I have always had a love of soul, funk, disco, rare groove, etc and as such am always on the prowl for good compilations which encompass these sorts of genres. The Mastercuts series always ticked these boxes more than nicely, but since its demise they have always left a bit of a hole in the market and in my cd collection. I am a dj and music fan so love to get rarer cuts to play so when I recently stumbled on the Backbeat series, my eyes lit up in a big way. I couldn't decide which ones to pick, so bought 5 of them - this being one of my choices. I eagerly awaited the arrival of my order and must say...my ears were just as happy as my eyes were...!
I must disagree with the previous review about the mastering, I didn't really notice anything too wrong about it. Ian Dewhirst (the conceiver and compiler) is a well respected man in the know, so he's not one to cut corners. If there is any possible issue with the mastering (which I didn't find an issue with myself), he obviously thought the track itself far outweighed any problem with the recording, so therefore worthy of inclusion on the cd.
The album is rammed full of nuggets - I really felt spoiled (almost!) with the vast array of gems on here. I am used to getting a compilation and if you are lucky, maybe a third of the selections are good, but here it's stuffed full. Ian really is a master and has taken some time in ensuring the choices are a good combination of great tracks, rarer finds which aren't too obscure (and as such would only appeal to "trainspotters"!) and sheer number of songs on offer.
Would definately suggest this to anyone who has even a passing interest in this genre and decade of music - you really will not be disappointed!