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Jody Watley With Eric B. & Rakim – Friends (“Unity” Remix) (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on February 1st, 2012

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1989

Jody Watley’s “Friends” was the first crossover hit to introduce and pair the custom and specialized 16 bar verse with a rapper and singer. The formula became such a popular and successful formula in music that The Grammy’s added the “Rap/Sung” Category in 2002.

This 12″ contains remixes by C.J Mackintosh & Dave Dorrell. These mixes are exclusive to this 12″ and did not appear on any other 12″ releas. Released as the second single from the album Larger Than Life “Friends” peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100.

SIDE A:
Friends (“Unity” Remix) 8:04

SIDE B:
Friends (Bassapella) 5:51

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

CHARTS:

Year Single Chart Position
1989 Friends U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #9
1989 Friends U.S. Billboard Black Singles #3
1989 Friends U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play #7
1989 Friends U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles Year End Chart #65

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: MCA Records Ltd. – MCAX 1352
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: UK
Released: 1989
Genre: Electronic, Hip Hop
Style: RnB/Swing
Credits: Producer – André Cymone
Remix – CJ MackintoshDave Dorrell

NOTES:
Original version on the LP “LARGER THAN LIFE”

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
ClickRepair
dBpoweramp
Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

PW: burningtheground

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22 Responses to “Jody Watley With Eric B. & Rakim – Friends (“Unity” Remix) (UK 12″)”

  1. feanor Says:

    wow, never seen this mix before – you just keep coming up with surprises don’t you??? thanks again!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Feanor. I do my best to keep surprises coming lol.

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  2. Adam Says:

    I should be ecstatic for this ‘post’
    Unfortunatly
    I somehow got ‘blocked’ on JW’s youtube channel
    my only crime [i can think of] was to say
    it was ‘nice’ to see her ‘Jody’ singles ‘Listed’
    with all her other releases on ‘Discogs’
    I mean i still remember the 2 BBC Radio 1 Dj’s
    who to get the truth ala Shalamar was to get it
    ”Straight from the Horses’ mouth”
    ‘A very attractive filly @ least” was there
    Ad-lib which only dug a deeper hole
    I never said anything like that LOL

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  3. Gus Says:

    Thank you Paul!
    I love Jody, was looking for these mixes, and the new download method works like a breeze

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Good deal Gus glad to hear that 🙂

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  4. woz Says:

    Thank you, DJPT!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome buddy 😀

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  5. updj1 Says:

    Great to see these vinyl-only UK remixes. The Unity mix kills the standard US mixes and has some well placed “Friends” samples. I can remember hearing this on one of the syndicated radio mixshows at the time and spent 2 months hunting down the import. Shame it was never released on CD but great to have it cleaned up here! Also makes me remember the Macintosh/Dorrell import mixes of Janet Jackson’s Escapade and Alright.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Updj1 it is a a fab remix. I prefer it also over the US mix.

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  6. Adam Says:

    lo mr P you heard any of these http://www.discogs.com/Jody-Watley-Precious-Love/release/955187

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi Adam yes I have and will be posting them at some point.

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  7. Ron Says:

    Hi Paul, thanks for your hard work.. You make everything work so smoothly.. Great job Paul..

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    many thanks Ron!

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  8. musicdivaSF Says:

    Friends are definitely hard to find… so be careful. This Unity Remix is so hard to find but of course, it takes you and only you Dj PaulT who can provide us with such a rare mix. Thanks so much!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    MusicdivaSF you are a long time friend and supporter of BTG and I appreciate you comment. Many thanks 🙂

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  9. Johan Says:

    Thank you!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Johan 🙂

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  10. Adam Says:

    hi Paul
    do me a favor and delete all my ‘waffle-ings’ / comments here – ta xx

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  11. Selan Says:

    Hi Paul,
    Great post sir. Keep it funky 😉

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  12. Tasty T Says:

    great shares, thank you.

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  13. Jason63 Says:

    Thanks for this one as well Paul.

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  14. Junior Says:

    Thanks for the Unity Remix 🙂

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