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A Peerless Time-Capsule of Dance,
This review is from: Best Club Anthems Ever (Audio CD)I had a copy of this album for a while & it always struck me as an unusually good mix of songs with surprisingly few duds (before it got nicked).
Last week I discovered 2 copies & just had to buy one. The memories came flooding back & I even discovered tracks that I hadn't got into before, but were also classics in their own right.
From the top, the first CD starts with the best Remix ever (according to Radio One) - Professional Widow (Armand Van Helden's Star Trunk Mix). The amazing thing is, though, that track 2 is actually better - Where Love Lives by Alison Limerick & each song thereafter pulls the same in being refreshingly different to what's gone before.
Notable tracks on CD1 were:
Fairground [Rollo And Sister Bliss Remix]- Simply Red (not the original but a good remix by Faithless),
Higher State Of Conciousness - Josh Wink (an inexplicably forgotten club anthem),
Sugar Is Sweeter (Armand Van Helden's Drum 'n' Bass Mix)] - C.J. Bolland (another excellent remix),
'Nightmare' - Brainbug (a dark masterpiece (not on MP3)).
Seven Days And One Week - BBE (a song that will take you right back to the mid-90's no matter what you're doing!)
Of course, CD1 falls into the mid-90's club album cliche of ending with Underworld's Born Slippy, but the richness of the content & the high killer-filler ratio mean that this sin can be forgiven easily.
Second CD's are normally a nightmare for buyers (as compilation-writers tend to spend all the money on the songs of CD 1 & then put pure dross on CD 2.)
Happily this is not the case here & this CD is worth having just for track 3 (let alone the rest of the content!)
Track one ('I Have Peace' - Strike (not available MP3)), I really got into this time, as it is that rarest of rare treats - a decent British Hip-Hop track that has something to say & is original. I honestly can't sing the praises of this track enough as it has really grown on me (plus it has a backing beat from Prodigy Presents: Dirtchamber Sessions Vol.1).
Track two (Remember Me - Blue Boy) is fairly familiar, but still distinctive.
Now. Track Three (You Got The Love - Source & Candi Staton). This is not only the club classic that has been covered recently by Florence & the Machine (You've Got The Love), but it is the unremixed, pure, original version! Yes - it is the one used off the end of 'S.x & the City' & it is worth the CD price alone (it'll save you at least an hour hunting on iTunes too...)
Other Notable tracks were:
Closer Than Close (Mentor Original Mix) - Rosie Gaines (In a nutshell the reason why 90's pop beats modern pop hands-down)
Hideaway - De'Lacy (Ditto, but with one of those 90's backing beats that Jedward would sell their mother for)
Offshore (original mix) - Chicane (Another excellent remix to a club beat, but retaining the hypnotic piano of the original)
Sadly, the latter half of CD 2 is generally not very good. However, given the good content, this is a minor error & the compilation compares favourably with most efforts since where 4 decent tracks often hold up an album of 40- 100 tracks. At least this album mostly had the sense to go for quality rather than quantity.
So, if you're still unpersuaded, then I suggest you either go see the last episode of Sex And The City again, or (for those of you who are a little deeper) look up a few of the notable tracks & decide for yourself.
I would say though that, at 1p for the CD (plus £1.25 shipping), this is around the same price as one song off amazon.
And is it worth it for 36 Lamedvavnik's? Hell yes!