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This compilation is a great way for anyone who doesn't own any Basement Jaxx albums already to get an overview of their work. The big hits such as Romeo, Where's Your Head At and Red Alert are here, along with almost all the rest of their singles. Those who are Jaxx fans already like myself will be happy with the selection given to them on the first CD, and the second Bonus Traxx CD offers a good selection of B-sides, remixes and alternative versions. The inclusion of the Magnificent Romeo mash up (Romeo's vocal mixed over The Magnificent Seven by The Clash) by 2 Many DJ's is fantastic, especially as the Jaxx have taken influence from this great remix when performing the track live recently.
I do have a couple of problems with this compilation. One glaring omission for example is "Get Me Off", of which neither hide nor hair is seen on either CD. I can't see any reason why this great single wasn't included, when less popular singles such as Do Your Thing were included. I also feel the second CD could have been done slightly better. Many of the B-sides included are stripped down versions - I Beg U has been cut from 8:34 to just 3:42. It would have been nice to have one of the great remixes Stanton Warriors have done of Basement Jaxx tracks on the album, and also maybe a couple of remixes Basement Jaxx have done of other artist's songs.
These are minor annoyances in what is a great compilation from a truly brilliant group. A perfect starting point for anyone looking to discover what Basement Jaxx are all about. Here's to many more years of great Jaxx music!
I found it a delight listening to, from all of the well known tracks such as "Romeo", "Where's Your Head At?", and "Red Alert", to the remixes on disk 2.
A must for all Basement Jaxx fans, whether hardcore or casual, and to all those who wish to listen to some decent electronica/dance music.
I was in a music store the other week, and heard track 12 playing in the background. "Do your thing" is a real jazzy, funky, up-beat, dancing in the car tune. You can't help but smile when you hear it. So I asked the guy what was playing and brought it.
When I got it home I recognised every track on the albulm. Each one has been a hit at some point, and each stands up on it's own merits. This is not an albulm that only has two/three good tracks and fills the rest of the cd with pants skippable stuff. This is start to finish modern fun, dance and groove.
If you see some mad man dancing in his car around the M25, it could well be me and this cd.
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