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The Original Chicago House Classics
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 12 November 2003
I'm not quite sure how the previous reviewer came to his 2 star review. There are some SOLID gold tunes on this album.
There are some INCREDIBLY influential tunes on here.
Can U feel it is House at it's finest & Frankie Knuckles 'Your Love' is just sublime, as is Raplhi Rosario's 'You used to hold me'. Marshall Jeffersons 'Move your Body' is another killer cut.
All these tunes are entitled to their Hall Of Fame status.
A 2 star review just doesn't do them justice.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 1 December 2005
If you see anything published by the previous reviwer who dismisses this becuase he doesn't like it; don't bother reading it. You can't produce the history of something only from the bits of it you like. That's like missing out on the big bang when writing about the historty of the universe.
This early Chicago house was the start of a collosal movement that went worldwide and is still around twenty years later (at time of writing).
Sure it sounds dated now, but in the clubs in the late eighties (not early nineties that scarygeorge says) this was tremendously ground breaking and we danced our shoes off to this stuff. From hearing the first Jack Your Body and Love Can't Turn Around many of us were in the record shops on Saturdays buying up all this stuff week in week out.
I've got all the tracks from this album from origianls in the eighties.
It's all home grown black Chicago house and is pure.
(The only track that doesn't belong is "Pump up London" as this was Acid House but still produced by Mr Lee a Chicago House founder.) If I were on a desert island I might take Ralphi Rosario featuring Xavier Gold's U Used to Hold Me...absolutely fantastic soul lifting spine tingling track.
Anyway listen to this as a sample or a document of what spawned EVERY western non hip hop dance genre since.
I have the box set of this era from London Records series "House Sound of Chicago" label and it has 12 albums of this stuff - the amount of music being produced in Chicago at the time was prolific.
These are just a few of the big hits that made it big at the time. A pity there aren't more comprehensive and definitive catalogues of this retrospective stuff.
If you want a book that tells you a little about this time in music history you can start with the Channel 4 book Pump Up the Volume but there's only a couple of chapters about this era but it does tell the story of the history and proliferation of house with a UK bias up to the early 2000s. I'm looking for more detail of the Chicago House era as it's without doubt the very most important phase in the history of House and dance music.
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on 28 April 2014
The guy that marked it one star it's obvious you know nothing about Chicago house music scene! The other person saying it's stark and cold also as above...A lot of the music was made off the back end of disco and 80's boogie, stripped down to a basic form using hardware that was cheap that gave a raw, grainy, dark feel to it. This collection is actually more upbeat than some of the stuff that came out, i.e C&J Masters "face it". Garage was the more soulful side of things usually.
This is a compilation that has a few lesser tracks in but yet has Adonis "do it properly" a huge bootleged track with a few versions by different artists Denise Motto, 2 blacks a Puerto rican et al, the former being by far the best cut. Also Acid house for all it's gimmicks and fashionablity was a credible style which is still Chicago House (the Mr Lee track is not a good example) so warrants being on this album.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 21 February 2010
Every fan of dance music should have the original house anthems that reignited dance music from the late 1980s into the 1990s.
Those who don't know these songs, please be quiet!
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on 21 July 2015
Fond memories from my teenage years!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 December 2012
This is one of the best dance albums I have heard. It has classic house and an almost perfect introduction into Chicago House.
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on 7 March 2015
Took me back to the Days
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on 13 January 2015
Lovely album
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 April 2012
The CD has some real classics such as Frankie Knuckles and Marshall Jefferson etc. There are a couple of not so good tracks but overall it is a great compilation. Any true house music fan should add this to their collection, the tracks are over 20 years old but still sound fresh...this is where it all began
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on 10 August 2014
Love it
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