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 Post subject: West End Records
 Post Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 5:46 am 
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Classic disco label that not only defined New York City dance floors, but influenced DJ's and dancers worldwide during the late Seventies, early Eighties and after a the label been down for around 10 years it re-merged summer 98 with a new generations of artists. The label was started in December 1976 by Mel Cheren & Ed Kushins. The legendary Paradise Garage DJ Larry Levan worked closely with the label helping them to create their sound.

Nowadays, Kevin Hedge of Blaze is President and A&R for West End Records.

Don't miss Discoguy's ==> WestEnd Records bio

WE100 Motion Picture Soundtrack Black Emanuelle [LP] 1976
WE101 Motion Picture Soundtrack How Funny Can Sex Be [LP] 1976
WE102 Motion Picture Soundtrack The Magic Pony [LP] 1977
WE103 Michele Magic Love [LP] 1977
WE104 The Bombers The Bombers [LP] 1978
WE105 Karen Young Hot Shot [LP] 1978
WE106 The Bombers Bombers 2 [LP] 1979
WE107 Taana Gardner Taana Gardner [LP] 1979
WE108 Colleen Heather Heartbreaker [LP] 1979
WE109 Tony Humphries / Various Master Mix Medley [EP] 1982

WES12100 Sesso Matto "Sessomatto" 1976
WES12102 Dick Lee Sound of Inner City "Mary Hartman Mary Hartman" 1976
WES12103 Jakki "You Are The Star" 1976
WES12104 Garrett Scott "Nah Nah Kiss Him Goodbye" 1976
WES12105 The Chuck Davis Orchestra "Spirit of Sunshine" 1977
WES12106 Philly Usa "Speak Well" 1977
WES12109 Dawn Robertson "With All My Heart" 1977
WES12110 Michele "Disco Dance" 1977
WES12111 Karen Young "Hot Shot" 1979
WES12112 The Bombers "The Mexican/Dance, Dance Dance" 1978
WES12113 Bettye Lavette "Doin' the Best That I Can" 1978
WES22114 Karen Young "Bring on the Boys" 1978
WES22114B Karen Young "Baby You Ain't Nothin Without Me" 1978
WES22115 The Bombers "(Everybody) Get Dancin'" 1979
WES22116 Taana Gardner "Work That Body" 1979
WES22117 Ednah Holt & Starluv "People Come Dance" 1979
WES22118 Billy Nichols "Give Your Body Up to the Music" 1979
WES22119 The Bombers "Let's Dance / Shake" 1979
WES22120 Sugar & Spice "You're My Sugar, You're My Spice" 1979
WES22121 Pico "Malaguena" 1979
WES22122 Taana Gardner "When You Touch Me" 1979
WES22123 Colleen Heather "On The Run" 1979
WES22125 North End "Kind of Life (Kind of Love)" 1980
WES22126 Billy Nichols "Diamond Ring" 1980
WES22128 Loose Joints "Is It All Over My Face/Pop Your Funk" 1980
WES22129 Loose Joints "Is It All Over My Face" (Male / Female) 1980
WES22130 Bobby Youngblood "There's Never Been No One Like You" 1980
WES22131 Master Boogies Song & Dance "When the Shit Hits the Fan" 1980
WES22132 Taana Gardner "Heartbeat" 1981
WES22133 People's Choice "Hey Everybody (Party Hearty)" 1981
WES22134 Sweet G "A Heartbeat Rap" 1981
WES22135 Sparque "Let's Go Dancin'" 1981
WES22136 Inez Brooks "Chillin' Out" 1981
WES22137 Taana Gardner "No Frills" 1981
WES22138 Ednah Holt "Serious, Sirius Space Party" 1981
WES22139 Stone "Time" 1981
WES22140 Peech Boys "Don't Make Me Wait" 1982
WES22141 Sparque "Music Turns Me On" 1982
WES22142 Al McCall "Hard Times" 1982
WES22143 Forrrce "Keep On Dancin'" 1982
WES22144 George & Glen Miller "Touch Your Life" 1982
WES22145 Glass "Let Me Feel Your Heartbeat" 1982
WES22146 Debbie Trusty "Searchin' For Some Lovin'" 1982
WES22147 Stone "Girl I Like the Way that You Move" 1982
WES22148 Raw Silk "Do it to the Music" 1982
WES22149 B.T. (Brenda Taylor) "You Can't Have Your Cake and Eat it Too" 1982
WES22150 Mahogany "Ride on the Rhythm" 1982
WES22151 Johnson & Youngblood "The Funk is in the Music" 1983
WES22152 India "Stay With Me" 1983
WES22153 Julius Brown "Party" 1983
WES22154 Sean Taylor "I Can't Live Without You/Come Back to Me" 1983
WES22155 Shirley Lites "Heat You Up (Melt You Down)" 1983
WES22156 Sweet Life "I Get Lifted" 1983
WES22157 Julius Brown "Diana" 1983
WES22158 Love Club "Hot Summer Nights" 1983
WES22159 Raw Silk "Just In Time" 1983
WES22160 Sybil Thomas "Rescue Me" 1983
WES22161 L.J. Waiters "Make it Feel Like" [Never released] 1983
WES22162 DJ Divine "Get Into the Mix" 1983
WES22163 B+ "B-Beat Classic" 1983
WES22164 Barbara Mason "Another Man" 1983
WES22165 Angie "Let's Get on With It" 1983
WES22166 Janet Daily& Senses "If You Can Count" 1983
WES22167 Spyder C "Unity/Hollis Rock" 1983
WES22168 Julius Brown "Never Too Late" 1983
WES22169 Steve Pickett & The Post Nuclear Orchestra "Hello it's 1984" 1983
WES22170 AOK "Style" 1984
WES22171 D'bora "No Sense" 1984
WES22172 Sparque "Take Some Time" 1984
WES22173 Diamond D "Fresh Avenue" 1984
WES22174 Barbara Mason "Don't I Ever Cross Your Mind Sometime" 1984
WES22175 Fantasy Machine "Fantasy Machine" 1984
WES22176 Mona Ray "I Been Watchin' You" 1984
WES22177 Karen Young "Come-A-Running" 1985
WES22178 Rod McKuen "Mel's Song" / "Twas A Friday" 1978


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 Post subject: Re: West End Records
 Post Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 6:43 am 
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WEST END - what a label !!
A classic label with LOADS of classic releases...
Had the pleasure of talking to Mel Cheren years ago, which laid the ground for my...

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 Post subject: Re: West End Records
 Post Posted: Fri Feb 20, 2009 7:10 am 
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I take it you had an ok talk with Mel? I was less fortunate a few years back in New York when he was still alive. I met Mel at a disco convention at the Lincoln center, introduced me very politely and started asking about how he came to pick up the rights for the Black Emanuelle ost, one of my most valued albums. He just looked at me and shrugged, and turned away without a word. Two meters away, Tom Moulton standing there. I walked over with a friend, a massive fan of his. We introduced ourselves, just wanting to shake the hand that mastered all those incredible mixes. "And?" says Tom, rolls his eyes and turns away. People were standing around talking disinterestedly, many looking very bitter. The only person that seemed to be in a good mood and happy about it all was remixer John Morales. He was pleased to discuss his work. A large room full of people who lived the golden era of disco and there's one guy who's smiling and enthusiastic about the music, not about hard drugs. Almost everyone else seemed to just go "Disco...yeah, liked the drugs, without them, most of the music was just shit." This from the era's legendary djs, one of them still active to a degree ( though he plays pre-recorded cds only, hideously chopmixed). That's when I finally gave up on America and disco - not a good combination. This text may seem harsh and stereotypist but really, all my American friends there at that convention felt the same. It was depressing in the extreme. - Still, West End, a great label! :-)


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 Post subject: Re: West End Records
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Jussi,

Really sorry to hear about the bad experiences you had at that convention.
I had nothing of the kind when I talked to Mel and Tom - they were both GREAT and kind to me and I had a great time talking to them.
John Morales has always been great as well...
So it's sad you had another experience...

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 Post subject: Re: West End Records
 Post Posted: Fri Feb 20, 2009 11:23 pm 
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Jussi,
That convention should not be called convention. It was more of a exhibit. I am sorry that you got snubbed. I know both Tom and Mel. I know Tom can be somewhat...distant sometimes. What I can say about Mel is, he was probalbly full of the day already. John Morales on the other hand is more like me, a kid in a candy store. I am excited everytime there is a get together. Sorry you had a bad taste. As for West End, couple of damn good tunes there!
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 Post subject: Re: West End Records
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Nice list, love that music!!!!!---I always thought those conventions were always too stuffy & competative, even back in the first few!!!
Nobody wanted to speak & share---like they were always hiding something. Even in a Record Pool Feedback commitee meeting they was awfully snobby. I know it is not like that today, but back then ('77-'78) everyone was scratching out their turf.

Love the WestEnd catelogue and when you put it together with Mel Cherins catelogue from Scepter/Wand, he had the beginning of our era!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: West End Records
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Dan - "As for West End, couple of damn good tunes there!" - well, that's a bit of an understatement, name ONE bad West End tune! :-)


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 Post subject: Re: West End Records
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Well the last 10 on that list were......well......'alright I guess'.
No classics there.

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 Post subject: Re: West End Records
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You're right, they're that for sure but allright does not equal bad, right? Though by any normal criteria that final Mel thing could probably be called "bad". Still, I like it a lot, it's oozing with aftershave.


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