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  • Audio CD (14 Aug. 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bgp
  • ASIN: B000003L9B
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 421,707 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BGP ,an imprint of ACE?--have issued acid jazz compilations which seem to duplicate tracks --some questionable re their Acid Jazz credentials.
However ,at the price I paid 'worth it alone for Maceo's Water Melon Man!!
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This CD is a good introduction to this genre, for the price you can hardly go wrong.
You can tell this is from a small label, as some artists appear more than once on the compilation, and the inlay is hardly the most professional. For the price you accept this however, and you do get some interesting tracks not easily found elsewhere, perfect for evening listening.
The production quality is generally OK, a good system will bring out the drum+bass which carries most of the songs. Intelligent use of brass peppers many tracks, and unobtrusive synths serve to give an ambient, lounge feel to the compilation. Those tuned to more commercial music may find a few moments of cheese (eg the first few seconds of the CD), but nothing you wouldn't expect for this price. The tracks sit cohesively together as a collection that may equally inspire you to dance or chill.
This record is a gem, I recommend it. If you don't like it - at least its not pop.
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This is early acid jazz with a definate 70 s feel to it. It features some classic tunes and so me not so classic but its worth a punt for the listener who wants to chill and let your stress levels become lowered.
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Very quick delivery. Good quality. Really like it. Pleased with my purchase.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Light-weight Acid Jazz collection 2 Aug. 2001
By Edward Alexander Gerster - Published on Amazon.com
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Instinct Records has done a tremendous job in bringing Acid Jazz to the US audience. They have been the defining factor in presenting the genre that is a fusion of Jazz, Soul, Hip Hop and Groove -- the tunes that are all about horn-soaked dancing, be it funky or frantic.

With that said, I have to say of the dozen tunes presented here, none would be on my personal "Best of" list, even though most of the artists would. In fact only about half of the tunes would even fit in the definition of Acid Jazz as set out on the CD cover... the majority being more of an "Adult Contemporary" flavor, that is a bit bland.

The pace of the album as a whole is uneven, but taken individually, there are still some excellent performances here, like "Peace" by Exodus Quartet, "Jazz in the House" by Count Basic, and "Das Land" by No Se.
3.0 out of 5 stars Half of the tracks are great to listen to while half annoy me 20 Feb. 2015
By Laurel Bell - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm moody and a picky person, I guess. Half of the tracks are great to listen to while half annoy me. I will revisit all tracks in a ridiculously ecstatic mood one day and wonder why I didn't rate this album better.
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star 11 Feb. 2015
By Sonia Saba - Published on Amazon.com
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Cd is damaged - first two tracks static and no other music on cd
5.0 out of 5 stars Not anything new, but your ears won't know 22 Mar. 2014
By Aaron Chase - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I discovered this disc from Ernie B's in their massive database of cd's, since they were giving me a promotion code to get a free cd. The problem was, I had to make sure I could afford the shipping, so after scrounging in their site, I stumbled into this cd. I just barely had the right amount I'd need, but with a chance I didn't enjoy it, it was free, why complain?

Truth is, I had nothing to worry about, but, this disc is different than most Acid Jazz cd's, since Acid Jazz was a new spin on jazz for the rave generation (or acid house, or drum n bass, or trip hop, etc). But this disc is a time tunnel back to 1968-73, but if you were to close your eyes, or just to listen to the tracks selected, you'd have never guessed that these were older tracks. The funk, is there. The grooves, are there. The free form sax/trumpets are there. The guitar rhythms, strum and solo with ease in the breeze. You can almost come to the conclusion, that they were possibly on LSD, or had taken a trip or 2, and put the vibes of the summer of love into their jazz dna.

Sometimes, jazz is so wide and complex, that it scares off the casual listener. There's so many artists, styles, and nations that perform it that you almost don't know where to start. So, this disc, is like a friend, who dug through the dusty vinyl, polished off some old cuts, and made you a mix cd. That is this disc.

If you don't know where to begin with acid jazz, this cd isn't a bad place to start. I own Totally Re-wired 1-12, but honestly, I could easily mix a few of these tracks into those cd's into a iPod, and the qualtity would be evenly matched. Perhaps no new synthesizers are in these tracks is the only thing to be upset about, but the hammond organs make up for it.

I'm glad I got this disc for free, and if anybody wanted to discover acid jazz, or figure out what it really is, they can start here. Or with any volume of the Totally Rewireds....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection of Tunes 20 May 2011
By Jaded - Published on Amazon.com
I purchased this CD many years ago, and it is still one of my favorites. I remember hesitating for weeks on whether not me, a poor college student, could spend $25 for a CD. I already had 5 of the tracks, and they were among my favorites. I am so glad I took he plunge, I met many new favorites. This is a great primer for newbies to "acid jazz" or anyone who likes jazz influences soul music. Some of the songs are more soul and some are more jazz, but of 40 tracks, I love 35 of them.

Some unknown favorites:
Martine Girault's Been thinking about you
Brooklyn Funk Essentials Take the L Train
Repercussions' Promise me nothing
Snowboy's For Betty Page
Ronny Jordan's So What

Anyway, there are too many to mention. Take the plunge, this album is a great value.
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