I’m not saying better or worse, but Eddie is immensely talented and he was the best prepared DJ to fill those very big shoes IMO. Musically the entire map might have changed. Sound Factory could have even been an international smash like the first one, nothing like the specific carnival of madness it became with JP’s music, or it could have been an entirely different beast.
What JP did though was remarkable. He managed to draw people from as far away from Manhattan as possible, and I’d bet there was hardly a single person from Manhattan in that building…maybe 1%. He made it his OWN too. It had nothing to do with the first Sound Factory.
I loved Richard and, even as his competitor, never really ‘came’ for him out of massive respect (in fact, I dreamt of getting Jr back there, and…failed at that) but it turned into something else…I was already old (26ish) then and have a personal rule about a retirement age for ‘playing records.’
I admit that I was also kind of pissed because if it hadn’t been for Eddie Acosta, neither Eddie nor JP would have played there. …I had Richard on my side. But…in retrospect…thank god. Better the devil you know.
Eddie Baez’s “Cold World” remix, the version touched by the hand of then-future Legend Guido Osorio (Razor & Guido) is remastered and comes out on Thursday, November 17, 2016 on Continuous Cool (by exclusive license from Tantrum Recordings).