Tuesday, July 28, 2009

If You Were A Dream Lover

Songs number 8 and 9 are both remixes. These two songs are without a doubt my favourite remixes of all time. They are both from the summer of 1993. I always remember hearing both songs in Dublin clubs at the time and I'm sure it was the same in America and the UK as well. The first is the Brothers in Rhythm remix of If by Janet Jackson. I liked the single version but this remix brought If into a whole new dimension. Janet already was one of pop music's greatest singers and dancers because of both her Control and the Rhythm Nation 1814 albums. The combined singles and videos from both albums are simply iconic. Her 1993 Janet album had great singles too especially Throb, Anytime Anyplace and That's The Way Love Goes. The various remixes of those songs were excellent too but by far the remix of If is the one I remember most. All of those mixes were released on the Janet Remixed album in 1995. So here is song number 8 of my 40 songs. From July 1993 this is the Brothers in Rhythm remix of If by Janet Jackson.
The second remix is the David Morales def club mix of Dream Lover by Mariah Carey. The majority of good pop songs of the late 1990s and early 2000s had properly amazing dance remix versions but Dream Lover was one of the first to use 70s disco, 80s pop and house and add it all in and make 90s dance pop. David Morales' remix of Dream Lover was a perfect example of how a classic radio version of a song could be a Billboard chart topper and could also be reimagined for the dancefloor. Mariah's vocals were re-recorded for the remix with her fantastic backing vocalists making a cameo near the end. Beginning with the wonderful psycho fairground piano notes and then in to the stuttering uh-uh vocal. Six and a half minutes into it it changes direction again. Gorgeousness! Here's song number 9 of the neverending 40! This is David Morales def Club remix of Dream Lover by Her Royal Warbleness Mariah Carey.


John said...

Good grief! Mariah Carey remixes in the 90s were among my favorites. She and David Morales should be enshrined in some great hall for those, if nothing else. My personal favorite was "Anytime You Need a Friend", although "Dream Lover" is right up there. And Janet? Our taste is way too aligned.

Myfizzypop said...

both great songs (If is FILTHY!) both great remixes and both artists that when these songs were released were at the top of my fave singers list. I followed them ever since, although recent output for both has stretched my loyalty to breaking point. Still they did have great songs in the 90s :)