I would guess 95% of the people that read my posts have absolutely no interest in the current state of clubbing, or clubs. To be honest nor do I. I do remember though with great fondness the scene towards the end of the film “The Last Days of Disco” when character Josh Neff launches into a speech that starts “Disco will never be over.” and ends – “Something like this, that was this big, and this important, and this great, will never die.”[1]The full speech is: “Disco will never be over. It will always live in our minds and hearts. Something like this that was this big, and this important, and this great, will never die. Oh for a … Continue reading

I agree with Josh; the speech still makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up when I hear or think about it. I do maintain a subscription to Beatport and get updates on new releases and the huge number of remixes and reissues. Mostly, I scan them quickly and delete. Recently a new remix caught my attention.


One Creed Taylor production and artist I’ve been meaning to cover for some time is Tamiko Jones. Even 50-years on, Jones vocal tracks continue to attract remixes and re-edits. I ventured back into editing Wikipedia to correct a couple of claims, add more details on her Taylor produced album and to add the latest remix of her work [2]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamiko_Jones and her collaboration with arranger/conductor Jimmy Wisner. Wisner had bought Jones and Herbie Mann together for Atlantic after working on two earlier albums with Mann.

My post on Tamiko Jones, will post on her birthday July 15th. It’s a solid look at her work, much more than just her music. Tamiko is still with us and will be just one of the topics I’ll be discussing with Artie Butler this month. In the meantime, here is the latest remix of her work.


The track isn’t from her 1968 Taylor produced album, but from a much more disco oriented 1977 album “Cloudy” on the local Atlanta label “Atlantis II” – a label whose output seems limited to Tamiko Jones releases. Which is easily explained because as well as being the producer, Tamiko Jones was the label owner.

Although “Cloudy” would be Jones’ last album, it would mark the start of her remix/re-edit era. The original track has a very orchestra-heavy intro that reminds me of the Salsoul Orchestra, but once the vocals come in, the track changes to a more disco pop-sound.

A remix/re-edit of Jones “Let It Flow” has been put together by the “Disco Dandies”, a collaboration between German producer & DJ, Alexander Koning, and Dutch producers René van den Berghe (also known as Bruce Nolan) and René Van Der Weijde (also known as Dave Leatherman).

The track is released as both digital and vinyl by Dutch label “High Fashion Music” [3]https://www.discogs.com/master/85950-Tamiko-Jones-Let-It-Flow-Cloudy?label=5658. It can be purchased both vinyl and digital through Beatport and on vinyl from Discogs. It’s is not dissimilar to the 2009 London-based ‘Horse Meat Disco’ remix. A complete version of the remixed track can also be heard here.

The Disco Dandies remix is also available from many other online sources in digital form.

A Complete listing of all the releases and pressings of Tamiko Jones “Let It Flow” can be found on discogs, they number more than seventy [4]https://www.discogs.com/search?q=%22Tamiko+Jones%27+%2B%22let+It+Flow%22&type=all.

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1 The full speech is: “Disco will never be over. It will always live in our minds and hearts. Something like this that was this big, and this important, and this great, will never die. Oh for a few years, maybe many years it will be considered passé and ridiculous. It will be misrepresented, caricatured and sneered at, or worse, completely ignored. People will laugh about John Travolta, Olivia Newton John, white polyester suits and platform shoes and going like this! [mimics Saturday Night Fever pose] But we had nothing to do with those things and still loved disco. Those who didn’t understand will never understand. Disco was much more, and much better than all that. Disco was too great and too much fun to be gone forever. It has got to come back someday. I just hope it will be in our own lifetimes…Sorry, I’ve got a job interview this afternoon and I was trying to get revved up, but – most of what I said I, uh, believe.
2 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamiko_Jones
3 https://www.discogs.com/master/85950-Tamiko-Jones-Let-It-Flow-Cloudy?label=5658
4 https://www.discogs.com/search?q=%22Tamiko+Jones%27+%2B%22let+It+Flow%22&type=all

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