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  1. Intro Grandmix 87
  2. Art Of Noise - Dragnet
  3. Eric B & Rakim - Paid In Full
  4. Club Nouveau - Lean On Me
  5. Levert - Casanova
  6. Dennis Edwards - Don't Look Any Further
  7. Jan Hammer - Crockett's Theme
  8. Sly & Robbie - Boops
  9. George Michael - I Want Your Sex
  10. Prince - Sign 'O' The Times
  11. Abigeal Mead & Nigel Gold - Full Metal Jacket
  12. Madonna - La Isla Bonita
  13. Stock, Aitken, Waterman - Pack Jammed (With the party posse)
  14. Lillo Thomas - Down Town Rithm
  15. Stock, Aitken, Waterman - Roadblock
  16. Shakatak - Mr. Manic & Sister Cool
  17. Boogie Box High - Jive Talkin'
  18. Say When - Boys
  19. Stephanie Mills - Putting A Rush On Me
  20. Millie Scott - Love Me Right
  21. Hot Chocolate - Sexy Thing
  22. Hot Chocolate - Every One's A Winner
  23. Hot Chocolate - Every One's A Winner (Groove Mix)
  24. Terence Trent D' Arby - Wishing Well
  25. Swing Out Sister - Surrender
  26. Nat Augustin - That Girl
  27. Aretha Franklin & George Michael - I Knew You Were Waiting For Me
  28. Tina Charles - Dance Little Lady
  29. Bangles - Walk Like An Egyptian
  30. John Adams - Strip This Heart
  31. Oran "Juice" Jones - The Rain
  32. INXS - Need You Tonight
  33. Jody Watley - Looking For A New Love
  34. Pointer Sisters - Be There
  35. Tramaine - The Rock
  36. Prince - Hot Thing
  37. Donna Allen - Serious
  38. Donna Summer - Dinner With Gershwin
  39. Living In A Box - Living In A Box
  40. Alexander O' Neal - Fake
  41. Pebbles - Love/Hate
  42. Herb Alpert - Diamonds
  43. Shanice Wilson - (Baby can you tell me) Can You Dance
  44. Jody Watley - Don't You Want Me
  45. Cameo - Back And Forth
  46. Richenel - Temptation
  47. Shalamar - Circumstantial Evidence
  48. One Way - Better Quit
  49. ABC - The Night You Murdered Love
  50. ABC - The Reply
  51. ABC - The Sheer Chic Mix
  52. Johnny Hates Jazz - I Don't Want To Be A Hero
  53. Starpoint - D.Y.B.O.
  54. Tina Turner - Afterglow
  55. M/A/R/R/S - Pump Up The Volume
  56. Was Not Was - Walk The Dinosaur
  57. Mico Wave - Misunderstood
  58. Dance Like A Mother - You Ain't So Tough
  59. Mason - Pour It On
  60. Donna Allen - Sweet Somebody
  61. Jellybean - The Real Thing
  62. Michael Jackson - Bad
  63. Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up
  64. Rick Astley - Whenever You Need Somebody
  65. Off - Electrica Salsa
  66. Spagna - Easy Lady
  67. Spagna - Call Me
  68. Herb Alpert - Keep Your Eye On Me
  69. Prince - Housequake
  70. Terence Trent D' Arby - Dance Little Sister
  71. Mai Tai - Bet That's What You Say
  72. Voices In The Dark - Keep It Warm
  73. Nona Hendryx - Why Should I Cry
  74. Breakfast Club - Right On Track
  75. Alexander O' Neal - Criticize
  76. Georgio - Tina Cherry
  77. Five Star - Whenever Your Ready
  78. Kool & The Gang - Peacemaker
  79. Mick Jagger - Let's Work
  80. Total Contrast - Kiss
  81. Jellybean - Who Found Who
  82. Georgio - Lover's Lane
  83. The Jets - Cross My Broken Heart
  84. Whispers - Rock Steady
  85. Daryl Duncan - Rock The House
  86. Colonel Abrams - How Soon We Forget
  87. Janet Jackson - Pleasure Principle
  88. Bananarama - Love In The 1st Degree
  89. Teen Dreams - Slip-Slide
  90. Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody
  91. Madonna - Causing A Commotion
  92. Rick Astley - My Arms Keep Missing You
  93. Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield - What Have I Done To Deserve This
  94. Jesse Johnson - She (I Can't Resist)
  95. Total Contrast - Jody
  96. Deja - Serious
  97. Company B - Fascinated
  98. J.M. Silk - Let The Music Take Control
  99. Rick & Lisa - When You Gonna
  100. Edwin Starr - Whatever Makes Our Love Grow
  101. Steve Hurley - Jack Your Body
  102. Jack E. Makossa - The Opera House
  103. Blue Mercedes - I Want To Be
  104. Chic - Le Freak
  105. Earth, Wind & Fire - System Of Survival
  106. Whitney Houston - So Emotional
  107. Mel & Kim - F.L.M.
  108. Mel & Kim - Respectable
  109. Samantha Fox - Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now
  110. Prince - U Got The Look
  111. Ben Liebrand - Cruisin On Melmac Interstate

2 x SL1200mkII turntables with Stanton Triple E cartridges
2 x TC Electronics TC2290 sampler delays
1 x Teac Tascam mixer 3A (8 channels)
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. Have a look how it was done.
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.
I never liked limiters and compressors on final mixes, so the grandmix was also made
without them.
This mix was transferred from analog tape to the Sony SL-F1 prior to broadcasting.
(See also Reel to Reel on the '84 page)

Sampler delays
The Grandmix 87 was the first mix where 2 TC electronics sampler delays were used.
These sampler delays were 2 seperate delays linked with a synchronisation cable to provide phase correct stereo sampling. The units each have 32 seconds of memory at a wopping 1 Megahertz sampling rate (By comparison, a CD player has 44.1 KHz sampling rate).
This rate provides a frequency response running up to 32 KHz bandwith and thus provided state of the art sampling and playback.

So how was it used ? Instead of using 2 turntables, only one was used, and instead of starting-in
the next record by hand, it was first recorded into the sampler. It was then triggered by a reed-relais
which was fitted on the SL1200 along with a small magnet on the turntable of the SL1200. After the right speed was determined, the next segment (in the sampler/delay) could be triggered exactly at the right moment by the magnet passing the reed-relais. The turntable and the record were marked by a small marker. Now the timing of the moment of triggering could exactly be adjusted by off-setting
the record to the turntable-platter slightly forward or back. The turntable would then be reversed
half a rotation , and started...... When the magnet passes the reed-relais, the next section was triggered.
In this way, records could be started exactly in-sync from the very first beat, and a crossover could be
performed over and over again, concentrating on the sound levels, as synchronisation was already taken care of by "automated" triggering.

The Grandmix 87 Directors Cut

The Grandmix 87 as broadcasted 29th of May 1999 was transferred from the original 1/4 inch analog
edited tape, to the Akai DD1000 Optical Disc Recorder.
The original tape was eq-corrected using the test-tones recorded on the tape in 1987.
Recording these test-tones at the beginning of a master tape were standard procedures with analog recordings.
They are used to compensate errors in frequency response between different analog recorders. A usual series of tones comprised of a 1000Hz tone for basic level, a 10KHz tone to calibrate the high-end, and check the azimuth (tape head angle) settings, and a 100Hz tone to check the low-end, all recorded at -10 or -20 dB.
The tape was played back using the Studer A80 analog tape recorder at a speed of + 1% (just as in 87).
The reason for speeding up the tape, is because when the mix was made, several records had to be mixed in at approx -1% to get them synchronised properly wth the previous track. Ben then decided to spin up the entire mix to compensate for the lower speed.
The mix was then leveled to 0 dB and minor imperfections were corrected.
The intro starts of with "Timewarp complete - Ready for transmission" followed by the original
Intro featuring Ben Liebrand on Vocoder. The mix was then recorded on to DAT.

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