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  • Audio CD (20 Jun 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000063E7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,140 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Tonight's The Night (Good Time)
2. Keep Your Body Workin'
3. Winners
4. Open Your Mind
5. Get Tough
6. Running Back To You
7. Taste The Music
8. De Ting Continues
9. She Said She Loves Me
10. Next Time It's For Real [Single Version]
11. Intimate Connection
12. Tonight
13. Take Your Heart Away

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M. Walsh on 24 May 2005
Format: Audio CD
This soul/funk group of the late 70s early eighties were so classy and ahead of their time. This compilation pulls in all their gems Keep your body workin was a full on disco gem repetitve but effective with a sweet vocal urging you to Keep yer body working for 8 mins or so. Get Tough was the big dancefloor powerhouse of the early eighties clubs, over 8mins of a John Wayne chant "You better get tough kid" tight guitars and a driving bass. Taste tha music was another biggie it tryed to keep a similar formula to Get Tough this time with a french speaking line through the pulsating beat really full on and no one was doing anything like this at the time. Another fave is the classy Open your mind a sweet vocal mid tempo shuffler keeping the disco vibe alive Tonights the night was a real stormer a gruff male vocal interspursed with a girly vocal, so workable and infectious, Mid eighties brought a more mellower Kleeer flavour with Intimate connection a gem of a record for all you rare groove and mid tempo soul heads. I think the band recorded three or four albums in the eighties but the band in the late eighties early nineties never repeated their success of the early eighties, and when Woody Cunningham left the group to go solo, the band seemed to disappear, I really rate this album, every track is pure soul to the bone.......
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. Thomas on 16 July 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This album is SUBLIME! Sooo many full length versions of this bands grooves! I lovvvvvvveeee "Open Your Mind", Trust me if you enjoy tight tap your foot or imitating bass guitar playing grooves get this album. Kleeer really had everything going for them and are easily an overlooked band.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Antony May TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 Jan 2013
Format: Audio CD
'The Very Best Of Kleeer' is rather a frustrating release for fans of the band. Sure, most of the groups most commercially successful tracks are here but to include the mediocre 'She Said She Loves Me' (a minor U.S R&B hit from the groups weakest album 'Get Ready') when obvious classics like 'Close To You', 'You Did It Again', 'Never Cry Again' and 'It's Magic' are missing is disappointing. The fact that 'Take Your Heart Away' also appears here as a 'new edit' is also annoying as in reality it was probably only edited because it would not otherwise fit onto the CD at all. This said, I suppose I should be grateful that whoever compiled this CD was mindful to include the full length or 12" versions of most of the tracks rather than 7" edits. Bearing this in mind, I suppose it was inevitable therefore that some of the bands best work was going to miss out and if nothing at all from 'Get Ready' had been included some would have complained so I guess its a matter of personal opinion.

Whining about the track list aside, there are some awesome grooves on this album. From the late 70's disco influenced 'Keeep Your Body Workin' and 'Tonights The Night' to the powerhouse 80's funk of 'Get Tough' and 'Taste The Music' there is much to move your feet to here. The inclusion of classy cuts like 'Open Your Mind' and the slower, more synthetic, 'Intimate Connection' is great and the sound quality is also generally excellent (though the volume dips a tad after 'She Said She Loves Me' until the end - probably down to the more artificial instrumentation used from this point on in the groups career).

And so, to sum up...

If you like 70's/early 80's soul, funk, disco and missed out on Kleeer at the time buy this.

'The Very Best Of Kleeer' is not, however, the DEFINITIVE article.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Klaaasic Kleeer 22 Nov 2002
By Maria Blaske - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This CD marks the first time that Kleeer's music has been released on CD format and it definately is a definative Very Best Of Collection-very well put together. All 13 tracks on this CD are great,everything here is a winner. The Very Best Of Kleeer has almost every one of Kleeer's classic songs and the long length of the Cd is also a plus(it's about 78 minutes long). The majority of the tracks are the Full-Length Versions which I strongly prefer with Old School Funk Music. Kleeer was one of the supreme and premier funk bands of the 1980's, they truly had mastered a Winning Funk Formula all their own. This CD is packed with Pure & Natural Funk showcasing some classic funk gems from Kleeer. And I speak from True Funk Experience because I own all of Kleeer's albums-6 on LP,I Love To Dance,Winners,License To Dream,Taste The Music,Get Ready,& Seeekret and I have the 1984 album Intimate Connection on CD. It's a rare,import edition released only in Japan,if you ever come across it- Buy it because it's an innovative masterpiece. To best describe this CD I've typed a track by track review of the Cd below.
"Tonight's The Night(Good Time)"~ A perfect Intro to all that was to come from Kleeer's inventive music. Nostalgic Dance Tune. Kleeer's interpretation of disco with a certain Flavor of Funkiness to add to the mix.
"Keeep Your Body Workin'"~ A Earth-Quakin',Body-Shakin' Dancefloor Cut with a Bass Line So Bad,So Deep-Down Funky it'll blast through your eardrums.<"Winners"~ A Kleeer,Positive Message set to Motivating Dance-Funk. Contains a swaying string section. "Open Your Mind"~ A Sleek & Sophisticated Arrangement that will Blow Your Mind. My personal favorite,all the musicians click on this track: the funky,rhythm guitar work of Richard Lee,the mezmerizing sound of the Fender Rhodes,the exquisite percussion performance by Paul Crutchfield on Congas, and the lively luminescence of the Saxophone Solo at the end."Running Back To You"~ A Slice of Funk & Roll at its Best. Great Electric Guitar Solo by Richard Lee.(Actually,Kleeer started out as a Black Rock Band to begin with)
"Get Tough"~ A Slick Synthesizer-Driven Funk Track. Includes some cool Timbale Percussion Fills and a Bombastic Bass Guitar Solo.
"Taste The Music"~ A Smooth Gliding Piece of Funk Heaven. Infectious Synth Riff and another unforgettable,pulsating bass line.
"De Ting Continues"~ An Eccentric Funk Romp,Quirky Synth-Rhythm,Solid-As-A-Rock Drumming.
"She Said She Loves Me"~ Signature track from their 1982 album,Get Ready.Features a Fantastic Keyboard Offering-played to perfection by Rick James-This song has a rockin' rhythm and great syncopation. Very Catchy song and lyrics. Another Monster Drum Beat provided by Woody Cunningham.
"Next Time It's For Real"~ A well-written and produced tune. Norman Durham sounds great as a lead vocalist and his Synth-Bass playing is Simply Stunning. The beat sails effortlessly atop a Swirling Synthesizer Soundscape.
"Intimate Connection"~ One of Kleeer's all-time greatest songs-a classic. This track is proficiently & skillfully arranged. U have to hear it to experience its Breath-Taking Brilliance. Woody Cunningham's silky smooth singing style sprinkles this song with a Soulful Shine. The OBX-A Drum Machine is programmed flawlessly & infallibly by Norman Durham. He laid that down REAL FUNKY.
"Tonight"~ An Electronic Innovation for Funk and Dance Music. Kleeer's sound on this track(and on the entire Intimate Connection Album & also the next one,Seeekret) was ahead of its time,Kleeerly a Musical Progression & Evolution in the Technical & Engineering Aspect of Funk. This Track makes good use of the Drum Machine,Keyboards,and Synthesizer-all with astounding effects. Most Notable, is the Amazing Vocorder Hook and the actual,Electric Bass Guitar pluckin' along with the synth-bass. (Both played by Norman Durham.) Pump this Jam up REAL LOUD and allow the Groove to penetrate your mind,body,& soul. Feel the Bass vibrate from the floor through your body. That's what makes this the Ultimate Excursion to Funk Ecstasy.
"Take Your Heart Away"~ It's a Soulful Styling of Lush Vocals,Light Rhythm Guitar Melodies, and Luxurious Keyboard Tones. Memorable Tune from their 1985 album Seeekret.
So this concludes my review of Kleeer's Best Of CD and I hope my review helped to shed some light on what a Talented & Gifted Band Kleeer really was. All and All, this CD was a wonderful listening pleasure and near-perfect. Except for the fact that some killer cuts were missing from this compilation such as the following: 1979's "I Love To Dance" and "It's Magic", 1981's "De Kleeer Ting" and "License To Dream",and 1985's "You Got Me Rockin'" and "Seeekret". But, there just wasn't enough room on one disc so that's understandable. Maybe a Kleeer Best Of Volume 2? That would be nice. Better yet would be if Kleeer's classic albums would start showing up on CD. I'd also like to see more of Slave-The Super Bad Band From Dayton,Ohio. It'd be cool if Slave's Stellar albums would resurface onto CD OR perhaps a 2-Disc Anthology. Anyways,this CD receives 5 Stars from me because when it comes to funk,Kleeer's always at the top of my list.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Very Kleeer! 1 Aug 2002
By Jerry N. Smart - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Outstanding best of for Kleeer! This CD captures exactly what Kleeer was all about. Pure natural Funk! Eventhough a few of the songs on here are heavily sampled today, these originals are dynamite! The format and sound are great! This compilation marks the first time that their music was released on CD. This is waaaaay better than their previous best of LP. I highly recommend this!! 13 tracks solid!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By peachy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is the stuff memories are made of. It takes me right back to the early 80s skating the streets of Nottingham England, youv'e got to work that sucker to death, slave, hydraulic funk, peech boys etc etc etc.Where did all those days go... and come to think of it my hair and skates...never mind!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
missing the real funk 16 April 2001
By g-man - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
i hate to say it but the world is missing some real funk. I have Taste the Music, License to Dream,Winners and the first one. I hope that these can be released because they will turn out any party.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Slammin" 9 July 2000
By MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Kleeer has all the right ingrediants you want in a Real Band.Tight Rhythm Section&The Horns were Tight.The Songs are Still Funky to this Day.this is Feel Good Grooves.Folks TOday Are getting Shafted on the Funk.What Happen To Jams Non-Stop?
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