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  • Audio CD (6 Feb. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: History Music Ltd
  • ASIN: B000BMGFT2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 408,793 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"Essential Boogie Flavas" released by SalSoul UK is the perfect slab of dance music IMO. I'm so happy that SalSoul and now Joey Negro are releasing tracks from the early to mid-80's - Post-Disco and pre-house, this classic era is it for me :-)

I fondly remember most of these tracks and the new discoveries also sound so fresh still.

This era of dance music seems to have difficulty gaining a true classification - maybe that's why they call it "Boogie"? Its kinda Disco, very synthy, but its soulful & funky as well - basically slamming dance music of its era.

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4.0 out of 5 stars EARLY BOOM BOX MUZIK! 12 Feb. 2007
By Patrick Frierson - Published on
Format: Audio CD
When one think of Salsoul's catalog, they think of songs that contained the swirling strings, deep basslines, garage raw disco beats, and soulful melodies that made songs like "Love Sensation" and "Ten Percent" dancefloor classics. Anything outside of this stereotypical view of their music is virtually ignored- even by hardcore fans of the record label.

Essential Boogie Flavas is a daring move to show a different side to Salsoul's massive catalog. I must say that Suss'd records got the job done because this is one of the strongest Salsoul compliamations. Even if this compliamation falls short of the excellence of the "Definitive 12" Masters vol. 1&2", it contains a number of obscurely strong tracks that booms and boogie with the confidence and flair of their popular classics.

Musically, this CD adapt to early 80's production techniques while acknowledging their past. Synthesizers are more prevalent than ever before while the boomin' disco beats are also still in place. The way the synthesizers are used in these songs are to great effect (without sounding overbearing which they will become as the 80's progressed). Since they're moving away from disco, a stronger emphasis has been placed on actual songs which is evident on "Stranger" and "Step out of my Dreams".The thumpin' dancefloor smokers are all throughout the album with "Let's Get it off" and "Something Else".

However, this is synthesized early 80's R&B music that thumps just as tough as "Dr Love" or "My love is Free". There's a couple of tracks on here that's not all that compelling but as a whole album, this is pretty satisfying.

If you listen deeply to the music, these grooves are borderline hip hop beats. In fact, this music can be the precursor to Whodini's syntensized hip hop sound and Teddy Riley's new jack swing sound (which was a hybrid between agressive hip hop beats and gospel styled melodies).

What more can I say, this is nothing more than tough and sweaty early 80's funk for all you freaks to throwdown to. Havin this disc is nothing short of essential. Very highly reccomended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gems from a forgotten era of dance music 15 Dec. 2005
By ohmysohopeless - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Gone are the crazy days of disco. Funky horn players, bassists, drummers were slowly replaced by synthesizers and drum machines. Albeit severely neglected and under-appreciated, early-80s was actually an exciting period in dance music history, where all the seeds of now flourishing hip-hop and dance electronic music were really planted in the form of technology. Everyone with a popular musical inclination knows "The Message" by Grandmaster Flash, "Rapper's Delight" by Sugarhill Gang, or all those monumental pieces by Kraftwerk, yet for a brief moment, in between the much despised disco and those more contemporary forms of hip-hop/dance music, early-80s boogie dance tunes, with their super-catchy layers of vocals and synths on top of machine-driven beats, totally redefined how dance music would sound into the next decades.

Popular music later in the same decade took a nose dive into a humongous chunk of much cliched programmed sounds which, in my opinion, mostly continues to date. Although the influence of electronic instruments were already immense at the time, early-80s dance funk music still retained the charm of musicians actually playing the instruments --- can you feel *it* when the snare, cymbal, and bass drum are slightly off synch? Whatever the cause of it (could it just be the latency problem of a sequencer...haha), that was the era in which musicians still took the lead in actually *embroidering* music, as opposed to *programming* it. Yet the instruments in their hands were not all unplugged.

Since the music I love in this era are underrated and only forms a tiny niche market these days, I have had such a hard time researching which CDs and artists I needed to look for --- Aurra, Skyy, Leroy Burgess, to name a few. After all, I am a generation Xer feeling nostalgia toward music I remember *feeling* when I was a very, very young kid. When I met this collection and heard it, I was so happy that the music was still alive, and there appears a lot more research I have not done.

Highly recommended for a post-disco or pre-house freak!
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