DJ Spinna

Strange Games and Things

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English label BBE started the Strange Games and Things series, and it became their most popular sets. The unmixed portions of this set were previously sold separately. This three-CD set compiles the unmixed discs and adds a mix. At the time of this release, no American company would ever think to offer something so substantial without tons of filler and the same tracks making uncalled-for appearances. While the songs here are great, the star of the show is Brooklyn, NY producer/remixer DJ Spinna. This set not only shows off his turntable prowess, but the Rain Man-like recall of the rare mostly '70s to '80s R&B/jazz songs that are mostly midtempo and sensual. The best remixing comes when the integrity of the original is not tampered with. It also helps to keep the changes daring while retaining the essence of what made a song special. These are lessons DJ Spinna has no trouble with on Strange Games and Things. What makes DJ Spinna stand out is his quirkiness and great ear. Dee Dee Sharp's "Easy Money" leads into Johnny Bristol's "If I Can't Stop You" so well it's humorous. What he does to Eddie Kendricks' "Girl You Need a Change of Mind" and Donald Byrd's "Wind Parade" is nothing short of amazing. Strange Games and Things is an all but perfect set featuring classic, hard-to-find tracks and DJ Spinna's deft and definitive skills.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Gwen McCrae
2:04
2 2:07
3
feat: Foxy
2:48
4
feat: Bohannon
2:32
5 2:48
6 1:54
7
feat: Bar-Kays
1:51
8
feat: Bobby Womack
2:46
9 3:49
10
2:21
11
feat: Rick James
3:54
12 3:57
13
1:37
14
2:48
15 3:57
16
feat: Donald Byrd
3:41
17 2:07
18
feat: Leroy Hutson
3:08
19 2:10
20 5:06
21
feat: Lemuria
2:01
22
feat: Bobby Lyle
2:23
23
feat: Roy Ayers
4:31
24
feat: Don Blackman
2:44
25
feat: Starpoint
2:28
26 3:18
27
feat: Marvin Gaye
2:41
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