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5.0 out of 5 stars An essential purchase!, 15 Aug 2012
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This review is from: Grand 12-Inches Vol.9 (Audio CD)
This review is for: Grand 12-Inches Vol.9
I have bought all of the "Grand 12-Inches" series so far and they always have a mixture of tracks you already have on multiple other compilations and a few that are new to CD. This time we get some real treats in the form of the full length version of Donna Summer's "Could It Be Magic", the USA Promo 12" version of Earth Wind & Fire's "Getaway", Tina Turner's "Goldeneye (Morales Club Mix)" which was previously 12" only (a short remix was made available on CD previously), Georgio's red-hot "Lover's Lane", Aurra's "You And Me Tonight" which has been on CD before but not in this Midnight Mix (which for me is the best mix), Bruni Pagan "Fantasy" which I don't recall seeing the long version on CD before. Torch Song "Prepare To Energize" (early William Orbit with Kraftwerk and 80's Electro influences i.e. Cybotron/Warp 9) is also here in two versions, so you get both the 12" A-Side & 12" B-Side. The version of Godley & Creme's "Cry" here is the J. J. Jeczalik (Art Of Noise) Remix from the Remix 12", which I believe is new to CD also, although personally I prefer the Nigel Gray original 12" mix found on 3CD: 12" 80s Pop. Peech Boys "Don't Make Me Wait" is the Larry Levan remix, but the original 12" extended version can be found on Journey Into Paradise - The Larry Levan Story. Patrice Rushen's "Forget Me Nots" was also on the first Grand 12-Inches but was mistakenly included in its album version there, but here is included the full 12" version. Shannon's "Give Me Tonight" turns out not to be the Dub version that is listed, but is actually the standard vocal 12"/Album version unfortunately. Gary's Gang "Making Music" is one of my favourite tracks by the group, but in this 17+ minute version it's tedious (far too long, I gave up after 12 minutes). I would have preferred to see the 12" mix and dub mix separately. All in all, this is a good collection, but would have been nice to see more CD exclusives. For instance, replacing the Karen Young "Hot Shot" with "Hot For You", Sylvester "Don't Stop" with "Band Of Gold (UK Clubhouse Mix)" and William DeVaughn "Be Thankful..." with "Creme De Creme" - None of these have appeared on CD before and that would have made this an awesome collection. But for what's here I am extremely grateful to Ben Liebrand for putting this together. An essential purchase.

There is one slight negative. The quality on "Man Parrish "Hip Hop Be Bop (Don't Stop)" (Disc 2 track 6) is not good around 3:45-3:55. It sounds better quality on the CD: "Old School Jams Volume 3".

Amazon neglected to give a track list, so here is what you get:

Disc 1:
01) Donna Summer "Could It Be Magic (with Prelude To Love)" 6:25
02) Earth, Wind & Fire "Getaway (12" Version)" 5:11
03) Karen Young "Hot Shot (12" Version)" 8:35
04) Bobby Thurston "You Got What It Takes (12" Version)" 9:35
05) Grace Jones "Pull Up To The Bumper (Unedited Extended Album Version)" 7:14
06) Tina Turner "Goldeneye (Morales Club Mix)" 10:03
07) Georgio "Lover's Lane (After Hours Vocal Mix)" 6:07
08) Unique "What I Got Is What You Need (Vocal)" 6:24
09) Imagination "Music & Lights (Maxi-Single)" 5:19
10) Salt 'N' Pepa "Let's Talk About Sex (Original Recipe Mix - Club)" 5:58
11) Godley & Creme "Cry (Extended Remix)" 7:28

Disc 2:
01) William Devaughn "Be Thankful For What You Got (Album Version)" 7:03
02) Patrice Rushen "Forget Me Nots (12" Version)" 7:22
03) Linda Lewis "Class Style (Groove Mix)" 5:47
04) Kebekelektrik "War Dance (Original Version)" 8:49
05) Unlimited Touch "I Hear Music In The Streets (Original 12" Mix)" 7:00
06) Man Parrish "Hip Hop Be Bop (Don't Stop) (12" Maxi Single)" 5:36
07) Skyy "Let's Celebrate (Original 81 Mix)" 7:15
08) Charlie Calello Orchestra "Sing Sing Sing (12" Version)" 6:03
09) Shannon "Give Me Tonight" 6:04 (says Dub but actually it's the 12"/Album Version)
10) Gary's Gang "Makin' Music (Remix)" 17:08

Disc 3:
01) Bobby Thurston "Check Out The Groove (12" Version)" 7:31
02) Destination "Move On Up (Suite)" 8:33
03) Geraldine Hunt "Can't Fake The Feeling (Long Version)" 5:16
04) Sylvester "Don't Stop (Joseph Watt Remix)" 8:30
05) Carol Williams "Love Is You (Original 12" Version)" 7:52
06) Silvetti "Spring Rain (Club Mix)" 5:52
07) Rod "Shake It Up (Do The Boogaloo) (Special Disco Mix)" 7:43
08) Aurra "You And Me Tonight (Midnight Mix) (12" Version)" 7:01
09) Firefly "Love Is Gonna Be On Your Side (12" Version)" 7:08
10) Meco "Other Galactic Funk (Album Version)" 12:31

Disc 4:
01) The Strikers "Body Music" 11:14
02) D-Train "Music (12" Vocal Version)" 8:13
03) Don Ray "Got To Have Loving (Full Length Version)" 8:20
04) The Bombers "Everybody Get Dancin' (Original 12")" 9:31
05) Bruni Pagan "Fantasy (12" Version)" 8:21
06) Peech Boys "Don't Make Me Wait (Larry Levan Remix)" 8:22
07) Man Parrish "Six Simple Synthesizers (Album Version)" 5:39
08) Whistle "Just Buggin' (Ben Liebrand Remix)" 7:31
09) Torch Song "Prepare To Energize (12" Version)" 5:33
10) Torch Song "Prepare To Energize (The Fong Test) (8-Track Version)" 5:57
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Grand Selection, 10 Nov 2012
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This review is from: Grand 12-Inches Vol.9 (Audio CD)
Ben Liebrand's series of finely sourced and mastered tracks from the disco era and beyond reaches its ninth set. Here is the usual collection of tracks in as pristine form as he can find. This is a very personal series as Liebrand attests, on his website, the songs all have a special place in his heart. Anyone familiar with these collections will know what they are getting, an unusual and sometimes puzzling selection always containing something you won't necesssarily know, something you love, and something you have been after for some time.

This set doesn't disappoint on any front yet it seems to have a somewhat stronger track selection than some of its more recent sets. The strength is in a generous selection of tracks from the Prelude label (many haven't been easily available on CD for a good while). The early sets leaned heavily on this excellent label and its nice to see some of its best output here to fill in some gaps. Best of the lot are the densely funky "Body Music" by The Strikers and Unique's "What I Got Is What You Need" both examples of great post-disco dance music. Two hits from Bobby Thurston and D Train's excellent "Music" plus a hard to find mix of Skyy's "Let's Celebrate" demonstrate the quality here.

Other great addtions aren't so easy to find. Earth, Wind, & Fire's 12" version of "Getaway" (one of their finest ever songs) is very welcome as is the 12" version of Patrice Rushen's "Forget Me Nots" which stretches out for almost 8 minutes. Finally there's Geraldine Hunt's classic "Can't Fake The Feeling" which is difficult to find easily, and always has been.

There are some which really don't excite too much and seem curious additions to the set. Whistle's "Just Buggin'" manages to sound interesting for about one and a half minutes and then reverts to irritating novelty hit mode whilst Godley & Creme's "Cry" seems to have been tagged onto the end of the first disc. Nice, not really essential in an extended format. The same could be said of the 17 plus minutes of Gary's Gang's "Makin' Music". It's pleasant enough but really about twice as long as it really needs to be. Most of the rest of the oddities (Tina Turner and Salt 'N' Pepa, for example) come off pretty well.

Compared to other editions this one contains less in the way of filler material, upping the quality levels and including a lot more hard to find tracks than has been the case in last few editions. The most widely available tracks here are the ones from Salsoul records although Liebrand has plumped for more tracks the label licensed (Silvetti's lovely "Spring Rain" and electronic stomper "War Dance" by Kebekelekrik) than their home grown product.

Truth is volume 9 has a lot to offer and much to recommend. A big improvement on some of the more recent volumes in that it really does contain a lot of material which is very hard to find and is, much more often than not, of very high quality. There are some tracks which could be swapped easily but I'm sure this won't be the last volume in this interesting and high quality series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good music get the cd its fab!, 15 Mar 2014
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yes its good cd ! many old tracks from the 70's and 80's worth the money I would buy again!
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