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Larry Heard aka Mr. Fingers (1960 - )
Related: Chicago house music - deep house music - American music
Related: Chicago house music - Can You Feel It. (1986) - Mr. Fingers
IntroChicago native Larry Heard aka Mr Fingers aka Fingers Inc. is one of the most important godfathers of house music. He produced the anthemic Can You Feel It in 1986 under his Mr Fingers moniker which is a landmark in the history of deep house music.
Strictly speaking, 'Deep House' is the name give to classic house from Chicago and New York in the same vein as Frankie Knuckles' 1987 LP 'Deep House' from which the name originates. Though I am undoubtedly venturing into highly controversial waters, I will venture to say that currently, deep house has meaning mostly as a counterpoint to more aggressive house sub-genres like hard house. As a name referring to a stand-alone genre, I therefore find 'Deep House' quite meaningless. [...]
Can You Feel It?Mr. Fingers (EP) Trax Records (TX-127) - 1986.
1-Can You Feel It? w-Martin Luther King speech:
2-Beyond The Clouds
In the beginning, there was Jack. And Jack had a groove. And from this groove came the groove of all grooves. And while one day viciously throwing down on his box, Jack boldly declared, "Let there be House!" And House music was born. I am, you see. I am the creator. And this is my House. And in my House there is only House music. But I am not so selfish, because once you've entered my House, it then becomes our House, and our House music. And you see, no one man owns House, because house music is a universal language spoke and understood by all. You see, House is a feeling, that no one can understand really, unless you're deep into the vibe of House. House is an uncontrollable desire to Jack your body. And as I told ya before, this is our house, and our House music. And in every house you understand, there is a keeper. And in this house the keeper is Jack. Now some of you might wonder, "who is Jack and what is it that Jack does?" Jack is the one who gives you the power to Jack your body. Jack is the one who gives you the power to do the snake. Jack is the one who gives you the key to the wiggly worm. Jack is the one who learns you how to walk your body. Jack is the one that can bring nations and nations of all Jackers together under one house. You may be black, you may be white, you may be Jew, or Gentile. It don't make a difference in our house. And this is fresh!!!
[...] Robert Owens who joined up with Larry Heard to form Fingers Inc, though the duo had already worked with Harri Dennis on The It's 'Donnie' [...]
[...] Larry Heard aka Mr. Fingers and Robert Owens, later to be known as Fingers Inc, [...] were all experimenting with basic rhythm tracks long before they made the jump to vinyl. [...]
http://www.sondexter.com/larryheard/disco.html Discograpy + full text version
Donnie / The It (sg) DJ International Records (DJ-893) - 1986
- Love Will Find Its Way: The Best of Robert Owens (2002) - Robert Owens [1 CD, Amazon US]
Disc: 1 1. River 2. Tell Me [Live Mix] 3. Teardrops 4. Tears 5. Changes 6. Visions 7. Love Will Find Its Way 8. Thing Called Love 9. In Love Forever 10. Can You Feel It 11. Bring Down the Walls 12. Never No More Lonely 13. Mine to Give [David Morales Happy Mix] Disc: 2 1. All Over 2. I'm Strong 3. Picking Up the Pieces 4. Darkman 5. You'll Never Know 6. After the Rain 7. All Night Long 8. Ordinary People [Roach in the Bassbin Mix] 9. I'll Be Your Friend [Original Def Mix] 10. Was I Here Before [The Farley Sound Mix] 11. My Heart Is Your Home [Live] 12. Best Friend
'love Will Find Its Way' is the Essential Collection of Robert Owens. Spanning Two Decades, it Defines the Different Periods and Styles from 86's Seminal 'bring Down the Walls' Right Up to his 2001 Collaboration with Photek on the David Morales Mix of 'mine to Give'. This Album is the Quintessential Robert, Raw and Uncut! [...]
- Love's Arrival- Larry Heard [Amazon US]
Well, Heard is still here and still making beautiful music. He has a new album that's about to drop called Love's Arrival, filled with the powerful, emotionally resonant vocals and deep, soaring instrumentals for which Mr. Fingers is known. Some would say that Heard is an anachronism in an international dance music world where ever-increasing BPMs, harder beats, and sampled loops rule dance floors of the world. Even Larry isn't sure where Love's Arrival fits in within the current market, but he does know what he's aiming for with his music. "I'm interested in adult dance music," he says. "I am a musician first. I fit in where Sade is, where Maxwell is, where Luther used to be. I am aiming my album at Smooth Jazz radio stations like CD 101.9 (a NYC based radio station), where my record Introduction did well. My music is for people my age who don't need to deal with dramas associated with club life."
- Can You Feel It - Larry Heard [Amazon US]
1. Can You Feel It (Instrumental) 2. Bring Down The Walls 3. Washing Machine 4. Never No More Lonely 5. Other Side 6. I'm Strong 7. Can You Feel It (Vocals By Chuck Roberts) 8. Distant Planet 9. Beyond The Clouds 10. Can You Feel It 11. Can You Feel It (Spoken Word)
Japanese version featuring a bonus track: 'Can You Feel It', including spoken word samples of Martin Luther King Jr.
BIG RIO for amazon.com YO,I AM A 30 YEAR OLD MAN FROM CHICAGO AND IF YOU ARE UP ON SOME GOOD ORIGINAL HOUSE BEATS YOU WILL SCOOP THIS ALBUM.THE WEIRD THING ABOUT IT IS THAT IT MIGHT BE THE BEST INSTRUMENTAL LOVE-MAKING ALBUM OUT ON THE MARKET.PEOPLE FORGET THE PRICE,BUY THIS ALBUM.I BOUGHT IT 10 YEARS AGO ON WAX AND IT STILL SOUNDS GREAT!
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