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The Vinyl Reanimators: The Remixes “Collected”

by Eric on November 8, 2010

So, just who are the Vinyl Reanimators you ask? Comprised of Joe Mansfield (whom you may be familiar with, thanks in part to his heavy contributions to Ed O. G.’s discography), DJ Shame (X-Ecutioners) and Sean C (who along with LV, scored their biggest production with Jay-Z’s “Can’t Knock The Hustle”), the trio of “Reanimators” whom all hailed from Massachusetts, have released some of the finest, most slept-on, hard to find remixes that dropped around 1994-1997. Yet, it was in 1994 that the trio produced “Jungles Of Da East” for Scientifik (RIP), which was the very first record to bear the Vinyl Reanimators name. Also, to dig even further into the the trio’s production travels peep what I’ve gathered from DJ Shame’s Myspace page, which entails the travels of the “Reanimators”:

“We began shopping beats to A&R cats at most major labels but found most work was going to the more established producers. We ended up getting a few jobs, but were disappointed as far as dealing with major labels. The following year in 1995, Sean & I decided to move from Massachusetts to Brooklyn, NY. to be more involved in the music game. Shortly thereafter, is when i did the remix to “Fast Life” by Kool G Rap and Nas. Sean and I decided rather than trying to shop the remix to Epic which was the label G Rap was on, we would give copies on DAT to all the top radio dj’s like Marley Marl, Pete Rock, Bobbito & Stretch, Riz & Mayhem, since we knew all of them. We were hoping that after creating a big buzz, that this would force Epic to pick up our remix.

I used to be up in the Epic office with the promo people while numerous DJs called wanting a copy of our remix. As usual, the idiot A&R broad decided to use Salaam Remi’s remix which made no noise whatsoever, so we ended up selling our remix to a couple different bootleggers who put it out on white label releases. Unfortunately, in early ’96 I ended up having to move back to MA. to start building a case to pursue a custody battle for my daughter, as well as constantly look out for her well being. Shortly after moving back is when I produced “Too Complex/it’s your life” for L Tha Head Toucha. We put it out on our own label which was Direct Records and the response was overwhelming. Every major hip hop radio show from N.Y. to L.A., and even overseas was killin’ it. I think we initially pressed 2,000 copies and sold through quickly, but were stuck because we were always waiting for money to come back so we could press more copies that we already had orders for, but i believe we ended up going through about 8,000 copies which wasn’t too bad for an indie release. After that i did a couple more bootleg remixes with Sean (C).

Lately, I’ve been chasing down much of their work thanks to my reaffirmation in the “Reanimators” remix to the Kool G Rap / Nas-assisted classic, “Fast Life”.  Yet, it’s also the unique production found on the re-workings of such classics as Mic Geronimo’s “The Natural” and A.T.C.Q’s “Stressed Out” (f/ Faith Evans) that has led to the Reanimators’ prominence amongst true underground heads. Hit the jump for Tracklisting as well as download links for the Reanimators Remix collection (minus the instrumentals)..

Note: ALL Vinyl Reanimators’ “Remixes”

Mobb Deep – Drop A Gem On ‘Em
Jeru The Damaja-Ya’ Playin’ Ya Self
Mic Geronimo-Unstoppable
Das Efx f/ Mobb Deep – Microphone Masters
Group Therapy-East Coast, West Coast Killaz
KRS-One-Step Into A World
Redman-Whateva’ Man
The Firm-Affirmative Action
A.T.C.Q.- Stressed Out
Tha’ Liks-Hip Hop Drunkies
AZ-Doe Or Die
Jungle Brothers-How Ya’ Want It
Artifacts-Art Of Facts
Jay-Z-Who You Wit’
Mic Geronimo-The Natural
Royal Flush-Rotten Apple
Mobb Deep-Hell On Earth
O.C.-Born To Live
Jamal-Fades ‘Em All
Mic Geronimo-Lifecheck
Brand Nubian-Keep Bubblin’
De La Soul f/ Common-Da Bizness
Fat Joe & Big Pun-Find Out
Kool G Rap & Nas-Fast Life
Rakim – It’s Been A Long Time (Two remixes included for this track)


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Dart_Adams November 8, 2010 at 8:13 pm



jrrider November 8, 2010 at 10:04 pm

Wow!!! Excellent work Thanks for this

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