Remixing The 80s: Shep Pettibone

SHEP - Cover Front

01 Arcadia – Say The Word
02 Belinda Carlisle – Heaven Is A Place On Earth
03 Bros – I Owe You Nothing
04 Depeche Mode – Behind The Wheel
05 Duran Duran – All She Wants Is
06 Five Star – The Slightest Touch
07 George Michael – Hard Day
08 Level 42 – Something About You
09 Madonna – Express Yourself
10 New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle
11 Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls
12 The Communards – Never Can Say Goodbye

INFO > The work of legendary producer Robert ‘Shep’ Pettibone is celebrated on this bootleg compilation, which samples Shep’s hit remixes for some of music’s biggest stars. The innovative studio techniques that Pettibone developed in the early-1980s proved to be influential, and his durable discography continues to entertain pop and dance enthusiasts.

NOTE > Like many of us, our good friend eLeMeNOhPeaQ is a huge fan of Shep, and he has some more choice remixes to share—see the comments section for his selections.

HELP > These MP3 tracks are just shy of 320 kbps; however, I’ve seen this compilation posted elsewhere in FLAC. If any folks out there would like to post some or all of these tracks in proper 320 quality, it would be most appreciated. And if you have other Pettibone remixes that you’re fond of, feel free to offer them up in comments.

Let The Music Play


01 Let The Music Play (Radio Mix)
02 Let The Music Play (Perfecto Radio Mix)
03 Let The Music Play (Motiv 8 Club Mix)
04 Let The Music Play (Mr. Spring Contrary Mary Mix)
05 Let The Music Play (Perfecto Vocal Mix)
06 Let The Music Play (Argonauts Kiani Do This Mix)
07 Let The Music Play (Mr. Spring Club Edit)

INFO > Mary Kiani’s third single is a cover of Shannon’s 1983 club classic, “Let The Music Play.” Released in 1996, Kiani’s version was remixed by Paul Oakenfold & Steve Osborne, Dave Ralph & Mike Koglin, Steve Rodway, and Tim Hannigan.

Just An Illusion


01 Just An Illusion (Original Mix)
02 Changes
03 New Dimension
04 Just An Illusion (Dub)
05 Changes (Dub)
06 Just An Illusion (Instrumental)

INFO > UK electronic funk trio Imagination formed in 1981 and experienced immediate chart success with the help of producers Steve Jolley and Tony Swain. This 1989 Canadian CD EP pairs two of the group’s hit singles from 1982: “Just An Illusion” and “Changes.”

The Pressure Pt. 1 (US Promo)


01 The Pressure Pt. 1 (LP Version Edit)
02 The Pressure Pt. 1 (Flow Mix Edit)
03 The Pressure Pt. 1 (Real Disco Mix Edit)
04 The Pressure Pt. 1 (Serious Lo-Key Radio Edit)
05 The Pressure Pt. 1 (Classic Radio Mix)
06 The Pressure Pt. 1 (Serious Lo-Key Mix)
07 The Pressure Pt. 1 (Classic 12” Mix)
08 The Pressure Pt. 1 (Flow Mix)
09 The Pressure Pt. 1 (Real Disco Mix)

Didn’t I Know [Divas To The Dancefloor… Please]


01 Didn’t I Know (Junior’s Factory Mix)
02 Didn’t I Know (D.C. VS. Tom E’s Original Dub)
03 Didn’t I Know (D.C. VS. Junior Vasquez Mix)
04 Didn’t I Know (Blissful Diva Mix)
05 Didn’t I Know (Blisstrumental)
06 Didn’t I Know (Cevin’s Diva Mix)
07 Didn’t I Know (Late Nite Diva Mix)
08 Didn’t I Know (B96 Radio Edit)
09 Didn’t I Know (Junior’s Deep Mix)

INFO > 1994 single “Didn’t I Know” was club hit for E.G. Fullalove (Ehryck Gilmore), thanks to a huge Junior Vasquez remix perfectly suited to the DJ’s Sound Factory following. This track always reminds me of former Philadelphia nighclub Milkbar, which did a respectable job of emulating the atmosphere of New York’s bigger venues. In 1997, owner Jim Lesser relocated Milkbar across the Delaware River to New Jersey, and the vacant Philly location was filled by Shampoo, an arguably superior dance destination. “Didn’t I Know” also received a few spins at my beloved hangout, THE BANK, situated a block over from the old book bindery building that housed Milkbar and Shampoo.

Could This Be Love?

Today’s post is kindly sponsored by Rob :-)


01 Could This Be Love? (Beatmasters 7″ Mix)
02 Could This Be Love? (Diss-Cuss Vocal Mix)
03 Could This Be Love? (D.O.P. Spookie Billy Ray Mix)
04 Could This Be Love? (Night Fever Mix)

INFO > I had never heard of Kerry Shaw before receiving this obscure single from Rob. Released in 1993, “Could This Be Love?” was Shaw’s debut release as a solo artist. Co-written with Band Of Gypsies’ Nigel Swanston and Tim Cox, the song includes the clever lyric, “You’re not essential but I think you’ve got potential,” which also aptly summed up Shaw’s career at that time. She would later join EMF guitarist Ian Dench and violist James Topham in the short-lived indie pop group Whistler. After that, Shaw issued a mini-album under the alias Real Emotional Girl before pursuing other artistic endeavors.

Electric Jesus


01 Electric Jesus (Radio Edit)
02 Electric Jesus
03 Electric Jesus (Day Of The Saints Mix)
04 Six

INFO > Amethyst comprised producers Lee Milleare and the late John Horrocks, who released six singles and an album through Jackpot. LP “Golden Fish Fever” includes contributions from vocalist Steve Hovington, who features on the 1998 single “Electric Jesus.”

The Hit Factory: Pete Waterman’s Greatest Hits


1.01 Kylie Minogue – I Should Be So Lucky
1.02 Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up
1.03 Jason Donovan – Too Many Broken Hearts
1.04 Bananarama – Venus
1.05 Mel & Kim – Respectable
1.06 Brother Beyond – The Harder I Try
1.07 Princess – Say I’m Your Number One
1.08 Nik Kershaw – Wouldn’t It Be Good
1.09 Donna Summer – This Time I Know It’s For Real
1.10 Cliff Richard – I Just Don’t Have The Heart
1.11 Bananarama – I Want You Back
1.12 Musical Youth – Pass The Dutchie
1.13 John Travolta & Olivia Newton John – The Grease Megamix
1.14 Undercover – Baker Street
1.15 Opus III – It’s A Fine Day
1.16 2 Unlimited – No Limit
1.17 Tina Cousins – Pray
1.18 Samantha Fox – Nothing’s Gonna Stop Me Now
1.19 Big Fun – Blame It On The Boogie
1.20 Steps, Tina Cousins, Cleopatra – Thank Abba For The Music
1.21 Stock, Aitken & Waterman – Roadblock

2.01 Steps – Tragedy
2.02 Kylie Minogue – Better The Devil You Know
2.03 Dead Or Alive – You Spin Me Round [Like A Record]
2.04 Bananarama – Love In The First Degree
2.05 Rick Astley – Together Forever
2.06 Mel & Kim – Showing Out [Get Fresh At The Weekend]
2.07 Hazell Dean – Whatever I Do [Wherever I Go]
2.08 The Jackson 5 – I Want You Back (’88 Remix)
2.09 Sonia – You’ll Never Stop Me From Loving You
2.10 Undercover – Never Let Her Slip Away
2.11 Nik Kershaw – I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me
2.12 Kylie Minogue & Keith Washington – If You Were With Me Now
2.13 Jason Donovan – Every Day [I Love You More]
2.14 Steps – One For Sorrow
2.15 Stephen Gately – Chiquititta
2.16 Jason Donovan – Sealed With A Kiss
2.17 Westlife – Seasons In The Sun
2.18 Kylie Minogue & Jason Donovan – Especially For You

DMC The History Of DJ Part 5

Episode five exposes the power, misuse, and stupidity of the Musician’s Union in the 1950s and 1960s, leading to the birth of pirate radio to challenge Britain’s broadcasting monopoly, the BBC.

Custom Compilations / Vacation

Just a heads up that download links have been restored for all of the collections exclusive to this blog—you’ll find those listed in the right column below ‘Top Posts & Pages’ (links are located at bottom of each post).

Likewise, links are also available again for the three-part compilation posted on THE BANK blog.

Finally, Mrs. Shelf and I are heading off on holiday for the remainder of the month, so trade among yourselves on the ‘Share’ page and we’ll resume posting in April.

Be seeing you :-)