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Strictly... Masters At Work
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Firstly, if you just happen to be looking for a handy, if rather random, selection of unmixed, DJ friendly tracks released by Strictly Rhythm, this may well fit your bill. But, if you're looking for a nice little introduction to Masters At Work, look elsewhere. Granted, the liner notes state "it's not just about MAW", but it's only when you listen to the discs one after another that you realize it's a rather trying listening experience. You may find yourself skipping through the same good but all to familiar tunes 'Free' by Ultra Nate, 'Jazz It Up' by The Erick Morillo Project, 'The Horn Song' by The Don or Aly-Us' 'Follow Me'.

Many of Kenny and Louie's works a dotted around the 3 discs and lose their power because of this. 'I Get Lifted', for example, is present in two mixes, which are interesting but are followed by Logic's rather more impressive 'Blues For You'. Much of the good stuff is mainly on the last CD, like The 'Little More' Mix of 'Reach', Barbara Tucker's 'Beautiful People' and its partner track 'Deep Inside' by Hardrive, but the MAW tracks are thin on the ground on this 3 disc collection. A single CD would have done the job.

As many are aware, the go-to MAW compilations are The Tenth Anniversary Collection box sets, released as Part One (1990-1995) and Part Two (1996 - 2000), which feature releases from Cutting, Nervous and MAW Records labels as well as Strictly Rhythm. The issue is they're pricey, rare and hard to find, so we're in need for a more available and more affordable collection.

So, Strictly...MAW 3CD set isn't bad if you find it for a few quid/dollars, but no way worth its retail price. Also, although incomplete or featuring annoying edits ('To Be In Love'), Louie Vega: House Masters and Kenny Dope: House Masters are much better summations.

'What A Sensation'? What a disappointment!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 13 March 2010
Little Louie Vega & Kenny "the dopeman" Gonzalez have become quite an enigma for me.
Here we have two fellas calling themselves "masters at work". From a personal point
of view I'm still waiting to hear something that can justify the title. They always
give me glimmers of magic but nothing substansial enough to make me sing their praises.
Which brings me to this release, Strictly MAW. Once again, there are moments of brillance.
But both artists fall flat and fail to deliver the WOW factor......So boys , until next
time. Hopefully I'll be able to put you both on the pedestal to which you belong......
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 15 September 2007
MAW are back and this time on Strictly Rhythm, their first mix for them ever! First CD is mixed by Louie, second by Kenny. First mix is kind of boring at the beginning, but from track 7 is pumpin'. Kenny's mix is much more better, this time, on other mixes was always Louie better for me. It is a collection of classic tracks, if you don't know them, this mix will work for you, because they are mostly in vocal/original versions. Kenny's mix is brilliant! Dim the lights at home, or listen to it in your car in the night on the highway... MAW (Kenny more) did it again!
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on 10 July 2013
See the list of tracks available and if you like what you see get this CD set. MAWs classic sound runs throughout in a continuous mix which is ideal for those summer barbeque partys.
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on 4 January 2013
Little Louis Vega and Kenny Dope what more could you ask for?
Loved all the tracks, house music at it's best!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 29 February 2008
One of my best CDs so far. Second CD mixed by Kenny reminds us why we fell in love with house music.
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