Theo Parrish

Live at the Temple

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An hour-plus excerpt from an appearance at a Ferndale, MI, club -- a space exactly a mile north of the Detroit border, which turned into an eatery before remaining empty for years -- this mix is far less esoteric than one would normally expect from Theo Parrish, perhaps due to a crowd that wasn't exactly a typical one for him. His third self-released CD-R was initially released in shops in Detroit and the surrounding area, and it was eventually picked up for distribution via Forced Exposure in the U.S. It's not one of the easiest pieces in the series to track down -- however, it does have relatively full sound when compared to the raw, somewhat tinny nature of the later sets from the DJ, and even those who know most of the selections inside out will be suitably moved. Parrish also gives the EQ tweaking a rest, contorting the sound into bassless space only a couple times. Many of the tracks are certified underground club hits. The first half alone runs through Roy Ayers' "Running Away," Cameo's "I Just Want to Be," Yellow Magic Orchestra's "Firecraker," and the B-52's' "Mesopotamia" -- a major slice of early-'80s Detroit club history. From there, Parrish ably skips forward and backward on the time line, whether it involves '70s funk (Willie Hutch's "Slick"), '90s house (Blaze's "Wishing You Were Here"), or many things in-between.