Tue. Oct. 19, 2021

D.C. LaRue – Cathedrals (Joey Negro Remix)

Single Of The Week: D.C. LaRue – Cathedrals (Joey Negro Extended Disco Mix) (Z Records)

“Cathedrals…” Say wot? Of course, progress have become such like a norm with its inevitable updating process from a (short) period of time to another. Meanwhile getting a big majority of us to forget about the time/efforts it takes to come up with an upgrade. But take a look at back in the day. At a time when we didn’t have the help of nowadays technology. And see what humanity has accomplished.

Funny as to how we have a reminder of both the pyramids and the cathedrals on this gem. But also as to how in the meantime the virtuosity of the musicians and artists back in the Disco days might give the feeling they’d built up like sound cathedrals.

With arrangements and production work courtesy of Aram Schefrin ‘Cathedrals’ which saw the light back in 1976 on Roulette Records’s sublabel Pyramid Records most likely stands as D.C. LaRue‘s signature song.

Now, and along with the necessary time, I would tend to think it had something of Cerrone in the female backing vocals. But also of Chic when listening to its infectious rhythmic guitar line. And I’m not talkin’ about Bob Mintzer‘s intoxicating jazzy sax part. Something Joey Negro obviously highlighted on his outstanding rework, if not reconstruction. Enhancing the original elements that brought its magnetism. Meanwhile giving his own interpolation of the whole at other moments.

‘Cathedrals’ is most definitely the leading cut of this ‘Resurrection’. A four tracker EP that also features the Idjut Boys’ rework of ‘Let’ Em Dance’. And as this package comes with the mention “Part One” in its title, chances are great more is to come next. I wouldn’t be that surprised to see LaRue’s vibrant ‘I Don’t Want To Lose You’ being revamped as well…

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A native of Meriden, CT, Disco singer songwriter and producer David Charles L’Heureux, better known as D.C. LaRue, happened to be much of a sound architect. Something you could definitely tell when listening to the heavily orchestrated ‘Cathedrals’, although it wasn’t his first release, back in 1976. A… monument which saw the light as a double A-side 12″, backed with fellow artist/drummer Pat Lundy‘s ‘Day By Day/My Sweet Lord’. And turned into one of the earliest commercially available maxi singles.
‘Cathedrals’ is also the leading cut of LaRue‘s second album – ‘Ca-The-Drals’ – which features the vibrant ‘I Don’t Want To Lose You’ as well.

LaRue, released 3 extra albums on Casablanca successively in 1978, 79 and 1980. Seeing ‘Do You Want The Real Thing?’ from his first album for Casablanca included on the ‘Thank God It’s Friday’‘s OST. In 1978, he had a cameo in the ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ film. Meanwhile, another cut of his – ‘Hot Jungle Drums And Voodoo Rhythm’ made its appearance on the OST of ‘A Night at Studio 54’ the year after.

By 2006, UK twosome Mike Moto and Bobby Blanco aka Moto Blanco sampled ‘Cathedrals’ on ‘3AM’, eventually introducing it to a new generation. With the story to find further developments 12 years after with its reconstruction courtesy of Joey Negro. And most likely an album of reworks in the pipeline…

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