Jeff Mills

Live at the Liquid Room, Tokyo

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More than any other release, Live at the Liquid Room illustrates perfectly why Jeff Mills deserves his godlike reputation. Ostensibly a DJ mix but also a showcase for Mills' production work, the album provides ample evidence of his brilliance over the course of three distinct segments, each comprised of numerous tracks, roughly half of which are Mills' own productions. These segments come from a three-hour performance recorded on October 28, 1995, at The Liquid Room in Tokyo. Unlike most DJ mix albums, which are most often recorded in the studio, often with computer-aided mixing devices, Live at the Liquid Room fulfills its billing -- it's indeed a live recording. As such, it's less than pristine -- for instance, you can hear the needle drop, the crowd noise, occasional train wrecks, and other audience-recording phenomena -- yet, flaws and all, this is precisely Live at the Liquid Room's beauty. You see, Mills mixes at a jaw-dropping tempo, rarely allowing a given track more than two minutes or so; furthermore, since the mixing is so frantic, the mixes themselves are seemingly instinctual, often overlapping and sometimes abrupt yet mostly perfect. Thus you're taken back considerably by Mills' masterful technique as he goes through 38 tracks over the course of the three segments. Moreover, as mentioned, Mills throws down many of his own productions, 17 to be exact, and the others come from such luminaries as Surgeon, Joey Beltram, and Advent. Mills even offers a few drawn-out highlights like the booty-funk of "Work That Body" and the Detroit homage of "Strings of Life" to offset the otherwise dizzying blur of his mix. There really isn't a better testament of Mills' talent than Live at the Liquid Room, unless of course you were actually there in Tokyo that night.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 1:09
2 1:40
3
1:47
4
feat: Joey Beltram
1:26
5
feat: Millsart
1:42
6 2:19
7 1:04
8
feat: DJ Funk
1:07
9
feat: DJ Funk
2:55
10 1:08
11
feat: Wicked Wipe
2:07
12
2:25
13 2:39
14
1:21
15
feat: IO
1:25
16
feat: Joey Beltram
1:00
17
feat: Club MCM
1:56
18 1:18
19
feat: Surgeon
1:59
20
feat: Traxmen
0:40
21 1:13
22
feat: Claude Young
0:55
23
feat: The Advent
3:11
24
feat: DJ Skull
1:27
25 3:24
26 0:55
27 2:00
28
feat: Ken Ishii
1:51
29
feat: Damon Wild
3:11
30
feat: X-102
1:22
31 1:11
32
feat: H & M
0:34
33
feat: Shadow
0:47
34
feat: Dan Morgan
1:09
35 2:53
36 3:57
37 1:27
38 2:30
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