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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Classic Tracks, 6 Sept. 2004
This review is from: Hacienda-Viva 15 Years of (Audio CD)
From 1982 - 1997, 15 years of club culture have been put together in one collection showing the progression of club anthems through the years. With contemporary hits from Armand Van Helden (The Funk Phenomena), The Bucketheads (The Bomb), Basement Jaxx (Fly Life) as well as some old classics like New Order/Rockers Revenge (Confusion/ Walking On Sunshine), Alison Limerick (Where Love Lives), Dee Lite (Wild Times), and Londonbeat (There's an Acid House Going On), this is a great diverse collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect club (and dance music) retrospective, 17 July 2014
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This review is from: Hacienda-Viva 15 Years of (Audio CD)
This collection comprises three continuously (studio) mixed CDs - 1982-86 by Dave Rofe, 87-91 by Jon Dasilva and 92-97 by Pete Robinson. Of the three discs it's the first that is by far the most interesting, as it encompasses Hi-NRG, Electro, Eighties Groove (Boogie), "Dance" and House. That's not to diminish the other discs which are mostly House, but as such these jump around a bit in chorological order, whereas Rofe runs through the years - and therefore subsequent dance music styles sequentially.

This makes for a genuinely interesting mix that almost serves as a genre retrospective. New Order's 'The Beach' synth intro kicks things off into Klein & MBO's Hi-NRG hit (beloved of house DJs beyond the genre) into an Arthur Baker mashup with a New Order-less `Confused Beats' overdubbed with the classic Rocker's Revenge acapella. There are some extra bits and FX overdubs from the likes of Warp 9's massive electro hit `Light Years Away' (uncredited) and then it's appropriately into Hashim's bass-heavy electro monster Al Naayfish - so far, so good. A speeded-up Man Parrish's Boogie Down Bronx keeps the mix firmly in B-Boy Electro-rap territory, which is then chopped into Shannon's massive electro-soul crossover `Let The Music Play'. Rofe demonstrates his mastery of the era here by taking the mix into Eighties Groove via the tough, electrophonic `Beat the Street', then similarly classic `Don't Make Me Wait' and then even dubier `Seventh Heaven' and then, somewhat inspirationally, Maze's `Twilight'.

Of course, in the mid-eighties there was quite a North-South dance music divide. While the northern cities and clubs embraced house in an almost purist form, down south it was more hip-hop, electro-dance, hip-house and later acid-house. Rofe hints at the non-mutually exclusive divide with another mashup - this time producer/artist Mantronix, joined with Joyce Simms `All-In-All' (incidentally massive in London) and `Bassline' (trainspotters note-it's the remixed version). Acknowledging the big change there's a fade out before the final House sequence comprising big, big house classics by Nitro Deluxe, Adonis, Farley and Mr Fingers. So, if you want a continuous mix that adroitly serves up the rapidly evolving dance music scene you will have to go a long way to better this disc.

Disc 2 - Jon Dasilva's (87-91) serves up a sublime mix of Chicago House, Acid House and some CLASSIC house tracks of the era, even sneaking in Loleatta Holloway's Salsoul classic `Love Sensation (actually cheating as this is `1986-but who's counting?) before finishing with the seminal techno classic `Rhythim is Rhythim'.

Disc 3 - Perhaps unsurprisingly, its Pete Robinson's mix (92-97) that reminds us how little dance music has changed, in relative terms, in the last 10-15 years. This mix, perhaps unintentionally, fails to capture what made the Hacienda a unique club, in that dance music culture had by this time fully crossed over with little or no club variation - let alone a regional north-south divide.

There are more expansive Hacienda collections and more condensed genre mixes, but this collection is perfect form anyone wanting to understand the dance music evolution as played through this legendary club and to relive those sweet memories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wheres graeme park !!, 27 Sept. 2013
J. Smith "whatyadoinsucka" (Yorkshire. Gods Own County) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Hacienda-Viva 15 Years of (Audio CD)
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82/86 Mixed By Dave Rofe
1.1 Klein & M.B.O. - Dirty Talk 3:21
1.2 New Order / Rockers Revenge - Confusion / Walking On Sunshine Producer - Arthur Baker 3:25
1.3 Hashim - Al-Naafiysh (The Soul) 4:49
1.4 Man Parrish - Boogie Down Bronx 4:37
1.5 Shannon - Let The Music Play 3:40
1.6 Sharon Redd - Beat The Street 5:24
1.7 Peech Boys - Don't Make Me Wait 3:35
1.8 Gwen Guthrie - Seventh Heaven Mixed By - Larry Levan 6:33
1.9 Maze* - Twilight 6:04
1.10 Joyce Sims / Mantronix - All'n'All / Bassline 5:00
1.11 Nitro Deluxe - This Brutal House 4:40
1.12 Adonis - No Way Back 3:55
1.13 Farley, Farley, Farley* - Give Yourself To Me 2:06
1.14 Mr. Fingers - Can You Feel It? 5:19
87/91 Mixed By Jon Dasilva
2.1 Mr. Lee - Pump Up Chicago 2:43
2.2 Phuture - Slam Producer - DJ Pierre 1:49
2.3 T-Coy - Carino 3:56
2.4 Annette - Dream 17 3:52
2.5 Sha-lor - I'm In Love 3:52
2.6 Londonbeat - There's An Acid House Going On 2:42
2.7 Pierre's Pfantasy Club - Dream Girl Producer - DJ Pierre, Ralphi Rosario 4:57
2.8 Alison Limerick - Where Love Lives (Def Mix) Remix - David Morales, Frankie Knuckles 4:58
2.9 Karma (4) - M'Baby Producer - StoneBridge 3:08
2.10 Young MC - Know How Producer - Dust Brothers, The 3:24
2.11 Richie Rich - Salsa House 4:26
2.12 De Lite - Wild Times Featuring - Osca Child
Remix - Derrick May 2:36
2.13 Landlord (2) - I Like It 3:55
2.14 Lil' Louis - French Kiss 9:01
2.15 Loleatta Holloway - Love Sensation Producer - Dan Hartman 8:18
2.16 Rhythim Is Rhythim - Strings Of Life 7:53

92/97 Mixed By Pete Robinson
3.1 Clive Griffin - I'll Be Waiting (Red Zone Dub) Remix - David Morales 3:40
3.2 Phuture - Rise From Your Grave Producer - Roy Davis Jr., Spanky 4:37
3.3 Fog, The - Been A Long Time Producer - Ralph Falcon 4:23
3.4 Persuasion - The Bone Producer - DJ Harvey, Pete Z. 2:57
3.5 7th Movement - Odyssey 2:21
3.6 Ralphi Rosario - An Instrumental Need 3:04
3.7 Armand Van Helden - The Funk Phenomena 3:59
3.8 Paperclip People - Throw 6:57
3.9 Bucketheads, The - The Bomb Producer - Kenny Dope* 7:43
3.10 Funky Green Dogs - Fired Up! 6:57
3.11 DJ Sneak - You Can't Hide From Your Bud 4:23
3.12 Basement Jaxx - Fly Life 5:14
3.13 Robotman - Do Da Doo (Plastikman's Acid Mix) Remix - Plastikman 9:19
3.14 Salt City Orchestra - The Book 9:43

DJ Mix - Dave Rofe (tracks: 1.1 to 1.14), Jon Dasilva (tracks: 2.1 to 2.16), Pete Robinson (tracks: 3.1 to 3.14)
Triple CD set; card wallets with booklet in outer card container.
Sleevenotes: "An album of the classic tracks that defined club culture"

From sleevesnotes:
82-86 shows electro bleeding into house. Ecletic times before the rush (all puns intended). It is mixed by Dave Rofe, a card carrying member of the club from day one and current resident at Pleasure. Dave is well respected. This mix shows a puzzlingly underestimated DJ taking some sharp corners in top gear. It ends, inevitably in Chicago with the rough and ready magic of early house. High times.

87-91 is an impossible avalanche of stone to the bone classics mixed by Jon Dasilva, described by none other than Roger Sanchez as one of the finest DJs in Britain. Play it your-self and tell me Roger needs his ears syringing. By this time the fresh intensity of h-h-h-house music had set the pace and 'podium' (a strange word) found a place in hypnotised heads from council houses.

92-97 displays the present and the future. Who'd have thought we'd have ended up here with souped-up UK producers burning off Big American gas-guzzlers? This mix is the skillful work of Pleasure resident Pete Robinson who, week in week out, gives guests at the club something to worry about: from trunks on deepness to cheese-free euphoria. The old school influences of some of these records remind us of the past while plotting their own future.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars hacienda retrospective, 4 Dec. 2002
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This review is from: Hacienda-Viva 15 Years of (Audio CD)
This an excellent cd considering it is limited to one label
(although it is a big one). If you look at the track listing it is loaded with classics.
Where it loses a star is the fact it is mixed - mixing should be live or not at all. There is no involvement from Graeme Park, arguably the best DJ involved with the Hacienda. The early stuff is a little light-weight when compared to the 88-92 stuff, which is lacking from the collection (particualrly 91). The later stuff 92+ cannot compare because of the commercial aspect to most of the tunes. Star tune has to loletta hollaway love sensation, followed by sharlor and then riche rich.
There were alot better tunes done that could have been used e.g. come and get my lovin. However you will never get round this because different labels own the rights!
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