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Great for newbies but not for collectors
on 19 August 2014
Close, so close... but not quite.
Got really excited when I saw this advertised on TV last night. Sure the track listing is epic, on paper the concept is bang-on. However, look at the running times of the tracks. While this is a fantastic intro for newbies and youngsters into the whole retro thing, us of a certain age who grew up on 12" vinyl mixes in clubs and pirate radio stations this is just a collection of short commercial radio edits. Some such as The Sugarhill Gang's Rapper's Delight are almost a QUARTER of the length I remember (over 14 minutes on 12").
Having said that, it would have to be a mega 8 CD's to satisfy us collectors, and most of the original 12" mixes are still out there in one format or another.
Hopefully this will spark up enough nostalgia to commission a full length collectors edition ?.