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TRAX RECORDS - LEGENDS TO THE DANCEFLOOR PLEASE

Deluxe CD Sets Celebrate the History & Future of Influential Dance Label

Out June 2004 are two deluxe CD sets, Trax Records: The 20th Anniversary Collection and Trax Records: The Next Generation .  These collections celebrate the history and future of the Chicago record label that was the first to release the innovative, raw, stripped-down four-on-the-floor dance sound that would later become known as House Music.

Trax Records: The 20th Anniversary Collection is presented here as a two CD mix by 2003 Remixer of the Year Grammy winner Maurice Joshua and internationally renowned Chicago DJ Paul Johnson.  The set includes a bonus CD of select remastered Trax classics. Along with label favorites by Fingers, Inc., Frankie Knuckles, Robert Owens, Marshall Jefferson and Adonis a handful of very rare Trax singles are incorporated into the mix.

Those who know will appreciate gems like "Bird in a Gilded Cage" by Jungle Wonz, "As Always" by Farley "Jackmaster Funk" presents Ricky Dillard, "I'll Never Let You Go" by William S. and one of the earliest House records ever recorded, "Fantasy" by Z-Factor featuring Screamin' Rachael.

TRAX RECORDS - LEGENDS TO THE DANCEFLOOR PLEASE

TRAX RECORDS - LEGENDS TO THE DANCEFLOOR PLEASE

The Trax Records: The 20th Anniversary Collection package design is based on the original red paper-white ink Trax vinyl 12" labels. It includes inside liner notes by respected music journalist Brian Chin, never before seen archival photos of House Music's most influential players and a personal message from Trax CEO Larry Sherman and president Screamin' Rachael.

Following immediately on its heels will be the companion set, Trax Records: The Next Generation , a double-CD of the best new productions on Trax. Old-schoolers return with fresh new tracks created with today's house-head firmly in mind. Maurice Joshua teams up with Screamin' Rachael to deliver the breezy, begging-for-Ibiza, "So Sexy," Joe Smooth gives up signature instrumental heaven with "Alternative 3," and both Lidell Townsell and Screamin' Rachael drop a bit of pop—Rachael with her current single, "Don't Make Me Lonely," and Lidell with " Duh Duh Da ," the follow-up to his massive crossover club hit, "Nu Nu."

Newcomers to Trax bring an equally appealing variety of sounds to the label. Banging peak-hour jams like the Platinum Orchestra's double-entendre workout "Fix My Sink" and Paul Johnson's cleverly presented "Follow This Beat" bump next to deeply organic tracks like Black Mamba's "Life in the Jungle" and Gene Hunt's "Latin Chant" while Jere McAllister & Reggie Hall drop all-out dancefloor soul with "Perfect Love" and a hot new production of the House classic, "Let the Music Use You."

The double CD package includes one full length CD mixed by Maurice Joshua as well as a bonus CD of unmixed tracks. Many of these tracks were produced in the beehive of warehouse offices and studios that Trax and a number of House producers call home. Photos of the family at this "Motown of House" are included inside the CD.
Trax Records: The 20 th Anniversary Collection

Includes

•  2 CDs of House Classics and rarities mixed non-stop by Maurice Joshua and Paul Johnson.
•  1 Bonus CD of Trax Records classics.
•  Liner notes by respected music journalist Brian Chin.
•  Never before seen archival photos of House Music's most influential players.

Disc 1 - Mixed by Maurice Joshua

•  Bring Down the Walls - Robert Owens

•  No Way Back - Adonis (vocal mix)

•  Can You Feel It - Mr. Fingers featuring Robert Owens (alternate mix)

•  House this House - Mr. Lee

•  Jack the Bass - Farley "Jackmaster" Funk

•  This is Acid - Maurice (radio mix)

•  House Nation - The Housemaster Boyz

•  You Used to Hold Me - Ralphi Rosario featuring Xavier Gold (Kenny Jason mix)

•  The House Music Anthem - Move Your Body - Frankie Knuckles Presents Marshall Jefferson

•  Washing Machine - Mr. Fingers

•  Acid Tracks - Phuture

•  I Can't Forget - Mr. Lee

•  Fantasy - Z Factor featuring Screamin' Rachael

•  Aw Shucks - Farley "Jackmaster" Funk (Long version)

•  Girls Out on the Floor - Jesse Velez

•  I've Lost Control - Sleezy D

•  In a Vision - Virgo Four

•  I'll Never Let You Go - William S.

•  Can't Get Enough - Liz Torres (remix)

•  Dub Love - Master C & J (Full version)

•  Your Love - Frankie Knuckles with Jamie Principle

Disc 2 - Mixed by Paul Johnson

•  Children of the Night - Kevin Irving (radio mix)

•  As Always - Farley "Jackmaster" Funk presents Ricky Dillard (full vocal version mix)

•  Fun With Bad Boys - Screamin' Rachael

•  The Jungle - Jungle Wonz (full A-side version)

•  I'll Make You Dance - Kool Rock Steady (full version)

•  Do It Properly - Adonis (Adonis full version)

•  Bird in a Gilded Cage - Jungle Wonz (full A-side version)

•  7 Ways to Jack - Hercules (Full version)

•  Slam - Humanoid (radio mix)

•  House Beat Box - Sampson "Butch" Moore

•  You Got the Love - Frankie Knuckles with Jamie Principle (long version with Rebe Jones vocals)

•  Baby Wants to Ride - Frankie Knuckles with Jamie Principle

•  We Live this Life - Paul Johnson featuring Eric Martin (long version)

CD 3 Bonus - Unmixed tracks

•  Move Your Body -Marshall Jefferson

•  No Way Back - Adonis (Vocal mix)

•  Can You Feel It - Mr. Fingers featuring Robert Owens (alternate mix)

•  The Jungle - Jungle Wonz (full A-side version)

•  Dub Love - Master C & J (full version)

•  You Used to Hold Me – Ralphi Rosario featuring Xaxier Gold (Kenny Jason mix)

•  Baby Wants To Ride - Frankie Knuckles

•  Children Of The Night - Kevin Irving (radio mix)

•  As Always - Farley "Jackmaster" Funk presents Ricky Dillard (full vocal version mix)

•  You Got the Love - Frankie Knuckles with Jamie Principle (long version with Rebe Jones vocals)

•  Fantasy - Z Factor featuring Screamin' Rachael

•  This is Acid - Maurice (radio mix)

Note to trainspotters: Yes, this CD does include a few tracks not originally released on Trax. However since "back in the day," Trax has bought up a number of great Chicago house label catalogues which included these tracks. In that Trax is preserving and reissuing many of the greatest House records ever made, the label thought it might be OK to throw a few in the mix.

Trax Records: The Next Generation

Includes

•  A 15-track mix of by Grammy Winner Maurice Joshua of new Trax productions.

•  Bonus unmixed CD of full-length tracks for DJs.

•  New photos of life at Trax.

CD 1 - Mixed by Maurice Joshua

•  So Sexy - Maurice Joshua featuring Screamin' Rachael

•  Fix My Sink - The Platinum Orchestra

•  I Can't Believe It - Matt Warren featuring Tonya Beecham

•  Perfect Love - Jere McAllister featuring Reggie Hall

•  Alternative 3 - Joe Smooth

•  Follow this Beat - Paul Johnson

•  Go Go Disco - Gene Hunt

•  King of the Party Records - Lidell Townsell

•  Let the Music Use You - Jere McAllister

•  Don't Make Me Lonely (Radio Mix) - Screamin' Rachael

•  Gotta Get Up - Boyd Jarvis

•  Latin Chant - Gene Hunt

•  Duh Duh Da - Lidell Townsell

•  Life in the Jungle - Black Mamba

•  The Flute Song - Nyles Arrington

Unmixed CD

•  Don't Make Me Lonely (Radio Mix) - Screamin' Rachael

•  Perfect Love - Jere McAllister featuring Reggie Hall

•  Let the Music Use You - Jere McAllister

•  Follow this Beat - Paul Johnson

•  Duh Duh Da - Lidell Townsell

•  Life in the Jungle - Black Mamba

•  Fix My Sink - The Platinum Orchestra

•  Radioactivity - Observer

•  King of the Party Records - Lidell Townsell

•  Alternative 3 - Joe Smooth

•  I Can't Believe It - Matt Warren featuring Tonya Beecham

•  Do What You Wanna Do - Joe Smooth featuring Screamin' Rachael

•  So Sexy - Maurice Joshua featuring Screamin' Rachael

•  Dance with Me - Naked Soul

Official Trax Records website: www.traxhouse.com



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