Affair. The project introduces an array of funk and disco tracks that emphasize the best fusion of soul and funk into the disco arrangement. Heavy on the horns and the content of both disco numbers and funk are fitting in vocal delivery and energy. “It’s Hot” is a track from the project which caught my ear for its slick lyrics and tight horn sections. This one feels like the Crown Heights Affair that helped to influence soul to disco music in the mid-70s. A nice dance track that fills the shoes of uplifting dance floor themes like “In The Bush” with the same sensuality blended in.

I have taken the album version of “It’s Hot” and recreated the energy in a 80s form by adding a familiar synth-edge. This ReStructure Mix extends the chorus mainlines into more of what makes it what this set out to relay in disco music. A play with beats and the existing percussion and congas make it more of a dance floor event.

• Green Onions - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Zinthetyzër

Zinthetyer is Canadian DJ/producer Mario Tremblay. His two releases under the title Zinthetyer were covers of soul classic: “Money” – and the 80s punk interpretation by The Flying Lizards and the blues track “Green Onions” which his version was released in 1982. A piece of the 80s nu-wave dance scene using Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love” as the under force of the syncopated beats. A female speaks throughout this version as the lazy rhythm plays out as the original. It is one of the left field releases that I always enjoyed including in afterhours programs and moody mixed tapes. A bit odd in its context but this makes it quite interesting. Mario Tremblay also released another single titled “Dance In America” in 1981.

I have taken the 12” instrumental and vocal versions of “Green Onions” and reframed this underground piece into a new ReStructure Mix. It uses some of the original effects from Soft Cell’s influential track and also pulls more of the rhythm into a new arrangement.

• Got Got Money (and I Moo) - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Five Letters

Five Letters is Claude Vallois and Denis Desrouvres – a duo who explored the abstract sound of dance music using the French language as an instrumental piece of many of their recordings. Their 1979 album “Got Got Money” is their disco/high energy Tour de Force which helped to make disco music a powerful outline during a period where the direction took a new step. This percussion filled project is much like a hardcore project as studio pieces from Erotic Drum Band created earlier on. It left the imagination open for anything as we find here. “Got Got Money (and I moo)” is a fast moving track with some of the most infectious keyboard and drum fills in a dance track. The chorus line leaves a curious mind entertained throughout a transition of funky keyboard sounds that emulate a 60s psychedelic trip. This one was an instant draw for me since my programs often built them to a top level of this energy.

I have taken the 12” version of “Got Got Money (and I moo)” and in tribute to a track as such released during a transition of disco peaking and fading as a pinnacle. It is broken down in segments for this ReStructure Mix to present a new flow from the original arrangement to bring more of the energy to the track. The bongo and drum fills are still the hit here and always remind me of a dance floor entranced in disco energy.

• I Strip You - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Easy Going

Easy Going is an Italo-disco project from Paul Micioni, Giancarlo Meo and Claudio Simonetti. At the creation of a new genre of dance music this trio brought a new light to dance floors in a cutting edge style. Their first big dance floor hit, “Baby I Love You” combined the work which producers like Giorgio Moroder were formulating with an electronic production and intent. “Fear” is from their 1979 project and displays a new layering and attitude for not only the Italo-disco genre but also a breath of freedom for its creators. A rush of energy just as Peter Jacques Band’s “Fire Night Dance” brought a few years earlier. “I Strip You” is a wonderful journey into a denial of gay sexuality between our bands vocalist who eventually exclaims in a sexual situation that a female suitor is barking up the wrong tree. A definite move forward from the Village People and their prior attempts at making the Y.M.C.A. a cruising stop. This track is powered by pure disco energy and the elements of the time poured in buckets.

I have taken the album version of “I Strip You” and focused on breaking down the electronic production into layers and then applying a ReStructure Mix touch to its greatness. It plays out in bits and pieces yet gives a new work for those who want to hear it new and completely unlike the original – yet it is what it is – Italo disco!

• Funk Encounters - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Constellation Orchestra

Constellation Orchestra is a disco project from 1978 and produced by Jesse Boyce and Moses Dillard – the duo that also delivered Saturday Night Band, Lorraine Johnson, and Frisky. This is New York Disco at its finest. A true blend of the soulful and funk elements of the early 70s and the smooth and chic edge of this new music fashion called disco. Jesse Boyce and Moses Dillard have captured the period in their music beginning with their classics, “Come On, Dance, Dance” by Saturday Night Band and “Feed The Flame” by Lorraine Johnson – here with “Funk Encounters” they work another trip to the disco galactic world of the time period. Funky bass guitars play out the time travel with lots of their synthetic effects to take the dance floor on another journey.

I have taken the album version of “Funk Encounters” and worked on the rhythmic pieces of this dynamite number for this ReStructure Mix. More of that infectious bass is roaring throughout this new arrangement and the horns are the centerpiece for the energy. More loops create a few new breaks and moments where this track plays us to another level.

• Underfire - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Debra Dejean

Debra Dejean is a disco artist who released one album in 1981 produced by Bo Bohannon and Carl Marsh. The project featured a few hardcore dance tracks with a rock edge appropriate for the early 80s and a high energy cover of Smokey Robinson’s “You Really Got A Hold On Me”. This album also featured a cover of a 1979 track from an artist titled Jackie called “Underfire”. The original in synth-pop format was produced by Terry Britten. Debra’s version takes the soft original and transforms it with a kickin’ rock feel giving it a new funk-like energy. A nice vocal performance by Debra on this project leaves many of the tracks memorable as this version of “Underfire”.

I have taken the 12” version of “Underfire” and transformed the rhythm force into a new ReStructure Mix completing it with a new into and bounce induced fade. The original is cut and pasted into a new arrangement and I focused on the elements which made it most favorable to me throughout the years and during its release.

This ReStructure Mix is dedicated to Ms. Debra Dejean who passed in June 2015 – leaving behind a memorable album for those who danced in the 80s.

• Come On - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Jules Tropicana

Jules Tropicana is a disco project from Barcelona and features Ritchie Rauet, Sergio Oca and Jules Nikoko. “Come On” is their first single from 1983 and lays out the high energy sound which would soon become a standard in the mid-80s. It was the transition to electronic music and the energy it created from start to finish on many projects as this. The smooth rolling synthesizers here and the nice calm vocal create an ominous effect. One of the big hits of my club and a wonderful marking point for the soon to become dance floor sensation of high energy music.

I have taken the vocal and instrumental version from the 12” of “Come On” to rework the energy into a new ReStructure Mix. I have used pieces of the fabulous original mix only to add to the mechanism of already existing power.

• Shattered Glass - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Laura Branigan

Laura Branigan is a performer who took dance floors higher with her 1982 vocal performance on “Gloria”. A rejuvenation of dance floors with just a touch of Laura’s yearning rock edged high end. “Shattered Glass” is a 1987 single from her “Touch” album and was produced by Stock, Aitken and Waterman of Rick Astley, Mel and Kim, and Kylie Minogue success. Another emotional heartbreak number with the flavor of Laura’s vocals which always are effective. This one pulled dance floors into the beat and clap house fills that SAW used in many of their productions along with the rolling guitar bass for the energy. It is one of her powerful messages and a favorite of the die-hard fans of Ms. Branigan.

I have taken the 12” version of “Shattered Glass” and broke down pieces of the percussion and beat tracks to overlap some new energy to this ReStructure Mix. Once again the arrangement is completely overhauled for a new dance and heartfelt experience. A fade out again is given to echo the drama and excitement of this number.

• Time To Get Down - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Kat Mandu

Kat Mandu is a disco project from producers Denis Lepage (Lime) and Joe Le Greca with one of the landmark disco tracks from 1979, “The Break”. The group also featured Ritchie Rome (The Ritchie Family, African Suite) on orchestrations and arrangements as well as Cissy Houston on backing vocals. “Time To Get Down” comes from their second album titled “Get Crackin’” from 1980 – it is light groove with lots of the percussion that this ensemble is known for. Jimmy Ray performs the lead vocals as he did in the first album with a distinctive sound and delivery which is soothing and yet lay back and funky. A nice early evening piece that brings a touch of mild energy to the feet and reminds the floor what they are doing.

I have taken the album version of “Time To Get Down” and revamped a new version for this ReStructure Mix. Taking the deep bass guitar riff and building around it and the heavy drums and percussion. It has much of the extended elements and editing to break the song up from its original layout.

• People Say It's In The Air - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Herrey's

Herrey’s are a trio of three brothers: Louis, Per and Richard Herrey who were a pop recording group during the mid-80s throughout the mid-90s. “People Say It’s In The Air” is a single released in 1985 and produced by Anders Engberg and caught the attention of the dance clubs and music enthusiasts whom were taken by anthem songs. This one was a big mover for hardcore dance clubs which takes on a new meaning with big tracks which reach more than the feet as this one does. It is a beautiful and melodic love song with a chorus of hope and celebration. The Herrey’s are one of the parts of this anthem category for this number and many who danced all night to songs like “Hang On To My Love” by Jimmy Ruffin and “No Regrets” by Quartzlock know this mood well.

I have taken the 12” ‘Red, White and Blue Remix’ – vocal and instrumental and reworked a ReStructure Mix which adds more to the celebration with a longer intro and a fading chorus. I have added a far off percussion riff to give this one a haunting edge and keep the mystery of this genre of dance music rare and energetic.

• Down To The Wire - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Bob McGilpin

Bob McGilpin is a musician and artist who are best known in the club walls for his big inspirational hit “Superstar” from 1978. One of the only disco singles of the time to feature 2 remixes since its rein was on top as a Top 10 disco hit. Bob also brought to disco music a unique sound of funk and his nice vocal presence. “Down To The Wire” is from Bob’s 1980 album on Casablanca Records and is produced once again by Norman B. Ratner – who also produced Lou Rawls, Lola Falana and Gene Page projects. This 1980 release is a wonderful dance track which features the lush strings of the 70s disco sound and another uplifting proposition from Bob. One of the favorites of the time when Bob’s refreshing sound gave dancing the freedom it needed.

I have taken the album version of “Down To The Wire” and focused on the same formula which made “Superstar” one of my favorites. Adding some new rhythm elements to bring out the groove and the beauty of the disco arrangement. More of Bob is brought to the surface and the rolling bass hidden in the original recording.

• For Your Love - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Discotheque

Discotheque is a project from Bart Van De Laar (Night Force) and François Weyer formed in 1979. Their single “For Your Love” is a high energy cover of 1965 The Yardbirds rock classic. This version follows the disco formula stripped down and raw. Bass and rhythm guitars are the formula behind the groove of this disco track. It follows the last of the big disco productions which were built into the sound of the late 70s. Most clubs who found this version memorable are the big afterhours dance palaces who began to shift more to a progressive 80s dance format. The vocals are echoes of the male 60s bands with a touch what the song calls for.

I have taken the 12” version of “For Your Love” and created this ReStructure Mix adding more percussion to give it the shake down which it deserves. A new arrangement focusing around the main content is expressed here and of course it is tailored to the original afterhours feel.

• I'm A Dancer - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - V.I.S.A.

V.I.S.A. is an Italo-disco project from 1979 produced by Angelo Piccarreta and arranged by Celso Valli. This four cut album is the blend of Italo-disco changing the landscape of disco music which we knew from the late 70s. The energy became more of the focus and electronics were the solution for the sound of this continuum. “I’m A Dancer” is from the album titled “San Francisco” and it is one of the perfect club records of its time. It takes the dance floors on a trip back to the underground feel of disco music where the beat was only there for the chorus and remained light and almost unnoticed though the story of a man so in love with losing himself on the dance floor he compares it to his romance. One of the great works of arranged/producer Celso Valli as he relies on horns, rolling bass and disco syndrum effects to cast an almost moody and dark energy. A favorite project of mine and one which took me back into the basics of disco once again.

I have taken the album version of “I’m A Dancer” and choreographed a new phase for this song. It has more of the top layer of percussion with claps and high end to give it more power. The vocals are left intact as they are the message that the 80s brought from Italo-disco as many still yearned to express themselves as a ‘dancer’.

• Nighttime Heaven - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - The Technos

The Technos are Bev Sage and Steve Fairnie – originally titled The Techno Twins on their first releases. The duo created a synth-pop dance sound which used a touch of the nu-wave edge to give their music a 80s feel. Their 1984 single “Nighttime Heaven” is one of their most memorable of the club scene and was produced by Phil Harding. It is a beat pounding rhythm with a challenge from our lead vocalist to create the celebration that their music weaved. It was a huge hit for me during its release and always brings to mind the power of electronic dance music and the fusion it was discovering during the early and mid-80s.

I have taken the 12” version of “Nighttime Heaven” and did some sharp cutting to recreate this ReStructure Mix. It is more of an arrangement which focuses on the heavy parts of the rhythm and chorus pieces of the song. It is another tribute to the electronic and synth-pop influence on disco music during a new era.

• Discomania - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - The Lovers

The Lovers is a studio project from disco producer, Jacques Morali who began the success of the disco medley. His production of The Ritchie Family’s “The Best Disco In Town” from 1976 was a take on the mid-70s disco influence and where it was headed. The success of the medley both in clubs and radio brought the following of the mash up of hits tracks in the disco medley form. “Discomania” by The Lovers is another similar piece using the big dance floor movers of the time. Jacques Morali also produced The Ritchie Family’s big disco era hits as well as Village People, Patrick Juvet, Phylicia Allen, Eartha Kitt and Julius Brown. “Discomania” is a time piece and reflects the excitement that this genre of music brought to the world.

I have taken the vocal medley and instrumental versions from the 12” of “Discomania” and created a new ReStructure Mix which takes the pieces of the medley into a new arrangement. The chorus has been amended to fit into a more ambient and current dub feel and the bass is still pumpin’!

• Can You Do It Forever - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Virgin

Virgin is an Italo-disco project featuring vocalist Emanuela Gubinelli on “Can You Do It Forever” from 1992. The production by Giacomo Maiolini was the turning point in Italo-disco and the once again influenced by the high energy movement. “Can You Do It Forever” is a beautiful and melodic love song with a punch thanks to the sweet yet lovely harmonies created by Emanuela. Almost haunting at times when the sweeping keyboard movements slide into a new verse or chorus. One of the big high energy hits for my dance floor on weekends and another need to build up to that momentum that fast paced dance records would mold in a set.

I have taken the 12” extended, accapella, instrumental and ‘last version” from the Time Records release and rearranged the song with a longer intro to ready your senses for the rolling bass sequencers and added high end percussion.

• Shinin' - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Gregg Diamond's Hardware

Gregg Diamond is a pioneer of disco music. His productions combined the funky sound of pop-rock and a fusion of disco. Much of his work including projects by Bionic Boogie, Starcruiser, Andrea True Connection and Gloria Gaynor have always been considered classic and the best always. Hardware is a disco ensemble from 1979 for Mercury Records where he creates the disco edge with more of a rock feel. The pounding of the disco beat still moves his rhythms and his chorus includes Zach Sanders, Diva Gray, Gordon Grody and Jocelyn Brown. “Shinin’” is another great example how Diamond takes a phrase and creates many innuendos with both music and his presentation. An attribute which always made his music unique.

I have taken the album version of “Shinin’” and worked it into frenzy in this ReStructure Mix. It blends out several parts into a main focal groove of segments in this new mix. A new intro and fade are plays for a method that always seems adequate for a classic groove as this.

• Space Ranger - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Araxis

Araxis is a disco project from producer Jurgen Korduletsch – a progressive producer, arranger, writer and musician who also gave us Claudja Barry, Disco Circus, Lipstique, Ronnie Jones and Gaz. His 1982 single “Space Ranger” is a memorizing dance track which echoes the 70s galactic theme with the electronic work that was being formulated with his 1979 band Disco Circus. This one sounds like a theme from a television show with a Star Wars theme and a hardcore club percussion layer that literally ‘taps’ into the soul. Another piece that follows the experimental and imaginative projects which were being released by Giorgio Moroder during the same period. This 12” single was one of the singles which found its way into many afterhours dance playlists during that lingering dance hall experience. It is one of my underground favorites and always brings me back to the mature disco sound of electronics with a simple outline.

I have taken the 12” single version of “Space Ranger” and recreated a new exploration of this imaginative piece. There are some new raging elements put into place to bring out more of the drama which is light yet effective in this rolling number. A few breaks are added to continue the space journey of this hero.

• Heartbeat - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Taana Gardner

Taana Gardner is the one of the disco artists that brought the deeper side of funk out within disco music. Her first album released in 1979 included the big Paradise Garage hit “Work That Body” and also the follow up “When You Touch Me” both iconic for both Taana’s sound and also the underground dance sound soon to become house music as disco music evolved. “Heartbeat” is a single released in 1981 and is another production by Kenton Nix with an exploration of the electro-funk edge in dance music during the early 80s. The track was a huge hit and gave hope to a new era of dancing in clubs and radio program that specialized in bringing the new edge disco to the airwaves.

I have taken the 12” version of “Heartbeat” and reworked the ‘heartbeats’ and funky rhythm tracks into a new ReStructure Mix. More of the underground is injected into this mix with more breaks aimed at striping away at the motion. Taana is again here to let us know how a heart can feel when under a new sensation with love and a funky groove.

• Born To Be Alive - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Kelly Marie

Kelly Marie is one of the voices of dance/disco music whose power is always felt. Her achievements have been her versatile approach to each song. Her big hit “Feels Like I’m In Love” from 1979 is one of the tracks which became not only a landmark on the dance floor but also helped to give the end of the disco era a great send off. Kelly released a tribute to one of the great disco tracks from the golden age of disco – 1978 and the classic, “Born To Be Alice” by Patrick Hernandez. This cover is exciting as Kelly’s enticing vocals create the sensation of freedom all over again. Produced by John Davies and Nigel Stock of the Passion Records high energy machine. This rolling version is a great vehicle for Ms. Marie and she surely takes advantage of the stage once again.

I have taken the 12” vocal of “Born To Be Alive” and transformed the key elements into a new ReStructure Mix which beefs up the energy like a hoe-down at the disco corral. I have reworked the original with the emphasis of an all-night party breaking loose and Kelly is right there…once again!

• Perfume of Love - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Scala

Scala is an Italo-disco project from 1985 whose first single “Macchina Nera” was featured on an issue of Razormaid giving it the stamp of alternative dance. Their heavy use of pounding beats and heavy bass along with themes that follow another realm are the encompassing addiction to Italo disco. Produced by Joseph Angelli and Renzo Luchetta – this all electronic production is a fierce deep pounding 80s dance number that resonates. The sensual vocals are wonderful throughout the song even in spoken verses. I big hit for me during the high energy period and one of my favorites for those afterhours programs and a big leap for Italo-disco.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental versions to create this ReStructure Mix and accentuated those drums into their further riff. It is a longer and more use of those vocal tracks and sharp keyboard pieces are one which I also imagined.

• Hold Me Touch Me - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Carolyne Bernier

Carolyne Bernier is a Canadian disco artist who made the mid-70s dance floors a beautiful place to be. Her first single “Hold Me, Touch Me” is one of the loveliest dance tracks from 1977 and brings the early signs of disco music’s new direction for the time. Produced by Tony Green who also gave us France Joli, U.N., Freddie James, Geraldine Hunt and Goldie Alexander. This production is the essence of the touch disco period. It is one of Carolyn’s memorable tracks and gives a European flare an easy play for those who admire the lush sound of disco music.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of “Hold Me, Touch Me” and reworked the elements of both versions into this new ReStructure Mix. There is a longer intro and fade out to allow the dreamy and sexy sound another opportunity to make its way back into the heart.

• Dr. Sex - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Pleasure and The Beast

Pleasure and The Beat is one of the bands from the early 80s which played a role in shifting the synth-pop/alternative dance sound into high energy. Their 1983 single “Dr. Sex” is one of the alluring pieces of electronic music. An alternative edge with backing from many radio stations dedicated to the 80s nu-wave dance market. Produced by Jimmie O’ Neill and played out in a mystical arena with a female vocal which embodies the Siouxsie and The Banshees mood. A heavy layer of make vocals give it a sleaze feel with a touch of punk. One of the memorable pieces of the 80s and the open creative field for producers and artists.

I have taken the 12” version of “Dr. Sex” and layered those pumping bass key notes into a new ReStructure Mix. Focusing on the spell that the lead vocals seem to work and making every turn a new one.

• Here Comes The Night - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys are one of the iconic sounds in music history. Their music brought on the reflection of a time and place. As disco mirrored balls and dance floors were brought to life by disco, The Beach Boys sound gave an outline of the Southern California surfer scene on the shore. Their harmonies were the immediate lure of their music along with the smooth rockin sound of their guitars. In 1979, as most artists and bands did The Beach Boys release a disco single titled “Here Comes The Night”. It was brought to life with the magic of disco producer Bob Esty who took the song and gave it the feel of what disco music and dance floors were feeling. I can remember the excitement of this single when it was released and the cornerstone of disco music it represented. A great bouncy number with the vocals which make The Beach Boys just how they are remembered.

I have taken Bob Esty’s 12” marvel using both the vocal and instrumental to recreate the “night” once again in this ReStructure Mix. It is laid out with more of Bob’s electronic outline and focuses on the wonderful past of this band’s music.

• I Need You - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Claudia Hart (with Mix Up)

Claudia Hart is the vocalist on “I Need You” – a track produced by Mix Up (Biagio Farina, G. Gioia and J.P. De Blasio). This release from the Canadian dance label Uniwave Records from 1979 is a hint of the changing face of disco music as it moved into a full electronic production. The music here sounds like early Italo-disco and our lead vocalist Claudia Hart performs this love song in the same vein. A sexy and yearning number for a lover who needs to know how much desire is involved. Heavy on the percussion and bass synthesizers for one of those 80s disco moments. One of the sweetest 12” singles with the Canadian dance movement intact.

I have taken the 12” disco and rock versions to recreate a new ReStructure Mix which smooths out the arrangement with more of the pumping bass and keyboards between our delicate vocal. I have also attempted to take the BPM of this song under control and a new bongo pattern is overlaid throughout this new version.

• Gimme Love - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Harry Chalkitis

Harry Chalkitis is best known for his work with the disco group Queen Samantha. His production along with Charles Ibgui made the single “Take A Chance” a disco classic along with Chalkitis’ arranging and conducting. The sound he creates is that European pop disco flavor and also with tracks like “Take A Chance” an eerie underground feel. Harry Chalkitis released his first solo album in 1975 titled “Marita” and in 1981 a follow up project titled “So Long” – “Gimme Love” is from this album and is that sound which Chalkitis weaves very well. A bit more on the pop edge yet this style is still as satisfying as the hardcore dance numbers of the time.

I have taken the album version of “Gimme Love” and transformed the short radio version into an extended ReStructure Mix. A few new elements have been added to insure the beats make ever second worth it and some breaks to mesmerize this great dance number.

• Follow The Brightest Star - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Voyage

Voyage is a band from France whose dance music shaped disco music for the finale of anthems. Their big hits “From East To West” and “Souvenirs” are perhaps the most uplifting and memorable dance floor classics of the late seventies. The finale album from Voyage in 1982 titled “One Step Higher” contained a wonderful closing to their odyssey of dance music celebrating our world – “Follow The Brightest Star”. This one plays out like a 70s Euro-disco track with a beautiful resonance. It defines their sound in its entirety with the beautiful lyrics, sweet chorus and uplifting rhythms. One of the most wonderful sounds for the end of the disco era.

I have taken the 12” of “Follow The Brightest Star” and reworked another journey to a great place in this ReStructure Mix. The intro and chorus parts are dissected to give more of what this song brings alive. More of the song is better and a fade out with the chorus is the curtain call you may have been waiting for.

• Whatcha' Gonna Do - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Stephanie Wells

Stephanie Wells is a Canadian disco artists from producers Gino D’ Orazio and Tony Bentivegna (Nightlife Unlimited) and released one album titled “Fools In Love”. A big stamp on the Canadian disco import label Tojo Records in 1983 where much of the electronic dance tracks were creating a stir again on dance floors. This was the dawning of high energy music which was given its name since the electronic sound produced a nonstop rolling edge. “Whatcha’ Gonna Do” is that disco vein where the beautiful vocal is the top of level of the track and the swirling sounds created with keyboards and sequencers are the orchestral foundation. It is the return to the underground feel of disco music where the rhythm was the true essence.

I have taken the 12” version of “Whatcha’ Gonna Do” and worked a new ReStructure Mix not only extending the beauty of its lyrical verses but adding a new intro and breaks. The keyboard synth is extended the way I hear it in my head and the chorus still shines. A great track that helped to save the dance floors again in the early 80s with a return to the disco passion that had not yet ended.

• Sex Dance - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Lisa

Lisa R. Fredenthal-Lee is a disco singer who brought the early 80s alive once again with her single “Jump Shout” – produced by Barry Blum and John Hedges. The song was one of the 12” releases that helped make San Francisco’s disco based label Moby Dick Records a standard. Lisa released her debut album titled “Lisa” which featured more electronic dance tracks displaying more of this artists colors in an 80s flair. “Sex Dance” is the third release on the second 12” from the project. This one is aimed at a somewhat suggestive idea that moving to dance music brings on the need for intimacy and release. A bit more could only enhance the feeling that we have all been experiencing for years. It is one of the sleepers from the project yet it still presents that sound which Lisa brought alive in the early 80s.

I have taken the album version and 12” of “Sex Dance” and recreated a new lesson for this ReStructure Mix. It holds more breaks and surprises where my aim was to go deeper into the moves as it promises more.

• Street Talk - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Gino Soccio

Gino Soccio made the end of the disco era a need for an ambient and abstract sound which was only beginning on his first project, “Outline”. The early 80s were the movement towards an electronic dance sound which Soccio embraced in his own creative mind. “Street Talk” is from his 1981 album titled “Closer” and follows a synthesized metal sound with a touch of the nu-wave lightly sprinkled with distorted sounds joining a funky vocal from Erma Shaw. The track is a notable one since it gives his percolating and ambient feel a full on effect. One of the hidden gems from his many genius productions.

I have taken the album version of “Street Talk” and revamped the outline with a new arrangement and accenting the ticking percussion which keeps the rap here moving. The dreaminess is embraced with a few drop out breaks and some phasing. One of my favorite styles of Soccio in a new package.

• Hot Love In Spain / Porompompero - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Crystal Grass

Crystal Grass is a French disco group created by Lee Hallyday. Their 1974 self-titled album contains their classic “Crystal World” which displays a mysterious side to disco music as it emerged from soul. Their second album, “Dance Up A Storm” features singer Leroy Gomez (Santa Esmeralda) on saxophones. “The Love Train” from 1978 displays the theme which European disco used music from the past and themes segued into a medley. Most of DJs the clubs allowed for long play. Kristi Barton is the guest vocalist on this project and takes us around the world with standards and a few pop disco covers with a Cerrone-like chorus alongside. Much like the Voyage concept from Roger Tokarz. Our stop in Spain features “Hot Love In Spain/Porompompero” which features some great Spanish guitar work and authentic vocal serenading our diva as she passes through. A nice full orchestrated disco number that is by all means sophisticated as most emerging French disco was.

I have taken the album version of “Hot Love In Spain/Porompompero and recreated a new ReStructure Mix. I have added an intro to bring in the transition of this mood and also lots of claps and new beats to pound out that “hot love”.

• The Fruit Song - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Jeannie Reynolds

Jeannie Reynolds is a soul singer from the mid-70s who joined the Casablanca Records roster in 1976 with her first album titled, “Cherries, Bananas and Other Fine Things”. “The Fruit Song” was produced by Don Davis and being one of those sexy and alluring records which gave the feel of disco music the mood lighting it needed. This one plays out with bongos and congas beating a sexy pattern for Jeannie to express her love for passion fruit and her lover. A nice soul and sexy disco number with soaring strings and some moans and sounds that may bring to mind romance to the hilt.

I have taken the album version of “The Fruit Song” and laid out the basic percussion track to recreate this ReStructure Mix. It plays out much like the original with only a couple of new breaks and some nice fruity percussion pieces to accent this sexy song.

• Beat Street Strut - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Juicy

Juicy are a brother and sister duo featuring Katreese and Jerry Barnes. Their 1984 track “Beat Street Strut” from the soundtrack of the film “Beat Street” is one of producer, Eumir Deodato’s electro funk masterpieces. The rolling bass and jittery keyboards create a contagious rhythm that moves the mind and feet. Juicy lends their vocals in that disco chorus feel where a celebration is obvious and shouting is done with excitement. One of the big moments for me where the rhythm became the set during its release and those playlists following.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental to recreate this bumpin’ street ReStructure Mix. More effects are added and several pieces from the original are sampled and looped to give more challenge to your energy. A special appearance from Sharon Redd finished this remix with more for your moves.

• Fantasy - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Hotline

Hotline is a project from Bobby Orlando who took the underground feel of disco music back to the basics of rhythm with his heavy percussion and beats emulated in a street fashion. A new sound which would soon become the high energy music of the 80s. “Fantasy” from 1982 is a spoof of Orlando’s own production “Passion” from his studio group The Flirts from the same year. The instrumental plays out identically with a few changes in EQ and lyrics. This one is for the dancers who discovered the underground feel of Orlando’s early sound irresistible.

I have taken the Italian Import 12” version of “Fantasy” and created a new ReStructure Mix with a new chopping job to reconstruct this version into a mystical experience. A sample from Clint Eastwood’s “Play Misty For Me” helps to give it that erotic sound.

• Brown Sugar - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Man Parrish

Man Parrish is one of the New York artists who took an early part of the 80s to rejuvenate electronic dance music. His first album introduced a fierce blend of street-beats, electro-vibes and an early high energy sound to dance floors. “Hip Hop Be Bop” is now a classic dance piece which helped to bring the street sound to many dance floors that many have been reluctant to feel the power behind this new concept. Man also produced many artists and continues to make dance floors his art form for club goers and dancers. “Brown Sugar” is a single released in 1987 and layers the sounds of percussion and Man Parrish’s style of keyboards which often bring back the innovation he created. This cover of The Rolling Stones classic is a dance intelligent move for a work which follows anything but standard.

I have taken the 12” version of “Brown Sugar” using both vocal and instrumental to transform this cover into a semi-mashup with The Rolling Stones. It keeps the magic beats that Parrish has created and honors them in a new way.

• Darkness and Light - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Amanda Lear

Amanda Lear has taken disco music literally throughout her career. Her material has always been of the abstract and of the strange and dark edge of life. Throughout the material Amanda has always remained true to her talent to perform and her persona. “Darkness and Light” is a single released in 1983 – produced by Peter Ludemann. This 12” single also contained “Love Your Body” which was a big hit on many dance floors as it followed the heavy bass synth which helped to culminate the upcoming high energy scene. The news on “Darkness and Light” looks at the world situation as a bit bleak yet there is hope in her heart and soul. More of an early morning feel and worked for me during many sets at that time.

I have taken the 12” version of “Darkness and Light” and repaved a ReStructure Mix which breaks the dark and light into two parts. It blends many parts and loops to recreate the transition and also re-works those heavy bass beats and synths.

• Cool - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - The Time

The Time is the Jimmy “Jam” Harris, Terry Lewis and Morris Day – who set the 80s on fire with their brand of electro-funk during the early 80s. “Cool” is from their first album which displays the brand and style of what Prince was weaving during his reign as a new artist. This one plays out with the exaggerated appeal of the persona which Morris Day reflected in play. The keyboards are the 80s style of funk and punk rolled into one yet the vocals are as funky as possible. This one stands out for me since it created quite a stir every Friday and Saturday night on my dance floor.

I have taken the 12” version of “Cool” and recreated a new attitude ReStructure Mix with some new elements to beef up the power of its funky ed

• Tonight - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Ronnie Jones

Ronnie Jones has always been the Motown voice of disco music. His smooth and sweet delivery has always brought to mind the sound of a generation of the 70s which brought soul music to the disco curve. “Tonight” is a single from Ronnie’s 1980 project titled “Games” – produced by Jurgen Korduletsch. The track is an exciting dive into the night where the spotlights are aimed at a good time. This track was a winner for my club at the time as the build from early evening to high energy music was taking place. A very nice and alluring chorus is the center stage of this song and it lingers on with Ronnie’s appealing performance takes over.

I have taken the 12” version of “Tonight” and played out a bit more of the fantasy in this ReStructure Mix. The wonderful Jurgen Korduletsch electronic sound that gives off the disco power of the 70s still works like magic here. A few more break inserts and played out choruses give it a new edge.

• Oh, Don't Lose Your Heart Tonight - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Silent Circle

Silent Circle is a German synth-pop band that was formed in 1985. Their sound gently took the edge of bands like Modern Talking with the gentle love themes and rolling bass synthesizers. Silent Circle fits into the 80s dance scene perfectly as its vocal play out in a somewhat alternative fashion. “Oh, Don’t Lose Your Heart Tonight” is a song which caught my ear with the beautiful chords and verse which lead to the familiar call in the chorus. It is one of their most memorable and one which provided a nice transition from early evening to peak hour music for me.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of “Oh, Don’t Lose Your Heart Tonight” and created a new ReStructure Mix using more of the synthesizer and percussion work as the means. The extended feel gives way to more of the instrumental yet the vocal hook closes it quietly.

• If My Friends Could See Me Now - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Linda Clifford

Linda Clifford is one diva who was on top of the world in 1978. Her big disco hit, “If My Friends Could See Me Now” is one of the songs that made nightlife in the late 70s worth living for. This cover of the Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields song from the Broadway musical, “Sweet Charity” was given a second life with this flawless disco cover and production. Linda set a precedence for disco music with this recording with her sophisticated soulful interpretation which reflects the late 70s female persona. Above and beyond the pop music sound this disco performance still represents a stylish and slick edge. Produced by Gil Askey and features The Jones Girls on backup.

I have taken the album version of “If My Friends Can See Me Now” and restaged a 3 act ReStructure Mix taking the energy from rhythm guitar to the full on orchestrated sections with those sweet disco strings. Along with Linda’s fabulous vocal this re-edit makes was for a new arrangement and fade out to the monstrous sound of this great disco number.

• Pistol In My Pocket - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Lana Pellay

Lana Pellay is a high energy artist in the vein of the successful band Dead Or Alive with the help of P.W.L. Productions – with Phil Harding engineering. This camp number is a take of Mae West’s so-called classic line from “She Done Him Wrong”. “Pistol In My Pocket” is fast and furiously means and roars out as the beats and percussion remind our feet that high energy is its own style. The lyrics are fun and a bit mild although Lana’s performance is fun and a bit tame for what I would imagine as a transsexual performer.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of “Pistol In My Pocket” and reworked a ReStructure Mix with some new bullets and loops to make the fierce number come alive again. It uses some bits of Ms. West at the intro and a touch of what made it all happen at the end.

• It Takes Me Higher - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Ganymed

Ganymed is an Austrian disco band who took the futuristic feel of the 70s a step further and displayed their music as a group of space aliens and a hippie-esque lead singer. Produced by Wolf Rene Reitz and executed in a style which soon became known as ‘cosmic disco’? This underground sound uses keyboards and synthesizers the way Giorgio Moroder aimed his project “From Here To Eternity” by taking the imagination process along with the compositions and theme. “It Takes Me Higher” plays out as one of the creatures from the band and another galaxy admit to the disco addiction. It is somewhat moody but every bit as disco music is. The deep beats resonate with a pounding that echoes the feel of another time. Keyboards help to place this one in that realm of the 70s galactic feel – something that CGI could not produce.

I have taken the 12” version of “It Takes Me Higher” and pulled out the syn-drums and cymbal effects to a new level with this ReStructure Mix. It takes a new trip for those who find that 9 minutes passes quickly when you are in hyperspace. One of my favorites of the late 70s and indeed one of the most unique bands in disco music.

• Feelin' Lucky Lately - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - High Fashion

High Fashion is an electronic-funk band produced by Jacques Fred Petrus whose past projects included solidifying the energy of disco music with Peter Jacques Band and the beginnings of a New York funk sound with Change. Along with arranger and conductor Mauro Malavasi and musician Davide Romani the music of High Fashion once again brought the sound of New York alive as with Petrus’ past B.B. and Q Band and The Ritchie Family in the early 80s. “Feelin’ Lucky Lately” is once again a positive and uplifting force of dance music to embrace the dance floor. Along with vocals including Diva Gray, Gordon Grody, Philip Balou, Fonzi Thornton and Melissa Morgan this masterpiece is complete.

I have taken the 12” version of “Feelin’ Lucky Lately” and reworked a ReStructure Mix using segments of those sharp keyboards and funky beats. I have added a few new pieces to enhance the new mix and also a fade out to make the feeling last longer.

This ReStructure Mix is dedicated to Erik De Hodge – thanks for the kind words and the request.

• Love Is Finally Coming My Way - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - True Example

True Example is one of Salsoul Records hidden gems with their disco archives. This single is the disco era outlined by Salsoul and influenced by the Philly groove and perfected by dance floors. “Love Is Finally Coming My Way” is a testimonial song about love finding itself in the heart of a needing soul. The vocals are reminiscent of classics by Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes and feature the beautiful tones of The Sweethearts of Sigma. The production by T.G. Conway lays out the Salsoul disco era in one piece. Always a favorite of mine when that “gold mind” label came into heart.

I have taken the Walter Gibbons 12” version of “Love Is Finally Coming My Way” and rearranged the song to give it an ambient build and onto the gospel and soul feel of the climax. For those who like to fade along with the music there is also an ambient fade out. The song has been given a ReStructure Mix where pieces of the sounds that make it memorable are used in edits and loops to create lasting power.

• Love System - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - The Twins

The Twins are Ronny Schreinzer and Sven Dohrow – a German synth-pop band who took dance floors into a new phase of energy with their big hits “The Desert Place”, “Face To Face – Heart To Heart” and “Not Of The Loving Kind”. The early 80s was a whole new layout for dance music as many genres of rhythmic music were fused to recreate the disco aura. The Twins were a dance sound which mimicked the nu-wave feel on vocals and sharp edged synthesizers as pop bands like Duran Duran used sparingly. Soon to become high-energy in the mid-80s with the help of bands like The Twins and their influence. “Love System” is from their 1983 album “A Wild Romance” which is a continuum of their powerful synth touch and the vocal riffs that make their sound linger. It is perhaps one of the most innovative in this genre of the time where beats were often accented with percussion and unique auto-effects.

I have taken the 12” version of “Love System” and worked a new ReStructure Mix which takes the rolling drums from the bridge and places them in parts of this new mix to enhance the energy. It is a new celebration of what The Twins call “Love System” and we call a crowded dance floor united in rhythm.

• Relax - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Frankie Goes To Hollywood

F.G.T.H. is one of the most unforgettable sounds and bands of the 80s. Produced by Trevor Horn (Chrome, Buggles, ABC, Malcolm McLaren, Yes, Propaganda) who took the bank onto his new label, ZZT Records along with Paul Morley. “Relax” comes from their 1984 album “Welcome To The Pleasuredome” – it is perhaps one of the kindest fusions of rock and dance synth-pop of the time. A big move as bands like Dead or Alive were participating in. The single “Relax” is and has been highly controversial due to the lyric and suggestive theme – yet the music still powers over all and art is the finale decision here. A huge dance floor hit and the start for this great 80s band that also sparked the careers of Holly Johnson and Paul Rutherford.

I have taken the 12” long, radio and instrumental to recreate a new ReStructure Mix which takes off where the fantasy leads the feet and mind. A lot more of the bump and grind bass which reminds many of the big high energy hit “High Energy” by Evelyn Thomas – yet each presents itself in a unique way.

• Take A Chance - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Mr. Flagio

Mr. Flagio is an Italo-disco project from “Fla”vio Vidulich and “Gio”rgio Bacco. This track from 1983 is one of the early Italian recordings which marked the success of this genre of dance music around the globe. The extensive use of the sequencer and keyboards are not a hint of disco music – but a statement. The productions of the early 80s became streamlining and more acceptable in the electronic form – since synth-pop had become the new arena for dance music. “Take A Chance” is a heavy piece in which a simple line: “Let’s break away, come take a chance with me…” is an obvious pick up line. Inserted between the vocoder chorus and dramatic backing vocals which are somewhat operatic is the electronic cowbell which many may recognize as a staple of Klein and MBO. Mr. Flagio released only two single and their focus is definitely the deep Italian disco edge along with the more pop-street edge in a light dosage.

I have taken the 12” of “Take A Chance” – using both the vocal and instrumental to combine both for a new ReStructure Mix experience. This one plays out with more with the synthesizer loops and chorus build which made it one of the classics of Italo-disco that it is today.

• Freeway Of Love - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin is the talent of soul music history. Her voice has released so many deep emotions in a soulful and somewhat operatic delivery. The strength of this voice has marked many moments in history and even today ignites a feeling of freedom and cause. Her recent passing has given me a moment to reflect not only on the power of music – but also the strength of the human spirit. Aretha has given that spirit many times around and I believe that her legacy will be one of the last of true soul. “Freeway Of Love” is a dance track from 1985 produced by Narada Michael Walden. This pop-funk number speaks of the work in a loving relationship and in many ways expresses the freedom once again of love and emotions. Spoken with Aretha’s own instrument – her voice. This ReStructure Mix is a salute to this talent and to keep reminding me that the loss of this woman is more than anyone or I could ever conceive.

I have taken the US 12” single remixed by Michael Brauer and gave a ReStructure Mix tune-up for this salute. It is weaved a bit more like a dance floor piece yet the message is always clear thanks to Aretha.

• Devil's Run - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Peter Jacques Band

Peter Jacques Band is a disco group produced by Jacques Fred Petrus and compositions composed and arranged by Mauro Malavasi – both responsible for Macho, Change and Midnight Gang. This blend of fast and frantic rhythms with plenty of swirling electronic keyboards and disco horns and strings is one of the innovative albums of its time. Soon to become the sound of the late 70s disco era this play is more of what the dance floor was feeling during the peak. “Devil’s Gun” is a single from the “Fire Night Dance” and is another example of the power of this disco concept and sound. It is the now the hardcore classic disco/high energy outline for enthusiasts and the dancers who never forgot the sweat that incurred with songs like this.

I have taken the album version of “Devil’s Run” and used much of the pieces of energy from the production to create another burst of disco power in this ReStructure Mix. It is laid out in a new way and looping provides a new angle for the basslines and powerful vocals lead by Leroy Burgess.

• I Wanna Believe - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Gina and The Flexix

Gina and The Flexix is an Italo-disco project from 1985 – produced by Giancarlo Bigazzi and Giampiero Bigazzi. The project was featured on a compilation/EP album titled “Fuzz Dance” and along with three additional electronic and innovative pieces gave a new angle to Italian disco music. It was the street beat of the early 80s which influenced electronic beats and formulation of a new kick beat and groove. This production, like the EP takes the electronic sound of Italo-disco and blends it with street beats and the 80s nu-wave/rock/alternative edge in a dance friendly manner. “I Wanna Believe” plays out as a synth-pop ala Pretenders style of dance music. The female vocal announces in a defiant manner a need for a romance to materialize. It is one of the tracks that I would love to play either warming up the floor or casting it at 4 am into another world. A great innovative approach for the mid-80s and a mark in Italo-disco that is quite memorable.

I have taken the EP version along with pieces the 12” “D.J. Service Mix” and “AM/FM Service Mix” to recreate a new outline for this ReStructure Mix. A 90s classic vocal riff from Cher is added to rekindle that feeling of “believing”.

• Another One Bites The Dust - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Queen

Queen is one of the 70’s rock bands whose innovative creative process paved their success in the early 80s in a new genre of pop music. Their past rock operatic numbers are the highlight of Queen and the fabulous lead vocal from Freddie Mercury. “Another One Bites The Dust” comes from their 1980 album “The Game” which began another trend of an intricate bass loop bringing a song to its higher life. This one plays out as a heartbreak number vs. an Old West shootout. It is the true rock edge played out in full.

I have taken the album version, instrumental and accapella to recreate this standoff in ReStructure Mix format. There is a new arrangement and use of the classic lead and bass guitar riffs. A bit of play with Freddie’s vocal is another opportunity to hear the power and control of a great vocalist.

• Love Masterpiece - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Jessica Williams

Jessica Williams is one of the true divas of disco music. Her vocals gave many nights of dancing and celebration an experience that would soon become a high energy form of dance music. “Love Masterpiece” is a cover of the 1978 Thelma Houston disco track which was featured on the soundtrack of “Thank God It’s Friday”. Jessica along with The Simon Orchestra (Simon Soussan) give the track a new life and also a unique feel which only a powerful voice as Jessica’s could accommodate. She creates a whole new prescience for the song as she towers above the disco orchestral sound of this production. It is one of the moments in disco music where one can be truly grateful.

I have taken the album version of “Love Masterpiece” from Jessica’s “Queen Of Fools” project and worked it into a new ReStructure Mix. A new intro with a back beat driven rhythm gives us another passage into Jessica’s outstanding performance. This one proves that a voice like this can bring disco music to its knees.

• Your Love Is A Lifesaver - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Gayle Adams

Gayle Adams is an important artist from the Prelude Records roster. In the mid and late 70s Prelude was focused on bringing the new sounds of disco music to the clubs and dedicated their artists in this direction. As the close of the disco era became more of a reality the label focused their touch on the funk dance scene and in their own flavor became the New York funk sound in the early 80s with singers like Gayle and bands like Unlimited Touch and Secret Weapon. “Your Love Is A Lifesaver” gave this artist an opportunity to display the beauty of her soulful and slick sound. This anthem became quite the stir of a new and funk driven sound being produced by Willie Lester and Rodney Brown. The track has the sweetness of essence of disco with a funk infused rhythm. One of the big shifts in dance music during the early 80s.

I have taken the album version of “Your Love Is A Lifesaver” and retraced the funk mix from Kiss FM into this ReStructure Mix. Making the message more of a reassurance to Gayle’s beautiful vocal there are edits and loops which are elements to pump more energy into this funk-tastic number.

• Thank God It's Friday - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Love and Kisses

Love & Kisses is a Euro-disco project from Alec R. Costandinos whose early work in disco’s fame is penning the Cerrone hit “Love In ‘C’ Minor” in 1976. His work as The Disco Syncophonic Orchestra includes his classic “Romeo and Juliet” the project Sphinx. The sound of soul music began its early shift with Barry White brining the full orchestra into the funky grooves and interludes – where the disco connection to European dance music began its full orchestral production. It was indeed another big moment for music in its history. “Thank God It’s Friday” is the theme from the Casablanca/Motown Records 1978 film. This piece took Alec’s group Love and Kisses who have had great success with their first two albums into a more pop-feel with the disco edge. The track plays out in sweetness with a touch of lighthearted comedy as the film did. Love and Kisses featured vocalists from many sessions from the Trident Recording Studios in London who became the sound of Euro-disco in the late 70s.

I have taken the 12” version of “Thank God It’s Friday” which was a lengthier version from the soundtrack and reworked pieces and parts for this ReStructure Mix. A new bottom beat and clap are added to pump the energy into a Friday Night feel. More loops are added to remind us of the disco concept which was a powerhouse for the late 70s.

• Disco '78 - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Ennio Morricone

Ennio Morricone is An Italian composer whose work is best known in films. The most haunting of his compositions is from the 1967 western, “A Fistful Of Dollars” and most recent being his electronic score from John Carpenters “The Thing”. In 1978 his score for the Italian film “Cosi Come Sei” brought a single that follows closely his haunting and always somewhat sensual to the soul. The 12” was re-titled “Disco ‘78” and plays out like a soundtrack with many beautiful qualities – which is most likely where the fusion of a disco single is placed. Much like Morricone’s work there is always a wonderful riff which rings out as this little has.

I have taken the 12” of “Disco ‘78” and worked on the main pieces of the theme and its movement as a new ReStructure Mix. Adding a deeper beat to accentuate the rhythm and a few electronic effects to make this ambient flowing beauty into a listening experience as well as a nice early morning awakening.

• Baby Love - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - C. orchestra

C. orchestra is a production from Jean Marc Cerrone from 1983. This cover of The Supremes’ 1964 hit “Baby Love” transforms the Motown sound into a bouncy disco bubble gum mode. It is clever in the use of a harmonica to bring out the saucy lead vocal which sounds like an over the top lovelorn teen. It is fun and has some of the great brass that Cerrone is known for. It is also one of his plays during the early 80s where he was being experimental to find where the disco sound was heading on dance floors that were not quite done moving to new rhythms.

I have taken the 12” vocal into the ReStructure Mix arena and used more edits and loops to rework this one again. It has more of the keyboards that weave a whole new feel to this song for an intense disco-fied experience.

• His Name Is Charly - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Laser

Laser is a disco concept album from producer Wolfgang Hermes (Fox & Promes) with an electronic dance direction. The early 80s were soon to become the synth-pop era once this sound was exposed to dance floors with the expression and creative possibilities. “His Name Is Charly” is a spoof on a situation in a make believe western where a fugitive named ‘Charly’ is on the run to Mexico – obviously to escape the law. The light synthesized keyboard riffs help to play out this rolling dance track in an effective and mysterious manner. It was released on Moby Dick Records in the US during the early 80s as proof that disco was quickly becoming high energy soon.

I have taken the 12” on Moby Dick Records and the original album version to weave this ReStructure Mix into a whole new drama. Using more of the rolling sequencers to outline the pulse of the song. More Charly is added to outline the title and of course play out this play.

• Freedom - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Thanya

Thanya is an Italo-disco project from producers Robert Masala (Gloves), Massimiliano Di Carlo (Konner), and Paul Micioni (Trilogy). This 1983 track is one of the innovative electronic pieces which was responsible for the success of this new edge of disco music highly influenced by the work of 70s pioneers as Giorgio Moroder. “Freedom” is an eerie dance song which gives out heroine a moment to project her need to escape the pressure of life. There is a touch of fantasy in the lyrics however the music reflects a moody and underground feel. The stage for this one is indeed a well-deserved moment. Time has proven the success of Italo-disco in the 80s is indeed due to productions as this.

I have taken the 12” vocal and dub versions of “Freedom” and used the jittery keyboards and eerie sweeps in a new play for this ReStructure Mix. One of the pure adventures for a disc jockey is a 12” which uses the original content of the song and gives a dub version with a new punch. The new round here is again my interpretation of a somewhat soaring afterhour’s song that “Freedom” – the claustrophobic edge gives it the direction which is unique.

• Shazam - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Deodato

Eumir Deodato released his project “Knights Of Fantasy” in 1979. The composer and musician had focused on jazz and a fusion of rhythms, Latin and Brazilian style. His venture into the dance realm was well accepted with this project which produced classic tracks, "Whistle Bump", "Space Dust" and "Shazam". The high energy instrumental feel of "Shazam" is what drew me to the album. Its string section reminding me of disco tracks like "I'm Okay, You're Okay" by American Gypsy. This was a nice percussion and bongo dance number that lays itself out in several sections of rhythm guitars, bongo fills, horns and eventually the 70s string sweep. “Shazam” was always nice to watch an early morning dance floor come alive with.

I have taken the album version of “Shazam” and reworked a ReStructure Mix to celebrate the disco instrumental with the touch of Deodato’s magic. The Captain Marvel shout adds a focus on the “fantasy” and more breakdowns give just another chance to work the adventurous feet on the dance floor, again!

• I'd Rather Spend The Bad Times With You Than Spend The Good Times With Someone New - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Thelma Houston

Thelma Houston has one of the fiercest reputations on disco dance floors since her 1976 blockbuster hit “Don’t Leave Me This Way” – a song that changed radio and clubs forever. Thelma made the disco era a home with many tracks which outlined not only the scene but a fusion her soulful voice bringing a layer of emotions to life in an era of great disco music. Thelma’s project from 1984 titled “Qualifying Heat” is a street-beat production influenced by the New York beat-box sound and features tracks produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis – who later became the powerhouse duo creating hits for Klymaxx, Cheryl Lynn, S.O.S. Band and Janet Jackson. “I'd Rather Spend The Bad Times With You Than Spend The Good Times With Someone New)” is an uplifting beat stomping dance number that outlines the “break dance” scene of the early 80s. It uses a powerful and innovative sound that works well with Thelma’s troubled but romantic message. A nice reminder of how dancers and the club energy created the sounds which topped the 80s dance scene as it did in the disco 70s. The progression of disco and dance music continued even though the industry and critics claimed it was dead.

I have taken the 12” vocal and dub version of “I'd Rather Spend The Bad Times With You Than Spend The Good Times With Someone New)” to work this ReStructure Mix with more of the dreamy keyboards outlining the mood. It plays out in a new way along with a piece of Thelma’s classic hit aiding the excitement.

• Boom Boom (Let's Go Back To My Room) - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Paul Lekakis

Paul Lekakis gave us one of the high energy classics of the 80’s – “Boom Boom (Let’s Go Back To My Room)”. This sexy number is an enticing and fast paced dance track which follows closely the sound created by Dead Or Alive but in a new package. The production by Italian disco producers Miki Chieregato and Roberto Turatti is another time when Italo-disco used a fusion of the dance floor elements of the time and transforming it into a sound of its own. This one was a big dance floor favorite and made Paul Lekakis a welcomed star to the dance floors for his later hits, “You Blow Me Away” and “My House”.

I have taken the original 12” vocal of “Boom Boom (Let’s Go Back To My Room and played out a new proposition from Mr. Lekakis in this ReStructure Mix. There is more real “boom boom” and allot of fun with the original keyboards and that chorus that we all loved to pound and jump to!

• I'm Your Man - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - WHAM!

WHAM! Are George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley who began in the early 80s as a pop duo bringing a funk and synth edge to radio music. Their success began the solo career of George who later became one of the biggest selling artists of the late 80s. Their single “I’m Your Man” from their album “Music From The Edge Of Heaven” from 1986 brought more of their be-bop-pop sound to the forefront. With George’s vocal upfront and as creatively affected by this love song it was a great pop dance single of the time.

I have taken the 12” versions including the “Extended Simulation”, “Instrumental” and “Accapella” to recreate a deep down disco ReStructure Mix. Using more emphasis on the “man” theme and another disco classic by Macho – uniting the two for a new feel. This one was always a favorite since it delivers that sound which WHAM! conquered the early 80s with.

• Lump - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Mutiny

Mutiny is a funk band with members from both innovative groups Funkadelic and Parliament – sounds created in the early 80s moving soul music into a new edge called funk. This sound used the fusion of hard-rock guitars and funky grooves moving over a new focus of themes in a bit of distortion. “Lump” is from their 1979 album “Mutiny On The Mamaship” – produced by Jerome Brailey. The track was also featured in the then-controversial film, “Cruising”. The blaring chorus is a take on the sound that Funkadelic made use of to create Parliament. The wah-wah guitars and deep bass grooves are the elegance of hardcore techno soon to come. The piece has always stood out as one of the forerunners of taking the late 70s disco dance floor again into a hardcore state.

I have taken the album version of “Lump” and worked on this ReStructure Mix as another underground state. There is more instrumental provided by the guitar distortion pieces and a classic key riff from Herbie Hancock. The full mix is lengthier and for those who can’t get enough funk and dance it should make the edge sharper.

• Love Is A Strange Affair - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Strange Affair

Strange Affair is a disco project from producer Giuliano Salerni who also created the European-disco phase in the US with his group Ultimate (“Touch Me Baby”, “Ritmo De Brazil”) in 1978. His beautiful strings with a disco lullaby edge are always accentuated by a chorus of alluring females in a frame of disco ecstasy. One of the producers of disco music, Salerni was able to transform his style into a European flair as he does with Strange Affair, Ultimate and Tangerue and then a funk edge with his band Hi-Gloss (“You’ll Never Know”). “Love Is A Strange Affair” explores the albums ménage a trois theme with the chorus exclaiming the excitement of sexual exploration. It eventually sounds out in an operatic arrangement that is everything that European disco promised us from the start. The funky guitars and groove is the perfect layer for the strings, horns and percussion.

I have taken the album version of “Love Is A Strange Affair” and placed the bill into a ReStructure Mix phase with more of the guitars licking away at the disco beat. More of the sensual feel is played out and extended.

• Joey, Joey - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Vera

Vera is Patti Masi – a high energy dance project from producer Louis Toteda who worked on classic disco projects as Nightlife Unlimited and Nite Life from 1978. “Joey, Joey” is from Vera’s 1983 album “Joey”. The soft synthesized arrangement always left the sweet vocal delivery very haunting. The piece falls under the early 80s dance movement where many new wave tracks were emerging and high energy music created its own fusion of both. This one pulls out the “girl-group” sound of the 50s and uses the simple chorus hook as such. A nice electronic piece and another moment for Patti Masi to give dance floors that dreamy yet darling sound.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of “Joey, Joey” and replanted the go-go feel along with sample from The Ronettes. This time around it is the sock hop with the appropriate edge.

• I'm Glad That You're Here - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Alphonse Mouzon

Alphonse Mouzon is producer, arranger, and drummer who worked from the early 70s creating his brand of fusion-jazz. During the late 70s he is known on dance floors as the force behind the disco band, Poussez! – Which features Christine Wiltshire (Musique, Phreek, Center Stage, Revanche) on lead vocals. The project has become one of the hardcore classics in the disco arena as well as his single “Everybody Get Down” from his project Mouzon’s Electric Band. From the depths of his jazz creations to the hardcore disco grooves Alphonse shows his diversity and use of drummer/percussion talents. “I’m Glad That You’re Here” come from his 1981 project “Morning Sun” which returns to Mouzon’s jazz roots with a touch of UK funk. One of the beautiful numbers that reminds me of a sweet ballad from Barry White and his great ensemble.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental versions of “I’m Glad That You’re Here” and blended the electronic flutes and sweeping strings into a new ReStructure Mix. I have taken the outline of the original mix and moved its mood into a more underground-early morning feel with some new bass synths and drum patterns.

• Can You Feel It - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - The Jacksons

The Jacksons took the 80s in their grip with the album “Triumph”- containing the single “Can You Feel It”. This anthem written by Jackie and Michael Jackson not only gave the world promise and hope – but it also brought the dance floor to its knees with a stomping rhythm and ringing message. The Jacksons not only brought the disco era to completeness in 1978 with “Blame It On The Boogie” and “Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)” – they also delivered the 80s a reminder that dance floors were just winding up.

I have taken the album version of “Can You Feel It” along with a few sample pieces of the “video” version to work this new ReStructure Mix in a new “triumph. The opening presents the strings as the video does and into a new arrangement and rhythmic edit to continue this powerful message.

• Activate My Heart - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Meccano

Mecanno is an Italo-disco band lead by Walter Bassani and vocals by Nadia Bani. Their 1987 album “Extrameccano” featured two big high-energy tracks which dominated club dance floors – “Down Down Romeo” and “Activate My Heart”. Dance music was becoming a roaring wall of electronic sound in the mid-80s transforming dance into a fast moving sweat factory. Meccano took a light jazz fusion and layered it along with this energy. “Activate My Heart” is a sweet love ballad with sweeping hand claps and jewel box keyboards creating a heartwarming track which echoes on and on. Arranged by Celso Valli, Paolo Gianolio and Meccano.

I have taken the 12” high energy mix and “London Mix” and blended them into a new ReStructure Mix for another opportunity to hear this one again. The mix itself is extended for more play with some of the haunting elements and more of the sweetness if given more chances to lure hearts and feet.

• What Cha' Gonna Do For Me - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Chaka Khan

Chaka Khan is the voice of 70s funk. In the early 70s during her work with Rufus an introduction to a new layer of funk and soul was created with the extensive and outward delivery of her voice. Harmonies became a new piece of songs which were delivered as anthems with Chaka’s power. “What Cha’ Gonna Do For Me” is from her 1981 album by the same name and also another excellent example of the diverse material which her producer Arif Mardin would create for this wonderful talent. This funky and rhythmic injected tune has the sound of Chaka that made her voice the sweetness and the power of funk that we all know today.

I have taken the album version of “What Cha’ Do For Me” and created a new ReStructure Mix for a dance floor that needs more of the bottom base for moving. It has a new arrangement using the original instrumentation in loops and edits for a new experience and a new rolling drum track to give more push for the hips.

• Tears Run Rings - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Marc Almond

Marc Almond is a performer and songwriter who are also known for his work with a project titled Soft Cell – which had a huge hit in 1981 with an electronic cover of “Tainted Love” merging into “Where Did Our Love Go” by The Supremes. His work later became quite iconic as “Tears Run Rings” was a statement for the world to look closely at what is socially relevant as he also explores the loss of his relationship in comparison. A dark but great anthem for clubs and huge dance floor filler. This one had my attention from the start and the mood still sets a spark in the genius of Almond’s talent.

I have taken the 12” version and “house dub” of “Tears Run Rings” and took this one into a ReStructure Mix which plays out like a wild peak moment where slaps and kicks make more excitement. I have kept the flow in a new arrangement and also working that rolling sequencer into frenzy at the close.

• If You Should Ever Be Lonely - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Val Young

Val Young is a soul-funk vocalist who released her first solo album in 1985 titled “Seduction”. She worked as back up with The Gap Band and Roy Ayers recordings where her front position was a welcoming sound for tracks like “If You Should Ever Be Lonely”. This single is an emotional piece that yanks at a broken heart when a relationship creates a separation. Val delivers her performance like a 50s heartbreak song can be haunting. Produced by Fred Jenkins and Levi Ruffin, Jr. with a beat and clap echo chamber that works it in a nice rhythmic fashion.

I have taken the 12” of “If You Should Ever Be Lonely” and used the “club” and “street mix” to recreate a ReStructure Mix with a lengthier intro and several spots where a delayed response to lyrics are intended for more of that emotional impact. Always a favorite of mine in the early evening build up sets.

You Don't Have Dancing On Your Mind - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Inner Life

Inner Life is a disco project from Patrick Adams, Greg Carmichael and Debbie Haynes – along with the vocals of Jocelyn Brown, Janet Wright, Krystal Davis and Dennis Collins. Released on the New York disco label Prelude Records in 1979 and one of the best disco arrangements in the Patrick Adams and Ken Mazur style. This formula is the finale innovation of years of adhering to the disc jockeys and their dancing throughout the mid and late 70s. “You Don’t Have Dancing On Your Mind” is a track from the album “I’m Caught Up (In A One Night Love Affair)” and plays out with the energy of Adams’ classic Musique album “Keep On Jumpin’” with the female ensemble playing a game with dancing and its sexual connection with disco music. A sweet disco number with all of the bells and whistles that make dancing fun and exhausting in the late 70s.

I have taken the album version of “You Don’t Have Dancing On Your Mind” and reworked the powerhouse song into a new ReStructure Mix. Adding a touch of a 80s house classic drum pattern and of course a play at those teasing lyrics and the fantastic breaks.

• Hey Hey Guy - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Ken Lazslo

Ken Laszlo (Gianni Laszlo Coraini) is an iconic Italo-disco act. His work includes many of the elements which made Italian disco soar in the 80s. The electronic work that took over where Giorgio Moroder left off is written all over this period. A bit more experimental perhaps but even with the simple keyboard riffs there is an element of energy to this sound. “Hey Hey Guy” is Laszlo’s 1984 hit which leaves a bit of imagination hanging musically and fantasy wise. A great synthesizer work leads this one into a somewhat dark and eerie passage. However the energy is high with the performances. A great 80s dance piece and proudly from the Italo-disco catalogue.

I have taken the original 12” vocal and dub along with the “Nunk” remixes and mixed elements into this version in ReStructure Mix fashion. Still as rolling and more hidden messages to pull you in with headphones or on the dance floor!

• Black Brothers - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Black Soul

Black Soul is a disco/afro-beat sound from the mid-70s. Al Blamo and Francisco Wallace are the predominant members and their recordings from 1975 – 1981 are the underground drum movement which added to the Afro-Cuban sound of disco music’s notoriety. “Black Brother” comes from their 1977 album which also features Mr. Tom Moulton taking the tracks into a deeper dance floor level. The track is a soul anthem which unites “brothers” to celebrate their roots and the current sound. One of the chants that quickly caught my ears at the time thanks to the many riffs and the cleaver remix by Mr. Moulton.

I have taken the 12” of “Black Brother” and reworked a ReStructure Mix to honor this underground piece which if you were lucky enough to have heard it at the time – it was quite a stomper. The new drums and percussion added are to give the disco beat in the afro sound more of a powerful presence.

• Do It Again - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Paulette Reeves

Paulette Reaves is a soul-funk singer who began her recording career in 1976. Her single “Do It Again” from 1981 and produced by Willie Clarke (Betty Wright, Jimmy “Bo” Horne, and Funky Nassau) is one of the big funk-disco tracks that maintained the feel of an underground club recording. It has the arrangements that made soul music and funk a piece of the disco era. Paulette performs here in a teasing and convincing enough to make that move. One of the big early 80s tracks I can remember luring the fans of soul and that Miami sound onto the dance floors.

I have taken the 12” version of “Do It Again” and reedited a ReStructure Mix adding only stripped pieces of the production to parts of this tribute. The vocal is the key here so a repeat is added to give Ms. Reaves her stage once again.

• Kings Of Castles - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Vera featuring Patti Masi

Vera is a vocalist who brought the sweet melodic feel back to dance music in the early 80s with her wonderful falsetto delivery. Her first single “Take Me To The Bridge” from 1980 – produced by Louis Toteda was an instant classic in dance palaces. Her beautiful vocals along with the hardcore electronic dance production which gave the 80s hope and later high energy music a new found hope. “Kings Of Castles” is her follow up single from 1981 which was originally released with a reggae-like dance feel and then remixed and rereleased in 1982 by Louis and Michel Gendreau. The remix was an instant hit and dubbed one of the top “sleaze” or “early morning” hits of the time. A great number where Patti Masi (Vera) sings about the new generation taking over the time and at times over stepping and wanting more.

I have taken the 12” remix of “Kings Of Castles” and worked the magical breakdown elements into a new ReStructure Mix. This is an opportunity to salute both Patti Masi for her lovely vocal talents and Louis Toteda for an array of wonderful dance productions aimed at the discotheques and the dedicated dancers.

• The Calling - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Ken Heaven

Ken Heaven is a 80s artist whom followed closely on the falsetto delivery of Bronski Beat’s Jimmy Sommerville of a couple of years earlier. The success of the band Bronski Beat brought many sound-alike vocalists like Ken Heaven and Italo-disco’s Kinky Go who brought their high energy sound with a tribute to the energy and vocal of Sommerville. Ken had a great success in 1986 with his single “The Calling” and although his voice sounding familiar was still refreshing to an audience of dancers desiring that rolling electronic high energy edge. This track is a perfect love track where “the calling” is romance and a promise of content. It is a bit haunting yet the energy builds over and over with the chorus. A big part of my peak hour program of the time.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental to the ReStructure Mix cutting board to pay tribute to the high energy 80s sound. The intro and arrangement are given some new breaks and kick to give the energy more of a challenge. A few winding electric breaks are added to give the track more of an underground message.

• For Your Love - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Klaudia

Klaudia is an Italo-disco project from masters of Italo-disco Peter Micioni and Paul Micioni. The track titled “For Your Love” is a haunting love song that rings mysteriously and emotionally with a strong yearning. The production team gives this one a similar flavor as their work with Gary Low (“I Want You”) with some great riffs. The vocal is written in several places that may be Dora Carofiglio – where many of these Italo-disco projects were studio projects with artist creation aimed at the songs mood itself. In any wonder, this one is a beauty. One of my favorite Italo-disco numbers and performances.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental to recreate a lengthier and airy-like environment for this ReStructure Mix. The difference in the instrumental EQ is worked to preserve the weight of the moody feeling brought on by the vocals and keyboards which tend to be a bit more emotional on both ends. It is slim re-edit with some of the loops and effects to bring on a new trip.

• Disco Break - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Hemlock

Hemlock is a disco band produced by Jerry Styner – the music here was featured in the 1979 comedy “Swap Meet”. The Miami band recorded several singles in 1979 and were one of the bands which outlined the disco feel in real time. Their single “Disco Break” is one of their biggest dance floor hits and displays the bands ability to play funky disco to a beat that is smooth and sweet for hustling or freestyle. The track has that Miami flavor and gives the final days of disco music’s rein a great model in its style.

I have taken the 12” version of “Disco Break” and re-edited the original in a new attempt to bring this one to a ReStructure Mix format. It borrows a recognizable riff from another “break” and also used those hard end drum rolls in a new arrangement.

• Super Jock - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Goody Goody

Goody Goody is a Vincent Montana, Jr. project from 1978 where he unleashes his sound in a much more laid back groove – unlike his former creation: The Salsoul Orchestra where in 1974 a blend of funk, Philly, and Latin percussion were booming to the disco beat. Goody Goody also features the lovely voice of his daughter, Denise Montana who gives one of the most memorable of disco recordings starting with the powerhouse and classic track “#1 Dee Jay”. “Super Jock” is a vibe oriented piece that uses heavy rhythm guitars to blend this one into an unstoppable production. It was a crossover again for disco as the producer could command the mood and edge of a themed project. This one definitely is one of the most memorable.

I have taken the album version of “Super Jock” and transformed this salute to the man behind the turntables with more of the percussion using the rhythm track. The bongos are the element which brings the top layer of this disco track its lure. More of Denise is added in new loops and edits to give a new part of this celebration her identity again.

• Welcome Back - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Peter Jacques Band

Peter Jacques Band is a disco project from producer Jacques Fred Petrus. Petrus was a master at assembling a recording studio full of musicians whom played the heck out of the new period of dance music as disco progressed through it final years. His credits include Change, Macho, Revanche, B.B. and Q. Band, High Fashion and his assemblage band Goody Music Orchestra. “Welcome Back” is the follow up project from 1980 – where the first album titled “Fire Night Dance” set an innovative take on high energy disco music. In this second project we hear the same in many different areas. “Welcome Back” features Luther Vandross on vocals and also arranger Mauro Malavasi once again. A great title track is presented in a hypnotic yet patterned beat that stomps out of the disco beat in a new way. It is one of the moments where Petrus again delivers another masterpiece of disco innovation.

I have taken the album version of “Welcome Back” and worked a new ReStructure Mix which adds more percussion and beats to level out the rhythm. It is a great keyboard performance so the original is left intact and only re-looped to give it new life.

• I'll Be The Music - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Bonnie Boyer

Bonnie Boyer is a singer who fit the sound of disco quite well with her album from 1979 titled “Give In To Love” – produced by Giuliano Salerni – who also gave us Hi-Gloss, Ultimate, and Strange Affair. Her first single “Got To Give In To Love” was a big dance floor hit and gave way for her sophisticated, yet sassy delivery. The sensuality of disco music can be felt in her words as the European disco artists did so well. “I’ll Be The Music” is another dance single from the project which emulates that stage disco production that would fit in well in a Las Vegas revue. It is a “femme disco” track that gives Bonnie the stage her voice allows. One of the last of the big disco production songs I can remember on a US label.

I have taken the album version of “I’ll Be The Music” and reworked this disco piece into a new ReStructure Mix with more bongos to guide the rhythm and longer arrangement broken down into the funky guitar riff. A nice return to the big disco sound that made dance floors excited with the spotlights and glamour.

• Forever Lovers - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Italian Boys

Italian Boys are Lucio Manfredini and Stefano Francesconi – an Italo-disco project produced by Gianni Salvaton and Florian Fadinger. This beautiful mid-tempo love ballad is a touch of the beauty that disco music brought with sweeping strings and horns in an arrangement. This synth-pop built piece has a melodic chorus along with a touch of Italian-rap that is also as simple and sweet. One of my favorites of the time and one of the tracks I would love to build a program at the start of a weekend night.

I have taken the 12” vocal and house versions to recreate a ReStructure Mix to pay homage to those Italo-disco producers and artists who kept the magic alive with their great touches and talent. This new edit gives the track a new arrangement and a long fading exit. It will haunt the hearts of those who love that Italo-disco direction and also give another twirl to those who love romance on the dance floor.

• Tonight I'm Gonna Make You A Star - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Brenda Jones

Brenda Jones is a soul vocalist from the group The Jones Girls and made an impression on DJs and dance floors in the early 80s. Her 1982 dance track “My Hearts Not In It” produced by C.M. Lord and Mark S. Berry brought dance floors into an emotionally charged funk experience. Brenda was one of the soulful female artists of the time worthy of attention. “Tonight I’m Gonna Make You A Star” is her follow up single from 1983 produced by Steve Jerome and remixed by Mark S. Berry. Another powerful ballad-like dance number with a build that feels like a winner on “Star Search” reaching high. It is one of the r&b dance tracks that I favored for early evening programming or easy listening lists.

This ReStructure Mix of “Tonight I’m Gonna Make You A Star” takes the 12” dance version and works like a mash-up using “You Don’t Have To Be A Star” from 1976 by Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. I have always admired the beauty of the song and the real dance potential is exposed here. Brenda is placed on a new stage to display her emotions and love for her “star” and this ReStructure Mix blends the two to assist her.

• Alisand - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Hugh Bullen

Hugh Bullen is a funk-soul-disco artist whose recording career spanned the late 70s throughout the late 80s. His Italo-disco track from 1985 titled “Alisand” is interesting in theme and execution. It rolls heavily with synthesizers and keyboards which remind me of early work from Kano. Hugh plays out his vocals in spoken verses which add to the mystique of the words and edge. Keyboards play out most of the energy here and give this Italo-disco number produced by Stefano Scalera a wall of energy. One of the pieces I would use for the afterhours programming when 2 am was the beginning of a new mood.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental versions to play out this ReStructure Mix in a more segmented fashion and allowing the rolling sequencers a new stage. The original 12” version is a great variation mix – this take is lengthier reedit however the focus in this ReStructure Mix are to keep the dance track in the adventurous mode.

• Love Chant - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Eli's Second Coming

Eli’s Second Coming is a project from producer/arranger Bobby Eli. This sweet and sexy project features The Sweethearts of Sigma on vocals where the night light is the only trace in this sector. “Love Chant” from 1977 is a sensual orchestrated number which brings to mind that the guest appearance from Vince Montana, Jr. is the cherry on top of this disco monument. It has that Salsoul sound in between the sexy moments the chorus introduces us to its power. A great disco spotlight with the late70s focus in mind

I have taken the album version of “Love Chant” and tamed down the pieces that move sleek and elegant as this ReStructure Mix enables. This track always brings to mind the sexy feel of disco music in the late 80s – so a recognizable bass line from one of the early disco pulses is added. A great Bobby Eli production and one of his many of shining moments when his music takes us to another place with lots of groove.

• Turn It Around - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Gino Soccio

Gino Soccio is a disco artist who was far ahead of the sound in electronic elements. His early work was displayed with many of his touches adding a modern-esque feel to disco music as well as some of the earliest techno and ambient dance arrangements. “Turn It Around” is a single from Gino Soccio released in 1984 and is another example of Soccio’s innovative edge. An electronic take on the disco beat allowing funk and ambient like sounds in a dance piece. It is one of my favorite productions from Soccio as it is a dream-like sound and also features his own recognizable vocal.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental versions and blended them as they play out originally with a few edit marks to play this one “around” another way. It is a moment where I stopped and realized that messing with a master was not easy – so the solution was utilizing more of the deejay aspect to recreate another experience. Thank you, Gino Soccio!

• Circuits Overloaded - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Inez Foxx

Inez Foxx (Inez Johnston) is an r&b singer who began her recording career in the early 60s. Her 1974 single “Circuits Overloaded” produced by Randy Stewart and Willie Hall is one of the early funk-disco tracks that followed closely the Miami sound where tambourines and blaring horns set the rhythm. This one is funk classic for me as I recall seeing this number bring a party to life as a young child. It was the start of the fascination with the dance floor and the music which moves it. Inez does one incredible job at convincing us that something is missing in her relationship – however she has it all in this performance.

I have taken the 7” version of “Circuits Overloaded” and chopped the fantastic rhythm tracks to pieces for this ReStructure Mix. A percussion foundation has been added to pump up this recording and also extended to give more power to this dying story from Inez Foxx. A funk-disco classic in all means.

• I Love America - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Patrick Juvet

Patrick Juvet is a Swiss singer who became a disco sensation in the late 70s with his project “Got A Feeling” – co-produced by Jacques Morali who also brought us Village People, The Ritchie Family and the return of Earth Kitt in the early 80s. “I Love America” is the single which received a great welcome on many dance floors and gained Patrick a new audience. The song emphasizes the excitement of the disco movement in the late 70s and its effect on the big city. It plays out like an anthem and pieces of this big hit have been sampled in house and techno tracks. It is a big uplifting number a gives the dance floor a good reason to celebrate again.

I have taken the album version of “I Love America” and reworked this ReStructure Mix focusing on that haunting chorus which seems to swirl even after it is gone. The original piece does not track well as the bpm races up and down so this edit attempts to tame parts with more care. The original production is a definite Morali masterpiece so more of an insert for breaks is more of the difference.

• Again and Again - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Nikki Lauren

Nikki Lauren is a 80s artist who was featured on Disconet Vol. 5 Program 9 from 1983 and is a production from Mark S. Berry who worked on classic productions with Poussez!, Frisky, Roni Griffith and Carol Williams. “Again and Again” is an uplifting dance number which features the synth-pop edge that became the new sound of dance floors in the early 80s. This one is an ecstatic jump into the excitement of the dance floor left over from the end of the 70s. The new interpretation along with Nikki’s vocals creates an anthem dance number.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of “Again and Again” and worked a ReStructure Mix which pulls out more of the drums and synths into a more afterhour’s mood. The soft feel of the beats are intact and extended for this new experience. A tribute to the music of the early 80s and producer Mr. Mark S. Berry.

• Embraceable You - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Westside Strutters

Westside Strutters are a disco project from producer Ross Salome whose venture into the music of George and Ira Gershwin in a disco realm. The production is a sweet air of standards to a disco beat with funky guitars and a fabulous vocal by Carmen Twillie and Sue Raney. “Embraceable You” is part of the first movement from the album titled “Gershwin ‘79” – it is added to a medley including “The Man I Love”. The guitar riff in this arrangement moves the track as a hardcore disco number yet the vocal from Carmen Twillie gives the song its deserved sweetness.

I have taken the album version of “Embraceable You” from the opening medley and transformed it into a ReStructure Mix to keep it unique. I have added new percussion to give the fast paced disco number to a lovely hypnotic piece. It is a great concept of what disco what know for best – transforming classic music into a renewed vehicle to introduce to a new audience and keep it alive.

• Dance Party - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Blue Lazer

Blue Lazer is an electronic dance project from Canada – featuring Tony Bentivegna (of Nightlife Unlimited) and Giovanni D’Orazio. The mid-80s welcomed the light and focused arena of dancing again and justifiably so when many still worked for that night on the dance floor. “Dance Party” is a single from Blue Lazer released in 1984 with the uplifting feel of disco music as it left us. This one pours the elements of bass synthesizers playing out the pounding disco beat as the boys direct the attention to the whole purpose the night is here. It was one of the big dance floor movers for me and continues to remind me of the shift into high energy music as dance music became more underground once again.

I have taken the 12” version of “Dance Party” and extended the rolling synthesizers into a pumping ReStructure Mix. The play with a new intro is for that intense moment where the night is at its peak. A salute to the Canadian disco scene which saved the disco era with its dedication and talent.

• Disco King - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Carrara

Carrara is Alberto Carrara an Italian producer and artist who moved the Italo-disco scene in the early and mid-80s with his bouncy and lovely melodies. His direction has always been the coordination of keyboards and guitar speaking to each other along with the disco beat. “Disco King” is from 1983 and one of his most memorable pieces. It has always brought to my mind the Meco disco version of “Star Wars” and its brief visit to the Cantina where the bass is rolling along with the big band horn blaring. A nice imaginative twist into an Italo-disco anthem. His use of riffs and melodies always satisfies the heart and feet.

I have taken the 12” instrumental version of “Disco King” and transformed parts of Carrara’s great number along with a sample of Meco’s production to create this ReStructure Mix. It breaks the original into pieces and reassembles it into a new experience. One of my favorite bass lines here is worked into a new timeline.

• Castles In The Sky - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Destination

Destination is one of the leads in great disco. Their 1979 project “From Beginning To End” produced and arranged by Elton Ahi is one of disco music’s finest moments. The orchestrations set to a disco groove are the perfection from which earlier conductors like Barry White and Vincent Montana were striving to create in a maturity of its time. “Castles In The Sky” is a track from the second movement of this disco trip and tells the story of dreams fabricated out of desires which may not last longer than a glance. Another great vocal performance from lead singer from the group, Mr. Danny Lugo and the music painted by Mr. Ahi is indeed the sound which Butterfly Records worked to press as the top line of disco of its time.

I have taken the album version of “Castles In The Sky” and recreated a journey for this pipe dream. A new ReStructure Mix only adds a few elements and edits to give this gem a new lift to remind us of what disco fantasy gave the dance floor at the end of the 70s. It is the genius of those producers and minds like Elton Ahi who worked these concepts with the imagination and groove that stamps the essence of disco very well on it.

• Yellow Pearl - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Phillip Lynott

Phillip Lynott is a bass player whose career with rock band Thin Lizzy in the 70s helped to launch a solo career in 1980 with his project “Solo In Soho”. The single “Yellow Pearl” is co-written and remixed by Midge Ure of Ultravox another big innovative project from the 80s. The heavy synth layers on this big 80s dance track dominate it well and play out over the heavy drum patterns pounding at the foundation. It is one of my favorite crossover dance tracks from 1980 also give an opportunity for Lynott to crossover into 80s synth-pop pool. The track I also featured as a theme to the 80s dance show “Top Of The Pops” at the time.

I have taken the 12” import version of “Yellow Pearl” and recreated a ReStructure Mix to extended and make play on those heavy drum beats. The heavy bass synthesizers are accentuated for a more durable energy. This one has always been a weapon of mine for afterhour’s playlists and always worked well for me at 3 am.

• Never Give You Up - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Sharon Redd

Sharon Redd is one of the voices in dance music which completed many arenas of funk and energy. Her most memorable of parts is the fusion of New York funk created in the early 80s namely on the recording label Prelude Records. Sharon’s second project titled “Redd Hott” – produced by Eric Matthew and Darryl Payne is one of the magnificent pieces of dance vinyl of its time. Featuring the hit singles “Beat The Street”, “In The Name Of Love” and “Never Give You Up”. The arrangements here are easy to forget the disco era was entering a new phase of synth-pop venturing from the full production of dance music. This project claimed both the street-funk edge and the high energy anthem feel. “Never Give You Up” is an electronic funk love song that rings out loud with Sharon’s style of vocal appeal. It is one of the best of the Prelude catalogue and is still a favorite.

I have taken the promo 12” of “Never Give You Up” – using the vocal and dub to recreate a new direction for this diva’s classic track. I have given pieces of the tracks a heavy beat to bounce over what already uses the rhythm at most. It is a tribute to the Prelude sound and the producers Eric Matthew and Darryl Payne for giving the dance floor a reason to believe and keep dancing.

• Dance (Whoever You Are) - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Partners

Partners are a disco project rom producer Claude Mainguy – who also gave us DJ All Stars and Venus Gang. This outline highly influenced by Euro-disco is transformed into a pop-dance formula using a simple arrangement with the sweetness of the big disco production. Vocals are very reminiscent of Bee Gees success and are provided by Johnny Russell, Sergio Handlemann, and Steve Loyds. The tail end of the big disco era brought many of these projects to the front as the disco symphony sound brought the success of the genre itself. “Dance (Whoever You Are)” is their single from the project “Last Disco In Paris” – released in the US on Marlin Records. The sweet feel of disco hustle music is outlined here along with the soft arrangement. It is one of the last of the disco dancing projects of the late 70s.

I have taken the 12” version of “Dance (Whoever You Are)” from the T.K. Records label and remastered and reworked this ReStructure Mix as a sweet as it could be. The original 12” remix from Richie Rivera was pressed a bit muddy and low on volume. I have over laid some of the re-equalized percussion tracks below portions of the song to bring out more of the energy. It is still one of the nice disco hustle pieces I have heard from the time and this ReStructure Mix is a tribute to the end of the TK Disco and disco music era of the 70s.

• Cover Me - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Anita Ward

Anita Ward brought the end of the 70s disco era one of the most memorable songs – it was “Ring My Bell” from 1979 produced by Frederick Knight. The 12” remix featured by Ritchie Rivera gave the track an extensive sound which later became the songs lure. “Cover Me” is from Anita’s follow up album titled “Sweet Surrender” and is another song with a light groove and sound. Anita has always had a soothing falsetto edge to her delivery and this one works well with these elements.

I have taken the 12” version of “Cover Me” and worked some of the percussion and groove parts of “Ring My Bell” into the foundation to bring it more punch. This love song has always been a favorite and this ReStructure Mix places it again in a loving place.

• Leaving On The Midnight Train - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Nick Straker Band

Nick Straker Band is a U.K. band whose recording career began in 1979. Their fusion of synth-pop developed a style which became a new phase in the early 80s. A blend of jazz and light disco melodies. “Leaving On The Midnight Train” is an electronic dance track which was best known for a return to the new disco energy of the 80s. This one rolls along with several recognizable elements and a percussion track that stands out as the high energy intro of the period. A nice dance number that always made my dance floor come alive again.

I have taken the 12” version of “Leaving On The Midnight Train” and worked this ReStructure Mix using the guitar break in several places to bring this one to mind again. I have added some new percussion to make it sound off even more so. A trip back to the early 80s when disco once again morphed into a new exciting phase.

• Do You Wanna Lover - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Hotbox

Hotbox is a 80s street-beat project from Jon Morales, Mary Berry and Rick Tarbox. The early 80s was another experimental period for dance music as the beat took on many drop kicks to move into a whole new realm of energy. New York street beat is a style created by breaking up the beats into a rhythmic stomp. Morphed from the scratching techniques used by innovative producers and DJs. “Do You Wanna Lover” is a track from Hotbox released in 1983 which uses this technique to its extreme where a whole new arena called Latin freestyle took off in Miami. Many bands like The System are in the same genre and sound.

I have taken the 12” of “Do You Wanna Lover” using the “club”, “beats” and “dub” to recreate a “Latin” lover with a touch of disco classic pieces from Voyage. This ReStructure Mix drags out the percussion from Hotbox’s fierce layout and takes it into a new desire for that dance floor energy of the early 80s.

• Crazy Family - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Jock Hattle

Jock Hattle is a disco project from producer and singer Alberto Carpani (also known as A.C. One and Albert One) – his work helped to bring Italo-disco to the front lines in the early 80s. Jock Hattle is a studio band which he performed in 1983 along with producers Miki Chieregato, Roberto Turatti and Giuseppe Mincioni. “Crazy Family” is their first single – an electronic and fierce disco track. It pours out a factory of rolling keyboards and makes its way into one of the most memorable of the time period for Italo-disco. The odd vocal and number-chants are unique and quite interesting as silly as they may sound.

I have taken the 12” of “Crazy Family” – using the “Yes No Family” side which is the roaring instrumental to create this new ReStructure Mix. I have edited the pieces of the solid synth tracks and added a new arrangement and feel to the fantastic dance number. Another salute to the Italo-disco 80s movement and the power it created.

• Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker) - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Parliament

Parliament is a funk capital band led by producer and musician George Clinton. A step forward in the innovation and creation of funk using a hardcore edge in sound and delivery. The band began its recording career in 1970 and has since been admired as the start of a funk-regime. “Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)” comes from their 1975 album “Mothership Connection” which explores the outline for an introduction to “the funk”. It has since become an old-school classic and gives an essence to the period where dance music began its journey into a whole new era.

I have taken the album version of “Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)” and recreated a funk-fest of loops and edits for this ReStructure Mix. Using all of the pieces that make it time out into funk and added a few breaks with intensity in mind.

• Trouble In Paradise - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Sylvester

Sylvester is one of disco music’s unique and fabulous artists. His first album in 1977 introduced not only a new persona of a disco artist with a blend of soul and gospel with funk-driven disco music. His classic “Dance (Disco Heat)” from 1978 is the turn of the disco era into its success. Sylvester never stopped giving his audience and dance floors a delivery which endured dedication to the art of music and performance. “Trouble In Paradise” comes from his album “Call Me” from 1983 which is the sound from San Francisco during the early 80s when disco producers continued disco music’s legacy. This anthem of failing love leaves questions to the romance in question and never a doubt that Sylvester gives his emotion and heart again. A great production by from James “Tip” Wirrick and Marty Blechman on the Megatone Records label and during a time where dance music continues to mature and progress.

I have taken the album version and the 12” versions of “Trouble In Paradise” and worked the two versions into a new chapter for this track. Taking the elements from both and placing them into an arena for Sylvester to tell us how it is done. The new phasing and rearranging are the new part of this ReStructure Mix.

• Disco People - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - The Mike Theordore Orchestra

The Mike Theodore Orchestra from producer, arranger and writer Mike Theodore who created many disco studio projects including productions for King Erisson, C.J. & Co., Jim Gold, Detroit Emeralds, Carlis Monroe and Tempest Trio. The essence of funk always rang true in Theodore’s music as his disco years proved. “Disco People” comes from his group The Mike Theodore Orchestra from 1979 and features the sound of discos evolution from the early 70s to the end. Full orchestration on this production bring it into a realm of the soundtrack disco era where dramatic motion picture scores or funky tracks from b-movies were disco-fied for the pop-arena. Mike Theodore brings to life the sound that disco music brought to the hilt of its greatness and influenced many of the later part of the producers in the latter part of the disco era.

I have taken the beat pumping album version of “Disco People” from The Mike Theodore Orchestra album “High On Mad Mountain” (which I always believed was the influence of “Hills Of Kat Mandu” by Tantra) and moved the smooth disco-funk into this ReStructure Mix. More of the percussion that Theodore made his weapon for dancers and the sweet disco feel that the late 70s was all about.

• Tie Me Down - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Jessica Williams

Jessica Williams is the icon of divas in disco music. Her work in the disco arena along with producer Simon Soussan and her husband John B. Williams are some of the period’s magic. Featured in the studio groups Arpeggio, Romance, The Simon Orchestra and French Kiss give Jessica a range of vocal approaches with her best always upfront. In 1979 her solo album "Queen Of Fools" was one of the most energy fused projects which eventually lead to the high energy movement in the early 80s. "Tie Me Down" is a single from Jessica released in 1984. A full electronic arrangement from Simon Soussan which works as well as the disco orchestrated work with Jessica in the 70s.

I have taken the 12” version of “Tie Me Down” and gave it an overhaul for this ReStructure Mix. Adding a few elements to pump the energy up a bit and using Jessica’s powerful diva pipes as another layer of fun and a good reason to visit this high energy classic again.

Dedicated to Jessica Williams – who is the best of disco music and a fantastic lady. Thank you Jessica for your friendship and love.

• Sex Appeal - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Vivian Vee

Vivian Vee is an Italo-disco artist who took the dance world over with her first album “Give Me A Break” produced by Claudio Simonetti and Giancarlo Meo in 1979. The project seemed to ignite the sweep of Italian disco productions in the coming years. “Sex Appeal” is a single from 1982 and uses a bass guitar lick to bring more of a sleaze feel to Vivian’s sexy performance. A great early morning track with the feel of the great sound of Simonetti and Meo leading the way into a use of synths, drums and keyboards in a whole new package.

I have taken the 12” of “Sex Appeal” and created a laid back ReStructure Mix which takes edits and loops of the hypnotic bass to use. This reworking gives the original another opportunity to display the best of the early 80s in that underground feel.

• Little Lies - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac is a definite air for soft rock in the 70s. Their music has moved throughout the period as magic. Their return to the music industry in 1987 welcomed a new edge with a pop-dance feel. “Little Lies” is the single which caught my heart as the group uses all of their familiar music curves to bring this one to live. It features a nice chorus which ignites the bands flavor. One of the great movements in the 80s where a soft rock classic returns in a new suit.

I have taken the 12” vocal and dub of “Little Lies” and played out the elements which evoked the sweetness of Fleetwood Mac and a new ReStructure Mix focus. This one uses the percussion to the hilt along with most of the charm. The 80s again marks dance history as an influence for time.

• In The Heat Of The Night - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Debbie Jacobs

Debbie Jacobs is a performer among the late 70s whose voice paved success on dance floors with an elegance and style. Her first album “Undercover Lover” from 1979 gave several tracks that dominated dance floors and made producer Paul Sabu and Debbie a very welcomed pair. “In The Heat Of The Night” is a single released in 1985 and produced by Ian Anthony Stephens and Paul Parker. A high energy mover that is everything that is 80s nightlife. Another great shot from Debbie and another chance to hear her wonderful voice bringing a dance floor together in unity and celebration.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of “In The Heat Of The Night” and reworked a ReStructure Mix for this number to bring that feeling back. More of the instrumental in worked into the mix with lots of play on Debbie vocals and those wonderful backing vocals by Jo-Lo.

• Dirty Ol' Man - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - The Three Degrees

The Three Degrees brought the Philly Sound into a new realm with their 1973 self-titled album – including the timeless ballad “When Will I See You Again”, “Year Of Decision” and “Dirty Ol’ Man” - a Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff gem with all of the poise perfect for these ladies. “Dirty Ol’ Man” is a play on tiresome advances from an interested party who doesn’t seem to get the message these ladies are giving. It is sweet indiscretion for the focus of our little drama and appropriate for the time.

I have taken the 12” version remixed by Tom Moulton and played out a drum filled ReStructure Mix with a “dirty” synth pattern borrowed from Patrick Cowley’s production of Sarah Dash’s “Low Down Dirty Rhythm”. This one is layered and layered with more of the groove that makes it a Philly classic. Intended for fun and a new take.

• Dragon's Legend - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Koto

Koto is Anfrando Maiola and Stephano Cundari – an Italo-disco group who began during the early creative years in the early 80s. Many of their projects were electronic pieces which played out like a synthetic version of the Euro-disco productions of the disco era. “Dragon’s Legend” is from 1986 and is based on the 1983 laserdisc game “Dragon’s Lair”. The sequencers complete this instrumental piece with the short keyboard interludes bringing us into the adventure. It is one of the Italo-disco forerunners style with Koto bringing to us again a dance floor movement.

I have taken the 12” version and the dub to create this replay for a ReStructure Mix – new beats and a new arrangement make this one fun once again.

• Dancing In Heaven (Orbital Be-Bop) - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Q-Feel

Q-Feel is Brian Fairweather, Chris Richardson, Martin Page, and Trevor Thornton. Their 1982 dance floor hit “Dancing In Heaven (Orbital Be-Bop)” is the 80s synth-pop explosion and caught on throughout the mid-80s as the New Romantic scene began to blend their vocal style along with synth-pop. The song brought them success both on radio and many sweaty nights in dance clubs.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental to work a new ReStructure Mix paying tribute to the uplifting sound of 80s dance music. A new set of drums are added to the intro from a pop-rock track that you may recognize and a new insert of International dance feel.

• Pretty Mess - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Vanity

Vanity is Denise Katrina Smith and is one of the musical acts produced by 80’s icon, Prince. Originally from a trio called Vanity 6 with over-sexed approach at loosely committed dance tracks. A touch of Prince’s controversial ingredients of racy lyrics and street beats with a tweak on rhythm and percussion. Vanity released her first solo album in 1984 titled “Wild Animal”. The dance single “Pretty Mess” is another sexual fantasy brought out into the light using parts of a romantic interlude compared to getting closer to “going all the way”. The champagne plays a double entendre for the title and also made the striking beats and Vanity’s whispery sexy purrs more of a lure.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of “Pretty Mess” and re-cycled every moan and pant of Vanity’s exercise here. A new layer of effects using the original pieces are added to bring a new life to this one. It is one of the 80s numbers that I always saved for that peak hour when sweat and throbbing bodies were in abundance.

• Don'tcha Hear Me Callin' To Ya - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - The Fifth Dimension

The Fifth Dimension is one of the soul-pop groups of the late 60s and early 70s that made a spot in music history that is sweet and adventurous. Their 1969 album “The Age Of Aquarius” is one of the mod-60s treats which brings the hippie culture and soul harmonies to a classic recording. “Don’t’cha Hear Me Callin’ Ya” is another single from the project which shares the vocal layers of Billy Davis, Jr., Florence LaRue, Lamonte McLemore, Marilyn McCoo and Ron Townson. The track rings out a calling to a distant lover who is needed for making it alright. A nice little slice of The Fifth Dimension in a pop-soul flavor with that 60s hip-groove.

This ReStructure Mix pulls the guitar groove into a drum beat from Arthur Baker’s File 13 80s dance hit “Taste So Good”. A recalling in a new direction if you read between the beats and street drums. This number was requested by Jim Bass and gladly executed in a new manner with some drop outs and help from the 80s street drums.

• Not Tonight - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Macho

Macho is a disco sound from producer Jacques Fred Petrus, Marzio Vincenzi on lead vocals along with arranger Mauro Malavasi and Celso Valli. In 1978 Macho released a disco version of Steve Winwood’s “I’m A Man” with an electronic overhaul which made an innovative move for disco music. “Roll” is the second project from Macho from 1980 and set a mode where these studio masters created the essence for disco music with a rock edge. “Not Tonight” from the second album follows closely on this sound. The roaring guitars and rolling bass are the magic of this fantastic production.

I have taken the album version of “Not Tonight” and recreated a ReStructure Mix breaking down the powerful riffs – drums beats – bass – synthesizers into an extended piece. This one always held my heart since it captures the disco sound in a new package and also the theme is created with complete album graphics and musically.

• Good and Plenty Lover - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Musique

Musique is a disco group from the funky minds of producers Patrick Adams and Ken Mazur. This sound is the New York disco feel with a touch of funk and euro-disco lightly accented. Vocals are the key part of Musique and features Christine Wiltshire, Jocelyn Brown, Gina Taylor, Denise Edwards and Mary Seymour. “Keep On Jumpin’” is the first project which helped to formulate a sexy disco outline with the touches of Patrick’s masterful arrangement. This follow up LP titled “Love Massage” followed closely in the familiar theme where a sexy and breathy delivery brought the groove just what it needed. A disco formula which took dance floors to that non-stop dancing rage.

I have taken the single “Good and Plenty Lover” from the album and recreated a new ReStructure Mix with a few riffs from a Harvey Fuqua soul classic. This one is a funk extravaganza with the disco magic of both Adams and Mazur making it complete. This remix is pumped a few more levels and gives way to those sensual chorus girl tracks.

• Disco Power - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - U.N.

U.N. is a disco project from producer Tony Green who also delivered classic by France Joli, Freddie James, Norma Lewis, Geraldine Hunt, Caroline Bernier and many early disco and high energy projects. This production features the lead vocals of Goldie Alexander (“Show You My Love”) and backing are The Sweethearts of Sigma (Barbra Ingram, Carla Benson and Evette Benton). “Disco Power” is the first release and pulls a punch with its tribute to the music of the time which created a unity and lasting feeling of good energy and celebration. This one is the essence of the energy which disco music became from the mid and late 70s.

I have taken the album version of “Disco Power” and reworked a new ReStructure Mix which adds more of the riffs in places where it pumps more energy out of this geyser of disco percussion, handclaps and bass. It is a tribute to Tony Green and Denis Le Page who arranged this powerhouse album.

• Gotta Be Love - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Tiffany

Tiffany is singer joining the pop-dance era of the 80s. Her popularity was started on a pop-dance cover of “I Think We’re Alone Now" – a hit from Tommy James and The Shondells from 1967. Her music included an array of teen love ballads and some playful dance numbers to follow up on her claim to fame. “Gotta Be Love” is a single which was featured on a 12” of her 1988 single “I Saw Him Standing There” – it was featured on this single exclusively. The high energy feel is much like an Italo-disco production with lots of gadgetry and an out in the front singer taking a ride on it. It was a big peak hour mover for the NRG playlists and I still find Tiffany’s performance loving sweet.

I have taken the 12” version of “Gotta Be Love” and reworked a ReStructure Mix to pay tribute to those 80s producers, artists and dancers who kept dance music history moving both on the floor and in pop culture, More percussion and an extended arrangement are also in this one.

• There's A Woman - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Gino Soccio

Gino Soccio is a disco producer, musician and artist with an innovative touch in many of the projects he has performed in. His work includes disco groups Kebekelektrek, Bombers, Gotham Flasher, Witch Queen and his four solo albums. “There’s A Woman” comes from his first titled “Outline” which features an abstract and electronic approach at dance music. Many of his touches are early signs of techno and ambient music where keyboards transform into a hypnotic feel. A modern approach from the earlier movements and experimental pieces from producers like Giorgio Moroder. “There’s A Woman” in its original form is a memorizing track. There are sounds used behind the electronic force that are strange yet intriguing. I have always heard this as a light hippy rock edge sound that is sucked into a disco vortex. It is a sound that Soccio brings in his own creation and this track has all of the elements at its best.

I have taken the album version of “There’s A Woman” and focused more on an energy driven ReStructure Mix where the light keyboards are working to the extreme. More of the vocal is exposed and replayed throughout this remix and several new percussion and drum effects are placed to give the hypnotic edge more of a stage.

• Fade To Gray - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Visage

Visage is synth-pop project formed in 1978 and also enlightening a new style of music known as “new romantic”. Their 1980 self-titled project contained their mystic-synth hit “Fade To Grey” which gave them a following for the new 80s sound and adaption using elements of the disco era. A flattened arrangement where keyboards and sequencers replaced drums, guitars and percussion. This track plays out with a heavy rolling synthesizer which brings us warmth and reminder of how breaking down elements which were used in the disco perfection of the late 70s heavily influenced new artists as it still does today.

I have taken the 12” version of “Fade To Grey” and focused on the underground feel of the song and added a drum track from another project from Midge Ure to give the intro and foundation more pump. The ghostly vocals and eerie keyboards still tell this story and this ReStructure Mix simply adds a new chapter.

• The Glamorous Life - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Sheila E.

Sheila E. brought a wall of percussion into her brand of synth-funk. Her album “In The Glamorous Life” released in 1984 was a great entrance for the former Prince band member. “The Glamorous Life” is one of the big dance floor movers of the time and the horn riffs and rhythmic bells, drums and congas make it an infectious move. This was another turning point in dance music in the pop arena. Sheila E. has peaked with Prince and The Revolution entourage with a great energy and dedication. The mid 80s were made for the ever-changing sound of dance music especially as you can feel here.

I have taken the 12” vocal and “Part II” of “The Glamorous Life” and reworked a new layout for this event. More of the loops and edit create more of the dub feel and deliver a new stage for this number.

• Move Me With Your Love - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Madleen Kane

Madleen Kane is disco purrr-fection! Her first album “Rough Diamond” from 1978 is a marker in dance history. Her blend of sexuality and a very subtle yet effective delivery works as discos engineers had intended. It was Euro-disco in a new package with a beautiful face and amazing sensuality to perform disco music as it was intended. “Move Me With Your Love” is a single from Madleen’s album “Sounds Of Love” from 1980 and produced by Paul and Lana Sebastian and Jean-Claude Friederich. Her third project and during a sensitive time for disco releases Madleen maintained her style, talent and confidence in this recording. The sweet rolling track is alluring and one of my favorites from Ms. Kane.

I have taken the album version of “Move Me With Your Love” and pieced and played out a more driven version for this ReStructure Mix. I have left all of Madleen’s fantastic vocal parts intact and poured more energy into the arrangement with some funky breaks. A true disco number is played out in full here not only in the recording but with my experiencing Madleen performing live I have seen the talent play out as beautiful as the woman herself.

• Why Me - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Irene Cara

Irene Cara is one of the voices which made the 70s a notable with her closing in the 80s with “Fame” and “What A Feelin’ (Flashdance)”. It was straight to the top with these two tracks for Irene. “Why Me” comes from her 1983 album “What A Feelin’” produced by Giorgio Moroder. This marks the phasing of Moroder’s work into the 80s pop-synth arena where a less futuristic in the conceptual layout. This project is one of the lessors of his and Irene’s numbers yet it does bring the synthesizer blend out in with the entire Munich feel.

I have taken the 12” vocal and dub of “Why Me” and reworked a new ReStructure Mix to give the bouncy number a bit more edge using the vibrations and rolling sequencers to play more of an underground groove feel. It does have Irene’s troubles scattered here and there with only a touch of the drama.

• Step Into The Love Line - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Amii Stewart

Amii Stewart burst onto dance floors in 1979 with her huge disco hit “Knock On Wood” – a remake of Eddie Floyd’s 1966 hit song. It was like a blast of disco energy and a formation of things to come for discotheques. Her album “Paradise Bird” from the same year contained a formula similar to the beats and powerful electronic drums and sequencers layering overhead. Produced by Barry Leng and along Amii’s sweet falsetto sound this one was once again a disco treat. “Step Into The Love Line” was always a favorite in the segued B-side of this project. It is slick and moody track played out as Amii tells her suitors that love is out of the question following a one night affair. She weights out that will play the lover. A great track that displays her voice in a beautiful way.

I have taken the album version of “Step Into The Love Line” and played out a lengthier version with some use of the pounding syn-drums and flowing mystical energy of Barry Leng’s production. This is one of those tracks I could hear for an hour and perhaps want more. A one night affair for this song also that may last forever.

• Top Shot - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Tantra

Tantra is an Italian disco project from producers La Drogeuria Di Drugolo and Quelli Del Castello and arranger/conductor Celso Valli. Best known for the transformation of the big disco orchestral arrangement to the new electronic 80s dance era. “Top Shot” is a dark song about success in the music industry and the demise of ones soul after the demands bring on drugs and confusion. Its high end however is the use of this tale in a quirky manner. A great rock-edged guitar paints the picture of a Janis Joplin or Jim Morrison type story. It was one of the releases from the US release album by Tantra titled “The Double Album”.

I have taken the album version of “Top Shot” and reworked this eerie sounding dance track adding a familiar clap track from Gino Soccio’s production of Witch Queen. I have lifted more of the rhythmic parts of this piece and give it a new stage. Thanks to Celso Valli’s flawless arrangements this one was always a favorite.

• It's Broken - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Bob Chance

Bob Chance recorded his project “It’s Broken” in 1980 with an absolute disco underground feel at the focus of the title track. A lengthy and swirling electronic production which is on the cusp of apartment recordings in an abstract way. Much of his direction follows the likes of the Patrick Cowley’s created in the wake of past Giorgio Moroder electronic masterpieces. The disco underground is a definite place for exploration when you hear the original traveling into many areas and dreamy electronics.

I have taken the album version of “It’s Broken” and used more of the rhythmic elements to bring the pale vocal into a new arena. The simple lyrics are now accentuated with some hardcore 80s energy samples and mood. I must thank Jussi Kantonen for bringing this one to my attention as the disco flash with the right amount of underground to make an dance floor "phreek" take note and dance.

• Paradise - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Sade

Sade is a band with Sade Adu upfront bringing a fusion of world music to the 80s with an excitement that the jazz and swing era may have created at its time. The British group became a shift in adult contemporary music, jazz and rhythms. “Paradise” is from their third album titled “Stronger Than Pride”. A rolling bass keeps the story of the perfect love between two in sync. The crossover of 80s dance music is heavily influenced by disco music and the sound is here in a new formula. A great number which makes swaying on the dance floor an experience.

I have taken the 12” vocal and bonus beats tracks to take this “Paradise” into a new ReStructure Mix. It is more of a dreamy feel with more surprise detours. It is intended to drive this piece into more of an underground arena.

• Victim Of Love - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Elton John

Elton John worked with producer Pete Bellotte who is best known for his work with Donna Summer along with Giorgio Moroder – and also disco projects from Melba Moore, Joy Fleming, and his own band Trax. “Victim Of Love” is the title track and electronic disco full on movement here with Elton bringing his 70s-rock flair to the dance floor. This one is somewhat mysterious and moving. The keyboards work well throughout the segued dance cuts in this Bellotte beauty for Mr. John.

I have taken the album version of “Victim Of Love” and played it out in a new direction for this ReStructure Mix – not only playing with edits of those fierce keyboards – also adding a touch of classic Elton John to bring back the magic of his talent. An all-time favorite of mine and one of the last great markers of the disco era.

• Let's Go All The Way (Down) - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Brenda and The Tabulations

Brenda and The Tabulations are a rhythm and blues vocal group whom began recording in the late 60s with Brenda Payton, Eddie Jackson, Jerry Jones and Maurice Coates. Their 1977 album “I Keep Coming Back For More” features productions from Bobby Eli, John Davis, Ron Tyson and Norman Harris. The project guided the group onto the soulful disco arena. “Let’s Go All The Way (Down)” is a single from the project –produced by Bobby Eli and Gilda C. Woods. This sexy-funk classic is one that proves its creators were watching dance floors carefully. A full on groove with a sensual vocal and approach by Brenda along with Bobby’s magic which later brought us Eli’s Second Coming with the same flavor. A great dance track and a major classic stamp for those who know the in-and-outs of disco’s history.

I have taken the 12” version of “Let’s Go All The Way (Down)” and added some new drums to awaken this gem. More pieces of Brenda reaching for the groove are looped and rearranged to bring another hot sweaty night to life. A great moment for those who can never get enough of a good thang.

• If All We're Gonna Do Is Dance - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Hott City!

Hott City! Is a disco project from producers Jeffrey Parsons and Jeffrey Steinberg – the project featured vocals from Sherry Fox, Mildred Vaney, Ortheia Barnes and Bluejay. The disco feel here is the last of the sophisticated sound of New York disco. Keyboards, percussion and electronic ambient touches create a mature and dreamy aura. “If All We’re Gonna Do Is Dance” is a classic disco sound from this band and the time – it is the closing of an era of dancing and for the hardcore followers indeed. Vocals are from Sherry Fox here and paint an obvious ultimatum. A great band who later with Mildred and Ortheia and producers became Cut Glass – who gave us the big hit “Without Your Love”.

I have taken the album version of “If All We’re Gonna Do Is Dance” and played out a new ReStructure Mix with some new elements to further the mood and use all of those sequencer and drum effects to the hilt. This is a salute to New York disco and those who have made it all the biggest part of the mid and late 70s.

• You're A Beat - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Eastbound Expressway

Eastbound Expressway is a disco group created by producers Ian Levine and Fiachra Trench from 1979 featuring the disco orchestration which these two genius minds created for dance floors. The group began as disco chorus on their first album and during the high energy period of the early 80s became a trio for an electronic drum and keyboard edge which many productions were using. “You’re A Beat” is the high energy peak for Eastbound Expressway in the 80s full-on synthetic disco production. It features Jocelyn Phillips and Karen Freeman on vocals and explodes from start to finish. It is a mark for high energy and the Levine and Trench sound which kept many feet and hearts moving in the 80s.

I have taken the vocal and dub version of “You’re A Beat” from the 12” single and revamped a ReStructure Mix adding a few new elements to lift the energy again. There is a new arrangement for the new percussion loops to play out through the fading finish. A salute to high energy again!

• Who's Zoomin' Who - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin took the dance floor in the mid-80s with her album “Who’s Zoomin’ Who” – produced by Narada Michael Walden, Dave Stewart and Aretha. The title track is the focus of this ReStructure Mix where the pop-dance world surrenders to the beat and rhythm of hardcore dance music with help from Steve Thompson and Michael Barbiero at the helm. Slick handclaps and pounding street beats make this 12” single a big win along with Aretha’s soulful rendition.

I have taken the vocal and dub of the 12” single and worked a new ReStructure Mix to pay tribute to The Queen of Soul and her transition to the 80s dance scene. A bit more effects and transition build this one into a more energy filled mix

• I Love Your Beat (Play It Again Sam) - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Rena

Rena Feeney is a disco artist working under the production of Billy Nichols (“Give Your Body Up To The Music”) and the sound of New York Disco of the late 70s. The progression of disco music during the night life explosion of the mid and late 70s was the reshaping of funk and soul. A touch of more of percussion and the lush strings along with some lighter melodies and sensual breath. “I Love Your Beat (Play It Again Sam)” is one of those swinging disco tracks with a horn segment which brings a 40s feel alive. It is one of those sexy disco tracks where breathy vocals make perfect sense. This release from 1980 is one of the finales of the underground disco era.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of “I Love Your Beat (Play It Again Sam)” to create a new ReStructure Mix to bring back that mirror ball trance of the 70s. There is a new intro and arrangement using the sexy feel of Rena’s vocal as the opening and closing of this sexy number.

• Lightning Strikes - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - SFX

SFX is a band from San Francisco and produced by disco producer Marty Blechman who also brought us work from Sylvester, Patrick Cowley and Modern Rocketry. The sound of San Francisco disco is here with all of the attributes which made a disco renaissance possible in the early 80s. It was obvious dance floors were still on fire. SFX takes Lou Christie’s classic “Lightning Strikes” and revamps it with the swirling synthesizers and bass beats with a light rendition which fits perfectly into the 80s high energy feel. This one was placed behind others from the Megatone label in a time where many were crossing over to a pop-rock edge. It still points to a great period for me and the music which kept the beat alive.

I have taken the 12” version of “Lightning Strikes” and reworked a ReStructure Mix using parts of the original by Mr. Lou Christie and also reshaping the synthesizers into a new arrangement. It is a tribute to the birth of high energy out of disco’s ashes.

• Make That Move - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Shalamar

Shalamar is Jody Watley, Howard Hewett and Jeffrey Daniel. Their disco hits “Uptown Festival” and “Second Time Around” are classics from the disco era and their 1980 project titled “Three For Love” delivered a new sound for the trio. Produced by Leon Sylvers, III and portrays the sound of 80s funk in a polished manner. “Make That Move” is the single which follows closely to “Second Time Around” as the electronic funk edge pulls the trios lovely voices. Shalamar brings the 80s into a fresh new sound and also maintains the respect that is deserved.

I have taken the 12” single of “Make That Move” and edited a ReStructure Mix for a tribute to Shalamar and the 80s funk scene. The guitar elements are reworked in several parts of this new arrangement keeping intact the original groove with just a touch of drop-outs and breaks for a new option.

• Walking In The Neon - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Peter Richard

Peter Richard is an Italo-disco artist with one of the 80s most hypnotic and experimental pieces of its time. The project is arranged by Celso Valli who is responsible for many classic Italian dance tracks from Tantra, VISA, Lama and Azoto. This one weaves a sci-fi feel with a deep bass loop which brings to mind the genius of Giorgio Moroder when placed in the electronic dance arena. Percussion is pounding out an ethereal space journey which takes place on the dance floor. A masterpiece from the Italo-disco catalogue.

I have taken the 12” version of “Walking In The Neon” and recreated another trip into disco heaven. More percussion is lightly added to the underground feel of this track and of course it is extended to give the followers of such a long lasting high.

• Your Good Lovin' - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - France Joli

France Joli is the one disco music’s most exciting voices. Her big dance hit “Come To Me” from 1979 gave the closing of the disco era a crescendo. Her 1980 album “Now!” and her third was a turn for France to the sound which her label, Prelude Records was creating for the 80s – New York Funk. The production by Ray Reid and William Anderson (Crown Heights Affair) gave us an opportunity to hear France and her lovely vocals in a funky setting. “Your Good Lovin’” is the second single from the project following “Gonna Get Over You”. It is another great love song which gives us some slick keyboards and funk beats and was produced by Darryl Payne and Eric Matthew (Sharon Redd. Gary’s Gang) and features an arrangement by Giuliano Salerni (Ultimate, Strange Affair, Bonnie Boyer).

I have taken the original album version and recreated a ReStructure Mix using the loop edits for a new approach. I have extended it for more of France’s outstanding performance and of course the backing vocals of Fonzi Thornton and Dolette McDonald. A funk fest made in New York and branded the same!

• Mother, Look What They've Done To Me - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Amanda Lear

Amanda Lear’s “Sweet Revenge” project from 1978 is a disco-opera of our heroine whose soul is taken by the dark side for the fortune and fame of a Hollywood career. A touch of modern day Faust set to disco beats and rolling synthesizers. The production by Anthony Monn is an innovative twist for the mysterious tale being weaved through songs where Amanda gives a hypnotic performance of lusty, temptation and regret. This one is ahead of its time as it portrays an early morning dance feel with the main tracks, “Follow Me” which is a classic.

I have taken the album version from the side one medley of “Sweet Revenge” – where obviously the title exclaims that Amanda has over shadowed the grip of evil in this tale. The original is extended in this ReStructure Mix and contains pieces of those in the lead of the tale and following to complete the fantasy. It is one of the pieces from Amanda which make her aura as tempting as Faust.

• Come Back - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Vivian Vee

Vivian Vee is an Italo-disco artist who worked with producers Claudio Simonetti and Giancarlo Meo. Their work in the late 70s and early 80s helped to bring Italo-disco to the forefront and lead the way for the high energy explosion. “Come Back” is the third single from her 1979 album “Give Me A Break” – where the title track dominated the clubs in early 80s. This single a love song begging an estranged lover to return for more love or closure. It is a similar sound as the electronic work which Simonetti and Meo helped to launch in the Italo-disco genre early on. Vivian has a melodic performance again here and although her words at times are not so clear it is still a pleasant experience in her delivery.

I have taken the 12” version of “Come Back” and redesigned the flow of the song for this ReStructure Mix. Taking the percussion from breaks and segments of the track to enhance others. This is great piece not only for the breakdown of recreating disco music electronically but also for the thrill of its energy and direction.

• Bustin' Loose - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Chuck Brown and The Soul Searchers

Soul Searchers began their recording career in 1972 and expressed the funk in an early description of guitars and horns. Their shift in 1979 as Chuck Brown and The Soul Searchers became one of the biggest moves to disco-funk in the early 80s. Their big hit “Bustin’ Loose” was an early path for funk following the close of pop-disco during the late 70s. This funky excursion into a realm of freedom of moving ones assets to the groove became one of the soul anthems of the time.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of “Bustin’ Loose” and re-vamped a funk-fest using the bass lines which echo into the bongo breaks for more of disco-funk edge. The chorus is still intact as it calls out the first dancers to break out of their molds and get loose. This is a tribute to the funk and its part in dance music history.

• Nights Of Arabia - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Miro Miroe

Miro Miroe is a 80s synth-pop duo whom were a shift into a new era of dance music. Berenice Nally and Ian Ritchie create the Arabic feel in “Nights Of Arabia” from 1982 and weave an adventure into a desert romance. This track is their second single and was one of the synth-dance numbers which roll over and over a hypnotic rhythm which interplays with a force that is powerful and move the feet and mind.

I have taken the US 12” version of “Nights Of Arabia” and created a ReStructure Mix which plays on the pulsating bass synths and keyboards which interlock and then reverse to a new adventure. It is one of the new wave infused pieces that I recall serving to a packed dance floor so this reworking is a dedication to the 80s synth-pop sound and the power it brought to help introduce high energy music.

• (Won't You) Dance With Me - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Nina Schiller (formerly of Crystal & The Team)

Nina Schiller is one of the voices of the early 80s from the San Francisco disco resurgence movement whom brought a beauty to dance music. It was producer, Bill Motley who also created Boys Town Gang (“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”) in the wake of period where a lack of high energy dance music was missing. Not only were the pounding disco drums scarce but the beautiful string and horn arrangements also. Motley created that feel once again with a single from Crystal & The Team in 1981 along with DJs Craig Morley and Mike Lewis. The single “(Won’t You) Dance With Me” was a fast rolling dance number which featured vocalist Nina Schiller on lead vocals. Her delivery was a great move for the number and created an underground audience for this swirling sound.

I have taken the original 12” vocal and instrumental versions on Moby Dick Records and weaved a new lengthier ReStructure Mix with a few new touches to make this classic another event. The beautiful and operatic vocal is still intact with Nina’s fabulous delivery.

• I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston took the 80s in her hands and heart with many of her ballads and pop-dance tracks. Not long after her first recording with Michael Zager Band on his “Life’s A Party” album did the voice of this chanteuse let the world know of its power. Her second album was another big surprise featuring the pop dance single “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” – produced by Narada Michael Walden. A smash for Whitney and those many fans that were becoming dependent on her music.

I have taken the 12” versions of “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” and took the pop-edge deeper into the percussion and beats. The dub was one of the echoing of the house movement where the beats became the foundation for a mix. This ReStructure Mix is a part of the 80s edition to celebrate the period which continued to keep the disco aura alive.

• Take A Chance - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Jackie Moore

Jackie Moore is a soul singer who began her recording career in 1973 and later found herself in 1979 with a huge disco hit titled “This Time Baby” written by Leroy M. Bell and Casey James (Bell & James “Livin’ It Up (Friday Night)”. Jackie is well known for her soulful recordings from the early 70s display the heart and soul of this woman where these disco hits give us more. “Take A Stand” is once again an emotional performance from Jackie where love that was once warm is now fighting to stay alive. The follow-up is from “This Time Baby” is appropriate however timing on release prevented it from having the success. Fans of Jackie and great soul divas will make it this one a personal hit. The production, arrangement and reality are from the genius of Bobby Eli (Eli’s Second Coming, MFSB, The Salsoul Orchestra and John Davis and the Monster Orchestra.)

I have taken the album version of “Take A Stand” and worked to keep this one alive with the existing emotion and a few new percussion touches and extending the bass guitars licking at the beat and its percussion pattern – which I have added a few extra pieces to. A tribute to the powerful sound of Bobby Eli and Jackie Moore.

• And The Beat Hoes On - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Orbit featuring Carol Hall

Orbit is an electronic studio group produced by Don Was, Jack Tann and John Lewis. A beat box tribute to the pop classic “The Beat Goes On” by Sonny and Cher from 1967 is the first single to bring Orbit into the dance floor. This cover features Carol Hall on lead vocals as a successful transition from the original to a slick new electronic feel. Dance floors were surprised by the creative edge used in this track and its echoes brought two more covers of classic pop and rock tracks in the early 80s. This one always worked for me as a dub or peak funk number on any night.

I have taken the 12” vocal, dub and acapella to pound out a street wise ReStructure Mix using the Sonny and Cher original to wrap this mix into a complete effort. The beat box syncopation and fabulous vocal from Carol Hall recap this dance floor gem from the early 80s for another banging dance.

• Lisa, Lisa - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Body Heat

Body Heat is a disco project from producer Teneen Ali. Their 1982 single “Lisa, Lisa” is one of the high energy pieces on Canadian label J.C. Records (for Jerry Cucuzella) which was an early sign of high energy music be coming of age. This piece has a sensual femme overtone of voices and sexy chorus innuendos. A disco approach with the right formula of rhythm and percussion.

I have taken the 12” version of “Lisa, Lisa” and reworked a ReStructure Mix using the fast paced rhythm segments to a new pace. More of the sensual elements are placed in breakdowns and build-ups to energy. One of the big opportunities here are the excitement which high energy and disco music create.

• I Wanna Be Your Lover - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - La Bionda

La Bionda is Angelo and Carmelo La Bionda – a duo who helped to formulate Italo-disco in the early 70s. Their music has always displayed a dramatic flair or a simple yet effective sound and always fun to move to. La Bionda released their project “I Wanna Be Your Lover” in 1980 with a definite move towards a full electronic sound. The title track is a single in a realm that hits hard with the keyboard elements that operate in a robotic manner. The somewhat space adventure seems to point at the fear of connecting to a lovelorn admirer and comparing it to unknown and fearful territory. A light and more comedic edge.

I have taken the 12” version of “I Wanna Be Your Lover” and moved deeper in “the depths of space” with a few new sample from a Kraftwerk classic and using bits of pieces of the song to form a new blast off. Since the theme here is a bit of comedic riffs I took the closing into my own hands. It is a touch of Azul Y Negro on La Bionda.

• Restless - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Starpoint

Starpoint is a funk and r & b group founded in 1978 and recording through the early 90s. The brand of electronic dance funk is remedied by bands like Starpoint in the 80s and its shift to a soulful and pop diverse demand. Their 1985 release “Restless” is a slick love song which plays out like the lasting romance of the bands energy and excitement. Lead vocals by Renee Diggs are top form here and reach the success that they deserve backing up this band.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental version to recreate a ReStructure Mix with the electro funk pumping in new segmentations. This version plays out in a lengthier mix and more play with the theme of sleepless nights wondering what the next move for romance shall be.

This ReStructure Mix is dedicated to Michael Cigich – thank you for requesting this great number and more thanks for always being a wonderful friend.

• Love Potion - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Sister Power

Sister Power is a disco group created by producer Paul Sabu who gave us iconic dance tracks from Debbie Jacobs, Ann Margret and his own solo releases from 1979 through 2012. His work has been the peak of disco music in the late 70s as he accentuates on the soaring strings, funky guitars and heavy percussion. It is sheer heaven for disco connesseuers and the proof is in the sound itself. Lead vocals on Sister Power are provided by Gwen Jonae who wears this project out. Her powerful dedication and soulful edge are an experience that lasts with time. “Love Potion” is another release from the album which I always made a spot for during peak hours of hardcore dancing. It is one of those disco tracks that play out like an explosive groove that will not stop raging. Another classic for Paul Sabu and Sister Power.

I have taken the album version of “Love Potion” and gave tribute to Mr. Sabu in this ReStructure Mix which takes those wild guitar riffs and translates them into another ride. The vocal is another spotlight moment so I have arranged many breakdowns and builds with the best of the experience.

• Blue Savannah - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Erasure

Erasure is Vince Clarke and Andy Bell – a synth-pop band formed in 1985. Their music brought the mid and late 80s a string of dance floor hits and unforgettable performances. “Blue Savannah” comes from their 1989 album “Wild” – produced by Gareth Jones, Mark Saunders and Erasure. This piece is a beautiful rolling dance track that became one of my favorites since it plays out melodically as well as racing with energy. It was an instant hit with fans and remains one of their memorable moments.

I have taken the original 12” version – both vocal and dub and repaved a new trip to this emotional and heartwarming place. This ReStructure Mix is a play on the keyboard riffs and the main tie line from the song. A heroine who we all know makes a brief cameo to remind us again as Erasure does, there is that place called home where we are given and give the most.

• Africa - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Key Of Dreams

Key Of Dreams is Italian vocalist Maurizio Vandelli. His cover of Toto’s 1982 song “Africa” which was written by David Paich and Jeff Pocaro. The idea of the song based on the continent itself and the love for its aura. Key Of Dreams takes the song and plays it close to the original where new drums and percussion are added in heavy layered segments. This Italo-disco production is more of a tribute and along with the similar vocals by Maurizio.

I have taken the 12” from Zanza Records to rework a new version for a ReStructure Mix and focused on the drums and the keyboard riffs that build into the chorus. I have used more pieces of the percussion and a few riffs to build this one into a new adventure.

• I Still Love You (Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi) - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue is a sensational pop-dance artist from Australia who made 1988 another landmark periods for dance music. Her productions were mastered by the trio Stock, Aitken and Waterman who were taking dance floors by lead with their innovative use of bass sequencer patterns and the soaring strings ala-disco arrangements. Rick Astley being their big win in their corner of this success. Kylie has become one of the top pop-artists of today and looking back it is no wonder. “I Still Love You (Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi)” is a single from her first album from 1988 – it is a beautiful love song that was a favorite among many dancers of the time as it brings out the sweetness of a questionable affair. The meaning on the French tern (“I don’t know why”) is an emotional tug of war in this piece. It most likely is one of the favs for any Kylie fan.

I have taken the 12” versions including pieces of “The Revolutionary Mix” house bass line and cut the two phases in "I Still Love You (Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi)” into separate pieces of this ReStructure Mix. Using the percussion and bass synths to weave a whole new delivery. It plays out with a classic element from Love Unlimited’s classic “Walking In The Rain” in a whole bringing another tug at the heart.

• Light Up My Heart - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Angie St. Phillip

Angie St. Phillip is an Italo-disco artist who worked with Theo Spagna on backup vocals for several projects including Fun Fun and Hold Cold. Her 2 singles “Light Up My Heart” and “Physical” were produced by Theo and Ivanna Spagna and is in the tradition of Ivanna’s own Fun Fun sound. This uplifting and embracing edge brought the high energy sound to the forefront in the mid-80s. “Light Up My Life” was released in 1985 and gave the dance floor another return to “Colour My Love” and “Happy Station”. Angie has a soft and gentle vocal and brings each chorus to a sweet serenade.

I have taken the 12” vocal and dub to recreate a ReStructure Mix paying tribute to Italo-disco and this melodic style of disco which always makes a heart warm. There is a new arrangement which more breakdowns and some play edits with the synthesizer tracks. Allot of great 80s memories are bound to be awaken.

• If I Do It To You - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Claudja Barry

Claudja Barry is the flame of the disco – she has set many nights into hot dance sessions with many of her classic dance tracks. Her unique voice and delivery were always the lure for me. A touch of operatic and falsetto with a sexy lure. Her first album from 1976 titled “Sweet Dynamite” was a tug on the disco scene at the time. This released a new diva to feel the dance floors sexy lure and the power of a woman behind the microphone. “If I Do It To You” is a 12” single release from 1982 and is produced by Jurgen Korduletsch and in the alluring feel that Claudja delivers so well. This transition period brought the funk and synth-pop style into a new light and this single is a funk number with a lower BPM which happened in the early 80s. A great early evening song or those wet early morning revitalization moments.

I have taken the 12” of “If I Do It To You” and worked in a new ReStructure Mix to bring this one back to drum punching experiencing. Drums from a recent pop hip-hop hit pound out the message again and Claudja oversees our mood once again. This one may be “too sexy” to handle. Work it!

• It's A Holiday - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Material with Nona Hendryx

Material is a 80s studio band used for sessions with Herbie Hancock, Afrika Bambaataa and Nona Hendryx. Formed in 1978 and covering variations of punk, jazz and experimental funk. Along with Nona Hendryx in the early 80s the band placed some great music on dance floors including “Bustin’ Out” and “It’s A Holiday” which give us the Nona Hendryx in full form and so welcomed again for the time. “It’s A Holiday” has always been a favorite of mine and has the feel of noise funk which Material delivers so well. Nona adds the mystique and uplifting soul emphasis in the song and makes it very memorable.

I have taken the 12” version of “It’s A Holiday” and included it in the 80s Edition for this new ReStructure Mix which plays out not only lengthier but also uses those conga drums to lay down the excitement. This is a definite outbreak of party noise for those early morning revivals and reminds me of a night that never ends.

• What's On Your Mind - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Nite Life

Nite Life is a Canadian disco project from 1978 produced by Tony Green (France Joli, Freddie James, U.N., Norma Lewis, Caroline Bernier). This early band sound is accompanied by Johnny Dorazio, Louis Todeda and Tony Bentivegna – who went on to form Nightlife Unlimited in 1979. “What’s On Your Mind” is a teasing early evening track that shifts attention on stares from across the club and an enticing invitation. Laid out as a live band feel and gentle on beats and percussion – it is light and airy. One of the sounds of disco in the early years which became a formula for pop disco.

I have taken the 7 inch version of “What’s On Your Mind” and pumped up the rhythm with percussion from a later Nightlife Unlimited classic. The vocal is a nice and gentle touch with a few chorus girls bringing the dream back down to reality. This disco rare pick is one that always looked to as a touch of disco magic.

• Midas Touch - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Midnight Star

Midnight Star is an r&b and funk band created in the early 80s by The Calloway Brothers (Reggie and Vincent Calloway). Their brand of dance music was the deep driving electronic feel of 80s funk. Many of their tracks dominated the changing style of dance music including the new page of funk which they branded. “Midas Touch” comes from their 1986 album “Headlines” which is to date one of their most electric love-sonic pieces. It is a smooth piece of their soul given in a clever take on the old fable in love sonnets. A big hit for me and a sure old-school classic as it is today.

I have taken the 12” vocal, instrumental and vocal dub to re-touch this funk masterpiece with a ReStructure Mix. Giving it a new intro and flow with the verses breaking into parts only to expose more grooves. It is a salute to the ever changing dance sound of the 80s and a band that helped to make it happen.

• Moonlight - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Harlow

Harlow is a Canadian high energy ensemble featuring Johanna VanDerkley (also known for her lead vocal on Crystal In The Pink’s “Back To You” and Boiling Point’s “Starstruck Lover”), Joanne Perica and Linda Hanchar. This production from 1980 is a return to the disco sound of the late 70s also outlines the title track “Take Off” which is a high energy salutes to points of travel with disco alongside. A familiar theme that Voyage gave us in the late seventies. The female ensemble is also a return to the disco chorus girl feel where the energy is lifted and then brought to a sexy serenade. “Moonlight” is a track from the album which plays out as the band `wondering again without a care and justifying the musician’s carefree life in the disco realm. It is a nice number that salutes as aspects of disco music. The album was produced by Alex Alexander, Bertch Alyanak and Mike Alyanak.

I have taken the album version of “Moonlight” and extended the excitement enhancing the disco groove and lovely vocals with pieces and parts of the original. There are two breakdowns for the anthem feel of this song. The violin parts are placed here again to give the disco edge a landing.

• Rock Your Baby - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - George McCrae

George McCrae has the song from 1974 which changed soul and dance music from this moment on. The feel of Marvin Gaye and the new sound of Miami disco with H.W. Casey (K.C. and The Sunshine Band) and Richard Finch leading the production. The funkiest guitar licks have started here and kept K.C. and The Sunshine Band alive throughout the 70s. “Rock Your Baby” is a classic not only because it is unique for its time – but also it is haunting as well as rhythmic. A disco gem and a marker in music history.

I have taken the album version of “Rock Your Baby” and applied the ReStructure Mix formula to this number to give it more of that hip moving action as well much play on George’s outstanding and memorable performance. It is a bit lengthier outlines the groove in a new direction.

• Time After Time - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Paul Parker

Paul Parker is a talent who emerged during a disco revival in the early 80s in San Francisco. With artists like Sylvester who brought the city to the disco world map around the world even during a time when disco music slowly lessoned in the market place and became an underground art once again. Paul worked closely with producer and artist Patrick Cowley during the late 70s and early 80s during the electronic high energy movement when dance music was overhauled and repackaged for a new period. “Time After Time” is a cover of Cyndi Lauper’s 1983 ballad with a high energy focus. Produced by high energy producer Ian Anthony Stephens who made the 80s high energy movement works with many of his productions by Marsha Raven, The Flirtations and Hazell Dean. This cover was a nice touch for dance floors to remember disco/dance history of years prior.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental to recreate a fantasy-form of ReStructure Mix with Paul’s wonder vocal and Ian’s simple yet effective production. It is laid out with looping and more vocals from the original. Grab a fan and stand on the sidelines and you may understand how high energy became beautiful and energetic.

• Daddy Cool - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Boney M.

Boney M. is Maizie Williams, Marcia Barrett, Liz Mitchell and Bobby Farrell – a studio project from producer Frank Farian. This ensemble brought dance floors a disco formula that would mark several periods in music history. “Daddy Cool” is from their first album in 1976 titled “Take The Heat Off Me” and echoes with a bass riff which gave the beat a best friend. This early powerhouse disco hit is a classic today and reminds us of how playful and funky the dance floor once was.

I have taken the 12” extended version and re-worked a ReStructure Mix which plays out with more added breaks and a couple of samples which blend in with the energy rolling in this number. A favorite from Boney M. of many disco connoisseurs and by all means another opportunity to feel that disco spark again.

• Life In Tokyo - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Japan

Japan is an art rock band from the late-70s bringing a touch of glam to their music and unique. In 1979 the band was paired with disco producer Giorgio Moroder for a single titled “Life In Tokyo” which is one of the pieces that followers of Moroder’s work will find a detour in theme and vocals yet close to the computer age sound of disco which he brought to life. Deeply moody and slightly uplifting this piece has always been one of genius as touches of the disco electronic pulses bring a new sound to new life.

I have taken the 12” single version of “Life In Tokyo” and used the synths and some familiar parts of Moroder’s “E=Mc2” album into this ReStructure Mix. More of the soft jittery synthesizers are transformed into long breaks for a long adventure into this glam-disco number.

• Burnin' With Fire - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Tapps

Tapps is a high energy group started by club DJ, Allan Coleho – using his experience to help create a new style of dance music for the 80s and continuing the disco feel. “My Forbidden Lover” from 1983 is their first single that along with songs like “Your Love” by Lime helped to pave a new road for clubs who desired more of the rolling disco bass and more percussion than ever. “Burnin’ With Fire” is their second 12” release from the same year and features Candy Berthiaume on lead vocals. Her voice creates the same mode as Barbara Doust on their first single but more of a haunting refrain. It plays out with a sparkling energy that is fast and furious and has always been one of the high energy babies that I always admired from this band.

I have taken the 12” version of “Burnin’ With Fire” and remapped the sensation with more of the original pumping energy assisted with a sample from a rock classic by AC/DC to give the underground feel a layer more. The arrangement is a bit more spread out and gives more time to get lost in the arpeggios which flow like a “hurricane”.

• Stay With Me Tonight - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Jeffrey Obsborne

Jeffrey Osborne has a distinct sound that helped to make the 1977 disco song “(Every Time I Turn Around) Back In Love Again” an instant discotheque favorite. The growing funk situation in the mid-70s was merging with a freedom that only disco could guide. He sang with the band L.T.D. until 1980 and then emerged as a solo male artist and it did not take long for his talent to pave a new future. “Baby Stay With Me Tonight” is from his 1983 project by the same title. Produced by Cheryl R. Brown and George Duke. This 80s synth pop number has that charm which Jeffrey brings to many recordings. His smooth and soulful delivery works emotions each time. The song was in the fore front of another big dance period starting to catch dance floors on fire again.

I have taken the 12” vocal and dub version to give “Stay With Me Tonight” a ReStructure Mix – using some riffs both surface and hidden to lay down a new playful theme. There are some great parts to this 80s dance gem and always made me feel the energy immediately long before I saw the crowded dance floor.

• Ladies Night - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Kool and The Gang

Kool and The Gang are the funk behind the disco groove. Their big hit from 1976 “Open Sesame” transformed their blaring horns and wah-wah guitars into the dance floors movement from 70s soul and funk into disco with more reasons to be on the dance floor. The band has always focused on providing an upbeat rhythmic and percussive movement in its formula throughout the funk years and the disco wave is accented by the masterful touches of jazz and funk of producer Eumir Deodato. A whole new life and groove was opened for Kool and The Gang – beginning with “Ladies Night”. A big disco funk record which was released and stamped with old school classic. The vocal layering is spread evenly and for slickness. A nice peak for funk during the disco boom.

I have taken the album version of “Ladies Night” and placed it on the ReStructure Mix work bench to give this party a new door to enter. This time around the party is on with more percussion and heavy heels stomping with excitement. Thanks to Donato’s keyboards there is always that breakdown where a simple riff is like gold. This one is homage to that sound that made dance floors feel like together we move – divided, the parties over.

• Just Can't Get Enough - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode is an electronic band from 1980 which took on a whole sound and meaning as a rare to be expected from such a band. Depeche Mode created a moody and sometimes dreary social outline which feel under the nu-wave (prior punk without electronics) could become celebrated tracks. “Just Can’t Get Enough” is one of their finest with the keyboard sounds of Vince Clarke echoing up and down and throughout this simple love song. From a period where dance music was in search of new direction this formula was igniting excitement which continued throughout the 80s, 90s, and onto the millennium.

I have taken the alum version of “Just Can’t Get Enough” and rewired the circuits for this ReStructure Mix for another shot at this racing heart full of emotion. The keyboards are unmistakable as always however I attempted to make a few new marks with them in various locations to give the classic another feel with that disco confetti feeling.

• Rub-A-Dub - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Passport

Passport is a jazz ensemble by Klaus Doldinger in 1971. The group uses a jazz fusion along with pop elements to plant a venture into a sometime rock-edged feel. Their 1980 album “Oceanliner” featured a single titled “Rub-A-Dub” which caught my attention with its energetic kick track and playful riffs that blend out of their unique style. This one always used during tea dances at the right time had the dance floor jumping in the air. It was a nice piece that never did any dance charting but is nice to hear as an underground choice and now remix.

I have taken the original 12” version and reworked this piece into an extended ReStructure Mix which strips away much of the instrumentation to make way for the foundation of electronic and percussive effects which rock out in a jazz sense as well as give this a nice instrumental for those all-nighters who want to be awaken again when the sun comes up again.

• 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.

• Roller Skatin' Mate - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Peaches and Herb

Peaches and Herb are duo who began recording in 1967 and in 1978 had one of the big disco hits of the year with “Shake Your Groove Thing” – produced by Freddie Perren. The album “2 Hot!” also contained one of that years’ biggest ballads, “Reunited” which is still an old school favorite. Their follow up album titled “Twice The Fire” in 1979 followed a similar edge in dance tracks as “Roller Skatin’ Mate” was a dead ringer – melody wise for “Shake Your Groove Thing” – however the identity crisis is was great to hear from this duo again and play their upbeat dancing thang. The New York disco roller skatin’ trend which continued to keep disco music in the limelight is the focus here along with Perren’s production.

I have taken the 12” version of “Roller Skatin’ Mate” and played with the percussion break and reworked a new ReStructure Mix dividing up the verses and choruses into a new celebratory moment. It is one of the tracks from disco music’s biggest duos so keeping them here is what was rolling by.

• You Are In My System - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Robert Palmer

Robert Palmer is an artist and performer who delivered a unique brand of pop-rock to music history. Tracks like “Johnny and Mary” and “Addicted To Love” are the pieces that will always bring his masterful sound to mind and his movement throughout the end of his career till his death in 2003. “You Are In My System” is one of the surprises of Palmer’s career from 1983 – where the original by a band titled The System recorded it originally a year prior yet Palmer made it his own. This was a turn to electronic funk in the 80s for this talented man. His version of “You Are In My System” is haunting and one of the street kicking beat tracks of the period. A classic in his vocal career and also one of the most memorable times in dance music.

I have taken the 12” version of “You Are In My System” and recreated a reprogrammed and edited ReStructure Mix which plays with the original concept. I have stripped down some of the effects which give the song its computerized vibe and added some new beat tracks to separate and give the new version a twist.

• Bad Luck - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes

Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes set the Philly-sound on fire in the early 70s. One of the first signs of disco music in its exquisite form from producers Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff who brought soul music a new edge. “Bad Luck” is one of the Philly classics that best outline the power of soulful vocals and the smooth orchestrations of the 70s with funky band players. This track features Teddy Pendergrass on lead vocals and The Blue Notes following his incredible lead. A rousing experience from an early period and indication that music was heading in a new direction.

I have taken the album version of “Bad Luck” and re-edited and reworked parts of the classic for a ReStructure Mix with all of the looping and fast-phasing to make this one a whole new play. It uses the piano riffs which soon became the house music of the 80s to pull move rhythm and moves from this dance event.

• Sky Diver - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Ben Richardson

Ben Richardson is an Italo-disco project from producers Drogueria Di Druggio and Quelli Del Castello – who also brought us Tantra (“Hills Of Kat Mandu”) and Martina (“Central Park”) in 1979 and the early 80s. “Sky Diver” is the single which was also released under the name of Neon as the band in 1981. This nice rolling number has several qualities which make it palatable for those who love hardcore Italo-disco or the sound that is now classic disco from the band Tantra. The percussion and guitars are very similar as well as the rolling sequencers which accentuate this little gem. The vocal has a 70s pop sound yet flows very well with the soaring Italo-disco arrangement. One of those pieces that always satisfies and thanks to Di Druggio and Del Castello you know you are in good hands.

I have taken the original 12” versions of both vocal and instrumental and recreated this adventurous love song in a new ReStructure Mix. A small sample of Tantra’s classic is placed to remind you of that rolling story telling in disco beats that tracks like these create. The levels percussion, bass and keyboards break down into a smooth segue for a beautiful adventure. It is Italo-disco at its finest.

• Jump To The Beat - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Stacy Lattisaw

Stacy Lattisaw is a voice you cannot leave out when you remember the 80s and the move to a funky edge in dance music. Her album “Let Me Be Your Angel” from 1980 is one of the introductory moves into an electronic funk arrangement from producer Narada Michael Walden – who had a big disco hit with “I Don’t Want Nobody Else to Dance With You” in 1978. His production in Stacy’s project is the slick sound of the dance floor of the early 80s with the percussion and dedication of disco music. “Jump To The Beat” is the second single from the album and leads the front with an enticing and youthful vocal of Ms. Lattisaw. It was a big dance floor hit for me and has been covered a few times by other artists.

I have taken the album version of “Jump To The Beat” and created a ReStructure Mix which is a continuum of the party. A few areas are touched up with samples from a classic by House of Pain – in the same theme but different time. This one was requested by my brother in-law Vidal Sisneros and it is dedicated to him.

• (Keep Feeling) Fascination - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Human League

Human League was there when a new take on synthesized music was desired. Their interpretation of dance music helped to create a synth-pop frenzy on dance floors with their blend of a light new wave edge and a mid-range disco beat. It was an exciting time to get lost in the wizardry of weaving keyboards and sequencers again as Giorgio Moroder created in the disco era. “(Keep Feeling) Fascination” is from their 1983 project titled “Fascination” which featured again their style infused with a new edge of soulful vocals. Philip Oakey takes this track to the level of genuine classic when his voice plays with this outline of making love exciting once again. A huge hit with both radio and club as I remember holding this one for that special moment in my program when the floor needed to be splashed with more energy during a meltdown.

I have taken the album version of “(Keep Feeling) Fascination” and recreated a maze of the sharp keyboard riffs and bass guitar licks. This ReStructure Mix gives the song a longer play and more of that dub-like edge where even the slightest ‘click’ can sound like a rolling drum.

• You're Like - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Afro-Cuban Band

Afro-Cuban Band is a disco project from producer Michael Zager featuring some of his players from his past projects who helped makes his brand of disco music a success. Originally called Love Child’s Afro-Cuban Band this project worked the Spanish/Cuban theme into a disco arrangement – both new and older recordings. The third release for Afro-Cuban Band is “Rhythm Of Life” in 1978 and also featured the track “You’re Like”. This number is a Spanish vibe sounding serenade that flows with vocals by Dolette McDonald. The beauty of this number always memorized my heart with its sweet and light delivery. It is more of an early evening piece or early morning depending on the mood of the crowd.

I have taken the short 3:44 track and moved to create not only a lengthier mix but also a more percussion driven love song. I have used the riffs which always stood out to my ear and also worked them in a new way. The original Zager production is a lovely on to have worked with.


• Lovin' You Is A Pleasure - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Rick James

The king of “punk-funk” is the man, Rick James. His brand of funk is the heavy bass, rockin’ guitars and his funky and irresistible delivery. “Lovin’ You Is A Pleasure” is from James’ 1979 album “Fire It Up” – which also features his big disco/funk hit “Love Gun”. The connection that Rick James made between funk and disco is a natural cause with his arrangements. His brand never left the soul arena when his ballads were present also. “Lovin’ You Is A Pleasure” is a nice dance track that incorporates all of James’ funk with light disco elements. It is a rolling and slamming love song that pulls the most out of what this talented artist has.

I have taken the album version of “Lovin’ You Is A Pleasure” and created a ReStructure Mix for a trip back down funk lane. This edit uses more of the bongos and percussion to their limit and extends the track for a more satisfying experience.

• Rapture - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Blondie

Blondie is a band from the early 70s who took over in 1979 with their album “Parallel Lines” which featured their first disco single “Heart Of Glass”. “Rapture” is from their 1980 album “AutoAmerican” produced by Mike Chapman. This classic features a rap which is one of the first to hit airwaves from a female and in a pop track. The dreamy song is a lure for Deborah Harry’s sensual vocals and also a persona of street sense. The crossover pop tracks from Blondie always relayed the edge which the band created and works very well again in “Rapture”

I have taken the 12” remix of “Rapture” and re-funked and ReStructured a more rap based version with a surprise from the Sugarhill rap ensemble The Sequence. It is a mild rap attack and flows with the nice flow of bells and guitars.

Special thanks to YouTube user ‘User B’ for requesting a Restructure Mix of this great dance tune.

• Get Down On It - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Kool and The Gang

Kool and The Gang began as a jazz ensemble and then becoming a funk band when their recording career began in 1970. Known for the hardcore funk of the early 70s with sings like “Hollywood Swinging” and “Jungle Boogie” which were each statement and are now classics. The transition of funk to a disco appeal was no problem with this group which took their music to a pop-dance status during the early 80s.”Get Down On It” is a formula which follows their work with legendary artist and producer Emuir Deodato who took the disco beat and worked a new brand of funk. This one is now a standard among radio and dance music enthusiast.

I have taken the 12” remix version of “Get Down On It” and directed the groove at a more dub-like and underground feel using segment and new beats in this ReStructure Mix. The transformation is completed with use of the stomping groove which Deodato works out like the disco formula keeping the funk alive.

• Body Language - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Joel Diamond Experience

Joel Diamond Experience is a project from the man himself who helped to bring the sophisticated production to the dance floor. There is a fine resonance of American Music history in his music along with the non-stop party feel of disco. “Body Language” is from his 1979 project Joel Diamond Experience, which is the finale of full flavored disco magic in the US. This track features the mighty Jocelyn Brown (credited as Jocelyn Shaw) on lead vocals and the performance brings this disco number to a powerful level. It is a hidden gem on the album where I always dreamed of a nice 12” version to frame Jocelyn and Joel’s genius.

I have taken the album version of “Body Language” and moved the arrangement into several breakdowns along with new percussion. It is a ReStructure Mix to pay homage to the last breaths of the disco market placing some memorable and exciting pieces to remember the great rein of disco music in its place.

• Trans Europa Express - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Kraftwek

Kraftwerk is an electronic machine making sounds and rhythm work together in a new genre of both composition and influence. Their sounds have moved throughout the early 70s and to current as an outline for synthesizers and experimental modes. “Trans Europa Express” is from the album by the same titled released in 1977. It is obvious that the approach was not only a challenge for a new audience for the time but also an obvious reflection of music to come.

I have taken the album version of “Trans Europa Express” and re-electrified a ReStructure Mix to pay tribute to Kraftwerk and their genius. A movement in music and the dance genre which continues to reflect itself in dance history and current trends.

• When The Rain Begins To Fall - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Jermaine Jackson and Pia Zadora

The 80s were a time of pop anthems in both rock and dance music. One of the most dramatic of which was formed with Jermaine Jackson and celebrity singer Pia Zadora – “When The Rain Begins To Fall” – produced by Jack White who also gave us Laura Branigan’s “Gloria”. This one is a video number that is played out like an adventure in a desert land where two lovers are destined to overcome all obstacles to be together. With Jermaine’s yearning and Pia’s sultry delivery this one powers more drama with a thumping electronic soundtrack. It is the 80s dance scene on fire.

I have taken the 12” remix version and reapplied this play into a ReStructure Mix with more high energy riffs and segments to play out with more exaggerated emotion. Thunder claps and rolling sequencers make this remix a stage powerhouse. The duet has not lost its stars – Pia and Jermaine are clinging to each other throughout this number still.

• Sentimental Lover - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Milou

Milou (Michaela Schultz) is a German singer who released several synth-pop dance single from the late 80s and early 90s. This pulsating style of German pop was labeled “Asian New Wave” in the late 80s. The heavy bass synthesizers and melodic vocals were a factor in these tracks and many artists like Milou helped to keep the dance beat pounding throughout this period. “Sentimental Lover” is from 1987 and is a dreamy love song that flows in beautiful way. This one always fit into an afterhours set or early morning program.

I have taken the 12” German release using the vocal and pieces of the instrumental to layer the effective riffs into a new arrangement for this ReStructure Mix. It will fit into the Italo-disco feel of the time also – however I have always identified the deeper bass and heavy beats as its own genre much like Modern Talking.

• Bon Bon Vie - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - T.S. Monk

T.S. Monk is funk band lead by Thelonius Sphere Monk, III and released their first project titled “House Of Music” in 1980. The project was produced by the legendary Sandy Linzer who also gave us Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band, Odyssey, Cory Daye and Teresa. “Bon Bon Vie” is a single from the album that is slick and plays out as one of the remnants of the funk and disco era of the late 70s. A big band sound is injected as a level of nuance from Linzer’s production. This one is the early 80s again in transition and fills that funky space which took dance floors into another chapter of dance music.

I have taken the album version of “Bon Bon Vie” and recreated a funkier ReStructure Mix with more of the breaks and riff discoveries that make this one so irresistible. An homage to that early 80s period and finding the funk all over again in a new way.

• Caught In The Act - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Earlene Bentley

Earlene Bentley brought the dance floor to its knees in 1983 with her high energy hit “The Boys Come To Town” which was produced by the iconic team of Ian Levine and Fiachra Trench. This was the big period where disco music was being reborn again in a new genre called high energy. Lots of percussion and heavy beats were the formula and not a shy use of the disco elements that made dance floors feel free. The productions were electronic but not less symphonic. The voices used in this new formula were powerful divas with a roaring edge to their delivery. Earlene Bentley always took hold of the energy and made it her own and it is no exception here in “Caught In The Act” from 1984 when she finds her lover in an expose.

I have taken the vocal and dub from the Record Shack 12” and discovered a new situation for “Caught In The Act”. Many of the keyboard hooks are the high energy pieces we all grew to love and move to. Here they are spaced apart and used sparingly to lay down a whole new piece for high energy fans.

• Remone - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Kocky

Kocky is B.J. Watkins, Eddie Watkins Jr., Greg Moore and Gregg Field. Their album “Post No Bills” from 1979 is reminiscent of the disco band Machine in where the title track is a focus on the social injustice laid upon those less fortunate. Horns are provided by Arthur G. Wright on this project. “Remone” is the dance single that was also released as a 12” single and was quite popular at the end of the disco era with deejay and clubs working to keep the disco sound alive during a period where many releases saturated the market. The song has a percussion track which helps motivate the energy and a great vocal by B.J..

I have taken the 12” single and worked this ReStructure Mix to pull more out of the fantastic arrangement which includes disco strings. I added a few more spots for a breakdown and build of the energy.

• Quick Slick - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Syreeta

Syreeta is a Motown Records artist from the early 70s with one of the most beautiful voices in adult contemporary and soul. Her ballads have always painted wonderful pictures of love and promise and into the early 80s her venture into a pop-funk with producer Hal Davis. “Quick Slick” is a single from her 1981 album “Set My Love In Motion” which reached radio stations and dance floors with Syreeta’s sexy lure. The track describes a male figure that uses his charm and manly attributes to keep her always waiting for more. The song has always been a favorite of mine due to its sexy underground feel and the deep funky keyboards playing out the rhythm. It is a nice reminder of the electronic funk takeover of the early 80s following the big disco production takedown of the late 70s.

I have taken the 12” version of “Quick Slick” and aimed at the street-edit feel in this ReStructure Mix. A play with the keyboards introduces the mode for Syreeta’s playful vocals and works in and out of the original to give a new breath of funk-edits to life. It is another opportunity to feel that funky 80s period where “slick” was in – especially here.

• Eyes Without A Face - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Alan Jones

Alan Jones is an Italo-disco singer and producer who covers Billy Idol’s “Eyes Without A Face” in 1990. During the late 80s Italo-disco was also growing in many directions and one was taking pop and rock songs and conforming them into a street beat synth arrangement with the swing samples of the dance period. This cover always caught my attention since the original has a haunting early morning quality and the Italo mix here captures it in a new way with the percolating synthesizers upfront and heavy beats. The vocal works well with the new arrangement and gives this dance cover more likeness.

I have taken the import 12” vocal, instrumental and dub versions to work a new ReStructure Mix which plays out more like an early morning mix supplement. It is geared more as a dub with extracts from the original to create an eerie and funky edge. One of the genres of dance music closest to my heart, this ReStructure is a salute to the 80s pop-rock dance era and the underground club sound which reverberates at 3 am.

• Somebody To Love - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Cafe Society

Café Society is a South African band whose 1984 high energy hit on Passion Records is a cover of Jefferson Airplane’s “Somebody To Love” from 1967. This psychedelic rock classic is transformed into a robotic high energy stomper thanks to the production by Costa Anadiotis. This one is an underground classic and a number from a high energy set from the mid-80s that is hard to forget. Café Society recorded one album for the high energy stage and this number stands out as the electronic pulse of high energy music.

I have taken the 12” of “Somebody To Love” by Café Society and the original from Jefferson Starship along with Grace Slick and transformed this ReStructure Mix into a salute to high energy and the original rock version. There are more breaks and some synth looping that not only extend the original 12’ but also pump it up to another level.

• I Need You Tonight - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - INXS

INXS is an Australian rock band that took the rock-funk title with their 1987 single “I Need You Tonight/Mediate” from the album “Kick”. It was 1980 when Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust” took the stage with their rock and disco-funk arrangement and hardcore reputation for bringing an anthem to life in their own way. “I Need You Tonight/Mediate” was a big track for dance floors during its release and always brings to mind the bridge between rock and dance music which evolved again in the 80s. This number is a success with Michael Hutchence and his breathy and sexy vocal.

I have taken the 12” version on “I Need You Tonight/Mediate” and gave the segments of the track that echo the sexual energy and reworked this ReStructure Mix. Taking “Mediate” to the intro gives this rework a full underground overhaul. The fade uses the piece again to close the mystical swooning of messages from the lyrics making their new places.

• Put Your Pants On - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Slick

Slick is a disco project from 1979, the peak of disco music production – and features studio musicians who also formed Fat Larry’s Band, singer Brandi Wells and The Sweethearts of Sigma in the chorus ensemble. The production from Butch Ingram is familiar with his studio group Philly Cream whose single “Motown Review” received radio and club success in 1979 also. “Put Your Pants On” is a track from the Slick album and was also featured on the B-side to their big hit “Space Bass” – which became an underground club hit and maintained its disc jockey status throughout the early 80s. It is a play on a sexy situation and uses a parody of sounds to play out its almost vaudevillian humor. It is an infectious rhythm however and one that I always found creative and fun from this project.

I have taken the album version (also 12”) of “Put Your Pants On” and purposely directed a ReStructure Mix at playing with the tinkling cowbells and funky backing guitar riffs. It is not only extended, but also some added punch gives this track another life.

• Time - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Stone

Stone is a funk-disco project released on West End Records in 1981. The project was produced by Auvil Gilchrist and mixed by Tee Scott. A sound that was familiar with Randy Mueller’s work with Skyy this kickin’ track captures the dreamy feel of a deep garage sound. The emphasis on the theme pulls into the song in a creative edge throughout this dance number. It has always stood out as a New York funk track and became a part of the Prelude Records take over in the early 80s. It is easy to understand why once you get into the feel of this track.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental to piece this ReStructure Mix into a whole new experience. The “tic toc” effect keeps time once again with a few new breaks and areas where the vocals help again to bring it new life.

• High Flying, Adored - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Festival

Festival is a disco project from disco innovator, Boris Midney – who also gave us U.S.A. European Connection, Caress, Beautiful Bend, Masquerade and Companion. His early projects blended a European sound, a soulful Philly female ensemble and Midney’s space age approach to keyboard sound effects and classical disco strings swirling in and out of arrangements. This is a beautiful flow of underground disco which became Midney’s own sound. Robert Stigwood (RSO Records) hired Midney to create a disco-fied version of the monumental Andrew Lloyd Webber show “Evita”. The finished results are now a disco classic which evokes not only the Broadway production in a new phase but also keeps Midney’s magic alive.

I have taken the album version of “High Flying, Adored” and recreated a lengthier and re-edited version for this ReStructure Mix. It brings the Latin rhythms further into the dance foundation of the song and uses pieces of the Broadway version as homage.

• Goddess Of Love - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Phyllis Hyman

Phyllis Hyman is one of the promising voices of soul, disco, jazz and r&b during the mid-70s onto the 90s. Her vocal is recognizable unlike many today where the emotion is immediate and deeply moving. This style brought her success not only in the disco years of her career, but also the jazz and r&b movement with her years of the great Philadelphia International label along with producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. “Goddess Of Love” is a project from 1983 and is produced by Narada Michael Walden – who was turning many vocalists into dance floor sensations during the early 80s including Aretha Franklin, Sister Sledge and Stacy Latttisaw. The title track follows the theme of Phyllis taking her enchantment into a mythical jungle chanteuse – The Goddess of Love. The song works with her strong vocal play and the help of Narada’s creative production abilities. It is one that I would love to break in with an early evening set and always proved to start the dance floor moving to a new rhythm.

I have taken the album version of “Goddess Of Love” and edited and reworked a whole new adventure with several acts and breakdowns. It was early to leave Phyllis’ fabulous vocal intact and add a few new elements to give this tribal feel beat a new reason to hail this great lady of song. A percussion riff from a high energy track by the same name (not the same song) is added for the mystique of those who are familiar and are ready to move to the next level.

• Sans Contrefaçon - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Mylene Farmer

Mylene Farmer is a French Canadian singer who released several dance tracks which found their way into a crossover phase for many disc jockeys searching for alternative dance music in the late 80s. Her album “Ansi Soit Je” from 1988 contains the single "Sans Contrefaçon” which I placed into many tea dance programs and during progressive evenings a peak set. The 12” single has a nice European feel with a melodic build along with the pounding high energy-street beat sound. One of the French songs of the time which lured me into an admiration for singers as Rose Laurens, Desireless, Jaki Quartz, Matia Bazar and Elsa. Great dance tracks with a nice stylish production alongside the dance beats for hardcore dance palaces.

I have taken the 12” “Boy Remix” and reassembled the arrangement in this ReStructure Mix to keep this wonderful track out in the open for those who appreciate the flavor of this dance genre. The pieces of this original remix are pulled out into the open in lengthier segments. Mylene’s beautiful vocal is the real focus here however and it is left intact.

• Woman - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Mirage

Mirage is an Italo-Disco project from Ivana Spagna (vocals), Renzo Zannoni and Sebastiano Simonini. This early electronic production from 1983 is one of the sounds of the early pieces of experimental dance tracks which helped to make Italo-Disco the promising sound for dance floors. Creating a heavy layer of sequencers and keyboards in a robotic, yet smooth and melodic trance for vocals like Spagna’s who also helped to create the sound of Italo-Disco bands like Fun Fun. “Woman” is a simple piece with many great riffs which helped to make it one which stood out for the time. It is now considered a classic and still holds true to that feel which Italo-Disco makes it mark.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental to recreate a street-edged version for this ReStructure Mix. I have placed a familiar electro-street beat from Paul Hardcastle into the new mix to push out the rhythms and also remind those followers of just how diversified and progressive Italo-Disco is and was.

• Love Dance - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Playmate

Playmate is a German disco project from producers Christian Bensch, Peter Wagner and Uli Roever (also known as Cup Productions). “Love Dance” is a single which was originally recorded in 1978 by an artist, Isabel and produced by the same group in 1978. This one is a classic disco sound blended with Spanish guitars, percussion and a sexy chorus – everything that disco music claimed to be in the late 70s. This one echoes over and over what chorus implies.

I have taken the 12” single version on Salsoul Records – originally remixed by Bobby “DJ” Guttadaro and recreated a ReStructure Mix with more overlaid percussion and guitar riffs to please every couple moving and swaying to this number. Always a favorite as an early evening charmer or an afterhours treat.

• Magnum - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Denis LePage

Denis LePage is one of the pioneers from the disco period who had his talent in many projects and his own genius. His own disco group Lime who along with Denyse LePage created a new style of disco music evolving from a single titled “Your Love” from 1980 – paving the direction for high energy music. This was an exciting period and many of Denis’ affiliation with past productions were one its own merit. “Magnum” is from a 12” single and was the flip side to “Hot Wax” – it plays out in the genre of a hit Denis wrote and arranged by Kat Mandu titled “The Break”. An instrumental with sweeping strings and heavy percussion which topped the disco era like a cherry on a sundae. “Magnum” is similar yet with LePage’s work there is always a new feel and electricity to his arrangements.

I have taken the 12” of “Magnum” and reworked the percussion and synthesizer parts to a new ReStructure Mix. A few looping elements provide some new breaks and take on the original arrangement. This new piece is homage to the wonderful period of Denis LePage and his sound which today is more than a classic.

• Freakin' Time - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Asphalt Jungle

Asphalt Jungle is a disco/funk project from drummer/producer Keith Benson (MFSB) who creates a path for jazz, funk and disco to merge. This period of 1979 brought a return to the soulful elements of soul from which disco evolved. “Freakin’ Time” is a dream-like piece with the fusion of horns and the funk keyboards and sensual vocals which bring on more of a contemporary dance atmosphere. A big early evening and also afterhours must for those sleaze programs. Asphalt Jungle is one of those Paradise Garage records which you may stand in awe of for setting the pace for a new energy on the dance floor rejuvenated for the time.

I have taken the 12” single (Part1 and Part 2) to work this extended blend of both in this ReStructure Mix. A new bass sequencer pounds the intro to give more of the early morning sleaze feel. A favorite of mine and now using those funky riffs that I watched dance floors move to as they gave it up.

• The Stranger/Believe In Magic - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Shining Star

Shining Star is a disco project from producer Orlando Mazzoli who previously created several tracks under the title Hot City Simphony. “The Stranger” is one odd instrumental from 1979 falling under a sub category of psychedelic rock and underground club. The mood of this instrumental is eerie and is one which I considered the perfect after-hours instrumental track. It has always bro9ught to mind a spaghetti western soundtrack – much like “The Good Bad and The Ugly” – with a new chant riff. The conga breakdowns give it funky edge which the Paradise Garage would get lost in and blending into the psychedelic keyboards parts only brings it deeper into an underground dance realm. “Believe In Magic” is an earlier release by Shining Star from 1978 which sounds like a 60’s hippie track meets disco. It is pieced together much like “The Stranger” with more of a life band production. Some nice guitar and keyboard riffs make it one for hardcore connoisseurs to take immediate notice.

I have taken the 12” versions of both “The Stranger” and “Believe In Magic” and created a ReStructure Mix to pay homage to one of my favorite genres of disco music – the early morning sound. Blending parts of both in layers to give them a stage for both movements in one.

• Are You Ready - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Billy Ocean

Billy Ocean is a voice from the 80s which is fitting in both dance music and adult contemporary genres. His voice is a gentle and yearning effect which always brings each of his songs to a new level of emotion. In his years of taking dance floors by storm which began with his 1980 album “City Lights” there was a mature groove being set for a sophisticated dance floor. “Are You Ready” is a single which was produced by Ken Gold has the finesse that Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Startin’ Something” from 1982 resembled. This piece is the funk of the 80s with a flawless production which displays a great memory in time and another to appreciate this great artist.

I have taken the US 12” of “Are You Ready” and recreated a new dance step and answer for the question. A sample from an obvious Italo-disco classic is inserted as a teaser and play on this ReStructure Mix. The outline is set for a trip back to the early 80s with more of the excitement that is created for those of us who were there.

• Star In My Life - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Paradise Express

Herb Jimmerson and Vi Ann are Paradise Express – perhaps one of the most perfect disco bands of the disco era during the late 70s. With Vi Ann’s distinct bluesy vocal and Herb’s adventurous electronic production they made dancers feel as though they could fly. “Star In My Life” is from the first album and is a cover of a track from 1976 recorded by Humble Pie. This is a grand example of a disco cover taking a rock ballad to another level. It features Martha Wash and Izora Rhodes (The Weather Girls, Two Tons ‘O Fun) on backup and is a small revival. One of my favorite recordings of the disco era that stand out away from the dance floor.

I have taken the album version of “Star In My Life” and recreated a lengthier and pumped up ReStructure Mix to give the song a new message. It is homage to the duo – Herb Jimmerson and Ms. Vi Ann for their glorious contributions to disco music.

• Fingers - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Lea

Lea is a disco artist who released two singles in the early 80s. “Fingers” from 1985 is produced by Bobby Orlando, Don Oriolo and Jurgen S. Korduletsch. This is a camp piece that explores the anatomical piece of the body which explores Lea’s sexy body. She describes every part of her lovers’ hands right on down to the ‘fingers’. It is a sexy camp high number that you expect to hear maybe Ann Margret sing with a dancing all-male chorus backup. The synthesizers resemble much of Bobby Orlando’s high energy work and are the power behind this track. It was later re-released under the name Ronny Goes To Liverpool and titled “Trust” with news snippets sampled. Lea creates a saucy and sexy performance that is everything that disco camp is.

I have taken the 12” single version from Oh My! Records and recreated another ReStructure Mix using more of the deep-driving keyboards and rolling synths as the focus. A couple of classic disco breaks are added to give the sensual edge a new reality.

• Without You - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Chaz Jankel

Chas Jankel is a British musician whose career in the early 80s began with the band Ian Dury and The Blockheads (“Hit Me With Your Rhythm Sticks”) and then led to a solo career in the electronic dance arena. His style I always considered very abstract following the 80s trends of work by Herbie Hancock (“Rock It”) and innovative keyboard and synthesizer lead studio groups. “Without You” comes from Chas’ third album titled “Chazblanca” and was also featured in the film, “Mike’s Murder” from 1984. The track is a bittersweet love song of two lovers who strive to make it work yet lack some of the tools for a relationship. It is a bit more synth-pop than his prior hit “Glad To Know You” but still contains the erratic and maze-like keyboards that Jankel marked as his style.

I have taken the 12” single and reworked it into homage to the electronic age of the 80s in this ReStructure Mix. The importance of these artists blending a new period of dance music with very few barriers was an exciting time. Chas Jankel created work that will always be a stamp of this time – either as pop radio crossovers or the continuing work of masters like Giorgio Moroder.

• Carry On - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - El Coco

W. Michael Lewis and Laurin Rinder is El Coco. A studio concept group whose aim has always been experimental with an underground feel. During the mid-70s prior to the disco explosion there was a world of night life that was yet to be discovered. El Coco was the one of the focal directions where disco music was headed. Rinder and Lewis were the pioneers of dance music discovery and worked it properly to satisfy dance floors and the upcoming connoisseurs of this sound. Their brand has always been a sounding of syncopated electronics with a live band groove. “Carry Me” comes from their 1980 project titled “Revolución” and features vocals by Joy Cannon – who was also a part of a disco group titled Frisky (produced by Moses Dillard and Jesse Boyce). This track is another bright light for El Coco as it plays out as an anthem long before they were even known. It has a positive uplifting chorus along with loving and soul supporting lyrics. And of course that disco diva who gives it all and then some.

I have taken the album version of “Carry Me” and transported the mood into a new ReStructure Mix with more punch that it deserves. The flanging and rolling arpeggios are the outline for this tribute to the best of disco: W. Michael Lewis and Laurin Rinder.

• Flowers - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - The Emotions

The Emotions brought hope, love and peace to the world in 1976 with their single “Flowers” from the album by the same name. Produced by Charles Stepney and Maurice White (Earth Wind and Fire) – this movement for these ladies plays an important part of dance music history. “I Don’t Wanna Lose Your Love” is a part of this package and also lays out the soulful groove along with funk which quickly became a part of discotheques and radio playlists. “Flowers” is also a light and cha-cha infused groove that always brings to mind the effectiveness of a sweet soulful choir over a dance rhythm. One of the most powerful pieces from these lovely ladies: Jeanette Hawes, Sheila Hutchinson and Wanda Hutchinson.

I have taken the 12”/ album version of “Flowers” and have given this beautiful number a ReStructure Mix which uses the lovely vocals to the benefit of an alternative early morning mix. It gives way to the nice rhythm which exists and adds a few more percussion parts to add more of a dip to that stride.

• My Hearts Divided - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Shannon

Shannon (Brenda Shannon Greene) is a name that was embedded into disco history in 1983 when her hit, “Let The Music Play” introduced a new sound for dance floors. It was a funk drizzled with pulsating electro-vibes along with the sweet sound of Shannon. Producers Mark Liggett and Chris Barbosa were capturing the new street sound with a coat of electronic magic. “My Hearts Divided” is from the album “Let The Music Play” and echoes the infectious sound that is known as “The Shannon Sound”. This tug a war love song is a powerful moment in a relationship where the decision to stay or leave is given a funky alternative. One of the great follow up tracks by Shannon and a definite classic.

I have taken the original 12” version and created a ReStructure Mix using parts and pieces of genius from Barbosa and Liggett to outline an extended version with more emphasize on words and sounds. It is truly a wonderland for anyone who may desire this 80s street sound or those who may wonder what was going on at the time.

• I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - The Simon Orchestra

The Simon Orchestra is a studio project from producer Simon Soussan – who also founded early 70s labels Soul Fox Records and Soul Galore which produced a Northern Soul sound. His work in disco include the first Shalamar single, “Uptown Festival”, Pattie Brooks’ “After Dark” and “Love and Desire” by Arpeggio. His sound was always a step ahead on the blend of electronics and orchestral disco. It was a sound that displayed in The Simon Orchestra album was a stamp for the British disco sound from Passion Records that became “high energy” in the early 80s. The rolling drums and swirling strings were emulated by session bands Charade, Marsha Raven and many projects in the mid-80s. “I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten” is one of the four tracks from “Mr. Big Shot” from 1979. The project featured Lamarr Stevens, Jessica Williams and Alex Brown on vocals where Alex sings lead on “I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten”. The full impact of Soussan’s sound can be felt in this song.

I have taken the album version of “I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten” and reworked the sweet vocal of Alex Brown and the powerful disco orchestral production for this ReStructure Mix. It plays out very similarly with a few more breaks and some accentuating the disco slam of Simon Soussan’s sound.

• Too Through - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Jocelyn Brown with Bad Girls

Bad Girls is a disco/funk project from producer Began Cekic (Brooklyn Express, Common Sense, Hi Voltage, and Francine Simone). There single “Too Through” released in 1981 is a classic among the New York funk releases of that period. This one uses Latin percussion tapping across a funky bass guitar to accent Jocelyn’s major performance. It is a quite gem. Another number which thanks to Jocelyn Brown’s touch on vocals creates an unforgettable moment.

I have taken the 12” vocal, instrumental and single version to create a new ReStructure Mix and groove for this soulful light. The percussion is highlighted once again in many segments and used in other ways to bring out verses and some new breaks.

• I Will Follow Him - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Claudja Barry

Claudja Barry is one of the icons of the disco era. Her music has always been aimed at the dance floor and we are so grateful. A unique falsetto voice with a sensual lure is not the only asset this diva possesses – her stage presence is always powerful and dull of energy. A few of her big hits include, “Sweet Dynamite”, “Boogie Woogie Dancin’ Shoes”, “Johnny, Johnny Please Come Home”, and “Dancin’ Fever”. The 70s was truly an event thanks to Claudja and her music. In the early 80s she stood her ground for her dance fans and maintained more hits and plenty of diversity among their production and her vocal performances. “I Will Follow Him” is one of Claudja’s 1982 releases and was produced by legendary Jurgen Kordulesch (Disco Circus, Araxis, Lipstique) and is a cover of 1953 pop track from Little Peggy March. Claudja hits the spot with this 80s electro-disco version. Her vocal and the hard hitting vibe make this one a beautiful and invigorating version.

I have taken the 12” version of “I Will Follow Him” and pieces of the original to recreate a new ReStructure Mix to pay homage to Claudja and Jurgen for their wonderful contributions to the dance floor and our hearts. This remix plays out with more effects and some new play with Claudja’s vocal.

• I Love Men - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Eartha Kitt

Eartha Kitt is a star whose presence was not only a mystique but also much like the 50s own Grace Jones figure. Her music was accented with her unique sound. It was only a short amount of time into the 70s when disco producer Jacques Morali (Village People, The Ritchie Family) brought Eartha into the club arena for a dance album and so appropriate. “I Love Men” is the title single which brings an outward and fitting version of her odyssey with men as partners. It is fun and dramatic track which fills the room with an electric symphony of celebration.

I have taken the 12” on Record Shack and transformed the 2 version into a new ReStructure Mix experience. Just as celebratory and fun as Eartha would present. A tribute to both Eartha Kitt and Mr. Jacques Morali!

• Oriental Eyes - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix -Rewind

Rewind is a German produced disco project from 1985. Produced by Two ‘N’ You and features vocalist Camilia Hüther on their single “Oriental Eyes”. This Euro-dance track is an adventure with Arabic touches to give the theme of “Lawrence of Arabia” a dance soundtrack. The lyrics focus on a love affair where the passion is brought to life with the glimpse of our eyes through the raging desert. The beats pound out a tight rhythm throughout the chants which follow the early 80s Bobby O and pop-songs like “Self Control”. It was always a favorite of mine to use for nights where the program was painting a picture as well as moving the soul.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental to work on this ReStructure Mix to give this song another piece of that romance in the hot sand. I have extended the intro with the fantastic beats and have given this story a long fading departure with the sitar playing mysteriously. It is a salute to those 80s Euro-disco productions that returned us to the disco productions where a symphonic approach was powerful and beautiful.

• Lift Off - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Patrick Cowley

Patrick Cowley is a disco pioneer in production and mind. His music has always represented the fantasy and adventure which hardcore dance music meant to deliver. His work with keyboards and synthesizers gave another era of electronic magic to disco music from the late 70s to the late 80s. More of his music is based on psychedelic moods and soaring motors of sound. His productions include many artists from the San Francisco disco movement in the early 80s like Sylvester, Paul Parker and Sarah Dash. His album “Megatron Man” is a classic in its entirety. Each track is a ‘mind trip’ which contains Cowley’s touch throughout in an originally production. “Lift Off” is a blasting adventure of traveling through a dance mind warp to ecstasy – always one of my favorites.

I have taken the album version of “Lift Off” and recreated a new voyage in this ReStructure Mix. A whole new edit that reworks the original elements to bring out the excitement once again.

• Head To Toe - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam

Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam are Lisa Velez, Mike Hughes and Alex “Spanador” Moseley – a group which brought the mid-80s a new street r&b sound with a touch of Miami Freestyle on the edges. Their single “Head To Toe” from 1987 was produced by Full Force and has the funky beats and rhythm that set their vocals which echo an oldies shoo-bop feel on fire. It is one of pinnacle singles from the group and reminds me of a time when pop-dance engaged traditions of disco music.

I have taken the 12” vocal and dub (“Foot Mix”) into a ReStructure Mix play which gives the track a playful dub feel with more of the bridge which raises the love from Lisa to sweetness. I have no idea why Rosie and The Originals’ “Angel Baby” got caught up in this mix – it was always in the background of my mind when placing this song

• Chinese Magic - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Jessica

Jessica is Malaika Trümper – a German disco singer who recorded several dance singles during the mid and late 80s. The music produced by Bernd Dietrich and Engelbert Simons is a high energy feel which was labeled ‘Asian New Wave”. This was a bright and uplifting sound similar to groups like Modern Talking. “Chinese Magic” is a small celebration with a rolling chorus which brings to mind fan dancers for me. This one always had a melodic feel which I loved to use during tea dances or programs with an uplifting feel. It is simple and Jessica’s soft and breathy vocals bring to mind a disco period where happiness was the mood of the music.

I have taken the vocal and instrumental from the 12” single and recreated a deeper edged ReStructure Mix using the rolling bass synths on a down beat. The uplifting chorus is accentuated with more of an underground lead into this mystical sound I have also rearranged the original to give it not only a longer act but also add a few breaks with a classic sample from Led Zeppelin which came to mind somewhere in the creative process.

• Love Light - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Jerney

Jerney Kaagman is a singer from The Netherlands who started her recording career in the early 70s with a band titled Earth and Fire. He solo career began in 1984 with her album “Made On Earth” which features the disco track “Love Light” – a beautiful early morning track which remained as an underground single for disc jockeys and music connoisseurs who were fortunate enough to acquire the 12” version with a fabulous Robbie Leslie remix focused at the big after-hours dance palaces. It follows the formula of many bands and vocalists of the time who were crossing over to an alternative and moody sound – much like Cock Robin’s “When Your Heart Is Weak”. “Love Light” is a lovely piece that suits Jerney to the end of the magic which plays out as complete from start to end.

I have taken the Robbie Leslie 12” remix released in 1986 and created a dreamier version for this ReStructure Mix entry. The original 12” version by Leslie is a gem and this touch only gives it another “spotlight” for those ears and feet which may either remember and treasure it or discover and be in awe of it.

• Blow Up The D.J. - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - TNT Clan

TNT Clan is a new beat/Belgium Beat project from the masters of the genre – Herman Gillis, Jo Casters and Roland Beelen – better known as Morton Sherman Bellucci. This style of dance music rejuvenated the artistic and rhythmic edge of dance music and may have been inspired by “Pump Up The Volume” by M.A.R.R.S. from 1987. Many of the pieces that are a conglomerate of New Beat feature simple yet heavy bass beat riffs – disco, hip-hop, street, rock or house and transformed into a sample foundation for various hidden or strange messages. Many are sexual and are to the extreme of sampling porn film sounds or sexually suggestive phrases. The overhaul of the mixes are the success of New Beat as many were stripped down and EQ’ed with the sharp and deep recording that presented a polished product.

“Blow Up The D.J.” is one of my favorite tracks in the New Beat genre not only the usage of the classic disco track by Kiss (“I Was Made For Loving You”) but it also signifies the “Pump Up The Volume” influence. This ReStructure Mix is to pay homage to this style of dance music which I followed by ear with dedication but also found it as a rejuvenation of dance music in the late 80s and its influence during the early 90s dance scene.

• Love Is Alive - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Gary Wright

Gary Wright is a 70s artist who became one of the most widely used musicians in session recordings throughout the early millennium. His 1975 album “The Dream Weaver” is one of the markings of rock which brings the pop edge into blend electronic and experimental sounds. “Love Is Alive” is a single from the album which in the 80s, 90s and today can be a nice sleaze piece for a crossover club sound. A unifying anthem of with that 70s edge which always made the radio rock.

I have taken the album version of “Love Is Alive” and worked this ReStructure Mix for an alternative sleaze remix using all of the patterned beats with new percussion and bass. This version is another tribute to the 70s rock era and its influence on many disco producers minds and focus in the music industry.

Dedicated to David Woodruff who has requested a ReStructure Mix of this rock classic – and thanks for keeping the vinyl meaning alive in his blog posts.

• Give It To Me Baby - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Rick James

Rick James began a recording career in 1978 with his group Stone City Band and soon became the new face and sound of funk. A hard hitting style of dance music which incorporated a touch of the deep percussion of disco and his “punk funk” edged guitars and grooves. His 1981 album “Street Songs” was his sixth release and one of his more memorable with two dance tracks, “Super Freak” and “Give It To Me Baby” which played out on dance floors as a return to the sound which James is known for. “Give It To Me” is a bass driven dance track which emulates a riff from Kleeer’s “Keep Your Body Workin’” – but with some new elements which make it its own.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of “Give It To Me Baby” and created a new ReStructure Mix with a psychedelic disco wah-wah guitar leading the mix. The extension of all that is great in this song are the focus and some play on words and of course Rick James’ genius.

• Major Tom (Coming Home) - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Peter Schilling

Peter Schilling is a German singer who marked the early 80s with a synth-pop track titled “Major Tom (Coming Home)” from 1982. The song is a memorable piece which contains elements of trance and techno in the nu-wave rhythm. Major Tom being the focus of a 1969 David Bowie song, “Space Oddity” replaying as a dissecting of the character. Peter Schilling later went on in 1989 to record with producer Michael Cretu (producer and husband of German dance artist Sandra).

I have taken the US 12” version of “Major Tom (Coming Home)” with the remixes by John Luongo and took the dreamy feel of the song into a new extension as well as using beats and rhythm over the drop out verses of the original. It is a non-stop ReStructure Mix that uses pieces and parts of the great Luongo remix and reassemble it into a whole new journey.

• Space Movin' - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Candy Darling and The Viscounts

Candy Darling is known as an American transgender actress who was titled “Warhol Superstar” following her role in Warhol’s 1968 film, “Flesh”. A crossover performance in a few films including “Klute” and “Silent Night, Bloody Night” gave this performer a rated career in a limited market for Darling. A 1978 disco single which utilized the image and essence of the deceased performer was released titled “Space Movin’” which is a funky space-disco instrumental number and the flip side titled “Beautiful Sunday”. The instrumental became an underground DJ classic and is the focus of this entry. It is produced by Bob Race.

I have taken the 12” version of “Space Movin’” and worked this ReStructure Mix with an extended arrangement and some new base percussion. I have transformed the simple keyboard arrangements into a “lost in space” aura for those who hold this one as an underground gem.

• Took Me So Long - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Cerrone

Cerrone not only brought European disco to the US in the mid-70s and in the early 80s used his genius to construct an exciting fusion of his horns, drums and energy for a new period of disco/dance music. “You Are The One” is from 1980 and crosses the dance bridge to another style for Cerrone along with vocalists Jocelyn Brown, Kristal Davis and Ullanda McCullough. “Took Me So Long” is one of the first singles that I got immediate response from my dance floor and it soon became one of those funk/disco songs that always sound fresh. Jocelyn Brown on lead vocals gives Cerrone a new sound and effect in his creation.

I have taken the album version of “Took Me So Long” and extended the keyboard riffs to a new ReStructure Mix. This mix plays out as a peak our number that may have added another fire to clubs like Paradise Garage on a Saturday night. One of the payments to the great Cerrone who never let us down.

• In The Navy - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Village People

Village People are the disco gems of the late 70s with the stage line up which displayed the various gay fantasies which creator and producer Jacques Morali opened a closet door wide and at the perfect time in the music world. What began a studio session group soon became one of the most celebrated and popular camp groups of all time. Victor Willis, Randy Jones, Alex Briley, Felipe Rose, David “Scar” Hodo and Glenn Hughes are the boys who would take this moment into history. “In The Navy” is from their 1979 album “Go West” and plays out as a disco parade. It is the magic of disco thanks to Jacques Morali and Henry Belolo and their orchestrated disco arrangements that bring these men to another level.

I have taken the album and 12” versions of “In The Navy” and worked this ReStructure Mix to pay homage to Village People and Jacques Morali. This dub-edge version makes use of the disco bass, claps and percussion which are the essence of the 70s. I have rearranged the verses and laid them out in a new mix to bring a new “adventure” to life for those die-hard fans.

• Body Heat - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Rufus and Chaka Khan

Rufus is a band from Chicago who also brought vocalist Chaka Khan to the front of the stage along with the sound which gave her the “Queen of Funk” edge. Their music in 1979 took the direction of super-producer Quincy Jones – and their project “Masterjam” reminded dancers that the beat and funk plays on. “Body Heat” is a dance track from the album which stood out for me since it has not only the Quincy Jones touch but it also gives Chaka a disco-funk playground to deliver what she does best. This wonderful track has the wind-up that ignites the disco flame from a nice groove with a sensual aura. Horns and bass roll out like a magic carpet.

I have taken the album version of “Body Heat” and recreated a ReStructure Mix with a phasing to boom into using the rolling bass chorus piece. The intro is a more of a high energy focus while the funk essence remains intact with more separation on verses and added bongos and percussion.

• I Need You - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Precious Wilson

Precious Wilson gives her music the unforgettable experience of emotion and enthusiasm with her vocal performances. In noted tracks the soft delivery which she lays out builds to soulful diva climax and resolution. As the voice of the disco band Eruption from 1977 – 1979 where their hits “I Can’t Stand The Rain”, “One Way Ticket” and “Party, Party” delivered satisfaction to dance floors. Her solo career in 1982 incudes a cover of Solomon Burke’s 1964 r&b classic “Everybody Needs Somebody To Love” in a new capsule titled “I Need You” – produced by Frank Farian. This 80s dance piece takes on the song with a new guitar riff which echoes throughout sweet and haunting verses into the celebratory chorus. It is a fine transformation from soul to disco and another stage for Precious Wilson’s style and sound.

I have taken the 12” version of “I Need You” and worked a new ReStructure Mix which aims more at a dreamy-dub-like mix. The 3:25 version pressed was also too short I during peak hour so I focused on a longer and deeper experience. Taking pieces of the vocals and some instrumental riffs into a whole new realm for this much loved dance number that I always had the best of luck playing.

• Harmony/I Got It - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Jayne Edwards

Jayne Edwards is one of the divas of the early 80s who brought an excitement to dance floors in transition from disco to high energy. Her first single produced by Rick Gianatos who is one of the genius minds of the late 70s in disco production and remixes. “Harmony/I Got It” is a gospel powerhouse track that wears out every tambourine and every heart and set of feet in the house. This rousing number plays out like flood of good feeling and a spirit of belief in living in the spirit. Always a wonderful Sunday tea-dance favorite and a great 80s dance piece. This ReStructure Mix takes the two parts – “Harmony” and “I Got It” and blends them into one shakin’ down mix. Jayne’s soulful vocals still play witness to this great song and with Rick Gianatos it is no wonder this one is a classic.

Chains - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Teena Marie

Teena Marie is a soul, funk and disco artist whose presence in the music world of 1979 brought a whole new light. Known as the “Ivory Queen of Soul” and paired with Rick James on her first album, “Wild and Peaceful” this talent was headed for a revitalized group of funk followers. Not only was Teena’s voice a break into a new sound but her low down on the funk was another order for her brand of music. “Chains” is from her 1980 album “Irons In The Fire” which was self-produced and arranged. This piece is a funk masterpiece of horns and guitar racing that wears out not so easily. One of the tracks that I would rely during the cross to funk and disco during the period. Also a theme that expresses that cross reference of a tough love that we all know.

I have taken the album version of “Chains” and recreated a new phase for the song yet maintained the original intent. Lots of hard hitting drums are still the focus with a bit of dropping of some disco pounding moments to give it a ReStructure Mix feeling.

Automatic - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Pointer Sister

Pointer Sisters rejuvenated themselves in the 80s with their album “Break Out” in 1983 – with four major dance floor hits including “Jump”, “Baby Come And Get It”, “Neutron Dance” and “Automatic”. A big lift for these talented ladies and their dedication to recreate themselves appropriately. “Automatic” is ReStructured her with an extended play on both verses and the pop-funk energy it creates. Along with the powerhouse vocals this one is sure to bring back that 80s feeling that the dance floor delivered.

Reach For Me (Can't You See Lovin' Me) - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Elite

Elite is an Italo-disco project from producer Tony Carrasco and is conducted and arranged by Celso Valli. One of the great moments in club music where the undercurrent of disco is accented with a unique blend of vocals and an outstanding production. Hardcore in its execution, the album titled “Premiere” contains four disco tracks that playout more as an adult contemporary sound of dance music. One of the great Italian disco pieces of 1980 when dance music in the US was manuerving towards pop and funk. “Reach For Me (Can’t You See Lovin’ Me)” is a deep edged and moody early morning energy track that contains a bit of sleaze. It is one that I always moved towards in an afterhours program. One of my favorites in this genre. Vocals are provided by Jon Pickett, Michelle Wilson and David Vinson.

I have taken the album version that is a Celso Valli masterpiece and recreated a new ReStructure Mix to pay homage to this track. More percussion is added and a play on the introduction is added as well as more of that swirling and dreamy interlude that Valli works so well as he did in “Hills Of Kat Mandu”.

Don't You Want My Love - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Vera

Vera is Patti Masi – a Canadian disco artist who helped the club scene during a transition from disco to electronic dance productions. Her beautiful vocal is one of the key elements to the disco magic of the late 70s. Her first big hit from 1981 “Take Me To The Bridge” is one of the best of its time for club records. Produced by Louis Toteda and beautifully arranged and executed. A start for this artist to become an addition and long waited follow up for hardcore jocks everywhere. “Don’t You Want My Love” is a single from Vera released in 1982 and from her second album. A nice love sonnet in an early morning package or sleaze feel. The beautiful vocals from Vera are like warmth that brings a promise to love. This is one of my favorite forms of dance music and this one was a favorite and a part of many of my afterhour’s programs.

I have taken the 12” of “Don’t You Want My Love” and recreated a new ReStructure Mix with more instrumental segues to give a nice introduction to Vera’s lovely vocal. A few breaks are added to give it more of that after hours feel.

This ReStructure Mix is dedicated to Patti Masi (Vera) and Louis Toteda – thanks for sharing your talent with the world.

Love The One You're With - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Gino Soccio

Gino Soccio brought to disco music a whole new realm of electronic dance music into the late 70s. His work in the dance music began long before his cutting edge solo-project “Outline” in 1979. His prior work included session groups Kebekektrek, Gotham Flasher, Lafleur, Witch Queen, Busta Jones, Karen Silver and Shelbra Dance. “Love The One You’re With” is Soccio’s beat-box cover of Stephen Stills 1970 rock/folk song which was influenced by Billy Preston. This cover is sprinkled with touches of Soccio’s trance-like arrangement in a more pop-oriented arrangement. Rolling keyboards and some looping vibes assure us it is Soccio and again his choice and delivery are always welcome.

I have taken the 12” release of “Love The One You’re With” and reworked this ReStructure Mix to stretch the beats and kick drums out into a more lengthy and make shift version. Many of the nice kick drums fill in on an extended revisit and a little fun with looping and play with the vocal tracks.

Emotion - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Samantha Sang

Samantha Sang has one of the iconic songs of the late 70s – “Emotion” from 1978 was produced by Albhy Galuten, Barry Gibb and Karl Richardson. This tender ballad feels like the period thanks to the accompaniment from the Bee Gees bringing the chorus alive along with Samantha’s soft and silky vocal. This one marks a pop-radio sound polished to perfection for this new Australian vocalist.

I have taken the album version of “Emotion” and gave it a hardcore ReStructure Mix by working it into a more predominant dance beat and rhythm. It still incorporates the original feel with a few new breakdowns and an extended time for Samantha to express her loss of that great love we all know about.

I Feel For You - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Chaka Khan

Chaka Khan is a voice which powers the black funk culture. Her presences in many tracks are immediately a force that is memorable and a statement to the recording. Throughout the early 70s her work with a band titled Rufus always gave Chaka the front stage and her solo album “I’m Every Woman” in 1978 marked a pinnacle moment for fans and music history. “I Feel For You” comes from Chaka’s 1984 album and blends the 80s street beat with the pop-dance movement of the period. The song was written by Prince and featured originally on his second album and a cameo from Stevie Wonder on harmonica and a few rap ends from Grandmaster Melle Mel make this one a classic and another reason to honor Ms. Khan as one of the artists who add to the dance repertoire of time.

I have taken the 12” remix of “I Feel For You” and worked this ReStructure Mix giving it a longer moment for Chaka’s words of love and affection. A play with the beats and percussion outline more play on the track with a few loops to make her statement obvious and this remix more fun to remind us of the beat street period of dance music and its influence.

Thank God There's Music - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Theo Vaness

Theo Vaness is a disco singer from The Netherlands who was sang with a Dutch band called The Shoes. His first album featured a medley of classic pop hits in a disco medley and appropriately titled “Back To Music”. The productions provided by Michael, Lana and Paul Sebastian reflected the Euro influence on disco music with a New York feel. “Thank God For Music” is from Theo’s third album and one of my favorites as it brings the disco era to a wonderful close in celebrating the music. It is an anthem that plays out well again for Theo as his vocals create a unique feel and energy.

I have taken the album version of “Thank God There’s Music” and reworked a ReStructure Mix that gives the tracks riffs more placement and an extended message. More of the chorus is reworked for a message that should always continue.

Blame It On The Boogie - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - The Jacksons

The Jackson’s recorded “Blame It On The Boogie” in 1978 – from their album “Destiny”. A package that brought the group into the disco realm once again with the touch of soul and boogie blended to perfection. The song was co-written by Mick Jackson who recorded a big disco single in 1979 titled “Weekend”. It is another one of Michael Jackson’s vocals where he takes the song and makes it work in more ways than one. It is a classic Jackson recording and also has been remade several times as it is notable as a disco statement.

I have taken the album version of “Blame It On The Boogie” and created a ReStructure Mix with more of a dub-edge to work the “boogie” theme in a new way. It is a stretch from the modest album version and is intended to pay homage to this talented band.


It's My Life - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Talk Talk

Talk Talk brought a 80s synth-pop masterpiece titled “It’s My Life” in 1984 – produced by Tim Friese- Greene. The mid-80s was an experimental period where disco/dance beats became the foundation in a new delivery and state. Electronic music was becoming the efficient and effective nature to release a track in lesser the time. Talk Talk had formed in 1981 and this single became the echo of the bands and its sound. A very moody and dream-like sound with lyrics that suggest a realization of life and the love that beckons for appreciation.

I have taken the US 12” version and recreated a ReStructure Mix to give a nice reminder of the arc in disco history when dance music evolved once again. The dance single version beautifully remixed by Steve Thompson who conquered the full identity of the track. This ReStructure Mix takes the whole pie and once again presents an alternative arrangement and force to get lost to.

Shoot Your Shot - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Divine

Divine is a disco “must”. His persona is what cult disco is all about. A combination of camp, glitter, outrageousness and fabulous beats make these recordings a classic piece of disco history. Producer Bobby Orlando painted a raw and edgy backdrop for Divine and let the glam go. “Native Love (Step By Step)” from 1982 is the first single I can remember hearing for the first time and never let go of this sound. It was the start of high energy and a hold on the disco sound. “Shoot Your Shot” is more like the dreamy feel of disco with the 2 elements – drums and synthesizer – like fire and water.

I have taken the 12” version of “Shoot Your Shot” and recreated a ReStructure Mix that plays out like a Saturday night dance floor sweat competition. I have taken more of the recognizable pieces and parts and resembled it with a focus on the energy and mood. This one loops and phases its way into the peak hour.

Take My Heart - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Joe Yellow

Joe Yellow (Domenico Ricchini) is an Italo-disco artist that had a big 1983 single “Lover To Lover” which brought the sound of this dance music to a needy dance floor. It was the heavy synthesizer arrangements along with the dramatic air in vocals that began a new disco power among this period. It was heaven for those who followed and adored disco artist like Giorgio Moroder. “Take My Heart” is his single from 1984 and pulls more of a moody feel with his breathy vocals and yearning chorus. A nice mid-tempo love song with a haunting resonance.

I have taken the 12” vocal of  “Take My Heart” and worked this ReStructure Mix focusing more on extending the original. I have taken advantage of the keyboards and synthesizer parts with rearranging and looping. An homage to the early 80s Italo-disco scene which helped save disco music and make a home for its many artists.


Party. Party - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Eruption

Eruption is a disco band formed in the early 70s and during the mid-70s became one of the defining sounds of the club scene. Their first project contained a disco cover of Ann Peebles’ “I Can’t Stand The Rain” which worked the speakers with some of Frank Farian’s magic. Heavy bass guitars and bongos beating the rhythm into the floor were the elements that enimate heavily into the formula. “Party, Party” is a single released as a 12” single following the first single and is one of the early disco party anthems I can remember hearing club patrons chanting on their way out of the discos. A big stomper and along with Precious Wilson’s recognizable vocal leading the floor into a dance frenzy this one is unforgettable.

I have taken the 12” version of “Party, Party” and diced and sliced a ReStructure Mix working in a new intro and playing with the chorus and rhythm parts that make this song an infectious winner. It is broken into breaks where the bongos once again remind us of why disco and the Afro-Cuban connection are so fierce.

Every 1's A Winner - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate is a band formed in 1969 whom became one of the recognizable recordings and appropriate for the pop and funk fusion of the period. “You Sexy Thing” from 1975 poured their sound into a wall of success and gave this band the stage they so deserved. Their 1978 album “Every 1’s A Winner” brought an even success with the title track once again delivering the sound of funk played out with a raw but polished production. It is one of the early tracks I can recall defining as a disco and since then have referred to it for a mind trip back to the funky 70s.

I have taken the 12” version of “Every 1’s A Winner” and brought the resonating raw feel to the level a ReStructure Mix is all about. A new intro using teasing samples of their earlier hit and a sexy purr from Mr. Giorgio Moroder. A new sleaze direction with some effects here and there to remind us that beats are meant to be reworked.

Soup For One - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Chic

Chic is a funk/disco ensemble from Nile Rogers and Bernard Edwards whose 1977 track, “Dance, Dance, Dance” became a whole new sound for dance floors. Their polish and sophisticated brand of dance music is properly themed as ‘chic’. The band also featured the voices of Norma Jean Wright, Alfa Anderson and in later projects Diva Gray, Luther Vandross, Kimberly Davis, Luci Martin and Tony Thompson. Guitars and strings always resonated from their arrangements along with great themes and poetic lyrics. “Soup For One” is a song released in 1982 and was featuring in the soundtrack from a film by the same name. This one is Chic at their highest performance level. A great song which emphasizes loneliness and regret for a lost love. It has many elements that make it a great dance number and in the Chic tradition plays out with a polished edge.

I have taken the 12” version of “Soup For One” and recreated this ReStructure Mix giving it more of a dub feel and breaking up the original arrangement for a new mixed up and down experience.


Come Go With Me - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Exposé

Exposé is a trio performing a powerhouse stage appeal and 80s dance tracks in the Miami-Freestyle arena. This was the pop move into a new 80s sound that gave us a fresh new opportunity to pound the disco beat in patterns never heard before. “Come Go With Me” is there big 1987 hit that always made my dance floor transform into an energy that was infectious. The group features Ann Curless, Jeanette Jurado and Gioia Bruno. A slick ensemble that made the music more than a club sound.

I have taken the 12” vocal and dub to recreate a homage to the 80s Miami Freestyle sound in the ReStructure mode. Allot more of the congas, percussion and excitement.

• Just Be Yourself - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Nightlife Unlimited

Nightlife Unlimited is a disco project from Tony Bentivegna, Johnny D’Orazio, Louis Toteda and Peter Sciascia – produced originally by Peter Di Milo and George Cucuzzella (“Disco Choo Choo”). The start of the 80s and the end of the big disco studio productions brought a new raw edge along with a touch of rock/new wave feel as “Just Be Yourself” from 1980 replays. It was the lead for many independent productions from producers, artists and performers to keep the mood of disco music alive. “Just Be Yourself” is a hard hitting track which sounds like a pop-rock Top 10 hit at times and then yanks us right back to the disco underground feel with the pulsating bass synths and cowbells. A great dance that is considered one of the dance classics from Canada.

I have taken the album of “Just Be Yourself” and played out a new ReStructure Mix to work on more of the rumbling bass and rocked out vocal. A new synth play is added and some new breaks.


• Automatically Yours - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Brenda Cochrane

Brenda Cochrane is a vocalist who works “Automatically Yours” from 1988 – an electronic dance single which plays out with a pleading to escape a bad relationship with some dignity. One of my favorite high energy dance singles from the period and also a great vocal performance from Brenda who also covered Odyssey’s “Native New Yorker” in 1999. The fast and quick to drop and roll arrangement worked very well for my dance floor and became a favorite for tea dances.

I have taken the vocal and “acid mix” from the UK release on Dazzle Records and recreated a new ReStructure Mix with more of the elements from the ‘acid mix” bleeding through. This recreation is more of a dub mix with the verses and choruses intact.

• Deshabille Moi - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Louis Lesther

Louis Lesther is a disco artist from 1979 produced by Dutch drummer/producer Shell Schellekens (Brainbox, Rainbow Train). The tantalizing single “Deshabille Moi” (meaning “Undress Me”) is one of the rare tracks that play out like a fabulous drag show perhaps in “The Bird Cage”. It is a fierce production that outlines the play on words and also a synthesizer with old-school power. The 12” was released in Germany on the Hansa International label and then picked up by Shadybrook Records in the US and was always one of those pieces that if caught on the dance floor at the right time you may have been lost in a fantasy of ‘Rocky Horror’-like adventure. One of my favorites from the end of the disco era and always believed this were the caliber of Grace Jones’ aura.

I have taken the US 12”vocal and instrumental and recreated a whole new show for the curious taking the synthesizer exit into the front layer. The vocal remains the lure and feel of the track as the original and is played with in a few new breaks. This is like the dub and stage version shot into a short glass after being shaken fiercely for minutes.

• UnderThe Influence Of Love - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Love Unlimited

Love Unlimited is the backing group for the disco magic created by Barry White in the early 70s. A smooth trio of voices which created a lush symphony of dance music shifting from soul to a new genre titled disco. The members are Glodean James, Linda James and Diane Taylor – three sisters. Their 1973 track “Under The Influence of Love” is from the album by the same title and creates the beauty of Barry White with a lush string section grooving to soulful bass and guitars. It is truly one of the landmark times for the pre-disco period and offers again the celebration of dance and love.

I have taken the album version of “Under The Influence of Love” and recreated this ReStructure Mix giving the greatest of the original an alternative disco DJ hand. More of the strings and powerful intro are given a new placement and assistance with some her drum elements.

• Disco Circus - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Martin Circus

Martin Circus is a French disco act that began recording in 1970 with productions which blended sophisticated arrangements with a rock edge. Their projects soon began to fuse the disco sound and created one of the unique sounds of the disco era. “Disco Circus” is their 1976 project created for a soundtrack to a French film – the US release on Prelude Records in 1979 repackaged the title track and made it an underground classic. The album is produced by Sydney Bechet along with Martin Circus and uses drums, percussion, synthesizers and wild chanting to work a new disco funk into its creation. A hardcore piece that many may recognize even elements of the song as it has been sampled and also used as transition in mixes.

I have taken the US album version and reedited a ReStructure Mix adding yet another twist to the stomping beats and chants. Using samples of Joan Crawford in the 1967 British horror-thriller film, “Berserk!” as the new ring-master. Many of the parts of “Disco Circus” are used to display the wonderful aura of this disco-fantasy. More looping and added breaks give it more of an after-hours feel.

• Take No Prisoners (In The Game Of Love) - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Peabo Bryson

Peabo Bryson is a soul artist from the mid-70s whose ballads and r&b tracks made him a standard. Much of Peabo’s charm is relayed in his vocal approach and I have always compared his style with Jeffery Osborne who also became a crossover hit in the 70s with the funk band L.T.D. and his solo projects. “Take No Prisoners (In The Game Of Love)” is from his 1985 album with the same title. This electronic dance number is a 80s love anthem which displays a great need in Peabo’s performance and plays out as a hardcore 80s mark for a champion of soul to give dance floors this experience.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental piece to rework a ReStructure Mix to pay homage to Peabo’s powerhouse delivery. The original extended version is a masterpiece for the 80s mix standard and my take on it is only to give this number another opportunity to mark a great memory. My mark fortunately is watching a packed dance floor move and reacts to this wonderful piece.

• Dance The Night (Voit la Nuit) - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - France Harlow

France Harlow is an artist who released a single titled "Dance The Night" (“Vol la Nuit”) – an electronic and early morning edged track. Produced and written by Frank Ceniccola in 1983 the song tells the story of heartbreak and the need to dismiss the pain on the dance floor. One of the great moody pieces that I relied on in many early morning tapes or programs where the energy was trance-like. Great vocals with one side in English and the flip side in French.

I have taken the original 12” on Illusion Records (Canada) and recreated a longer ReStructure Mix with some new emphasis on breaks and a few percussion effects added to give a punch to the airy sound of this magic song.

• Boogie Walk - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Susan Stevens

Susan Stevens released her third electronic dance single in 1983 titled “Boogie Walk” and produced by the Canadian team of Gino D’ Orazio and Tony Bentivegna. This duo gave us many of the dance singles filling in the gap from new-wave, synth-pop and disco with a sound of percolating bass and keyboards in a disco-esque feel. Susan Stevens released many singles which followed the disco anthem feel with themes of love, heartbreak and dance celebration. “Boogie Walk” is the dance anthem referencing the need for the elements of disco needed for her feet to move. A fun disco number with the 80s transition sound in full order.

I have taken the original 12” version of “Boogie Walk” and created a ReStructure Mix which blends more of the synths bongos and a cameo from The Rooftop Singers 1962 hit, “Walk Right In” – using appropriate lines to accent Susan’s “boogie”!


• Dance In Your Pants - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Erotic Drum Band

Erotic Drum Band is a disco project from 1978 led by producer Peter Di Milo (Ann Joy, Sugar Band Express, Champagne Explosion, Nightlife Unlimited, Jump) and Matthew Campanozzi. A blend of pulsating keyboards and heavy drums in variations which gave dance floors a new fuse. The underground disco sound is alive within this concept band and is considered one of the classic doorways to the disco craze of the late 70s. “Dance In Your Pants” is from their second album from 1980 and pulls out the excitement of the dance floor once again.

I have taken the album version of “Dance In Your Pants” and crated a ReStructure Mix which extended the rolling drums and adds more breaks and a gust appearance from The Godfather of Soul. A new angle of the song is solely dedicated to the man who made it all happen – Peter Dimilo.


• Heartquake - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Love Affair

Love Affair is an electronic dance project from producers Gilbert Di Nino and Leo Carrier released in 1979. Comprised of a formula familiar to disco classics as “Love Attack” by Ferrara and “Magnifique” by Charisma which includes heavy synthesizer waves of bass along with percussion and simple, yet curious vocal riffs. “Heartquake” has the chorus ensemble that displays a sensual and bold presence that works wonderfully over the keyboard breaks which exude an explosive edge. One of the early signs of high energy music in the works following the big disco production age.

I have taken the extended 12” version of “Heartquake” and reworked a new ReStructure Mix with a new arrangement which showcases the elements which work most in this swirling dance track. Drums are given the center stage again where they are injected in parts of this dance number. Homage to the high energy electronic period of dance music history.


• Don't Stop - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Ish

Ish Ledesma is one of the talents of the 70s in all areas of music creation. Some of his well-known projects include the 70s funk band Foxy and 80s groups Blue Moderne, Company B, Laura Miller, Tiger Moon, Promise Circle and Apollonia’s “Since I Fell For You”. His solo effort in 1979 included the album “Ish” which included the fierce single, “Don’t Stop”. The single made a mark in clubs with the sensual and beat enhanced arrangement along with his breathy and appealing vocal. The original arrangement is a slope of rhythm that takes control of the senses. It is one of the lasting pieces from the T.K. Records 12” collection that is a must.

I have taken the original 12” version of “Don’t Stop” and reworked a ReStructure Mix which gives way to the sounds that make this track dynamite. Adding a few pieces of percussion and using the big break in several spots to “stop” and go along this sexy ride. It is a tribute to the talent of Mr. Ledesma who I am sure we have not heard the last of quite yet.

• Wake Up - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Stop

Stop is Danny Rodriguez, Martin Rodriguez and Bijan. Their 1985 high energy classic “Wake Up” is one of the big instrumental tracks of its time. An electronic Latin dance fantasy with the energy of an explosive night at any club ready to celebrate. Released on Damabi International Records and a return to the independent dance track movement taking place as high energy music began to take off. This one has always been a part of the Latin dance clubs as a mixture of the salsa and drum percussion of a carnival.

I have taken the 12” long version and dub to pay tribute to high energy of the mid-80s and the sound that gave dance floors another resurgence period. The original is broken into many parts and pieces of “El Jarbe Tapatio” are injected for a fusion of sound and culture.

• I'm Totally Yours - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Hi-Gloss

Hi-Gloss is a studio project from disco producer Giuliano Salerni – who also brought us the classic disco project Ultimate, Bonnie Boyer’s disco classic “Got To Give Into Love”, a Euro-disco group titled Strange Affair from 1980 and also produced a few tracks for France Joli on her “Now!” project. Salerni brings a unique sound to disco music which always reminded me of a symphony out in space with a groove. Much like the effect which Boris Midney brought with U.S.A. European Connection. A groove or disco beat is set out in an empty space that is ethereal always comes to mind. Hi-Gloss features some great vocalists in this session including Phillip Ballou, Luther Vandross, Maeretha Stewart and Ullanda McCullough. A project that was definitely influenced by the first project from Jacques Fred Petrus’ Change. “I’m Totally Yours” is the sweet disco ballad which tells a love story of dedication and satisfaction. One of the great Prelude Records landmarks in time.

I have taken the album version of “I’m Totally Yours” and recreated a magic ReStructure Mix to encompass that dreamy feeling that Salerni creates in his arrangements and productions. A bit more of the separation of percussion and vocals work throughout this mix. It is one of my favorite funk sweeteners of all time and now can be felt in a whole new way.


• All Night Long - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - B.B. and Band

B.B. and Band is an Italo-disco project from Mario Boncaldo and Tony Carrasco who also gave us Klein and M.B.O. during the same time frame. Electronic music was converging onto a new sound during the early 80s following the demise of the full studio production of disco music. The keyboards and sequencers were the main force in Italo-disco along with the cheerful chorus ensembles keeping the light and uplifting feel of dance music. “All Night Long” is from the 1982 album “Wee Thee People” which helped to formulate a touch of funk into the Italo-disco formula. The slick production incorporating the Latin castanet breaks and magnificent piano elements this piece plays out elegantly. A big favorite of mine always and another number which made the shift into Italo-disco very welcome.

I have taken the Italian 12” vocal and instrumental version along with some new beat and percussion elements to create new party for “All Night Long”. This ReStructure Mix stays true to the original version which drops in and out of heavy chorus breaks and light piano serenades. It is one of those early evening songs that make the night promising and infectious.


• Bring Your Love Down (Didn't I) - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Yazoo

Yazoo is Vince Clarke and Alison Moyet – a duo who brought change to both 80s dance music and electronic recordings. The powerhouse duo were both experts in their areas where Clarke supplied the keyboards and mood and Moyet performed some of the most incredible emotions over synthetic sounds up to date. “Bring Your Love Down” is from their first album “Upstairs At Eric’s” from 1982. A song which rings over and over in the mind as well as the start of their combined genius. A simple troubled love song that creates another start for a band which now remains a classic for its own museum.

I have taken the album version of “Bring Your Love Down (Didn’t I)” and recreated a ReStructure Mix for the 80s Edition – yielding at not to the fantastic keyboard riffs and the amazing sound of Moyet. This is not only an extension of the song but also an opportunity to place my open mind to a creative and fun moment.

• Obesseion - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Animotion

Animotion is an 80s synth-pop band who made playlists all over with their 1984 hit “Obsession” – a twist of nu-wave and the electronic 80s intro. Astrid Plane and Bill Wadhams are the lead vocalists who reveal a secret desire with some strange analogies which seem a bit tame today. The song soared up the charts on alternative radio stations as one a cult band then soon became one of the pop sensations of the 80s. Later releasing hits “Let Him Go” and “I Engineer”. Original production is from John Ryan and displays the band feel of the 80s and the 12” dance release features a touch of club from Mark Kamins.

I have taken the US 12” vocal and dub version to piece together this ReStructure Mix which attempts to take the track a bit deeper into a dub-like fantasy. The nu-wave-ish feel is presented with more effects place on the original synthesizers, sequencers and confessions. This one was always a great way to start the evening and now it can be a better way to end the morning.


• Livin' In The Life - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - The Isley Brothers

The Isley Brothers are an R&B/soul group whose recording career began in 1959 throughout 2015. Their music throughout the years has always maintained the sound of period and their own style. Many of their biggest achievements are during the funk movement of the early and mid-70s where a touch of the hardcore mixed with their sweet ballads made their stage unique. “Livin’ In The Life” is a powerful funk piece from their 1977 album “Go For Your Guns”. This one has a life of its own. A number questioning social circumstances and giving one the benefit of the doubt is the outline for this slam dunk funk track. This stands at the opening of disco music and its connection between soul and funk music.

I have taken the album version of “Livin’ In The Life” along with the brief instrumental part “Go For Your Guns” and recreated a new ReStructure Mix to pay homage to this great ensemble. This one extends the “mean” groove into a funk fest of d claps that seem to surface below the groove itself. A favorite of mine always and a trip into the concept of ReStructure Mix was gladly given.

• In My Fantasy (I Want You, I Need You) - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Sylvester

Sylvester is one of disco’s most celebrated artists and talents where during the momentum of this genre he continued to deliver a style which built upon itself. His fourth album “Living Proof” is a landmark concert recording of Sylvester and his incredible back system Two Tons ‘O Fun – Martha Wash and Izora Rhodes in all their glory. Two additional tracks included in this two-vinyl set are “Can’t Stop Dancing” and “"In My Fantasy (I Want You, I Need You)". Both are the disco flash that was the full delivery that was needed at the time. "In My Fantasy (I Want You, I Need You)" is the return to a disco concept of a simple hook and breaks that create a dance pattern of hooks and fantastic vocal performance. A great sensual disco feel that marks the period.

I have taken the album version of "In My Fantasy (I Want You, I Need You)" and recreated ReStructure Mix pay homage to the disco genre with a few familiar riffs. This time around it is laid out with more looping and original components to complete a playful picture. I have used most of the great pieces outlined in the 12” mix from John Hedges and Marty Blechman – the men who helped to make fantasies on the dance floor come true.

• This House Is Rockin' - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Bobby Caldwell

Bobby Caldwell is a jazz musician and producer/songwriter who are best known for his 1978 single. “What You Won’t Do For Love”. Earlier in his singing career he recorded a single titled “The House Is Rockin’” which was also released as Sno-Ball featuring Bobby Caldwell. The track captures that Miami hustle sound that was made classic by artists like George McCrae and K.C. and The Sunshine Band. It was an underground club favorite and falls into the early disco sound arena. A nice mellow vocal from Bobby along with the plush guitar and keyboard arrangement are the iconic Henry Stone Miami sound.

I have taken the 7” version of “The House Is Rockin’” and created a ReStructure Mix adding more Latin percussion and extending the party. The original 3:10 release is extended for another Hustle party and gift to those who admire Caldwell’s classic sound and catalogue.


• No Frills Love - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Jennifer Holliday

Jennifer Holliday is a vocalist who brought a new life to Broadway with her performance as Effie in “Dreamgirls” and her rendition of “And I Am Telling You (I’m Not Going)”. Her vocals brought a hard hitting emotion and 80s soul release to the many who could not get enough. In 1983 Jennifer released her first solo album and began a career offering powerful ballads and some slick dance tracks. Her 1985 single “No Frills Love” is one that I can remember being an event. This one featured a choir that accented the chorus along with Jennifer’s now masterful adlibs and emotion throughout this dance number. The production from Arthur Baker is a flawless recording that gives the mid-80s a hardcore turn into a soulful early house feel. This one was a dance floor filler from start to finish.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental to rework a ReStructure Mix that plays more like a reprise of the original dance single. It incorporates the energy and soulful vocals with some new layout for the genius use of percussion and heavy pounding drums. A few loops and use of vocal elements are added to lift the 80s classic a bit further.



• Step By Step - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Peter Griffin

Peter Griffin is German singer whose disco hit from 1979 titled “Spiderman” put him on upcoming playlists into the 80s. His follow up single “Step By Step” from 1980 was a refreshing taste of high energy during a time where energy was missing from the US dance market following the disco fade. The single was released on the independent label Moby Dick Records which kept the energy of disco music alive. The song is fast moving love song of a growing affection of advice and hard hitting measures to make it last. A great piece from Peter Griffin and produced Christian Bensch.

I have taken the 12” version of “Step By Step” and recreated a ReStructure Mix adding a classic percussion riff from 1979. This new version moves just as fast and also offers some looping and rearranging of the sequencer parts to breathe some new life into this killer high energy song.

• Turn Me Up - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Keith Barrow

Keith Barrow is a soul/funk singer who gave 1978 its first glimpse into the sound of The Paradise Garage and the concept of underground club music. “Turn Me Up” is from 1978 album “Physical Attraction” and pulls out the drums and keyboard edge of soul into a disco arena – and along with Barrow’s soulful falsetto this sound became the start of Larry Levan’s outline for dance unity. The track was produced and co-written by Michael Stokes who later produced tracks by Magic Lady and Shirley Caesar. This one is a classic in its own right and continues to bring the feel of what disco and house music had in common.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of “Turn Me Up” to work this ReStructure Mix of a new blend for this number. Adding some slap effects to emphasize the “power” and also a familiar 80s electro rap piece to pull the bones right out of that funky bassline.


• Vicious Games - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Yello

Yello is Boris Blank and Dieter Meier – an electronic/synth band from the late 70s whose music is known for a moody and sometimes haunting edge. The group emerged from a period where music was making innovative turns in the alternative genre. Yello is a landmark band and their work spans many themes and also productions with vocalists like Shirley Bassey. Love songs are aimed at the aftermath of heartbreak or the difficulty of coping in the usual manner. I have always loved Yello since I heard their music in 1980 and like anyone who knows the players and sound well enough have been taken on mystic trips that are almost psychedelic in the synth-pop/rock sound. “Vicious Games” comes from their 1985 album “Stella” and is a song about lovers who tease and challenge their connection out of a need to hold onto independence. A great 80s dance number and contains all of Yello’s most exciting elements and surprises.

I have taken the US 12” of “Vicious Games” including the long, radio and instrumental to paint a play that is in the ReStructure Mix realm. I have extended the fantastic percussion breaks to suite a new arrangement where the riffs are planted in a new way. This one was always one of the big songs of the serious dance clubs and even today brings back that drum circle feel where the feeling becomes overwhelming, but so satisfying.

• I Wanna Be Your Lover - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Prince

Prince brought the 80s into a funk restoration phase with style of guitar and soulful falsetto vocals. His second project from 1979 is a self-titled album with opened with the club hit, “I Wanna Be Your Lover” which gave this talented artist attention for his legacy. The track is played out in an electronic arrangement with a funky guitar accompaniment. The play lines of Prince tracks throughout the early 80s were at times a sexual play but this track stood out a one of his hard hitting love songs.

I have taken the album version of “I Wanna Be Your Lover” and edited a new ReStructure Mix reusing the fierce keyboard arrangements in their original and at times replayed. Parts of his verses and choruses are placed in new meaning as they are placed in new areas to emphasize this funk-dance classic.


• Tomorrow - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - The New Company

The New Company is an Italo-disco project from Giuseppe “Pino” Nicolosi and Lino Nicolosi – and featuring vocals by Dora Carofiglio (Novecento, Suzanne Meals, and Valerie Dore) and Pier Michele Bozzetti. This piece is an electronic stance into a robotic rhythmic track with a melodic anthem vocal. It is gently an experimental recording from this group to piece the beauty of those 80s love songs where this one outlines a dreamy dedication to love and harmony in a lasting relationship. It has always been one that I enjoyed programming into an early morning setting or an afterhour’s breakdown. It contains a wonderful chorus that transpires above the beat and clap drum track and jittery sequencer layer. One of my favorite arenas of dance music is a big part of this track.

I have taken the vocal and instrumental version from the original Italian 12” release and recreated an alternate ReStructure Mix which relies on rhythm and airy drum and echo pieces to give it more of that moving edge. I have added a new drum intro to give it a flowing intro and added more of the verses and chorus for a longer mesmerizing experience.

• Born Bad - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Elton John

Elton John is one of the pop-rock artists of the 70s who remained on of stars who paved his own road (“yellow brick”) to fame and a classic songbook. His disco venture is one that I welcomed with open arms. It was great to hear his rock edged vocal in a disco arrangement that is produced by Pete Bellotte. The production is similar to the slick Munich-disco sound which was developed by Pete along with Giorgio Moroder in projects by Donna Summer, Robert Kelly, Chris Bennett and Suzi Lane among others. It was a refreshing moment to have Elton’s talent in this project. The track “Born Bad” is one that I played regularly and received a great reception.

I have taken the album version of “Born Bad” recreated a story for this ReStructure Mix which holds close to the original with a few new segments added. More breaks and some extending of the shining synthesizer loops created by Bellotte in the Munich feel.


• The Fighter - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Arpeggio

Arpeggio is one of the many disco projects from producer Simon Soussan who also co-produced the first albums and club hit “Uptown Festival”. The group also features vocalist Jessica Williams, Fred Sawyers, Jerry Scott and Lamarr Stevens (Quartario). Their first album in 1978 was an outline for the fusion of electronic sounds and effects to be used heavily in disco music. “Love and Desire” is the big hit that gave this project many ears and feet the attention that would keep them as a classic disco project. “The Fighter” is the dance single released in 1985 and one of the finale known works of Soussan. The 80s brought most of the big-productions of disco music to a more simple production process where keyboards were power and desire of dance floors. “The Fighter” is a female empowerment song written by Terry Steele which fits the similar 80s movement with songs “She Works Hard For The Money” and “The Fight (For The Single Family)”. A nice pulsating bass arrangement with electronic steel-drums echoing throughout the homage to our heroine.

I have taken the 12” version of “The Fighter” using the vocal and instrumental to recreate a new ReStructure Mix bringing a bit more to the original arrangement. This has always been one of the electronic dance pieces from the mid-80s and fitting as a nice Italo-disco number also. I have taken the rolling feel of the song and sprinkled a few more breaks and rhythm movements.

• One More Shot - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Oh, Romeo

Bobby Orlando took the 80s into his concept of a full on electronic dance production and with his heavy percussion accenting his heavy beats this sound became a necessity. Oh, Romeo is one of the projects from Bobby Orlando with a wall of keyboards and upfront percussion. “One More Shot” is their single from 1985 and plays out as one of the most energetic numbers of the time as a high energy track. The vocals are always somewhat familiar and lyrics are unimportant. This music is for dancing where the only thing understood should be the bass line and drum fills.

I have taken “One More Shot” in the ReStructure Mix arena since it is one of the big movers for me of the time in my club. This replay is re-edited to give the original arrangement a touch more boom and shake. More looping of those simple sequencer tracks and a touch of dub mix to pay tribute to the high energy genre and its roots.

• Love Eyes - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Ferrara

John Ferrara is a disco producer who worked at the peak of disco music to move into an electronic stage of dance music. Much of the album “Wuthering Heights” is an experimental recording and listed in credits percussion player with ‘traps’ – which may have been those sharp slap effects in “Shake It Baby Love”. “Love Eyes” is the last cut on side two before the reprise of the big club hit, “Love Attack”. Even today “Love Attack” remains a great piece of disco work summoning the high energy era of the early and mid-80s. The opera-like chorus in most of the album is reminiscent of a theme project from Alec R. Costandinos where a story is being told disco/Broadway style. “Love Eyes” is a simple and somewhat crowded piece in the side two medleys – yet the yearning and melodic vocals have always drawn me and others who may have been enchanted by the project. This one may have been the rough draft for later electronic disco recordings like “Shanghaied” – also from Ferrara as you can hear many new features in the production that rely on new ideas.

I have taken the short “Love Eyes” segment from the medley and created a ReStructure Mix bring out more of the sounds and effects that made this album a classic. More focused on extending the track since it contains the parts which Ferrara had researched with club disc jockeys in the late 70s to find what dance floors were reacting to.

• I Know You Will - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Logg

Logg is a project from producers Greg Carmichael and Leroy Burgess – a duo who knew the direction of disco music in the late 70s onto the 80s. A funk-edge was taking over much of the underground sound in clubs like Paradise Garage with DJs like Larry Levan at the controls. A soulful vocal and a slick rhythm arrangement brought a new excitement to dance floors that were searching for yet another curve in the music. It was progression that later became house/garage music. “I Know You Will” is one of the garage-feel songs that I latched onto early and found myself building a segment in my playlist of this new sound. Lead vocal from Leroy Burgess bring back his unforgettable performances in The Fantastic Aleems.

I have taken the album version of “I Know You Will” and played out a new ReStructure Mix that uses up the riffs that stand out in my mind. A few new breaks and play with Leroy’s fabulous vocals are also added.


• You Can't Stop This Game - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Tokio

Tokio is an Italo-disco project from producers Miguel Dega and Ricardo Gomez. Their first single titled “You Can’t Stop This Game” from 1986 is one of the electronic numbers that follow the early mood of Italian disco music with a strong connection to an early morning edge. Tracks released in this mode including tracks by Gazebo, Valerie Dore and Klaudia are moody and dream-like. “You Can’t Stop This Game” has a touch of high energy with some nice keyboard riffs that blare out energy yet the haunting vocals take over throughout the song. It is one that worked in several playlist formats during the late 80s electronic rein.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental to rework a ReStructure Mix to mark this lovely piece. I have added more mystiques to the arrangement and a few new surprises along with a cameo appearance from three Motown ladies.

• Rocket In The Pocket - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Cerrone

Cerrone’s project “The Golden Touch” is one of the great Euro-disco recordings from the master of disco released in 1978. The project featured the track “Rocket In The Pocket” which plays out not as a theme for the nightlife but also the music that brought to life a hardcore club world. The session includes many familiar players including Don Ray, Mo Foster, Slim Pezin, Marc Chantereau and vocalists Kay Garner, Sue Glover and Sony Leslie. Cerrone gives the original album version a live feel and also a breakdown for the band to live out their talent.

I have taken the album version and re-edited and reworked this ReStructure Mix of “Rocket In The Pocket”. I have created a new arrangement using the funky breaks and the fierce vocals. The synthesizer effects by George Rodi are extended and placed in more parts of the song to bring it more to life.

• Far Roo Hard - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Dead or Alive

Dead Or Alive is one of the unforgettable 80s dance bands thanks to the presence of Pete Burns. Their single “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)” from second album released in 1985 was a huge breakout in radio, video and clubs around the world. “Far Too Hard” is from the 1984 album “Sophisticated Boom Boom” and was co-produced by Zeus B. Held. This track is a haunting piece that I always admired along with Burns’ melodically and intriguing vocal. It has that early morning feel with the pluck of guitars to create a nice rhythm. The swirling strings give this number the perfect touch for a moving experience.

I have taken the album version of “Far Too Hard” and created this extended and reworked ReStructure Mix. Giving the intro an early fade into the moody atmosphere. A few new pieces added from the piano set give a spotlight to the early morning direction I headed in with this one.


• White & Black - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Taffy

Taffy is an Italo-disco project with British vocalist Katherine Quayle as lead vocalist. The group is best known for their big 1985 hit “I Love My Radio (Midnight Radio)” which gave the colorful sound of Italian disco productions another deserved spot to influence dance music. “White and Black” is a single from Taffy released in 1982 and produced by Pellegrino and Rossi. The number seems to play out an odd sounding Harlequin type vocal that expresses a proud stance as a multi-cultural person. It is the early 80s brought to life in the creative arena when Italo-disco was being added to many charts and club playlists along with the electronic funk of the early 80s.

I have taken the Italian 12” of “White and Black” which is a remix of the original version. I have given as much of the reach for something new by taking samples of a well-known hip-hop track and reworked the experience in a whole new arrangement. It is stretched out into a longer delivery and dance experience. Much of the electronic sequencers and play are left to give the rhythm more movement and another odd layer on top of the strange performance.

• Abracadabra - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Steve Miller Band

Steve Miller Band joined the 80s dance bandstand with the 1982 single “Abracadabra”. It was the sound of the bands rock edge with past hits like “The Joker” , “Fly Like An Eagle” and “Rock ‘N’ Me” from the top of the rock charts. This fusion of simply mixing the track down in the dance floor format is the simplest and most effective. The 70s rock keyboards stand out most of all – besides the catchy chorus riffs. “Abracadabra” was on my playlist quite a while since the pop/radio crowd was out in full form. It was also fun to see a classic rock group reach into the dance scope and imagine.

I have taken the 12” version of “Abracadabra” and created a ReStructure Mix to pay tribute to the 80s dance scene. This rock syncopated dance number gets a touch of the underground in several areas and also some new percussion. It is a pure touch of a crossover hit.

• Love Explosion - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Chris Mills

Chris Mills is one of the great moments of the 80s transition from electronic dance to high energy. Produced by Joe La Greca – the Canadian producer who brought us projects by Hydro, Lime, Nancy Martinez, Diva, Kryptonite, Kat Mandu and MTL Express. Keyboards and arrangements are incredibly laid out by Denis Le Page of Lime who seems to have begun his own following and style with his unique bass and percussion sound. “Love Explosion” is the single which I can remember having to play over and over during its release a few patrons swore it was Michael Jackson. Chris Mills has a soulful and stylish sound that falls into a nice disco pop category as well as defining a funk edge to La Greca and Le Page’s sound. A big one which always brought me to a nice trance light energy.

I have taken the album version of “Love Explosion” and ignited a new ReStructure Mix to bring those sirens and love chants into the millennium. A few new drum beats are placed below the surface to kick your feet higher. A longer distance with Le Page’s fabulous horns and keyboards are infused.


• Disco Fantasy/Medley - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Thomas 'Coke' Escovedo

Thomas “Coke” Escovedo is a performer who painted disco, soul, funk and Latin experiences. His influence was passed onto his niece, Ms. Sheila E. and her dedication to keep percussion alive and where it belongs – dance music. “Disco Fantasy” is the 1977 project from Escovedo and hits the disco bell with a hard mallet. A production with soul and funk fused loosely as an underground disco sound was being formed. This one always reminded me of the Van McCoy style with a touch more of Latin percussion in this musician’s style. A big disco sound with the funky underground flavor.

I have taken tracks from this project and worked them into a medley – “Disco Fantasy Medley”. Lots of the funky-ass chorus ladies are what make this one feel real. A new intro brings the curtains to a rise into the great feel of the mid-70s and a time when dance floors and those private dance floors were creating a new nightlife for those who wanted something new. 

• Body Language - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Patti Austin

Patti Austin is a jazz vocalist whose venture into dance/disco music in the early 80s brought new life to a new period of music. “Body Language” is Patti’s 1980 project produced by legendary jazz producer Creed Taylor. This album gave a new spirit to this vocalists sound. The title cut is a nice jazz/sleaze track that is sensual and teasing appropriately with Patti purring on and on about romantic physics. It has always been one of my favorites and a surprise number that I used many times in early morning sets for years. A great vocal piece from Patti and a great full arrangement as this album is laid out.

I have taken the album version of “Body Language” and relayed a new message here for a ReStructure Mix realm – focusing more on the sleaze edge of this great number. I spread the vocals out in a new arrangement and place some breaks and light crescendos here and there. It plays out nice as a low bpm teaser for the jazz intention and even sweeter now with a played out early morning feel.


• The Sun Goes Down On Milky Way - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Gazebo

Gazebo is Paul Mazzolini on an Italo-disco stage. The early 80s shift in dance music was saved for those who continued to clamor the melodic sounds of disco in an electronic format – it was Italo-disco. Tracks like “Masterpiece” by Gazebo in 1982 brought a splash of the adventure of disco music with the new production consisting of a keyboard mainframe. Throughout the 80s this venture of creative and various faucets of styles made dance floors move all over again. Gazebo’s “The Sun Goes Down On Milky Way” from 1986 is another one of the poetic love songs put to the electro vibe of Italo-disco. A great piece that I always loved to add to a tea dance playlist or a set of beautiful dance music.

I have taken the 12” version “The Sun Goes Down On Milky Way” a laid out a new feel for this ReStructure Mix. I focused more on the afterhours beauty elements. I lifted the mystic rolling of the intro for a smooth transition into the kick beats and eventually Gazebo’s beautiful and melodic vocal.


• Oo-La-La Too Soon - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Sarah Dash

Sarah Dash is known for her role in the trio LaBelle (previously known as Patti LaBelle and The Bluebells) – a futuristic funk ensemble along with Pattie LaBelle and Nona Hendryx. Each of these ladies proclaiming a style of soul and funk fitting for the lineup and also solo careers. Sarah is known for her soulful delivery which hits levels of Patti’s power and demand for center stage. “Sinner Man” is her big disco hit from 1978 and mixed by Mr. Tom Moulton and produced by Gary Knight, Gene Allan, Jay Siegel and Wally Gold – also featured on Don Kirshner's subsidiary label Kirshner Records of CBS. The track is a gem of a disco recording and is now a classic piece to hold onto its resonating production and Sarah’s fabulous vocal performance. “Oo-La-La Too Soon” is from Sarah’s second follow up album which unfortunately trailed behind the disco movement into 1980 – and although the title single has the flawless disco production it received less attention. It uses the tie line from a well-known Sassoon Jeans commercial with the disco flavor or the time, Sarah’s take is struggle to maintain control over a powerful urge.

I have taken the short 3:07 minute album version of “Oo-La-La Too Soon” and worked an extended mix playing with segments to finish a definite and noticeable arrangement. A new riff is placed below the melody and Sarah is visited by an old flame again. It is a toy on my end where I could never get enough of Sarah’s vocal in the short 3 minute play.

• Nobody But You - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Theo Vaness

Theo Vaness (Theo van Es) is a Dutch singer who is also known for his vocal with the band The Shoes from the late 60s and early 70s. His appearance as a disco artist in 1978 with his project “Back To Music” – produced by Boona Music (Michaéle, Lana and Paul Sebastian). Theo’s unique sound brought a new distinction to the Euro-disco sound which began a new wave of club music and helping to ignite the disco fusion of the mid and late 70s. “Nobody But You” is a single from the “Back To Music” album and is one of his most beautiful love songs. The production follows the strip down disco format which soon became the norm for dance music.

I have taken the album version of “Nobody But You” and re-edited elements to create a new ReStructure Mix adding a few new percussion parts to enhance the smooth track. It was always a heartfelt song for me and also has many great vocal riffs from Theo which made him an artist that dance floors recognized immediately with each new dance release.

• It's Alright - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Gino Soccio

Gino Soccio is one of the creative forces who brought a heavy influence on disco music as it matured in the late 70s. His credits include many session groups including Witch Queen, Gotham Flasher, Lafleur and artists Karen Silver and Busta Jones. His keyboards and synthesizer work is a new age touch to the electronic edge of disco. “Outline” was his first solo album from 1979 where the single “Dancer” became one of the innovative recording sessions of its time. Later Gino proved his creative edge brought together a slick techno-new age feel that would set a presence during the early and late 80s.

“It’s Alight” is from his 1982 project “Face To Face” and featured vocalist Erma Shaw – this synth-dance classic is ReStructured using the album version. More of the looping riffs are accentuated here along with a breakdown among several areas where the rhythm is contagious. One of the great classics from Soccio and his genius which even today is fresh and influential.

• Boogie With Me - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Poussez!

Poussez! Is a disco project from Alphonse Mouzon and features the incredible vocals of Christine Wiltshire – also known for Musique, Aural Exciters, Phreek, Revanche, DSK and Class Action as well as various backing sessions in soul, funk and disco music. This dance project is brought to life with the lead vocals of Christine along with Holly Oas and Ruderial Blackwell. “Boogie With Me” is one of the sweetest disco tracks with the syncopated rhythms to move it along with the funky keyboards and soaring disco strings. A favorite of mine and another project which I grew to love Christine Wiltshire’s talent even more.

I have taken the album version of “Boogie With Me” and reworked this ReStructure Mix to create a whole new playground for Christine’s vocals and Alphonse’s swift production. This remix is taking the core essence of the production and working it over and over. Added to the chorus is a cameo from M s. Martha Wash.


• Another Boy In Town - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Two Girls

Two Girls is a high energy project from producer Anthony Monn – also known for his creative force of Magnifique, ORS, and projects by Judy Cheeks and Amanda Lear. “Another Boy In Town” is an electronic/high energy number that gives a delivery similar to Fancy in a rolling serenade of these girls taking notice of the potential catch on the dance floor. This one pours every ounce of energy out of the thumping synthesizers and the erotic female vocals that echo throughout the club as the dance floor worships its manifesto. A nice change for Anthony Monn who also gave us a similar trip with “Magnifique” in the early 80’s.

I have taken the German 12” club mix and instrumental to work out a new ReStructure Mix with more of an intro into the scandal. More of the keyboard riffs are placed where space is needed and a break from the ominous energy of this nice high energy anthem.

• Dance Turned To A Romance - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - The Jones Girls

The Jones Girls are Brenda Elaine Jones, Shirley Yvonne Jones and Valorie Denise Jones – a trio which joined the disco ranks in 1979 with their hit, “You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else” . The production from the Philadelphia International duo of Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff gave the dance floors a return to the soul edge of their talents along with the disco formula of the period. Their second album from 1980 titled “At Peace With Woman” contained their second radio and club hit “Dance Turned To A Romance” which is the perfect morning after track with their beautiful harmonies and the romantic interlude which leads to love and happiness.

I have taken the album version and created a flowing ReStructure Mix only adding an intro and a few breakdowns to not only extend this beauty, but also bring it into the dreamy dub arena where it feels comfortable. One of the lovely Philly-disco songs that I was so happy to work with.

• I Need Love - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Capricorn

Capricorn is an Italo-disco project from Claudio Simonetti who also produced projects by Kasso, Easy Going and Vivian Vee. His work with keyboards and an innovative approach to a new style of dance music gives him a unique flavor and sound. “I Need Love” is the third single from Capricorn from 1982 and a track that worked for me in the electronic dance transition. A nice funky bass line over fast rhythmic hand clap loops. The vocals work in the funk-punk arena reciting a love song with a yearning for physical attention. One of my favorite Italo-disco songs that I always refer to once I bring my mind to the early 80s.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental to work this alternate ReStructure Mix and lay out a new arrangement using the nice elements. The chorus is given a bit more of an extensive meaning here and the play on percussion elements enhanced.

• Dancing At The Disco - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - L.A.X.

L.A.X. is one of the leading funk-disco projects to lead the 80s into a New York Funk frenzy thanks to projects from the Prelude Records label and success with groups like Change (“A Lover’s Holiday”). Produced by Ralph Benatar and Biram Benelux. “Dancing At The Disco” was the first single from the first album and is a nice funk edged disco track that pours our layers of horns, percussion, bass and the sexy female disco riff. It was a huge shift in the Euro-disco presence of releases prior which were big hits for many major club/disco labels. The early 80s shifted to a lesser bpm and a more funk driven format in many playlists urging a new brand of dance music.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental to create a ReStructure Mix which leaves the hard hitting funk edge intact. A new intro slowly guides in the hard hitting horns and snaps. This one was always a favorite of mine and reminds me of a time where disco music made its mark and was now the big influence on bands and producers to keep the mirror ball alive for the many who were not yet done dancing and romancing.


• Too Damn Hot - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - The Duncans

The Duncans are Phyllis and Helen Duncan – also known as The Duncan Sisters. Their vocals have successfully lightened disco projects from Ian Guenther and Willi Morrisson – also known as THP Orchestra (Three Hats Productions). Several of the productions better known are also Sticky Fingers as well as the THP #2 project. In 1981 the duo released “Gonna Stay In Love” an album which contained the single “Too Damn Hot”. This single was left out following the fading of top notch disco singles and an appropriate version for clubs to desire. It is the blaring horns of THP and the fabulous vocals of their wonderful gals.

I have taken the 12” version of “Too Damn Hot” to rework this ReStructure Mix and extend the “hot” elements along with the ladies. It was always a favorite of mine and plays out as one of the disco productions that exude that flavor that Guenther and Morrisson so marked in the disco era.

• Take It Slowly - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Nancy Martinez

Nancy Martinez is a Canadian singer who is also known as Jade and Nancy Martin under several successful dance singles. Her 1983 album “Lay It Down” (produced by Joe La Greca) is one of the 80s artists whom brought back the beautiful sound of disco music with her vocal style. “Take It Slowly” is one of my favorite high energy tracks of the period since it flows like a lilting disco love song along with the full force electronic production. It is a return the pure disco edge and always makes one feel that positive energy that the disco dance floor is known for.

I have taken the original Canadian 12” with the vocal, instrumental and dub and re-edited a ReStructure Mix with a few new pieces added to produce a somewhat duet piece along with Ms. Barbra Streisand and another love song to accent the mood here. This one always fit into my program during its release and often refer to it when in that mood to fall in love with the true meaning of disco music all over again.

• Disco Jam - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Eddie Drennon

Eddie Drennon is a violinist and producer who released a dance album in 1978 titled “It Don’t Mean A Thing”  co-produced by Joe Bana (of Friends and Co. Records). The project is one of the Casablanca Records releases which takes disco music along a new area and features Latin bandleader, Tito Puente on percussion. “Disco Jam” is one of the big tracks that use layers of percussion to move in string breaks and a disco ensemble pouting out the funk. It is a rare number for many unless one of your club stops had a disc jockey who delved deeper into the disco charts.

I have taken the album version of “Disco Jam” and reworked a ReStructure Mix which plays out as the original with a few new placement markers for the funky bass, guitars and the disco chant. It plays a bit longer and also uses a sample from the film “Car Wash” to give the mix an added touch.

• Love Boat - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Amanda Lear

Amanda Lear is one of disco music’s greatest acts from the late 70s. Her music always filled the mystique that was needed in this space where fantasy and sexuality were sometimes more than ones imagination. In 2001 Amanda released a disco-house version of the 70s television show theme “Love Boat” – a track covered many times in the disco arena. This bouncy version was one that fit perfectly with the heavy breathy sound of her sexy vocals. It is one of the rare millennial pieces that I will include in a ReStructure Mix but as homage to this stage diva it is provided.

I have taken the vocal and instrumental from the 12” of “Love Boat” by Amanda Lear and reworked a ReStructure Mix with several break downs to party over and over with. It also contains a few pieces from another boat – a bigger boat from the 70s in the disaster movie genre – with thanks to Mr. John Williams. It is a bit of fun for those adventurous nights.

• Young Guns (Go For It) - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Wham!

Wham! is one of the pop-groups of the 80s consisting of George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley. Their influence on the new dance movement of the 80s took the NY funk and gave it a lighter edge. “Young Guns (Go For It)” is from their 1983 album “Fantastic” – produced by Steve Brown and fits into a breaking of best friends as time moves on. It is one of the sounds of the 80s pop dance scene which explores a whole new audience and message. Pieces of a familiar Prelude classic add to its unique edge.

I have taken the 12” version of “Young Guns (Go For It)” and created a deeper rolling bass piece to give this ReStructure Mix a different feel and arrangement. It is flares out in the same way but at different times. It is another Special Edition to celebrate the continuance of what disco music created in the seventies and also pay homage to the talent and recent passing of Mr. George Michael.

• You Got To Move It On - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Rofo

Rofo is a disco project from producer Fonny De Wulf and Ronny Verrept. The high energy explosion in the early 80s brought on a deep and pulsating sound of keyboards and synthesizers pounding out a dance beat. “You Got To Move It On” is the third single from Rofo and begins a love song with a dreamy energy. Much of what this studio project set out to represent. Dance floors came alive with tracks like this and made the transition from synth-pop to a more definitive club sound.

I have taken the original 12” version of “You Got To Move It On” and created a new ReStructure Mix which plays out with loops and re-editing from the original arrangement. More energy is pulled from the original elements with a touch of the loop edits that mark more of the excitement that the 80s electronic edge was so familiar with.

• Let Me Down Easy - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - First Choice

First Choice holds a record as the pure sound of disco from beginning to end. An extreme blend of soulful vocals on a disco stage. Their 1978 album “Hold Your Horses” – produced by Tom Moulton, Thor Baldursson, and McKinley Jackson is the top of disco peaks with so many tracks that pair out as winning. “Let Me Down Easy” is from the side one medley and starts out like a bang and continues with chorus and chorus of definitive vocals and reason. This cover of the Rare Pleasure classic from 1976 stays close to the original adding only a powerful jazz and drum session to give it the disco edge of its time.

I have taken the album version of “Let Me Down Easy” and reworked as much as possible a new ReStructure Mix using many of the peak hour live remix techniques to present a whole new edit. This one is a top 100 for me and always had me proud of what the dance floor held in high esteem then. The First Choice sound given a booth uplift!


• Baby, Won't You Dance With Me - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Vera

Vera is a Patti Masi who brought the mystique of disco music alive in the early 80s. Her big club hit “Take Me To The Bridge” from 1981 –produced by Louis Toteda was one the most talked about release in dance circles. It was also my cure for my own desire to hear a beautiful disco arrangement brought up to date at the time. Following this single a flood gate of hits followed bringing Vera a stand on dance floors everywhere. “Baby, Won’t You Dance With Me” is from 1983 and Vera’s album titled “Joey” which became the resource for this ladies beautiful vocal and connection to dance floors.

I have taken the vocal and instrumental of the original Canadian 12” release of “Baby, Won’t You Dance With Me” to work a ReStructure Mix with a non-stop energy injected into the already moving dance arrangement. Using the beautiful sound of the chorus as the outline for more of this incredible stomper which has always been a big hit for my dance floors and me.

This ReStructure Mix is dedicated to Patti Masi (Vera) who will always bring to my mind a wonderful period of rediscovery for lovely dance tracks and haunting performances – and to Louis Toteda for being an incredible producer, writer and musician.

• Close Your Eyes - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Queen Samantha

Queen Samantha is Gloria Brooks on vocals and disco arrangements from Harry Chalkitis. The group is best known for a blend of Euro-disco with a mystique feel. “Take A Chance” is their big hit from 1979 which became one of the favorable moods from dance floors of the time as it weaved layer on layer of disco syrup heavily. “Close Your Eyes” is from the 1979 album titled “Queen Samantha” and plays out like a high energy love letter. The release was a delayed on US release with a remix on Megatone Records in 1982 – remixed by Bernie Bernthaier. It brings to mind that lingering of the classic disco sound becoming a new style titled ‘high energy’.

I have taken parts of the original 12” release and the Megatone 12” remix to create a new ReStructure Mix for this beauty. More of the dub-like breaks are created to give this one the feel of this group and its sound. It was a great track for me during the disco transition in the early 80s and with a place mark in the San Francisco high energy movement it rings out even more.

• Carry On - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Giorgio Moroder featuring Donna Summer

“Carry On” is a single from 1992 that unites Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder in an uplifting and haunting track that follows a melodic journey. It is a familiar sound that Moroder created in the early 80s with the feel of “Never Ending Story”. This one gives Donna another opportunity to echo her beautiful vocals into a dance song where they work so well. The release is one of the last of Donna’s true dream disco performances and although it is simple it stills pulls us into that fantasy world of the dance floor.

I have taken the original 12” on Virgin Records and weaved a melodic ReStructure Mix which is more of an afterhours feel. The theme is worked to the bone here using more of its ethereal sound rather that dance beats. More of Donna is added throughout this new journey as a dream sequence.


• Disco Stuff / If You Love Me - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Claire

Claire Chevalier (Claire Thérése Ferullo) is a French recording artist who brought the disco sound a wave of Euro sweetness. A true chanteuse where the melody becomes the identity of disco as one of its styles originated from the chic dance floors of Paris. Full of orchestration and the love which became the identity of European disco as Cerrone and Alec R. Costandinos penned. Claire’s 1978 single, “If You Love Me” was arranged by Jean Pierre Goussaud and produced by Thomas Nonton. The arrangement gave of segments of the “boogie breakdowns” titled “Disco Stuff”. A nice love song with a feel of that Salsoul Orchestra arrangement that became a disco staple of the time. “High On Love” was another single from Claire which I played for packed floors with the US release on Prelude Records.

I have taken the 7” version of “Disco Stuff/If You Love Me” and worked the beautiful piece into a new ReStructure Mix. Keeping Claire’s wonderful notes alive with a touch more of the “Disco Stuff” segment and a new curve on the rhythm tracks. A predominant intro and fade are added to give the fantasy that disco music is so happy to allow.

Dedicated to Claire Chevalier and her wonderful part played in disco music history. You are a gem, my dear.

• New Attitude - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Patti LaBelle

Patti LaBelle began her solo recording career in 1977 following a memorable place in the soul/funk trio LaBelle along with Sarah Dash and Nona Hendryx. Many of her recordings with LaBelle gave this songbird an opportunity to blend her powerful vocals over the talents of the ensemble. As a solo artist Patti is undeniably one of the most influential figures in soul music. “New Attitude” gives Patti a moment to step into the 80s synth-pop arena with a track that is most fitting. It delivers a positive message and allows this voice to carry us into a roaring anthem. The song was produced for a soundtrack project for the 1984 film, “Beverly Hills Cop” – produced by Howie Rice, Peter Bunetta and Rick Chudacoff.

I have taken the 12” version of “New Attitude” remixed by Louil Silas Jr. and reworked a ReStructure Mix with more of a beat-dub ‘attitude’ bringing more space into the heavy production. More of the vocal is broken into pieces to give us the positive message again, in a new way.

• Sweet Sensations - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - L'ectric Funk

L’ectric Funk is a disco project from 1980 and is also a soundtrack to a B-film titled, “The Gas Pump Girl” from the same year. It is produced by John Ferrara – who also gave us “Love Attack” (releases under Ferrara) and The Average Disco Band from 1977. The A-side to this single is “Shanghaied” which brought the disco sound a full electronic arrangement into the high energy era of the early and mid-80s. The project was also co-produced by David and Isaac Blech who wrote by tracks. “Sweet Sensation” was also a track that received a lot of club play and became a favorite among early high energy lovers and is now a classic B-side.

I have taken the 12” version of “Sweet Sensation” and re-edited and looped pieces of the production for this ReStructure Mix. It is a dub-like edge with more temptation from those deep hardcore keyboards and pounding bass beats. A reason for high energy to take flight and another opportunity to feel the erotic tease that this lead vocal brings out.


• Shining Star - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Earth Wind and Fire

Earth Wind and Fire are the soul-funk solution which began in the early 70s. The inspiring titles and music brought a new flair by blending soul and jazz into a fusion which brought the 70s into a new phase of sound. “Shining Star” comes from the 1975 album “That’s The Way Of The World” – a project that brings a world beat into play. Produced by Maurice White and began a force for this talent man to bring not only Earth Wind and Fire a fierce fire, but groups like The Emotions alive and Denise Williams’s classic ballads. It was a new day for this music and the transition from soul to disco music included tracks by Earth Wind and Fire for those DJs who knew the source of soul music.

I have taken the album version of “Shining Star” in its 2:50 length and recreated this ReStructure Mix to extend and play out the brass-explosion and rhythm in a new way. Some of the feeling is given some drop out breaks to leave a touch of that fantasy which discotheques provided.

• Life Dance - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Sonia Belolo

Sonia Belolo’s beautiful dance piece “Life Dance” from 1985 is one of the tracks which emphasize the wave of clubs with the continuance of disco music’s flowing control. It is an early morning piece that always brought out the fan dancers after 3 AM for me and also invigorated the energy into a form of celebration. The instrumental piece offers a few simple riffs that sound like a piano recital with some pulsating bass synths guiding the energy. It is quite beautiful and one of the many in its class which belong among the classics.

I have taken the original 12” version of “Life Dance” and reworked a new ReStructure Mix to give the hardcore dancers from the time period another trip. It breaks into the mix with new break-beats and more use of the sequencers and synth-loops. A new approach to break the melody into pieces and offer more breaks.

• Three Time Lover - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Bardeux

Bardeux is Acacia Smith and Melanie Taylor – a 80s duo sweetly displaying the disco production of Jon St. James who also gave the familiar sound of Stacy Q (“Two Of Hearts”). This was the rebirth of the high energy sound in a stripped down West Coast sound that echoes a touch of the gentle female vocal exuding a sensual and pulsating dance momentum. The mid-80s gave way to another side of the dance floor where a light cowbell filled the thumping beat for a new period. “Three Time Lover” from 1987 is close cousin of “Two Of Hearts” with an attraction which dominated the late period of the 80s.

I have taken the 12” “Circus” and “European” mixes and reworked a slippery and pulsating new ReStructure Mix with more of those warm bass synth patterns re-edited and reworked. A few samples from The Partridge Family give a flavor that repays the call to love here. This is one that used to drive my dance floor into a frenzy on a peak hour-Saturday night and this homage to the high energy force is a welcomed.
• C'mon Baby - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Chilly

Chilly is a German disco band created by producer Bernt Möhrle whose debut single “For Your Love” paved a unique sound for disco in 1978. A deeper and rich sounding cover of The Yard bird’s classic rock song is one of the hardcore pieces of a nice transition production to disco. From the same album is a track I always found intriguing with the powerful soulful male vocal and the rock-edged female lead together titled “C’mon Baby”. The short 3 minute version from the LP was always set in my mind for a lengthier remix.

I have taken the short album version and recreated a ReStructure Mix to honor this disco band and their early creation of the hardcore disco edge. I have pieced more of the fantastic guitar work along with more of the verses leading to the pounding chorus. A new experience for this underground feel and another reason to celebrate the sound which brought dance floors a new flavor in the late 70s.

• Another Night - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Aretha Franklin

The Queen of Soul has another moving moment in the 1986 dance track “Another Night” – produced by Naratha Michael Walden. This piece was released during the house music explosion of the mid-80s where a taste of sampling and heavy bass dominated the remix and execution of many dance numbers. A big influence here with a 12” remix from Steve Thompson and Michael Barbiero where the sampled pushed to the vocal level to enhance the rhythm and pump the beats. Most of this done in the dub and instrumental parts yet outlined in the vocal remixes. This lonely yet positive and strong song emphasizes survival after a painful breakup gives Aretha more of the emotion as many of her past soul hits did. A great song for dance floors and a ReStructure Mix.

This ReStructure Mix divides the heavy 12” vocal version with the house beats into more of an instrumental breakdown where Aretha is given more breathing space. The heartbreak is emphasized through a few looping effects and the dramatic ending. I have always love this one and felt it is one of the great emotion driven dance tracks – so a ReStructure Mix pays tribute to its beauty.

• Destiny - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Two Sisters

Two Sisters are Theresa and Tracey Pesco and an electronic production with a blend of hip-hop, Latin and disco touches. The New York sound during the early 80s being polished by many of the dee-jays, engineers and producers of the Disconet era became one the progressive faucets of dance music and tracks like “Destiny” brought a blend of various styles together in the new tradition. This piece produced by Mark Berry who also gave us numbers from Amy Bolton, Roni Griffith, Poussez!, Bonnie Forman and more. His touch was more of the sound of underground dance music with a pop flair – a perfect blend for the early 80s.

I have taken the 12” vocal and “Desti-Dub” from the Sugarscoop Records vinyl and recreated a more ethereal feeling mix in the ReStructure Mix edge. This one was a big hit for me a favorite since I first heard those street beats pounding as the Latin percussion danced over them. A new dance trip for those who take the 80s dance scene seriously.

• Like A Virgin - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Madonna

Madonna’s career not only spans a creative path from the simplicity of 80s synth-pop to complex ballads and dance floor anthems. “Like A Virgin” is Madonna’s play with upbeat electronic dance music and along with producer Nile Rogers began a new journey for her talent. This 1984 number was also Madonna’s start with a controversial stage performance igniting the imagination of both the lyrics and her iconic style.

I have taken the 12” extended version of “Like A Virgin” remixed by John “Jellybean” Benitez – with the great percussion lift and transferred the story into a new chapter. This ReStructure Mix pays homage to the 80s dance floor and uses the focus of the songs feel stretched here and there.

• Keep On - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - D-Train

New York Funk is a sound filling dance floors with a mixture of electronic funk and a soulful vocal ensemble. D-Train is one of the leading bands to bring the shift from full-orchestrated disco to this New York sound. James Williams and Hubert Eaves III released their first album “You’re The One For Me” in 1982 and along with the powerhouse remix assistance from Mr. François Kevorkian their sound became the leading force in disco label, Prelude Records new focus. “Keep On” is the second single from the album and offers a similar dose of funk with an uplifting message and choir bringing more to a willing dance floor.

I have taken the original 12” release of “Keep On” using the vocal and dub to recreate a more break driven arrangement with a few more underground moments to give this classic a new rode ticket. The power of the original mix by François is never forgotten here and I can only testify that his magnificent sound is a big influence on my own work from dee jay years to present remixes play.

• La Cage Aux Folles - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Le Jetè

Le Jeté is a studio band produced by Ken Kessie, Marty Blecman and Morey Goldstein on the high energy label Megatone Records. Their only single “La Cage Aux Folles” from 1983 is a disco version of a song from the Broadway Musical which is based on the 1978 Italian comedy. This production follows the high energy pace set my tracks like “So Many Men, So Little Time” and “The Boys Come To Town” which give disco music a new facelift with the electronic percussion and heavy synthesizers. A big hit in many clubs either as a vocal or the flip-side instrumental. Lots of the breaks and flowing energy that made the early and mid-80s a great place to dance.

I have taken the original Megatone 12” vocal and instrumental to work this new ReStructure Mix. It extends the song and places some new re-edits as the breaks and re-worked synthesizer parts. The vocals are re arranged and given more opportunities to entertain and welcome a sample from Mr. Robert Preston.

• So Emotional - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston is a voice that brings back the 80s with the excitement of a new dance era and artists keeping the dance movement alive. Whitney’s big pop dance song, “So Emotional” is from her 1987 album “Whitney” produced by Narada Michael Walden. This one was as exciting as the arrival of Houston’s presence in 1985. This is a love song overflowing with the juicy pieces of Whitney’s voice and attitude which helped to make her the pop-princess of her time. I can remember having to play this one more than once and with the help of the 12” magic by Shep Pettibone and Junior Vasquez it was easy.

I have taken the 12” extended remix, dub version and the acapella to work this ReStructure Mix which takes the song onto a pounding trip. More pieces of the voice and also the killer 12” production provide a new playground for Whitney.
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• Summing Up - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Electric Mind

Luciana Cirrillo and Michele Violante are the Italian group Electric Mind. Along with producer Andrea Candelora a venture to bring a New York funk edge to Italo-disco began its ringing throughout clubs. Inspired by bands like Change and Chic there is an electronic take on the funky guitars and electro vibe here. “Summing Up” from 1982 is their first release and a big long time floor packer in my club. This one has the smooth piano riffs that many tracks were incorporating and Electric Mind placed them to complete a jazz air.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental to recreate a ReStructure Mix with more play and extended portions of the great streamline production. A catchy riff in the chorus and plenty of beat and groove to move onto a new era of dance without the need for change.

• Call Me - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Skyy

Skyy is a disco-funk band which filled the gap between funky and disco. Produced by Randy Mueller of B.T. Express and Brass Construction this sound was the 80s new dance groove. The band members included Anibal "Butch" Sierra, Bonny Dunning, Delores Dunning Milligan, Denise Dunning Crawford, Gerald Lebon, Larry Greenburg, Randy Muller, Solomon Roberts Jr., Tommy McConnell and Wayne Wilentz. Skyy’s 1981 album “Skyy Line” featured the single “Call Me” that is an old school classic at its best. The song topped club lists and radio play during its release and even today brings it all back properly.

I have taken the 12” version of “Call Me” and created a new ReStructure Mix to give Skyy their place in the funk/disco category of dance music history. This one is broken down with some new breaks and a few more areas where a simple plea for romance is contagious as the groove. An homage to Skyy and this classic.

• Love Kills - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury has a voice which brings emotion and power to each performance. Many of his recordings both solo and along with the rock band Queen have given a fulfilling legacy to music history. In 1984 Freddie released a solo album titled “Mr. Bad Guy” with a few tracks which celebrate the 80s dance edge. “Love Kills” is another powerful single which was produced by Mercury and Giorgio Moroder for a re-release of the 1926 Fritz Lang cinema-classic “Metropolis”. The new soundtrack from the film featured 80s vocalist recapturing the film with new synth-pop atmosphere. The song is another memorable vocal from Mercury that is powerful and haunting.

I have taken the soundtrack version of “Love Kills” and re-worked a ReStructured 'werk' with more of the percolating sequencer which play out the early Moroder-esque feel. More of the anthem-like parts of this bittersweet song are extended along with some classic-Queen drums to accent this new recovery issue.

• Baby Love - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Regina

Regina Richards is a singer whose 1986 single “Baby Love” that reached Billboards Top 10 and became her classic 80s dance number. The song was written by Regina and Stephen Bray and after Madonna passed on recording it she decided to record it herself. It is a sound that is close to Madonna’s of the period and even production and Regina’s vocals it is sharp resemblance. The song was big on my dance floor and was requested frequently. It is that pop-edge from the 80s that fits into the stage dominated by gals like Kylie Minoque and Debbie Gibson.

I have ReStructured “Baby Love” as a tribute to 80s dance tracks and used the domestic 12” vocal and instrumental to take apart and reassemble pieces of the darling song and give it a bit more energy. The sweetness is still intact with a few more of the ReStructure tags added.

• Hurricane - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Tapps

Tapps is a high energy project with Candy Berthiaume, Allan Coelho and Tony DaCosta. One of the big 80s disco projects which helped to bring on the new layer of dance music history labeled “high energy”. An electronic production with the percussion and beats of disco along with the 80s synth-pop touch echoing throughout. “Hurricane” is from their 1987 album “Turn It On” – produced by Alan Coelho and John Forbes. This one is a powerful heartbreak number that was a big hit following their previous double hits “My Forbidden Lover” and “Runaway (With My Love)”. A big hit on my playlists and one which brought many nights of non-stop energy to a peak.

I have taken the original 12” vocal and instrumental of “Hurricane” and recreated a whole new storm in this ReStructure Mix. It uses more of the looping of the heavy duty synthesizer riffs and portions of the rock-edged portions. I have always found it difficult to get this one out of my head and now I realize that good high energy music is simple and contagious – a great inheritances from the disco era of the 70s.

• Can't Be Love - Do It To Me Anyway - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Peter Brown

Peter Brown is a talented artist and an innovative force during a strong focus on night life and a mew sound which was formulated and created on dance floors. Peter’s first album “Fantasy Love Affair” from 1977 is a classic among the blend of soul, funk and electronics which became the stamp of the underground sound of disco. “Can’t Be Love – Do It To Me Anyway” is a single which was released in 1979 as a B-side to a track from his project “Stargazer”. It was released again with a new remix in 1980. The song has a unique edge and interesting beat tracks that stomp out the message of genuine sparks in a new love affair. A big hit and one of Peter’s best dance tracks. It also gives a new example of his genius.

I have taken the 1980 12” long version and poured more of the bits and pieces that emerge from the light disco beat. It has the original intent with a touch more of that after hours mystique. This one was a huge hit in my club and still brings to mind a crowded dance floor and the need for a follow up song to keep the energy moving.

• Sexy Thrills - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Extensive Care

Extensive Care is a Canadian disco project from producer, arranger and innovator of the heavy drums of disco music in the late 70s – Mr. Peter Di Milo. His classic band Erotic Drum Band is one of the big events of the underground club scene and one of the hardcore disco projects which helped to move dance music in a new direction. “Sexy Thrills” is a 1980 track from the album by the same name which gave the dance floor another dose of a flavor which used his trademark percussion along with an ensemble which brings a funky edge. His use of horns in a classic riff which brings a big band stand calling out dancers is fabulous.

I have taken the 12” version of “Sexy Thrills” and took the elements that I can remember seeing my dance floor go into a dance frenzy over – in this ReStructure Mix. There is a new intro which introduces the attention in a new way. This remix salutes the man himself, Mr. Peter Di Milo and is dedicated to his mark left in disco history.

• We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Jermaine Stewart

Jermaine Stewart is a singer from the mi-80s who appeared with a big dance floor hit titled “We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off”. This was a fun-male romp piece that played out well with the pop-dance of the time. It was a bit campy but fun with enough beats and kicks to move shoulders and hips. One of the big tracks of my club at the time and probably the most requested.

I have taken the 12” version of “We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off” and created a new ReStructure Mix with a longer arrangement and a bit of teasing from an admirer. The keyboards and riffs are intact – just taken apart and ReStructured.

• I'm In Love - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Evelyn King

Evelyn King (formerly “Champagne” King) is a voice in disco music that transcends the soulful edge of the dance floor in the late 70s. The direction of soul music and it’s influence on disco’s growth was attributed to this sound. “I’m In Love” is from Evelyn’s 1981 album by the same title – produced by Kashif. The early pop years of dance music was a search for a more funk driven sound and this is one of the leading moments. An electronic pulse of bass and funky keyboard accents along with a soulful vocal gave dance floors a whole new experience similar to what New York Disco was building on with labels like Prelude Records. It was a new journey for dance music.

I have taken the 12” version of Evelyn’s “I’m In Love” and created a ReStructure Mix and gave this mellow groove a few new moments for more of an energy mix. The beautiful piano arrangements give this funk track a jazz feel – and along with King’s fabulous voice this one is almost hypnotic. This new arrangement is more of a play on a breakdown and refresher for the dance floor.

• Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin) - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Scritti Politti

Scritti Politti is a synth-pop ensemble formed in 1977 and giving the 80s a brighter and solid electronic groove. Lead singer, Green Garlside stands out with his whispery and somewhat teasing vocal in tracks like “Wood Beez” from the album “Cupid * Psyche 85” – produced by Arif Mardin. The group also feature Dave Gamson who released an electronic cover of The Archie’s “Sugar, Sugar” in the “funky town” beat box feel – released as Learners Permit. His keyboard play and execution in Scritti Polliti touches a bit of an alternative edge and is haunting.

“Wood Beez” caught my ear immediately with the elf like vocals popping in and out of the mysterious love song. I have taken the US 12” vocal and dub (titled ‘version’ ) and replayed this kick beat to a new arrangement where the drums are taken apart and reassembled. This ReStructure Mix is a stretch including a guest spot with Aretha Franklin herself.

• Seclusion - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Shawn Benson

Shawn Benson is one of the artist of the mid 80s high energy scene with a hit dance track titled “Seclusion” – produced by Barry (Beam) Blum and Johnny Hedges. This one is a fast moving piece of soulful vocals and an electric arrangement that jumps out in every direction. It was one of my favorites and holds that place in high energy history that makes us all glad we were a part of it.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of “Seclusion” and reworked this ReStructure Mix to give this high energy winner another opportunity to win your heart with the great vocals and sliding rhythms. It always worked for me in many programs and was one of those numbers which always reminds me of a great disco party to start the night out.

• Everybody - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Madonna

Madonna began her dance career as a dancer for Patrick Hernandez (“Born To Be Alive”) and eventually led to an incredible recording, performing and film career. The first clue we ever heard of this was a single released in 1982 titled “Everybody” produced by Mark Kamins and featured no image of Madonna on the sleeve. If her title was not provoking enough for more there was a bigger force heading our way. The track was a simple electronic dance number which scored very high with dancers and DJs. Learning more about this 80s talent was an experience for all. “Everybody” became one of the street dance hits to help dance floors prepare for another decade of pop-synth dance music with more attached.

I have taken the 12” vocal and dub version of “Everybody” on to the ReStructure Mix image and sound to recreate a beat driven arrangement focusing more on the experience that Madonna was breathy about. This one strips away the riffs and elements that make this one a heavy duty classic and prepare a whole new dish.

• Baby, You Ain't Nothing Without Me - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Karen Young

Karen Young is one of disco music’s ferocious voices and well handled in her 1978 album, “Hot Shot”. The title track is the biggest sound to hit dance floors during its release. The production by Andy Kahn and Kurt Borusiewicz along with Walter Kahn contains the precursor to club sound that a touch of jazz and hardcore dance beats stomp out a few anthems in Karen’s style and ominous voice demands. “Baby You Ain’t Nothing Without Me” is one of the follow up singles which brought dance floors another piece to worship this lady to. This one I could remember hearing shouting over this one from dancers who could not contain the excitement of this number.

I have taken the 12” remix by Jim Burgess and have given “Baby You Ain't Nothing Without Me” a new stage and ReStructure Mix. Using the bass cello piece as the outline into the scat and Broadway like feel of this dynamite track. A wonderful production to bring back that innovative period when disco matured for the late 70s.

Dedicated to Nick and Lindsay for the request and their dedication to making the mirror ball spinning for those classic acts.

• I Don't Wanna Lose It - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Bambu'

Bambu’ is a disco project from 1979 produced by Jorge Barreiro who also worked on projects by Black Ivory, J.O.B. Orchestra and J.R. Funk and The Love Machine. Bambu’ is the disco production that hustle clubs clamored for. A distinct layer of Afro-Cuban percussion and swirling strings which blend as a Euro-disco piece but with a live band feel. ““I Don't Wanna Lose It” is a sweet love song that brings a short and simple message that gives his lover security and gratitude. The mid 70s 12” market was tailored for this style of disco music with the sound created for and by dancers in the club environment. This was essentially the hardcore underground dance music of its time.

I have taken the 12” version of ““I Don't Wanna Lose It” and used the strings and the bass riffs as the layout for this ReStructure Mix. More of the yearning vocals parts are inserted and the percussion breaks placed in a few new places. A great keepsake of a period when disco music was a specialized sound, mix and package for dancers and audiophiles.

• Soft and Wet - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Prince

Prince released his first solo album “For You” in 1977 in the early period of his style and experimental edge on funk and dance music. “Soft and Wet” is the single that speaks out with the sexuality that pours through Prince’s approach to attitude and themes. This number has the keyboards that play out with the sensual yet tweaked funk approach. It is one which caught my ear and imagination immediately. For a debut this one has the Prince we grew to know in the 80s during the height of creativity and pop culture.

I have taken the album version of “Soft and Wet” and played it out with more of the great riffs and worked in some new elements to take the undercurrent and make it a title wave. The original is a great number and this ReStructure Mix makes the voice for a deeper and private dance.

• All Day, All Night - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Margaret Reynolds

Margaret Reynolds is one of the voices of disco music which brings soul and a dance palace aura to feet and mind. Her music from 1979 throughout the 80s is a direct hit with many of the themes using nightlife as the center stage for love, heartbreak and romance. “All Day, All Night” is from her 1982 album “Keep On Holdin’ On” and was produced by Beverly Champion and Horus Jack Tolson – with the album remixed by the legendary Bill Motley of Boys Town Gang. This track is one of the echoes of the club sound with a hardcore feel. One of my favorites that even today gives me the understanding of how love can make us or break us.

I have taken the 12” version of “All Day, All Night” and worked this ReStructure Mix to bring out the wonderful and sweet soulful and disco filled arrangement. It is a hustle rhythm with the soul infused with the heartache and understanding of its theme. I had a wonderful time taking apart for a reassembly for a new version.

• Boys (Summertime Love) - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Sabrina

Sabrina is an Italo-disco artists who well known for not only her 1987 dance floor hit, “Boys (Summertime Love)” but also her cleavage from the video. A great summer Italo track that uses a deep bump beat to power out the excitement on the beach for a single girl as she summons the “boys” for frolic on the sand. Produced by Claudio Cecchetto who also produced a few Italo-disco classic including Bizzy & Co., Taffy and Tracy Spencer. This song made radio playlists during its release and gave the weekend airwaves a taste of uplifting Italian disco music.

I have taken the 12” mix and the instrumental to recreate the beach balls, boys and cleavage once again for this ReStructure Mix. A drawn out arrangement with a special cameo from Connie Francis and a blend of her classic boy song along with “Summertime Love”. A new celebration and feel here.

• Object Of My Desire - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Starpoint

Starpoint is a soul/funk/disco band from Annapolis, Maryland whose influence on the dance floor made the funk end of a dance program complete. Their big hit from 1985, “Object Of My Desire” produced by Keith Diamond and Lionel Job helped to place them upfront on radio and dance floor programs. One of the most irresistible vocals from Renee Diggs and kick beat productions which bring a hard edged and mean message to gentle words. It was a huge hit for my playlists and helped to breakdown the high energy and 80s alternative dance tracks into a funk arena quickly.

I have taken the 12” version – both vocal and instrumental to recreate a ReStructure Mix which would play out in a whole new direction – without taking the original intent away. With kick beats and keyboards playing out like a rock anthem this one is well deserved to be celebrated as a giant 80s influence. Anyone who has ever felt its groove knows just what it is all about.

• The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Bonnie Bianco

Bonnie Bianco is a singer and actress whose recording career began in 1983 and lead to an anthem track tiled “The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter” in 1987. A number that was one of the top dance floor hits in my club at the time. Much like a production by Laura Branigan and a touch of the 80s rock heartbreak themes of the period. This one was produced by Christian De Walden and Steve Singer and packs quite a wallop with a power vocal and roaring electronic arrangement. One of my favorites among its class.

I have taken the German 12” version mixed by John Pace and applied the ReStructure Mix feel to this dramatic number. Adding more length and breakdowns as well as a few effects to bring more height to the message. It is one of the projects which I worked to create a new open effect with. A great song to begin with this is a new issue.

• Eye Contact - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Casanova

Casanova is a disco project from 1983 from Sheila E. Washington (Amuka Kelly) and Stephen C. Washington. The electronic force behind this one forms well with the robotic voice that bellows out the eyes watching from the sidelines – catching the energy and excitement of a dance floor in full force. This one was always on my playlist during its release and creates a mechanical syndrum feel with fast moving keyboards, beats and the pulsating energy. A great blend of the 80s dance allure with high energy. The vocals which are featured though a vocoder are the club diva Amuka Kelly which plays out well with this theme as well as ticket to a completely new sound than their project Civil Attack, also on Salsoul Records.

I have taken the 12” versions Part 1 & 2 to create this ReStructure Mix which outlines the electronic sound with more of what makes it work. I have added a new surprise from a classic Moroder/Summer track to help brand a new edge. This one has always been a favorite and I am happy to keep it alive.

• Good To Me - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - THP

THP is Ian Guenther and Willi Morrison – two producers and song writers who formed Three Hat Productions during the underground disco movement of the mid-70s. Their aim was as any producer who was aware that the nightlife was bringing a new genre of music that was gaining notoriety and sales. THP Orchestra released projects which were a blend of the soulful orchestrations set to a new pulsating beat and drums. THP is one of the classic disco groups formulated for the dance floor – by the dance floor. “Good To Me” is the title cut from the finale album from THP in 1979 and features vocalist Joyce Cobb on lead. This session is one of the most memorable for the band where each track is a disco hit with the growth of this ensemble reaching a new and exciting level.

I have taken the album version of “Good To Me” and created a ReStructure Mix to keep the track in the ears and minds of those of us who were fortunate enough to have felt this one pounding out over a crowded dance floor. Many of the riffs created by the fabulous vocal by Joyce Cobb are rearranged and set up for a new dub-like experience. I have added some phasing and filtering of parts of this gem to give this new version a few more peaks and enhanced energy.

• Cupid - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Spinners

Spinners joined the disco train in 1979 with the production from Michael Zager and his classic disco arrangement and use of their soulful vocals. This project titled “Love Trippin’” features a cover of the 1961 song “Cupid” written and recorded by Sam Cooke. The song has a touch of a Latin rhythm along with the r&b outline. Spinners take the track and sweeten it even more with their flowing harmonies and along with Zager’s disco groove this one hits the same mark as their previous disco hit, “Working My Way Back To You” from 1979, also produced by Michael Zager and Jerry Love.

I have taken the album version of “Cupid” and striped away the Medley piece “I’ve Loved You For A Long Time” to give this track the spotlight for a new ReStructure Mix. A few looping parts of the disco rhythms and some new drums to enhance the 50s Latin touch of this little gem. It plays out with more of “Cupid” using drop segments and effects to communicate true love.

• Showdown - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Carol Lloyd

Carol Lloyd is singer who recorded her first album titled “Score” with the studio screw who also gave us the disco project Ultimate (“Touch Me Baby”, “Ritmo de Brazil”). The crew recreated the sound of Euro-disco with a touch of the Philly edge with Bruce Weeden producing along with Juliano Salerni. Carol’s album has the feel of that Philly production with the mature sound of disco that it reached in 1979. Each song here is a great one thanks to Carol’s tough vocals which bring on a new feel for the sweet disco arrangements. Backing this session is the trios who were Boris Midney’s ensemble on the first U.S.A. European Connection project (Leza Holmes, Renee Johnson and Sharon Williams) and earlier were Gentle Persuasion. “Showdown” is one of the energetic tracks from this session which play out like an Ann Margret number with the tough and sassy motivation and campy direction.

I have taken the album version of “Showdown” and recreated a new ReStructure Mix to display once again that classic disco is always alive with a full orchestra arrangement and the soulful Philly giving it rhythm. A full re-working of the track using all of the elements which make this one a fun listening experience.

Dedicated to Nick Bunning and Lindsay Smith – the boys who give me so much inspiration to keep this music alive. And I can understand why they requested this one since it has one of the great voices that make disco music what it is.

• You Came - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Kim Wilde

Kim Wilde began her solo recording career in 1981 with her new wave pop hit, “Kids In America” – a project produced by her brother Ricky Wilde. A career which began with a rock n’ roll focus which later became one of the synth-pop dance artist to attract my attention with her 1985 dance track “Go For It”. It was a great pairing of Kim’s vocal which has a child-like feel along with blaring 80s keyboards. The following year her cover of The Supremes “You Keep Me Hanging On” made her a dance floor regular. “Close” is her 1988 super mover project with several big dance floor tracks including “You Came” which was a regular on radio programs and a big club hit.

I have taken the US 12” of “You Came” with the fabulous remix by Shep Pettibone and Steve Peck using the Shep Mix and the additional 2 dubs to create a ReStructure Mix which plays out with the same energy and a different approach. It is one of those love songs that somehow rocks with the smoothness and power of Kim’s performance. This remix is placed to give the original another boost or play for those who love the 80s and the synth-pop sweeteners which made dancing more of a memory.

• In My House - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Mary Jane Girls

Mary Jane Girls are Joanna McDuffie, Candice Ghant, Maxi (Kim Wuletich) and Corvette (Yvette Marine – also daughter of disco diva, Pattie Brooks).

A group was originally hired as back-up singers for Rick James and later was spun off as a new female funk quartet. Mary Jane Girls are most known in the 80s for their sexy and powerful productions by Rick James which included his punk fuck bass and guitar work. “In My House” is the big dance floor track from the second album titled, “Only Four You”. This one is a groove driven piece and very much owned by these ladies.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental to bring a ReStructure Mix into light and once again remind us of how fun and contagious the 80s dance scene was. A bit of new drums were added to bring another sexy layer to the sound and feel.

• Only In My Dreams - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Debbie Gibson

Debbie Gibson starred in a 80s dance arena that was formulated for youth – a new generation of club goers and music idol worship. Her first album “Out Of The Blue” is a production from Debbie and Fred Zarr who worked with many 80s dance artist and groups. This brand of dance music was a sweet and beat driven sound which formulated alongside the remixes and culture of the early 80s street scene. “Only In My Dreams” is a crossover genius like many of Debbie’s early dance numbers which also fell into the Adult Contemporary and love song categories. A bit of the 60s girl scene on an updated stage and new audience.

I have taken the 12” of “Only In My Dreams” using the vocal and beat mixes to recreate a new ReStructure Mix to place it in a whole new light. I have taken many of the infectious pieces to reboot the arrangement and feel without taking from the original energy. A new experience for the Debbie Gibson fans and those of us who spent allot of time dancing as songs flashed by.

• Don't Go Breaking My Heart - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Elton John & Kiki Dee

Elton John and Bernie Taupin wrote the pop-disco hit, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” from 1976 – the track was originally intended as a duet for Elton and Dusty Springfield. It was recorded with English singer Kiki Dee who’s 1974 hit “I’ve Got The Music In Me” made her a familiar name. The success of “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” made it #1 in the UK for six weeks. The track always reminded me of a fluffy disco number with the simple love notes and the orchestral strings soaring throughout the beats and rhythms. A great pop 70s song that I gave a moment with a ReStructure Mix to pay homage to its own.

I have taken the single version of “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” along with an anonymous karaoke version to tie this ReStructure Mix with some looping and new arrangements allowing more of the sweetness to linger on. One of my favorite radio hits and a definite disco emulation.

• I Love You - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Yello

Yello is Boris Blank and Dieter Meier – an alternative electronic band formed in 1979. This new brand of music comes across as haunting and terrifying at moments where their blend of drums and keyboards play out hidden and mysterious messages. The bands heavy sequencers along with tribal drums beating out a disco rhythm to bizarre themes that at times seem like a ritual. Yello reached mainstream in 1985 with the success of their single “Oh Yeah” – featured in the 80s film, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”. Also, their work with Dame Shirley Bassey provides an orchestral touch to their unique and alternative sound. “I Love You” is an extreme example of Yello’s energy. It is from the project, “You Gotta Say Yes To Another Excess” from 1983 and feels like a nightmarish love song. A great example of how Yello plays out.

I have taken the original 12” of “I Love You” and recreated another dreamlike ReStructure Mix which takes the elements of this pounding number and places in a new arena. The group has always been one of the desired edges for those moody early morning sets and it was easy to apply a remix to one of their roller coaster ride dance tracks.

• Walking On Sunshine - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Rocker's Revenge

Rocker’s Revenge is Donnie Calvin, Dwight Hawkes and Tina B – and another landmark piece from producer, Arthur Baker. The electro-beats masterpiece which shifted dance floors into another phase of 80s dance music. The 1978 track “Walking On Sunshine” by Eddy Grant is one of those underground dance records which give a unique edge to a disco and alternative programming. This cover, “Walking On Sunshine ‘82” is a marking point for the electronic genre – giving it the sub-title electro beats. The project features John “Jellybean” Benitez working on the finale mix along with Baker.

I have taken the 12” long version and the ‘rockin’’ version to recreate a new ReStructure Mix in honor of this single which opened my eyes and ears to the New York street beat sound exploding in the early 80s. A surprise from 1969 is planted within this new mix to give a strange mashup for this memorizing electronic play. It is truly one of the 80s dance floor hits to feel good about.

• He's A Saint, He's A Sinner - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Miquel Brown

Miquel Brown is a singer who took on disco music in 1979 with her album “Symphony Of Love” – produced by Alan Hawkshaw. The title track became a favorite of the Euro-disco lovers with the lyrical sound of sensual femme disco accompaniment. Later in 1983 Miquel scored a huge hit along with producers Ian Levine and Fiachra Trench with the single, “So Many Men, So Little Time” – another statement that the disco era had not quite finished its business. In a new form called ‘high energy’. The album released the same year featured another dance single titled, “He’s A Saint, He’s A Sinner” – another light and playful portrayal of the hedonism of hardcore club dance music.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental re-mix to create a new play for Miquel’s operatic-like delivery and the rolling pianos and crashing disco beats. This new ReStructure Mix takes pieces of the breaks and pianos and mixes them up like martini. It is a version that salutes the early 80s club sound and its influence on the path disco music took unexpectedly.

• Gluttony - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Rinder and Lewis

Rinder and Lewis are the pioneers of the underground disco movement of the mid-70s. Their music ranges from a simple synthesizer and keyboard arrangement to a full disco orchestration with lush strings. Much of their work is hailed as disco gems. “Seven Deadly Sins” is their first solo/duo album from 1977 and is an instrumental trip through the disco-fied themes. Each belonging to an individual ‘sin’ and its audio mood. An interesting concept and arranged quite well for one of their early experimental pieces. “Gluttony” is one of the whirling bass sequencer tracks that play out as a moody and hypnotic number with slashes of sounds and instruments. The bass sequencer is reminiscent of rolling disco sound later becoming one of the most alluring of technical productions.

I have taken the album version of “Gluttony” and created a ReStructure Mix which takes the key parts of the movement and rearranged it for a new lure. New percussion and effects are added to give more punch to the deep edge. One of the mystical disco numbers from W. Michael Lewis and Laurin Rinder and many disco audiophiles know it well from their own temptation of this classic project.

• First True Love Affair - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Jimmy Ross

Jimmy Ross (James Albert Ross) is a singer from Trinidad who became one of the voices behind the Italo-disco scene in the early 80s. “First True Love Affair” became a garage hit thanks to a fantastic remix from resident DJ Larry Levan. The track is from the album produced by Luciano Ninzatti, Stefano Pulga and Matteo Bonsanto – alias Kano. The heavy synthesizer outlines work well as a funk groove in the pieces relayed by Italian projects during this period. It was an obvious influence from bands like Change and Chic. A heavy guitar presence brings the outline a breath of fresh air.

I have taken the 12” version of “First True Love Affair” and have given it a ReStructure Mix environment where the verses and chorus parts end up between new breaks and rhythm loop segments. The song is quite beautiful in its disco-funk flavor and with Jimmy’s unique vocal is a nice experience. The arrangement was directed at a more experimental chance and is offered here as an homage.


• Que Rico Vacilon - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Love Childs Afro Cuban Blues Band

Love Childs Afro Cuban Blues Band is a disco project from disco producer Michael Zager who gave many contributions to dance floors from the mid-70s throughout the 80s. Their second album “Span Disco” from 1977 was a venture into the underground sound of disco at the time and features many Cuban and Spanish traditional tracks with a disco production. “Que Rico Vacilon” is a Cuban song which translates loosely into “a great way to waste time” – meaning a festival of some kind or celebration. It was recorded by Xavier Cugat in 1955 among many artists and orchestras. The excitement of a disco version is played out well here with Zager’s use of horn sections and disco percussion. The vocal ensemble includes Alvin Fields and Cissy Houston.

I have taken the album version of “Que Rico Vacilon” and recreated the celebration with more of an intro and some new use for that classic drum and percussion break. The arrangement is extended and gives those drums some additional placement. The original is a great example of how the disco break was being implemented early in tracks to suit the dance floors demand for that time to unwind and let loose.

• Burn This Disco Out - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson’s project “Off The Wall” from 1979 is one of the unforgettable moments in music history. The production by Quincy Jones created a sound for Jackson which placed him in another incredible stage for a career that was endless, even today. The track “Burn This Disco Out” from the album is one of the pieces which define Michael’s control over a groove and the emphasis he plays to the “boogie”. A nice smooth arrangement by Rod Temperton makes this one again a piece of Jackson’s legacy that will always be looked at with tribute.

I have taken the album version which times out at a little over three minutes and worked a ReStructure Mix to lay out another place for the horns and rhythm to play on. A new intro gives more fade in to the energy and excitement. Some new breaks and effects have been pieced in to create a finale mood that should make Jackson fans happier to attempt that “moon walk” number.

• These Memories - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Oh Romeo

Oh Romeo is a high energy project from producer, Bobby Orlando that paints the sound of the 80s dance floor with a touch of emotion and drama. “These Memories” became a dance floor hit when it was released in 1983. The emotional tug with all of the elements of high energy – the percussion, the heavy synths and driving message. One of my dance floor favorites and another reason why dance music survived throughout the 80s.

I have taken the original Bobcat Records 12” to recreate a new ReStructure Mix for a return to the dance floors most contagious periods. The rolling synthesizers are still intact with more play. The anthem gets a new feeling with a sample of a ‘memory’ from the 70s.

• Give Me Action - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Queen Samantha

Queen Samantha is a disco group produced by Charles Ibgui and Harry Chalkitis – also featuring the vocals of Gloria Brooks. “Take A Chance” is the single from 1979 that is most remembered from this project - the TK Records 12” single remixed by Steve Thompson and Michael Arato made it an instant dance floor classic. The angelic and haunting vocals are the mystery behind Queen Samantha during the early projects and later a more predominant lead is brought to the forefront by Gloria Brooks. “Give Me Action” is the single from 1982 and plays out with an R&B flavor accented with horns and a funky bass line. One of the big hits of my dance floor during its release.

I have taken the 12” version of “Give Me Action” and worked a new ReStructure Mix with more of the groovy elements in place with a new arrangement and touch. It is one of the great disco conversions pieces for a disco band shifting to the 80s dance crowd and not failing to keep the original groups feel alive. This one is much more extended and gives the play a bit more space to feel the message.

• I Wanna Dance - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Marathon

Marathon is a disco project from producer, Pete Bellotte – who also produced Donna Summer, Joy Fleming, Trax, Roberta Kelly and Marsha Hunt. The studio project was featured in the 1978 film soundtrack, “Thank God It’s Friday” with the many Casablanca artists who made the disco scene colorful with their sounds which matured from the mid to late 70s. Marathon plays out like the disco chorus groups which were more of an ensemble used to create the sound each producer envisioned. Here with the only single from the group is “I Wanna Dance” – which you can imagine was conceived to outline the excitement of the films homage to disco and Friday nights. The emotion and energy is certainly alive here and plays out with the syncopated horns blaring out a Spanish feel with plenty of percussion leading the way.

I have taken the soundtrack version and recreated a new ReStructure Mix which plays more into the hands of a breakdown mix. Using many of the riffs to fill in a new arrangement for this new remix. The chorus and lush strings are a bit more controlled and placed in segments to bring the breaks another breath of fresh air.

• Swept Away - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Diana Ross

Diana Ross was focused on keeping our eyes, mind and ears moving in many adventurous moves with productions and material. In 1984 the album “Swept Away” features a pop, funk, and soul offering by various producers including the late Bernard Edwards of Chic. The title track utilizes the bass and beat club sound produced by the man who brought it into the light, Mr. Arthur Baker. The track was co-written and co-produced by Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates. The song transforms Ms. Ross in a fantasy of exciting love and eventually the painful demise of it. This one was one of the top played tracks of the time for me thanks to a 12” single mixed by Arthur Baker and edited by The Latin Rascals. Diana sounds soft and subtle with her sexy delivery and eventually takes the song into the dangerous waters of this love.

I have taken the 12” long and instrumental version into the ReStructure Mix arena with a bit more use of the beats, synths and open feel of the adventurous sound. The awesome drum beats are hard to ignore here and along with Diana portraying the femme fatale in her own style. A tribute to Mr. Baker here and also a dedication for the talent and work her has given us in dance music.

• That Old Black Magic - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Jeanne Shy

Jeanne Shy and Bob Esty together are sheer disco ecstasy! The 1979 release of “Night Dancer” and a cover of the lounge classic “That Old Black Magic” are the excitement which disco reached during a year of many productions and the complete sound which the dance floors and clubs influenced. Jeanne Shy brings a whole new feel to the Bob Esty production that is full of emotion and jazz/soul feel which rings like magic dust sprinkled over a lush and beautiful disco orchestration. This one was always on my turntable and continues to haunt my memory of nights where the mood was captivating and oh so exciting.

I have taken the 12” version of “That Old Black Magic” and reworked Bob Esty’s flawless production in that ReStructure Mix angle. It gives more play for a long intro to Jeanne’s statement and more breaks to give your heart and feet a break.

This ReStructure Mix is dedicated to Ms. Jeanne Shy and Mr. Bob Esty

• Too Hot To Trot - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Commodores

Commodores released “Too Hot Ta Trot” in 1977 – from their “Live!” album – produced by James Anthony Carmichael and Commodores. The song was an instant hit and became one of the tracks to appear in the film, “Thank God It’s Friday” in 1978 along with their performance live from the discotheque. The Zoo. This funk masterpiece has all of the riffs that their previous hit, “Brick House” contained and more. This one set this band up for a roll in the funk, soul and disco scene and charts.

I have taken the long version of “Too Hot Ta Trot” and worked a new ReStructure Mix to give more of those groovy guitars and the funky brass. I played a great deal with the original to create a more underground and surprise experience for those used to moving their hips to this one!

• Bit By Bit (Theme from "Fletch") - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Stephanie Mills

Stephanie Mills took dance floors immediately with her 1979 album “What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin’”. This was a new sound for this vocalist which would present a whole stage in the disco and dance arena. Her ballads and adult contemporary singles from her projects also placed her in many classic love songs which even today are on rotation. “Bit By Bit” is a single from 1985 produced by Harold Faltermeyer and is from the soundtrack of the Chevy Chase comedy “Fletch”. This piece is one of the electronic disco pieces that we had the opportunity to hear Stephanie complement with her soulful and energetic sound. The production follows the success of Harold Faltermeyer’s former soundtrack of “Beverly Hills Cop” and his single “Axel F” – a whole new sound for the 80s pop dance scene.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental to work on this ReStructure Mix which simply plays out with more of the dub sounds and reworking the simple keyboard riffs and slamming kicks. It is a lengthier piece that gives way to more of the excitement and fun of hearing Stephanie deliver a high energy number again.

• Pieces Of Ice - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Diana Ross

Diana Ross moved into an abstract realm with her 1983 track, “Pieces Of Ice” along with producer Gary Katz. The song resembles a deep early morning number which brings a mysterious feel. It is obvious that a relationship is ending and a note is translated with an artistic mind. It was always a brave move for Ross in my ears and one of my favorite moods. From the album titled “Ross” and one of the most creative and clever video movements. The instrumental pulls out a rendering of the disco synthesizer into the 80s which is a perfect foundation for Diana’s moody and fearful vocal.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental to create this ReStructure Mix which ventures off into several journeys using the synthetic ‘pieces’. I used more of the instrumental and several effects to complete Diana’s imaginative tune into a new side of the dance floor. Always a favorite and waited for the time when this remix could be taken into a reality.

• Xanadu - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Olivia Newton-John

Olivia Newton-John starred in the 1980 musical fantasy film, “Xanadu” along with Gene Kelly and music provided by Jeff Lynne and Electric Light Orchestra. The story of an Olympian muse returning to bring music and romance to an aspiring artist here on earth. The music is well remembered as we hear Olivia singing the title track and a few ballads that reached radio play charts. “Xanadu” is performed by Electric Light Orchestra along with Olivia’s sweet and promising vocal creating a lovely dance track. It is one of the classic among the stars fans and a good taste of 80s.

I have taken the soundtrack version of “Xanadu” to sprinkle a bit of ReStructure Mix feel to the production. The intro rolls in slowly with a few new elements and a new way of keeping the overture in place with some new breakdowns. More of Olivia is featured here with more of the magic which should have been displayed earlier in a remix since the song itself is a great theme for this escape.

• Automatic Lover - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Dee D. Jackson

Dee D. Jackson released her worldwide disco hit, “Automatic Lover” in 1977 – produced by Patty Unwin and Gary Unwin. The single plays out a futuristic love call in a time where robots have replaced human companionship. One of the unique songs of its kind and produced with the electronic edge of disco to frame it perfectly. Dee D. performed on stage with a 60s sci-fi robot figure moving around her adorning space princess attire which made this number quite the camp piece.

I have taken the 1988 re-release of “Automatic Lover” featuring additional production by Michael Cretu and Frank Peter. This ReStructure Mix works more a space dub approach as I pieced the keyboards and sequencers into new parts for a more extreme feel. Dee D. is given a few more spots to work her vocal riffs along with the abstract groove in this version.

• Tic Toc - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Carrie Lucas

Carrie Lucas released her first solo album in 1977 titled “Simply Carrie” that contained the original version of her classic “I Gotta Keep Dancin’” (remixed, re-released and titled “Keep Smilin’” in 1980. Carrie in a voice in disco music which helped to bridge the connection of soul and the new club sound. “Tic Toc” is a track from her second project, “Street Corner Symphony” produced by Dick Griffey and The Whispers. The theme on several tracks has a touch of do-wop and the street sounds of soul. The final production brought out the disco club sound. “Tic Toc” is one of the bouncy numbers which reminds me of Dr. Buzzards Original Savannah Band with Carrie on the mic.

I have taken the album version of “Tic Toc” and gave the track a touch of the ReStructure Mix edge. A bit more of the big band/jazz with drums added and more that do wop sound with The Whispers. This one was requested by Nick and Lindsay as they always find the secret gems to transform into a new listening experience.

• It's Time To Party Now - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Ray Parker Jr. and Raydio

Ray Parker Jr. is a producer, musician and songwriter from Detroit, Michigan whose work in the 70s dance arena included Love Unlimited Orchestra. His blend of funk, disco and pop is the sound which helped the early 80s to appreciate a groove and slick arrangements he created. His four albums with Raydio from the late 70s are a funk venture with the groove which helped to move a new era of electronic dance music to life in the early 80s. “It’s Time To Party Now” is from the album “Two Places At The Same Time” and became one of the anthems of disco-funk.

I have taken the album version of “It’s Time To Party Now” is taken into the ReStructure Mix arena and chopped and rearranged with the elements that stood out for me. This was a great segue into a funk set and lower bpm dance tracks. A whole new reason to celebrate that 80s period of sheer purpose to hit the dance floor.

• You Know How To Love Me - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Phyllis Hyman

Phyllis Hyman is one of the most unforgettable voices of the 70s. Her solo recording debut in 1977 marked the start of many variations of soul, jazz, disco and rhythm and blues which haunt minds and hearts. “You Know How To Love Me” is Phyllis’ 1979 album produced by James Mtume and Reggie Lucas – who just finished launching a new disco career for Stephanie Mills (“What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin’”). The album is one of the most beautiful of the time period and features the title track which is a dance classic.

I have taken the album version of “You Know How To Love Me” and worked a new ReStructure Mix to mark the excitement of the track and stripping down some of the basic rhythms. It is more of a tribute and an alternative way of hearing Phyllis express the undying love and dedication which many of us have felt from the start.

• Where Are You Now - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Cerrone

Cerrone brought the sound of Euro-disco to the world giving a fusion of lush strings, funky bass and percussion new life. His production of “Love In ‘C” Minor” from 1976 gave an erotic touch to this style of music always considered sexy and pulsating. Cerrone released over 25 solo albums and well and various projects he arranged and produced. At the time any album bearing the make Cerrone or his production company, Malligator Records I scooped up knowing that it would always have a few dance floor hits or a very entertaining listening experience. “Where Are You Now” is from 1983 and takes Cerrone into a new era of dance music where most independent groups were cutting corners by enhancing the electronic edge of the music. It is obvious through this piece that his talent was extensive as he pulled more genius for 80s dance floors.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of “Where Are You Now” and worked a new part in the yearning of the song. The lead vocals by J.J. Fairlight and Mary Carewe give the sound of his original female ensemble the same flair with a whole new stage. This ReStructure Mix gives the intro more of layered and mysterious sound. Some looping of the soaring keyboards takes a new groove on. Always a favorite of mine and another reason I am always at awe of this man’s music and imagination – even today.

• Lovemachine - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Supermax

Supermax is a German band created by Kurt Hauenstein. The band played a fusion of rock and disco which is best understood through “Lovemachine” from 1977. A recording which brings an underground 60s feel to disco music. It is a masterpiece of dance music as the groove builds as each instrument layers itself over the dream—like sensual mood. It was always a popular track for me during early morning sets or trance disco playlists.

I have taken the album version of “Lovemachine” and imagined a ritual of drums pounding new energy into this moody piece. I have added more riffs using the existing parts along with some imaginative edits. This ReStructure Mix is played out as it was originally intended with a new facelift.

Dedicated to Herbert Gruber and the memory of Kurt Hauenstein (1949 – 2011)

• Shout It Out - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Astaire

Astaire is a high energy project from producers Nigel Stock and John Davies and on the UK high energy label Passion Records. The success of this sound of a pounding beat and keyboards that feel like a classical instrument are only the start here. Vocals for Astaire are provided early on by Tracy Ackerman and later Jill Saward. Many of the songs by Astaire are focused on the old disco concept of love, life and dancing. The massive impact of high energy music can be attributed to projects as this.

I have taken the song “Shout It Out” which is the B-side to the 1985 release of “In The Name Of Love” – both wonderful dance tracks that bring to mind a whole new feeling and excitement of dance floors in the early 80s. I used much of the keyboard riffs and layered over pieces to not only lengthen the song but also work a deeper experience that could only happen in a discotheque.

• I Believed - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Alma Faye

Alma Faye is a disco artist who brought a soulful sound to discotheques with her style and delivery. Her first dance single “Stop, I Don’t Need No Sympathy” from 1977 is a classic in the early period of disco music’s formulation and creative mind. Many of the tracks from her album “Doin’ It” from 1979 are either classic productions or worthy of something memorable. This is one of those voices that I found exciting and a sound that was close to the soulful edge of Philly with more. “Don’t Fall In Love” is one of the recordings that I hold dear to my heart and all-time playlists – the production by Dominic Sciscente and Michel Daigle is one of the best using the disco formula.

I have focused this issue of ReStructure Mixes to a request from Nick and Lindsay who always seem to bring out the rare and underground tracks for suggestions.

“I Believed” is one of the tracks from “Doin’ It” which plays out once again with a bittersweet emotions with a lush and soulful touch. The arrangement takes on a new feel and musical satisfaction. I have taken the album version and touched up the original with more beats and effects along with a whole new length. It was great fun to take this one onto the chopping block and then assemble it again with an early morning dance floor in mind.

• The Rumor - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Olivia Newton-John

Olivia Newton-John is one of the iconic female singers of the 70s music era. Her recording career plays out from the early 70s throughout 2015. Two of the memorable works of Olivia’s career are her tracks from “Grease” and “Xanadu” where her own performances in both motion pictures and their soundtracks elated the pop world. The early 80s carried Olivia into the pop dance scene with hits like “Physical” and “Twist Of Fate” where her voice was welcomed and celebrated by dance floors around the world. “The Rumor” comes from the same-titled album from 1988 – produced by Elton John and James Newton Howard. The track was a great addition for the high energy dance scene of the mid-80s.

I have taken the 12” vocal, instrumental and dub expertly produced by Shep Pettibone and worked over the recording for a new ReStructure Mix. It gives more of the energy and pulsating keyboard layers more opportunity to spotlight the mood and Olivia’s wonderfully soft yet determined vocals a lift. Keeping this one on the turntable was no problem for me during its release and even more so now as I learn to appreciate the uplifting edge of dance music once again.

This ReStructure Mix is dedicated to Shahn Perkins

• Don't Give It Up - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Linda Clifford

Linda Clifford is the voice of disco/soul and funk with an Uptown sound and a flawless stage presence. Feeling the energy from Linda has always been through her music and the firm stance she makes in her delivery. One the divas of disco music who truly made a mark and set it in place with pure talent. Her third album “Let Me Be Your Woman” was a double vinyl project featuring a disco-fied version of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and also the big dance floor hit, “Don’t Give It Up” – which features a vocal and rap which Linda created for a timeline of disco history.

I have taken the 12” version of “Don’t Give It Up” and created a ReStructure Mix to give the chorus and verses the lead here and saved pieces of the rap for a closing edge. This one was always one where the dance floor packed so tightly none of the tile was visible. It is a stomper and one where the rhythm and Linda’s vocal becomes infectious.

This ReStructure Mix is lovingly dedicated to the lady herself – Linda Clifford!

• Somebody Should Have Told Me - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Cissy Houston

Cissy Houston is gospel singer turned disco artist leaving a trail of dance hits in her unique soulful sound and the magic of producers, Michael Zager and Jerry Love. “Think It Over” from 1978 is the big single and album title which made disco music exciting during a big surge of dance fever around the world. “Somebody Should Have Told Me” is another single from the album which made as much sense as a dance hit as “Think It Over”- another big performance and Zager/Love foundation.

I have taken the version of “Somebody Should Have Told Me” from the 1979 album “Warning-Danger” – which featured an extended remix. This new ReStructure Mix is a work in dedication to Nick and Lindsay who are true lovers of the disco diva and music. Their request is fulfilled here in a new arrangement and added pieces of breaks and surprises. Thank you boys – you are inspirations!

• Capsicum - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Stargo

Stargo is an Italo-disco project with Alberto Parodi, Andrea Tenerani and Roberto Zanetti. One of the early electronic dance tracks from 1983 which marked the raw sound of keyboards and accompanying choruses with a strange uplifting feel. The song titled “Capsicum” is named after a pepper which is obviously a theme for the love here who would like to be chewed like bubble gum with this flavor. A bit strange and the choruses sound like a jingle for a potential commercial for toothpaste with this flavor. It does have the robotic sequencer feel which roared at this time and was a big hit in my club at the time.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental on FlashBack Production Records from Italy and recreated a ReStructure Mix adding a new intro and fade which uses the keyboard riffs sparingly. It is one of those catchy tracks and a classic for Stargo and Italo-disco!

• Boogie To The Bop - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Mantus

Mantus is Billy Armendola, Frank DeCrescenzo, Jimmy Maer and Kenny Bee – a New York City based band who took over dance floors with their big disco project, “Midnight Energy” in 1979. The big hits were “(Dance It) Freestyle Rhythm” and “Rock It To The Top” – the production by Will Crittendon was a force of percussion and funky disco grooves. One of the albums which every cut was playable and packed dance floors. The second album titled “Mantus” was released in 1980 and contained the big dance floor jammer, “Boogie To The Bop” which was one of the big hits in my club at the time.

I have taken the album version of “Boogie To The Bop” and recreated a new ReStructure Mix to bring the slight rap-piece into a new sound. Using pieces of a classic rap gem and also breaking the percussion into bits and pieces. It is has a longer play than the original and much more of the parts which make this one a hit.

• Love Sensation - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Loleatta Holloway

Loleatta Holloway and producer Dan Hartman (“Instant Replay”) bring to life one of the most influential disco tracks of all time: “Love Sensation”. From the album by the same name of 1980, this track has the power which was injected into Hartman’s “Relight My Fire” featuring Loleatta Holloway. A garage classic and one which makes disco music live on and on in a timeless effort unite soul and fusion into a stylish dance landmark.

I have taken the original album version to recreate a ReStructure Mix and give dance floors and mind another opportunity to bring this masterpiece a new stage. It uses the same element of Loleatta’s voice to relay the powerful message of love and the undying disco beat. One of my all-time favorites and one that never lets up!

• Savin' Myself - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Eria Fachin

Eria Fachin is a Canadian high energy artist with a big dance floor hit produced by Vincent Degiorgio. “Savin’ Myself” was an instant classic in the high energy community and became one of the memorable tracks of 1986. A melodic song of heartbreak and the rejection of an ex-lover wanting to return to Eria who has since moved on. It is an outline for the healing of heart and the satisfaction of rejecting inevitable emotion pain. The production is a nice touch of the light keyboards and rolling bass laying a nice stage for Eria’s convincing vocal performance. It is one that upon hearing it for the first time knew it would impact both ears and feet on my dance floor.

I have taken the domestic 12” vocal and instrumental versions on Critique Records and reworked it into a ReStructure Mix giving the basics of the song a new edge. More percussion effects are added for a bit of emphasizing the energy and some play with pieces of the chorus lyrics. More of the synthesizer parts are pumped here to bring it more of a dub and underground feel.

• Agent Of Liberty - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Mike Mareen

Mike Mareen is a former drummer who began a career as an electronic dance music artist in the late 70s and then became a favorite in the mid-80s with his big hits “Dancing in the Dark” and “Agent Of Liberty”. His style was a simple blend of hard edged synthesizers pounding out the beat and bass of a disco for the 80s. Many clubs favored his somewhat underground feel and the rolling sound of the heavy bass. This may have been another artist influenced by former masters, Giorgio Moroder and Patrick Cowley.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of “Agent Of Liberty” to rework a new sound for this heavy duty keyboard dance piece. Using notes and loops from the original sound I have worked on a whole new mission here. It brings the sound back clearly when high energy dance music was taking over dance floors again.

• Touch Me (All Night Long) - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Wish featuring Fonda Rae

Wish is Greg Carmichael and Patrick Adams. A venture into a new sound of dance music during the early 80s when a transition to electronic dance was being formulated. A true New York flavor with a touch of the magic that this duo brought to disco in the 70s. On vocals we get a nice sensual treatment from Ms. Fonda Rae who lit a fire with her track “Deputy Of Love” with Don Armando's 2nd Avenue Rhumba Band in 1979 and “You’re Too Late” with Fantasy in 1980. The voice brings this powerhouse funk-vibe to several climatic moments. Quite delicious.

I have taken the 12” single vocal and dub to recreate another moment to find that need which Ms. Rae begs so right for. More of the arrangement is re-segmented to give a new stage to this great production and performance by Fonda. This ReStructure is merely another layer of the groove in a new dance floor blend.

• Starknight - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Bob Salton

Bob Salton who is Italian producer and disc jockey Domenico Ricchini gave us one of the Italo-disco classic’s titled “Starknight” in 1982. The feel of this rolling piece helped to introduce the wall-of- sequencers and keyboards taking over in disco music during the early 80s. It was an innovative period and many of these numbers helped to keep dance floors alive and also influence high energy music. “Starknight” has the edge of both Moroder and Cowley in a new dose.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of “Starknight” and created a new ReStructure Mix with a new breakdown of the exciting elements of this Italo-disco mover. The original arrangement is quite fierce however I braved several breakdowns to not only give the new remix some cool down breaks and deliver it in a new way.

• Good Morning Midnight - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix -First Choice

First Choice set the furious disco era a fire with their 1978 album “Hold Your Horses” which featured a six set program. Each track produced by various producers including Norman Harris, Thor Baldursson and Tom Moulton. The girls, Annette Guest, Debbie Martin and Rochelle Fleming delivered the sound of First Choice in a classic, yet new way. “Good Morning Midnight” is a beautiful disco serenade from the side A medley and is one of the full Salsoul Orchestra sound. It is an exciting number that has a touch of Latin flavor along with a 40s Broadway celebration feel.

I have taken the album version of “Good Morning Midnight” and worked it into a new ReStructure Mix to give myself a longer version and a more underground feel with the fabulous arrangements intact. It is one of those songs that make you feel good and paints a damn good picture of what dance floors were in the 70s!

• And The Beat Goes On - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - The Whispers

The Whispers are a soul group from the late 60s and throughout the 70s who left a string of ballads to keep any romance alive and in 1979 their anthem “And The Beat Goes On” did the same for dance floors. A big funk record and one big Dick Griffey transitional song for a group taking part in the disco and dance phenomena of the period. This one makes it seem easy for groove to take over and relay the intended message.

I have taken the 12” version of “And The Beat Goes On” to replay the beats and groove in a new way for this ReStructure Mix. It is a bit more adventurous in looping and breaks and is intended to move it into a whole new realm. One of the big dance floor hits on my club and another reason why disco/soul and dance music has been so lasting.

• You Got Something For Me - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Zulema

Zulema is one of the voices of the 70s which brought the sound of soul and the power of disco’s funky edge to a peak. “Z-licious” is her 1978 album produced by Van McCoy and contained some of the material which helped to make underground disco music exciting. “You’ve Got Something For Me” is one of the tracks which contained the energy of a developing disco sound and the touch that Zulema brings to her music that lasts and lasts.

I have taken the 12” version of “You’ve Got Something For Me” and re-worked a ReStructure Mix to bring this gem to the forefront again. The flowing music is accented with Zulema’s powerful voice and then given a dance twist with the Latin touch. It has always been one of the pieces that I found for the dance floor who knew what they wanted.

This ReStructure Mix is dedicated to Nick and Lindsay – and thanks for requesting this fabulous piece. You boys know your disco music and the women who make it turn! Thank you.

• Theme from Star Trek - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Van McCoy

Van McCoy is a singer, songwriter, arranger and producer whose work spans further beyond disco music. However the big focus for us dance fans remains with his classics such as “The Hustle”, “Soul Cha Cha” and “Love Is The Answer”. His 1976 album “The Real McCoy” featured a funky version of “Theme from Star Trek” which follows the funki-fied formula of transferring a hit sound or score with rhythm and the disco strings which made the mid-70s explode.

I have taken the album version of McCoy’s “Theme from Star Trek” and dressed up a ReStructure Mix to create not only a lengthier version, but also bring more of the crescendo of the original theme by Alexander Courage (co-written by Gene Roddenberry). This brings the intro back a few times to meet the melody over and over and adds some slight techno effects to once again bring that disco drama to life.

• Too Blind To See It - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Kym Sims

Kym Sims took the lead in house music’s peak of pop-crossover tracks with “Too Blind To See It” in 1992. Produced by Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley and polished with the elements which shifted dance music in the mid-80s with earlier influence of the Paradise Garage sound and feel. A catchy number from start to finish and framed perfectly with a sampled riff from the ladies First Choice and their garage classic. This salutes to 90’s dance music gives Kym’s classic another chance to display what it is and was.

I have taken the 12” “Hurley House” vocal and instrumental to weave a ReStructure Mix with a touch more of the stomping feel of an underground disco piece and yet holding onto the original sound. This one has that catchy chorus and of course that Hurley production which made us believe again that dance music was and will always be here to stay!

• Grand Illusion - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Donna Summer

Donna Summer introduced a new side of her vocal talents in 1980 with her project “The Wanderer”. Donna along with Giorgio Moroder moved her sound into the 80s with an electronic dance rock edge. Many of the tracks from the session are the 80s transition from disco music to a new pop-rock feel. “Grand Illusion” is one of Donna’s creative moments where Moroder accompanied her incredible range with a strange but alluring moog and synthesizer treatment. An early morning or slight rock-new age feel and along with Donna’s experimental touch makes a statement.

I have always wanted to bring “Grand Illusion” into a new arrangement and direction. This ReStructure Mix brings it to a new level with Donna’s mystique sound and Moroder’s electric fantasy. I have added a few new elements to even out the rhythm and beat and focused on keeping the original feel intact.

• Tale Of Three Cities - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - The Salsoul Orchestra

The Salsoul Orchestra is the movement in disco music which provided a transition from soul and funk into a phenomenon. Lead by Vincent Montana Jr. and many of the players from Philly recordings (Bobby Eli, Ron Baker, Norman Harris, Earl Young, and John Davis) this studio session became the mark of a new era of dance floor excitement. “Tale Of Three Cities” is a piece from the first album released in 1975 and plays out much like jazz slowing over a disco beat. One of the big moments for the ensemble and disco music to lure those who were searching for something to look and feel up to. I have taken the original album version of “Tale Of Three Cities” and re-worked a ReStructure Mix to place this funky arrangement in a new form. Lots of drum pattern effects and lasting strings. It is a beautiful number which deserves another opportunity to play out what good rhythms sound like. This ReStructure Mix is dedicated to D.C. LaRue – thank you David for all of your talent and work…and for requesting this quiet giant for remixing.

• Grazing In The Grass - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Meco

Meco Monardo is one of the big sounds of the disco ball on any dance floor. His big dance hit from 1977 was the orchestrated disco version of “Star Wars” which remains one of the exciting moments in pop culture where pop music met film with a new attitude and sound. His fifth album “Moondancer” from 1979 is one of the quiet pieces but not for any reasons of its content. This one remains true to the galactic theme with a funky edge, jazz feel and heavy disco rhythms. I have taken the short album version of Meco’s cover of Hugh Masekela S 1968 hit. This is a nice trumpet blaring dance call with lots of the original feel and some great drum work. This ReStructure Mix not only extends this nice work – but also gives it a touch of the original.

• Get Another Love - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Chantal Curtis

Chantal Curtis is a French vocalist who also known as Michele in an earlier recording session from 1977 is titled “Magic Love” from producer Pierre Jaubert. This was the voice of mature disco pf the late seventies as it polished itself into a chic nightclub feel and formula. “Get Another Love” was released in 1979 and hit at a time when disco music had reached a peak and also saturated the market with so many new artists and acts it was easy to get lost or overlooked. The single from the same titled album is a classic among many disco collectors and fans. It was a bold yet sweet piece that also is rare to find a home for a harmonica among the groovy keyboards, bass, beats and Chantal.

I have taken the 12” vocal mix to recreate a ReStructure Mix of “Get Another Love” and applying the chop and paste arrangement to give it a new overhaul and experience. The song still holds my heart and feet hostage and I was happy to re-frame this one!

• Planet Of Love - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Stephanie Wells

Stephanie Wells is a Canadian disco project from producers Gino D’ Orazio and Tony Bentivegna. The early 80s was an experimental period for the use of electronics in dance music since productions were scaled down from the disco recording sessions of the late seventies. Stephanie’s “Planet Of Love” from the album “Fools In Love” from 1983 was a welcome sound on dance floors yearning for more of the pulsating sound of disco. It has a chorus which makes the climb worth it. Much of the arrangement is based on bass sequencers and keyboards which fit in well with the 80s dance era and its transitioning path.

I have taken the 12” single version of “Planet Of Love” and lifted some of the pieces of the pulsating bass to loop and rework the song. Along with some new drops in edits and new breaks. This is a longer voyage into a disco fantasy and another moment to understand this period of dance music at its best.

• Stay With Me - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - India

India is an electronic dance project from disco producer Jacques Morali – who also gave us Village People, The Ritchie Family, Dennis Parker, The Lovers, Patrick Juvet and Phylicia Allen during climb and peak of disco music. This stripped down production is a great transition for Morali whose past work always featured arrangements layered with strings, horns and rhythm sections. The 80s brought a new challenge since major labors no longer supplied the budget for such work. India always reminded me of the 80s rock edge scene with a Steve Perry vocal and pulsating aerobics rhythm. It does however have the sweetness of the disco feel and the wonderful light rock edge with added synthesizers work very well.

I have taken the 12” long version (originally mixed by Mr. Steve Thompson) and created a lengthier and flowing ReStructure Mix using more of the bridge and breaks as a piece of the new arrangement. It has a few new surprises and those filled in spots that bring the fantasy of disco music alive again.

• Disco Connection - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Issac Hayes

The Isaac Hayes Movement is a session produced, arranged and engineered by Isaac Hayes. The second album titled “Disco Connection” contained the title track - one of the mid-70s exciting tracks that were more of an underground sensation. “Disco Connection” follows the bass line that disco music endured throughout the late seventies along with dramatic sweeping strings which also became one of hardcore disco’s elements. It is quite a mover and still brings back that period of experimental dance music which shifted from soul to disco.

I have taken the album version of “Disco Connection” and recreated a new ReStructure Mix by request of Pivaral Jorge of Facebook. I have stripped down the track and used some of the elements that click the most. More of the excitement and a few more breakdowns to give the body a break from that “disco connection”.

This ReStructure Mix is dedicated to Pivaral Jorge – thanks for keeping disco music alive and your dedication to making it a daily dose.

• Baby Love, Sweet Sweet Love - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Wilton Place Street Band

Wilton Place Street Band is a disco project from 1976 from producer Trevor Lawrence. The first single from Wilton Place Street Band created a stir on radio and discotheques with a funky-disco arrangement of “I Love Lucy Theme” – appropriately titled, “Disco Lucy”. It was one of the big novelty tracks of that year. “Baby Love, Sweet Sweet Love” is the follow up single in 1977 which plays out in the “Disco Lucy” arrangement with a romantic affair taking stage. One of the great productions which defines the evolution of disco music from the early 70’s to the mid and later late 70’s the disco boom.

I have taken the original 12” version of “Baby Love, Sweet Sweet Love” and created a ReStructure Mix adding a new disco-techno intro into the lush strings, horns and funky guitars. More of the track is exposed in some minor looping to create some new breaks to pick up on the groove and then more of the disco sugar.

• Girl In The 80s - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - France Joli

France Joli released her fourth album in 1983 “Attitude” – produced by Pete Bellotte and Giorgio Moroder. It was a new transition from the disco of the late 70s and the funk feel of her “Now!” of the previous year. A new pop age of dance music was taking Moroder’s keyboards and sequencers into a pulsating aerobics sound. “Girl In The 80’s” is the first single which follows the formula of many of the 80’s anthem like dance songs. France plays well in the song with her yearning vocals and ability to make her tracks sweet and alluring. The production plays out Moroder’s 80s sound and gives a simple display of the time period.

I have taken the 12” remixed by Brian Reeves and reworked a lengthier version of “Girl In The 80’s” and segued more of the intro effects throughout the ReStructure Mix. A simple reworking of the energy and theme. France completes more of her verses here in a new way.

• Helping Myself - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Kendra

Kendra is a studio session from Canadian disco producer, Jerry Cucuzzella whose work also includes projects by Suzy Q. Sandy Steele, Sweet Brandy and Plastic Surprise. The early 80s electronic disco sound was the continuation of those dance floors that could not get their feel of the rolling sequencers and the nightlife themes to move to. “Helping Myself” was released in 1983 as a single and shared a bit of success with the disc jockeys that were programming the Canadian disco genre. It was later included on the 12” cover of Suzi Lane’s “Harmony” by Suzy Q in 1985.

This ReStructure Mix of “Helping Myself” takes pieces from both the original 12” vocal and instrumental. I have delayed the intro with more of the fast and robotic keyboards and reset some of the chorus into a new arrangement and a more flowing version. It was a favorite of mine with a great “whistle” effect riff that always caught my attention, as well as my packed dance floor.

• Hold Tight - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Vicki Sue Robinson

Vicki Sue Robinson’s third album “Half and Half” from 1978 contained the dance track, “Hold Tight” - a follow up single from her big 1976 classic, “Turn The Beat Around”. Vicki had already set a stage in clubs for herself as a voice which would deliver the promise of a great dance experience. “Hold Tight” brought the layer of disco music alive with a heavy dose of percussion and swirling disco strings.

I have taken the 12” inch version of “Hold Tight” to work on this ReStructure Mix with a new intro and reassembling the arrangement. It plays out with more of the softness from the lush string breaks. The original production gives the raw feel of the club scene with many breakdowns and this period was the last before electronic era. A great piece of work and one which I still cannot let go once started.

• Let You Come Into My Life - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Carol Douglas

Carol Douglas began a career in disco music in 1975 with her classic hit, “Doctor’s Orders” from “The Carol Douglas Album”. Following this club favorite in a time when dance floors were audiences and direction of pop music, her sound was never short of the soulful sweetness which gave disco music songs that still bring the uplifting and simple message of love. “Let You Come Into My Life” is a track from Carol’s 1978 project “Burnin’” - produced by Ed O’Loughlin and John Davis and also conducted and arranged by Michael Zager. It was always one of my favorite dance numbers from the album since it speaks out with a melodic tone of a love gone wrong and speaks as an after though of lessons learned in love. A bit scorn but very uplifting.

I have taken the extended album version of “Let You Come Into My Life” and have created a ReStructure Mix pulling the beautiful disco and soul arrangement to a new stage. I have taken instrumental breaks and scattered them with new breaks among Carol’s beautiful confession. The lengthier version gives way to more rearranging of the original created by three of disco music most incredible talents: Carol Douglas, Eddie O’Loughlin, John Davis and Michael Zager.

• Ler's Make Love - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Madleen Kane

Madleen Kane is one of the most exciting bodies of the disco sound. Her music personifies a sensual and alluring edge and creates an ethereal experience. Her debut album “Rough Diamond” from 1978 exploded on dance floors everywhere and filled dance floors with a driving disco groove and Madleen’s unique sexy approach. One which captured my heart and also turntables during her rein throughout the late 70s and 80s. “Let’s Make Love” is a track from the project which pours our Madleen’s heart to a lover whom she gives her heart freely. This one was always a favorite of mine and plays out with the funky guitars, beat and those sweeping strings which made disco its own in the mid-70s.

I have taken the album version of “Let’s Make Love” and have worked a ReStructure Mix to take this invitation from Madleen deeper and also more playful with the help of the sex symbol of film in a cameo. This remix plays with the breaks and exceptional horns a bit more as well as adds a few new breaks. A great new fun way to lure your feet back into Madleen’s magic.

Dedicated to Ms. Madleen Kane – thank you for being as wonderful as I always imagined you would be.

• Never Gonna Give You Up - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Rick Astley

Rick Astley is a pop-singer from the mid-80s produced by the hit machine, Stock, Aitken and Waterman. His first single “Never Gonna Give You Up” solidified the singer as the period’s big dance floor favorites as well as a voice that worked the formula of the producers like a glove in hand. It was dance music as exciting as it gets. The hit single was instantly shadowed by several tracks from the first album, “Whenever You Need Somebody” which gave dance floors a non-stop parade of great hits.

I have taken the “Cake Mix” and “Instrumental” from the original promo 12” and recreated a new ReStructure Mix to mark this hit in a new way. A new use of the chorus and those pure sounding synthesized bass of Stock, Aitken and Waterman. It is a salute to this sound and also a continuance of my own love for this artist and the nights of crowded dance floors and happy faces.

• Que Sera Mi Vida (If You Should Go) - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Gibson Brothers

Gibson Brothers are Alex, Chris and Patrick Gibson a Latin disco group formed in France. Their big hit “Que Sera Mi Vida (If You Should Go)” is a disco classic celebrated as one of the most uplifting and genuine disco sounds of the late 70s. It has truly survived not only the test of time with the energy and rhythms of disco music, but it also has their unique vocals which make the experience lasting and worthwhile.

I have taken the 12” disco version onto the ReStructure Mix sound for another rekindle of this disco magic. I have taken parts of the wonderful original and have given it a new spin. A whole new arrangement moves this one even more than intended. There is plenty of looping to give that lasting essence on some of those fantastic hooks.

Dedicated to all of the fans of disco music who not only groove to it – but more importantly ‘love it’!

• Upside Down - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Coo Coo

Coo Coo is an Italian high energy disco project from Max Coo and Steve Coo – produced by Mauro Farina, Guiliano Crivellente and Florian Fadinger. An uplifting and happy sound that exceeded the late 80s into a few new genres of dance music all focusing on a lighter edge of disco music. “Upside Down” is their first single from 1988 which is a stomping good time with some light fare and a rolling synthesizer pulsating energy and a happy refrain. One of my favorite periods during the house music boom as it helped to keep a lighter side of dance floors alive.

I have taken the 12” “Full Power D.J. Mix” and pieces of the “M.Y.O.M. Version” into the ReStructure Mix arena and created a new version to bring back the joyful sound of Italian high energy. There are some new breaks and looping effects to make a dance moment last longer and some accentuated percussion to bring the track again some showcase.

• Hot Jungle - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Slip

Slip is a disco project from German producer Tess (Fancy, Timerider) from 1983 whose memorable tracks were covers of disco classics “Don’t Leave Me This Way” and “Harmony” – their single “Hot Jungle” was always a favorite of mine. It is a simple electronic piece that uses a simple chorus riff surrounded by keyboard takes. It has the emphasis on the sexy cover and theme of woman’s apparel piece, ‘slip’.

I have taken the piece “Hot Jungle” from the “The Slip EP” and created a new ReStructure Mix to celebrate the high energy period of disco history and also the great Manfred Alois Segieth (Fancy) and his wonderful contribution to disco and Italo-disco music.

• Don't Wanna Lose You - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Madleen Kane

Madleen Kane (Madleen Frings) is one of disco music’s true originals. From the start of her career in club music in 1978 with “Rough Diamond” a persona of a new disco model was born. Her breathy and appropriate vocals are the sound which “people fall in love to in discotheques” – as Madleen once said herself in an interview. Many of her fans hold her dear to their hearts and souls as her music and talent has never failed to bring the true feeling of what disco music is all about: freedom and savvy.

I have taken the title track to the album “Don’t Wanna Lose You” from 19881 produced by Giorgio Moroder which was another big thrill for disco and dance fans everywhere. The piece always reminded me of a love song with a light country feel and of course Madleen wonderful vocals. I have created a new ReStructure Mix to bring this one back into the spotlight. The album version was the only mix available and a fade in intro made it difficult to spin unless it began a set. This ReStructure Mix gives a new riff driven version with more of Madleen! Who could want more?

• Summer Breeze - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Baiser

Baiser is a disco project from producer Francois L'Herbier - who also worked on the follow up album from Voggue ("Love Buzz"). "Summer Breeze" is the single released in 1983 which is one of the most beautiful pieces from this year. It is a love affair starting in the summer sun and hoping for a promise of lasting emotion. A favorite among many connoisseurs of early morning music or a blend of electronic dance with a touch of contemporary jazz fusion. This piece also contains a lovely vocal from an uncredited studio singer which brings the song to another great level.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental into the ReStructure Mix realm to give the song a more underground feel and break up some of the wonderful keyboard and percussion. It was nice time spent also breaking the vocal into pieces and placing them into another romantic gesture for a whole new experience.

• I Feel Love (The Live Version) - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Donna Summer

Donna Summer released “Live and More” at the height of her career and also the highest raging flames of disco nightlife. The 1978 release gave us a “live” performance of Donna at the Universal Amphitheatre on stage with her greatest hit up to this point. “I Feel Love” featured a dynamite live arrangement – and Donna purring those sensual chants over and over at her best. The three sided “live” recording is probably the best of any artist – Donna at her best.

I have taken the “live” track of “I Feel Love” from the “Live and More” double album to recreate a new ReStructure Mix that plays out the energy and excitement of the song and break it down in a new way. It is a tribute to the lady who never left me disappointed as a teenager being “shut out” and too young to enter discotheques in the mid-70s – but finding my imagination and love for Donna’s music and voice – all alone in my room with headphones!

• Taste Of Bitter Love - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Gladys Knight & The Pips

Gladys Knight and The Pips released their project “About Love” in 1980 – produced by Nikolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson. Another peak for Gladys, The Pips and Ashford and Simpson it focuses on the four letter word and emotions brought to a soulful level. “Taste Of Bitter Love” is a mid-tempo dance track that was one of the biggest in my club and is celebrated here with a new energy and arrangement. It is one of those moments again where Gladys shines wonderfully and brings out the feelings that make love and heartbreak one of humanities great rewards and lessons.

I have taken the album version onto the ReStructure Mix chopping block and present this gentle giant with a new intro and some breaks that drop in and out for energy. It is a great piece of work with that mixture of soul, disco and rhythm and blues.

• That Special Magic - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - B.B. and Band

B.B. and Band is an Italian disco project from Mario Boncaldo and Tony Carrasco- a duo responsible for recordings by Klein & M.B.O., Plastic Mode, and M.T.L. Project. A new breed of disco energy fused in the early 80s based on electronics and disco/street beats. Much of the work here is in the early transition of disco from the late 70s emerging again in a format which focuses on happy and uplifting feel of Italo-disco and the heavy keyboard and sequencer instrumentals brought to life by artists like Moroder and Cerrone. A new Euro-disco style in a simple arrangement and style. “That Special Magic” is from the 1982 album “Wee Thee People” which was a big move for Italian disco music. This one is like an anthem for a challenged love affair. It plays out well with the child-like choruses building onto the powerhouse vocals of the group. Always one that I would break in during early evenings to get the floor moving.

I have taken the album version and created a ReStructure Mix which makes use of the pounding pianos, castanets, drum rolls and rolling synths. A slight move on the original arrangement adding only a few more layered areas to smooth out and also excite the song.

• You Got My Love - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Front Page

Front Page is a disco project from producers Burt Szerlip, Cory Robbins and Rick Tell. The spotlight on this track is the vocals from Sharon Redd – although the production on this monster classic is flawless and stands as an outline for disco perfection. A creative blend of soaring disco strings, heavy percussion and funky guitars. “You Got My Love” is the flip-side to the big nugget, “Love Insurance” – however it is not modest as a disco powerhouse. The performance by Sharon Redd gives this yearning track so much power and emotion it brings tears to dancers and listeners. One of my all-time favorite Top10 disco 12” singles and one which should always be compared to.

I have taken the 12” version (mixed by Mr. Rick Gianatos) and worked a new ReStructure Mix to pay homage to Ms. Redd and also this celebrated disco classic. The original arrangement is reedited and played out with some new looping and layering of those fabulous guitar tracks and infectious percussion.

• When I Think Of You - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson began her solo recording career in 1982 with her self-titled album and hits, “Young Love” and “Come Give You Love To Me”. A progression of sound and production brought her to Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis – a duo whose work with girl band Klymaxx set their creativity and electronic funk to work. “When I Think Of You” from Janet’s 1986 album “Control” and introduced Janet in a whole new light. An electronic beat-street driven sound that took over the mid and late 80s on dance floors and mainstream pop influence. The piece has a sweetness and charm which helped to make it a lasting hit for Janet and also made dance floors jump with excitement.

I have taken the 12” “Dance Remix”, “Extra Beats” and “Dub/A Capella) to create a ReStructure Mix which plays more on a few riffs that lay the song out for a new dance floor or pair of headphones. It works with chop-edits and looping to give the lasting energy another boost. A fun piece of remix pleasure for those who can’t get enough of Janet Jackson or dance music history!

• Billie Jean - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson’s album “Thriller” from 1982 is one of the moments in history where the excitement of music brought a period to life. It is truly one of the recordings which make time seem endless when you feel the energy and vibe which lasts even today. “Billie Jean” is an iconic piece from the project which gave Michael his moment to not only effect dance floors – but hearts and minds. It is one song that can be peeled apart and dissected but never misunderstood.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental to recreate a ReStructure Mix with lots of play and direction. There is a dub feel with more of the sounds and resonance of the original to bring a new experience upfront. I can remember the energy and motivation from dance floors and of course the endless nights extending this monster – here it is in new form.

• Moskow Diskow - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Telex

Telex is Dan Lacksman, Marc Moulin and Michel Moers – an electronic dance band from the late 80s with an alternative edge and theme properties. “Moskow Diskow” is from their 1979 album “Looking For Saint Tropez” and is one of the dance floor pieces that followed in the vein of bands like M (“Pop Muzak”). It was a breath of a subtle nu-wave sound using the disco beat and focus – dancing. “Moscow Diskow” was a favorite for many clubs who had innovative jocks that could weave this pulsating sound into the changing sound of disco in the late 70s.

I have taken the original 12” version and recreated a new ReStructure Mix adding a few familiar elements (a la Moroder) to the new journey. This one breaks down the riffs into a spaced out feeling that many afterhours’ clubs would have appreciated. It bears the rumbling bass and of the original and the infectious chorus that makes this one hard to resist!

• Lucky Tonight - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Sarah Dash

Sarah Dash made “Sinner Man” from 1978 a track which pounded dance floors into a new diva-esque style of disco music with her incredibly powerful vocals. Her affiliation with Pattie Labelle and The Blue Belles (also known as LaBelle) left a mark which gave us an opportunity to feel more than soul – a unique style. “Lucky Tonight” is a piece from her recordings with Patrick Cowley’s label Megatone Records in San Francisco –a label which revived disco music again in the early 80s. The electronic high energy piece was always a favorite of mine and made my dance floors go wild!

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental to recreate a new movement for Sarah’s vocals and Cowley’s innovative and unique keyboard sound. This one builds a few times to leave dancers holding on to the edge of their dance floor. I have not only extended pieces of the instrumental but added a few new ad-lib breaks for the vocal. A special guest appearance is added by Jessica Lange from 1976’s adventure film, “King Kong” – good luck!

• He's Just A Runaway - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Sister Sledge

Sister Sledge released their 1981 album “All American Girls” which featured the big title anthem – produced by Naratha Michael Walden. A new era and sound for the ladies who made dance floors unite in the late 70s with “We Are Family”. The high energy pick from the project was “He’s Just A Runaway” which was released as a 12” single with an alternate remix in a reggae style dedicated to Bob Marley. It was minus the energy of the original and lacked the ricochet sound of the album track. One of the favorites of the fans of the Dames of Sledge who work their songs with a nice flair.

I have taken the short album version and recreated a high energy scenario with this ReStructure Mix and keeping the energy moving along with some looping and flash-edits that bring the song to life again in its original form. It was always fun to extend it for my crowd with two vinyl copies however this new version adds some tricky effects that make it worthwhile to buckle in a dance it all over again!

• Get Out Your Handkerchief - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Ashford & Simpson

Ashford and Simpson are truly a gift to soul, R&B and disco music. Their contributions are some of the anthems which make music a special place – always full of love and emotion. Their 1980 album “A Musical Affair” contained the single “Get Out Your Handkerchief” which was a track which always made it on my early morning or early evening playlists. A song telling the heartache of a love gone wrong and the after math of keeping a sane view on what has passed. It is one of my favorites of the masterful duo.

I have taken the album version to create this ReStructure Mix which plays with the looping choruses and ad-libbed verses to give this a whole new extended version a bang. It adds some percussion to beef up the moody feel of the song and a new ‘storm’ of energy.

• Don't You Want Me - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - The Human League

The Human League is a synth pop band from the late seventies who also lead a new dance era of synthesizers and dance beats. Their 1981 album “Dare” is their biggest achievement and used their style in a newly directed dance generation. “Don’t You Want Me” is their pop, radio and dance floor masterpiece which come off a bit moody and dark, however the innovative use of keyboards and engineering brings it out like a framed masterpiece. It is one of the biggest of the time and continues to echo the 80s scene over and over.

I have taken the 12” radio vocal and instrumental to recreate a new ReStructure Mix with more of the deep pieces of the electronic arrangement. The play with the songs story provides a nice surprise at the close of mix and also gives way to another period of whether this drama is over or not.

• Come Inside My Love - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Bonnie Oliver

Bonnie Oliver is a disco artist who released an underground disco track titled “Come Inside My Love” in 1979 – produced by Wiley Hicks who also produced Ednah Holt and Starluv’s “People Come Dance” and “Ain’t Got Time” by Holt ’45. This piece of hardcore and psychedelic disco is one of the choices for many after-hours spots where the dancers are pulled deep into the mix and trance-like energy of disco. It has always been one of my favorite arenas of hardcore dance music.

I have taken the original 12” vocal and instrumental to walk down a ReStructure Mix path with a lengthy piece of funky guitar breaks and weaving synthesizer breaks. The original EQ is bit flat which differs from both original recordings so I decided to recreate an airy Patrick Cowley-ish feel with the rework. It is the master road to ecstasy for those special dance floor moments and it could have continued on for a longer adventure – but here it is!

• Breakaway - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - First Choice

First Choice is female ensembles who brought the Philly dance sound alive with the soulful and feel of the garage identity which eventually became the house sound of the 80s and 90s. A funk fest of vocals in a disco aura created by Annette Guest, Debbie Martin, Rochelle Fleming, Ursula Herring and Wardell Piper. Their finale album from 1980 contained the title track, “Breakaway” which continued the spirit of that sound of Philadelphia and magic of disco polish. Produced by Norman Harris and Ron Tyson.

I have taken the album version of “Breakaway” and have given it the ReStructure Mix image with more of the guitar pieces and funky bass bounce – adding some new beats and breaks. It is a bit extended with some familiar samples of these ladies who make the night a great place to be!

• Fever - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Madleen Kane

Madleen Kane is one of disco music’s lead stars and outline for its aura. A former Elite fashion model and in 1978 a disco sensation with her project “Rough Diamond” that not only gave her a symbolic label for her beauty but also music which was the complete disco genre. In this project she also covers the standard, “Fever” in her own unique blend of sensual vocals and alluring stage presence. It is one of the most exciting moments in disco history. The production by Jean-Claude Friederich borrows several key disco players including Thor Baldursson and Juergen Koppers.

I have taken the album version of “Fever” and have worked this ReStructure Mix to pay homage to Ms. Kane and also display a new edit for the wonderful disco production and thrill of its bass, strings and lovely vocals igniting excitement. A few new elements I have added are an intro and also have broken down the original to take a new ride on a new set of disco tracks.

This ReStructure Mix is dedicated to Ms. Madleen Kane and thanks for all she has given to the fantasy and love of disco music. It is head on and will last as long as the mirror ball continues to spin.

• Stargazing - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Earlene Bentley featuring Sylvester

Earlene Bentley is a disco/high energy star from the early 80s who took dance floors hostage with her big 1983 hit, “The Boys Come To Town”. Her powerful vocal performances bring to mind a sultry standard singer with a level for moving feet and floor boards when roaring. One of my favorite and slightly camp-like approaches which always makes the males who love the divas stand to attention. “Stargazing” is a monstrous single from 1984 which also features disco star, Sylvester – produced by Ian Levine and Fiachra Trench. Another one of their big dance hits that stand out with these two powerhouse singers belting out their love and energy!

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental to work a ReStructure Mix which takes more time to introduce the exploding sound of “Stargazing” and also add a few elements from each of our stars past moments. This is a fun track that should bring back that 80s high energy feel!

• Love To Love You Baby/I Feel Love - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Bronski Beat & Marc Almond

Bronski Beat is Jimmy Sommerville, Steve Bronski and Larry Steinbachek. Their 1984 album “The Age of Consent” paved another path to a new electronic sound for dance floors with a full orchestral feel and the powerful falsetto vocal of Sommerville creating a haunting landscape. Their cover of Donna Summer’s two disco classics, “I Feel Love” and “Love To Love You Baby” is one of the major edges of 80s dance music in form with the disco resonance of the 70s/ A new era of dance music was formulated here and followed according with the original concept of this genius.

I have taken the 12” version of “I Feel Love”/”Love To Love You Baby” both the “Cake Mix” and “Fruit Mix” and created a new ReStructure Mix focusing more on the rolling electronic instrumental with pieces of the fabulous vocals molded around the arrangement. It is an alternative to the full on 12” vocal versions and works more as a supplement for those lovers of Donna and Giorgio Moroder original masterpiece!

• Heaven On The 7th Floor - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Paul Nicholas

Paul Nicholas is an English actor, singer and songwriter who released his first album on RSO Records in 1977 which featured the pop single, “Heaven On The 7th Floor”. This was a radio hit in the boogie pick during a period where disco music began to influence pop artists and producers. The track was written by Dominic Bugatti and Frank Musker (“Woman In Love” by The Three Degrees, “Ain’t No Smoke Without Fire” by Eddie Kendricks). It became a disco classic since the feel of the song followed the formula of a fun and uplifting ditty.

I have taken the short album version to recreate a ReStructure Mix with a longer intro and song new breaks. Along with some added percussion in areas which did not lack the sound – but played along with the fluent energy of the song. It is one that reminds me of FM radio Saturday night boogie music and plays well with the classic disco followers.

• Young Love - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson released her first solo project in 1982 which featured “Young Love” – a promising a sweet approach at the early 80s dance market and floors. This one plays out like a ‘young’ romance as simple as it sounds yet has that funk- driven clap track that slams into action as soon as it begins. A nice piece produced by Bobby Watson, Rene Moore and Angela Winbush. One of the big pop singles of my club during its release and also a promise of hearing more from Ms. Jackson – which we all recall created quite excitement.

I have taken the 12” version (which is also the album version) and reconstructed a new ReStructure Mix with the original beats and energy only breaking down a few areas and adding a fading intro and cold end. It works with a couple of new breaks and extends this love note for Janet to get smart on love at such an early age.

• Tearin' It Up - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Chaka Khan

Chaka Khan’s 1982 project “Chaka Khan” is one of those albums which may have slipped by the public – but fans knew that this powerful voice of soul was continuing her legend in a towering way. Vocals were always one of the main components of Chaka’s music and within “Tearin’ It Up” we hear the full force of how Chaka can transform a level above. This track became a hit in many hardcore clubs who often paid tribute to the underground greats on a dance floor. This big one has the power of a disco great and pulls together wonderfully with a production by Arif Mardin.

I have taken the Larry Levan 12” masterpiece using both vocal and instrumental to recreate another form of Chaka worship – more instrumental and keyboard strikes to create a new frame. One of my favorite tracks from the 80s underground feels with the diva of soul to lament the feeling and sensation that a great dance record gives.

• All Night Long - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Lionel Ritchie

Lionel Ritchie gave the 80s a pop/r&b classic with his 1983 project, “Can’t Slow Down” – “All Night Long (All Night)” dominated the Grammy’s and radio during this period. It was not only one of the uplifting songs of the 80s with a sincere unity, but it also gave dance floors another reason to stay foot. Produced by Lionel himself and wonderful arranged with a rhythm which drops in and out of a celebration. A huge hit for me and remained on my playlists for months as the party continued throughout the 80s.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental to work a new ReStructure Mix with a new intro and much more emphasis on the non-stop energy of the song – accentuating the great horn and percussion arrangement. Another chance to smile and take your feet into a rhythm that transcends our human upside.

• Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Eurythmics

Eurythmics are Annie Lennox and Dace A. Stewart – a force of 80s synth-pop dance music which crafted a new form of style and execution fitting the scene with perfection. Their 1983 hit “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This” is a haunting and pounding dance piece that explores the way of life with simplicity verses over indulgence. A futuristic like robotic movement which even today with it few verses begins a thought process which can last.

I have taken the original 12” version to recreate a lengthy ReStructure Mix adding more loops and edit rearranging to give this classic 80s number a new face lift. Complete with the energy and sound which made it a hit with a touch more of what I hear in my head during a peak hour and a mesmerized dance floor!

• Change Your Wicked Ways - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Pennye Ford

Pennye Ford is a soul/funk singer and songwriter who took the early 80s on a funk trip with her single “Change Your Wicked Ways” – from her album titled “Pennye” produced by Lonnie Simmons (The Gap Band). The single was a huge hit in my clubs of the time and also brought to mind the power of a great soulful vocal and how it adds movement to the existing beats. Pennye makes this work with a slick and sassy approach that brings to mind the classic approach of Chaka Khan. The track has the feel of a DJ record with the beat and groove spelled out in many ways.

I have taken the “DJ Mix” 12” single using both the “Extended Version” and “Dub Version” to recreate a thumping ReStructure Mix with a few new surprises – including a beat pattern from Pennye’s sister Sharon Redd’s classic “Beat The Street”. It is a tribute to the talent of a great soul vocalist and her own stage which could also be heard in projects by George Clinton, Snap! And Soul II Soul.

This ReStructure Mix is dedicated to Ms. Penny Ford – thank you Penny and please keep giving us your soul – we can use the magic!

• One More Time - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Bianca

Bianca is a high energy singer from the mid-80s when disco music was fast furious and kicking some ass. It seems at this point all weapons were pointed at feet and they were responding. It was a great peak for dance music history. “One More Time” is a single released in 1987 and produced by Fonny De Wolf – who also gave us Rofo, New York City Band, Laser Dance, Samantha Gilles and Charity. This fast moving number moves like a rolling locomotive and gives us a nice hook and some fast moving percussion in the process. A big winner for me and my dance floor.

I have taken the original 12” version and worked this ReStructure Mix giving the arrangement a bit more breathing space and also adding some clip-and-chop edits here and there to give it some small peaks. One great number to play with and this version is a tribute to high energy music and its dancers!

• Tonight's The Night - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes featuring Sharon Paige

Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes have been one foremost Philly soul acts of the early 70s and continued to bring soul to the surface of their recordings. “Tonight’s The Night” is their 1979 album “The Blue Album” produced by Harold Melvin. It is a light disco-funk number that gives guest vocalist, Sharon Paige an opportunity to give a sexy and enticing performance outlining the nightlife scene.

I have taken the original 12” version and worked this ReStructure Mix to give the track my love and thanks for making my dance floor from furious disco beats and make way for a groove that is reminiscent of the early 80s electro-funk sound – but with the sophistication of The Blue Notes joining Sharon for a night of fun and pleasure.

• You Gotta Believe - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - The Pointer Sisters

The Pointer Sister brought a ‘bit of light’ to the 1976 film “Car Wash” – which may have been the first soul/disco musical to hit the 70s scene. “You Gotta Believe” is one of the memorable moments in the motion picture and the song written by Henry Garner and Lequeint “Duke” Jobe of Rose Royce is one the most rhythmic pieces from the genius production by Norman Whitfield. One of the toppers of this great 70s musical epic.

I have taken the short (2:51) double album soundtrack version and created this ReStructure Mix adding a few new percussion and drum elements to kick up the bouncy rhythms and those soulful and groovy Pointer Sister vocals.

• Living On Video - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Trans - X

Trans-X is a disco/techno band which began as a single “Living On Video” from 1983. The recordings original vocalist is Laurie Gill and Pascal Languirand – who paint a message of alternative dance electronic music. The track was a huge dance floor hit and shared some success on alternative dance radio stations – it stands an icon for 80s disco and synth-pop dance music. A favorite of mine with lots of the gadgetry which makes the dance floor feel like a factory of wires and funk.

I have taken the original 12” version to recreate new ReStructure Mix looping parts to give a new feel and message to this awesome piece. A touch of 60s sci-fi is added from the classic show, “Lost In Space” to give a new computer generated edge. It is a fantastic adventure so take it again!

• The Sound Of The City - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - David London

David London is a vocalist who was featured on the soundtrack to “Can’t Stop The Music” with the Jacques Morali production of “The Sound Of The City” – a rousing disco anthem about The Big Apple. It was quite a stage performance with the dramatic crescendos and lyrics paying detailed homage to the great city. It was always a favorite of mine and was happy to have placed this gem on the ReStructure block.

This ReStructure Mix takes the 12” version running at a little over 4 minutes and placing it in another frame of celebration. I have extended the intro to phase into the energy and pulled a little more out of the excitement.

This ReStructure Mix is dedicated to Morgan Casner on Facebook – and thanks for the request!

• #1 Lover - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - J.D. Hall

J.D. Hall is a vocalist from California who covers rock, blues, r&b and high energy in his repertoire. A powerful which currently play out as a tribute to the great Barry White. “Number One Lover” is an electronic high energy single from 1985 and features a production from Sebastian Rayas who cleverly striped down the basics of high energy presenting it in his own package in the mid and late 80s. J.D.’s deep and breathy vocals add a mystique to Rayas’ eerie like keyboard arrangement. This is one of those mid-80’s high energy classics that still spell out the period.

I have taken the JDC 12” original and instrumental to create this ReStructure Mix and deliver another form of excitement which leads to the fast moving sound of high energy along with some of the elements which make up my touch on these classic pieces. This one was a floor packer and always brings a great feeling to mind when hearing it.

Long live HIGH ENERGY!

• She Blinded Me With Science - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Thomas Dolby

Thomas Dolby made a deep cut on dance floors in 1982 with his synth-pop dance single “She Blinded Me With Science”. A perfect addition to the shifting sound of dance music and the innovative use of keyboards and beats. This beat driven spoof of a mad scientist finding interest in a sexy lab assistant in the midst of this little number. It is one of the novelty dance tracks that fits well for the fun driven dance floor method and also gives his talent a go for the money.

I have taken the 12” version of “She Blinded Me With Science” and played out a new ReStructure Mix –focusing more on the beats and extracting some of the parts which stop the energy and slam back. This dance floor remix is more flowing rhythm solution and also plays with some of the crazy edits.

• Danger - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Gregg Diamond's Star Cruiser

Gregg Diamond created a disco project in 1978 for Marlin Records as his Bionic Boogie for Polydor in 1977. The success of his full scale band-like and disco symphonic sound was evident early on with his work on Andrea True Connection (“More, More More”). This left dance floor longing for his funky riffs and playful themes. “Danger” is a single released in 1979 under his studio band, Star Cruiser – which landed success with “This Side Of Midnight” and an album of additional dance hits. This number gave us those clever pieces segued into an arrangement of cascading rhythms and strings.

I have taken the 12” version of “Danger” and played out a new ReStructure Mix to chip at Diamond’s genius. This plays out more as a dub and loops and scores a whole new funky experience. Diamond’s work is my true love to disco music’s innovation of the late 70s and this favorite is keyed out as an homage to this sound.

• Nobody Makes Me Crazy Like You Do - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Diana Ross

Diana Ross released her sensational pop-dance project “Swept Away” in 1984 with an array of dance floor pieces – including the title track produced by Mr. Arthur Baker. One of the abstract electronic numbers is “Nobody Makes Me Crazy Like You Do” which explores a thumping greeting card of love and desire. Cleverly produced with a techno-feel and Ross unleashing a sensual vocal that may be one the most sexy since “Love Hangover” – yet in a new 80s nu-wave arena.

I have taken the album version of “Nobody Makes Me Crazy Like You Do” and edited a ReStructure Mix – taking the fantasy a few levels deeper. It was one of the alternative pieces that I give Ms. Ross credit for exploring and done so well for the mood. I love the afterhour’s feel of this piece and celebrate it with the same motivation.

• Material Girl - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Madonna

Madonna recorded her second album in 1984 with huge dance hit “Like A Virgin” leading the success again. This project being the pop-iconic style for the early 80s dance scene and becoming a part of music history. “Material Girl” is another single from this production from Nile Rodgers (of Chic) and also co-written by Peter Brown (“Dance With Me”, “Crank It Up”). A huge album for Madonna and thanks to an adoring fan base and pop-movement this piece has become one the most memorable of the time period.

I have taken the 12” single (mixed by John “Jellybean” Benitez) and created a ReStructure Mix with more of the theme from the fabulous video with Madonna adorning the jewels and men as Marilyn Monroe. This play is more based on the inserts from Marilyn and homage to the 80s pop dance scene.

• Sequencer - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Al Di Meola

Al Di Meola is a guitarist who began recording solo in 1976 with “Land Of The Midnight Sun” – one of my favorite jazz fusion artists with a colorful talent to transform a landscape into energy. His 1983 album, “Scenario” contained the electronic single, “Sequencer” which played out as one of the infectious instrumentals of that year. Along with Jan Hammer on keyboards, sampler and drum machine a fabulous canvas for Di Meola’s beautiful finger work is allowed.

I have taken the 12” version along with the dub to have a little play with “Sequencer” and create this ReStructure Mix. It adds a sample from a well-known late 70s classic and is rearrangement in various segments to work a new experience for those familiar with it or a new outline for those discovering it.

• I'm A Sucker For Your Love - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Teena Marie

Lady T (Teena Marie) brought the funk upfront with her talent during the late 70s with “Wild and Peaceful” – produced by Art Stewart and Rick James. The single “I’m A Sucker For Your Love” is one of the songs that ring a true Lady T sound – and along with Rick James adding his consoling love to Teena the track is an old school classic.

I have taken the original 12” vocal and instrumental to rework a ReStructure Mix – adding a few electro-effects to enhance some of the familiar intro and an added break. Re-assembling parts of both give this one a new direction and homage to The Ivory Queen of Soul!

• Don't Stop - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Ross

Ross (Emanuela Gubinelli) is an Italo-disco project from Giuliano Crivellente and Mauro Farina who formed Flea Records – an Italo dance label which featured a high energy sound in the mid and late 80s. Much of the music contained the rolling synthesizers which helped to give it the title “girl twirl” because of its sweet melodies and femme vocals. “Don’t Stop” is a single from 1987 which dominated my club floor for months after its release. A nice melodic ringing sound makes this one irresistible. It is one of my all-time favorites and always reminded me of the Fun Fun sound done with a higher peak of energy.

I have taken the original import using the “Full Power D.J. Mix Version” and “Casa Mix” to weave this ReStructure Mix. I focused more on a continuous flow and added a few new elements as well as rearranging the verses and choruses to maintain the energy.

This ReStructure Mix is for Jerry Forrester on Facebook – thanks for the note Jerry and also for remembering this great Italo-disco piece!

• Babe, We're Gonna Love Tonight - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Lime

Lime is Denis and Denyse LePage – a force of 80s dance music which was unstoppable from their first single, “Your Love” in 1980. It was the start of the high energy era of dance music a satisfying potion of electronic love songs that brought excitement and moved feet. “Babe, We’re Gonna Love Tonight” is from their second project from 1982 titled “Lime II” – another love song with similar qualities, yet a whole new sound and instant hit. Their unique vocal play as a duo is one of the main factors in Lime’s success. It helped to bring an edge and sweetness to the fabulous and energetic tracks.

I have taken the original 12” version of “Babe, We’re Gonna Love Tonight” and worked a new ReStructure Mix – talking chopped pieces of this cooker and reassembling to give it a new feel. The power still is present and more breaks added to give the chorus excitement all over again!

Dedicated to Denis and Denyse LePage – thanks for saving us with your talents – the 80s would never be as memorable without Lime!

• I.O.U. - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Freeez

Freeez is a British electronic funk group from the early 80s and along with Arthur Baker helped to create a street sound marking a new style and era of dance music. Heavy beats and drum fills create the foundation for a pop-dance formula which began with Baker’s true club experience and studio talent. “I.O.U.’ is from their 1983 album “Gonna Get You” and then repackaged as an album by the track title. This piece is an explosion of funk and electro dance which draw a line across the dance floor and then lure all feet to it. One of the great classic innovative and leaders of the time.

I have taken the vocal and dub from the Streetwise Records 12” single and re-edited this ReStructure Mix to play along with Baker and Freeez’ phenomenal street master pump. I have added a few new elements to differ the original and also give lovers of the sound and track a new experience.

This ReStructure Mix is dedicated to David BoomGaarden on YouTube (thanks for the request, David) and the master himself, Mr. Arthur Baker

• Chaos - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Quartz

Quartz is Didier Plus, Laurent Taieb and Patrick Langlade – a French disco project produced by Saint-Preux a composer of contemporary classical music. Their first self-titled album from 1978 featured an innovative use of keyboards, drums and pre-trance-like arrangements. “Beyond The Clouds” is one of the big singles best describing the sound of Quartz and reverberates now as a disco classic. Their use of jazz like keyboards in this piece makes the disco beat explode along the moog synthesizers. “Chaos” is a moody and 70s futuristic instrumental piece which contains a bass synth which moves with a deep groove. It has been one of my favorites of the dance tracks from the project and fits wonderfully as a pre-cursor to a blend of electro meets disco.

I have taken the album version of “Chaos” and blended some familiar street beat drum beats to parts. This ReStructure Mix is along the lines of a new episode for this hidden gem. I brought out the original concept with a few new changes to liven up the composition.

• A Love Bizarre - 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.

• Stoned Love - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Sweet Brandy

Sweet Brandy is a Canadian disco project from produced Jerry Cucuzzella – who also gave us Suzy Q, Quantum, Sandy Steele, Plastic Surprise, and Dorazio. The early 80s were filled with electronic high energy music following the demise of the big disco orchestration sessions. It was a simpler but not less effective. A new sound was filling club and the rolling sound of high energy began taking the stage. Sweet Brandy’s cover of The Supremes’ “Stoned Love” is an irresistible dance number and features the vocals of Patti Masi (better known as Vera). This ‘sweet’ arrangement on the J.C. Records 12” is arranged by Louis Toteda,

I have taken the original long version from the 12” single and worked on this ReStructure Mix to bring back this sound which many will remember saving that disco feeling during the early and mid-80s. I have extended the track and also chopped it into several movements with more breakdowns and chances to catch that wonderful melody – both in verses and choruses.

This ReStructure Mix is dedicated to the talented Mr. Louis Toteda – thanks for your friendship and incredible dance music you have left us with to move to over-and-over!

• 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.

• Flashdane...What A Feeling - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Irene Cara

Irene Cara is an actress, singer and songwriter whose early career includes the original Dreamgirls inspiration – the 1976 film “Sparkle – which featured music from Curtis Mayfield. Irene burst back into the music scene in 1980 with the soundtrack to the film “Fame”. This put her back into a standing which gave dance music a promise of a whole new era. Her title track to the 1983 romantic-drama, “Flashdance” brought dance floors to the brink of a celebration and new respect for the dance/disco anthem. Produced by Giorgio Moroder and also bringing a new sound and audience for the time.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental to create a whole new ReStructure Mix and exaggerating on the keyboard drama as well as this soul lift. Much of the arrangement is placed in a new grouping to give the so-familiar piece a new sound. It is one which I have always remained true to and brings memories of an ecstatic dance crowd!

• You Got The Power - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - WAR

WAR is a band who began recording in 1971 and throughout the late 80s. Their work in disco music hit a kind note in 1977 with their track “Galaxy” which featured a rolling bass line and funky edge. On the dance floor, the band worked a few more single including, “Good, Good Feelin’” from 1979 which made the excitement of the disco era come alive. “You Got The Power” is from the 1982 album “Outlaw” and is an uplifting anthem in a funk package.

I have taken the 12” version of “You Got The Power” to work a new ReStructure Mix with a few new pieces to compliment this modest yet positive theme. It is a mild touch of re-editing and also adding a new drum break to give way to a wind down break.

• White Room - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Rudy

Rudy is a Jacques Fred Petrus disco project from 1979 with his classic electronic disco sound as captured in Peter Jacques Band, Macho, Revanche and Midnight Gang. The innovative dance edge was an early sign of the New York progression to a sophisticated disco format. Horns and pulsating breaks are the elements which echo most here. “White Room” is from the “Just Take My Body” album and is a cover of the British-rock band, Cream’s 1968 psychedelic rock classic. A favorite of mine from this genre of disco music and a rousing dance tribute to the original.

I have taken the album version of “White Room” and created a dub-entry ReStructure Mix which gives an alternate intro with a touch of fierce samples from another rock classic from Arthur Brown. This new working plays with the arrangement to give a fresh perspective of the disco version.

• My Girl - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix -  1 Plus 1

1 Plus 1 is a Bobby Orlando project under a title which is best known as the high energy stamp of the 80s. A heavy wall of percussion and simple keyboard riffs make this blend of electronics and camp-like vocals. This cover of The Temptations Motown classic, “My Girl” is one which made my dance floor come alive during fast moving energy sets. It keeps the flow of the original moving to a rolling synthesizer arrangement and crashing percussion loops. It makes the 80s a fun place to venture onto once again and relive the simple movements of dance music.

I have taken the original 12” version on Bobcat Records and created a ReStructure Mix which takes the original Motown masterpiece into the disco lights and energy. It flows the same manner as the 12" arrangement – which I wanted to leave intact. It is sprinkled with some new dance floor glitter and pieces of the original riffs that make soul and disco feel right!

• The Man From Colours - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix -  Wanexa

Wanexa is an Italo-disco project from Franco Rago, Gigi Farina and Xenia Monneret – the trio who brought us Expansives (“Life With You”), ‘Lectric Workers (“Robot Is Systematic”, “The Garden”) and Message From The Future. This style of dance music began with the control of electronics being used in creative and artistic manner. It was a free range of sounds where street beats blended with the thumping of the disco outline. “The Man From Colours” was released in 1982 and was a moody piece with a haunting vocal by Lyana Galis. One of my weapons for an early morning set or tea dance.

I have taken the original 12” vocal and instrumental of “The Man From Colours” to build a new ReStructure Mix outlining more of the beat pulses and foundation of these innovative Italian productions. I have only used a piece of the vocals in one segment. They are haunting and work best when delivered in part. Homage to my love for Italo-disco and thanks for their delivery of a new style for the dance floor in the early 80s.

• She Works Hard For The Money - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix -  Donna Summer

Donna Summer released her third 80s album, “She Works Hard For The Money” in 1983 with the title track becoming the anthem for not only those hard working women – but also dance floors everywhere. It was that 80s dance fusion creating another chance for Donna to deliver a message that would resonate for years. The album was produced by Michael Omartian and was another spot for Donna to prove that her vocals are the real essence to her talent and although the disco era made her a unique icon as The Queen – there was another throne to rest upon for years to come.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of “She Works Hard For The Money” and reworked a ReStructure Mix which follows closely to my outline of reworking the track out of its familiar edge- so those looking for a slight edit may be surprised. It was one of the tracks I can remember extending to packed dance floors but now adding more pieces to the classic. Making a guest appearance in Varla Jean Merman (from “Girls Will Be Girls”).

Dedicated to those hard working Donna Summer fans who keep the magic alive – in the air where it belongs! Thank you.

• Hold Back - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix -  Valerie Krystal

Valerie Krystal is a Canadian disco project from Gino D’Orazio and Tony Bentivegna – the duo which brought us Blue Lazer, Ladies Choice, Motion and Nightlife Unlimited. They were the pair which helped to save dance floors during the early 80s by creating a full electronic wall of sound to maintain our position on the dance floor. “Hold Back” is from the 1983 album “Piece Of My Heart” which displays the familiar synth and keyboard work from the D’Orazio and Bentivegna arrangement and recordings of the time. There is pleasant melodic feel to Valerie’s vocals and pulse of this track and has always been a floor packer for me. It is also one of my favorites from these Canadian wonder boys.

I have taken the original 12” version of “Hold Back” and created a lengthier and more break driven ReStructure Mix which keeps that bouncy continuity moving along. It was fun to play with this one and hoping that first time listeners will find they missed a sweet little dance number – but now theirs!

• Everybody Needs Somebody Sometime - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Ann Margret

Ann Margret is an actress and singer who made a mark in cinema as the ‘sex kitten’. Disco was an open door for Ann since the aura of sexuality is one of the elements of its lure. Produced by Paul Sabu, who created a successful stage for Debbie Jacobs and his own band along with various studio works in dance music during the 80s. “Love Rush” was the first disco single to send waves throughout dance floors during its release and also made a tasty moment for a television showcase of dancing and teasing.

I have taken the original 12” and second edition – using the 3 versions to recreate a disco moment for Ann’s perfect sensual early evening/morning number. I have always loved Sabu’s original feel and arrangement and worked to give admirers a new spotlight to use for rekindling an underground funk and disco piece.

Mr. Paul Sabu is one of the men who used the sounds which made dance/disco music identifiable and now, classic. This ReStructure Mix and respect are dedicated to him. Thank you, Paul.

• Stubborn Kind Of Fella - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Buffalo Smoke

Buffalo Smoke is a disco project from 1976 produced by former Fifth Dimension member, Lou Courtney. Their cover of the 1962 Marvin Gaye soul-classic “Stubborn Kind Of Fellow” is pumped into a rousing disco number with a great lead vocal by Lou and a nice backing female duo (Christine Wright, Natalie Maryland) echoing throughout. The album was arranged by L. Leon Pendarvis and speaks the classic sound of the mid-70s where the disco tempo and beat are the added to discofy the production.

I have taken the double A-sided 12” single of “Stubborn Kind Of Fellow” and worked a ReStructure Mix to give the powerhouse sound a new edge. Lots of new percussion and drums accentuate the rhythmic flow of this all-together love song where this guy is not giving up soon. One of my favorite disco 12” underground classics and once I start to hear the chorus it takes a while to leave.

• Could It Be I'm Falling In Love - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Spinners

Spinners are a soul group whom began recording in 1967 and carry a recognizable harmony which is soothing and loving. Their single from 1972 “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love” is one of the big radio tracks in soul/rhythm and blues and continues to mark the old school genre with its wonderful beauty. The love song brings emotion to life with the start of the love which only gives promise and is arranged with the classic early pop-soul formula that is the best of the time. The arrangement and production are by Thom Bell.

I have taken the album version of “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love” and created a ReStructure Mix using edits of the beautiful strings and vibes displayed in a new intro and closing. The lovely feel of both lead and backing vocals always make this one a special treat. More of the verses are also pieced in this new remix to make the feeling of love and excitement last longer.

• Situation - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Yaz

Yaz (known as Yazoo in the U.S.) is Vince Clarke and vocalist Alison Moyet. Their music brought the 80s into a new phase of dance music known as synth-pop and introduced the powerful voice Alison over the electronic formation of Clarke’s nu-wav vs. funky grooves. “Situation” is from the project “Upstairs At Eric’s” from 1982 and was an outline for their new style and success. The early 80s made their move easier since much of the dance circuits were looking for a new underground sound. It was the formation of a new dance era.

I have taken the single “Situation” into the ReStructure Mix outline and played with the classic sounds from the original 12” vocal and dub. Working on completing an arrangement completely odd to the dance mix and yet keeping the power-moments intact in a new manner. It is one of the great remix opportunities for the double 12” vinyl war I fought with each night in the clubs to present a new version each night during peak hour. And now done with the ReStructure Mix formula and mood.

• Stars - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Ullanda

Ullanda McCullough is released her 1979 disco project “Love Zone” - produced by Leon Pendarvis. This is a voice that has backed sessions for Ashford and Simpson, Cissy Houston, Rice and Beans Orchestra, Celi Bee and Michael Zager Band. “Stars” is the opening number from the album and opens with a show stopping disco anthem bringing the dance floor to celebrate as stars in a flashy universe. It has always been one of my favorite diva numbers and along with Ullanda’s soulful performance it always brings to mind a disco floor peaking on its own energy.

This ReStructure Mix takes the long album movement and works a mean bass guitar to a the main stage. I have kept the vocal breakdown where it belongs – at the tale end giving this blast a nice breakdown for landing.

Dedicated to Nick and Lindsay – thanks for requesting this fabulous track and for all of the love and sharing. It means allot to myself and I know many artists can feel the warmth from you love and devotion to the music.

• I Will Survive - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Gloria Gaynor

Gloria Gaynor’s 1978 album “Love Tracks” brought the anthem of power and self-love to life with “I Will Survive” – produced by Dino Fekaris. The classic is among the top10 and continues to bring new light of hope even today. As the B-side to the 12” “Substitute” this one had the power to not only reverse the labeling element but also mend broken hearts and strengthen the disco movement of the late 70s.

I have taken the 12” of “I Will Survive” and reworked a ReStructure Mix which focuses a bit more on breakdowns of the ‘glorious’ take told here. A more rhythmic appeal and approach to the original and yet leaving none of the classical elements apart. A tough act to amend yet allot of fun!

• Kind of Live (Kind of Love) - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix -  North End

North End is Arthur Baker, Tony Carbone and Russell Presto – a definite mark in the history of New York’s disco label West End Records. Their 1979 single “Kind of Life (Kind of Love)” is the sound of the New York disco in anthem form. One of the power records for me as it was always an uplifting moment for a tea dance or peak hour of a hot sweaty night. An upward theme of a city moving with the beat of love and life outlined in a great standard feel as the vocal colors the jazz flavor sprinkled thought out each crescendo. One of my favorites and always brings to mind good times.

I have taken the 12” single vocal and instrumental to create a new celebration in this ReStructure Mix bringing the percussion out with a new drum beat. It moves a bit more energy wise with some added percussion and more of a focus on an anthem drawn out to raise hands in the air and then just a moment to cool off.

Dedicated to Mr. Arthur Baker, a talent which is outlined always in his work and dedication to create for each segment of dance music history. Many thanks, Mr. Baker. Also, Tony Carbone whose work always blended the best musical aura for a dance floor moving to the love and energy of New York disco.

• Feel It - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix -  Samantha Gilles

Samantha Gilles released a hi-NRG blast in 1984 with “Feel It’ – produced by Fonny De Wulf, who became one of the producers creating the independent club sound in the mid and late 80s. The track was an immediate hit and landed during a period of electronic dance music with the new high energy edge. Samantha became one of the noteworthy disco artists to watch for since her sensual vocal was an element filling the sound of a new dance era.

I have taken the domestic 12” of “Feel It” both the Remix by Jim Callon (Glass Family) and the original to rework a new ReStructure Mix adding a new departure and destination for this pumping classic. I have used the clever calliope elements throughout this remix adding a new arrangement for several of the catchy riffs.

• He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Kim Fields

Kim Fields (television actress from The Facts of Life and Living Single) joins the party with a 1984 electronic/high energy track that sounds close to a Bobby Orlando production with the pulsating percussion and light keyboard arrangements. “He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not” was a simple task to bring Kim to dance floors where I am sure she loved to be. This elementary school love-play song rhythms and percolates throughout a thumping disco number that may be simple and feel a bit silly – but it can be fun.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental – produced by Elliot Willensky and Hal Davis onto the ReStructure Mix mode and created a more spared arrangement for the limited chorus and verses. It is a chance to hear the mid-80s high energy sound during its heyday!

• Feel Alright - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Komiko

Komiko is an electronic funk band brought to us from producers Gary R. Turnier and Darryl Payne – who also gave us Gary’s Gang, Sharon Redd, The Raindolls, Tracy Weber, Mona Rae, Vicky ‘D’. A big time dive into the disco pool and experience with both Mr. Turnier and Mr. Payne with the funk and boogie alongside the refreshing side of this piece from 1982. It is one of the big electro-funk pieces and best known to get the hips moving immediately. “Feel Alright” is the lone single from Komiko and is enough as it still remakes one of the “old school” music’s big movers.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental to recreate a ReStructure Mix to bring back that feeling of the wonderful age of disco-funk in the early 80s. Left intact are the bass kicks and that falsetto vocal brought to life with the right amount of keyboard trickle and thump from the lighter side of funk. It is a favorite of mine and brought to you in a new package to move to all over again!

Dedicated to Mr. Darryl Payne and Mr. Gary R. Turnier – in thanks for all they have given us- as we continue to move to it!

• What's Your Name, What's Your Number - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Andrea True Connection

Andrea True is one of the memorable disco artists of the disco era thanks to her big hit “More, More, More” from 1976. It was a big break for a former adult film star to make an impact on a fast growing dance trend taking over. Her follow up album from 1978 titled “White Witch” featured two big disco hits including “N.Y. You Got Me Dancing” (produced by Gregg Diamond) and “What’s Your Name, What’s Your Number” (produced by Michael Zager and Jerry Love) – two big classics that are defining in their own way of the disco era.

I have taken the 12” of “What’s Your Name, What’s Your Number” and created a ReStructure Mix with a “dub” feel with lots of rapid fire edits to bring the questions a brand new identity. The guitar riffs and bass thumps are laid out with some new beats and percussion. It is one of those disco numbers that bring to mind the era of funk and soul uniting with the disco beat – pounding out the rhythm with a new attitude and shine.

This ReStructure Mix is dedicated to Mr. Jerry Love and Mr. Michael Zager for their contribution in creating the magic of a dance era that will always be celebrated.

• San Francisco - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Cappuccino

Cappuccino is a disco group from 1979 produced by Danilo Vaona and Gian Pietro Felisatti and featured three singles that are a legacy of the sound of disco’s uplifting and melodic sound. The production displays a few sounds including the symphonic edge of a disco anthem to an underground afterhours feel. “San Francisco” is a single from the self-titled which rings out as anthem for the West Coast city and a few hooks leave the track echoing as an anthem should.

I have taken the album version of “San Francisco” to create a ReStructure Mix to bring another good-feeling alive again. The vocals playout as the energy which is full-on disco music in its top form. A few new parts are added and an intro which offers more of a fading intro rather than the original horn arrangement. It is a nice uplifting song and a group which holds many fond memories of a crowded dance floor and when programmed an overall good aura in the room.

• Take My Love - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix -Melba Moore

Melba Moore has always been one of the artists of the disco era with a great deal of talent and a well-developed stature. Her venture into disco music during the mid-70s brought a voice into club dance floors filling a soulful space. “What A Woman Needs” is Melba’s project from 1981 and features “Take My Love” – produced by Lawrence Jones. The track received airplay on radio and also many electronic funk playlists. With Melba’s powerful vocal this track was always a favorite and made my playlist for months.

I have taken the album version which features a mix from Michael Barbiero and Morri Brown to recreate a new ReStructure Mix experience. A few areas where new breaks and stripping down of the funk elements are the center stage here – as well as Melba’s performance which takes a hold from the start and satisfies the neediest lover and dancer.

• You're The Most Precious Thing In My Life - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Love and Kisses

Love and Kisses is a disco group created by Alec R. Costandinos and was a full intro to Euro-disco during the growing popularity of both discotheques and disco music. Their first two albums were both in Costandinos’ disco symphony formula and became a new sound creating excitement and moving feet instantly. In 1978 the disco film “Thank God It’s Friday” was released on Casablanca Records & Filmworks label with a list of new and promising disco talent including Donna Summer, Paul Jabara, Pattie Brooks, D.C. LaRue, Love and Kisses and more. This three record set was marketed with the full disco charge. “You’re The Most Precious Thing In My Life” is a disco track featured on the soundtrack from Love and Kisses and followed closely the group’s recognizable arrangement and production.

I have taken the album version of “You’re The Most Precious Thing In My Life” and reworked it for this ReStructure Mix. I have stripped down the original intro with a layered set of new drums and looped effects. I gave it a bit more of a breakdown mix allowing some of the light breaks and orchestrations an opportunity to create a new rhythmic experience.

• Run To Me - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Tracy Spencer

Tracy Spencer (Louise Tracy Freeman) released several Italo-disco singles in the mid and late 80s. Her album titled “Tracy” from 1987 featured her 1985 single “Run To Me” which was one of the big Italo-dance hits of my club. A nice beat infused with heavy bongo fills and a flip-side which brings the track into a hot instrumental dub. A touch of the Stock Aitken Waterman sound with the sweet influence of Italo-disco.

I have taken the 12” vocal and “Ma-Ma-Run” dub side to create a new ReStructure Mix with a new breakdown of the song and a rearrangement of the verses. It always makes me feel good to hear one of the pumping dance tracks which play out with a melodic and flowing resonance. “Run To Me” is just one of those pieces.

• Baila Bolero - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Fun Fun

Fun Fun is an Italo-disco group from the early 80s which brought back the “happy” and celebratory feel to the new sound called “high energy”. This was quite a time for disco lovers and those who loved to get lost in a good space on dance floors. Many of their early tracks featured vocals by Spagna, Antonella Pepe and Angela Parisi – the chorus of beautiful sweeping innuendos. “Baila Bolero” was from their 1987 project “Double Fun” and carried on their sound of rolling synthesizers and uplifting melodies. One of my all-time favorites of Fun Fun’s and also of the period.

I have taken the 12” “Bolero Dance Mix” and “House Mix” onto the ReStructure Mix formula to pump this piece even more and create some new surprises. More of those Spanish guitars and riffs are featured here.

Dedicated to those wonderfully filled people who continue to keep the “uplifting” sound of disco music alive in a time where it is needed and perfect.

• Computer Game - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Yellow Magic Orchestra

Yellow Magic Orchestra is Haruomi Hosono, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Yukihiro Takahashi – a Japanese electro-pop band who began recording in 1978. Their 12” single “Computer Game” from 1979 is one of the innovative dance tracks with an early electro/techno feel. The track utilized sound effects from the video games, Circus and Space Invaders then blending an Asian melody. It is one of the releases which stood out for the progressive electronics started earlier by artists like Giorgio Moroder and Kraftwerk – soon to become an identity of its own in pop, hip-hop, electronic and techno music.

I have taken the 12” of “Computer Game” and edited a new ReStructure Mix adding a few more beat and synth-effect elements to display more of the bass sequencer patterns and a few more surprises. This one always had the place in my mind as one of the stand-out pieces where a transformation of mood and movement was affected on dance floors. It is presented here in respect and appreciation.

• Won't You Let Me Love You - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Sylvester

Sylvester returned to the San Francisco high energy sound in 1982 with his Megatone album “All I Need”. Featuring the big single “Do You Wanna Funk” (along with Patrick Cowley the power of this project brought back the pumping bass synthesizers and rolling energy of the sound of disco as it progressed in the late 70s. Produced by John Hedges and James Wirrick. “Won’t You Let Me Love You Tonight” is the last track on the album and received play in many of the clubs who desired the disco/gospel edge of Sylvester’s style.

I have taken the album version of “Won’t You Let Me Love You” and worked a new ReStructure Mix with a new direction – using much of the pieces which I always found exciting and infectious. A new intro and a focus on the elements which make this song a favorite and also a fine example of the greatness of Sylvester’s work.

• Music - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - M.A. 3

M.A.3 (also known as Menage A 3) is Shuki Levy and Deborah Shelton. This project from producer, songwriter and Haim Saban from 1978 featured a medley of Bee Gees songs titled “Bee Gees Mania” – and appropriate for Shuki and his vocal falsetto. The album was released on the Canadian label, Able Records and had a limited release. “Music” is a track which was recorded by French artist, France Gall in 1977 – recorded in French. This cover version carries a funky and sweet feel with sweeping strings and a abstract and powerful performance by Shuki Levy. It has the feel of a great early morning classic from dance palaces.

I have taken the album version and created a ReStructure Mix to give some of the fanfare a new stage. Adding a few new pieces from familiar disco classics and also pound a bit more energy into this melodic anthem.

• Blue Steel - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Rinder & Lewis

Laurin Rinder and W. Michael Lewis created a world for disco music in the mid-70s with an edge of lounge jazz and the underground disco beat and percussion of the period. Their work always displayed an imaginative feel with a place for the infectious groove. “Warriors” is their second album from 1979 with several tracks which remain classics among followers and great material for the true disco underground. “Blue Steel” is a piece of light disco jazz with their synthesizer and keyboard reaching an eerie edge. One of the great mixtures of their talent was in tracks as this.

I have taken the album version of “Blue Steel” and worked this ReStructure Mix to give homage to both it and the artists. It uses some new drum tracks and a reedit to piece with more mystic in a trance/lounge feel.

This ReStructure Mix is dedicated to W. Michael Lewis for his incredible talent and also for remaining true to a sound which remains one of the most uplifting and definitive of a great era.

• Palace Palace - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Who's Who

Who’s Who is a disco project from Daniel Bangalter (Daniel Vangarde) who also brought us productions from Gibson Brothers and Ottawan. The studio group is the sound of the high-beam of disco music where every effective element in both production and mix are utilized. A cymbal crash for a new electronic energy at the peak of disco history. “Palace Palace” is from their 1979 album and was a huge club hit with dance floors still moving as fluently to disco music as underground music during the early 80s. A great disco hall hit with lots of energy and breakdowns of simple riffs making them hypnotic and booty-shaking.

I have taken the 12” version of “Palace Palace” and created a ReStructure Mix adding a new feel to the arrangement – focusing on the ricochet loops and a few new breaks. It is a salute to those disco instrumentals which kept the floor moving over and over during those hot sweaty nights of disco pleasure.

• High Cost of Loving - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Carol Jiani

Carol Jiani is an artist and vocalist who appeared when we needed her most. “Mercy” is a dance floor classic from 1981 which brought back an underground disco sound back. Her album “Hit ‘N Run Lover” along with the title track created a stir that only feet who experienced could witness. A pulsating synthesizer and raw percussion working at emotion and a groove. “High Cost Of Loving” is a single from the project which dominated my charts during 1981 and a few years following. A great falsetto from Ms. Jiani and a few facts about love in the early 80s.

I have taken the album version and created ReStructure Mix to pay tribute to the awesome production from Joe LaGreca and that Denis LePage sound which moved us in the 80s in a new way. It gives a longer play with those rolling sequencers and bass which point out the Canadian high energy sound in the making.

This ReStructure Mix is lovingly dedicated to Ms. Carol Jiani – not only for being one of my favorite and unique vocalists but for also displaying a human rights advocate voice which in itself deserves an award. Thank you, Carol

• Jump - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - The Ring

The Ring is a disco project from Marcus Barone, Holly Oas, Jimmy Young, and Russell Blake responsible for one of my favorite underground disco tracks of 1979 – “Savage Lover”. This ensemble created the sound of the oncoming 80s – giving disco music a new venture in both theme and style. Less of the orchestrated disco arrangements and more of the electronic feel that would take over in the 80s. “Jump” is the second single from the project and one which helped my dance floors continue to move to the disco fusion towards the end of the mainstream “disco fever”.

This ReStructure Mix takes the 12” version and mixes up beats, claps and that classic sequencer break which causes many dances to find themselves in the dance zone. It is one tracks I have always wanted to break up into a mover and shaker version – and it always emphasizes the feeling that disco brings. Keep on movin’!

This ReStructure Mix is dedicated to Mr. Marcus Barone! Thank you Marcus for your magic touch which still makes us feel good.

• Beyond - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Herb Alpert

Herb Alpert released “Beyond” in 1980 following the huge success of his disco single “Rise” from 1979. “Beyond” is a trance-like dance track which layers echoed pieces of Alpert’s signature sound. A rolling sequencer brings this track to an innovative point as many tracks like this followed in the mid and late 80s. One which always worked for early morning programs or themes dance sets.

I have taken the 12” version of “Beyond” and blended a new ReStructure Mix adding a few new percussive effects and prolonging the jazz-dance journey. It plays out a path longer using more of the rolling patterns to mold a destination for those who like to take a trip here and there.

• Look For Love - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix -  Cerrone

Cerrone’s magic began on dance floors in 1976 with “Love In ‘C’ Minor” and took dancers into a new world of orchestral disco fantasy. Following two more successful albums is “The Golden Touch” – a direct link to his Euro-disco creations with all of the elements wrapped into a tight four track set. “Look For Love” is another single from the project which has become a classic with its soaring anthem flavor. One of my favorites and the sound which brings to mind a time period of Cerrone’s rein.

I have taken the album version of “Look For Love” – with its promise of love and happiness to create a new ReStructure Mix. This new piece gives the classic score of love several breakdowns and a nice flowing fade out with those horns and strings luring us higher and higher!

• Hold Tight - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Change

Change began its journey into disco and electronic funk in the early 80s with the first project titled “The Glow of Love” – with the entire album being a part of some playlist it was a huge success. Under the production of Jacques Fred Petrus and Mauro Malavasi this disco/funk ensemble created a new sound for dancing. “Hold Tight” is a single from their follow up album in 1981 titled “Miracles” – it features vocals from Diva Gray, Jocelyn Brown, Ullanda McCullough and Gordon Grody.

I have given the album version of “Hold Tight” a ReStructure Mix and played with the original formula adding some breaks and new beat and percussion effects. One of my favorites sounds of the 80s and now the classic old-school feel.

• Music In My Heart - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Ultimate

Ultimate is a project from producer Juliano Salerni and co-producer/engineer Bruce Weeden. The project is very similar to Boris Midney’s USA European Connection album “Come Into My Heart/Good Loving” with a layer more of orchestration. The Euro-disco sound was exploding in 1978 thanks to artists/producers like Cerrone and Alec R. Constandinos. It was a Philly sound with more breakdowns and clever themes guiding dancers through a journey. “Music In My Heart” is one of the album cuts which always reminded me of the hardcore shift in top disco tracks of the time. The vocals are credited by Ultimate which are close to the Midney session a year earlier.

I have taken the album version of “Music In My Heart” and created a ReStructure Mix with an electronic minded intro and then extended pieces and parts which ring out the sound of disco which helped to define its sound during the late 70s.

• What A Difference A Day Makes - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Esther Phillips

Esther Phillips is a soul/blues singer whose talent included taking songs and making them all her own. A unique style of singing that is recognizable and continues to bring an experience to new and old listeners. Her 1975 album “What A Difference A Day Makes” produced by Creed Taylor contained a soul/disco cover of the 1934 track originally written in Spanish by Maria Grever – it was later made popular by Dinah Washington in 1959 and also won a Grammy that year. Esther’s upbeat version has a nice resonance thanks to her bluesy touch and a rhythmic instrumental.

I have taken the album version and worked a ReStructure Mix adding a longer intro and some kick drums to give the excitement a new edge. Parts of Dinah’s version are added to give another triumph a star.

This ReStructure Mix was requested by Nick and Lindsay and dedicated to these two wonderful men who bring so much excitement to my world of music and a thrill in hearing the women of song in their glory. Thanks, guys.

• 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!

• Love Money - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Funk Masters

Funk Masters is an electronic funk project from the UK during the early and late 80s. Their sound is one of the innovative movements utilizing deep bass and funk keyboards. Their first single “(Money) No Love” is from 1980 and featured a 12” single with an instrumental flip titled “Love Money”. A true Paradise Garage record which gained the support of greats like Larry Levan during the new direction of dance e music.

I have taken both side of the12” single – “(Money) No Love” and “Love Money” to create this alternative ReStructure Mix which focuses on the instrumental – adding a touch of the rap. A few new elements and a bassline from the disco treasury are placed to funk things up a bit more.

• Have A Good Time - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - The Salsoul Orchestra

The Salsoul Orchestra released their project “How High” in 1978 and featured tracks produced by Colin Horton Jennings, Steve O’ Donnell, Ron Baker, Bunny Sigler and Ron Tyson. The dance number “Have A Good Time” is one of the songs which brought another bump to dance floors with its anthem flavor and homage to the disco scene. The track features The Sweethearts of Sigma (Barbara Ingram, Carla Benson and Evette Benson) on vocals and a funky groove with that Salsoul arrangement.

I have taken the album version of “Have A Good Time” and reworked a ReStructure Mix to give the track a new facelift with some familiar percussion and repeat that “disco chant” with evidence that an era of uplifting energy will always bring to mind not only a great memory but continue to mesmerize us with rhythm.

• The Duel - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Giorgio Moroder

Giorgio Moroder dominated the late 70s and early 80s an innovation creator of dance music with a life of its own. His contribution to the 1984 film “Electric Dreams” is a simple example of his continuing play with keyboards and sequencers in a way which evokes the early 80s dance platform. “The Duel” is from the soundtrack and before you dismiss it as being simple or elementary you must understand the meaning of it in the film which is the early technology boom of computers verses classic instruments – in this case a cello. It is Moroder playing with not only the soundtrack end (which also includes his classic title them sung by Philip Oakley) but also pairing his music with visuals.

I have taken the album version of “The Duel” and created a ReStructure Mix with a new intro and some play on the flowing sound of strings and keyboards over a bouncy bass 80s beat. It offers a longer play and also a bit of fun with the mind of Moroder.

• That's Where The Happy People Go - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - The Trammps

The Trammps are a soul ensemble from the 60’s whose influence of disco music is a great memory for many who experienced the transition in the mid-70s of soul/Philly blend to a club/disco feel. Their 1976 hit “Disco Inferno” is still an iconic piece of dance music. “That’s Where The Happy People Go” from the album by the same name is another anthem which brings a groove which helped to make dance floor intentity with both the music as well as the discotheque scene.

I have taken the 12” version of “That’s Where The Happy People Go” and worked a new ReStructure Mix to bring out that hand-clappin’ groove with a new arrangement and a few added breaks. The chorus is one of the great tie-line with the mid-70s scene and brings back the excitement all over again.

• High Energy - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Evelyn Thomas

Evelyn Thomas began recording in 1976 – her first single “Doomsday” produced by Danny Leake and Ian Levine. The path of soul and funk music to disco leads her success to brighter days. Her 1984 project “High Energy” produced again by Ian Levine along with Fiachra Trench gave way to a new anthem for the 80s dance scene. This track blasted its way into club and created excitement and energy. With Evelyn’s fabulous vocal and performances this one took off like a firecracker in flames.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental to create this ReStructure Mix which focuses on “High Energy” as an event more than a dance track. It pulses in and out of the fantastic instrumental and Evelyn’s classic vocal version. It was always a huge number in my book and continues to remind me of the power of music and uplifting theme!

This ReStructure Mix is dedicated to the lovely Ms. Evelyn Thomas – who has never left us short of emotion and energy. Thank you, Evelyn!

• The Twilight Tone - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - The Manhattan Tansfer

The Manhattan Transfer is Alan Paul, Janis Siegel, Laurel Masse and Tim Hauser – the vocal group began recording in 1971 and time the them into 1979 and a disco track from their “Extensions” album. The track is clever use of the classic feel of the vocal foursome and also added a disco edge with a take on the theme from the classic television show “The Twilight Zone” by Bernard Hermann – the recording also features Jeff Porcaro on drums and bongos and Michael Boddicker on synthesizers.

I have taken the album version and worked a refreshing ReStructure Mix with much more of that mystic “twilight tone” and a few new breaks. It was always a successful dance floor track for me and from its following it has left a good mysterious memory in many dancers’ minds.

This ReStructure Mix is dedicated to Jenny Moreno – thanks for your kind words and for requesting this great tune!

• Shadow Dancing - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Andy Gibb

Andy Gibb is one of the younger siblings of the Bee Gee’s trio. His solo career as a pop singer and teen idol began in 1977 and following the release of his single “Shadow Dancing” in 1978 a whole new audience and following of the funky-pop edge was created. The track was produced by Albhy Galuten and Barry Gibb with the sound that the Bee Gees molded in the mid-70s. It is more of a radio success than club although many jocks with dancers yearning for that Bee Gees edge found it a nice bump and grind piece.

I have taken the 12” extended version of “Shadow Dancing” and created a new ReStructure Mix with more rhythm break-down and some play with segments of the vocal. It plays out more like a dub mix during the last breath – but also stays true to the original mix.

• I Got A Line On You - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Patrick Cowley

Patrick Cowley worked on several projects during the late 70s which began his fantastic synthesizer-dose along with his vision of a futuristic dance fusion sound. Tracks like Sylvester’s “Dance (Disco Heat)” reached levels of energy with Cowley’s assistance. “Menergy” is his 1981 album which brought dance floors a new sound and imagination to move and fantasize with. “I Got A Line On You” is a single from this project and a cover of the 1968 psychedelic rock track by Spirit. An appropriate remake for Cowley to tackle since his electronic work was a psychedelic-electro layer on disco music itself.

I have taken the album version of “I Got A Line On You” – which features vocals by Jo-Carol Block Davidson and Lauren Carter (also known as Jolo) and created a ReStructure Mix using the original version in parts and also enhancing Cowley’s original arrangement. It is a mind-bending song as a disco track and the new version adds to the trip.

• (The Best Part Of) Breakin' Up - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Roni Griffith

Roni Griffith gave the early 80s a nice path into high energy music with her solo album produced by Bobby Orlando. This formula involved Orlando’s wall of percussion and his light iconic synthesizer accompaniment. One of the most seductive of his sounds with Roni’s voice presenting a nice femme a la disco beat performance. “(The Best Part Of) Breakin’ Up” is a cover of The Ronettes 1964 pop-track – originally arranged by Jack Nitzche. This full force disco arrangement gives us a jungle pounding percussion outline. It is one of the most recognizable and one of Orlando’s most memorable works.

I have taken the 12” single and looped that jungle sound into a ReStructure Mix adding only a few new rhythm beats and additional kicks to give this ritual another dub-like opportunity to move you head, feet and soul. A big hit for most that played it and will always mark the disco career of Ms. Griffith.

Dedicated to Ms. Roni Griffith for her wonderful work and energy given to clubs and dancers.

• I'm Gonna Make You Want Me - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Gina Lamour

Gina Lamour is a high energy disco artist from the early and mid-80s who follows the path of synth-pop artists like Stacy Q. Her sound is a sensual and dramatic delivery of disco stage appeal with the lip gloss and pulsating beat. “I’m Gonna Make You Want Me” is her 1985 single produced by high energy master, Ian Anthony Stephens – who also gave us singles by Paul Parker, Hazell Dean, The Flirtations and Lisa. His electro-symphonic arrangements were a great return to the disco edge in the 80s.

I have taken the vocal and instrumental from the 12” single and created a new ReStructure Mix which adds a few more sticks of dynamite to bring the catchy and lyrical chorus and Gina’s sexy energy to a new part. It was a nice high energy track during its release and will remind dancers of the electronic wall-of-sound that high energy created for more dance fantasies!

• Island Boogie - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Gregg Diamond's Star Cruiser

Gregg Diamond created a sound for dance floors with a funky-rock edged groove which helped to shape the sound of “boogie” music as it matured as disco. His project Star Cruiser is a 1978 follow up to his 1977 band Bionic Boogie. His earlier work with Andrea True and their classic, “More, More, More” leaves no wonder as how his talent marked an era with sophistication and disco magnitude. “Island Boogie” is from the Star Cruiser album and features lead vocals by Gordon Grody and back up from Diva Gray and Jocelyn Brown.

I have taken the album version to extend and play with a new ReStructure Mix giving way to more of that uplifting feel and fierce production by Diamond. It has always been one of my favorite tracks from Gregg Diamond and covers his lush strings and funky guitar arrangements completely.

This ReStructure Mix is dedicated to the memory of this maestro – Mr. Gregg Diamond (1949-1999)

• Scorpio - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Dennis Coffey and The Deroit Guitar Band

Dennis Coffey is a guitarist, composer and producer whose work on many funk, soul and disco projects mark an excellence in funky string work and style. Much of his work in the early 70s featured his brand of funk and soul which helped to make the shift into a beat-base dance formula called disco. “Scorpio” is a memorable funk piece which was released in 1971 on album “Evolution”. It is a follow up to the sound of soulful tracks by Isaac Hayes’ “Shaft” and seemed to explode during this period.

I have taken the album version of “Scorpio” and focused on the bongo tracks and lead guitar to fuse a whole new ReStructure Mix experience. It plays out as deadly as the load Coffey placed in this stick of disco dynamite. It is another example of how the ‘evolution’ of funk and soul played an important end in dance music history.

Dedicated to the man himself, Mr. Dennis Coffey – thanks to all of your gifts to ears and feet!

• I Got The Answer - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Carol Douglas

Carol Douglas is a disco singer whose 1975 hit “Doctor’s Orders” helped to bring a sweet flavor to dance floors and a new energy to the mid and late 70s. Carol’s many contributions feature her sweet vocals which flow along with the yearning and loving feelings which disco music brought to clubs and dancers. “Come Into My Life” is Carol’s project from 1979, which features the track “I Got The Answer” – produced by Greg Carmichael. The fast moving love song is a perfect example of how the energy of disco music can make one fall in love faster than he or she can ever know.

I have taken the album version of “I Got The Answer” and created a new ReStructure Mix to bring out the sweet symphonic elements infused with a touch of new cuts and edits to add a new force. It is one of Carol’s iconic vocals and helps to remind of why we used to fall in love at discotheques.

This ReStructure Mix is dedicated to Nick and Lindsay – a request which I always feel moved to create from these connoisseurs of great disco divas and the lasting sensation of the disco sound.

• Vogue - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Madonna

Madonna took the 80s into her handcuffs by igniting a sound and style of synthetic pop and connecting her visual image and talent. Throughout the years of Madonna’s career there have been many new and sometimes controversial ventures but over all there is some great dance music contributed by this star. “Vogue” is a single from the soundtrack of the 1990 film “Dick Tracy” which also stars Madonna. An anthem for not only one of the dance floors unique cults but also a breakthrough single which is classified as a top hot dance track.

I have taken the 12” with a trio of fantastic mixes from Shep Pettibone and worked a new “pose” and ReStructure Mix for a new Madonna experience. This new bass driven and drop-in-and-out arrangement brings a new funky break to “bump and grind” to. It was quite fun to get lost and recreate this mix and should make a night worth fessin’ and dressin’ for.

• Everybody, Everybody - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Black Box

Black Box began as a studio group featuring the fabulous Ms. Martha Wash (The Weather Girls, Two Ton’s ‘O Fun) as lead which sent dance floors into a high for Italian house music which was being formulated throughout the mid and late 80s. The sound was a soulful and rhythmic wall of energy which brought excitement and plenty of shaking hips alive. "Everybody, Everybody” is the second release following the big sample classic “Ride On Time”. This piece rejuvenated dance floors once again for a whole new period of dance music.

I have taken the 12” remixes and reworked a ReStructure Mix to pay homage to producers Daniele Davoli, Mirko Limoni, Valerio Semplici and also Ms. Martha Wash. Mixing up some of the main elements of this monster and adding a few more to break down the funky groove.

• Power - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Lipps Inc.

Lipps Inc. is one of the last breaths of disco music done right! Producer Steven Greenberg and lead vocalist Cynthia Johnson are the stars in their first release titled “Mouth To Mouth” – of course following the release of the disco classic “Funkytown” in 1979 the rest was dance history. The first album featured four great dance cuts all in a unique studio engineering innovation and an introduction to a new disco era.

“Power” has been given a ReStructure Mix with some new effects and some new drop out breaks. One of my favorite tracks of Lipps Inc. where the energy pumps and the vocals follow right along. It is a genuine dance track with a feel all of its own thanks to Greenberg’s genius.

This ReStructure Mix is dedicated to my sister Lolly – who I can remember seeing on a dance floor working this song with her masterful rhythm and love for disco music!

• Love Me - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Model

Man Parrish hit the dance scene in 1982 with his self-titled album which featured an array of dance flavors from street, hip-hop to high energy. Quite an important project for the time for me as it brought the electronic edge of energy from “Heatstroke” and then the electro hip hop sound of “Hip Hop, Be Bop (Don’t Stop)”. His work has always reflected an innovative edge and imaginative dance beat for the new high energy and electronic dance period of the early and mid-80s.

I have taken his production of “Love Me” by his studio group, Model – which was featured on the Disconet Issue Volume 7 Program 8 in 1985 – it featured vocals from Beth Rudetsky (sang back vocals for Alisha and co-wrote “Love Me”). The high energy track has always been one of my favorite since the first time I was entering The Probe in Hollywood and heard, “Love me, love me, tell me that you love me…” echoing through the hall entrance. It is featured here with an extended ReStructure Mix with a few added effects and some of those fantastic drum breaks.

This ReStructure Mix is dedicated to the man himself, Mr. Man Parrish – thank you Man for continuing the mystique and power of dance music. It continues to echo on and on!

• Don't Stop - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Sylvester

Sylvester released “All I Need” in 1982 with a sizzling array of disco and early high energy disco tracks. It was a lifeboat for hardcore disco fans for not only the return of the great Sylvester, but also a pulsating sound provided by James Wirrick and producer John Hedges. “Don’t Stop” is the first of the numbers to make a debut in a serious blast. This was the blend of new electronic dance music and the gospel feel of Sylvester’s performances.

I have taken the album version of “Don’t Stop” and created a ReStructure Mix to bring more of that infectious rhythm to mind again. More of the flawless arrangement is played with a rearranged with Sylvester taking the stage again!

Dedicated to Mr. John Hedges for his place in disco/dance music history. His influence and work will burn on and on in a “disco inferno”! Lots of love to you, John.

• Out Of My Hands - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Dionne Warwick

Dionne Warwick began her solo recording career in 1963 and continued to create a contemporary sound that is wedge of American pop music. Her 1979 album titled “Dionne” brought us the classic ballad “Déjà vu” (co-written by Isaac Hayes) and also a pop-dance track titled “Out Of My Hands” (written by her cousin and disco artist, Cissy Houston, Alvin Fields, of Michael Zager sessions, and Doug Frank. The production has a nice sequencer pattern weaving in and out of Dionne’s beautiful vocal.

I have taken the album version which clocks in at 3:17 where this ReStructure Mix extends a little over 8 minutes. I have added a new drum pattern and dub-esque effects to give the original more of a dance floor experience.

This ReStructure Mix is dedicated to a great man, Mr. Paul Conway who has been a great influence with dance and various genres of musical interests. Thank you Paul – this play is for your ears and feet! Much love.

• I Don't Wanna Forget You - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Denise McCann

Denise McCann made disco music’s connection in 1977 with her first album which was released again in 1978 under the title track, “Tattoo Man” on the Butterfly Records label. The single “I Don’t Wanna Forget You” is the second release from the project as a 12” disco single - produced by Guy Sobell (The Chessmen). The song is a wonderful love theme of devotion to a past love that has left a great memory behind. It is one of my favorite vocal pieces and made iconic with Denise’s wonderful style.

I have taken the 12” single – both Part I and Part II and recreated a ReStructure Mix which adds a new intro and some percussion to bring out the rhythmic end of the song. It makes a longer stand and also gives an exit to more of the 70s-discofied keyboards.

Dedicated to Ms. Denise McCann in thanks for her wonderful contribution to not only to the sound of disco music, but also the visual edge of her album jackets as her beauty made a chic stamp for disco music.

• Start A New Affair - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Ruth 'Silky' Waters

Ruth “Silky” Waters is one of disco music's supreme moments where the anthem came alive in stark mirrored lights. Her album “Never Gonna Be The Same” from 1979 was produced by Mr. John Davis and features strings and horns from Don Renaldo and percussion performed by Larry “B” Washington – a full disco injection of power and love. Her first release of the title track, “Never Gonna Be The Same” was a huge success in many clubs and disco radio airplay – the emotion captured by Ms. Waters leaves one wanting to grab a handkerchief between breaks. “Start A New Affair” was the second single from the album to bring about the same feel – a positive look at a one night stand where love seems promising and missing at the moment. Ruth delivers another powerful performance here. It gives moments of the song a soaring energy and the promise of love great potential.

I have taken the album version and worked a lengthier ReStructure Mix using the build from the closing as the slow climb in reverse. It has a few more breakdowns to give that emotion an opportunity to be recognizes. One track that always worked for me during its release and also gave me a wonderful place on the sideline of many dance floors watching dancers dance into a frenzy.

This ReStructure Mix is dedicated to Nick and Lindsay – thank you again boy! Can I ever get enough of your requests, love and devotion? No. I will always be there for you as you always are. Much love.

• Dancing In My Sleep - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Secret Ties

Secret Ties is a 80s high energy project from Brian Soares (“Magic”) and Gerry Caples and from their independent dance label Nightwave Records. This simple dance layout is a formulation of the disco sound – full of percussion and the sexy femme vocals. Provided here by Cheryl Ford and enhanced by a light Caribbean festival accent. This one was quite popular in many clubs during its release and also gave us the feeling that dance floors were still alive.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental to create a new ReStructure Mix using samples from tracks by Blue Moderne and a rock classic by Brian Hyland. The percussion is the main flare in this fabulous track and reminds me of Roni Griffith’s “(Best Part of) Breakin’ Up” from 1982.

This ReStructure Mix is dedicated to Dee Jacobs from Facebook and thanks for the request and for always being kind and supportive! Cha-cha-cha!

• Loverboy - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Billy Ocean

Billy Ocean (Leslie Sebastian Charles) is the voice of the 80s when funk and disco merged into pop dance. His 1984 album “Suddenly” is a gem for a time given to a longtime series of dance floor hits paid off – these tracks included “Stay The Night”, “American Hearts”, “Are You Ready” and “Nights (Feel Like Getting Down)”. “Loverboy” is one of his big singles following the big success of “Caribbean Queen” both produced by Keith Diamond.

I have taken the 12” vocal and dub version to lay out a whole new episode for this “Loverboy” – creating an underground arrangement with more drawn out instrumental parts and a dub like break sections scattered about. It is one of the big hits for me during 1984 and also a favorite to move to. This ReStructure Mix is another chance to get lost in the 80s dance energy and fun!

• Stick Together - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Minnie Riperton

Minnie Riperton is a songwriter/singer who is best known for the 1974 ballad “Loving You” and continues to bring a light into many new worlds with her melodic child-like voice. Her 1977 album “Stay In Love” was produced by Freddie Perren and features the disco single “Stick Together” which gives Minnie a light big band drum beat to sing a love song encouraging a lasting love between two who share those special feelings. It works very well for Minnie and gives those of us who want to celebrate under the spinning mirror ball a beautiful opportunity.

The song was written by Minnie Riperton, Richard Rudolph (he husband) and Mr. Stevie Wonder

I have taken the 12” version of “Stick Together” and worked a new ReStructure Mix adding a new intro and some pieces from Minnie’s classic to give a new dance attitude to this lovely song. It brings the song to a couple of peaks and also makes the closing a bit more of the magic that lasts.

Dedicated to Nick & Lindsay and again, thanks for all of the love and dedication to this upbeat and glorious music. And thanks for requesting this one – it is a joy to bring it back!

• Wanna Spend My Whole Life With You - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Street People

Ray Dahrouge is a singer, producer, arranger and songwriter from New Jersey who brought us Street People in 1976 – this soul quintet consisted of Roy Daniels, Milton Daniels, Thomas “Toot” Williams, Joe Gardner and Rick Johnson. The self-titled album is one of my favorite projects from 1976 and a precursor to the disco sound emerging from soul music during the time. The sweet melodies capture the energy of the mid-70s and along with the help of Bert De Coteaux and Charlie Callello the recording is one which will stand out among pure disco.

I have taken the single “Wanna Spend My Whole Life With You, Baby” from the album and have created a ReStructure Mix to not only extend the original 3:34 version but also accentuate and spotlight more of the tracks funky moments. It is a lengthier mix and gives that head shaking chorus a run for its money.

This ReStructure Mix is lovingly dedicated to an incredible man, Mr. Ray Dahrouge who continues to spread his talent to the world and also shines in the work of his past as anyone “steppin’ out” from the 70s can appreciate. Thank you, Ray!

• Sunset People - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Jessica Williams

Ms. Jessica Williams scored high with me and my dance floor in 1992 with a cover of Donna Summer’s “Sunset People” on Passion Records and produced by Phil Da Costa and Mr. Rick Gianatos. A nice high energy jazz fused version that transforms Jessica into a story teller for a “hot” night out on the town. This was huge in my club and being a Jessica Williams fan for years was satisfied that this woman was still on top!

I have taken the 12” version – both vocal and “Sunset & Vine Dix Mix” to create a new ReStructure Mix to use some pieces of both Donna’s original and Jessica’s fabulous legacy to remind of how good disco music really is.

This ReStructure Mix is lovingly dedicated to a wonderful lady, Ms. Jessica Williams and her man, Mr. John B. Williams – two talents which make me stand back in awe and then dance my butt off! Thank you, John and Jessica – a big hug and lots of love your way.

• Fascinated - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Company B

Company B is Charlotte McKinnon, Lori Ledesma and Susan Johnson and produced and created by Ish Ledesma (Foxy, Blue Moderne, Apollonia, Promise Circle, and Laurie Miller). The Miami freestyle sound brought the pop-front lines during the late 80s with a new flair and edge. “Fascinated” is their 1986 release which brought this trio and Ish Ledesma success with both radio and club play. The signature keyboard arpeggio riff is one which any dancer could flow with and recognize during its peak power.

I have taken the 12” vocal and dub versions to create this 80s Edition ReStructure Mix to once again mark the path of dance music. This re-working is a dub and vocal using bits and pieces to bring more of the sensual and rhythmic elements to your ears and feet again.

This ReStructure Mix is dedicated to Mr. Ish Ledesma and thanks for the wonderful stories of Foxy’s early club venue experiences!

• The Two Of Us - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Claudja Barry and Ronnie Jones

Claudja Barry and Ronnie Jones are two disco stars who made the 70s a much more festive and uplifting place. The music from Lollipop Records – produced by Jurgen S. Korduletsch is one of the festive sounds of mature disco in the late 70s with electronics building to crescendos with swirling strings guiding it. “The Two Of Us” is a single released in 1981 and is the second duet for the pair. An anthem from the first note it weaves a loving bond of two lovers against the world. One of favorite styles for the mirror ball and dancers willing to free themselves.

I have taken the 12” version of “The Two Of Us” and created a ReStructure Mix with an alternate intro and end. It is built with more of the swirling designed with energy in mind and a closing to reaffirm the love and excitement of disco music!

Dedicated to Ms. Claudja Barry and Mr. Ronnie Jones for all of the love and energy they have delivered to us in the past years. A big hug to both!

• Last Night A D.J. Saved My Life - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Indeep

Indeep is Beckie Bell, Mike Cleveland, Réjane Magloire and Rose Marie Ramsey – one of the 80s memorable moments with their 1982 old school classic, “Last Night A D.J. Saved My Life”. This electronic funk/disco track is full of riffs and guitar grooves to hypnotize and charm a snake. One of the grooviest pieces of the early 80s with the elements of change which made 80s New York funk work well.

I have taken the 12” vocal and “D.J. Delight” tracks to create a ReStructure Mix that continues the story of this lonely girl whose estranged lover has left her a prisoner to the disc jockey and dancing her heartache away. It has many new spots for a hip-moving experience and a new twist for the end of our drama.

This ReStructure Mix is dedicated to Jenny Moreno – thank you Jenny for your kind words and for listening. Keep on movin’ and groovin’!

• The Wanderer - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Donna Summer

“The Wanderer” is Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder stripped away of the disco strings and full orchestrations and a return for Moroder to his 60s pop roots and Donna moving into the pop-nu wave 80s. Her vocal is a touch of rock-a-billy and Elvis over a full on electronic force created by Giorgio with a new edge. It was quite a surprise for many Summer fans and after a more intense understanding of the new path and project a hailed winner for the new artist in Donna.

I have taken the album version of “The Wanderer” on a ReStructure trip and extended the track with a new feel and a more dub-esque arrangement. Adding a sample from a familiar rock-n’ roll classic of the same theme. It was quite fun to bring a new life into this new style for Donna a challenge to make new things happen.

This ReStructure Mix is dedicated to Mario Castro Arq and also the hardcore Donna Summer fans around the world who continue to bring justice to this incredible talent!

• Bodycheck - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - The Three Degrees

One of the disco eras greatest gift to dancers is a project titled “New Dimensions” by The Three Degrees and produced by Giorgio Moroder. It was a fusion of Moroder’s electronic disco pulses with the sultry voices of Philly’s trio. A magic moment and full of energy and stage appeal for these beautiful divas. The following disco project from 1980 titled “3D” featured the familiar ingredient moving these ladies into more of Moroder’s sound and production. “Bodycheck” is the closing track from the album and one which moves like a disco dance anthem with the ladies serenading us in a high energy feel.

I have taken the album version of “Bodycheck” and worked a new ReStructure Mix to build this one into a frenzy of electronic synths and rocked guitar twangs. It is a new arrangement and borrows a few riffs from past number by The Three Degrees!

• You Should Hear How She Talks About You - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Melissa Manchester

Melissa Manchester (Melissa Toni Manchester) is a pop singer/songwriter who began recording solo in 1973. Her big pop ballad “Midnight Blue” from 1975 gave a standing in the crossover to a soulful delivery and instant recognition. The 80s brought about a new chapter for Melissa and a sound following the synth pop dance sound which was a continuum of the disco era. “You Should Hear How She Talks About You” is from her “Hey Ricky” project from 1982 produced by Arif Mardin. It was a club hit with remixes featured on both Disconet and Hot Tracks DJ subscription services. The track talks in third party about a love that is longing to be kept secret no longer.

I have taken the 12” version and created a new ReStructure Mix to beef up the 80s guitar riffs, slamming clap tracks and Melissa’s fabulous vocal. It is another favorite and plays out that early 80s transition to a new dance era!

Dedicated to Nick and Lindsay with love – if these “divas” could hear how you talk about them – they would love you to pieces!

• Catch - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Sun-La-Shan

Sun-La- Shan is Franco Scopinich and Venise. Their 1982 Italo-disco/Electro dance track “Catch” is one of the innovative pieces which continue to echo a mystic and underground sound. The track was written by Alessandro Novaga. A great early morning piece for my programs during the mid-80s and one which captured the hypnotic feel of Italo-disco.

I have taken the 12” vocal and dub versions to create a ReStructure Mix giving the pulsating beat more rhythmic qualities – adding some new percussion effects and extending and rearranging the strange arrangement and lyrics, it has always been one of my favorite parts for a program with an experimental feel.

Dedicated to Franco Scopinich and thanks for his journey into an alternate sound!

• Touch Me Where It's Hot - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Erotic Drum Band

Erotic Drum Band is a Canadian disco band produced by Mr. Peter Di Milo and one of the early sounds of percussion working infectiously alongside the disco beat. Hence, Erotic Drum Band with the sexy themes and sexy breaks. One of my favorite sounds of the late 70s and an instant smash for those innovators heading the high energy feel of the 80s. “Touch Me Where It’s Hot” is the second project from the band from 1980 and works the outline again with great results.

I have taken the album version of “Touch Me Where It’s Hot” and worked a new ReStructure Mix for those who cannot get enough of Di Milo’s fierce drum work. This remix extends the intro and adds some new breaks for a new effect.

This ReStructure Mix is dedicated to Mr. Peter Di Milo for his drive, dedication and the magic he has given to disco music. It is not lasting – but loving.

• Borderline - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Madonna

Madonna (Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone) began show business as a dancer for Patrick Hernandez during his tour of his disco hit, “Born To Be Alive” from 1979. Following her first single, “Everybody” in 1982 dance floors around the world had found a new dance diva for a new dance era. It seemed as though each release was as mature and exciting as the one prior. “Borderline” is a single from the much awaited self-titled album from 1983 – this track fills the void for 80s pop-synth with a mild electronic arrangement and the yearning confessions of Madonna. A great dance piece with more fans relating to it as her best. It was produced by Reggie Lucas of Stephanie Mills and Phyllis Hyman disco fame.

I have taken the 12” single vocal and instrumental – mixed by John "Jellybean" Benitez – and worked an alternative ReStructure Mix more fitting for a kick back memorandum with the headsets – yet demanding a dance floor, as it is full of emotion. Pulling pieces from the 12” single in parts and formulating a new flow for this beautiful number.

• Rhythm Of The Jungle - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - The Quick

The Quick is Colin Campsie and George McFarlane – a duo from England who created a brand of high energy and synth-pop tracks that framed the end of 1979. “Sharks Are Cool, Jets Are Hot” and “Young Men Drive Fast” gave a new edge vocal wise to the pumping disco beat and the percussion driven rhythms. An early stage for the keyboard driven dance music of the 80s. Their single “Rhythm Of The Jungle” was featured on their album “One Light In A Blackout” and followed in the lower-tempo tracks of their success in 1981.

I have taken the 12” version of “Rhythm Of The Jungle” – mixed by Jay Mark and John Luongo to create a new laid out version – ReStructure Mix – with some breaks to space apart the jungle energy and vibe. It is a favorite piece of driving synth-pop and gives disco music that adventurous feel that it has always been known for!

• Red Light - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Linda Clifford

Linda Clifford pulls off the disco track of the 80s with “Red Light” – which is also featured on the soundtrack of the film “Fame” of the same year - produced by Gil Askey and Michael Gore. This track is another iconic moment for Linda’s soulful vocal and definitive style. One of the big dance floor packers of that year and one which fans place among her list of hits.

I have taken the album version, being the long disco version and created a ReStructure Mix with an alternative arrangement and more of those bongo driven synthesizers that give Linda the boost her magic deserves. A new layout for a favorite talent of mine – Ms. Linda Clifford.

This ReStructure Mix is dedicated to Ms. Clifford in thanks for her wonderful place in disco history and for always being a lady!

• Close To Perfection - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Miquel Brown

Miquel Brown is one of the disco/hi-NRG standards of the 80s – her 1983 dance floor smash, “So Many Men, So Little Time” brought a whole new sound and energy to starving dance floors. It was a follow up to her 1978 album “Symphony Of Love” – produced by Alan Hackshaw whom also produced Love-De-Luxe (“Here Comes That Sound Again”). “Close To Perfection” is a track from the 1985 project produced by UK dance masters, Ian Levine and Fiachra Trench. This is one of those lilting and melodic tracks which brought an early evening – early morning to the hilt.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental (originally mixed by John Morales and Sergio Munzibai) and created a ReStructure Mix to give this beauty a new face. A new intro focusing on the bass synthesizer pounding out the symphony b ass-line introduces Miquel’s serenade in a new way. It is still one of those tracks that make disco music sound every bit as beautiful as the Philly days.

This ReStructure Mix is dedicated to Nick and Lindsay – thanks for the love and kindness! You are both disco perfection!

• When Love Takes Over You - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Donna Summer

Donna Summer returned to the dance floor in 1989 with producer Stock, Aitken and Waterman to bring dance and hi-NRG fans a box of disco chocolates. The project titled “Another Place And Time” exploded with the first single “This Time I Know It’s For Real” and continued on a non-stop hit single roll. “When Love Takes Over You” is one of the singles that was also released as a 12” remix and made the mind-tempo energy sets sparkle with Donna’s iconic voice and the rhyme and sweetness of the SAW sound.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental to create a ReStructure Mix and return us to a “place in time” that not only gave hardcore Donna fans another lift into the clouds – it also brought the SAW sound a new shine. This mix focuses on the beautiful instrumental and the lyrical verses – breaking them in and out with some surprises along the way. A Donna classic is infused to remind us of “The Magic of Summer”

• Rhythm Of The Street - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Patti Austin

Patti Austin is a jazz and pop vocalist who became a dance floor addition following her 80s tracks “Body Language”, “Do You Love Me” and “Rhythm Of The Streets” – this is definitely one of the definitive voices of dance music during the early 80s. With ballads like “Baby Come To Me” (with James Ingram) it was more than a treat have such a talent grace the disco beats.

I have taken on of my favorite singles from her album “Patti Austin” titled “Rhythm Of The Street” from 1984 and transformed the 12” single originally remixed by John ‘Jellybean’ Benitez and worked a ReStructure Mix for a more celebratory and break-out arrangement. Many of Patti’s phrases are accentuated and the rhythm forced to the surface. A winning dance track and one which brings an instant feeling of joy to those who love that dance floor!

• Jungle - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Kongas

Kongas is a band formed in France and featured disco leaders Cerrone and Don Ray. The group began recording in 1974 and lead them into their big 1977 disco classic album “Africanism” featuring a tribal feast version of “Gimme Some Lovin” – the 1966 hit from The Spencer Davis Group. Their third album titled “Anikana-O” from 1978 featured tracks along the similar vein – more of a late 60s rock-edged feel with plenty of percussion and the pounding disco beat. A fantastic group of dance cuts and one in particular which always created a stir for me was “Jungle”.

I have taken the album version of “Jungle” and created a ReStructure Mix giving an intro that lures dancers into the lush area of the jungle where a savage bass and killer bongos guarantee satisfaction. A longer edit here and plenty of the drop and kick elements that I hear in my mind and now in the “Jungle”!

• On A Journey (I Sing The Funk Electric) - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Electrik Funk

Elektrik Funk is an electronic-garage project from producers, Darryl Payne and Eric Matthew – the boys who also gave us Sharon Redd, Sinnamon, Eazy, Gary’s Gang, Miles Watson and many projects in the early and late 80s. This strange edged track introduced a soulful-garage vocal with an unusual theme aimed at traveling through a groove with the mind. A big hit for my club at the time since the instrumental provide a long mix alternative or longer intro to the funk-driven vocal.

I have created a ReStructure Mix here with a piece added from the “Fame” soundtrack which seems obvious why – yet I worked to take the keyboards and separate some of the punchiest segments out. It has the feel of a funk set – yet the underground sound of an early morning gem. This is a new journey – one I hope you can feel in your mind and feet!

• Choir Practice - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Lipps Inc.

Lipps Inc. is a disco band from producer Steven Greenberg and arrived at an important time for disco music. The big 1979 classic “Funkytown” extended the disco era for a few more years proving that many club goers, music connoisseurs and dancers were still celebrating the uplifting beat of disco music. The third album from Lipps Inc. titled “4” is a transition from the matured sound of dance music from disco producers and artists to the 80s strip down to keyboards and high-school bee-bop for the new wave period. Although the tracks still followed hardcore clubs feel a new production and arrangement technique gave way to a simpler sound.

“Choir Practice” is one of the big singles from the project and is a favorite of mine as it replicates a warm-up exercise from church choirs and brings it rhythm and a touch of disco-funk. Another display of disco music’s being and uplifting message breathing fun into something old. I have given the album version a ReStructure Mix to break apart the chorus notes and harmony into a new disco break arrangement. Some samples from “The Blues Brothers” and a Grace Jones/Tom Moulton favorite add some of the themes fun a new delivery.

Dedicated to Curt Rudduck from Facebook – and thanks for requesting this high energy number for an overhaul. It’s for you, Curt – good energy to you.

• Disco Dance - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Michele

Michele (alias Chantal Curtis) recorded the project “Magic Love” released in 1977 and produced by Pierre Jaubert and Tom Mouton. The album contained four tracks which were hits among various clubs and crowds. It reflected the New York disco sound of the time although the project was recorded in France and remixed by Mr. Moulton in Philly. The track “Disco Dance” I remember most since the title was an anthem for the burst of the club craze.

I have taken the album version of “Disco Dance” and created an alternate ReStructure Mix working the keyboards and some of the funky bests and guitars into a new arrangement and adding a synthesizer – ala Patrick Cowley since the master himself worked remix of the song using his own style in 1977 – one of his early works. It is a new trip and a new end to make this closing a bit more to the dancers imagination.

• Liar On The Wire - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Sharon Redd

Sharon Redd is one of the disco-funk divas who make disco music history something to stand and take notice. Previously a back-up vocalist for Bette Midler and a member of group The Harlettes. Sharon appeared on the single release “Love Insurance” appearing as Front Page and the flame ignited hotter than hot! Her voice following this was a must for DJs, dancers and collectors. With hits like “Beat The Street”, “In The Name Of Love”, “Can You Handle It” and a slew of singles from her three solo album projects Sharon made dance floors shake and take note of a sophisticated woman taking the stage with funk appeal and a majestic anthem delivery to top that.

“Liar On The Wire” is from Sharon’s 1983 album “Love How You Feel” and one of the mini-heartbreak classics with her fabulous vocal that was always yearning for attention. I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental and created a ReStructure Mix adding an electronic kick beat from a familiar track and worked a whole new call to her estranged lover. It is every bit as emotional – yet kickin’ with a whole new groove.

Dedicated to Katie Perry and Pat Demps – thank you beautiful ladies for keeping Sharon’s memory alive for me and the love you give. I love you both very much.

• I Remember Yesterday - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Donna Summer

Donna Summer is an artist and vocalist that I can remember not only growing up with – but also learning as much about her voice from the start of “Love To Love You Baby” on to her high energy dance material from SAW which was a majestic step for 80s pop-dance music to have a voice accompany these steps. Donna’s early work was an expression of what this voice could achieve. The range and power behind it from the sexy delivery of “Love To Love You Baby” and “Try Me, I Know We Can Make It” to the powerhouse medley of “Mac Arthur Park” – where it seemed our “First Lady of Love” matured into a Queen Of Disco.

“I Remember Yesterday” is Donna’s fifth album and released in 1977 created quite a stir as she delivered not only the innovative vocal for Moroder’s electronic masterpiece, “I Feel Love” – but also a medley of big band to Motown tracks that emulated a sound that was not only close to the feel – but also even more that anyone could expect. I have taken the album version of “I Remember Yesterday” and created a ReStructure Mix to take the big band flavor and compress it into a new package which would haunt us as much as her voice has me since I first hear it.

This ReStructure Mix is dedicated to the Donna Summer fans who are so generous to keep this spirit alive not only with love but with assurance that it can never happen again.

• Devil Woman - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Fire and Ice

Fire and Ice is a fabulous disco project from film and TV score composer Lalo Schifrin – who was also a member of Dizzy Gillespie and His Orchestra. This project on the iconic 70s disco label, Butterfly Records also features Elton Farokh Ahi (Destination, Stereo Fun, Inc., T. Mace) as co-producer and work on synthesizers and percussion in the recording. It is a New York 70s style disco album with the chic sound of disco-funk and the light and airy chorus girls guiding us on several trips – all related to “fire” and “ice”. “Devil Woman” is the cut we focus on now and relays the hypnotic effect of a woman destined to make her love the prey to her own desire.

I have ReStructured the album version in this mix and reworked a few surprises from a disco classic and a classic piece of Schifrin’s magic. It gives the vocals which are provided by Lalo’s wife Donna Schifrin and Cheyenne Fowler more of a powerful spell with some added effects. A favorite album of mine from 1979 with two greats I worship myself, Mr. Schifrin and Mr. Ahi.

• Love School - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix -  Susan Stevens

Susan Stevens is a Canadian disco artist from Gino D’Orazio and Tony Bentivegna – the boys who brought us Blue Lazer, Ladies Choice, Motion and Nightlife Unlimited. It was the early 80s new arrangement for disco music in an all-electronic form. The effects blast here and there like a video game – and add some excitement and energy in a spaced-dance experience.

“Love School” is a single released in 1983 and added more wizardry and winding sequencers to balance out Susan’s delicate and sweet vocal. It has always been a favorite among after-hours dee-jays and high energy clubs of the time. This ReStructure Mix breaks the firm pieces of the songs into parts and reassembles them into a more beat-driven arrangement. Some new pounding breaks and effects arte added along to way to accentuate the style of the Canadian producers.

• Play That Funky Music - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix -  Wild Cherry

Wild Cherry consisted of Allen Wentz, Bryan Bassett, Dominic Ierace, Mark Avsec, Robert Parissi and Ronald Beitle – an American funk band from Pittsburgh, PA. Their classic funk-disco hit “Play That Funky Music” gave the boys a place which can never be de-funked. The song has maintained it edge throughout its release in 1976. The album was produced by Robert Parissi.

I have taken the album version of the track and created a ReStructure Mix which stretches out the grooves in several spots to secure the funk and also played with some of the musical fixtures which provide a groovy place for today, yesterday and tomorrow to remind us just where the funk belongs – on the disco dance floor!

• You Get High In N.Y.C. - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Revanche

Revanche is disco project from Jacques Fred Petrus and Mauro Malavasi. The vocal ensemble includes Christine Wiltshire, Jocelyn Shaw, Mauro Malavasi and Skipp Ingram. The four cut album is one of the high energy dance floor winners of 1979 including cuts “Music Man”, “1979 It’s Dancing Time”, “Revenge” and “You Get High In N.Y.C.”. All tracks in the Goody Music tradition of full orchestration and innovative synthesizer and keyboard play.

I have taken the album version of “You Get High In N.Y.C.” and re-wired it for this ReStructure Mix – adding a new lengthier intro and some drop-outs during the build to give the song some pulses of new excitement. It is one of my favorites from the project and had some fun working on disassembling and reworking it over again.

• Love Is - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Gino Soccio

Gino Soccio is a disco producer, musician and artist from Montreal and an innovator of the late 70s disco scene. His 1979 classic “Dancer” took dance floors to another level of both sound and production. It was one of the earliest disco-funk and ambient sounds in dance music. Many of Soccio’s productions stand out in the keyboard and experiomental synthesizer arrangement creative mode. “Love Is” was featured on Soccio’s 1980 project, “S-Beat” and 1981’s “Closer” – a choice again which defined Soccio’s musical influence of soul and a touch of soft rock. The later production focused more of the funk elements of guitar and vibes.

Originally recorded by Bill Withers and from his 1978 album “’Bout Love” – this Soccio reproduction brings a heavy rhytym enhacement and disco-chorus to the rescue.

I have taken pieces of his 1980 cover and the guts of the 1981 masterpiece and worked a ReStructure Mix to give the track a longer life and also some edits to breakdown this lilting piece of beautiful music. Soccio has always amazed me after listening to detail and placement of his work. It has been a great pleasure to work on “Love Is” – one of my many-many favrites from this talented man.

• Do You Wanna Get Away - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Shannon

Shannon and “The Shannon Sound” – hard to resist in 1983 when “Let The Music Play” rocked the heck out of clubs, boom boxes and her career. The sound is a concept from production team Chris Barbosa and Mark Liggett – a New York electronic beat groove which inspired the sound of the 80s dance scene. Quite powerful guns to follow when the groove is so deep you can almost see through the vinyl. Shannon was a big element for dancers, clubs and the adoring sound of funk, disco and pop-dance music. It was that irresistible and sensual element of her voice.

I have taken the 12” version of “Do You Wanna Get Away” (both vocal and dub) and reworked a new ReStructure Mix to give this classic a whole new aim and slide. It pulls in a deeper experience along with some familiar pieces that will splash some fresh water to feel good on a hot sweaty dance floor.

Thank you, Shannon – you gave us a new reason to move and look up to dance music with respect!

• Double or Nothing - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Gladys Knight and Kenny Loggins

Kenny Loggins and Gladys Knight are paired in “Double Or Nothing” – from the 1985 soundtrack of Rocky IV and produced by Bernard Edwards. It is 80s pop dance with the haunting sound of two great voices bringing a few facts about love into the light. It is the start of something good and the positive points of things to come. The song had me blending an extended stand-up mix during its release and its 3:42 length with no 12” remixes. It is one of those songs with riffs that hang on. A favorite of mine and another reason Mr. Bernard Edwards rules under many styles of production.

I have taken the short soundtrack version and worked with the drum tracks, guitar riffs and vocals to create this ReStructure Mix – which is to bring this duo upfront in a beautiful way. And of course to extend what was much too short.

• Bring It Back - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Taka Boom

Taka Boom is a voice that engulfs a song. He performances on disco classics “You + Me=Love” by The Undisputed Truth from 1976 and “Mr. D.J. You Know How To Make Me Dance” by The Glass Family are “proof of power” and “depth of soul”. It was a gift to new and recent fans when her solo career began in 1979 with her self-titled disco album. “Night Dancing” and “Red Hot” were instant classics and are two of my favorites of 1979. Following this project later in 1979 Taka released a 12” single titled “Bring It Back” – produced by Jim Callon who also produced The Glass Family project. The single was a big hit for Taka and brought a nice transition to electronic arrangements that were common during the 80s for club disco.

I have taken the long version from the 12” single and created this ReStructure Mix to salute this track which makes each play a bit emotional for those of us who began dancing in the early and mid-70s – and where 1979 was feeling a change in the club environment all together. This ReStructure Mix plays out a longer introduction to build up to Taka’s sensational performance. A few looping areas help to create new spots where the memory can run free as well as the imagination.

This ReStructure Mix is dedicated to Nick and Lindsay who are the keepers of the women of disco, jazz and soul. Thanks to their undying love for the music which always brings me excitement and some new tunes I missed.

• You Gotta Dance - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Pacific Blue

Pacific Blue is a disco project from producers Michaele, Lana Sebastian and Paul Sebastian – the three responsible for albums by Madleen Kane, Theo Vaness, Claire and Leonore O’ Malley. This 1978 disco track is the flip side to the 12” “Argentina Forever” which contains a slight Euro-disco feel as their prior work with flamenco feel. Vocals emulate a Bee Gee’s feel and echo throughout this number. It has always been a favorite of mine and was fun to program during playful sets.

I have taken the 12” version of “You Gotta Dance” to rework an arrangement and loop-set for the killer bass trickle and the Spanish flavor. It is a bit more airy with a few new breaks as well as a cold ending which breaks down right where it started.

• Lovergirl - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Teena Marie

Teena Marie (Mary Christine Brockert) was a breakthrough R&B singer, songwriter and producer arriving at the tail end of the disco era. Her music has always played out with a full arrangement enhancing tracks like “Lovergirl” from 1984. During the early 80s and the repackaging of disco as pop-dance Teena had the ability to create a stage for her soulful delivery and funk-driven energy.

I have taken the 12” single “vocal” and “dub” to create a playful ReStructure Mix which takes Teena on a few detours along the way to deliver her message. I have used some deeper segments with a thumping beat along with pieces of the original arrangement to speak the message of “Lovergirl” in a new way. A bit more drops to let the words fade into mind and feet.

• Come Inside - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Fancy

Fancy (Manfred Alois Segith) is a German disco singer and producer who also produced under the name Tess Teiges (Timerider, Slip). His disco project Fancy is one of the memorable arenas of the 80s high energy and electronic disco stage. Many of the tracks share a hypnotic and driving rhythm and sexy mood. An appropriate return to a new sound of disco music with a complete overhaul on production and execution. “Come Inside” is a single released as a B-side to his 1984 release “Slice Me Nice”. It shares a familiar synthesizer riff used by The Professionals on “Law Of The Land” which was borrowed from the original track recorded by The Temptations.

“Come Inside” is presented in this ReStructure Mix in a playful and new way using pieces from two disco classics adding more of an invitation. It is reworked using the “American Remix #1” by Bob Beat Me Black and Terror from the Personal Records release. A few more sleazy moments are added to keep the sensual feel of the song alive and a new energy added.

• Enjoy Yourself - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - The Jacksons

The Jacksons continued their dropping the “Five” from their title and finding themselves in 1976 under the production of Philadelphia International – Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff. It was a hardcore venture into the new dance arena. Even with the built up talents of this blockbuster entourage their own style and sound became the overall result. “Enjoy Yourself” is one of the first breakout singles which created that funky-disco essence of what we can all remember the mid-70s exuding.

I have taken the album version of “Enjoy Yourself” and worked a new ReStructure Mix to give the track some new beats and pulsating deep-dub effects. The rhythm guitars are the layer of promise from start to finish and again, the Jackson’s create a layer of chorus satisfaction. A great song which always made me feel the power of music and talent - the wonderful Jacksons.

• One Night Queen - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Claudja Barry

Claudja Barry is one of disco music’s earliest stars whose talent created a wave of excitement on dance floors around the world. Her music has always had a definitive sound and this “Disco Star” has remained true to her fans and craft. Claudja’s voice is recognizable and one which helped to give disco fans an identifiable style. “One Night Queen” is a track from Claudja’s 1979 album “Feel The Fire” and is originally placed with a medley along with two tracks: “Get Your Mind Made Up” and “It’s So Nice”. This medley gives Claudja an opportunity to work her falsetto vocals adorably and appropriately. The album was produced by Claudja’s husband, Jurgen Korduletsch.

I have taken “One Night Queen” from the medley and created a ReStructure Mix using the pumping synth riff (which always reminded me of “Louie, Louie” by The Kingsmen) and worked a new extended play. There are pieces of the nightlife tale here in pieces scattered about and some re-arranging to give Claudja another opportunity to work this simple but fun little disco number.

Dedicated to Ms. Claudja Barry who brings a whole new meaning to preserving great uplifting music in her new ventures to educate ears and hearts about music and treating life kindly. Thank you, Claudja for the heart and love.

• Diamonds - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Robin Gibb

Robin Gibb as a member of the family group, Bee Gees helped to make the 70s an outline for many of his compositions and productions. This music helped a generation to come alive with excitement with funky dance pieces and adoring love songs. His solo recording career began in 1970 and followed through his passing in 2012. “Secret Agent” is his 1984 album is a pop-dance excursion featuring producers Chris Barbosa and Mark Liggett – who created the 80s electro-street sound with projects from Shannon, Xena and Steve Rodway.

“Diamonds” is the flip-side to the 12” hit single, “Boys Do Fall In Love” and is one of the tracks I would love to play during evening warm up or after-hours. It has many great hooks as well and a resonating vocal by Robin. It pounds out that street sound that made the mid-80s a bit more innovative. I have taken the 12” version to create this ReStructure Mix that not only extends the adventure here – but also gives a bit of the stage to Dame Shirley Bassey – where she confirms Robin’s obsession.

This ReStructure Mix is dedicated to the energy of Mr. Robin Gibb who left us in 2012 – thanks for your talent and heartfelt music.

• I've Got Just What You Need - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Cheryl Lynn

Cheryl Lynn is one of the voices of disco era that was hard to ignore or forget. Her 1978 self-titled album gave dance floors two giant singles – “Got To Be Real” and “Star Love”. The soaring notes of Cheryl’s voice are some of the most intense and soulful experiences in music history. Her talent was immediately given a rousing welcome with the excitement of things to come. “Got To Be Real” is now a disco-old school classic still has one of the most incredible vocal performances to date.

“I’ve Got Just What You Need” comes from Cheryl’s second album titled “In Love” released in 1979. The project was produced by Barry Blue and is one of the most phenomenal studio projects for a new vocalist – as she displays just what she can do. Many tracks from the album, although not commercial are some of the most incredible recording for fans to remember the magic of Ms. Lynn’s arrival. I have taken the short album version and created this ReStructure Mix which I have always wanted to extend the ecstasy of the vocal arrangements. It is playful and a moment to feel Cheryl as the powerful voice of a soulful universe.

• I Wanna Take You Home - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Patrick Cowley

Patrick Cowley made a mark in the 80s with his electronic sound introduced earlier on his work with projects by Sylvester, Fever, Brenda Mitchell and Beckie Bell. A rolling synthesizer and psychedelic-60 keyboard riffs were the stamps which gave Cowley a place on hardcore dance floors and a hard sound to forget for those who were accustomed to disco music with orchestral and band arrangements. During a period when disco music moved underground. It was a great time for discovering independent artists and label recording new music rather than recreate and duplicate to monopolize on sales rather than creative movement.

“I Wanna Take You Home” is from Patrick Cowley’s album “Menergy” from 1981 and created a double sided 12” release for his first single. It was a huge hit and gave dancers the disco beat with a new edge. I have taken the original 12” version to blend this ReStructure Mix using some of Cowley’s magic from “Megatron Man” and also rearranging the song for a longer and brighter feel.

• We're Gonna Rock - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Sabu

Paul Sabu was the producer and artist to top the late 70s off with arrangements and production which are the icing on the disco-cake. Most of his productions have become classics with the style and sound this talented man created. His work has included artists such as Debbie Jacobs, Ann Margret and Sister Power all of which created a whirlwind on dance floors during their release. His 1979 album titled “Sabu” brought a rock-edged rhythm to dance floors and made each night more exciting. His guitar play and vocal in tracks from this project introduced a new energy to dancers. “We’re Gonna Rock” is the single which received a big reception and hands pounding up to the mirror-ball in an anthem like feel.

I have taken the album version of “We’re Gonna Rock” and created this ReStructure Mix breaking apart the infectious rhythm section with some of the playful looping and machine-gun edits to bring an alternative version to feel the fire balls explode right before the deejay booth. It is one of the Saturday night favorites and peak-hour tracks that I would love to transition to for a new layer of energy.

This ReStructure Mix is dedicated to the “Rockin’ Rollin’ Disco King” himself, Mr. Paul Sabu in appreciation for his talents in producing, mixing and performing to keep the celebration worth it.

• K.I.C. Keep It Coming - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Hydro featuring Lorna

Hydro is a Canadian disco project from producers Joe La Greca and Joe Marandola – who also gave dance floors music from MTL Express, Kat Mandu, Montreal and Melody Stewart. The full-disco attack was accomplished here with the full-bass, funky guitars and the wizardry of the disco-keyboards. A package where every track was a potential dance floor jam. “K.I.C. Keep It Coming” is the second 12” release from the project and features the vocals of Lorna Di Fiore – in the disco tradition of sassy and sexy. A bit more underground and full of the percussion which made dance floor ignite across the globe in the late 70s.

I have taken the album version of “K.I.C. Keep It Coming” and created a ReStructure Mix taking the baseline percussion and looping segments to fill a pair of new pair of disco shoes. Some surprise appearances from K.C. and The Sunshine Band and Bellamy Brothers are added for some excitement.

• Lovin' You Madly - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Narada Michael Walden

The musical career of producer, songwriter and singer Narada Michael Walden is one which can be heard in many projects throughout three decades. His solo recordings began in 1976 and lasted throughout the mid-90s. His productions were the essential pop-dance-funk of the 80s and include Stacy Lattisaw, Sister Sledge, Amii Stewart, Angela Bofill, and Carl Carlton. His work has always given dance floors the groove to keep the energy and excitement alive.

“Lovin’ You Madly” is a single from his 1979 album “The Dance Of Life” and made disc jockey playlists from a nice project with many dance tracks to work from. It is one of the simple funk-productions which rely on a funky guitar and Narada’s undying love for that special one. At times it is “fierce” but always on the level.

I have created this ReStructure Mix of “Lovin’ You Madly” using the album version recreating a new rhythm part to break the funk into a house-like feel. It has the remapping of verses and choruses intended to bring a new slickness to an already hard-edge funk piece.

• Arabella/Home - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Rinder & Lewis

Rinder & Lewis are the duo who made disco music come alive with a sound that was formulated directly from dance floors. Their catalogue of music includes studio groups El Coco, Tuxedo Junction, In Search Of Orchestra, Le Pamplemousse and Saint Tropez. “Warriors” is their album from 1979 which is one of the projects from that year which staged the classic live disco with some of the electronic sounds of where the music was heading. “Arabella/Home” is one of the playable tracks from the project which has the sound and theme of a rock ‘n roll tune – and a bit of their musical influence of the 50s.

I have taken the album version of “Arabella/Home” which was divided into two parts when our ensemble informs our heroine that it’s a done deal and a bit of short riffs describe a warmer and accepting option out of the relationship. I reworked the already fabulous arrangement in a new way to give the intro more build with the sequencer pieces and also worked the two parts into a finale mix. It has always been a toe-tapping winner for me and always is an honor to give these two the accolades they so deserve.

This ReStructure Mix is dedicated to Mr. W. Michael Lewis

• Sir Duke - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder (Stevland Hardaway Morris) has touched hearts and minds throughout his career and with music which has always touched the romantic and sensitive side of the soul without appearing maudlin. His work throughout the 60s became one of the voices of soul music to create an excitement and respect. “Songs In The Key Of Life” is Stevie’s eighteenth album and one of the top selling of that year. “Sir Duke” is the second single from the album and salutes musical geniuses throughout time who have given much to the experience – the title focus on Mr. Duke Ellington and his contributions to jazz. Ellington left us in 1974 which gives a nice memory and uplifting tribute.

I have taken the album version of “Sir Duke” and worked on a ReStructure Mix to give the jazzy arrangement a club-like feel. Adding a few drop zones where pieces of percussion and horns create an eerie rhythmic feel. This has been one of the early tracks to bring me the sensation of what disco was achieving on dance floors. Energy and excitement with the use of rhythm and new arrangements. Soul, funk and Afro-Cuban percussion were with a new foundation.

• Lady Luck - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - The Ritchie Family

“Life Is Music” is the 1977 project from The Ritchie Family and continues the sound which helped to make disco music a widespread phenomenon. Produced by Jacques Morali and Ritchie Rome – this spotlight for our three divas, Cassandra Wooten, Cheryl Mason-Dorman and Gwendolyn Oliver is another pièce de résistance of dance music’s sophisticated edge. The title track was a club hit and anthem for dance floors which celebrated the freedom this music expressed. “Lady Luck” is the second dance floor single which gives us once again the feel that “The Best Disco In Town” created: excitement and fun.

I have taken the 12” version of “Lady Luck” and worked a ReStructure Mix to honor these lovely ladies of discos best and also give the uplifting song a bit more to move with. There are some vocal pieces reworked and a few new break-edits intended to make any night “lucky” on the dance floor.

Dedicated to Cheryl Mason Dorman for her wonderful talent and also the work to keep the magic alive!

• Music Inspired by 'Star Wars' - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Meco

Meco Monardo is a disco producer and arranger whose music is the disco symphonic sound of the dance floor during the late 70s. His funky beat-driven revivals work with several motion picture soundtracks both classic as he created with his “Wizard Of Oz” project and then leaning towards the pop-edge taking soundtracks from “Star Wars”, “Close Encounters of The Third Kind” and “Superman” to a rhythmic sensation. His 1977project “Music Inspired by Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk” is included in the disco Top 100 since it dominated radio and helped to introduce disco music’s new path to an AM audience.

I have taken the “Star Wars Medley” from this album and created a ReStructure Mix which uses the fantastic theme from John Williams and gives it a new bass driven arrangement to use snippets of the work into a new collage of disco sound. Done in the ReStructure edit style where anything can happen and usually does. It is a return to the pop-sound of disco and a glimpse of impact of both the film and John Williams’s fantastic musical soundtrack.

• Alive With Love - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Cut Glass

Cut Glass is vocalists Mildred Vaney and Ortheia Barnes along with producers Jeffrey Parsons and Jeffrey Steinberg – who also created a disco project title Hott City (or Graffitti) in 1978. Cut Glass was introduced with a double-sided 12” including the disco classic “Without Your Love” and “Alive With Love” – both an electronic style of disco music which helped to bring dance floors into the upcoming 80s high energy genre. “Alive With Love” much like “Without Your Love” featured an incredible vocal from our duo and a space-fused disco arrangement that was dreamy and lightly punchy.

I have taken the 12” version of “Alive With Love” – one of my all-time favorite early evening or after-hours feel tracks and created a ReStructure Mix with not only an extended timing but also a whole new breakdown and sense of yearning for this disco treat. A new electro-vibe drum beats a sensual magnetism that I have always heard below the original. It is one piece that I wanted to add something special so that the dance floor of yesterday may understand the purpose all over again.

• Private Dancer - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Tina Turner

Tina Turner is one of the performers with a fairy-tale return to the music industry in 1984 with her smash album “Private Dancer”. The project took radio and clubs by storm with tracks in the pop-rock and dance genre bringing Tina into a new era of brining the lady a new stage for both respect and awe. The title track was produced by John Carter and featured Tina in a world of confusion and a tired soul looking for hope. It was one of the big surprises from the album as it was featured as a 12” for clubs to take in their arms “The Queen of Rock n Roll”.

I have taken the 12” version of “Private Dancer” and created a ReStructure Mix focusing on the moody essence of the track and adding some new drama. It brings plenty of percussion in and also a stomping breakdown in areas when you will least expect. A favorite mood of mine which takes the song underground and more mysterious.

• Je T 'Aime (Moi Non Plus) - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Donna Summer

Donna Summer made the disco scene complete during the mid-70s with the productions aimed at figment of disco musical fantasy called The First Lady of Love. Donna’s breakout hit “Love To Love You Baby” gave disco music the appropriate sound for a new life being discovered with a mood and style created by music. Her first three albums were perfection with this formula and iconic phase. One of the peaks of Donna’s fame was definitely the release of the film “Thank God It’s Friday” in 1978 – it also presented her as the disco diva serenading a frantic crowd to her soon-to-be classic “Last Dance”.

The soundtrack featured a bonus 12” single with Donna’s cover of Serge Gainsbourg’s “Je T’ Aime (Moi Non Plus)” – a song written and sung with Brigitte Bardot – a cinema sex symbol. It was another venture into the sexy realm of disco’s take on the sound which made it most explosive. Donna’s version falls close to her sexy – but stylish appeal to make the night seem more intense and desire closer.

I have taken the 12” version which times at 15:51 and created a new ReStructure Mix working in a new funk-drum beat and some rhythm effects to spice up the sexy play on a romantic affair between a couple expressing their love for one another. This new version incorporates some familiar pieces from Donna’s legacy and is intended to bring a new light to this somewhat controversial song.

• Love Plane - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Skyy

Skyy is Anibal "Butch" Sierra, Bonny Dunning, Delores Dunning Milligan, Denise Dunning Crawford, Gerald Lebon, Larry Greenburg, Randy Muller, Solomon Roberts Jr., Tommy McConnell and Wayne Wilentz. A funk-disco band produced by Randy Muller (Brass Construction, Tamiko Jones, Funk Deluxe) and executed in the New York disco-funk style. Refreshing grooves with a touch of those swirling disco strings. Much of their music is recognizable with the raw groove and predominant vocal arrangements.

“Love Plane” comes from their 1980 album “Skyway” and was a huge hit in my club and gave the early 80s an early transition from disco beats to a new electronic-groove. The emphasis here, as most Skyy tunes are falling in love and expressing a deep affection for a lover. And so let’s fly!

This ReStructure Mix give the funky track a longer breakdown and some new beats to bring this “love plane” to its destination. One of the moments I always hoped for when I was spinning this album version – an extended trip!

• Body Heat - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Alicia Bridges

Alicia Bridges burst onto the disco music scene as an unknown artist yet as recognizable with her big hit, “I Love The Nightlife (Disco Round)”. It was as if the anthem was created before the scene took hold of the general public. Alicia had a unique voice bringing a whole new flair and style to the club scene. Her first album may have been one of the most recognized covers from the period and the classic track as one of the most played. The album was produced by Steve Buckingham – a guitarist who played with Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Tower Of Power – to name a few. His work on this album was indeed a new fusion in disco music.

“Body Heat” is the second single from the album and was a track that hardcore clubs embraced since many were familiar with Alicia’s voice and sound. A 12” release also featured a remix by Mr. Jim Burgess taking the album version heights above the yearning guitars and Bridges’ powerful performance. It was always a favorite of mine and fit into a rock-edged disco track with that disco flair added.

This ReStructure Mix takes the 12” version into a few new breakdowns and small clips of those rockin’ guitars and peaking chorus riffs. It builds with a few loop-edits to present a new aura to what I consider a genuine and unique piece of dance music.

• Love Is All You Need - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - High Inergy

High Inergy is a soul group discovered by Berry Gordy’s sister and then signed to Motown’s label Gordy Records in 1977. Their first album titled “Turnin’ On” brought back the girl group excitement with the soul flair. The single “You Can’t Turn Me Off (In The Middle Of Turning Me On)” was an immediate hit and only revealed a clue of the tracks from the album which made these voices irresistible. “Love Is All You Need” is the opening song of the project and gives a funky-soul spot for High Inergy to harmonize and express their talent in a young, new experience. It was a turning point for soul music to enter a disco realm.

I have taken the album version of “Love Is All You Need” and created a ReStructure Mix to add some new drum fills and breaks to the beautiful shout out for love. An extended intro and some new breaks are added to extend and add a new feel. Some new beats are pulled from the base of this groovy rhythmic production.

• Sing Your Own Song - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Jeanie Tracy

Jeanie Tracy (Jeanie Autre Tracy) is one of the voices when heard makes you feel energized. The power of this woman’s delivery is a reminder of gospels influence in many forms of music including the late 70s when Sylvester hit the disco scene. Ms. Tracy has performed back-up sessions for many well-known artists – but the real show is when she is in front. “Sing Your Own Song” is an AA-side to the 1984 12” single “Time Bomb”. This track was produced by Tip Wirrick, Michael Finden and Patrick Cowley. The message is so clear your mind is as affected as your feet.

I have taken the 12” version of “Sing Your Own Song” and we-worked it to create this ReStructure Mix. Using pieces of the scat-like chorus riff as another element of energy to this mix. Some new breaks and build-up moments are injected to give us a moment to catch our breath.

This ReStructure Mix is dedicated to Nick and Lindsay – in deep thanks and love for their friendship and also for taking the time to request the obscure pieces of disco music for a ReStructure Mix which is what I love most. You boys are “it”! I appreciate you both!

• Chain Reaction - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Diana Ross

Diana Ross released her album “Eaten Alive” in 1985 which gave Diana a new identity once again with the 80s pop dance arena. The club sound for this period was determined by how well your 12” single release was reworked for the dance floor and by whom. “Chain Reaction” is from this project and was produced by Albhy Galuten, Barry Gibb and Karl Richardson – it is a clever piece which takes us back to a bouncy and stompin’ Motown-esque feel rhythm and Diana sounding as if we had taken a step back in time.

I have taken the 12” version of “Chain Reaction” – remixed by Francois Kevorkian and Ron St. Germain and have created a ReStructure Mix to salute this favorite. Using more of those 60s retro strings that flow like a symphony of sweet memories and also worked a few rhythm loops to give parts of the song a new experience.

• Dance Little Boy Blue - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Freddie James

Freddie James (Frederick Alan Millgan) was one of the youngest disco stars to create a frenzy on dance floors with his big hit “Get Up and Boogie” from 1979. It was one of Tony Green’s disco treats – as he accomplished with France Joli, Caroline Bernier and Freddie’s mother, Geraldine Hunt. The album contained four tracks that were each successes of their own. The production team included Denis Lepage on strings and arrangements, The Sweethearts of Sigma on backing vocals, Peter Dowse and Claude Allard. The release of the US version was assisted by Mr. Ray Caviano.

I have taken the album version of the track which always packed my floor, “Dance Little Boy Blue” – which was appropriate for Freddie’s youth and also reminded us how the dance floor was the place to escape those “blues”. This ReStructure Mix moves into the deep-electronic dub-side of the song which always brought my ears on board. A few more production additions create a longer break in sections where the theme is all about dancing out of our troubles.

• Brazuca - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Simbora Orchesatra

Simbora Orchestra is a disco project from 1978 produced by Silvio Tancredi – who is also responsible for the disco group The Wonder Band (“Whole Lotta Lovin”). “Brazuca” is the single release from Simbora Orchestra and marked a period early in the disco movement when the mood was experimental and celebratory. I have always associated this group with the likes of The Ritchie Family since “Quiet Village” has the lounge and bossa nova feel. The song was quite a cooker during its release and created a nice Mardi gras aura to the dance floors of the time. It has always been a favorite and has many hooks that caught my attention immediately.

I have taken the 12” version mixed by Bob Clearmountain and create a ReStructure Mix which gives the intro and break more time to find the nearest whistle. There is a whole new flow to this version and I was quite excited to break this one down for another celebration!

• Let's Dance - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Bombers

Bombers are a disco studio group produced by George Lagios and Pat Deserio (Kebekelektrik, Rational Youth) and introduced a new space-age theme to the growing sound and vision of disco. Their first project from 1978 titled “Bombers” introduced the band as a deeper underground disco sound. “Bombers II” from 1979 gave the band a full open dance floor welcome with the hit “(Everybody) Get Dancing” – which is one of the big disco releases to assist in the music’s mainline success.

“Let’s Dance” is one of the five winning tracks from the “II” project and one which finds hustle dancers and mainstream disco followers the edge it is looking for. I have taken the album version and created this ReStructure Mix to give it a new vibrancy and also call attention to its shining elements. It =has always been a winner with me and continues to spark the sound of disco music which lingers on and on throughout time.

• Emotion - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand joined producer Rick Perry along with The Pointer Sisters on backing vocals in 1984 for an electronic dance number that has the feel of the 80s keyboard craze. A love song which implies the everyday droll of life can be uplifted by the realization of a wonderful partner and love. The arrangement has a gospel like feel which places Barbra in a place where she manages to play it cool and sound beautiful.

I have taken the 12” vocal and Instrumental which was remixed by John “Jellybean” Benitez and worked this ReStructure Mix to extend the intro and bring Barbra down a bit more underground on the dance floor.

• Don't Come Crying To Me - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Linda Clifford

Linda Clifford is one of the disco stars that you can’t help but have grown excited waiting for the next release. After dance hits like “If My Friends Could See Me Now”, “Red Light”, “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “Runaway Love” you had to have been warmed up by then. “I’ll Keep On Loving You” is Linda’s seventh album from 1982 and hits the target again with the single “Don’t Come Crying To Me” produced by Michael Gore.

I have taken the fantastic 12” single of “Don’t Come Crying To Me” – mixed by Rusty Gardner and engineered by Paul Sabu and had a little ReStructure Mix fun. Adding a bit of drum mayhem to the finger-poppin’ groove this “no-other-than”-Linda track. It has the woman laying it out – now it is your turn to move or get out!

Dedicated to the lady herself, Ms. Linda Clifford – who helped me believe not only in disco music – but also that disco divas are graceful, lovely and forever lasting!

• Midnight Rendezvous - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Linda G. Thompson

Linda G. Thompson is a German vocalist with a long run supporting disco music. Her talent is also spread among several groups including Silver Convention, Love Generation, The Hornettes and Me and You. Her solo recording career in 1975 began with her single, “Ooh What A Night” – also produced by Silver Convention’s Michael Kunze. “Midnight Rendezvous” comes from the B-side Linda’s 1980 single “Flight To Fantasy” – which was a huge hit on my dance floor at the time and also a personal favorite. “Midnight Rendezvous” is a funky hard-hitting disco track with the early 80s transition in mind. It was always one I would love to play during T-dances and early morning programs – it had that hardcore groove.

I have taken the 12” version of “Midnight Rendezvous” and did something I have always wanted to do – extend it and play with these mean beats! This ReStructure Mix pulls in a bass line which should be very familiar to fans of Linda and disco history. It is a high for me to create some fun with this one.

This ReStructure Mix is dedicated to a hard working friend who has kept the ladies of disco alive for years and continues to – Mr. Hans R. de Vries. Thank you, Hans for always being so kind and supportive of these so very talented artists. I am sure they appreciate your love very much – I know I do.

• Theme from Dynasty - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Kat Mandu

Kat Mandu is a disco project from 1979 with a huge disco hit titled “The Break” which helped to solidify the dance floor instrumental with more energy than ever. Produced by Joe La Greca and Joe Marandola and Jimmy Ray on vocals for the remaining tracks. Three albums were released under the name Kat Mandu and then in 1986 were reformulated for singles which were independent productions. The first being a disco-fied version of “Theme from Dynasty” – a pounding recreation of the Bill Conti opening theme. It was produced by Richard Buck and Robert Matichak.

I have taken the 12” release of “Theme from Dynasty/Power” and manipulated several clips from the television show to feature this ReStructure Mix as a sample-esque version for a tribute to the focus, Joan Collins as Alexis. It is a new option for bringing back that night we all waited so anxiously for. A special insertion of Alexis is inserted from her country bar performance to even the homage.

• We've Gotta Dance - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Sylvia Mason

Sylvia Mason (also billed as Sylvia Mason-James) is a vocalist who became a disco treat for many during the late 70s in the band Voyage. Her vocal on the disco classics “Souvenirs” and “Let’s Fly Away” have given dance floors the uplifting sensation which disco music is designed to deliver. She has performed in back-up sessions for many artists including Croisette, Wham!, Eddy Grant, Barbara Pennington and The Blow Monkeys. Her self-titled solo album from 1979 contained the single “We’ve Gotta Dance” which follows the path of traditional disco and celebrates the dance floor as the sanity of life. This project included players from Voyage including Marc Chantereau, Pierre-Alain Dahan, Roger Tokarz and Slim Pezin.

I have taken the album version of “We’ve Gotta Dance” and recreated a new ReStructure Mix – playing heavily with the fabulous drum beats and recreated some new energy for this explosive dance anthem. It is one that brought the disco sense back to my dance floor for peak hour when it was released.

• Circles - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Atlantic Starr

Atlantic Starr (formerly Newban) is a soul, funk, and disco band who were originally produced by Bobby Eli. Their third album titled “Brilliance” from 1982 contained the single “Circles” which featured Sharon Bryant on lead vocals. A love song from a confused participant who is finding it difficult to break away from an unfaithful lover. The production by James Anthony Carmichael is the master of this project. A blend of disco groove with great guitar keyboards and strings.

I have taken the 12” version of “Circles” and created a ReStructure Mix with a new intro and a few percussion fused breaks to slow down the drama and heartbreak. Always a favorite and played out so quickly for the dance floor that an extended version I always fantasized of.

• Guilty - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Lime

Lime is Denis and Denyse Lepage – a duo who turned dance floors into a frenzy during the early 80s and throughout the early 90s. A powerhouse disco/high energy project which never seemed to disappoint or let up on surprises. Their third album “Lime III” is one of the works which cover the spectrum of dance floor favors influencing new dance artists soon after. Denis had been affiliated with many disco projects during the late 70s and his work paid off for Lime.

“Guilty” is the first single from “Lime III” and has always been an anthem for me. It always gives an emotional message which I have taken to another level with thi