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Interesting, if clearly Chicago-centric. I mean, saying that the 5 guys were the world's premier mix team is presumptious, given NYCs pre-eminence, greatness and substantially better lineage.
When I visited Chicago in '85 and heard the mixes myself, I thought they were ok, but not great. I can understand the excitement for those in Chicago, without any comparisons, but after hearing so much of the NYC mixes I was spoiled. I was hoping to hear more Chicago records, but at that time there weren't that many out yet. Instead, they played a lot of the more mainstream NY and European records along with a few of the first Chicago records.
The mixes there sounded like NYC radio mixes, but without the depth of selections, not the same scope of records, in my opinion, and thus not the excitement. I went to all the record stores, including those in Chicago, was up on which records were out, when I say that.
Actually I was disappointed, was hoping to hear something more uniquely Chicago. Maybe that happened in the later 80s, when Chicago-produced records were more plentiful.
[ February 16, 2006, 09:38 PM: Message edited by: Free Russell ]