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Alfredo Original Sound of Ibiza
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 9 August 2007
This is quite simply the best "electronic" music album I have ever purchased. If you're a genuine lover of classic dance/electronic music then you'll love this album. Its a fantastically eclectic mix with influences from soul, jazz, funk, Chicago house, euro-pop and 80's brit-rock all thrown into the mix. For those of you looking for a dummed-down commercial "old skool" dance album - this isn't it. But you should buy it anyway because it's a far more complex, satisfying and enduring offering than any of the rehashes of overplayed "classics".

In a nutshell this album offers a glorious opportunity to relax and enjoy the roots of modern dance music at its best. Even my numetal-head friends enjoyed it!

If you can listen to this and not wish you'd been there to hear it when it was new there is something wrong with you!

I could say so much more but the quality speaks for itself. Enjoy...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 July 2012
There are some odd reviews of this, even the 5 Star ones.
This is an historical review of what Alfredo played in Amnesia up to the end of the 80s, when the UK invasion got underway. It is not meant to be a history of Ibiza club music or a primer on house music classics, although there are some here. The eclectic track mix on CD1 is explained by Alfredo in the booklet notes. He picked up records from wherever he could get them Spain, UK, Italy, US, South America, wherever, and matched these to his equally diverse audience for long hours at a time. There's enough on the mythology of Amnesia, Ku, Pacha, Es Paradis and the rest on the web to put all of this music in context. I just enjoyed it. And great to hear early 70s classics on CD1 like Funk Inc's 'Give Me Your Love' and Timmy Thomas' 'Why Can't We Live Together?' [rather than the Ben Liebrand remix from much later]. Another standout for me was James Brown's unJames Brown-like 'How Do You Stop?' CD2 is overwhelmingly classic house, mostly Chicago, some UK, with a couple of Ibiza/Euro sounds from Liaisons Dangereuses and George Kranz. The final track may be the best of all - Richie Havens' take on Lamont Dozier's 'Going Back To My Roots'.
Like some other Alfredo compilations, its from crackly vinyl and that's fine; it's sounds more 'real'.
I'm in my late 50s and I didn't get to Ibiza until 2010, so I'm using the music to build my knowledge of what happened there and then and I'm loving it all. From the late 70s to the late 90s I listened to club music everywhere from my hometown in Glasgow, to Europe, America, Hong Kong, Goa, but the nearest I got to Ibiza was Mallorca, in 1989. I knew the music was changing when I found myself in a daytime club in Gouvia in Corfu in 1988 dancing to a long U2 remix and not wondering why. DJ Alfredo was part of all of that even though I didn't know it. I'm making up for it now. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 September 2007
This compilation is an absolute must for anyone with a true love of Dance Music. No, I'm not talking about the Dance Fan whose collection starts and ends with the "Clubland" or Ministry Annuals. If you truly adore Dance music AND you want to know where it all began then take a listen to this. Alfredo is the guy who influenced Oakie and Danny Rampling. Its because of Alfredo that successive generations of British clubbers have grown up in a world filled with House Music. The Summer of 1987 can never be underestimated and this is a sample of the type of sets that Alfredo used to play at that time. Whatever about the background though, the music simply shines through. Art of Noise's "Moments in Love" gloriously towers over the 1st Disc and who would have thought that Tears for Fears would be seen as Club Music??? The Tracks go very well together although you could be forgiven for thinking you had the wrong CD when you play track 1 and find the "Pink Panther" theme coming through your speakers!!!!!! CD1 is definitely more latin and mellow whilst CD2 is more House oriented with a wonderful version of "Can You Feel it" sampling Martin Luther King. This is one CD that shows that the DJ ,if given licence to play what he feels in a set rather than sticking to Chart Hits, can truly create an experience to savour.
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on 3 March 2012
Alfredo is the man that created Ibiza as a party island. Back before most people going there today were born Alfredo begun mixing tracks together and creating a special atmosphere for people to party to. He took the elements of Chicago house and European electronica to create the Balearic beat. The sleeve notes will give you the full, concise story and is well worth a read.

The CD itself is wonderful. The 1st mix is unusual. But as explained by Alfredo in the sleevenotes back then there was no such things house. So he had to experiment with anything he could lay his hands on. Pop, Soul, Ragga, Film themes, the lot. It was his way of creating that special atmosphere. On here you have 'Shout' by Tears for Fears, 'Ain't Nobody' by Rufus & Chaka Khan, 'Keep on Movin' by Soul 2 Soul. Massive, seminal pop hits in their day and Alfredo explains that at the time, without house, these were literally the biggest hits in the world at the time. There are also some beautiful, more eclectic tracks like 'City Lights' by William Pitt which is so atmospheric and now one of my most favourite songs ever!! There is also some beautiful stuff from 'Art of Noise' who were more known for hard, edgy techno pop.

It's a real mish-mash because it had to be as that was what Alfredo had at his disposal. To make CD 1 work you have to take yourself back to the early days of Ibiza. The days of free parties with small, intimate crowds. It was a magical and almost innocent place then.

CD 2 is more upfront and is truly the original sound of House music. Every track is a classic. They have stood the test of time and were the real tracks being launched and played at Ibiza, before they were eventually played around the world. This is more of what you would expect from an Ibiza CD. Absolutle seminal house tracks exquisitly mixed and crafted together in Alfredo's style. Alot of these tracks I have on other CD's but it is still worth getting to hear this mix.

For me, it's CD 1 that I find so brilliant on this compilation and all house fans should get it just for the history lesson it brings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 August 2007
cd 1 is the best collection of "lounge" music. 10 stars. cd 2 music of the club, 4 stars.
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on 26 November 2013
This is the original sound played at Amnesia in the late 80's by the magic Alfredo. A must to have it in your balearic collection!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 September 2008
I wanted to like this compilation. The packaging and sleeve notes are excellent. However it is the music that matters and this where the problems start.

In essence you are buying someone elses mix album. If you come from a similar place and time then all well and good, otherwise you just might miss the point as I did. Even then why the Pink Panther and Hill Street Blues theme tunes? Haven't we heard them enough over the years!

On a positive note, some of the seminal house music tracks on disc 2 deserve to be re-visited. However, what is unforgivable is the poor compressed sound quality. MOS state that the songs were recorded from the vinyl originals together with the usual LP background noise to enhance the atmosphere. I would prefer a nice clean remastered copy, thanks.
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on 5 August 2014
really good mix CD
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