Shep Pettibone

KISS-FM Presents Shep Pettibone's Mastermixes

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If you lived in or around New York in the early '80s, one of the main reasons to listen to KISS-FM (a major urban contemporary station that shouldn't be confused with L.A.'s KIIS-FM) was Shep Pettibone, whose remixes of R&B, funk, hip-hop, and disco hits did their part to earn the station its high ratings. In fact, one could say that Pettibone was as important to KISS-FM as Frankie Crocker (one of New York's top R&B DJs in the 1970s and 1980s) was to WBLS-FM, KISS' main competitor in the New York market at the time. In 1982, Prelude sought to cash in on Pettibone's popularity by releasing Mastermixes, which boasts his dance remixes of such early-'80s hits as D-Train's "You're the One for Me," Unlimited Touch's "Searchin' to Find the One," Sharon Redd's "Can You Handle It," Jeanette "Lady" Day's "Come Let Me Love You," and Secret Weapon's "Must Be the Music." This two-LP set enjoyed its greatest sales around the Northeastern Corridor, but one didn't have to be close to the Big Apple to appreciate hearing Pettibone do his thing on France Joli's "Gonna Get Over You," Gayle Adams' "Love Fever," or the Strikers' "Body Music." Unfortunately, Mastermixes has long been out of print, and Prelude won't be the label to reissue it on CD because the company folded in the 1980s. So if you come across a copy somewhere, grab it immediately.

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