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STRANGE MIX OF TRACKS, BUT WELL WORTH A FIVER - MAYBE MORE,
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This review is from: Extended Seventies - The Dawning Of The 12 Inch Era (Audio CD)
So I have to admit to loving this sort of stuff, late Seventies 12"s & this album has a more "eclectic" mix of tracks. Discs 1 & 2 are usual disco tracks, although the tracks selected are probably a little more unusual than most.
Almost obligatory Chic tracks "Everybody Dance", Anita Ward "Ring My Bell" & Edwin Starr "Contact". Bit more unusual is the !6.45 version of "Love To Love You Baby", the 9.35 version of "Vertigo/Relight My Fire", 9.41 of "Supernature" (unusual to see that pop up anywhere on a compilation) & 14.32 of the fantastic "Rapper's Delight" - (which the kids will only know from the brilliant Honda advert)
However - disc 3! Just scan that track listing - did you ever think you'd see P.I.L. on the same track listing as Shalamar? Ian Dury & Andrea True Connection on the same album? Disc 3 is just plain bizarre - I never even knew that there was a Slavic Dance Version of Lena Lovich's "Luck Number". Truth be told, some tracks are not 12" versions, just the album version (or, in the case of "Are Friends Electric? the single version), some of the 12"s follow the typical 12" methodology of the time ie. just tape loop the rhythm section till fade, but some of the tracks are just delightful - "Warm Leatherette" & "Supernature" being particular favourites.
I have a few of these 12"/remix compilations, & on the whole, most have a few outstanding tracks, the majority being "fillers". This collection on the other hand has to contain one of the best track listings I've seen - that added to the fact that I paid less than a fiver for my copy means that it was an essential purchase. Skip over "Take It To The Bank" though!!