Live @ the Sopranos Last Cast & Crew Party Ever - March 12, 2006 @ Roseland, NYC + Love's Just A Kiss Away (Qool DJ Marv's Extension of The Rolling Stone's Gimmie Shelter)
What a weekend. The night before this party I was in Paris at the Funk4Food party. Kudos to the courage of HBO to book me for this significant party despite knowing that I'd have to return from Paris on the day of the event!
Needless to say, there was no sleeping for me after hanging out with Parisians until the break of dawn...I could sleep on the plane, but while doing so, I had classic rock seeping through my ear hole as I tried to shift my musical focus from the disco funk vibes spun in Paris to the sounds that would be on the menu for this epic Sopranos cast & crew gathering.
Classic rock? Not every party needs the seemingly default musical vibe of various strains of house music and mash-ups. With the overwhelming number of mature adults in the house, and on a monster sounds system built for a rock band at Roseland - and with Bruce Springsteen's Little Steven sitting right in front of me, I was going to create a Rock & Roll and Soul vibe for the party people to enjoy, not endure.
What you hear here is the 1st couple of hours, setting the stage. The cast & crew are arriving and saying their hellos, embracing, and checking out the elaborate recreation of an Italian Street Fair. There will be speeches and Uncle Junior is going to perform in a little while, setting me up nicely to play a set that will speak to everyone in the room without pushing the dance floor vibe too soon.
Rolling Stones, Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Eric Burdon & War, Stevie Wonder, Buddy Miles, Van Morrison, Curtis Mayfield, & Buddy Guy are in the mix. Everyone in the house felt right at home - you know the people of this caliber are rocking this good stuff at home and in their limos so to hear this music on this massive sound system in a state of revelry...well, when does that happen?
Before the night ended, an elegant lady came up to the booth and told me how she liked the progression of the sounds and how the flow of the music made the party feel just right. She asked me if I made CDs and I told her that I was recording the night. She was delighted and told me that her husband was impressed as well. He came up to shake my hand and echo her statements. This was David Chase, the creator of the Sopranos and his wife. I still suspect that when the final season hit the airwaves, the promo that featured a blend of Paint It Black by the Rolling Stones and Eric Burdon's version with the band War, may have been inspired by Mr. Chase hearing the Eric Burdon version at the party. Maybe, maybe not? It's all good.
Speaking of the Stones, one song that I love to play at these HBO parties is the Rolling Stones' "Gimmie Shelter." I love this song and I've always been tempted to rock it twice, although that would be kind of a strange move for a DJ, so at the end of this mix you will find an extended edit that I did that stretches this classic from it's official 4&1/2 minutes to 7&1/2 minutes...had to extended the intro and break so that folks could jam...or rock out. No additives, not a mash up with electronic drums and sound effects added, just "Gimmie Shelter" elongated.
Check out coverage of the event here, I don't make this stuff up: http://www.bizbash.com/content/editorial/e5931.php
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