Frankie Knuckles & Eric Kupper – The Director’s Cut Collection – Various Artists – CD Album (Triple)


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Format   3 X CD – 1 MIXED 2 UNMIXED

There are few people across the globe, who will have not been touched by the work of Frankie Knuckles. Forever regarded as ‘The Godfather of House’ for his unrivalled contribution to the house music we know today; what started as an underground movement in Chicago has grown to international heights thanks to Frankie. His records earned him recognition on a global scale, allowing him to work with some of the globes biggest names including the likes of Diana Ross, Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson.

Five years ago, Frankie passed away in Chicago on 31st March 2014 leaving behind one of the greatest house music legacies spanning almost four decades. Now he is commemorated by long time writing and production partner Eric Kupper. Eric, himself a seasoned DJ producer and writer, has worked on over 116 Billboard #1 Dance Records and played a pivotal role in a many of Frankie’s productions. Having both worked together for many years they established themselves at ‘Director’s Cut’ from 2011 and set about producing original releases and remixes based on the classic ‘Def Mix’ sound
while sharing equal credits for their creations.

Together they re-produced and re-purpose classic cuts for modern dancefloors, with reworks including tracks from Marshall Jefferson, Inaya Day, Candi Staton, The Sunburst Band and Hardsoul, alongside Frankie Knuckles originals. These releases have now been brought together by Eric to feature on special album called ‘The Directors Cut Collection’ on SoSure Music. It includes the Director’s Cut reworks of Frankie’s seminal record ‘Baby Wants To Ride’ with Jamie Principle (recently released on what would have been Frankie’s 64th Birthday back in January), along with Frankie’s first #1 single – ‘The Whistle Song’ on which Eric shares writing credits.

Within a multitude of classic reworks, highlights include The Director’s Cut and Kenny Summit ‘Re-Direction’ on Lou Rawls ‘You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine’; the last documented track that Frankie ever played, at his final show at The Ministry of Sound. And a previously unreleased version of Ashford & Simpson’s ‘Bourgie Bourgie’.

Other moments to look out for include Candi Station’s ‘Hallelujah Anyway’ and The Layabouts ‘Bring Me Joy’ alongside Spencer Parker and Dan Beaumont’s ‘The Look’, Sybil’s ‘Let Yourself Go’ and Inaya Day’s ‘Lets Stay Home’; all receiving the Director’s Cut treatment.

The final CD is an emphatic mix showcasing some of the highlights from the other two CD’s alongside a handful of exclusive tracks.

The Director’s Cut Collection is a fitting tribute to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Frankie’s passing whilst giving Eric a platform to tell his side of the creative story. This album is to be released in collaboration with The Frankie Knuckles Foundation who work to continuing Frankie’s legacy well into the future.


Track Listing

Disc 1

No. Track Preview
01. Frankie Knuckles pres. Director’s Cut - The Whistle Song (Re-Directed) Listen
02. Frankie Knuckles pres. Director's Cut feat. Jamie Principle - Your Love (Director's Cut Signature Mix - Album Version) Listen
03. Frankie Knuckles pres. Director's Cut feat. Jamie Principle - Baby Wants To Ride (Re-Directed - Album Version) Listen
04. Frankie Knuckles pres. Director’s Cut starring Inaya Day - Let's Stay Home (A Director's Cut Classic Club Mix) Listen
05. Frankie Knuckles pres. Director's Cut feat. Jamie Principle - I'll Take You There (Director's Cut Classic Signature Mix) Listen
06. Frankie Knuckles pres. Director’s Cut feat. B. Slade – You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) (Dj Meme's Mix Of Epic Proportions - Album Version) Listen
07. Frankie Knuckles pres. Director’s Cut feat. B. Slade - Get Over U (Director's Cut Mix - Sami Dee Edit) Listen
08. Frankie Knuckles pres. Director's Cut feat. Sybil - Let Yourself Go (A Director's Cut Master - Album Version) Listen
09. Peyton & Director’s Cut - Beautiful (Director’s Cut Classic Mix) Listen
10. Kenny Summit & Director's Cut pres. Yasmeen - Loving You (Original Mix) Listen

Disc 2

No. Track Preview
01. Ashford & Simpson – Bourgie Bourgie (A Director’s Cut Exclusive) Listen
02. Hardsoul feat. Ron Carroll - Back Together (Director's Cut Classic Club Mix) Listen
03. The Layabouts feat. Portia Monique - Bring Me Joy (Director's Cut Remix) Listen
04. Spencer Parker & Dan Beaumont - The Look (Director's Cut Signature Mix) Listen
05. Candi Staton - Hallelujah Anyway (Director's Cut Signature Praise) Listen
06. Joey Negro & The Sunburst Band feat. Donna Gardier & Diane Charlemagne - The Secret Life Of Us (Director's Cut Signature Mix) Listen
07. Marko Militano – Good People (Director’s Cut Signature Mix) Listen
08. Human Life - In It Together (Director's Cut Signature Togetherness) Listen
09. Artful & Ridney feat. Terri Walker - Missing You (Eric Kupper’s 'Director's Cut Tribute To FK' Mix) Listen
10. Lou Rawls - You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine (Kenny Summit, Frankie Knuckles & Eric Kupper Unreleased Anthem) Listen

Disc 3

No. Track Preview
01. DJ Mix

Additional information

input date 25th June 2019

Frankie Knuckles & Eric Kupper




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