• Let’s Dance Records - Mike Macharello & Duane Thamm Jr. Chicago 1983-85. 4LP or CD

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Let’s Dance Records - Mike Macharello & Duane Thamm Jr. Chicago 1983-85.
Format: 4x12” + Poster. CD + Booklet
Cat# Stillm4X12013 or Stillmcd013

 Jerome Derradji + Still Music are proud to present Let’s Dance Records - Mike Macharello & Duane Thamm Jr. Chicago 1983-85.

The origin of house music, at least in a commercial sense, is generally associated with young African American producers from Chicago’s South Side, but one of the first Chicago house music labels was started by a young, white, gay DJ from the far west suburbs.

The Let’s Dance story will take you back to the beginnings of Mike Macherello and Duane Thamm Jr. when Chicago’s house music was in its infancy.

Back then, after starting as young roller disco Dj in the late seventies, Mike Macherello gradually made its way to the best radio station in 1981 - WBMX - and started a movement that still ripples through the city today.

Let’s Dance’s founder, Mike Macharello, was a DJ who bridged diverse music scenes, from rock clubs to discos. The Let’s Dance record label helped establish Chicago’s dance music industry between 1983 and 1985, before becoming Play House Records (which will be reissued by Still Music in an upcoming set). Macharello’s pal, DJ Duane Thamm Jr., also from the ’burbs, became the label’s main producer and one of house music’s most important studio engineers and producers.

Mike and Duane went on to release a few legendary singles for Let’s Dance that are still to this day considered to be the earliest House music records coming from Chicago.

The 12” pack includes faithful reissues of Selenia’s “Single Girl”, Duane Thamm Jr. “Jump Trax”, the insane Knight Action “R-Trax/D-Rail” 12”s along with a 5 tracks 12” compilation and an accompanying poster insert including rare pictures and artifacts with the story of the label.

Liners  notes by Chicago's own Jacob Arnold. Artwork  by Al Kent.

Record 1

Artist: Knight Action Featuring Sedenia
Title: Single Girl B/W R = Trax
Cat# LDR-071
Format: 12”
Originally released on Let’s Dance Records in Chicago, 1984. Cat# LDR-071

A Side - Single Girl (Vocal)
(Duane Thamm Jr. / Josephine Brown)
PRODUCED BY MIKE MACHARELLO
DWT/GERIM STUDIOS

B Side - R-Trax
D-Rail
Single
(Duane Thamm Jr. / Josephine Brown)
PRODUCED BY MIKE MACHARELLO

Record 2

Artist: Duane Thamm Jr
Title: Jump Trax
Cat# LDR-074
Format: 12”
Originally released on Let’s Dance Records in Chicago, 1984. Cat# LDR-074

A Side / Mix Down - Jump Trax (125 BPM's To 107 BPM's)
(Duane Thamm Jr.)
A MIKE MACHARELLO PRODUCTION

B Side / Mix Up - Jump Trax (111 BPM's To 125 BPM's)
(Duane Thamm Jr.)
A MIKE MACHARELLO PRODUCTION

Record 3

Artist: Knight Action
Title: R-Trax / D-Rail
Cat# LDR-077
Format: 12”
Originally released on Let’s Dance Records in Chicago, 1985. Cat# LDR-077

A Side - R-TRAX
SPECIAL MIX
(Duane Thamm Jr.)
PRODUCED BY MIKE MACHARELLO

B Side - D-RAIL
SPECIAL MIX
(Duane Thamm Jr.)
PRODUCED BY MIKE MACHARELLO

Record 4

Artist: Various
Title: Let’s Dance Records
Cat# LDR-078
Format: 12”

A1 Knight Action Featuring Sedenia - Single Girl Instrumental
A2 Mike Tomaselli - Crazy Or Not Instrumental

B1 Mike Tomaselli - Crazy Or Not Virgin
B2 Belinda Hoover - I Like That In You (Dub Version) 
Remixed By Mike Macharello
B3 Joey O And Out Of Control ‎– Nobody (Club Mix) 
Remix Mike Macharello

A1 - (Duane Thamm Jr - J Brown) Produced by: Mike Macharello
(Unreleased)
A2 & B1 - (Duane Thamm Jr.) Produced by Mike Macharello. Originally released on Let’s Dance Records in 1984. Cat# LDR-070
B2 - (J. Taylor, H. Narcisse, L. Pearson,M. Pearson)
BRAD-VON Production & Arrangement. Co-Produced by Charle Cassao. Remixed by Mike Macharello. Originally released on Let’s Dance Records in 1984. Cat# LDR-075.
Published by Cille Sons Pub BMI.
B3 - (Orlandino/Ramsey) Produced by Joe Orlandino. Remix by Mike Macharello.
Remixed by Mike Macharello. Originally released on Let’s Dance Records in 1984. Cat# LDR-073.