The first time I heard this album was in a University lecture for Popular Music Studies. Our lecturer played the remix of 'Don't You Want Me', and I suddenly realised this was a song I played non-stop as a kid! So why did it take so long find?
Naturally, I went straight onto Amazon and ordered the album, only to find a whole host of other remixes superbly crafted from their originals. I suddenly realised why my lecturer drummed into us that when it comes to remixes, this album is a text-book album of how they should be done!
The track composition represents in a consolidated sense the way the energy moves on a club night. The more progressive numbers make up the first half the album, while the latter half is made up of the energetic, feel-good 'Seconds', 'Open Your Heart', and 'The Sound of the Crowd'.
Where the logic comes into the remixing is by keeping the songs important elements, yet arranging them differently. And 'Dont You Want' is the finest example of a remix around. Contrary to what another reviewer has suggested though, the tempo hasn't been raised. Yes - it is faster than the original, but this remix has remained the same tempo since I can first recall listening to it.
I see this as now quite an unmissable album. It's simplicity and energy is of it's time, but the craftmanship to make remixes like this is missed severely. Top marks!