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Great trip down memory lane but let down by poor production.
on 27 January 2013
Whilst this isn't the most imaginative collection of dance anthems from the era it ticks most of the boxes, even if you can find most of these tunes elsewhere on similar compilations. The sleeve notes are well written and a capture the spirit of the decade in a few well chosen words. Listening to "Pump Up the Jam" again takes me back to my days as a fifth former when house music was beginning to take off in a big way and there are many songs throughout the album that evoke some really nostalgic times. The tracks are skilfully mixed, as you would expect, but what lets the album down is the production quality. Whilst this may be attributed to the original pressings of some of the tracks, this compilation suffers from some horrible dynamic compression which makes for a fatiguing listen. If you only want to enjoy this on your ipod or PC/MAC you probably won't even notice but for more critical listeners you already know how the MP3 sound offers plenty of bass and a spiteful top end ... but not much in between. It sounds like these much loved tunes are crying out for space and fresh air!