GRANDMIX 84

1st Broadcast : end of 1984 at Radio Veronica

2nd Broascast : Saturday 27 feb 1999 on Radio 538 18:00 to 19:00

Intro Grandmix 84 (Time warp complete.....Music Maestro)
Something Heavy Going Down - Golden Earring
Matt's Mood - The Breakout Crew
What Is Love - Howard Jones
Shout - Tears For Fears
What's Love Got To Do With It - Tina Turner
Solid - Ashford & Simpson
When You Look Into My Eyes - Cherelle
Just The Way You Like It - S.O.S. Band
Feel So Real - Patrice Rushen
Somebody Else's Guy - Jocelyn Brown
Selfcontrol - Laura Branigan
Tanzen Mit Righuera - Righeira
Ain't Nobody - Rufus & Chaka Khan
Loveride - Nuance
Stop Bajon - Tulio De Piscopo
S & M - De De
Hyperactivate - Thomas Dolby
Dancer - Boogie Boys
Sweet Somebody - Shannon
Breakdance - Zodiac Boys
Beat Box - Art Of Noise
Matt's Mood - Matt Bianco
Change Of Heart - Change
Loverboy - Billy Ocean
One Night In Bangkok - Murray Head
One Night In Bangkok - Robey
Hang On To Your Love - Sade
Step By Step - Jeff Lorber feat. Audrey Wheeler
This Is My Night - Chaka Khan
You Used To Hold Me So Tight - Thelma Houston
Push In The Bush - Claire Hicks & Love Exchange
I Can Dream About You - Dan Hartman
Land Of Hunger - Earrons
You Are In My System - American Gypsy
The Night - Valerie Dore
What Goes On - Mai Tai
Body & Soul - Mai Tai
Kalimba De Luna - Boney M
Medicine Song - Stephanie Mills
Automatic - Pointer Sisters
Down On The Street - Shakatak
Treat Her Like A Lady - Temptations
Lucky Day - Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes
Class Style (I've got it)- Linda Lewis
Sex-o-matic - Barkays
Carribean Queen - Billy Ocean
European Queen - Billy Ocean
African Queen - Billy Ocean
What Do I Do - Galaxy & Phil Fearon
Wood Beez - Scritti Politti
Absolute - Scritti Politti
Cry like A Wolf - Rj's Latest Arrival
Zorro - My Mine
Feel The Drive - Doctor's Cat
I'll Be Around - Terri Wells
Doctor Love - First Choice
I Love The Piano - Claudio Simonetti
Uprock - Rocksteady Crew
Calling Mr. Telephone - Answering Service
Lost In Music - Sister Sledge
Relax - Frankie Goes To Hollywood
We Are The Young - Dan Hartman
There Is No Stoppin' Us - Ollie & Jerry
Reach (Out Ever Lasting Lover) - Unlimited Touch
The Mexican - Jellybean
White Lines - Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel
Let It All Blow - Dazz Band
Such A Shame - Talk Talk
Lovelite - O'Brian
Precious Little Diamond - Fox The Fox
Florida - Paul Sharada
My Heart's Divided - Shannon
Dance Machine - Roni Griffith
The War Song - Culture Club
The Wild Boys - Duran Duran
Running - Gwen Presley & Portable Control
Dr. Beat - Miami Sound Machine
Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jr.
Black Stations, White Stations - M & M
Sexcrime (1984) - Eurythmics
Bodyrock - Maria Vidal
You Are The One For Me - Paul Hardcastle
The Second Time- Kim Wilde
Shot In The Dark - Michael Zager
Jungle Love - The Time
Watching You - Shakatak
Like A Virgin - Madonna
They Only Come Out Of Night - Peter Brown
Don't Go Loose It Baby - Hugh Masekela
Say Yeah! - The Limit
Miss me blind - Culture Club
Color My Love - Fun Fun
Sex Shooter - Appolonia Six
Let's Hear It For The Boy - Deniece Williams
Shaft - Eddy Conrad
The Game - Peter Brown
I Feel For You - Chaka Khan
Erotic City - Prince
S.O.S. Fire In The Sky - Deodato
Somebody's Watching Me - Rockwell
In The Evening - Sheryl Lee Ralph
Glamorous Life - Sheila E.
When Doves Cry - Prince
Tour De France - Kraftwerk
The Reflex - Duran Duran
Two Tribes - Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Total Running time 57:44

Equipment
2 x SL1200mkII turntables with Stanton Triple E cartridges
1 x Teac Tascam mixer 3A (8 channels)
1 x Teac Tascam 4 channel tapedeck for tapeloops
1 x Master Recorder: Revox PR99 with Studer "Butterfly" recording heads.
Speed: 38 cm/s 2track
Tape: 1/4 inch BASF 911 at 510 nanoweber level

Background info
After gathering all the dance charts of the year, an initial list was made in the month
November. This list was sorted by tempo (BPM beats per minute) and on the 1st of
December, work was started on the mix. It took the full month of December to complete
and perfect the mix, usually working the last 72 hours in one stretch.

Reel to reel tape
These early Grandmixes were all edited on tape.
As the edited tape was the final thing, each edit and crossfade not only had to be
rhythmically correct, but even more important , at the right volume level. The mix
would otherwise become louder and louder, resulting in overload and distortion.
Ben never liked limiters and compressors on final mixes, so the grandmix was also made
without them.

The complete mix didn't fit on one real, and had to be transported in 2 sections.
The last 5 minutes of tape 1 were identical to the first 5 minutes of tape 2, and
whilst broadcasting Ben had to sync up the machines at the NOB (NOS at the time)
to make a very fast (and unnoticeable) live crossfade from tape 1 to tape 2.
Later these tapes were transferred to Digital, solving the live crossfade problem.
The robot voices were created using a vocoder, and this grandmix was made in
the first Studio located in what used to be a bedroom.

Directors Cut
The Grandmix 84 as broadcasted 27 febr 1999 is transferred from Sony F1 to the
Akai DD1000 . The mix was then leveled to 0 dB and minor imperfections were
corrected (example the edit in Duran Duran's Wild Boys has the "w" of "wild"repaired.)
Also some slight timing imperfections have been smoothed out(edit sequence at the end
of Chacka Kahn's Ain't nobody). An intro was added to identify the mix as being the
Grandmix 84, which fades into the original intro of the mix (the purists can remove it,
and restore it to the original version by fading in after the vocoder). The mix was then
recorded on to DAT.