Ministry of Sound: Guilty Pleasures

Ministry of Sound: Guilty Pleasures

     
 
Taking over from where Sony left off, Ministry of Sound's Guilty Pleasures is the first compilation in five years to be officially affiliated with the concept created by BBC DJ Sean Rowley back in 2004 which has since spawned its own Camden Town club night, prime-time ITV show, and regular Sunday

Overview

Taking over from where Sony left off, Ministry of Sound's Guilty Pleasures is the first compilation in five years to be officially affiliated with the concept created by BBC DJ Sean Rowley back in 2004 which has since spawned its own Camden Town club night, prime-time ITV show, and regular Sunday afternoon radio slot. But while indie kids have embraced the idea of "reclaiming the songs it's shameful to love," the whole Guilty Pleasures brand has come under fire from unapologetic fans of its previous material, who claim the whole idea reeks of musical snobbery. Indeed, it's hard to see how such iconic hits from such celebrated and respected artists like Dolly Parton ("Nine to Five"), and Dionne Warwick ("Hearbreaker") can be seen as shameful, while the Bangles ("Eternal Flame") and Electric Light Orchestra ("Sweet Talkin' Woman"), both fine purveyors of well-crafted melodic pop, are unlikely to leave you embarrassed should an unexpected guest call round to inspect your record collection. Indeed, the 40 soft rock/AOR-based tracks on this two-CD compilation might not be the most credible or world-changing examples of '70s and '80s music, but the likes of Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes' Dirty Dancing theme "I've Had the Time of My Life," Boy Meets Girl's "Waiting for a Star to Fall," and Mr. Mister's "Broken Wings" have all been sampled by the likes of Black Eyed Peas, Mylo, and Tupac, while several remain as relevant as ever thanks to recent appearances in TV adverts (the Bellamy Brothers' "Let Your Love Flow"), Glee (Rick Springfield's "Jessie's Girl," Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'"), and famous "literal video" YouTube clips (Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart"). Sure, there are a few cheesy power ballads (Patrick Swayze's "She's Like the Wind," John Farnham's "You're the Voice"), and corny Dad-rock anthems (Boston's "More Than a Feeling," Foreigner's "Waiting for a Girl Like You"), but they're hardly akin to confessing a liking for Black Lace or "The Birdie Song." While Guilty Pleasures' track list is unashamedly enjoyable, the concept behind it is a rather bittersweet one, which ultimately smacks of pretentious and patronizing musical snootiness.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/29/2011
Label:
Ministry Of Sound Uk
UPC:
5051275040425
catalogNumber:
7504042

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Sweet Talkin' Woman
  2. Private Eyes
  3. Abracadabra
  4. Self Control
  5. You're The Voice
  6. Africa
  7. Islands In The Stream
  8. Heartbreaker
  9. I've Had The Time Of My Life
  10. My Favourite Waste Of Time
  11. Bridge To Your Heart
  12. Heartache Avenue
  13. Break My Stride
  14. Jessie's Girl
  15. Cuddly Toy
  16. Waiting For A Star To Fall
  17. Feels Like Heaven
  18. Broken Wings
  19. Eternal Flame
  20. Total Eclipse Of The Heart

Disc 2

  1. Let's Hear It For The Boy
  2. Flashdance...What A Feeling
  3. 9 To 5
  4. Sign Of The Times
  5. Everything She Wants
  6. Why
  7. Dare Me
  8. Pop Muzik
  9. Zoom
  10. S-S-S-Single Bed
  11. Star
  12. Let Your Love Flow
  13. Arms Of Mary
  14. Can't Fight This Feeling
  15. All Out Of Love
  16. She's Like The Wind
  17. Sara
  18. Waiting For A Girl Like You
  19. More Than A Feeling
  20. Don't Stop Believin'

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