- Audio CD (27 Feb. 2006)
- Number of Discs: 3
- Format: Box set
- Label: U.M.T.V.
- ASIN: B000CSTK0G
- Other Editions: MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,069 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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This 3CD set has 34 hot 12 inches - which should be enough to get any retro party started. CD1 is mainly pop dance music, with S-Express' massive 1988 hit "Theme From S Express", which still sends shivers down my spine like it was a new entry! Other treats come in the form of Terrence Trent D'Arby's funky "If you let me stay", which still has really nice memories for me. Not really a bad start could have been better though!
CD2 is the dance CD, with Chicago techno pioneers Inner City really ripping up those 80s clubs with "Good Life", still has a very happy vibe today, and doesn't look out of place! Other favourites of mine include that alarm clock driven "Beat Dis" by Bomb Da Bass (they're still great in my opinion) and the kings of dance music (Coldcut) remix "Paid In Full" for Eric B and Rakim. This is the best CD in my opinion, and the 808 on the cover was the main tool of dance music back in the 80s.
CD3 is your soul and funk CD - so great for those slo-jams at the end of the night. Classics like Oliver Cheatham's "Get Down Saturday Night" are here; and well apriciated. A nice addition to this CD is the chilled out vibes from Michael Jackson's producer Quincy Jones, with his latin "Ai No Corrida". I did find the inclusion of Lionel Richie a bit too "cheesy" but that's me.
Altogether not a bad CD, but not as good as the 12"/80's compilations we've had over the past 18 months.Read more ›
Dealing with the track listing issue, I won't be doing a track by track analysis as others have already done so (no point in repeating others work), and I reckon if you are looking at the items page, the track listing, and my review, you will already know if this album is what you want, and if you know or like the tracks or not.
The albums in the 12" series seem to average between 30-40 tracks, so back in the day (let alone now at collectors' fairs) to buy all of the tracks included would cost at least a £120 or more. You can now buy a collection for a tenth of that price. So by my reckoning, if you buy any of these compilations and you have only a few that you like, or get hold of an old favourite that is totally unavailable by any other means, you are quid's in. For me the ultimate compliment to this series, are the other pale imitators that have been subsequently released by other labels, in a bid to cash in on the success and quality of the 12" series of albums.
Ignore the critics, these albums represent outstanding value for money, and for those of us who where around at the time (or maybe wish they were) the 12" series of CD's represent an outstanding opportunity to acquire a collection of quality tracks that realistically, would be otherwise virtually impossible to achieve.
In this installment there are probably a slack handful of top-notch mixes - namely by Coldcut (Paid in Full, Shep Pettibone (Something About You) and Patrick Cowley (I Feel Love) and kudos to Family for having the balls to use up nearly 16 minutes of a CD for the aforemention Donna Summer classic.
Those aside, I wonder what the hell is going on. The first CD - Pop (so is it Pop or is it Dance? Make up your mind!) The cash in opener of Dead Or Alive is topical, and surprisingly, not a bad version of the 80's kitch Pete Burns. But the Chimes? Heaven? Never heard of it. An 8 minute mix that only livens up in the last third. Only the standout mix of the CD from Level 42 saves the day. The second CD - Club is equally as confusing. The inclusion of the likes of Inner City - Big Fun has been done to death on countless compilations, when the much better mixed Good Life (Oh where is the Mike 'Hitman' Wilson mix?!) is sadly not chosen. Why, oh why the laborious Stock Aitken Waterman 'Roadblock' gets an airing I have no clue. The second CD saved by I Feel Love, and the shorter extended mix of Farler 'Jackmaster' Funk's Love Can't Turn Around - beat those vocals! Not forgetting Paid in Full and Beat Dis.
The last CD you may is coaster fodder. Barely a decent mix among them.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought to appease the various people in my life who are stuck in the 80's. It seems to have done the trick. ;)Published 15 months ago by Enjay
brought back some memories when I was tapping in the clubs, great disc....Published 18 months ago by Frodo
The headline says it all really.the only thing better than 80s dance tracks is the extended versions! Read morePublished on 22 Jan. 2014 by SCOTT TRUELOVE
Another fantastic compilation from the Family Recordings Various Artists collection. I hope to find more and grab them as they come out; they're worth the cost!Published on 27 Aug. 2013 by W. B. Kiehl
This CD has some Great music from the 1980's that is hard to find anywhere else! Some of the hard to find songs on this CD include 'All Night Long' and 'Somebody's Watching Me'.Published on 30 Dec. 2011 by Kevin C. Turner
The 80s was a strange decade in terms of twelve inches. Some acts did whatever they could to put out some valuable additions to their singles and albums. Read morePublished on 24 Dec. 2011 by Melvin