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Very Best of Deee-Lite [Rhino]
     

The Very Best of Deee-Lite [Rhino]

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by Deee-Lite
 

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Deee-Lite is often seen as a one-hit wonder, albeit a brilliant one hit; the phenomenal "Groove Is in the Heart" is one of those great, giddy pleasures that defined a time and transcended it. The thing is, that wasn't the end of the Deee-Lite story, even if it was undeniably their chart pinnacle, because their dizzy, ironically hippified second-summer-of-love dance

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Deee-Lite is often seen as a one-hit wonder, albeit a brilliant one hit; the phenomenal "Groove Is in the Heart" is one of those great, giddy pleasures that defined a time and transcended it. The thing is, that wasn't the end of the Deee-Lite story, even if it was undeniably their chart pinnacle, because their dizzy, ironically hippified second-summer-of-love dance music was overflowing with delights: sonic thrills from DJ Towa Tei and DJ Dmitry and clever sexiness from Lady Miss Kier. This was most evident on their mini-classic debut, World Clique, but their next two albums had their merits, and all of them are featured on Rhino's fine 20-track collection, The Very Best of Dee-Lite. This understandably relies very heavily on the debut, with seven selections, grazing over Infinity Within with four cuts before settling in for no less than nine songs from the underrated 1994 swan song, Dewdrops in the Garden. This doesn't have the sustained thrills of World Clique, but it does make a convincing case that the group was consistently entertaining and inventive, thereby winding up as a first-class summary of thrilling band.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/28/2009
Label:
Rhino Flashback
UPC:
0081227985295
catalogNumber:
78389
Rank:
85189

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Deee-Lite   Primary Artist
Bernie Worrell   Piano,Clavinet,Melodica
Danny Madden   Background Vocals
Maceo Parker   Saxophone
Bootsy Collins   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals,Talking,Laughs
Phelps "Catfish" Collins   Guitar
Gary "Mudbone" Cooper   Background Vocals
Robyn Lobe   Percussion
Q-Tip   Rap
Zhana Saunders   Background Vocals
Fred Wesley   Trombone
Towa Tei   Bass
Misha Masud   Tabla
Sahirah Moore   Background Vocals
DJ Dmitry   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards
Lady Miss Kier   Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Joe Ruddick   fender rhodes
Ani Schempf   Bass
Sheila Slappy   Background Vocals
DJ Towa Tei   Bass,Keyboards,Group Member
Ani "DJ On E"   Bass,scratching,Group Member
Supa DJ Dmitry Brill   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Group Member
Robin Love   Percussion
Chillblast   Human Beatbox

Technical Credits

Deee-Lite   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Joseph Bartoldus   Programming
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Bob Power   Engineer
"Little" Louie Vega   Arranger,Producer
Fred Wesley   Horn Arrangements
Towa Tei   Loop
Mark Plati   Engineer
Mike Rogers   Arranger,Engineer,Vocal Producer
DJ Dmitry   Programming,Producer,drum programming,Loop
Lady Miss Kier   Arranger,Producer,Author,Cover Collage
Kenny Dope   Arranger,Producer
Reggie Collins   Discographical Annotation
Joe Ruddick   Arranger
Kurt B. Reighley   Liner Notes
Shawn Amos   Liner Note Coordination
DJ Towa Tei   Horn Arrangements,drum programming,Loop,Drum Fills
Ani "DJ On E"   Arranger,Producer,drum programming,Loop
Michael "Tweekin" Rogers   Engineer,Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer
Supa DJ Dmitry Brill   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Horn Arrangements,drum programming,Loop
Chillblast   beats
Simon Fowler   Cover Photo

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The Very Best of Deee-Lite [Rhino] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Deee-lite stands in a class of their own. They were and still are one of the first and only bands ever to use only samples only to create their work. Deee-Lite took the samples they obtained and remastered them, added vocals, some pizzaz, p-funk, and a great groove to make them of the most fabulous bands of all time. All their work is fresh earcandy. Lady Miss Kiers voice (the lead singer) is a soulfuletic style which is unlike no other singer/songstress around. Deee-Lite was always way before its time and they never deserved enough recognition for their work. 'Groove is in the Heart' was their single which made it to the top, and 'runaway' hit big for sometime as well; but, their other work really did not (sadly) did not get radio-airtime play which is should have becasue the ideas and sounds incoorporated in the music is outstanding for the dance gendre. Always different. Always something special. Deee-Lite is definatly in a league of its own. Way to go Lady Kier, Dmitri, and Towa tei!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago