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

 


 

 

 

• Kiss Me - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Tin Tin

Tin Tin is a band formed by Stephen Duffy (formerly of Dexy's Midnight Runners). His 1982 single “Kiss Me” was an 80’s dance hit when it was placed under the stylus’ in DJ booths. The synth-pop track is one of the big surprises during the early 80’s when a shift in the sound of dance floors began. Tin Tin is the drop line for the sound of electronic music phase of the time period and makes a strong statement with drums and synthesizers.

I have taken the 12” remixes of “Kiss Me” and reworked the nard hitting drums into a new ReStructure Mix for a tribute to the 80’s sound. More of the master phrase is planted and the keyboards climb higher as the original.

• Popcorn - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Pop Cycles

Pop Cycles is an electronic disco project from producer Dominic Sciullo who transforms the 1972 pop-classic “Popcorn” by Hot Butter into an 80’s dance gem. This production emphasizes its work on the rolling synthesizers and adds a touch of galactic scenes to add to the mystic of this hypnotic number. It is executed as an Italo-disco arrangement in the early 80’s would lay out with a touch more.

I have taken the 12” version and dub of Pop Cycles cover of “Popcorn” and segments of the original to create this ReStructure Mix to keep this classic alive. It uses more looping and flash-edits to recreate a new treat.

• Disco's My Life - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Boogie People

Boogie People is a Canadian disco ensemble lead by producers Dominic Sciullo (Montreal, Nancy Martin) and Vincent Clambrone (Tamara Lorninz, Claudia Hart) – and was a new breed of disco music during the early 80’s. Their album titled “Boogie People” from 1979 is one of the classic shifts from the funk-groove of mid-70’s dance music to a more high energy flowing sound. “Disco’s My Life” is a mini-anthem which projects the time and place of dance floor during the peak of the late 70’s where disco music reined and made many feet happy. It is sung by Silvie Doucet and Tiziana Bibbo in a fashion that plays out in every way that disco music spoke.

I have taken the 12” version of “Disco’s My Life” and played out another dub-like ReStructure Mix. There is more of the fantasy of the disco dance floor where many were lost in during the wave.

• Tonite - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Sho Nuff

Sho Nuff is Al Bell III, Bruce Means, Freddie Young, James Lewis, Lawrence Lewis and Lyn Chambers – a funk/disco band from the late 70’s throughout the mid-80’s. Their music is a definite move from the disco cream to a new brand of 80’s dance with more of a band feel. “Tonite” is from their 1980 album by the same name and is a memorable piece that is a touch of that dreamy groove with a nice underground feel. The song was recorded again by Fern Kinney under the title “Love Me Tonite” the following year which is the version that many disco audiophiles may remember most. A beautiful piece done here with a lovely arrangement and production.

I have taken the album version along with the reprise track of “Tonite” and reworked a ReStructure Mix for those who clamor for that funky mood with a love injection. I have worked more of the drums into the verse along with a few new breaks.

• Pillow Talk - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Lustt

Lustt is a disco project from producers Anand Maharajh and Paul Klein who gave us many high energy and electronic funk tracks during the early and mid-80’s. This cover of Sylvia’s disco/soul classic from 1973 is a high energy must. It captures the sensuality and erotic sound of the original with the electronic pulsing of a new sound for the 80’s. With the original version possibly a light influence on Donna Summer’s “Love To Love You Baby” this one pulsates as closely to it. The production keeps a close interpretation with only a few new throbbing synthesizers and a percussion break. An exciting cover of a classic.

I have taken the 12” vocal and dub of Lustt’s “Pillow Talk” and reworked a new ReStructure Mix that plays out more in a playful manner. More edits with the verses and also a couple of new bongo breaks.

• Under My Thumb - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Fast Radio

Fast Radio is a dance project from Guy Ruvolo who also gave us Carol Cooper (“Tunnel Of Love”) and TGB. This early high energy cover of The Rolling Stones rock-classic is a fast moving disco electro number. Vocals sound a bit like a chorus of sassy chorus gals from the 50’s rock n’ roll period in full camp. The rolling synthesizers and hard hitting choruses make this one quite fun.

I have taken the 12” vocal and dub to recreate another ReStructure Mix to feed those high energy fans a new recipe. A touch of the original is added to give this one a new road to rock heaven!

• Desire - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Randy Crawford

Randy Crawford is a jazz/soul vocalist who made the 1979 track “Street Life” by The Crusaders an instant classic with her emotional and unique vocal. Her contributions to the dance floor scene also include “Nightline” from 1983 and “Desire” from 1986 which is produced and written by Reggie Lucas who also gave us great dance pieces from Stephanie Mills, Mtume and Phyllis Hyman. “Desire” is a yearning love song put to a heavy percussive and funk bass track which is more of what dance floors were moving to during the early 80’s. This one was always a favorite as Randy always sets my heart in the right direction with her emotion and aura.

I have taken the 12” vocal, instrumental and drum beats of “Desire” to set a new ReStructure Mix afire. It has a synthesized into for the fantasy and need portrayed in the song. It leaves Randy in a clear stage of diva power where she belongs.

• In The Night - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Daydream

Daydream is an Italo-disco project from Spain on Blanco Y Negro Records from 1986 and features members Irene César, Mónica Cesar and Pedro Morales. A delivery in the classic Italo-disco sound with a light touch of energy. “In The Night” is a serenade with a sweetness that captures the disco aura with a nice resonance and rolling power. It is one during the mid-80’s which drew my heart back into the early days of Italo-disco where the fantasy is captured nicely and takes the dance floor into an almost dreamy stage.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of “In The Night” and have worked a ReStructure Mix which extends those powerful and deep keyboard bass riffs and the light hearted edge of keyboards. It is truly one of those 80’s dance numbers that takes the mind into a new realm.

• Is It In - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Jimmy "Bo" Horne

Jimmy “Bo” Horne is one of the funkiest disco experiences around! “Dance Across The Floor” from 1978 began his career on the dance floor with the help of Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch (of K.C. and The Sunshine Band) fame. His music is the groove which unites the soulful edge of disco and funk into an infectious sound. “Is It In” is a single from 1980 which rings out that Miami Disco Sound created by K.C. and his club sound. This one is a classic as it was during its release and promises a mark in history that will always bring to mind the power that disco made in its nights of rein.

I have taken the 12” version of “Is It In” and reunited that awesome bassline with some new beats to recreate the Jimmy “Bo” Horne piece in a ReStructure Mix draw. It is a new “in and out” flavor for those who love disco music and also this number.

• Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Tapps

Tapps is a high energy disco group featuring Allan Coelho, Candy Berthiaume and Tony DaCosta. A big smash in the early, mid and late 80’s with their high energy hits “My Forbidden Lover”, “Runaway (With My Love)”, “Hurricane” and “Don’t Pretend To Know”. It was shift during the early 80’s to a full electronic arrangement with lots of keyboard magic weaving a rhythmic sound into a dancing force. Tapps had the female lead that presented that sweet and yearning that disco music created with the disco diva at bay. “Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch” is their high energy cover of The Four Tops 1965 hit and it is a rolling tribute with a nice power and execution. For the high energy dance floor this one is quite a cooker. A reminder of the power of dance music when presented in its full flavor.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of Tapps’ “Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch” and reworked a ReStructure Mix to give way to some new energy. The new intro and breaks are an addition to the existing classic edge.

• Superlove - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – SKYY

Skyy is Anibal "Butch" Sierra, Bonny Dunning, Delores Dunning Milligan, Denise Dunning Crawford, Gerald Lebon, Larry Greenburg, Solomon Roberts Jr., Tommy McConnell, Wayne Wilentz and producer Randy Muller of Brass Construction. This band is one of Salsoul Records’ early New York Disco/Funk bands of the late 70’s. Many bands followed in this genre on the Prelude Records label and a new brand of dance music with the flair of the New York disco sound. Randy Mueller who gave us Funk Deluxe, the classic by Tamiko Jones (“Can’t Live Without Your Love”) and his work with Brass Construction continues his journey of inspirational funk sounds here and on with all future Skyy-work.

I have taken the 12” version of “Superlove” –which has one of those contagious riffs that make the soul “worm” and reworked a ReStructure Mix adding more sugar to the mix. There is an intro to introduce this groove and more breaks to make it “super”-licious!

• On Fire - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – T-Connection

T-Connection is Anthony "Monks" Flowers, Berkley Van Byrd, David Mackey, Kirkwood Coakley, Monty Brown and Theophilus Coakley. The 70’s funk and soul is extremely united with the disco edge with this talented group. Their first dance hit from 1977 titled “Do What You Wanna Do” is a monstrous piece which places their heavy percussion over a groove which is infectious in a way that disco music was clamoring for in the mid and late 70’s. It is an experience that sounds almost ethereal to those who know and use disco music the right way. Produced by Alex Sadkin and Cory Wade and on the classic Henry Stone label Dash Records/TK Records.

I have taken their 1977 dance floor hit “On Fire” into the ReStructure Mix realm and reworked another workout for this classic disco mover. Using more of those killer breaks as segue to the action here there are more reasons to understand the power of T-Connection.

• Uptown Festival - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Shalamar

Shalamar is one of disco music’s majestic pinnacles of sound. From their first album titled “Uptown Festival” produced by Simon Soussan (Arpeggio, French Kiss, Romance, Pattie Brooks) to their disco/funk recordings of the 80s and of course the solo careers of Jody Watley and Howard Hewitt. This pure disco medley with the title “Uptown Festival” features a Motown-classic packed disco gem. It features the lead vocals of Gary Mumford and lots of that Soussan-treatment meaning lots of disco-power. It is one of the great disco classics and should always be addressed so.

I have taken the album version of “Uptown Festival” and have given it a few new twists and turns in this ReStructure Mix. Only a few of the Motown hits are a part of this new mix but the resonance of the great toppers are evident and still create a stir.

• Red Light Lover - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Gwen Jonae

Gwen Jonae is a high energy artist produced by Paul Sabu (Debbie Jacobs, Sabu, Sister Power, Ann Margret) during the early 80’s. Her big club hit titled “Destiny” from 1983 is also one of her well-known tracks as well as her work with Sister Power and the big disco hit “Gimme Back My Love Affair” from 1979. Her powerful vocals were the incantation of a pure disco diva of her time. Many club performances proved that live and along with Paul Sabu’s rockin’ disco production her work was a much welcomed talent to dance floors.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of “Red Light Lover” and recreated a new ReStructure Mix with a new intro for the blaring high- energy track. It is a more powerful take on the “Lady Marmalade” fix and works like a slick dance piece that keeps pumping and pumping.

• Club Tropicana - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix –WHAM!

WHAM! are George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley who made a big splash in the early 80’s with their blend of pop-dance tracks and stage performances. “Club Tropicana” comes from their 1983 project “Fantastic” – produced by George Michael and Steve Brown. This Calypso-feel dance number blares out like a Carnival celebration with its percussion driven rhythms and hot vocal stimulation. It is one of their memorable numbers and keeps the magic of WHAM! alive today.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of “Club Tropicana” and re-assembled a ReStructure Mix which not only extends parts of the dreamy melodies but also adds a couple of new breaks to give the party a lasting feel.

• Together We Are Beautiful - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Fern Kinney

Fern Kinney is a disco artist with a big disco cover of King Floyd’s “Groove Me” from 1979 – produced by Carson Whitsett, Tommy Couch and Wolf Stephenson. The single on Henry Stone’s label T.K. Records is a classic. From the same project titled “Groove Me” is a second single titled “Together We Are Beautiful” which is an elegant sounding love song with a lilting melody and haunting vocal from Fern Kinney. This one is an early evening and after-hours must with the swirling disco strings and lovely production. A favorite of mine and one which stands alone when it comes to beautiful disco music.

I have taken the album version and used snippets of the single-like version of “Together We Are Beautiful” to create a looping and more dub-like ReStructure Mix. The beauty is still intact within the lovely strings and that sensual vocal.

• A Few Good Men - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Tara Jans

Tara Jans is a high-energy artist whose single “A Few Good Men” from 1985 fits the mold of the-“So Many Men, So Little Time” genre of the 80’s. Produced by Daniel Japlin, Fred Munao and Gary Posner and released on Select Records during the peak of high energy music. This one shoots off a barrage of synthetic horns with a kicking groove that plays out well with Tara’s defined vocal. A nice underground hit for me and one that made the floor see hands raised after a few choruses.

I have taken the 12” of “A Few Good Men” and used all three version to recreate and recruit a new ReStructure Mix with a few new surprises and extended use of that kickin’ guitar track.

• Where Did Our Love Go - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Amii Stewart

Amii Stewart is one of disco music’s premier performers and with her big disco hit “Knock On Wood” from 1978 she is an elite part of music history. Her 1981 album “I’m Gonna Get Your Love” features a cover of The Supremes classic “Where Did Our Love Go” – produced by Narada Michael Walden. This piece was featured on the first 12” single from the project and has the edge which we remember best as Amii steers her way through a mass of disco electronics weaving in and out. It is also a nice slick cover of the Motown classic and nice sensual vocal approach for Amii. Always a nice blend for me during afterhour’s moments where a nice reminder of disco ingenuity works.

I have taken the 12” version and recreated a new ReStructure Mix working those drum tracks and the jittery synthesizers into a new question for Amii. This one also contains a rolling fade for perhaps more energy.

• Cherry Pie - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Sade

Sade is Sade Adu, Paul S. Denman, Andrew Hale and Stuart Matthewman – their first album titled “Diamond Life” from 1984 contained a unique blend of lounge rhythms and jazz funk which made them a continued band even through today. “Cherry Pie” is a track from the project which also became a standard for their playlists even though it never official was a single release. The rolling bass and rhythms make this one an infectious heartbreak tale which satisfies from start to finish. Along with Sade’s vocals this one is an absolute classic.

I have taken the album version of “Cherry Pie” and reapplied a new arrangement and ReStructure Mix formula to create a new arena for the song. It has a longer intro, new break and a nice fade for those who can’t get lost deep enough.

• Ahjia - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Kano

Kano is an Italo-disco project created by Luciano Ninzatti, Stefano Pulga and Matteo Bonsanto. Their big album from 1980 titled “Kano” featured six tracks which all enjoyed club play and praise from dancers, DJs and audiophiles. The track “Ahjia” is a bouncy keyboard piece that gave the high energy feel to the project. It is one of the most played pieces from the album as well as “I’m Ready” which is a funk and disco classic today. This project signifies the introduction of electronic music from Italy and what followed years to come.

I have taken the album version of “Ahjia” and re-edited and reworked a new ReStructure Mix to give way to another burst of energy in a new way. This remix works heavily on the keyboard elements and a new arrangement.

• Disco Dancing - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Rice and Beans Orchestra

Rice and Beans Orchestra is a disco group from producer Pepe Luis Soto, who also produced Celi Bee and The Buzzy Bunch. The foundation of disco music is based on the reaction from DJs and dance floors – this piece titled “Disco Dancing” from 1977 is an example of how the disco craze caught fire thanks to this feedback. The track sounds like a take-off on The Ritchie Family’s “The Best Disco In Town” and this is what makes it great. It was the disco sound in its exploration and assemblage. A great rhythm piece with some classic disco percussion and guitar work.

I have taken the 12” version of “Disco Dancing” on the classic T.K. Records label and reassembled the groove for this ReStructure Mix. I have added some new beats and effects to give this “disco” piece a new lift.

• 3,000,000 Synths - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Chas Jankel

Chas Jankel is a funk/synth-pop artist from the early 80’s whose career is also known with Ian Dury and The Blockheads in the late 70’s. His solo career created several dance floor hits in the electronic dance vein including “Glad To Know You”, “109 (Give Me Something I Can Remember)” and “Without You” – each a shining example of the move to electronics in disco music during the time period. “3,000,000 Synths” comes from his second album titled “Chasanova” from 1981 and is more of an experimental instrumental piece with touches of funk beats and ecstatic keyboard effects and echoes. It plays out with a hardcore club feel and during the street beat sound of the time could one of the lasting impressions of dance floors.

I have taken the album version of “3,000,000 Synths” and have given it a new ReStructure Mix paying homage to Jankel’s usage of ears and rhythm with this track. It always found its way onto my early morning playlists and kept many moving during those moments of intense nights out.

• Love Is You - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Carol Williams

Carol Williams is one of the golden voices of disco music. Her appeal has always been one of sweetness and sophistication as dance music was headed into a new orchestral sound. “Love Is You” is from her 1976 album “’Lectric Lady” – produced and conducted by Vincent Montana, Jr. and is a classic among the world of disco. The lasting effect of the drums, bass guitars, percussion and Carol’s fabulous performance is obvious for reasons while the foot is tapping and the mind is free – the true effect of great disco music.

I have taken the 12” version of “Love Is You” and reworked a ReStructure Mix to pay tribute to the fantastic production from Montana and the vocal beauty of Ms. Williams. I have added a new arrangement to play and some new breaks for another new experience.

• Rotation - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Herb Alpert

Herb Alpert burst upon the disco/dance scene in 1979 with his big album “Rise” – the title track served for a crossover in his own style. Another notable track from the project is “Rise” which also was released as a 12” dance single. This one is a hypnotic piece which gives Alpert’s magic trumpet an opportunity to shine among the rolling synthesizers and bongo fills. A big after-hours hit for me or for those early evenings where dancers were free to express themselves with their bodies.

I have taken the 12” of “Rotation” and recreated a new techno-hypnotic ReStructure Mix to complete the circle here. It adds more percussion and a funk-beat to guide the number to its destination.

• Good-bye Bad Times - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder

Philip Oakey of Human League moved onto a solo career along with disco producer Giorgio Moroder in 1984 with the title track to the film “Electric Dreams”. The track was a club hit and now a classic. In 1985 a project featuring the vocals of Oakey and production of Moroder was released and featured the single “Good-bye Bad Times” which is a promising look at tomorrow. A nice club song which is known well by followers of both talented musicians.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of “Good-bye Bad Times” and reworked a ReStructure Mix to play out this uplifting anthem once again. More emphasis on the great synth work from Moroder and keeping intact the magic by Oakey.

• I'm Gonna Get You - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Bizarre Inc.

Bizarre Inc. is Andrew Meecham, Cameron Danté, Carl Turner, Dean Meredith, Mark Archer and Yvonne Yanney. A 90’s house/techno ensemble from England whose big hit from 1992 caused some hoppin’ and happinin’ on dance floors. “I’m Gonna Get You” featured Angie Brown and also a now classic sample from Jocelyn Brown’s 1985 track, “Love’s Gonna Get You”. This one is the evolution of Italo-house and techno barreled into one ominous groove. The nineties made way for this combination and soon all that was surrounding dance floors was this fantastic groove for the early and mid-90’s. A huge hit for myself and many other jocks this one still rings loud and clear.

I have taken the 12” of “I’m Gonna Get You” and utilized pieces of the Todd Terry Mix and dub to rework a ReStructure Mix into another frenzy dance moment. This one uses the best of the mixes and also adds more of Jocelyn’s fabulous rap and vocals.

• Boys - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Leah Landis

Leah Landis is a high energy dance artist from early 80’s. Her 1986 release “Boys” is a cover of The Shirelles hit from 1960. This rolling energy track makes it easy for Leah to let her heart loose and make it well known that those boys are her desire. A bit more outward and every bit as fitting for a high energy track. This one was a surprise hit for my club and kept many on the floor moving onto the morning.

I have taken the 12” vocal, dub and instrumental of “Boys” and reworked a ReStructure Mix which adds a classic Donna Summer snippet to bring the synthesizers alive with another tribute to disco and high energy.

• Under Construction - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - El Coco

El Coco is the magic of W. Michael Lewis and Laurin Rinder – a duo which brought the first wave of underground disco to the mid-70’s. Their music was a deep groove of 50’s band along with disco strings and percussion. “Under Construction” is from their third album from 1976 titled “Let’s Get It Together” – another tailored project for the dance floors craving a sound for the growing disco sound. This anthem is one of the statements which work well with the downbeat groove and uplifting chorus. It brings promise to an ongoing and troubled world.

I have taken the album version of “Under Construction” and rebuilt a ReStructure Mix adding more percussion and a lengthier play. The bass pieces are the play for the intro and the drop out at the end only shows a greater promise for this focus.

• Love Flight 109 - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Sonia Grier

Sonia Grier is a soul/dance vocalist who released a surprise hit in 1986 titled “Love Flight 109” – produced by Bill Bradford (Shock). This one was a big stomper with its Motown feel and a touch of that pop 50’s edge. An uplifting love song about an imaginary airport where promised love takes off into the skies. One of the big dance floor packers of it day and a big Sonia Grier moment.

I have taken the 12” extended version, dub and pieces of the original of “Love Flight 109” to depart onto a new trip in this ReStructure Mix. I have used pieces of the dub and instrumental to add some new breaks and effects to this magnificent dance song.

• Love Is A Stranger - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Eurythmics

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

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

• Rushin' Roulette - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Gregg Diamond's Bionic Boogie

Bionic Boogie is a studio ensemble created and produced by Gregg Diamond (Andrea True Connection, Star Cruiser, Hardware). Diamond’s disco extroirdiinaire is based on a soft-rock edge a sweet disco aura at times blended where you are lost in hidden messages and intricate grooves. “Rushin’ Roulette” is from his “Tiger, Tiger” project from 1979 where his focus was on a stripped away feel with more of an edge as the 80’s were bringing a more nu-wave and rock sound to dance floors. This was a genius move on Diamond’s sessions as he did a similar touch on his project titled Hardware.

I have taken the album version of “Rushin’ Roulette” and focused more on the fabulous vocal riffs from Luther Vandross, Jocelyn Brown, Janet Wright and Lani Groves. An added cameo from John Lennon brings this underground sound into a more celebratory light.

• I Can Dream About You - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Dan Hartman

Dan Hartman brought a new magic to disco music in 1978 with his big hit “Instant Replay” and following many memorable dance classics including “Relight My Fire” with Loleatta Holloway. His venture from the 70’s to the 80’s was successful with his 1984 album “I Can Dream About You” with the title track being featured in the film “Streets Of Fire”. This love groove is one of the best 80’s dance numbers with the right amount of heart and soul to haunt your feet. It was a huge track for me as I reverted to playing it during peak hours with many dancers lost in its hypnotic groove.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of “I Can Dream About You” and moved the song into a ReStructure Mix mood. More of the dream feels with some extensive looping to emphasize the yearning. It is a fade out which I can only want more of this one.

• We Can Make It - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Evans and Fisher

Danny Fisher and Tommy Evans brought the third generation of Italo-disco to dance floors in the mid-80s. Their electronic productions were as lush and swirling as the Euro-disco of the late 70’s and helped to preserve the disco edge. “:We Can Make It” is their 1988 release which is a breath of disco air, This number sweeps and sways like a fabulous Fred Astaire dance number on a disco high. It contains their signature heavy percussion foundation with the beautiful electronic strings and sweet vocal reminding us of the early days of European disco music. A beautiful piece that deserves to be honored as most of their productions,

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of “We Can Make It” and reworked a ReStructure Mix to give another disco trance like moment alive. It adds a sample from the Larry Page Orchestra to add to those incredible drum-fills.

This ReStructure Mix is dedicated to Denni Demaldè – thank you for the request and being so kind.

• Don't Lose Your Heart Tonight - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Joy Peters

Joy Peters is an Austrian Euro-dance artist who released a big Italo-disco hit titled “Don’t Lose Your Heart Tonight” in 1986 – produced by Bert Mayer. A big hit in my club and one of the haunting tracks which always resurfaces for me time after time. It has a powerful hook and some of the most hard-hitting keyboards for the time.

IU have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of “Don’t Lose Your Heart Tonight” and re-visited the song in the ReStructure Mix vein. It has samples of another classic by Hugh Masakela which helps to emphasize the longing for this love.

• Jeremy - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix -Donna Summer

Donna Summer released her twelfth project titled “Cats Without Claws” in 1984 – produced by Michael Omartian. The list of tracks in this package resembled the pop-synth dance tracks of the period and also some material which emphasized Donna’s rock and blues edge and what she aspired to be following the disco era. Her voice was always powerful and with tracks like “Jeremy” which follows the rock ballad theme of the 60’s it gave Donna the sound which made her stand apart and shine in her own light. The ballad was a beautiful piece which I always loved and taking it to a new canvas is a tribute to this part of Donna.

I have taken the album version of “Jeremy” as a ballad and added some new percussion tracks to transform it into a dreamy early morning dance experience. Another composition added by composer Pino Donaggio from his “Body Double” soundtrack to emphasize again the sexy and yearning side of Donna in the “Love To Love You Baby” tradition.

CORRECTION: "Jeremy" is from Donna's "All Systems Go" project from 1987 - Thanks to Troy Westrick for reminding me

• Talk About - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Phaeax

Phaeax is an Italo-disco session from Claudio Fiorentino and Massimo Gabutti – also known as Fenix. Their 1983 single “Talk About” is an odd dance single which hit dance floors towards the electronic dance music peak. High energy became the next step towards movement on innovation. This hard hitting and strange number is one of the Italo-disco tracks which contain some catchy riffs and the hardcore keyboard plays. The airy sounds behind the chorus always reminded me of “Go Go Yellow Screen”: by Digital Emotion.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of “Talk About” and reassembled a ReStructure Mix which keeps the energy alive and adds some new breaks. The cause behind this track is mysterious yet the energy is undoubtedly forward.

• Flamethrower - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - The J. Geils Band

The J. Geils Band is one of the 70’s rock super groups with 11 albums to their credit during the time period. “Freeze-Frame” is their 1981 project and features several hit singles including “Flamethrower” which gave the crew a crossover dance number that also became an instrumental for a rap song from Felix & Jarvis in 1982. This piece used a hard pounding drum to give the rock edged song a hardcore rhythmic sound. It is one of the nice elements as well as the story of a woman so hot and sexy she leaves flames wherever she goes. A big crossover dance number for The J. Geils Band and a piece of 80’s dance history.

I have taken the album version of “Flamethrower” and pounded out a new ReStructure Mix with more of the energy for the dancers who stills can take the heat. There are a few more breaks and breakdowns for this story of a siren that makes head spin.

• American Man - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Ladies Choice

Ladies Choice is an electronic dance project from Gino D’ Orazio and Tony Bentivegna of Nightlife Unlimited. One of the big Canadian disco singles of the early 80’s and a huge dance floor packer for me. This one uses all of the keyboard power to generate a rolling dance track that has more power to it than a protein drink. It reverberates back and forth as the Lime hits of the time and features their vocalist from Motion (“Don’t Stop”) – an earlier hit project.

I have taken the 12” version of “American Man” and recharged the experience in this ReStructure Mix using the syn-drum riffs and keyboards in a new arrangement. A sexy break is added to explain just what those “American Men” can do.

• Do You Really Want To Hurt Me - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Culture Club

Culture Club is George O’Dowd, Jon Moss, Roy Hay, and Michael Craig. The early 80’s were the place for this band and their music contains the sound which brought dance floors back into the dance mode. “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me” is a reggae based track which is one their first big hits both on radio and dance floors. It remains one of the permanent fixtures of the 80’s generation and also a sound which echoes a past momentum of dance music history,

I have taken the 12” vocal and dub version to recapture “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me” in the Restructure Mix vein. More of an early morning feel with more Afro-Cuban bongos and a downbeat. The essence of the song remains and only echoes more of that club atmosphere.

• Leavin' The Good Life Behind - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix -Phyllis Hyman

Phyllis Hyman is a vocalist whom brought to dance music sweetness and unique soulful rendition which paints experience and emotion. Her 1975 initial release is a single titled “Leavin' The Good Life Behind” – wonderfully produced by George Kerr (The O'Jays, Florence Ballard, Linda Jones) and gives way to the soulful connection of soul and disco in its early stages. The single was mixed by the legendary Mr. Tom Moulton and displays that instrumental insert which so many dancer s adored during these club years. Phyllis plays out this romance gone wrong as an anthem-like track and once again makes heartache feel so real – as her vocals relay so well. A great retro piece and another powerful statement for the early sound of dance music.

I have taken the long version from the 7” single and have given it the ReStructure Mix treatment making it a new emotional dance piece. The rolling ball and rhythm guitars are made more evident and play out as new breaks and riffs.

• La Nuit Blanche - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Munich Machine

Munich Machine is a project from disco producer, Giorgio Moroder and was a major release for disco music. The production is one of the majestic blends of Euro-disco with new elements of electronic wizardry from Moroder. The second album which featured a disco-fied cover of Procol Harum’s “A Whiter Shade of Pale” in a clever format with vocals from Chris Bennett is also a continuum of Moroder’s instrumental genius weaving his keyboards and synthesizers into dance floor gems. “La Nuit Blanche” which translates into “a sleepless night” blends “Also Sprach Zarathustra” and takes the classical piece created by Richard Strauss into the disco futurism in a dramatic interlude. A must for any fan of Moroder or Munich Machine.

I have taken the album version of “La Nuit Blanche” and pieces of Vienna Philharmonic’s recording of “Also Sprach Zarathustra” and reworked a ReStructure Mix for a new voyage into discos magic. There are more of the wonderful sequencers and rolling synthesizers Moroder brought to the history of dance and of course “drama”!

• I Want It To Be Real - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - John Rocca

John Rocca is an innovator of 80’s electronic music. His talent helped to bring a new light to street, funk and dance music in the early 80s. His affiliation with the group Freeze (“I.O.U.”, “Pop Goes My Love”) are the sounds which helped to make New York another point of interest for music breaking molds and concepts. The electronic wave during the early 80’s been and is an important factor in today’s pop-dance and hip-hop scene. The rhythm and melodic tones may be played a bit off but the innovation is the same. “I Want It To Be Real” is one of the 80’s pieces which set a futuristic edge on video games and VHS tapes the way disco created for films like “Star Wars” and “Close Encounters…” did in the 70’s. A breakout number and even today brings a fresh sound out in the dance arena.

I have taken the 12” vocal and dub to recreate homage to street-beat music in this ReStructure Mix. The intro is given a straight out flat beat with some reverberation to accompany the build and John’s message is delivered with more intent.

• Puerto Rico - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Découpage

Découpage is an 80’s dance band assembled by producers Tony Swain and Steve Jolley. Their first single from 1982 titled “Puerto Rico” is a track which brings a funk-Latin feel to celebrate a country where dance and music is a part of history. The song was well received during a period where disco had shifted into a more funk infused sound. This one helped to blend the theme into a dance number with a slick production.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental and reworked the percussion and melody into a new ReStructure Mix. The melodic chorus and verses are intact with a few more drops to make this new version last longer.

• Melody of Love (Wanna Be Loved) - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Donna Summer

“Melody of Love” is Donna Summer’s 1994 track from her “Endless Summer (Donna Summer’s Greatest Hits)” project. Produced by Donna, Bienvenue and Robert Welcome this house piece is another sound blaster from Summer in the 90’s. Her vocal places the song up on top from start to finish. It is a Donna-fan masterpiece when the chorus strikes and leaves us with no wonder why this woman dominated the charts and dance floors for years.

I have taken the 12” “Classic Club Mix” of “Melody of Love” and sliced up a new ReStructure Mix to homage to this “First Lady of Love” and her talent. A riff from her classic “Once Upon A Time” project gives us a slight touch of the classic disco memories and the fade is one of the wonderful Summer moments.

• Young Hearts Run Free - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix -Nana McLean

Nana McLean is a Jamaican born singer who began her recording career in Canada in 1979 with her album “Dream Of Life”. Her voice eventually lead her into the disco realm and more of an effort to cover Candi Staton’s disco classic/anthem “Young Hearts Run Free” – with her softer approach and the electronic production by John Forbes in 1985 this one is a nice breath of fresh dance air. It blends a heavy beat with the tinkling percussion to give the classic a new lift and with Nana’s sweet and lovely vocal it is a welcome cover.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of Nana’s “Young Hearts Run Free” to recreate a new stage for a ReStructure Mix. A few new breaks and re-arranging are infused to add more of the dance hall feel. It is a wonderful track to work with and the fade out is one which can bring out the flag dancers to serenade it.

• Standing In The Shadows of Love - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Deborah Washington

Deborah Washington is one of the early talents of disco music with several big dance floor hits to her arsenal. “Standing In The Shadows of Love” is Deborah’s cover of The Four Tops – Motown classic in disco chic exuberance. The opening of the original is a piece titled “Love Shadow” which is a segue into the excitement. Most disco productions which focused their attention to the dance found and created an introduction to the big main dance number which was as exciting as the drop out in techno music was in the 90’s. The production by George Tobin (Tiffany, Kenny Rogers, Thelma Houston and Tina Turner) and Mike Piccirillo (Robert John, Kim Carnes, Smokey Robinson) is a deep dive into the disco pool and as deep as the edge. A nice track that echoes the sound of a pounding beat creating bodies that just could not stop moving.

I have taken the album version of “Standing In The Shadows of Love” using only a segment of “Love Shadows” as a breakdown in this new ReStructure Mix. A new beat and percussion track is added to beef up this classic remake and keep the feet moving as this one did when it was released.

• The Fever Rock - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Fever

Fever is Dale Reed, Dennis Wadlington and Joseph “Joe” Bomback – a band who became one of the resonating memories of the biggest disco projects in history for clubs. “Beat Of The Night” is one of the big cuts from the project and self-titled album from 1979. The session featured assistance from Patrick Cowley on synthesizers, vocals by Clydene Jackson, Julian Tilman Waters and Maxine Willard Waters, along with production guidance by John Hedges and Megatone’s Marty Blechman. “The Fever Rock” is the fourth track from the 2-sided segued disco energized project. Always a favorite of mine and a wonderful fantasy for the disco floor and another anthem-like piece from Fever. Those who remember their first single “Standing In The Shadows Of Love” know what I am talking about.

I have taken the album version of “The Fever Rock” and broke the beat into pounding 4 beat drums for this ReStructure Mix. The rolling energy is stopped for few new breaks where the “rock” takes on a new beat-feel. This one is one of my favorites and again marks a giant moment when “disco ruled the world”!

• Bring On The Man - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - WOW

WOW is one of Bobby Orlando’s hardcore and underground disco/high energy sessions which helped to ignite dance floors in the 80’s. His approach to the dance floor was a heavy layer of drums and percussion – close to influence the tribal sound of the late 80’s and early 90’s. “Bring On The Man” is a release from 1984 and gives us the full-on treatment of lyrical female vocals over a hardcore drum fantasy. One of the many favorites for myself during a transition period of dance music and also the style of Orlando’s underground disco feel.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of “Bring On The Man” and re-patterned a new ReStructure Mix which gives us more of those pounding drums and keyboards. It is a new play on this classic Memo Records release for another retro look at high energy and its roots.

• Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty Four) - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Eurythmics

Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart are Eurythmics. Their creative minds and display of innovation in use of synthesizers and keyboards brought a new layer of sound to the 80’s. Their single “Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty Four)” from 1984 is from the soundtrack for the film “1984” and displays an edge of rock and synth-pop fusion. It is one of their most memorable tracks and plays out as a masterpiece of their incredible catalogue.

I have taken the 12” version of “Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty Four)” and moved the recording into a lengthier intro and play with arrangements in this ReStructure Mix. It is the most powerful syncopated bass lines of the 80’s and works wonderfully now in a new way.

• This Girl's Back In Town - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Raquel Welch

Raquel Welch is one of the lasting beauties that Hollywood gave us. Her career is best known for the iconic sex symbol yet there is more to this woman when learn of her ambition and drive. In the late 70’s Raquel paired up with 2 of the music industries innovative producers and musicians – Mr. Bob Esty and Michael Zager. Both gave the 70’s its stamp on dance music with their many successful projects both on and off the dance floor. “This Girl’s Back In Town” is a stance for Raquel and plays out with more than a return to a broken romance but also her force and dedication to her career. The song is written by Bob Esty and the late Paul Jabara (“Last Dance”) and is another example of disco/dance music’s transition from the orchestral and funky arrangements to a full electronic powerhouse.

I have taken the 12” vocal and “Rhythm Remix” of “This Girl’s Back In Town” and reworked a new stage number in this ReStructure Mix. A few reminders of disco’s history are added and Raquel is still in the right place along with the genius minds of Mr. Zager and Mr. Esty.

• Memory - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Diva

Diva Gray is a voice that is well known in dance music since the mid-70’s as she performed in many disco sessions including Change, Gregg Diamond’s Starcruiser and Bionic Boogie, Chic, Joe Thomas, Soiree, Lemon and her album Diva Gray and Oyster. Many riffs from classic vocal pieces belong to this incredible voice. Her 1983 recording of “Memory” (the theme from the Broadway Show “Cats”) takes the song to a new extreme. It is one of the great examples of the power of Ms. Gray’s vocals. The soulful and ‘diva” (pardon the pun) performance is one of my favorite 80’s pieces and the production from Jacques Morali (The Ritchie Family, Village People, Julius Brown, Eartha Kitt) is amazing. It is another mark for excellence on the Prelude Records label.

I have taken 12” vocal and instrumental and created a new ReStructure Mix with more of the Broadway feel in mind. It is extended with some new drum tracks and percussion to kick up the drama.

• Elevator - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Joanne Spain

Joanne Spain is a disco artist who released her single “Elevator” in 1975 – produced by Clayton Ivey and Terry Woodford. This one is a “boogie” dance track which takes us to the sound of Silver Convention ala strings. It has some wonderful riffs and a sexy vocal which is what disco music was made of in the mid-70’s. The theme is obviously pointed at creating a new dance – most likely called “the elevator”, but it is sheer fun here.

I have taken the 12” version of “Elevator” and reworked that rolling bass and sheer strings into a new ReStructure Mix. It has some new percussion elements that kick up the energy and also gives that sweet disco sound move hip motion.

• Moving Your Hips - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Squash Gang

Squash Gang is Cristina Manzano, Francisco Quijada and José Quijada. The ensemble from Sabadell, Spain released several electronic dance tracks from 1986 through 2009 – their most notable being “Moving Your Hips” from 1987. In the Italo-disco vein this tracks is heavily pounding with cathedral-like keyboards and a few scratch riffs. It is a bit haunting and resonates as an 80’s electronic dance piece should.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of “Moving Your Hips” and recreated a new ReStructure Mix to pay homage not only to the trio but also the lasting feel of Italo-disco. The song was one of the big hits in my club and one of my fondest memories of it is watching a crowded dance floor get lost in it.

• Hot Sun On Video - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Venus

Venus is a German disco ensemble produced by Tony Hendrik and Karin Hartmann. Their 1985 single “Hot Sun On Video:” is an 80’s Euro-dance track which follows the period home video explosion and the trend of creating dance music which followed the trend of video bars and clubs in this outline. The mainframe here is the formulation of high energy music and the force behind the electronic production. The mid-80’s took the lead on this type of dance number and made the sound complete. Vocals are enticing and a bit erotic here which leads from the disco sound of the seventies.

I have taken the 12” version “Hot Sun On Video” and reedited a ReStructure Mix using the keyboards and beats as the reference to a new excitement. This one heats up and then pours it on heavily. A salute to the German dance innovation of the early 80’s.

• The Main's So Real - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Mimi

Mimi is a high-energy/disco artist who recorded several dance singles in the early and mid-80’s. “The Man’s So Real” is a single from 1984 and was produced by Andy Sojka and Richard de Jongh who also brought us electronic productions from Magic Bullets, Contact-U, Ashaye, Atmosfear and Distance. During an early experimental period and the creation of high energy their heavy keyboard and percussion tracks became more notable for jocks that would use even parts of the tracks in instrumental parts as mixable tracks. Mimi’s single caught my attention as it closely followed the “So Many Men, So Little Time” formula with the heavy cowbell and cosmic-like breaks. A nice little fantasy and dance track of a woman’s dream of the perfect man.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of “The Man’s So Real” and recreated a flowing ReStructure Mix using my favorite parts of the song. It brings in the chorus with more of the rolling arpeggio and new breaks using the original percussion fills.

• Let It Be - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Top Secret

Top Secret is an Italo-disco consisting of Cay Hume and Christof Scheibe. Their only release is from 1988 titled “Let It Be” – it follows closely to Pet Shop Boys cover of Willie Nelson’s “Always On My Mind” from 1987 with the rolling bass synths and orchestral strikes. This one is just as beautiful as a dance track can be and is one which immediately caught my attention. It was a big dance floor hit in my club and during mobile gigs and one I remember fondly as ‘lyrical Italo-disco”.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of “Let It Be” to recreate the dramatic emphasis of this love song for a new ReStructure Mix. It is a bit extended with those lovely chorus echoes and the wonderful loving mood it weaves.

• Ain't Love Grand - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Hott City

Hott City is a classic disco production from 1979 from producer/musicians Jeffrey Parsons and Jeffrey Steinberg – and features a couple of tracks with vocalists Mildred Vaney and Ortheia Barnes who later became Cut Glass (“Without Your Love”) under the same production. “Ain’t Love Grand” is the titled track from the album by the same name and was originally released under the artist Graffiti. It is a fast moving disco number that teases and bends with excitement. Released on the classic disco label Butterfly Records.

I have taken the album version of “Ain’t Love Grand” and reedited and reworked a new ReStructure Mix. It features some new percussion and extended pieces of the fabulous keyboard riffs. A disco classic is back!

• Dance Up - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - The Service

The Service is an 80’s dance project from Mystery Host Productions and released their only single “Dance Up” in 1983. The track was written by Gui who worked with David Bowie in 1974. This electronic piece is a funk driven production with a light nu-wave twist. It has always been an early morning or early evening weapon for me in my 80’s sets and even today keeps a nice groove moving.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental versions of “Dance Up” to rework this ReStructure Mix into a new groove. Some of the subtle keyboards riffs are answered with samples from a classic Motown number by Smokey Robinson. Dance up!

• Dance Forever - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Gaucho

Gaucho is an Italo-disco project from Bruno Bergonzi, and two of the boys from the group Kano – Luciano Ninzatti and Stefano Pulga. “Dance Forever” was released in 1983 on System Music Records in Italy and became one of the exciting electronic dance pieces of the year. A touch of Calypso flair in the keyboards and percussion give this track a lift to an uplifting celebration. This one lasted for quite a while and was known for the electronic steel drum play and those fantastic breaks. It is one of the great examples of Italo-disco in the early 80s and the innovative twists and turns the musicians and productions were not shy of.

I have taken the 12” version along with the “DJ version” drum side and created a ReStructure Mix which takes a few Calypso tracks into the excitement. This playful remix is for those who just can’t get enough of that Italo-disco flavor or that Calypso or Carnival excitement.

• You Keep Me Hanging On - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Zina O'

Zina O’ is a French singer who released a cover of Diana Ross and The Supremes classic “You Keep Me Hanging On” in 1982. The production by Albert Verrechia is a vibrant synth and percussion dance track which allows Zina O’ to lay out her own style of rock edged yearning in this version. In the early 80’s there was a hunt for tracks that offered this formula and it caught my attention in the storm of many releases of the time. It has its wonderful moments where the chorus and drop outs play a great rhythmic point for the song.

I have taken the original 12” version of Zina O’s “You Keep Me Hanging On” and recreated a new arrangement and extension in this ReStructure Mix. More of the elements which matter is here again and outwardly played.

• La Esmeralda Suite - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Alec R. Costandinos & The Syncophonic Orchestra

Alec R. Costandinos added another layer onto the fantasy elements of disco music in the mid and late 70’s. Bringing to dance floors disco-fied concepts of “Romeo and Juliet” and in this project “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”. The fully orchestrated productions were also a part of his band Love and Kisses with the help of Don Ray. I was a new genre titled Euro-disco. The strings, horns, and stylized touched that Costandinos created were a force which was exciting and gave disco music purpose another important movement. “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” is a production which displays the creativity and innovation that the disco music producers were completely at the reins of.

I have taken the second movement of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and used the beautiful sounds to ReStructure the “La Esmeralda” character and purpose. It is another tribute to Euro-disco and the man himself, Alec R. Costandinos.

• Shotgun - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Paul Sabu

Paul Sabu placed the cherry u-top the disco sundae. His productions with Debbie Jacobs, Sister Power, Gwen Jonae and Ann Margret are the most complete sound which is disco music in the late 70’s. The funky guitars and sweeping strings bring the disco fantasy to life. His solo projects are arranged and positioned as a rock-disco production and they play out in that glam rock edge in a disco finale. “Shotgun” is a single Paul wrote, arranged and performs in his power and unforgettable appeal. A disco dance floor at 4 am I can remember not only feeling but coming to life again after a long night of dancing.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of “Shotgun” and created this stage-explosion for a new ReStructure Mix. Using that rolling bass and Paul’s rhythm and lead guitars to lead us on once again, another journey.

• Night Fever - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Carol Douglas

Carol Douglas is one of disco music’s darling diva. Her big dance floor hit “Doctor’s Orders” from 1974 immediately became the outline for a new disco sound. From there on Carol became a disco queen in her own right where she transformed strobe lights and pin spots into mysterious and loving places. In 1978 Carol’s album titled “Burnin’” featured a cover of the Bee Gees big hit “Night Fever” – produced by John Davis. This gave the song a whole new perspective with Carol’s sweet chords guiding us into the night’s energy. A nice and distinctive take on the big club track.

I have taken the album version of “Night Fever” and rewired the message in this ReStructure Mix. The new formula only lends to the mystique of disco music and the control disc jockey would work for.

• Move Up - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Margie M.

Marie M. is an Italo-disco artist who released her only 12” single in 1987 where the A-side was a melodic dance track titled “China Boy” and the B-side a mystifying and moody number titled “Move Up”. The production by Cay Hume echoes the dance scene of the mid 80’s with the rolling bass and light keyboards. I focused more on the track “Move Up” since I enjoyed the early morning sound that emerges from it. I have always wanted to give it more of the fantasy it deserves.

I have taken the 12” version of “Move Up” and reworked this lengthier and more destined journey in this ReStructure Mix. A familiar chant and some percussion are added from a classic which follows the same mood.

• If You'd Only Come Back - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Claire

Claire Chevalier began her recording career in 1965 and become one of the voices in the disco era which outlined the sound from where it begins and matured. Many of the breakthrough artists in the US club scene were artists from France, Europe and producers who knew the dance formula all too well. This gave an advantage to Claire and a sexy yet outward power in her music. “If You’d Only Come Back” is a single from 1978 on the New York disco label Prelude Records. The B-side to her disco hit “High On Love” – which is one of my favorite disco sounds with sex appeal and striking builds lyrics of uncontrollable desire. Produced by Thomas Noton and arranged by Ray Khenestsky (Black Light Orchestra, Paris Connection). Claire is a disco chanteuse would not only play out the formula well but also gives off a believable apology in this track.

I have taken the 12” version of “If You’d Only Come Back” and focused on the excitement of the chorus and breaking it down with a few new riffs and the ReStructure Mix direction. The full orchestration is in the pop tradition of disco music and allows a nice retro reflection on the 70’s its powerful influence.

• I Got A Dream - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Betty Brown

Betty Brown is a soul vocalist who was a member of a New York band titled Mystic Merlin. Her recording career lead her voice into a hardcore dance palace anthem from 1986 titled “I Got A Dream” – produced by Peter Barradell. This pounding dance number is formulated as dance floor classic from the blaring electronic trumpets to the wonderful sound of Betty reminding us once again on the dance floor that love conquers all. That is another reason it stands out as a disco anthem from the 80’s.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of “I Got A Dream” and reshaped this rejoicing arrangement into a new ReStructure Mix. The flow is a bit more separated but the energy and excitement is still intact.

• Rock It - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Herbie Hancock

Herbie Hancock is one of the artists who created and composed one of the most important song overlooked from the 80’s. “Rock It” is a disco break in a street-razor-electro hype with some of Hancock’s many influences with his music. This track was a big innovation and marked every piece of New York Street and early scratching scene of the turntables into an anthem that plays out like a new discovery in human emotion. Along with a video work to express this movement in another new way the Hancock playout is magic. If you are not and were not fond of the street dub sound at least listen to what the music is saying in parts. It was an innovative time for dance music.

I have taken the 12” version of “Rock It” and worked a more mystic ReStructure Mix to piece Hancock’s jam sections into a new mover. A play on the title is assisted by Lipps Inc. and more of that rolling bass is used till the bass screams.

• High On Tech - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Roboterwerke

Roboterwerke is a German electronic/synth-pop project from the early 80’s and members included Dieter Kolb and Franz Aumuller. Their sound followed the tracks of Kraftwerk with more of an energy luster to this edge of computer-sized musique. The somewhat comedic approach to covers is somewhat lovely and hilarious at the same time with their electric powered “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” A bit like Max Hedroom syndrum. Their 1981 single “High On Tech” is one of the jittery energy pieces I enjoyed fitting into a program as such and felt the vibe the band was portraying. It is a glam-rock-electronic pulsating anthem and a bit pulse of what these guys were doing.

I have taken the original 12” version of “High On Tech” and reworked the bass synths and arrangement to a simpler ReStructure Mix. This adds a few new riffs to give it some undercurrent and brings the rolling intro back as a fading close.

• Love Attack - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Tony Caso

Tony Caso is a vocalist known as many voices in Bobby Orlando projects – including Waterfront Home, One-Two-Three and Hotline. During the shift to electronic dance music in the early 80’s Orlando made his mark with productions which stood out on dance floors from Divine and The Flirts. The new underground sound was accepted as if a return to the club haven was beginning all over again. “Love Attack” from 1987 is again a parody of a percussion driven sound he created in the early 80’s. A fast moving vehicle for a return to the extended disco break with vocals. Tony’s vocals are more evident in this take as I see it, of Ferrara’s disco classic by the same name from 1979 – which I am assuming is the all-powerful disco enchantment to lure dancers in a frenzy of desire. In all good fun this one is one of the many Orlando releases which made his sound a major element of the 80’s high energy movement.

I have taken the 12” vocal and dub of “Love Attack” and reworked a HI-NRG ReStructure Mix into a new recipe. It pays more attention to those rolling bass synths that Bobby laid out for us to follow and again, the heavy percussion that gives the hips a workout!

• The Sun Aint Gonna Shine Anymore - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Quantize

Quantize is a high energy dance project from the UK produced by Nick Lyne and Rod Warren. Their 1988 release of a high energy cover of The Walker Brothers 1965 classic “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore” is like maple syrup on disco pancakes. The heavy beats and rolling bass are delivered as the finished product of high energy music as it progressed from the early 80s up this period. Also intact in the lyrical disco melody which makes no apologies at being beautiful to sway to. The production is one of my favorites and stands out even today as a pivotal moment in dance music.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore” and broke the angelic chorus into pieces. This ReStructure Mix is one of another tributes to a great shift in dance floors pawning for more of that beautiful high energy and early morn

• Baby, I Love You - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Nicky Onidis

Nicky Onidis is a German entertainer who released two dance singles in the early 80s’s in the synth-pop sound which seemed to awaken dance floors following soundtracks like “Flashdance”. A soft pop-rock edge was always evident in most of these tracks as well and the hard hitting syn-drums. Nicky’s second single from 1982 was produced by Patric Perquee and is a cover of The Ronnettes 1964 song “Baby, I Love You”. This version is the synthesized disco-pop style which pours out the sound as Phil Spector worked in his music. Nicky Onidis takes her falsetto into the classic and makes it sweet and a bit camp. It was a single that was released as a 3:28 version 12” single so it missed the extended mix market. It caught my ear for the after-hours moments when the crowd was ready for a little surprise.

I have taken the short 12” version of “Baby, I Love You” and worked the keyboards and drums into new ReStructure Mix. Since the chorus stands out as it originally did I worked a few breaks and dub moments to break this extended version into more parts.

• Love In The Shadows - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - E.G. Daily

E.G. Daily is an actress and singer whose career began as a “valley girl” in a film by the same name. Her dedication to make a career in pop music became realistic in 1985 with the release of her album “Wild Child”. Her vocal gave dance music a strong female edge with the rough feel of her vocals yet on tracks like “Love In The Shadows” there is a calming and sweet resonance. Produced by Munich producer and Giorgio Moroder studio collaborator, Harold Faltermeyer (you can hear his name in Moroder’s “E=Mc2” track) the electronic production is much like the 80’s anthems where a powerful female voice takes us through mystery and heartbreak. This one was a huge dance palace number and always reminded me of the disco edge remaining intact yet emerging as a whole new sound.

I have taken the vocal and dub from the 12” of “Love In The Shadows” and re-casted more of the magic in this ReStructure Mix. As I hear it, once again this ‘anthem’ is more about its beauty and dance floors could never capture the movement of this emotion.

• I Do Believe (I've Fallin' In Love) - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Donna Summer

Donna Summer made the seventies a place for dreamers and lovers. Those who became with Donna had a secret affair with her amazing vocal range and versatility. From her first project in 1975 there was a soft and sensual edge to her voice although at times even early in her recording career you always knew there was a force building. “(I Do Believe) I Fell In Love” from Donna’s 1983 “She Works Hard For The Money” is one of the tracks that deliver her full essence. The song is more of a ballad which becomes a beat driven stage for Donna’s sensual, lyrical and wonderful vocal range. Produced by Michael Omartian.

I have taken the album version of ““(I Do Believe) I Fell In Love” and worked a dreamy dub-like ReStructure Mix that flows with phasing and echoes. This fantasy is more of Donna’s lure as her voice is transformed throughout the song in many ways.

• Saturday Night - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Lauren Grey

Lauren Grey is an 80’s high energy artist from Chicago who released several dance singles on Dice Records. “Saturday Night” is Lauren’s 1986 release – produced by Tom Weisser. The 80’s dance sound moved in a full electronic production and many independent artists had the ability to hit the stage with more of the underground dance energy. “Saturday Night” is a funkier track from Lauren and gave a new appeal for this high energy chanteuse.

I have taken the 12” single version of “Saturday Night” and worked some of the components which ring out in this funky mechanism. This ReStructure Mix uses a familiar rhythm track to bring out more of the weekend that is calling us to release all we’ve got.

• Be My Life - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Cruisin' Gang

Cruisin’ Gang is one of the top Italo-disco projects during the early 80’s when much experimentation was taking place in the arena. “Be My Life” from 1987 is their single which gives every sound that the vocals of Laura Fadinger, Sabrina Morroya and Ombretta Marsigli play out. There has always been a sweetness to the vocals and delivery in Cruisin’ Gang’s tracks and this one towers like an anthem. Produced by Ennio Manuel. This one is a favorite and gives a wonderful chorus that rings out like a nice underground ABBA song.

I have taken the 12” of “Be My Life” and replayed the magic with a touch of percussion from a classic to lead this ReStructure Mix. I have used the same formula and only reedited a few segments to give the song a new feel.

• If I Were Venus - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Touch-N-Go

Touch-N-Go is a high energy/electronic project from producer Elario and features a beautiful vocal from Shannon Callahan. This 1990 track was released on Patrick Cowley’s San Francisco dance label Megatone Records. This one holds several nice elements which cross between techno and ambient. It flows smoothly with emotion thanks to Shannon’s soaring vocal. The high energy period of the late 80’s brought this concoction together and it is pieced magnificently. A huge dance floor filler for me and always one where a blended program could speak with more of mood than energy.

I have taken the “Club Mix” of the 12” version to recreate a new trip for this ReStructure Mix of “If I Were Venus”. A build using more of the dreamy vocals and jittery keyboards in a new arrangement are created.

• I Don't Know If It's Right - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Evelyn "Champagne" King

Evelyn “Champagne” King is one of voices in disco history that brought a nuance and promise to this genre of music. Her classic dance track, “Shame” from 1977 was a pivotal moment for dance floors. A soulful and young sound was created with Evelyn’s fabulous vocals and the production from Theid9ire Life. “I Don’t Know If It’s Right” is the follow up single from the project and brings another nice feel to this disco number. This track made many cool down after “Shame” but never give on this exciting new performer.

I have taken the 12” version of “I Don’t Know If It’s Right” and made a new environment for this ReStructure Mix. A touch more of that killer bass-line in many new reassignments and also a new fade for the song which leaves only a question of love, not rhythm.

• Just Wanna Make You Dance - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - The J.B.'s

The J.B.’s are the musicians who backed The King Of Soul – Mr. James Brown. The band recorded albums under their name from 1971 through 1999. The soulful horns and funky wah-wah guitars created a style of dance music which helped move onto further chapters including disco in the late 70’s. It was all music tailored to move the hips. “Just Wanna Make You Dance” comes from their 1979 album “Groove Machine” and is the completeness of soul becoming the interpretive disco sound for the mid and latter parts of the 70’s. This bouncy piece has a sassy chorus reminding the crowd to keep moving with the music and try to refrain from the sexy lure of dance floors of the time. It was one of the big hits in my club and always reminded me of the Stargard’s of the 70’s and the Klymaxx’s of the 80’s.

I have taken the album version of “Just Wanna Make You Dance” and added a line from “The King” himself to bring this ReStructure Mix the homage to the crossover of soul to disco music. The drums and bongos are sliced and reassembled as more than breaks and are attempted to bring the party back again.

• The Letter - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Amii Stewart

Amii Stewart is best known for her huge disco hit from 1978 “Knock On Wood” – a cover of Eddie Floyd’s 1967 soul classic. Her transformation of the song into a disco powerhouse event is thanks to producer Barry Leng. This formula is repeated again with Amii’s 1979 release of “The Letter” – yet another transformed pop classic into “disco heaven”. This track from her album “Paradise Bird” gives off a rock edged electronic arrangement with the same level of disco magic. Lots of heavy drums and bass-lines that roll out each part of Amii’s incredible vocal delivery. This is again one of the big assets in disco history which never grows out of fashion for this genre.

I have taken the album version of “The Letter” and moved it into a new phase of the underground feel for this ReStructure Mix. Pulling the ominous bass tracks and pounding drums into an ethereal environment. More of that fading off for the big finish into oblivion – but with that idea that it is not quite over yet.

• I Want You - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Gary Low

Italo-disco began to shine in the early 80’s when a definite need for fantasy and escape on dance floors were still needed. The alternative sound of disco in an electronic form with much of the same beauty. Gary Low’s “I Want You” from 1983 became one of the big Italian dance hits thanks to the production from Paul Micioni and Peter Micioni. An echo of pianos and light dancing keyboards are the lure in this, one of my favorites from Gary. The romantic edge is one which many who recall falling in love with as love at first site. A break record also with lots of percussion and bongos to stir the way.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of “I Want You” and worked a new ReStructure Mix which focuses on the beautiful melody. This outline plays more of the accompaniment which speaks the most in this tune. A salute to Italo-disco again!

• Tossing, Turning and Swinging - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Shalamar

Shalamar is one of early disco-soul ensembles to emerge with hits medley from 1977 titled “Uptown Festival” – produced by Simon Soussan. The track consisted of Motown dance hits blended into a tight disco song with a colorful arrangement and great inception for Shalamar. Their disco years were defiantly their notable time with “Take That To The Bank” and “Tossing, Turning and Swinging”. The group made a move into the arena of soul glazed disco with the soulful vocals and electronic funk being devised by Dick Griffey.

I have taken the album version of “Tossing, Turning and Swinging” and recreated a new ReStructure Mix adding some beats and percussion to play along. The great Motown-esque song brings back that shimmy-shimmy feel and a soulful touch that only Shalamar can create.

• Illusion - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Illusion

Illusion is an Italo-disco project from Dutch producer Bert Ruiter from 1984. This sharp beat driven track follows closely the Miami-freestyle sound coming from the club scene. This sound used a Latin-flair to accentuate the beat box stylized drum arrangements. “Illusion” uses this technique along with the Italo-disco sound to create a heartbreak tune with a sweetness which most of the female groups of freestyle were containing as a staple. This one works as the Italo-disco drums inhabit parts of the mix and rolling percussion adds to the new rhythm. The vocal has a sweetness that cannot be ignored. A nice piece of dance music from 1984 and floor filler for me.

I have taken the 12” vocal and “drum mix” elements to create this ReStructure Mix which adds some new freestyle beats to give it a lift and make it move more than the hips.

• Funky Bee Bop - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Vin Zee

Vin Zee Is an Italian project from Luciano Ninzatti and Stefano Pulga – both worked on projects from Kano (“I’m Ready”. “Another Life”). Their work in the early 80’s helped to create a path for Italo-disco as a progressive dance genre for its time. “Funky Bee Bop” is a slick electronic dance number that echoes a touch of rap-like vocals in a course of vocoders and funky keyboards. The use of heavy bass and synthesizers outlining the arrangement are the familiar use which gives it an identifiable sound as Kano and many projects of the time period. This one is a sharp twist from the fantasy and space themes of the time and makes more of a street statement for the Italo-disco team.

I have taken the 12” vocal and dub of “Funky Bee Bop” and re-used the pieces that tick here into a new ReStructure Mix. This time around the vocals are placed within a space which breaks down the groove into more of a surprise for those like to move. The Italian disco edge is taken in with a dub feel and used as it is.

• Boys Do Fall In Love - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Robin Gibb

Robin Gibb is one of the voices of the Bee Gees phenomena of the 70’s were funk reared a new face with songs like “Jive Talkin’”. Robin Gibb released his third solo album in 1984 titled “Secret Agent” which included tracks produced by Mark Liggett and Chris Barbosa creators of The Shannon Sound (“Let The Music Play”). “Boys Do Fall In Love” is a track with the stamp of these innovators of electronic-street-funk and along with Gibb’s 50’s edge vocal delivery gives this one a unique feel. The track did extremely well as a pop-dance track in many clubs and welcomed the one of the most talented songwriters, producers and artists of the 70’s.

I have taken the 12” version of “Boys Do Fall In Love” and blew out the street-edge and worked more of a dub-underground dance palace feel in this ReStructure Mix. More of the groovy vocal pieces are extended to make this one bring back the return of Robin Gibb on his solo efforts which has always been one of my favorites.

• Shake It Up, Shake Your Body - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Suzy Q

Suzy Q is a Canadian disco project which began from a 1981 single titled “Get On Up and Do It Again” – which featured the vocal of Carol Jiani. The success of the single brought a continuance of high energy tracks throughout the end of the 80’s. “Shake It Up, Shake Your Body” is the electronic sound which Suzy Q is formulated as with a touch of electro-funk and the voice encouraging body movement. Produced by Jerry Cucuzella whose electronic dance productions created a new underground sound for Canadian music. Suzy Q under vocalist Michelle Mills in this session works her charming vocals with that disco-femme-funk touch appropriately.

I have taken the 12” version of “Shake It Up, Shake Your Body” and placed the bouncy dance track in a ReStructure Mix adding some new electro-beats below to bring this version alive. More of Suzy Q and her haunting vocals are sprinkled around the new arrangement.

• What's Love Got To Do With...Two People - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Tina Turner

Tina Turner is one of the artists of the 60’s and 70’s whose energy seemed to never falter. Through a career in rock n’ roll, country, soul, and a dabble in disco she managed to pull upfront in the 80’s with her 1984 album “Private Dancer” made waves bigger than ever. A return to the stage brought respect and several pop and club hits during the 80’s and gave us more of Tina’s unique vocal delivery and a more sensitive edge. “What’s Love Got To Do With It” is the track which became an anthem for Tina’s life is one of the tracks which brings us a whole new side and along with “Two People” from 1986 displays a sensitive feel. Both were accepted well by fans and even today give a new side of long career and its shifting throughout time.

I have taken “What’s Love Got To Do With It” and “Two People” to create a ReStructure Mix using parts of these songs which outline this double pairing in a new way. Both were great songs for me and I enjoyed spinning them for early evening crowds and afterhours.

• In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Mighty Pope

Mighty Pope (Earl Heedram) is a Jamaican-Canadian singer who began his recording career in 1970 and in 1979 the disco community was fortunate enough to receive a project from this talent vocalist and also the best of the Canadian disco team: John Driscol, Gino Soccio and Denis Le Page. Released on Ray Caviano’s disco label RFC, this album hit at the peak of disco fever. The tracks echoed more of the work from both Soccio and Driscol and similar to recent dance projects from their magic. Denis Le Page of Lime fame is also added here programming synthesizers as another great touch from the Canadian line-up. Mighty Pope’s cover of Iron Butterfly’s “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” is one of the songs which immediately caught my curiosity since the realm of one-sided/extended disco recordings were most likely influenced by the original release of Iron Butterfly’s classic, which was a side long rock movement. The eerie feel of the song was a perfect spot for disco music to inject its cause.

I have taken the LP version of “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” and also pieces of the original rock classic to blend a ReStructure Mix paying tribute to both. A build on the intro is intended to relay the familiar edge of what I had experienced in dance music from the 70s and the psychedelic rock scene of the 60s. Rearranging each part of the disco version is placed for the outcome of the emotion and lasting experience.

• What Is Love - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Haddaway

Haddaway is Alexander Nestor Haddaway and producer Dee Dee Halligan – creating a 90’s anthem in the techno-house tradition. The song was released in 1992 and brought the sound which was building at the end of the 80’s into a fashionable dance edge. “What Is Love” is the track which brought back the crossover dance song and more longevity to the disco/dance historical blend. Many dancers were lost in the emotional tug of war which the title brings to life in a rhythmic and anthem-like delivery. This is homage to the 90’s which continued to keep dance music alive with sincerity with elements of the past and future.

I have taken the US 12” version of “What Is Love” and refocused on the mood of the song which takes this ReStructure Mix over a long and wandering path. More of the high peaks and stripping away the beat

• Live It Up - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Time Bandits

Time Bandits are a disco/funk and synth-pop band from The Netherlands who began their recording career in 1982. The band consists of Åke Danielson, Alides Hidding, Carl Buskohl and Dave van den Dries. Their music was immediately a hit on dance floors especially those who worked the hardcore dance palace tracks during the early 80’s. Their big single from 1981 titled “Live It Up” became one of the big sleepers of the period and many jocks that were spinning innovative dance playlists were on board. The eerie feel of this one which accelerates into an uplifting power chorus is a wonderful example of this bands achievement. I placed this one on peak hour playlists to crowded dance floors as a personal favorite and one which I could always be sure to stir the crowd.

I have taken the 12” version of “Live It Up” and recreated a new ReStructure Mix adding more of the percussion elements sprinkled around to bring new life. The intro plays out a bit more dramatic as the new climax does but all around the original feel is still intact.

• Anthem - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - N-Joi

Techno and trance music of the 80’s were a statement to disco music. It helped uncover all of the electronic sounds and grooves created by those disco producers who used a touch of electronics to create a mood or innovation in music. Giorgio Moroder, Boris Midney, Voyage, Jacques Fred Petrus, Alec R. Costandinos, Tantra and many others brought to the forefront a stream of electronic chords which brought a whole new life to music. “Anthem” by N-Joi is a techno/house track which brought 1990 into an age of dance music using pieces and variations of techniques. The track is unforgettable when it strikes what it delivers – a simple use of sampled yet emotional pieces along with hardcore bass and a neo-classical piano insert. A very notable time for dance music and again for bands like N-Joi who broke the mold once again.

I have taken the 12” version of “Anthem” and stripped away the sampled bit (which took allot of persuasion to do so) and left this ReStructure Mix bare. Using only parts of the monumental bass parts and the beautiful piano chords. It brings a whole new life to a wonderful piece of techno dance music.

• Sugar Walls - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Sheena Easton

Sheena Easton became one of pop music’s surprises as she went from mild ballads to the off-set funk edge created by Prince. The sound which emulates a sort of twisted sound and almost fairy tale oriented in its vision. “Sugar Walls” is undoubtedly one of the pieces from her “A Private Heaven” album which created a stir of controversy from the oozing sensuality and suggestive lyrics. However, the Prince-funk edge brings it to an irresistible place. A big dance floor hit and one which uses Sheena in a whole new way as she uses this track as freedom for a new audience and era.

I have taken the vocal and instrumental of “Sugar Walls” 12” single and reworked this ReStructure Mix with the fantasy of this imaginary place. More of the beats and clap tracks are accentuated for a deeper part of this funky piece of 80’s dance.

• Let Yourself Go - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - T-Connection

T-Connection is one of disco music’s great innovative bands from the mid-70’s. The band used a hardcore percussion section along with rocking guitars to create pounding disco numbers for the perfect soulful achievement. Their first big disco hit titled “Do What You Wanna Do” is a disco classic and has been covered several times. “Let Yourself Go” comes from the album “On Fire” from 1977 and is the sound of disco evolving from soul and funk to a hardcore disco arrangement. Their use of drums, percussions and at times whistles is one of the big assets. This band is probably one of the most original for their time.

I have taken the 12” version of “Let Yourself Go” and recreated a ReStructure Mix using the great guitar break for more of the basis of the mix. The congas and bongos are also broken into segments for more of this celebration of freedom and music innovation.

• Midnight - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Passengers

Passengers are an Italo-disco group who is best known for their big dance floor hit “Hot Leather” from 1979. The group consists of Chuck Rolando, Elwanda Contreras, Gesualdo Arena and Kathleen Flynn on vocals and arrangements by Celso Valli (Tantra, Lama, V.I.S.A., and Nuggets). “Midnight” is a single released in 1981 and is pure Italo-disco laid out – produced by Angelo and Felix Piccarreda. This one is more of an early morning sound with the synths rolling in a hypnotic arrangement and keyboards sparkling the sound of magic throughout. A different edge than more of their high energy pieces but more of a deeper feel for their uplifting vocals.

I have taken the 12” single of “Midnight” and reworked parts of the song to make this ReStructure Mix which uses more percussion to pump the energy up. It remains as the original as far as vocal arrangements and just a few effects and loops added to the instrumental arrangement to make it last longer.

• Up Your Bum - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Edwards and Armani

New Beat music is a dissection of the disco synthesizer placed in format which presents each pulse and edge in a simple arrangement. The end of the 80’s brought various styles of dance music including techno, house, acid house and new/Belgium beat. “Up Your Bum” by Edwards and Armani is a prime example of the use of several elements blended to create an underground sound. Many artists and producers of this new wave of music were obsessed with the deep synthesizer integration. Most tracks contained the heavy disco beat along with chords of a bass line which echoed throughout each track. Edwards and Armani create a sound which is a raw version of tracks like “Pump Up The Volume” with the bass taking complete control. This is one piece which I enjoyed injecting as a dub relief in many sets that kept the floor moving over and over to the instrumental play which would soon become the emphasis of rave and 90’s techno.

I have taken the 12” of “Up Your Bum” – using both “Desert” and “Acid Control” Mixes to complete a new layout for this ReStructure Mix. It uses a few new samples to place it back into the proper channel and breaks pieces of it into a whole new arrangement. A salute to the New Beat/Belgium Beat sound of the 80’s and 90’s.

• Do It Again - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Voyage

Voyage is one of the big disco productions whom took the disco theme and made it an art form. Their first two projects were appropriately along the subject of their name where the non-stop music took dancers around the world and back with subjects related to places and travel. In the early 80’s the project took a new edge with more of a funky sound in several tracks and synth-pop/new wave pieces. The funk treatment was performed well and left another classic from Voyage titled “I Love You Dancer”. However another groove from the project titled “Do It Again” is one which had an infectious chorus riff which kept solid in my mind at the time and throughout this ReStructure Mix. The track is the work of Marc Chantereau, Pierre-Alain Dahan and Slim Pezin who are original players from the sessions. They create a memorable sound that takes the “voyage” off of the original sound and makes it their own thanks to their talent and dedication to dance music.

I have taken the album version of “Do It Again” and created a new ReStructure Mix which outlines this nice funk song with more beats and phasing effects. The lengthier and beat driven version are a tribute to Voyage and the dance floors of the 80’s which proved that dancing was not yet over.

• Never Can Say Goodbye - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Sonia & Nancy

“Never Can Say Goodbye” is a classic soul song originally recorded by The Jackson Five in 1971 and released on their “Maybe Tomorrow”. The song has since been covered by many artists and groups – in the disco realm more notably by Gloria Gaynor in the 70s and The Communards in the 80’s. High energy music brought a synth-pop version in 1986 and produced by high-energy extraordinaire, Mr. Fonny De Wulf who sprinkled the 80’s with the sound of this new sensational dance floor recipe. Sonia and Nancy recorded this single as their one and only release which made many playlist for jocks who were spinning to the crowds who could not get enough of the rolling energy. The production by De Wulf is the flowing feel of the song of heartbreak along with more percussion and synthesizers.

I have taken the 12” version of Sonia and Nancy’s “Never Can Say Goodbye” and used pieces of the deep hardcore elements to recreate this ReStructure Mix. It pays homage to this sound of the 80’s which kept many dancing throughout the period and even today.

• You're Lying - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Linx

Linx is a U.K. funk band with David Grant and Peter Martin. Their recordings include two albums both released in 1981. “Intuition” is the first project and contained the single “You’re Lying” which made a nice impact on dance floors. A compromised relationship is finally confronted in this song where a worn half confronts the second with the facts which are dishonesty and a line drawn. This one worked wonders for me in my club for a time when dance music was shifting and more of a slick pop-funk attitude is expressed.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of “You’re Lying” and worked the groove into a ReStructure Mix which extends more of the underlying bass and rhythm for a complete dance experience. A new percussion layer is added throughout the edit from Kraze Moonfou’s “Voodoo Sun” for a lift of energy.

• Burnin' Up - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Madonna

Madonna released her first album in 1983 following two 12” releases a year earlier. One of the singles released prior to her self-titled project was a pumping synth-pop track titled “Burning Up” written by Madonna and labeled “Fast Side” on the vinyl. Produced by Reggie Lucas – who also co-produced songs by Phyllis Hyman (“You Know How To Love Me”) and Stephanie Mills (“Put Your Body In It”). He was also the second talent in a duo called Mtume. “Burning Up” is one of the electronic dance pieces of the time which had a big impact on the return to high energy dance with the synth-pop edge. The song is a great opportunity for Madonna to give a hard-edged rock delivery with her unique touch of sweetness that turns to fire in a flash. The success of the single along with “Physical Attraction” brought an anxious to dance floors and disc-jockeys everywhere.

I have taken the 12” version of “Burning Up” along with a rare instrumental to re-weave Madonna’s classic into a hardcore ReStructure Mix. There is more of a teasing intro and sustained looping to make this pumping energy give its load again. I can remember using two 12” singles to remix this one over and over when it was released so an extended and revised version has always been the direction for me.

• Magic - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Five Sinners

Italo-disco was a guiding force in dance music during the early 80’s. Many of the producers and artists worked at stripping away the large production ensemble and create a raw and simple sound based on the bass synthesizers and keyboard elements. It was a return to the early formula of disco music during its formulation in the early and mid-70’s. Five Sinners is a project from Giuliano Saglia and Silvio Trisolino from 1982 – and along with writer and arranger Celso Valli created a dance hall classic. During the late 70s when disco was rejected by major labels in the US many of the big hardcore dance tracks were becoming more of Italian, German and small label releases. “Magic” is one of the deep sounding tracks that resonate this period. It may have been influenced by groups like Change – yet the influence created its own sound.

I have taken the 12” version of “Magic” and created a dreamier version using parts of two big 70’s pop-hits in this ReStructure Mix. There are a few DJ mix elements used to bring back that early morning feeling of being lost in the song and also some phasing and rearranging.

• Dance And Leave It All Behind You - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Sumeria

Sumeria is a disco project from disco producer, Alec R. Costandinos. This project reflects his earlier work with Love and Kisses and Sphinx. A fully orchestrated production and pieces of a disco journey of a woman who following a torrid break from a bad relationship meets a mysterious stranger who we learn is from another galaxy. They fall in love and it seems as the time comes to return and his own and leaving his new love brings heartache and “golden tears”. Costandinos makes this disco symphony every moment worth the dance and storyline that he creates beautifully. One of the great moments in disco history is these Euro-disco productions that enabled many dance floors to transform into a stage for feet and imagination.

I have taken segments of “Dance And Leave It All Behind You” along with pieces of tracks from this tale and transformed them into a new ReStructure Mix. The bassline has been amended to give this new version a slow fade in and out. More of the powerful chorus is worked and the orchestrations are built as they were intended to outline our journey.

• Celebration - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Kool and The Gang

Kool and The Gang took the dance floor in 1970 when they released their first album. Their dedication to soul music and the eventual transformation of it into many genres and style throughout the 70’s, 80’s and even today. ”Celebration” is their big 1980 hit which made an impact from its release and is now an old school classic. Co-produced by Eumir Deodato and displays his signature keyboard riffs and play. The song has made dance floors feel the excitement that is an ingredient here and in many of Kool and The Gangs soulful club records.

I have taken the album version – both vocal and instrumental to recreate the peak of the “Celebration” in this ReStructure Mix. It moves into a whole new realm of execution and is most definitely a play of the songs content.

• Don't Make Me Wait - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - N.Y.C. Peech Boys

N.Y.C. Peech Boys are an experimental electronic dance project from 1982 whose moves were influenced by the aura of an underground club called Paradise Garage. Along with Larry Levan this early sound began a phase of electronic house and funk using a brand of soulful chorus leading to a new vocal sound. This sound became the brand for the Paradise Garage sound in the early 80’s and eventually lead into a style called house. “Don’t Make Me Wait” is a mysteriously ominous track that begins teasingly and then leads to a crescendo of soulful male harmonies. It is one of the pieces which made the disco label West End Records the tribute record company of the dance era. It seemed that the excitement this one created was welcomed from the fallout of disco music in the late 70’s.

I have taken the vocal and the dub of the 12” of “Don’t Make Me Wait” and worked this ReStructure Mix into a whole new form. Where many of the beats are void throughout the original arrangement there is now a constant rhythm to pulse the orgasmic track. This one is a tribute to the Paradise Garage and Mr. Larry Levan.

• Rain - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Goombay Dance Band

Goombay Dance Band is a German dance band whose single “Rain” from 1980 brought the hardcore disco/club scene to life once again. Recreating the sound of disco music for the 80’s with a full on take on fantasy and stage presence – very similar to bands like Boney M. The band released projects with their Caribbean sound echoing throughout tracks which many fit the direction in where dance music was becoming empowered once again. The production by Jochen Petersen is also assisted by Michael Cretu (Sandra, Enigma) here and work with nice results as displayed in “Rain”.

I have taken the 12” version of “Rain” and focused on a dub/instrumental take for this ReStructure Mix. The pounding drums and heavy synth and chorus parts are still intact here even through the original is stretched into a new arrangement.

• One Night Lover Man - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Lenore O'Malley

Lenore O’Malley is disco singer who released her first project in 1979 titled “First Be A Woman” – produced by Michaele/Lana and Paul Sebastian (who also produced Theo Vaness and Madleen Kane). The album is one of the last during the disco era with the Euro-disco sound and features a production which echoes that of Voyage and Alec R. Costandinos. “One Night Lover Man” is a single from the album which is a club record right from the start. It plays out with a nice guitar riff that flows into a defiant Lenore informing her male onlookers that she is out for love. It is a fun and bouncy track that I always found as a treasure that fit the essence of European club music. It is one of the nice parts of this project and gives Lenore a nice opportunity to play the club chanteuse in a clever way.

I have taken the album version of “One Night Light Lover Man” and created a ReStructure Mix which gives the rhythm tracks more power with some added drum beats and new phasing effects. It is a lengthier version than the album and has a few segments that are placed to extend the energy.

• Vision Of The Future - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Segue

Segue is a high-energy dance project from producer Kevin Anthony Roberts – who also gave us projects from Simone (“It’s Too Late”), Shirley Lewis (“Didn’t Say A Word”), Linda Lewis (“You Turned My Bitter Into Sweet”), Kofi and The Lovetones (“Countdown”) and Thing (“Alien Attack”). “Vision Of The Future” was released in 1984 as medley and tribute to alternative electronic/synth-pop dance music and featured pieces of “Blue Monday” by New Order, “Kiss Me” by Tin Tin, and “Lucifer’s Friend” by Vision. The flowing energy has always captured my attention and a desire to capture this growing sound called high-energy. The pieces of the works in the medley are the shining example of the power of the 80’s takeover of the electronic keyboard and sequencers. Homage to that period and the creative edge of the artists.

I have taken the 12” long version of “Vision Of The Future” and recreated a ReStructure Mix which pulls out parts of the medley which work to create its own. Much of the thumping beats from “Blue Monday” are included along with the jittery percussion elements and rolling bass sequencers. This one plays out with a few breaks and revitalized segments.

• Love's Theme - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Love Unlimited Orchestra

Barry White and his Love Unlimited Orchestra are the backbone of disco music. His orchestrations over bass guitars, drums and percussion created a need for beautiful music with rhythm and soul enhancing the edge. “Love’s Theme” from 1974 is one of the funky tracks with the soaring strings and horns which bring to mind the Philadelphia sound as it matured into disco music the mid-70s. One of the biggest records in soul music during the time and an influence on music to come. A big radio and club track and a piece of disco history worth shouting about.

I have taken the album version of “Love’s Theme” and created a ReStructure Mix which uses the strings to an advantage for more of that flowing magic. There are a few breaks along the way added and a fade that is only more enticing to hear more.

• Coming From The Dark - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Gary

Gary is a new beat styled piece from K Productions – a group who began releasing alternative electronic dance singles in the late 80’s. It was the impact of the New Beat sound which came from the industrial side of dance music along with an edge that was raw and at times more of a dub excursion. A deep focus on the EQ of each synthesizer was also a trait in this genre. “Coming From The Dark” is a mysterious track that follows the house influence with a piano pounding in the distance of many deep bass keyboards and sequencers. This deep dark underground feel is the heart and soul of what Belgium Beat was all about. It is one of the hardcore pieces which would work on my dance floor afterhours or during a New Beat set.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental to recreate again “Coming From The Dark” in the ReStructure Mix vein. It has a few added effects and drum fills to accent the rolling and ominous sound and also plays out a bit more break wise.

• Love Come Down - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Evelyn King

Evelyn “Champagne” King is one of the divas from the disco era who made the dance floor feels like home. Her big 1977 disco hit “Shame” was a union of soul and disco which made a big mark during its release and in time. Her career throughout the early 80’s gave the new disco-funk more of her fantastic vocal performances. “Love Come Down” is from her 1982 album, “Get Loose” and produced by Kashif and Morrie Brown. This love song is one of the greatest pieces from Ms. King and the production lives up to the old school tradition. It was one of the biggest dance floor packers for me and I can only remember extending this one over and over. The magic of the sound which Kashif created at this time was a frame for King’s talent.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental to recreate a new ReStructure Mix with some edits and looping to bring those deep grooves to life again. This revisit makes the breaks more of the opulence of what disco-funk is.

• Fire Me Up - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Astaire

Astaire is one of the early studio groups in the high energy genre during the early 80’s. From the classic UK high energy label Passion Records and producers Nigel Stock and John Davies who helped again to revive the dance community with a new catalogue of artists and songs and a few remixed or reissued disco classics. “Fire Me Up” is sung by vocalist Tracy Ackerman who is one of the beautiful and powerful voices of the time in dance music. This teasing love song is set with a strong desire to start a new romance with impact beyond control. The title says it all. The production is the high-end keyboard echoing throughout pounding drums and percussion – always reminding me of a haunting “disco-Phantom of the Opera” sound. This is a single from 1986 where the energy was still alive and the sound was bringing dancers back to the floor again.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of “Fire Me Up” and reedited a ReStructure Mix using a few tag-lines from the verses to bring a new intro and some breaks to life. The rolling deep synths and striking keyboards are still intact so that the original form is again appreciated.

• Get A Little - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Patrick Cowley

Patrick Cowley has taken the legacy of Giorgio Moroder from the mid-70’s and transformed the gadgetry of electronics and applied them with his heart and mind. Cowley’s use of keyboards and synthesizers were applied as if a 50’s sci-fi flick was in use of an extreme soundtrack. In the underground tradition of disco and club music this was again a return to the basics and the stripped production. “Get A Little” is from the album “Megatron Man” from 1981 which catapulted his dance floor fame to a higher plane than his earlier “Menergy” project. It was obvious that the 80’s were still a place for adventurous dance music. This track features the vocals of Carol McMackin, Jo-Carol Block and Lauren Carter also known as Jo-Lo.

I have taken the album version of “Get A Little” and worked some swirling effects into a new psychedelic ReStructure Mix. It is where I feel Cowley was directing his sound. There are more looped effects and drop-ins to give the song a new feel.

• I'm Ready For Love - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Melody Stewart

Melody Stewart is a Canadian vocalist whose disco career began in 1980 with the help of producers Joe La Greca and Joe Marandola – her first album “Action Satisfaction” is one of the high energy sound beginning during the early 80’s. Another single from the album titled “Get Down, Get Down” is marked as another classic with DJs and dancers. The following year Melody’s single, a cover of Martha & The Vandellas 1966 soul classic “I’m Ready For Love” was released as a single produced by Bill Hill and John Farley. This single was a fine example of transposing a song from one genre to another with a new production sound. More of a mid-tempo early morning piece with much of the electronic effects that made the prior production with a studio group titled Hydro. This gem is one of my all-time favorite genres and singles in this style.

I have taken the 12” version of Melody Stewart’s “I’m Ready For Love” along with the original and pieced a ReStructure Mix for a tribute to both. Melody’s wonderful yearning and sultry delivery give this number its mark and I have left it all intact but in new segments. A great Canadian release from the producers who saved the dance floors in the early 80’s.

• Get On Up And Do It Again - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Suzy Q

Suzy Q began as a studio group with the lead vocals of Ms. Carol Jiani (“Mercy”, “Hit ‘N Run Lover”) upfront in this electronic funk ride. One of the big early 80’s downbeat dance hits from Canada and producers Jerry Cucuzella. This bass driven number delivers a groove that is contagious and fills in non-stop energy. Later the vocals of Suzy Q were filled by Michelle Mills and many hits later we know Suzy Q as one of those unforgettable disco acts that deliver more than one punch.

I have taken the original 12” version of “Get On Up And Do It Again” with Carol Jiani on vocals and reworked a new ReStructure Mix. The funky bass lines are dotted with more percussion and Carol’s sexy ad-libs to deliver a new level of funk.

• Fly On U.F.O. - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Chromium

Chromium is a disco studio project from producer Trevor Horn – and features Alma Thibou, Anne Dudley, Geoff Downes, Linda Allen, and Vikki Spence. Their 1979 album “Star To Star” is one of the centerpiece productions of the disco era which explores the space theme with the singles “Fly On U.F.O.” and “Caribbean Air Control”. A galactic adventure with the uplifting disco edge which came along with many bands like The Rockets, Mc Lane Explosion and Space. Even though this project makes a few detours into themes outside of the 70’s space episodes it does create the mood with the imagery and keyboards utilized throughout the production.

I have taken the 12” version of “Fly On U.F.O.” and used bass segments from several breaks to recreate a new blend for this ReStructure Mix. The disco track always reminded me of the closing titles to a space adventure film. It plays out with more of the chorus through filters and broken into several instrumental additions here.

• It's Just Begun - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - The Jimmy Castor Bunch

The Jimmy Castor Bunch released their first album titled “It’s Just Begun” in 1972 and began a new funk edge which dominated the growth of the music from this period on. The wah-wah guitars which started the energy in funk as the emphasis in the title track which we are focused on here. It is a cult classic among many who have started with this inception of the groove or later who researched and discovered the magic of it. “It’s Just Begun” is a positive and uplifting number which tells the story of the start of a world of peace and prosperity. The sound of Jimmy Castor is written from start to finish in this number and makes it a monumental dance piece throughout time.

I have taken the album version of “It’s Just Begun” and the instrumental groove to recreate a new ReStructure Mix in homage to the Jimmy Castor sound. There is a beat driven intro with phasing to kick up the excitement and a fade that gives the positive message a ringing end.

• Spys - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Roni Griffith

Roni Griffith is a performer who began a musical career with August Darnell’s ensemble, Kid Creole and The Coconuts. Her solo career began with a dance floor hit – a cover of the 1967 song by The Symbols – “(The Best Part Of) Breaking Up”. Roni along with producer Bobby Orlando transformed the original heavy downbeat psychedelic track into a disco hit. The song helped during its release in 1982 to rejuvenate dance floors once again for a full disco sound with a heavy percussion drive that Orlando is well known for. “Spys” is a single from the self-titled album from Roni from the same year and displays once again the Bobby Orlando method with a rolling synthesizer pattern and Roni emphasizing an addition to a romance. In Orlando’s original mix there are samples that inflict a bit of the New Beat realm that was soon to come and may have given the initial influence. The song is a bit haunting and always reminded me of a deep afterhours feel.

I have taken the album version of “Spys” and transformed the hardcore piece into a darker mix in this ReStructure interlude. Adding a few percussion sprinkles to give it more of a rhythmic edge. It delves a bit more in the tangled web of the original and plays out to those hardcore dance floor periods.

• House of The Rising Sun - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Bona-Riah

Bona-Riah is a disco/high energy project from 1987 produced by disco singer, Hazell Dean and Pete Ware (also produced tracks for Divine). This tail end of the 80’s feature is a morphing of the Stock, Aitken and Waterman sound which made dance floors flourish again with projects from Rick Astley, Kylie Minogue, Bananarama and many more. The high end percussion and jittery hand claps were a prominent staple in the rhythmic qualities as used here in there 12” of “House Of The Rising Sun” – a cover of The Animals classic. Another version was needed and a rolling energy like this was welcomed during the high energy 80’s dance movement. The thumping street beats which stomp out the breaks are another traditional piece used. Vocals are a bit distant and strange but work with the chorus as it creates that haunting feel this song is remembered by.

I have taken the 12” version of Bona-Riah’s “House Of The Rising Sun” and took the song deeper into retro with pieces of the original and also breaking the vocal up so that it flows fast and furious. This ReStructure Mix is another tribute to the high energy period which helped to keep the “disco spirit” alive. Thank you, Hazell Dean and Pete Ware.

• Love's Comin' At Ya - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Melba Moore

Melba Moore is one of the true disco artists who came at the inception of the disco era boom. Her big singles “You Stepped Into My Life” and “Pick Me I’ll Dance” are placemats for a dance floor and are now dance classics. Melba’s 1982 album “The Other Side Of The Rainbow” gave us another opportunity to hear her power in a new electronic-funk sound produced by Kashif. It was a new groove created with a morphed keyboard playing out like a Jimmy Hendrix guitar. The single “Love’s Comin’ At Ya” is one of the tracks that I would play out for packed dance floors using two copies to extend for a wanting crowd. It is also one of my favorite moments when Melba’s vocals take a song and make it more lyrical and sweet.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of “Love’s Comin’ At Ya” to recreate this ReStructure Mix and add a touch more of a dub and dreamy feel to the original soul. It has a longer take off and a smooth fade. It is a great feeling to hear that 80’s funk sound exploding all over again.

• Midnight In Manhattan - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Seventh Avenue

Seventh Avenue is a disco ensemble from producer Ian Levine and arranger Fiachra Trench. Released in 1979 on AVI Records this production had a listing of more musicians and players to create this lush and beautiful adventure. “Midnight In Manhattan” is the title track which begins a journey on the dance floor to key points where disco was fired up on the round. The group resurfaced again in the early and mid-80’s as a high energy band with the same genius, Mr. Ian Levine creating a similar yet new sound for the dance period. It was quite an exciting transition and one that marked a whole new row of hits for Seventh Avenue and even though the group members may have changed the energy remained. “Midnight In Manhattan” is the stamp of the disco nightlife where the energy takes over as the feel of New York’s intensity would. A great piece to research for the big disco/orchestral production.

I have taken the album version of “Midnight In Manhattan” and used the segments with the crisscross rhythms to recreate the track in this ReStructure Mix. The breaks are the centerpiece as disco history is known for. The long album version is consolidated for a new trip once again into the disco era.

• Don't Cry For Me Argentina - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Festival

Festival is another project from Boris Midney – an innovative producer, writer and arranger who transformed Philly disco into a new art form. His colors consisted of the percussion which he placed over disco beats and electronic interludes and swirling disco strings. His projects are all cult pieces which are respected and viewed as the framing of where disco music made its finale statement in the late 70’s. Festival is a mature production from Midney where he transforms parts of the Broadway musical “Evita” into a disco celebration. “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” was the first focus of the project and created quite a stir on dance floors and continues to relay the best of the disco Evita series to today. The production is still an art form where Midney creates a unique feel which brings us to another place on the dance floor that is sheer fantasy.

I have taken the album version of “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” and recreated a new phase for both the song and the disco version in this ReStructure Mix. More dub-like parts are generated from the original production. A new intro and fade are added to make the experience more of a journey.

• Sia-Sioù (Breakin' Up) - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Esavu

Esavu is an Italo-disco project from Paolo Granelli. One of the tracks from this genre of music which relayed the sound which the 80’s took note of on many dance floors. The rolling synthesizers which brought the electronic sound of disco alive following the footsteps of Giorgio Moroder and his genius. Their first release “Sia-Sioù (Breakin' Up)” is an odd piece that flows infectiously to the mind and feet. Lots of lyrical riffs and the statements that keyboards and synthesizers made which marked dance history. One of those Italian singles which to me always looked forward to blending into one of those intense sets.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of “Sia-Sioù (Breakin' Up)” and worked with the pieces of this track to recreate the magic of Italo-disco in this ReStructure Mix. The elements that are important to the song are left intact and used in new ways to play out this nice melody over again.

• Mi Corazón - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Kat Mandu

Kat Mandu is disco project from producers Denis Lapage (Lime) and Joe LaGreca. Their big 1979 disco hit “The Break” was a step towards a whole new take on the disco instrumental with a full force of percussion and lush strings. It was one of the dance floor hits that lured many more into the underground feel of disco. “Mi Corazón” is a track from the album and features vocal by Jimmy Ray and an awesome bass line from Kathleen Dyson. A touch of “La Bamba’ with much more romance injected make this cut one of the nice additions to an early evening set or a touch dancing competition. Always one of my favorites from the album.

I have taken the album version of “Mi Corazón” and reworked the percussion into a new ReStructure Mix which points towards the full-force percussion and the sweetness of the theme and vocals.

• Don't Beat Around The Bush - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - The Sasoul Orchestra

The Salsoul Orchestra is the landmark ensemble featuring players who blended a beautiful sound from Philly-soul, Latin percussion and the new arrangement of dance music called Salsoul Disco. The story is well told as the tracks from their 1975 disco album play out the message and groove. “Don’t Beat Around The Bush” is a piece from their 1976 album “Nice ‘N Nasty” which was produced, arranged and conducted by Vincent Montana Jr. It is another slick piece of music which brings to mind the disco touch dancing period. There is a similarity in each of this orchestra’s numbers although each stands out on its own with the sexy innuendos and alluring Latin percussion. The pounding drums in “Don’t Beat Around The Bush” are like a powerful tribal edge that is infectious.

I have taken the album version of “Don’t Beat Around The Bush” and placed the drums into a new take in this ReStructure Mix. More edits and loops give a more open feel to the groove. It is a salute to The Salsoul Orchestra and the master Mr. Vincent Montana Jr.

• Megatron Man - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Deadline

Deadline is a disco project from producer Phillipe Renaux – a man whose innovative touch during the late 70’s was a big part of what is now known as “space disco” – with projects Chris Craft, Soft Energy and Toni Van Duyne. It is this project Deadline that he pays homage to another master of the aural sounds of the outer universe, Mr. Patrick Cowley. “Megatron Man” is a track which Cowley released in 1981 which helped to keep disco music alive in a new edge of electronic and psychedelic like moods. It was the early signs of disco morphing again into another style called high energy. Phillipe’s project Deadline is a more downbeat feel yet contributes a proper cover of the Cowley classic. Is an alternative play for those who follow Cowley’s work as a cult sound and also another great moment in 80’s dance history all together.

I have taken the 12” version of Deadline’s “Megatron Man” and changed the mood once again in this ReStructure Mix. More emphasis on the abstract keyboards and the mystical mood of the theme of this San Francisco disco classic.

• I Wanna Be Your Love - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Rose

Rose is Elena Ferretti and a disco project from Italo-disco producer Giacomo Maiolini. The Italo-disco movement was one which helped to preserve the disco dance floor feel as well as create several new facets of dance music. High energy music soon became to being as this style of music morphed into a new influence. “I Wanna Be Your Love” is the fifth single by Rose and is one of the most beautiful. It is lyrical and also pumps enough synth and keyboard expertise to make a dance floor take notice. The vocal is a sweetness that is one of the assets of Italo-disco which made its own success.

I have taken the original import 12” vocal version of “I Wanna Be Your Love” and created a new blossoming ReStructure Mix. This one uses parts of the original to make a new statement in a dub-like manner. More breaks and flowing edits make it an new dance experience.

• Manhunt - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Silhouette with Jeanie Tracy

Silhouette is an 80’s high energy project from producer Tip Wirrick – who was Sylvester’s guitarist during his reign. Tip went onto many dance projects including Loverde. Silhouette is a high energy concept with fabulous vocals by Jeanie Tracy who takes this number into a rousing call for excitement. “Manhunt” is one of the 80’s songs which made the high energy scene via San Francisco a place worth dancing to. This one was always a favorite of mine since the energy takes a whole emphasis in the tradition of disco music.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of “Manhunt” and reworked the monster track into a new ReStructure Mix. A longer intro in fade-in ready and the rolling breaks are used as the departure. The vocal remains where it needs to be, as Jeanie works the heck out of this number.

• You Got It - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Kumano

Kumano is a band lead by Randy Kumano and released their first album on Prelude Records in 1980 and also featured the big dance floor hit, “I’ll Cry For You”. The lead singer, Stuart Peterson has one of the most haunting and emotional masculine voices in disco music – as heard in the first album. The sound is a 70’s soft rock edge with a disco beat. “You Got It” is from the album and is another nice piece of music from the early 80’s which gives off the Prelude/New York disco sound in full energy. It was always a second choice for my sets which needed a smooth breakdown or just a break from rolling energy into more of an emotional climb.

I have taken the album version of “You Got It” and worked it into a new ReStructure Mix adding more drums, percussion and a new arrangement. This new take is a tribute to the manifested disco sound of the late 70’s and also a great musician as Randy Kumano whose blues and R&B dedication is broken here to deliver a wonderful disco project.

• Fake - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Karen Silver

Karen Silver is a disco singer from Canada who worked with producer Gino Soccio on several projects including her first solo album with the single “Hold On I’m Comin’” – an electronic cover of Sam and Dave’s soul classic. This brought Karen to the forefront during this important period in disco history where stars were emerging and taking their place as fixtures on club playlists and disco radio shows. Karen’s single “Fake” is also from this project and features much of the experimental work which Gino Soccio was taking into his hands and making successful tracks for the dance floor with. This number is a simple line drawn for a relationship that failed to last in Karen’s eyes and now takes on a touch of bitterness. It has the flowing edge that works well with Karen’s unique vocal style and comes alive with Soccio’s magic.

I have taken the 12” remix of “Fake” and worked a new ReStructure Mix using the same emphasis which worked on the original – focusing on the echo and flanging effects to recreate a new electric foreground. It plays out a touch more dub-like and keeps Karen as the main stage star again, of this track.

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• Locomotion - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Ritz

Ritz is Kofi Missah, Ruby James and Tony Jackson – a disco project from producer Ken Gold who also brought us music from Delegation and The Real Thing. Their 1979 album “Puttin’ On The Ritz” is one of the disco projects which were released before the disco wave began to take a shift. The album included a cover of Little Eva’s 1962 hit. “Locomotion” which is produced in the electronic disco fashion which blossomed to its full extent at the end of the 70s. This jittery syncopated version is successful thanks to its vocals from Ritz and the sharp production. A favorite of mine and also one of those songs which marks a generation and music in its creative force,

I have taken the 12” of “Locomotion” and recreated a new trip for this ReStructure Mix. The original path of the song has been broken into parts and reedited to accompany more of the rolling locomotive feel with more of a dub edge. It is a departure from the original with more stops for those who can’t get enough synth and percussion.

• Heart Beat - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Vivian Vee

Vivian Vee made a wonderful transition into the late 80’s club music scene in 1987 with her high-energy hit “Heart Beat”. This time under the production of Alvaro Ugolini and Darlo Raimondi (of Fun Fun) and with more of the power that the dance floors required. The track begins with a strong percussion baseline and climbs level by level to a range where Vivian’s soft and childlike voice becomes a presence we have never heard before. It is one of the high-energy favs among those who followed the Italo-disco scene and knew what it was morphing into at the time.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental version of “Heart Beat” and translated the long song into a new ReStructure Mix. Using more of the instrumental to create a new flowing edge for this powerhouse song.

• Get Off - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Foxy

Foxy is Ish Ledesma, Arnold Paseiro, Charlie Murciano, Joe Galdo and Richie Puente. The funk was brought to the hilt with bands like Foxy during the disco years. The blend of slamming beats and the aural essence of the club scene made this sound a new edge. “Get Off” is from their second album from 1978 with the same title. This track is now an old school and disco classic and maintains it funkiness with its party atmosphere and kickin’ rhythm. A huge shift for both dance floors and disco in the late 70s and perhaps one of the big influences on soon to emerge 80’s punk funk.

I have taken the 12” version of “Get Off” and re-chopped and assembled the groove into a ReStructure Mix to pay tribute to this monster. It works into a mere frenzy with more of the parts that make it one of those hard to not move and forget numbers.

• Why - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Carly Simon

Carly Simon is one of the voices of the 70’s which marked the era with some amazing recordings including “You’re So Vain” and “That’s The Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be”. Her departure from contemporary 70’s ballads to dance music in 1982 was a single produced by Nile Rogers and Bernard Edwards titled “Why”. One of the big surprises of the period with more of a reggae/ska feel but in every sense the work of the disco masters Chic. The song fared well with disco fans and those who followed the success of the men from Chic. The lasting edge on this track is the haunting riff that somehow creates a lasting movement for the mind and heart.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of “Why” and placed it in the ReStructure Mix realm. Adding more of the intro and breaks to give this song of heartbreak more of a lasting groove in that reggae style.

• Sunset People - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - E.G. Daily

E.G. Daily is a singer/actress who released her first album “Wild Child” in 1985 which featured a cover of Donna Summer’s “Sunset People” – produced by Harold Faltermeyer who also assisted in the original production. The rough edge in E.G.’s vocal style helps to give the new version a slight rock edge in the 80’s feel. It is noteworthy that this new artist who took a few dance singles on the charts and to clubs gave a tribute to the great song which Donna made a classic dance number. It was another sign that the 80’s still signaled more dancing for the upcoming years.

I have taken the album version of “Sunset People” and slightly pitched it down for this ReStructure Mix and also sliced the synthesizers and keyboards to give the new version a new edge. It also adds some deep bass moog and hit hat as a new foundation for the energy.

• Maybe (We Should Call It A Day) - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Hazell Dean

Hazell Dean is best known for her high energy anthems which always took center stage thanks to her magnifying and emotional delivery. Her tracks always captured the heart of the matter along with the transformation of a ballad like song with a dance beat. “Maybe (We Should Call It A Day)” is one of Hazell’s most touching dance numbers since it deals with the end of a troubled romance and echoes the pain and heartache with a stirring disco arrangement thanks to the production team of Stock Aitken and Waterman. This track was always one of my favorites for many reasons and one of the main attractions is Hazell’s ability to make pain sound so beautiful.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental and worked a new ReStructure Mix for a tribute to this mini-anthem. More of the percussion is used as the new punch and a few new verses added to give this new version more of the same emotion and energy.

• To Hell With Him - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Taka Boom

Taka Boom is a soul diva who made each track she touches a force. Her powerful voice is one of the most recognized from many of the top dance tracks of the late seventies including “You + Me = Love” with Undisputed Truth, “Mr. DJ, You Know How To Make Me Dance” with Glass Family, and her big disco hit, “Night Dancin’” from her solo album. “To Hell With Him” is from her 1983 project “Boomerang” – produced by disco producer extraordinaire, Mr. Bob Esty. The track is a crossover from the 70’s disco arrangements to the new hard-hitting electronic dance 80’s – and both dot his successfully. The song was as big as “It’s Raining Men” in my club and made dancers shout along with Taka. The production plays out with a chorus of upset and defiance yet the song is a dark celebration that is irresistible. A great piece of 80’s dance from two of disco’s best.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of “To Hell With Him” and used the sharp edged production in parts to recreate this ReStructure Mix. More of the beats and slams are incorporated as the energy and some samples of Taka as we previously knew her are added.

• Everybdy Is Dancing - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Ken Laslo

Ken Laslo is one of the Italo-disco artists who made the 80’s mysterious and exciting. His first single “Hey Hey Guy” from 1984 was one of the tracks that helped to recreate a flowing energy on dance floors and more points in the Italo-disco music arena. “Everybody Is Dancing” is his 1989 single that was one of my all-time favorites from that year. An uplifting and energetic piece that roars quietly but effectively. Another big dance floor generator for me and a reason to place Ken Laslo once again in the realm of the true Italo-disco sound.

I have taken the vocal and instrumental from the 12” of “Everybody Is Dancing” and used the recognizable riffs and hooks to make this ReStructure Mix pull some new tricks to the surface. The uplifting keyboards are extended and played into a new arrangement.

• Livin' Thing - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Electric Liught Orchestra

Electric Light Orchestra is the 70’s band which made pop radio a pleasant place to lend an ear. Their music has given the period a new edge in execution and energy. Their 1976 track “Livin’ Thing” is one of the contagious songs by this landmark band and the gypsy violins are the added points. More of a rock-edged pop number this one I always wanted to display on a crowded dance floor as a retro set. It is one of the 70’s treasures and will leave the band as the maker of a sound of a generation.

I have taken the album version and transformed the original into a rousing ReStructure Mix using beats and claps to pace it out for a stomping workout. The strings and guitars are lengthened to create a forceful remix and the intro and fade are for the excitement in general.

• I Love New York - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Metropolis featuring The Sweethearts of Sigma

Metropolis is a disco project from Pete Bellotte, Thor Baldursson and Salsoul Records. The album titled “The Greatest Show On Earth” was released in 1978 and featured a big band and full orchestrated disco arrangement. This project also featured the well-known ensemble The Sweethearts of Sigma who were found backing many, many disco artists and studio sessions. The power of their vocals is felt in this recording where each track gives the group a moment to harmonize and take the most out of the disco sound. “I Love New York” was the first successful single and is now regarded as a Salsoul disco classic.

I have taken the 12” version of “I Love New York” and repainted the town in a dub-feel ReStructure Mix. Much of the moog and keyboard riffs are separated and then reapplied. It is the big band sound meets beat street.

• Could It Be Magic - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Dante's Inferno

Paradise Express is Herb Jimmerson and Vi Ann. Their first big dance floor hit from 1978 was a cover of Paul Jabara’s “Dance” and created a fascination with Herb’s amazing keyboard work and Vi Ann’s fantastic vocals. It was a blend that disco music had waited for during the last years of the era. “Nowhere To Run” is from their second project titled “Let’s Fly” and is a cover of Martha and The Vandella’s Motown classic. This interpretation is one that brings the electronic arrangement into a realm of deep underground gratification. It gives off the essence of a Patrick Cowley Mega-mix that was a sound that exploded in the early 80s. A nice dream-like edge is one that gives the classic a new stage,

• Nowhere To Run - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Paradise Express

Paradise Express is Herb Jimmerson and Vi Ann. Their first big dance floor hit from 1978 was a cover of Paul Jabara’s “Dance” and created a fascination with Herb’s amazing keyboard work and Vi Ann’s fantastic vocals. It was a blend that disco music had waited for during the last years of the era. “Nowhere To Run” is from their second project titled “Let’s Fly” and is a cover of Martha and The Vandella’s Motown classic. This interpretation is one that brings the electronic arrangement into a realm of deep underground gratification. It gives off the essence of a Patrick Cowley Mega-mix that was a sound that exploded in the early 80s. A nice dream-like edge is one that gives the classic a new stage,

I have taken the album version of “Nowhere To Run” and worked the synthesizer and keyboards again as if it were 3 AM on a dance floor that is sliding into an afterhour’s mode. There are more of the keyboards that created that feeling of another dimension taking over the senses and a lengthy exit to bring it to a close.

• Do Me Right - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Dynasty

Dynasty is a funk-disco band created by Leon Sylvers of The Sylvers (“Boogie Fever”) and Dick Griffey. This ensemble including Kevin Spencer, Leon Sylvers, Linda Carriere, Nidra Beard, Wardell Potts and William Shelby helped to keep the disco vibe alive in the early 80’s. Their big disco hit from 1979 titled “I Don't Want To Be A Freak (But I Can't Help Myself)” help to move this group into a trust with dance floors and those thriving for 80’s funk. “Do Me Right” is from their second project titled “Adventures In The Land Of Music” and is one of the pieces I would save for that inner crowd during peak hour at my club. One of the tracks that make Dynasty feels like a breath of fresh grooves and excitement.

I have taken the 12” version of “Do Me Right” and created a ReStructure Mix to pound more of this funk into a new groove. A new intro brings the promise of love with determination to the head and some new percussion.

• Summer Dream - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Sergio Mendes Brazill '88

Sergio Mendes is a Brazilian artist and composer who created a unique style of Bossa Nova and Latin Rhythms and moving onto the 70s fused a touch of funk and eventually disco. His 1979 album “Magic Lady” along with Brazil ’88 featured several dance numbers that invaded club dance floors thanks to the execution of tracks like “I’ll Tell You” and “Summer Dream”. The Latin influence has the funk edge of each dance number alive with percussion and energy. “Summer Dream” is a flowing disco track that brings to mind a tropical island full of pleasure – as the song plays on you can almost feel the breeze. It is a favorite for anyone who loves Mendes and knows the effect that disco music creates when used the right way.

I have taken the short 3:36 album version of “Summer Dream” and recreated an escape for the ears, feet and mind in this ReStructure Mix. The rolling bass line is the subject of encouragement here as it becomes a few breakdowns. The beautiful lyrics and vocals are the wonder and those saxophone breaks are magnificent.

• Do Me A Favor - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Amy Bolton

Amy Bolton is one of the artists in 1980 that helped excitement and promise to a new era of dance music. “Do Me A Favor” is her first single release produced by Jimmy Bralower and Jimmy Ryan. This funky rock-edged piece was heavily promoted by many involved in the DJ subscription service Disconet and released on their label Importe/12. The track has a nice vocal hook and gives Amy an opportunity to let her vein and most likely flirtatious love interest to take it down a notch. This early shift in dance music introduced the alternative dance floors to where disco left off. The direction was an exciting twist for DJs and dancers.

I have taken the 12” version of “Do Me A Favor” and moved the alternative track into a ReStructure Mix with more emphasis on the synth-edge of the production. This was indeed one of the early possible Razormaid or Ultamix as an 80’s dance contenders setting a new layout for dance floors.

• Square Biz - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Teena Marie

Teena Marie (alias ‘Vanilla Child’) is one of the Motown artists whom helped to create a new landscape for funk, soul and pop music. “Square Biz” is a single from Teena’s 1981 self-produced project titled “It Must Be Magic”. This magnificent piece of funk and groove is a display of the power of this artist’s ability to capture the essence with her talent and dedication to her genre. Not only has Teena been able to move a soulful ballad along with Mr. Rick James, but also create an original groove which plays out on its own. This single was a shift in the early 80s towards a new dance/funk direction and even today as old school continues to bring back the “magic” that only Teena could bring.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of “Square Biz” and worked the funky groove into a more underground downbeat edge in portions. The original groove is kept intact and move breakdowns are a new element for this old school classic. “Everybody get up!”

• Do It At The Disco - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Gary's Gang

Gary’s Gang is Gary Turnier, Eric Matthew (later producing Sharon Redd and Fast Radio), Jay Leon, Bob Forman, Rino Minetti, Al Lauricella and Bill Catalano. Their huge disco hit “Keep on Dancing” from 1978 made the band a permanent sound on dance floors everywhere. “Do It At The Disco” is another dynamite single from the group and features a Latin-Salsa feel with their strong percussion layout and “party” attitude. It was one of the fast moving energy tracks which helped to bring disco music to life not only in the fast growing club circuit but also radio stations that began to experiment with the successful disco format. A great piece to remember the band for and also one of the classics which give the period it deserved memory.

I have taken the album version of “Do It At The Disco” a new overhaul for this ReStructure Mix and have utilized the Salsa elements more to the extreme. The Latin percussion is extended to bring more power to the message which holds out till the fade.

• Piano Dancing - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - George Fischoff

George Fischoff is a composer who moved into the disco movement in 1977 with the single “Piano Dancing” – a new move from Columbia Records when disco was becoming the underground and experimental trend on major labels. Most of Columbia’s artists of the time were funk, jazz and bands attempting to break out with a club dance single. “Piano Dancing” takes the formula made pop by taking a disco edge and symphonic or orchestral elements into the groove. This one plays out with a few sections which may be the most sweeping of this style. It has a light chorus of disco ensemble repeating the riff over and over as the disco sound laid out early on in soul music. A nice retro piece and return to the beginning of disco music and its pop roots.

I have taken the 12” version of “Piano Dancing” and created more of that orchestral meets funk groove in this ReStructure Mix. More of the percussion is outlined as the emphasis for the hips and the breakdowns are placed in several more places.

• Do You Like The Way That It Feels - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Tempest Trio

Tempest Trio is Mike Theodore and Dennis Coffey – two of dance music most prized talents. Both Theodore and Coffey were ahead of the funk long before it hit the dance floors of the late 70’s. Mike Theodore had made his “Cosmic Wind” production an event for the dance floor and along with Coffey had made projects from C.C. and Company, King Errisson and The Mike Theodore Orchestra top of the disco chain. “Do You Like The Way That It Feels” comes from their project for Marlin Records from 1979 – Tempest Trio. The funk-disco track plays out like Bootsy Collins hit the disco scene with more funk and relish. A great piece of late 70’s disco music with the flair that only Theodore and Coffey were able to assemble.

I have taken the album version of “Do You Like The Way That It Feels” and reedited a ReStructure Mix to pay tribute to this magic pair of musicians in Tempest Trio. It uses more of the riffs that jump in and out of a rhythmic vibration and proves once again that disco and funk were meant to collide.

• Lay Love On You - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Luisa Fernandez

Luisa Fernandez is a disco artist from Spain and released her first album, “Disco Darling” in 1978. The project was produced by David Parker and featured a hardcore disco selection of dance tracks at the height of the disco era. “Lay Love On You” is the number that is most memorable from this collection and echoes with heavy percussion and Luisa’s dreamy vocal. This one rings out with the power of a disco anthem with its hooks upfront and the vocal echoing like a fantasy. It was more of an underground hit for those deejays who dug deep into the bins and worked the breaks as if they were dessert.

I have taken the album version of “Lay Love On You” and created a ReStructure Mix which plays out to the bongo riffs and more of peak hour remix. Luisa still remains as breathy and disco immersed with more breaks and drop outs.

• Hooked On Your Love - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Aleem

Aleem are Taharqa Aleem and Tunde Ra Aleem and along with producer Leroy Burgess in the late 70’s helped to shape the destination of dance music. “Hooked On Your Love” is a garage classic that plays out as the story was told. A soulful vocal rendition on a stripped disco production where less was better. The independent label release began a new surge of funk/disco projects following the disco backlash of the late seventies breathing a continuance into the 80’s of new sounds and creativity with a funk/soul edge. Backing vocals are provided by Luther Vandross and Ullanda McCullough. A nice ringing song which brings to mind the Paradise Garage and the Larry Levan sound which began a new section in dance music history.

I have taken the original 12” version of “Hooked On Your Love” and worked out the percussion and drums to create a new ReStructure Mix. More of the vocal is used to pull a dub-play on this new extension of this fantastic release. As the song exclaims, “sing it loud!”

• Only Star - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin released her album “La Diva” in 1979 which featured the self-written track “Only Star” produced by Van McCoy. This album was a disco promise which many artists and producers made a move on when disco music was at its peak. “Only Star” spells out what made disco an extreme period of time. Being the star on the dance floor became the escape for many who found pleasure and excitement under the flashing lights – it was a Broadway play with “you” as the star. This track feels like the pop-edge of disco music and features Sharon Brown, Zulema Cusseaux and Van McCoy on backing vocals. A nice little diversion from the Queen of Soul and a nice way to hear that powerful and moving voice in a disco arrangement.

I have taken the album version of “Only Star” and transformed Aretha’s composition into a ReStructure Mix with a touch of electronic help. A heavy new percussion track and some synth effects bring the rhythm down to a dub-like feel. The Queen Lives On!

• Power Hungry - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Radiah Frye

Radiah Frye is a vocalist from France who was also a member of the disco group New Paradise. Her recording career started in 1975 and spanned throughout 1980 when she recorded with disco producer Gino Soccio with the single “Power Hungry” – co-produced by Marco Juniore. There is Soccio’s magic all over this electronic and pulsating track. The title gives a great description although Radiah sings about an arrogant lover who gives insecurity as well as unfulfilling love. Released in 1980 this was one of the last pumping disco tracks of the time which helped to revive the energy of the late 70’s disco feel.

I have taken the 12” of “Power Hungry” and re-energized the pumping synths and pop-rock edge into a new ReStructure Mix. The looping and rearranged pieces give way to an alternate version for Soccio fans and also those who can’t get enough of the early synth-pop sound of the 80s.

• Supernatural Love - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - Donna Summer

Donna Summer made the 70’s an exciting place. Her career spanned through this era when music was shaped by a generation. Her place among disco music is well known yet her continuance in pop music throughout the 80’s is another incredible feat. Many of her 80’s productions were meant to somehow shake off the disco edge yet Donna’s voice always brought tracks in a dance genre back to the magic she was known for. “Supernatural Love” comes from her 1984 album “Cats Without Claws” produced by Michael Omartian. One of the powerhouse dance numbers from Donna with that heavy emphasis on dance floors and a dramatic flair. The song brings us into a realm of a love that is never ending and over powering. A great synth-pop production and one of Donna’s lovely deliveries which is memorable.

I have taken the 12” version of “Supernatural Love” and worked a dub-like play in this ReStructure Mix. I brought in two of Donna’s greatest disco hits to accent the drama and also remind us of how the magic of her voice and style are still alive.

• Torture - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix - The Jacksons

The Jacksons released their 1984 project titled “Victory” at the peak of Michael and Jermaine Jackson’s careers and also a time when 80’s music was in top form. Many albums and singles have proven the Jackson’s not only talented but also a move in the music scene which set precedence for a sound for dance floors and radio. “Torture” is a track produced by Jackie Jackson and plays out the drama of a relationship gone awry and it remnants creating a painful memory. This one not only worked with a place with the 80’s video movement of the time but also in the tradition of pop-rock and synth-dance. It features some of Michael’s memorable and best vocal riffs and also a mystical edge which drew me into it immediately.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of “Torture” and recreated a new and darker ReStructure Mix which keeps the flow of the underground feel. I have added a few new percussion elements to lift segments of the new arrangement and also utilized pieces of the original to give this extended play a stage for more drama.

• Jungle Fever - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Chakachas

Chakachas is a Latin soul ensemble lead by Gaston Bogaert and Tito Madinez. Their 1970 track “Jungle Fever” is one of the well-known Afro-funk pieces which have lead into an underground disco and a fusion of tribal-like rhythm arena. It is quite sensual and erotic as the female moans and breaths keep moving with the pace of the haunting bongo riffs. It is an early take off with a lounge-esque feel of experimental dance music.

I have taken the album version of “Jungle Fever” and have taken the track into a ReStructure Mix with new focus on the underground feel. Adding a new beat piece from Opium Monks and a classic by Instant Funk this new journey is more of a dub outline for the Chakachas classic.

• Expressway To Your Heart - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix –Karen Young

Karen Young is one of the disco artists of the late 70s which shaped the final stage of disco evolution with her big 1978 dance floor classic “Hot Shot”. The impact of this formulation of soul, funk and the style which emerged from an underground dance movement and its participants. “Expressway To You Heart” is a single from 1982 produced by Walter Kahn – who also brought us disco projects Mizz and Cindy and Roy. This cover of the Soul Survivors 1967 psychedelic/funk number is a juicy 80s electronic dance number which gives Karen another chance to give her voice a run-down with disco. One of the early 80s domestic releases which I admired and played out during its release.

I have taken the 12” single which features a medley including another segment titled “No U Turn”. I separated the medley and focused on “Expressway To Your Heart” and extended and rejoined the pieces of this nice production. It is given some drum loops to enhance the groove and also some pieces of the original to remind us how ingenious this composition by Philly’s Gamble and Huff really is.

• Let’s Go Dancing - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Rocky Mizell

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• Only Music Survives - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Alba

Alba is an Italo-disco singer with her first single “Only Music Survives” from 1985 being one of the iconic moments of disco, fantasy and art are beautifully combined. The production and arrangement from Roberto Gasparini and Pino Nicolosi are my motivation to salute this arena of Italo-disco and hardcore club anthems. This mystical track brings the feel of early morning melodic beats and a lovely performance by our chanteuse is haunting. The music is credited to Dora Carofiglio (Suzanne Meals, Valerie Dore, Novecento) who has always given a wonderful and touching sound to any affiliated project. “Only Music Survives” is a must for any Italo-disco connoisseur and or students of this magnificent period in dance music history.

I have taken the 12” of “Only Music Survives” using both mixes to recreate a rolling and sweeping ReStructure Mix to pay tribute to the wonderful players and Alba Parietti in continuing the torch and creating this lovely style of dance music. A bit more effects are added along with some looping which emphasizes the feeling on a deeper level.

• Hot Lava - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Disco Tex and The Sex-O-Lettes

Disco Tex and The Sex-o-Lettes are best known for their funky 1975 release, “Get Dancin’” with its rousing and at times outrageous flamboyant directness. It was one of the first spoofs of “boogie” music to my knowledge when the term disco was shortly waiting in the wings. Produced by Bob Crewe and fantastic arrangements by Kenny Nolan and Denny Randell. This began a whole side to funky/boogie music for an introduction to the club scene on AM radio and also for those steppin’ out without experience. “Hot Lava” is from their second album from 1976 titled “Manhattan Millionaire” which follows in the familiar style of funk excess with a flute solo gettin’ to the groove. This number plays out as each beat and clap is accentuated appropriately and flawlessly. This is one of the early tracks that many were movin' fiercely to at a Mancuso Party. Hot!

I have taken the 3:49 album version and extended and added a few elements to play this “Hot Lava” flowing to another ReStructure Mix. It is played out as the original with a few new breaks and pieces that stand plain funky to be repeated.

Miss You - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones are rock history in their own right. The English rock group was formed in 1962 and has yet to cease performing and bringing the meaning behind the term “rock and roll”. Throughout their recording career music has always spoken for the members and their talent. In 1976 when disco music was emerging into the scene it was their hit “Miss You” which outlined the downbeat for dance floors in a rock essence. Never giving up their sound yet building it on a new foundation. The single was one of the biggest surprises for many fans as the realization that a crossover hit was barely even noticed as sound The Rolling Stones could adapt to. It was a moment of pleasure for dancers and also for many rock groups who followed a dip into the disco realm of the time.

I have taken the 12” single of “Miss You” and added percussion and looped feel to create a ReStructure Mix to pay homage to this iconic band. It flairs out in an after-hours peak which is what I felt the original long disco play was giving to the period. Another moment in shaping disco music and rock history.

• Feel The Need - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Forrest

Forrest is vocalist Forrest M. Thomas Jr. and Dutch disco producer John Tilly (who also gave us Risqué’ and Telekin). His single “Feel The Need” from 1983 is a cover of the Detroit Emeralds 1972 soul number which was re-released again in 1977 with a dynamite disco production by Abrim Tilmon. The song was then covered by rock-pop singer Leif Garrett in 1978. The song has a resonance of pure desire and drive as it has lasted to the 80s and even today has that rhyme and reason of love. Forrest performs this version over a simple electronic keyboard and percussion track which takes the early 80s transition into heart. It does have the heart although and plays out with the same effect – which a great song always does.

I have taken the 12” version of “Feel The Need” and recreated a ReStructure Mix working back and forth with the vocals, percussion and keyboard riffs. A lengthier pull for the song and another opportunity to make this gem last.

Eva’s Theme – Lady Woman - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Festival

Festival is a disco ensemble produced by Boris Midney who was an innovative producer in the late 70’s whose creative movement was to blend electronic segments, classic Philly disco pieces and a symphonic orchestral sound into a disco beat. There was always an imaginative state in his arrangements where a flush of strings could suddenly brake and a conga break would take its place. His style evolved throughout his work in the late 70’s and in many projects and made him one of the landmark producers and sounds in disco music. His disco production of the Broadway musical “Evita” was a big hit on dance floors and made his interpretation an indelible one. “Eva’s Theme: Lady Woman” is the finale in his movement and is an additional piece he added and wrote himself to give the disco opera some new flair. It has some of the great haunting power of the play itself.

I have taken the album version of “Eva’s Theme: Lady Woman” and used a few new points of my own interpretation of Midney’s masterpiece in this ReStructure Mix. There is a funk-beat effect added to a new intro with some samples from the Broadway album to give a new mystique to the track.

• The Garden - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – ‘Lectric Workers

‘Lectric Workers is a 1982 Italo-disco project from Franco Rago, Gigi Farina and X. Monneret – a band of producers who gave us the monolith Italian dance track “Robot Is Systematic”. This phase in Italo-disco was a transformation of the disco production to an electronic format with a new edge of energy and sound. “The Garden” is an early high energy piece that points to later songs like “Light A Light” by Peppermint. “Feel good” energy with an uplifting and simple chorus line which gives the groove more of a memorable experience. ‘Lectric Workers created “The Break” in 1982 with their electronic  percussion number “Robot Is Systematic” and in “The Garden” takes innovation in the 80’s high energy dance scene to come. A nice bubbly number that plays out like a sweaty night of dancing non-stop to music which is what disco was intended to be.

I have taken the 12” vocal and dub of “The Garden” and realigned the energy for this new ReStructure Mix. The synthesizer B-side dub is played out here with a continuous looping of its intent to make us feel good.

• New Beginning - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Buck’s Fizz

Buck’s Fizz is an English pop group with Bobby G, Cheryl Baker, David Van Day, Jay Aston, Lianna Lee, Mike Nolan, Sally Jacks, Shelley Preston. Their 1986 anthem “New Beginning” is produced by Andy Hill and was a great uplifting chorus-driven dance number. A positive look at the world’s future in taking care in the youth for a great cause. It was one of the songs which worked for me during peak hours since it broke out of the norm for the time and also brought a spark of enlightenment to a program. One of my personal favorite for the high energy period of the time.

I have taken the US 12” – extended version and dub remixed by Ian Levine and created a new ReStructure Mix to keep this wonderful anthem alive. It gives more attention to the synthesizer and percussion and also leads in with a tribal fest.

• I Want That Man - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Deborah Harry

Deborah Harry is an American-pop icon. From heading one of the 70’s top punk bands, then taking on disco and a short movie career this woman has made an alternative stake at the most original. With the band Blondie she took over the pop-dance world with tracks like “Rapture”, “Heart Of Glass” and with disco producer Giorgio Moroder hits like “Call Me”. Her continuing recording career in 1989 featured a hit dance single titled “I Want That Man” produced by Ben Grosse and Eric Throngren – written by Alannah Currie and Tom Bailey of Thompson Twins. The single is another dreamy vocal from Deborah in her own style desiring all of the greatest in life including a love with that special guy. It is one of her most powerful dance tracks and brings to mind once again the awesome span of her career in her own light.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of “I Want That Man” and reedited and reworked a new ReStructure Mix. There are a few samples of Deborah’s hits with Blondie accenting the foreground and a new arrangement. A favorite or mine since the beginning and now a classic Deborah Harry moment.

• Happiness - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Christopher Street

Christopher Street is a disco/high energy project from vocalist Albane Alcalay and producers Brian Springstill, Charlie Cohen and Michel Jullien. “Happiness” is from 1984 and follows closely the high energy vein of its UK label, ERC Records. This rare but effectively beautiful number relays a nice message with the high energy fanfare made popular in the early and mid-80’s. This one was an after-hours gem for me as it woke up a dance or stand-up crowd for a morning of leftover emotions and energy. I have always loved the majestic feel and odd vocal in this one.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental to recreate a new focus on this anthem in this ReStructure Mix. More of the rolling synths are extended and displayed again for an edit and reformation of the vocals by Albane. An anthem always delivers like this one.

• Rock With You - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson is a world performer who has taken many opportunities throughout his career to give more than music. He has created gifts for the soul. Much like his talent focused on a deeper look into the world and the good existing within. His love songs always delivered a soulful and exquisite beauty thanks to a vocal style which yearns for understanding. “Rock With You” is from Michael’s 1979 album “Off The Wall” and is one of the great numbers in his repertoire. This sweet and funky piece was written by Rod Temperton and marks a great time for Michael’s solo career.

I have taken the album version of “Rock With You” and the rare instrumental and string versions to rework another groove for this ReStructure Mix. More dub movements are placed to give an underground feel with more mystic. I have reworked the arrangement to bring a new start to this classic piece.

• Good, Good Tequila - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Diva Gray and Oyster

Diva Gray is one of the finest voices in disco, soul and funk music. You may recall the early peak of disco music with session bands like Bionic Boogie, Change, Lemon where Ms. Gray gave these projects a lift with her vocal talent and range. Oyster is a session group produced by Luigi Ojival who also produced C.K.B. and 1er Discopera. The project where he features Diva as the lead in a fantasy-like chorus of uplifting disco tracks is “Hotel Paradise” from 1979. Several cuts from the album were successful in clubs and one of the winding energetic pieces titled “Good, Good Tequila” is one of my favorites thanks to Ms. Gray’s tantalizing performance. This one has the feel of a high energy anthem which unleashes a pulsating sound and ravishing lead vocal. This track is one of the peak disco numbers that reminds me of the best of disco when disco was on top on the world.

I have taken the album version of “Good, Good Tequila” and reworked the elements which have made it memorable for me in this ReStructure Mix. It gives way to a longer intro where the keyboards are laid out for a new excitement and more of Diva Gray and that “yummy juice”!

• The Real Thing - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Daddy Dewdrop

Daddy Dewdrop (Richard Monda) is an artist whose career spanned throughout the late 80s and eventually placed him into the disco genre on T.K. Records with his single “The Real Thing” – a flip side of his single “Nanu, Nanu (I Wanna Funky Wich You)”. The 12” single is one of the T.K. 12” singles which came at the peak of the disco era when everything was coming up disco. “The Real Thing” was remixed by Randy Sills and was given a feel similar to Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love” – where a percolating and hypnotic bathe of synthesizers roll over like a whirlpool – as Daddy Dewdrop performs a love song which always reminded me of “Venus” by Frankie Avalon. The effect was quite a nice one and had me playing this one during after parties and after hour sets for years.

I have taken the 12” version of “The Real Thing” (the original version) and created a new ReStructure Mix to give this one another spotlight. It works on the sequencers a bit more and extends them to create a whole new “thing”.

Send Me An Angel - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Real Life

Real Life is Allan Johnson, Danny Simcic, David Sterry, George Pappas, Richard Zatorski and Steve Williams – an Australian 80’s synth-pop group. Their big 1983 hit “Send Me An Angel” is one of the icons of the dance scene of the period. The heavy synthesizers working alongside the bands play is a sound which reminded me of Eurhythmics style. All in all in this single it plays out on its own. The track was one which rings out as a haunting request for a change of life and heart for this hero. A big dance floor hit and a nice intro to Real Life who continued recording on to 2004.

I have taken the 1988 12” remix of “Send Me An Angel” and recreated a new play for this magnificent dance piece. It is a bit more rolling with the synthesizers playing a major part and some of the “Cloud Nine Mix” – which is the house dub – plays into this new ReStructure Mix. A nice homage to the 80s dance scene and the band.

• Hangin’ - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Chic

Chic is one of disco music’s connections between funk/soul and the distinctive sound of the 70s. A groove which made the disco era what it is and was. The masters of this machine were Nile Rogers and Bernard Edwards who played out the music which took dance floors and audio connoisseurs into a new realm. “Hangin’” is a single from their 1982 album “Tongue In Cheek” which moves the band from the sound they created in the mid 70’s which outlined a funkier and sophisticated disco edge to a new period of funk and electro-dance during the early 80’s. With this track you can hear that the band had no problem with the shift. All of the ammunition that was inspired during their inception is brought to the hilt in this finger-poppin’ dance number. It is the nightlife again in a new manner where Chic again pulls it off with sophistication for a new era of dance music.

I have taken the album version of “Hangin’” and recreated a ReStructure Mix with a new energy injected. Some pumping drums add some excitement to this new trip. The guitars which paint the picture are extended and looped for control again and the chorus used to emphasize the meaning.

• Oh Que Calor - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Primero

Primeo is an electronic dance project from Dutch producers Erik Van Vliet and Michiel Van Der Kuy. Van Vliet had started his new dance label Hotsound Records in Rotterdam in 1981 and featured a synth-dance format where keyboards and electronics were the foundation of many productions. It was another shift from disco to electronica during the 80s. “Oh Que Calor” is the debut release for their project titled Primero which outlines a Latin style flair along with the heavy percussion tracks and light and airy arrangements. The track is one which became a hit immediately in my club where peak hours would become a celebration. It has the mild delivery that hits hard when its chorus strikes and builds from thereon. A nice addition to their catalogue which is a must for those who admire a little adventure in their dance music.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental versions of “Oh Que Calor” and recreated a new ReStructure Mix focusing more on the intense percussion track. I have laid out a new intro which spotlights a hardcore morning of hip shaking to the percussion and bass synth elements. This new arrangement adds more effects to give way to the excitement of the number that is now evident.

• Magic - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Gino Soccio

Gino Soccio is one of the pioneers and innovators of electronic disco music. His work with session bands Kebekelektrik, Bombers, Gotham Flasher and Witch Queen and also solo artists Radiah Frye and Karen Silver have made his work some of the most respected dance music in its history so far. The single “Magic” was released in 1986 and is formulated in Soccio’s style in forming a dance track out of segments of tech-grooves and light ambient effects. The effect is always a mystical experience in dance music. “Magic” is centered in the techno genre with Soccio’s rolling bass synths providing the disco groove. Vocals are much like a shout out of short verses which give way to the imagination – where in this track it is a love affair in its peak identity. A less noticed piece for the time yet for those who know dance music and Soccio’s music, it is a gem.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of “Magic” and have rearranged the original layout in a new ReStructure Mix. The climbing intro is a path to the wonderful sparkling of Soccio’s elegant dance music and by extending it as an intro I have worked to provide a higher dive into this wonderful piece of dance music.

• Watch Out! - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Doctor’s Cat

Doctor’s Cat is an Italo-disco project lead by producers Aldo Martinelli and Fabrizio Gatto and features Simona Zanini on vocals. The early 80’s and during the innovative and formative years of Italian disco music projects like Doctor’s Cat help to bring a fresh edge to dance music. Utilizing the electronic production to create a full orchestrated sound and like this more of a stamp of airy keyboards and jittery sequencers. “Watch Out!” is the second single from Doctor’s Cat from 1983 and is one of those numbers which pull your mind into the phasing and rolling electronics. Vocals are a bit haunting and can be classified as an alternative chorus of childlike and at time ominous. The effect together, both music and vocals are as effective as Italo-disco can get.

I have taken the 12” vocal and instrumental of “Watch Out!” to work the maze of this production into a new ReStructure Mix. This new outline places some hardcore street beats under the wobbly sequencer pieces and breaks the original flow into parts. This one caught my ear immediately and for the time many of the dancers in my clubs  

• I Want You - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Rofo

Rofo is an electronic dance project from producer Fonny De Wulf whose work in the early 80s brought on a whole new message and sound to dance music. In 1982 their work began utilizing their talents on electronic savvy with singles for clubs. “I Want You” is a single from 1984 which blends a dream-like essence for this love stomper. The team of Ronny Verrept and Fonny De Wulf are played out with the power of what Rofo is all encompasses. One of the big tracks for me to bring high energy to dance floors and environments in the 80s in a manner I admired.

I have taken the 12” of “I Want You” and using both the vocal and instrumental reform a ReStructure Mix in this formula. It retains the outline of the keyboards play on the dreamlike state and adds a few pieces of drum patterns to pound out more of its energy.

• Stop On By - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix –  Rufus featuring Chaka Khan

Rufus and Chaka Khan are the Chicago funk/soul group which made funk music a natural experience. Even though Chaka’s career became the forefront at certain periods of their performing and recording years their combination always rang out with the best they could offer. Their 1974 album “Rufusized” as their first offered the track “Stop On By” (co-written by Bobby Womack) produced by Bob Monaco. This early display of the bands ability to take a song and play it into a funk rendition which displayed a unique and satisfying groove. Chaka is at her most effective in tracks as this where her voice fills in the emotion that feeds the sound of soul becoming funk. A great number and an early sign of where Chaka and Rufus were headed in the 70s.

I have taken the album version of “Stop On By” and re-introduced the song with this ReStructure Mix which takes more advantage of the jazz feel of the base and uses the funk to accentuate it. More percussion floats along to build more of a groove and the pieces of both the band and Ms. Khan left where they made history.

• You Turned My Bitter Into Sweet - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix –  Linda Lewis

Linda Lewis is a vocalist from West Ham, London and began a recording career in 1967 with a string of ballads and pop hits to follow. Her first single “You Turned My Bitter Into Sweet” is transformed in 1984 into a high energy love song by producer Kevin Anthony Roberts. A nice transformation from the bebop/Motown-esque feels of the original into a pulsating and still “sweet” number. Linda also does a nice job working the song all over again for a new audience and a stomping dance floor.

I have taken the 12” single Megamix created by Ian Levine and worked the Lewis classic into a new ReStructure Mix. The essence of this love anthem is accentuated into a new format with more of the climbing from verse to choruses of testifying true love. It gives a tribute to the original with a few sampled pieces.

• Give Me Your Body While We're Dancin' - Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix – Jesse Towers

Jesse Towers is a disco artist who released “Give Me Your Body While We’re Dancin’” in 1979. Originally pressed and released in Canada on Attic Records the single caught on in clubs during the peak of disco and its production pointed towards the energy of disco music and the excitement it had stirred. This single was a powerhouse hit with clubs who were building the energy to that peak featuring songs like “Love Attack” by Ferrara and “The Break” by Kat Mandu – this one rolled along the same energy. The vocals as Mr. Towers presents have a sweet delivery which rings out with the accompanying disco chants. A true disco track with the echoes of a dance floor with the disco roller skating feel.

I have taken the 12” extended and radio version of “Give Me Your Body While We’re Dancin’” to rework the hand clap riffs and fabulous mod-keyboards into a new ReStructure Mix. This play not only extends the pulsating disco energy but also gives it a strip down at the fade.

• Woman - 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 (Caliente) - 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 – Ramming 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 – Zinthetyer

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.