PAZAZZ–SO HARD TO FIND: KENNY DOPE REMIXES
Includes download card for remixes and original versions.
1970s Deep Disco from Miami Remixed by Kenny Dope. This is the first official reissue of Pazazz’s deep disco two sider, originally released as an obscure, promotional-only 7-inch single in South Florida circa 1980. This 12-inch contains the excellent Kenny Dope’s remixes of both tracks. Kenny brought the funkiest parts of each track to the fore and, while they’re DJ friendly, they’re now our preferred way to listen to these tunes.
The history of Pazazz goes back to Miami FL, 1974, when Tony Castellanos and Tim Boynton founded the Zanzibar band. Inspired by the likes of Bill Withers and Steely Dan, Zanzibar played a soulful series of club dates and private parties as well as a their requisite beach hotel gigs at Miami area staples like the Fontainebleau, the Eden Rock and the Marco Polo hotel.
Castellanos changed the name of the band to Pazazz in the late 70s and penned the band’s first single “So Hard To Find.” This and “The Right One,” were recorded and readied for release on a silver Pazazz label, complete with picture sleeve. It wasn’t until Castellanos received five hundred copies of the single that he realized that the record was flawed. He demanded a second press run – this time issued on a red Pazazz label – but it too was, in Castellanos opinion, flawed. So the band decided against any sort of release, opting to gift copies of both versions to fans at their gigs.
The band split in 1981 and forgot about their single until Los Angeles record collector Mike Vegh found a copy. Impressed by the steady funk of Pazazz’s soulful disco, he tracked down Castellanos and brokered the purchase of the last remaining copies of his records. Vegh connected us with the man and we’re happy to represent Pazazz’s small, but great, catalog on this special 12-inch.