The portentously-titled Ultimate Dance provides a budget-priced, seemingly randomly arranged, run-through 60 commercially successful, radio-friendly dance tracks from the eighties, nineties, and the noughties. Listening to its 3CDs was something of a mixed blessing for me. I was thrilled by the sound of S'Express's irresistibly funky Number One 'Theme From S'Express', the hedonistic big-beat of Fatboy Slim's 'Going Out Of My Head', Leftfield's dub- and reggae-inflected house track 'Release The Pressure', and The Grid's banjo-driven hit single 'Swamp Thing'. But I was left bewildered by the presence of cheap, goofy novelties like Rednex 'Cotton Eye Joe' and Scatman John's 'Scatman (Ski-Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop-Bop)'. Their inclusion does provide an accurate picture of what once animated certain dance-floors, but it doesn't make them 'classics' as the compilers of this 4 hour collection claim on the cover. And I was a bit depressed by the sheer number of bombastic handbag house tracks featured here from the likes of M People, Robyn and Rozalla. I didn't like 'How Can I Love You More', 'Show Me Love', and 'Everybody's Free', fifteen to twenty years ago, and the passage of time hasn't shifted my feelings about their relative merits. Fortunately, a couple of new discoveries for me - Ram Jam's absurd 'Black Betty', Coldcut's self-explanatory 'Doctorin' The House', and Xpansion's stuttering house track 'Move Your Body' - went someway towards assuaging my angst.