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Boomkat Product Review:
A stone cold NYC disco/Arthur Russell classic, reissued in 2013 & 2016 with Walter Gibbons’ Unreleased Mix
“Released on Dinosaur L’s 1981 album 24-24 Music, Go Bang! quickly became a favourite at David Mancuso’s Loft and Larry Levan’s Paradise Garage. However the original mix on the LPdid not fare as well with other Disc Jockeys, who found it too complex for the dance floor. As the album sales began to slow down, Will Socolov and Arthur enlisted Francois Kevorkian to remix the track for 12-inch release. Dissatisfied with the initial mix, on the grounds that “The multitrack was an absolute, utter and total mess,”, Kevorkian completed the mix on borrowed time at Right Track Studios, turning in what would become one of the most celebrated remixes of the era. Connecting the dots in Arthur Russell’s wild web of sounds, and freeform experimentation, the result of Francois K’s mix is a dubbed out version that organised the ideas for an ultimate dancing experience. One can only imagine what this would have sound on a Richard Long system.
And then there was the unreleased mix by Walter Gibbons. Remembered for “being obsessed with the nuances of musical textures and notes that Russell was the only other person who liked to analyse sound in such microscopic detail. Gibbons remixed ‘Go Bang! during scrambled together hours at Blank Tapes and, although the taut, stretched out result lacked the dramatic dynamism of Kevorkian’s tighter earlier remix, his epic version retained the freestyle spirit of the original sessions.”