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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
As Billboard magazine's dance music columnist, Brian Chin had a ringside seat for the dance scene of the '80s, an era when the word "disco" fell into disrepute, but producers and artists just kept on making music with a steady, loping beat that clubgoers could dance to. Chin compiled and annotated this collection, part of Hip-O Records' discount-priced Gold series of two-disc compilations. In his liner notes, Chin provides a history of the decade in dance that properly mentions plenty of artists -- among them stars like Michael Jackson and George Michael, and dance favorites like Tom Tom Club and the Weather Girls -- not included on the album. Hip-O is the reissue arm ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
As Billboard magazine's dance music columnist, Brian Chin had a ringside seat for the dance scene of the '80s, an era when the word "disco" fell into disrepute, but producers and artists just kept on making music with a steady, loping beat that clubgoers could dance to. Chin compiled and annotated this collection, part of Hip-O Records' discount-priced Gold series of two-disc compilations. In his liner notes, Chin provides a history of the decade in dance that properly mentions plenty of artists -- among them stars like Michael Jackson and George Michael, and dance favorites like Tom Tom Club and the Weather Girls -- not included on the album. Hip-O is the reissue arm of the major label Universal, and while licensing agreements have resulted in a track list about a third of which consists of recordings made for other companies, still this is not to be considered a collection of the '80s' greatest hits in dance. In fact, only one track that ranks in Billboard's list of the 20 biggest dance hits of the decade is included: Shannon's "Let the Music Play." That said, there are plenty of tracks that hit number one on the dance/disco chart. But Chin has focused less on creating a hits compilation than on assembling a collection with a good flow and a variety of styles, from R&B to rock, and from early rap to Euro-disco. And he's largely succeeded. Dance music fans will hear many old favorites and may make some new discoveries. Paradoxically, some of those discoveries may be numbered among the old favorites, since every track is a special mix of one kind or another, and sometimes they are mixes that previously only appeared on a promotional disc or the B-side of a British 12" single. At more than two-and-a-half hours, this is a generous, modestly priced album that will enable listeners to dance like it's 1985.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/19/2006
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 602498416259
  • Catalog Number: 000738502

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Can't Wait (6:22)
  2. 2 She Works Hard for the Money - Donna Summer (5:20)
  3. 3 Venus (7:24)
  4. 4 Steppin' Out - Joe Jackson (4:23)
  5. 5 Two of Hearts - Stacey Q (7:47)
  6. 6 Maniac (5:56)
  7. 7 Relax (7:24)
  8. 8 You're My One and Only (True Love) - Seduction (7:40)
  9. 9 Pump Up the Volume - M/A/R/R/S (6:47)
  10. 10 Freeway of Love (6:29)
  11. 11 Higher Love (7:38)
  12. 12 Don't Make Me Over - Sybil (4:21)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Let the Musc Play - Shannon (5:45)
  2. 2 Come Go with Me - Exposé (6:40)
  3. 3 Everybody Wants to Rule the World (5:40)
  4. 4 Breakout - Swing Out Sister (5:49)
  5. 5 Poison Arrow - ABC (6:54)
  6. 6 Betcha Wouldn't Hurt Me - Quincy Jones (5:22)
  7. 7 Don't Look Any Further (5:21)
  8. 8 Starchild - Level 42 (6:40)
  9. 9 Don't You Want Me (4:11)
  10. 10 Fresh (6:19)
  11. 11 Mama Used to Say - Junior (4:56)
  12. 12 The Safety Dance (4:33)
  13. 13 Don't Stop the Music (7:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Freedom Williams Rap
Chaka Khan Vocals
John Fryer Sampling
C.J. Mackintosh scratching
Dave Dorrell scratching
Rick Iantosca Guitar, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Joe Jackson Composer
Jellybean Remixing
Kool & the Gang Composer
Donna Summer Composer
Jody Watley Composer
Steve Winwood Composer
Quincy Jones Producer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Bernard Edwards Producer
Holly Johnson Composer
Mark King Composer
Mike Vernon Producer
Jon Saint James Producer
Michael Sembello Composer, Producer
Franne Golde Composer
Tom Lord-Alge Remixing
Stephanie Andrews Composer
Chris Barbosa Composer, Producer
Ronald Bell Producer
Mark Berry Remixing
James Bratton Producer
Bruce Carbone Executive Producer
Robert Clivillés Arranger, Composer, Producer
David Cole Arranger, Composer, Producer
Andy Connell Composer
Hal David Composer
Ivan Dorschuk Composer
Corinne Drewery Composer
Martin Fry Composer
Peter Gill Composer
Junior Giscombe Composer
Phil Gould Composer
Duane Hitchings Composer
Trevor Horn Producer
Chris Hughes Composer, Producer
Rod Hui Producer
D.D. Jackson Composer
Will Jennings Composer
David Kershenbaum Producer
Tony King Remixing
Dennis Lambert Composer, Producer
Mark Lickley Composer
Mark Liggett Producer
Sandy Linzer Composer
Lewis A. Martineé Producer
Dennis Matkosky Composer
Narada Michael Walden Composer, Producer
Paul Staveley O'Duffy Producer
Michael Omartian Composer, Producer
Mark O'Toole Composer
Roland Orzabal Composer
Phil Ramone Producer
Lonnie Simmons Producer
Ian Stanley Composer
Russ Titelman Producer
Stevie Wonder Composer
Marc Durand Producer
Joe Maggio Executive Producer
Rick Waritz Producer
Martyn Young Composer, Producer
Brian Chin Liner Notes
Larry Yasgar Executive Producer
Rick Iantosca Programming
Michael Putland Cover Photo, Inlay Photography
Jim Bonnefond Producer
Ed Chisolm Composer
Sue Gatlin Composer
Anthony Sanfilippo Executive Producer
Tim Greene Composer
Jonah Ellis Composer, Producer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Paul Williams Composer
Jeffrey Cohen Composer
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