- Audio CD (6 Aug. 2001)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Box set
- Label: Commercial Marketing
- ASIN: B00005N8FS
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 218,229 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
Magnum Opus (Volume 2) Box set
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Audio CD, Box set, 6 Aug 2001
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Following the success of their first instalment, those nice folks at Universal have trawled the company's extensive vaults and re-emerged with Magnum Opus 2, a trip down memory lane that will please both sample-hungry anoraks and those too young to know that hip-hop didn't start with Eminem. For those interested in dance music's fuller picture, returning to the source is always a safe and pleasant bet. Classics like Karen Young's "Hot Shot" continue to sound as vibrant as any of today's loop-heavy pretenders, while Sheila & B Devotion's "Spacer" is as esoteric and magical now as it's ever been. You want quality? Look no further than selections from Jermaine Jackson, Teena Marie or David Joseph's "You Can't Hide Your Love" (here in a rare remix from the late, great Larry Levan)--there's not a filler in sight. Over on CD 2, proto hip-hop and electro is represented by the day-glo brilliance of Man Parrish and the Arthur-Baker-produced "IOU" from Freeez, plus it's hard to ignore such influential cuts as Gwen Guthrie's "Seventh Heaven" or the Gap Band's throttle-heavy "Burn Rubber On Me". This is timeless stuff . --Paul Tierney
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I was dissapointed by this second helping, which is at best second rate compared with the Excellent Magnum Opus 1. The first Opus delivered what record collectors want...the wall to wall 12" mixes of the well aired classics , that you always heard in clubs but could never get your mits on. Magnum Opus 1 restored tracks like "I feel love" and "Now that We've found love" from their irritating, and over familisr shortened 7" versions so over used on second rate disco compilations, to their full beautiful 12" glory. When you play these tracks the inovation of "I feel love" atounds you and you can just soak up the influences that shaped all our modern dance tracks ten times over. Unfortunately Magnum Opus 2 does not deleiver the same excitement for record collectors. you will be dissapointed all over again with "IOU" if you're a "Southern Freeze" funk fan! Colonel Abrahams was always more mainstream than cutting edge wasn't he? Finally Shela B Devotion? Come on! No inovation or influences with these tracks, just pop 12". But if you just want to add the long versions of some 12" golden oldies to your CD collection and are still in love with some of these tracks this is the CD for you! Happy collecting!
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