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  • Audio CD (27 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Columbia Records
  • ASIN: B003LPUM5Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,418 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Record Collection is the third album headed up by the mid-Atlantic muso mastermind and, as usual, he’s brought a host of famous friends and former collaborators along for the ride. The follow-up to 2007’s triple platinum Version--which sold one million copies in the UK and saw Ronson score the Best Male Solo Artist gong at the Brit Awards--is every bit as impressive as it’s predecessor. This time however, Ronson has made a point of ripping up the rule book that he had written so well. So it’s goodbye to the Dap Kings and their horn-y break downs and au revoir to the innovative cover versions. Instead, Ronson is saying hello to Brooklyn b-boy sonics, swirling retro synthesized sounds and the kind of off-kilter pop sixth sense that it’s impossible not to move to.
Recorded at Dunham studios in Brooklyn and working with vintage keyboards, the album melds eighties indie to nineties hip hop beats and also sees someone rather special take to the mic... "Lose It (In The End)" was co-written by Jonathan Pierce of The Drums and features rhymes from Ghostface Killah and vocals from Mark Ronson himself. The old school flavour of the album is behind much of its charm. "The Bike Song"--co-written by the Zutons’ Dave McCabe and with laid back, but never lazy, vocals from The View’s Kyle Falconer--boasts an almost psychedelic sixties vibe while the warm doo-wop of "The Night Last Night" is brought to glorious life by former Pipette Rose Elinor Dougall.
"Somebody To Love Me" is another highlight. Jake Shears of Scissors Sisters, Cathy Dennis, erstwhile Dirty Pretty Thing Anthony Rossomando, and Andrew Wyatt all had a hand in writing what Ronson describes as a ‘bionic’ song. Then he persuaded Boy George, to sing this song of ‘earnest blue-eyed soul’ and a lost club classic with a modern twist.

BBC Review

He’s a handsome chap, that Mark Ronson. if you've looked at a men's magazine in the past three months, chances are you've spotted him plugging this record by wearing suits snazzier than the trumpets that so adorned Version, his mega-selling, guest-star, er, trumpeting, breakthrough second album. This time round, though, the covers are gone. As are the parpy horns. But the guests remain and, as ever, it's a contacts-book filling rump of talent that’s been assembled to write and perform around Ronson's productions.

Ronson is no ghostly Phil Spector hanging back in the distance, though – he's an accomplished multi-instrumentalist who bounds around between guitars and keys, only sometimes settling on just producing and arranging. He even sings on the title-track. The songs are written in teams containing everyone from pop machine Cathy Dennis to ex-Libertine Anthony Rossomando and Phantom Planet man Alex Greenwald – the latter sang Version's take on Radiohead's Just.

Some of the collaborations fizz with the combination of energies and experiences. Boy George sings Somebody To Love Me which, despite being written by – count 'em – eight people who are quite specifically not Boy George, finds the former Culture Clubber pouring his heart out about his troubles of the last few years. It's great. Also fun is RnB crooner D’Angelo taking the logical next step towards sounding like he's auditioning for TV on the Radio on the gaudy pop synths of Glass Mountain Trust.

The problem with having so many different voices writing and performing is that Record Collection sounds like just that – a lot of different things plonked on a shelf that have their time and place but sound distractingly disparate when grouped together. And this feeling even distils down to individual songs – variety is the spice of life, but you wonder if the world needs a song as over-flavoured as Record Collection, written by (and sounding like it) one of the Kaiser Chiefs with an intro by Wiley, a chorus by Simon Le Bon and Ronson himself doing his best to keep up vocally during the verses.

Despite that, Record Collection is an infinitely more likable record than Version – even if The Bike Song makes you want to go and kick in some spokes. The cast list is great and some of the songs are excellent. Ever the businessman, Ronson must get props for his abilities to bring so much talent together; he's probably the only pop star you'd trust to organise a booze-up in a brewery.

--Will Dean

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. O. HAYNES VINE VOICE on 7 Oct 2010
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I downloaded this album on the basis of two excellent live performances on Later With Jools Holland of 'Bang Bang Bang' and 'The Bike Song' on Rob Brydon's talkshow and the fact that I liked his 'Version' collection. Although I have some reservations about the man himself he certainly makes good music and seems to have found his niche with this project.

Unlike a lot of other 80's influenced artists there are no silly overly poppy synthesiser noises on this album and it doesn't feel like he is trying too hard to be overly eighties - sometimes with 'retro' bands it's like having a rubiks cube smashed into your face. In comparison this album is nice and laid back and yet funky too and is more R&B-fusion than it is retro - there's lots of rappers and big beats similar to Calvin Harris's 'I created Disco'. It also reminds me a bit of The Ting Tings but musically and lyrically this album has the edge.

The synth's seem to me more like the sort of stuff that was on a lot of breakdance records, the vocals and lyrics are soulful, the raps original and quirky. I was blissfully unaware of the guest vocalists (e.g. Boy George) it doesn't seem so important and hasn't been hyped up (unlike projects such as Gorillaz phase 3).

All the differently styled tracks contribute to a cohesive whole with a catchy feel-good sometimes rave-ish disco vibe throughout and if I made such lists this one would be on my 'Top 10 Best Albums of 2010'. Seems to me like anyone in their late 30's who likes MOBO will love this album because of the subconcious associative 80's memory stimulations it will cause (e.g. Duran Duran) and anyone else will dig it as something different from the X-factory. As a final note to try and illustrate how good I feel this album is I am a huge fan of the Manic Street Preachers and I got their new album on the day of release, but as soon as I got this I haven't been listening to the manics album.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Krisman on 30 Sep 2010
Format: Audio CD
It is rare nowadays that I can listen to any album from start to finish. Most semi/full commerical albums have their usual selection of 2 - 3 big tunes and the rest is usually garbage. This is a breath of fresh air in a pop industry determined to manufacture easily categorised music. Mark Ronson clearly understands the audience and offers them a fresh perspective on pop. Littered with guest vocalists this albums twists and turns like you have left iTunes running on random mode. I understand some people like a 'journey' from start to finish but if you are after simple solo joyous tit bits then this is great. Let's face it, in a world of extremely formulaic pop music this is a welcome relief! Enjoy.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By mikey78 on 27 Sep 2010
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Lets start by saying this is a grower. Unlike Version there are no covers on this album, all songs are written and performed by the artists lined up for this record collection. It does feel more like a compliation or mix tape rather than a normal run of the mill album, this is not a criticism as it adds to its charm. Another brilliant album!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MinxLDN on 27 Oct 2010
Format: Audio CD
Mark Ronson has now got rid of the covers effect and goes back to his roots with original music. As like in Version, the songs with featured artists makes a winning combination. The tracks are very good and interesting and my favourite songs from the album have to be Bang Bang Bang, Somebody to Love Me, You Gave Me Nothing and The Night Last Night, but I like all 14 tracks. It's good to hear a producer actually sing on this album. It's good to see Alex Greenwald returns on this album and Ghostface Killah from the first album onto this album. If you like retro music combined with hip-hop, pop, dance and alternative, then this album has to be added to your Record Collection!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. Sizer on 14 Oct 2010
Format: Audio CD
i can easily listen to this album without feeling the urge to skip a track,
but with a run time of about 50mins i guess thats not too suprising.
yup really happy with this purchase!
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By J.PASSY on 2 July 2014
Format: Audio CD
Good album, still enjoy the songs today
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By Susan Hanson on 22 Mar 2014
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Only just started listening to Mark Ronson recently and I think this album is great. Really different to a lot of music you hear.
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By MW on 18 Mar 2014
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Bought this LP just for the incredible "Somebody To Love Me" track, written by Cathy Dennis with vocals by Boy George - but the rest of the album is fantastic too
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