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4.0 out of 5 stars 'A Great Value But Not Quite Definitive Collection', 17 Jan. 2010
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This review is from: Greatest Hits & Essential Tracks (Audio CD)
'Greatest Hits & Essential Tracks' has a lot going for it - no question about that. Not only do you get a 'Greatest Hits' Cd to enjoy there is a bonus Cd of rare and unreleased material and 12" remixes. Add to this one of the most interesting and worthwhile booklets I have ever found in a dance related release (that comprehensively tells the life story of the band and all whom were a part of it over the years) and you would think I could award nothing but 5 stars for this album, wouldn't you?

Well, while I can see an argument for the awarding of 5 stars, but for me this is still not the DEFINITIVE package to provide fans with all of the bands best work. For a start, YET AGAIN the compilers have deliberately chosen to omit all of the groups best ballads. James 'Crabs' Robinson has a voice to rival Luther any day given the right song and on 'Sharing Your Love' - the track he wrote for the bands third album his vocals send a shiver right down your spine! On the album 'Miracles' (the groups second album) there was another 'Crabs' classic in 'Stop To Love' (which incidentally, was a U.K single) but alas AGAIN both of these classic tracks have been omitted when collating the groups best moments! Thus, while this cd is great for sticking on at a party, it is not a great album listen and the truly great tracks like 'The Glow Of Love', The Very Best In You', 'Paradise' and 'A Lovers Holiday' eventually stand out even more from the other songs as the best tracks.

Another problem with this collection is that the 'Greatest Hits' cd features edited versions of all (or most) of the songs. This means that while the second cd does include some rare 12" versions and interesting artifacts it does NOT provide fans with the full versions of say 'Searching' or 'Change Of Heart' for example. I can only think that the thinking behind this release is that most people will already have those versions by now, which, I have to concede I already do. In fact, the reason I decided to buy this collection was to obtain the two unreleased songs. Both turn out to be from an unreleased album recorded in 1990 and featuring the lead vocals of Patrick Booth. Both songs are good (and worth owning) but nothing like the quality of the groups earlier classics but then I would say that as, a big fan of 'Crab's (can you tell! HA HA,) I was hoping the songs were from the bands earlier years.

The two Change megamixes on the second disc are interesting in a way but hardly essential and in the case of the 'Froggy & Simon Harris Mix' only really serve to highlight how far the art of megamixing has come on these days - the edits being very forced and very starchy in most cases. As for the longer version of 'The Glow Of Love' it is just that - longer and I personally feel they did the right thing in editing it down a bit making it punchier.

So, there you have it! A good release and one of great interest to anyone with an interest in Jacques Fred Petrus/ Mauro Malavasi productions but PLEAAASEE can someone compile a best of 'James 'Crabs' Robinson for me!!
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Initial post: 26 Jan 2010 18:32:48 GMT
Eric Generic says:
Good review. The edited/single/7" mixes are what I'll actually be getting this CD for, as I already have the Greatest Hits CD and some of the studio albums. So if only the longer versions were included, it would be one to skip for me. Pity about the lack of slow songs, I agree.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jan 2010 18:34:55 GMT
Antony May says:
The first cd of edits is quite a good listen but most collectors really want the full or 12" versions. Neither this or the BB&Q collection make great 'album listens' but the first cd of this is the best of the bunch in that respect.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Feb 2010 23:55:06 GMT
Would love to see Sharing your love re issued there finest album in my opinion, great to see this is your time out on cd in the states on wounded bird which sounds wonderful from the orig masters
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