New Ron Hardy tracks finally released
Ron Hardy didn’t have the high profile of Larry Levan or Frankie Knuckles, but his contribution to dance music is immeasurable. Hardy first tried to produce live continuous mixes as early at 1974 on a reel-to-reel player (imagine what he would have thought of Ableton), influenced many of the most important players of Chicago house and helmed what would become the premier club of the early house days, the Muzic Box, after a stint at the Powerhouse.
He didn’t spend too much time in the studio, but the few tracks he recorded retain all the excitement of a genre on the brink of breaking open into something huge. “Baby, Baby, Baby, Aw Shucks,” Hardy’s complete reworking of First Choice’s “Let No Man Put Asunder,” was just released for the first time by itself on Partehardy Records. (In the comments Ilya informs the track was released under a different name in 1988; anyone care to corroborate?) At times its raucous drum track sounds cribbed from Liquid Liquid’s “Bellhead” and is matched in intensity by the chopped and looped scat vocals flying around the track. Just as fun is the “it’s not over” portion of the tune, flush with funky guitar licks, flirtatious swells, and a pack of vocalists petitioning Hardy not to end the tune. A must have for house historians and fans alike.