Get Higher

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01 Get Higher (Album Version)
02 Get Higher (Rollo And Sister Bliss Remix)
03 Get Higher (Lunatic Calm Remix)
04 Rubberband (Moonshine Vocal Mix)
05 Rubberband (Late Night Cheeba Mix)

INFO > Comprising Shaun Ryder and Bez (Happy Mondays), Kermit and Ged Lynch (Ruthless Rap Assassins), Paul Wagstaff (Paris Angels), and Danny Saber, Black Grape could be described as Happy Mondays on steroids (which is probably one of the few drugs that Ryder hasn’t tried). The indie ‘supergroup’ produced two albums and seven singles in the mid-1990s. “Get Higher” was one of the band’s last releases, featuring remixes from Rollo & Sister Bliss, Lunatic Calm, and Blue Amazon.

Heaven [Feel An Extremity]

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01 Heaven (Radio Edit)
02 Heaven (Radio Mix)
03 Heaven (Blue Amazon Remix)
04 Heaven (Kulturni Program Remix)
05 Heaven (Sky Soaring Remix)
06 Heaven (Way Out West Remix)*
07 Heaven (James Holden’s Ariane Dub)*

*Bonus tracks

INFO > As Ultra Violet, Simon Allert and Sandra Baschin recorded only two singles, of which 2000’s “Heaven” is the better known. The release was jointly issued by MFS in Germany and Silver Planet Recordings in the UK, although this CD single is a product of BMG Berlin Musik. Added as bonus tracks are the Way Out West and James Holden reworks exclusive to the Silver Planet package.

Words

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01 Words (Radiowave Mix)
02 Moonlightning (Nightdrive Mix)
03 Words (For Love)
04 Words (Curve’s Headcase Mix)
05 Words (Original Version Radio Edit)
06 Words (Qattara Mix)
07 Words (Mana Mix)
08 Moonlightning (Night Mix)

INFO > Curve’s Toni Halliday mumbles some nonsense in the ‘Radiowave Mix’ of Paul van Dyk’s 1997 single, “Words.” Curve also contribute a thumping techno remix, while Qattara (Andy Cato & Alex Whitcombe) and Mana (Guy & Lysa Oldhams) add other variations.

Club Together 3

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1.01 Ken Doh – Nakasaki (Original 12′ Mix)
1.02 Inner City – Your Love (Serial Diva Paris Is Burning Mix)
1.03 Up Yer Ronson – Lost In Love (Mollison & Malone Mix)
1.04 Gusto – Discos Revenge (Mole Hole Dirty Mix)
1.05 Pulse – The Lover That You Are (Soul Solution Vocal Mix)
1.06 Heller & Farley Project – Ultra Flava (Original Edit)
1.07 Sweet Mercy – Happy Daze (Morales Merry Dub)
1.08 Black Magic – Fredom (Bottom Dollar Pumped Up Vocal Mix)
1.09 Angelheart – Come Back To Me (Swoon Dub Mix)
1.10 Boogie Buffet – Back To Boogie (Revival Mix)
1.11 François Kevorkian – Mindspeak (Original)
1.12 Tone Theory – Limbo Of Vanished Possibilities (Derrick Carter)
1.13 Dajaé – Day By Day (Deep Dish Mix)
1.14 Alcatraz – Giv Me Luv (Original 12′ Mix)
1.15 K-Klass – Let Me Show You (Klub Mix)

2.01 Lisa Marie Experience – Keep On Jumpin’ (Bizarre Inc. Remix)
2.02 Self Preservation Society – The Whoop (Original Mix)
2.03 Vague – Disco Biscuit (TWA Mix)
2.04 Dana Dawson – Show Me (Motiv 8 Mix)
2.05 Sasha – Be As One (Original Mix)
2.06 SNJ Works – State Of Play (Sub Mix)
2.07 Bedrock – For What You Dream Of (Holy Trinity Mix)
2.08 J Daniel – The Way (The Outsider Mix)
2.09 Blu Peter – Pictures In Your Mind (Arabesque Mix)
2.10 Chaka Boom Bang – Tossin’ And Turnin’ (Original Mix)
2.11 Pizzaman – Sex On The Streets (Red Jerry Remix)
2.12 X-Press 2 – The Sound (Hardhead Mix)
2.13 Kadoc – The Nighttrain (Original)
2.14 Stix ‘N’ Stoned – Outrageous (Original Mix)
2.15 Kamasutra – Storm In My Soul (Kama’s Long Trip Mix)

INFO > The “Club Together” series was expanded to two discs for the third (and final) installment in 1996. However, more is not better; there are plenty of weak selections here, and the tracks are poorly segued together. Looking at this, you’d think that every club in the UK was playing only handbag during the mid-1990s.

Club Together 2

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01 Secret Life – Love So Strong
02 Donna Allen – Real
03 Tony De Vit – Burning Up
04 Rave Base – To The Beat You’ll
05 Carleen Anderson – Apparently Nothing
06 BT – Embracing The Sunshine
07 Mory Kanté – Yeke Yeke
08 Swing 52 – Color Of My Skin
09 Loveland – I Need Somebody
10 Billie Ray Martin – Your Loving Arms
11 Perfecto Allstarz – Reach Up
12 The Bucketheads – The Bomb
13 DJ Misjah & DJ Tim – Access
14 Tin Tin Out – Always Something There To Remind Me
15 Danny Tenaglia – Look Ahead
16 Fire Island – If You Should Need A Friend

INFO > Following on from the prior year’s collection, “Club Together 2″ presents dancefloor hits from 1995. EMI and React preserved the template, focusing mostly on house, with each track suggested by organizers of the UK’s biggest club nights:

01 The Arena – Middlesborough
02 Burger Queen – South Bridge Vaults, Edinburgh
03 Chuff Chuff – various, North Wales
04 Garage – Heaven, London
05 Golden – The Academy, Stoke
06 Revolution – Lakota, Bristol
07 Malibu Stacey – Hanover Grand, London
08 The Mud Club – Bagleys, London
09 Hallelujah – Paradise Factory, Manchester
10 Pod – Dublin
11 Progress – The Conservatory, Derby
12 Shindig – Riverside, Newcastle
13 Vague – Warehouse, Leeds
14 Vicious – Belfast
15 The Viper Rooms – Wolverhampton
16 Wobble – The Venue, Birmingham

Club Together

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01 Nush – U Girls
02 Tin Tin Out – I Got Da Feeling
03 Direckt – Two Fatt Guitars
04 Elevator – For Your Love
05 Slo Moshun – Help My Friend
06 Roger Sanchez – Time 2 Stop
07 Artemisia – Bits ‘N’ Pieces
08 Sabrina Johnston – Satisfy My Love
09 Slamm – That’s Where My Mind Goes
10 Livin’ Joy – Dreamer
11 Blur – Girls & Boys
12 Secret Life – I Want You
13 Helicopter – On Ya Way
14 Chris & James – Calm Down
15 The Boss – Congo
16 Pizzaman – Trippin’ On Sunshine

INFO > A joint effort between EMI Records and React Music, “Club Together” was compiled to showcase “the British club sound of 1994.” The collection provides a decent sampling of mainly house and handbag hits; however, the formatting is inconsistent, varying between radio edits, full-length mixes, and lazily faded tracks. As an interesting concept, each selection was sponsored by a popular UK club night of that era:

01 Billion Dollar Babes – Raw Club, London
02 Burger Queen – South Bridge Vaults, Edinburgh
03 Flesh – The Haçienda, Manchester
04 Garage – Heaven, London
05 Golden – The Academy, Stoke
06 Hard Times – Bel Air, Huddersfield
07 Leisure Lounge – London
08 Love To Be – The Music Factory, Sheffield
09 LuvDup – Ducie House, Manchester
10 Miss Moneypenny’s – Bonds, Birmingham
11 Smashing – various venues
12 The Sound Of Music – Rockshots, Newcastle
13 United Kingdom – Club UK, London
14 Vague – Warehouse, Leeds
15 Wild Fruit – Paradox, Brighton
16 051 Club – Mount Pleasant, Liverpool

I imagine that list may conjure some fond and fuzzy memories for our friends in the UK :-)

Awesome!!

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01 Vanilla Ice – Ice Ice Baby
02 2 In A Room – Wiggle It
03 The KLF – 3 A.M. Eternal
04 Soho – Hippychick
05 The La’s – There She Goes
06 The Farm – All Together Now
07 Jesus Jones – International Bright Young Thing
08 Pop Will Eat Itself – X Y & Zee
09 Dream Warriors – My Definition Of A Boombastic Jazz Style
10 A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It?
11 Seal – Crazy
12 Black Box – Fantasy
13 Tongue N Cheek – Forget Me Nots
14 MC Hammer – U Can’t Touch This
15 Kim Appleby – Don’t Worry
16 The Beloved – It’s Alright Now
17 808 State – Cübik
18 Yazoo – Situation
19 Roxette – Dressed For Success
20 The Beautiful South – A Little Time

INFO > While no compilation featuring both Vanilla Ice AND MC Hammer can be fairly described as ‘awesome’ (and certainly not with two exclamation points), this ain’t a bad collection of chart hits from 1990-91. The emphasis is mostly on danceable selections, with a couple of random guitar tunes tossed in. I probably would have binned this long ago, were it not the only digital source for François Kervorkian’s 1990 remix edit of “Situation.”

Dark Secret Revealed!! > I briefly owned Vanilla Ice’s “To The Extreme”, but bartered it for gas money during a road trip back in my college days (I clearly got the better part of that deal).

QCD

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01 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Electricity
02 Phil Collins – Sussudio
03 Heaven 17 – Let Me Go
04 Scritti Politti – Wood Beez
05 Feargal Sharkey – You Little Thief
06 Simple Minds – New Gold Dream
07 The Big Dish – Slide
08 Genesis – Abacab
09 Public Image Limited – Rise
10 Working Week – Shot In The Dark
11 XTC – The Meeting Place
12 David Sylvian – Taking The Veil
13 Tim Finn – Water Into Wine
14 The Blue Nile – A Walk Across The Rooftops

INFO > I initially assumed that this bargain bin find might be one of the first covermount CDs included with a music periodical. However, “QCD” is a 1986 budget sampler compiled in association with Q Magazine to promote the release of Virgin Records’ back catalog on compact disc. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this product is the magnificent mastering from before the advent of the dreaded loudness war.

chEMIstry – A Hundred Years Of EMI

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01 Gene Vincent – Bluejean Bop
02 Fats Domino – I’m Walkin’
03 Cliff Richard – Dynamite
04 Billy May – Mission Impossible
05 The Beach Boys – Dance, Dance, Dance
06 The Ventures – Hawaii Five-O
07 The Trashmen – Surfin’ Bird
08 The Animals – We’ve Gotta Get Out Of This Place
09 Manfred Mann – Tired Of Trying, Bored With Lying
10 Inez And Charlie Foxx – Mockingbird
11 Syd Barrett – Octopus
12 The Band – King Harvest
13 Canned Heat – Let’s Work Together
14 Deep Purple – Hush
15 Dr. Feelgood – Down At The Doctors
16 Buzzcocks – Ever Fallen In Love
17 Dexys Midnight Runners – Plan B
18 Blondie – Union City Blue
19 Morrissey – Suedehead
20 Blur – To The End
21 Supergrass – Nothing More’s Gonna Get In My Way
22 Sparklehorse – Wish You Were Here
23 Meredith Brooks – Somedays
24 Murray Lachlan Young – I’m Being Followed By The Rolling Stones

INFO > This compilation accompanied the November 1997 issue of Vox Magazine. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of EMI, “chEMIstry” focuses on the label’s pop output during the latter part of the 20th century, beginning with rockabilly hit “Bluejean Bop” from Gene Vincent’s 1956 debut EP, and ending on Murray Lachlan Young’s quirky, spoken word piece “I’m Being Followed By The Rolling Stones.”

If I Could Fly

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01 If I Could Fly (Oakenfold & Osborne Mix)
02 If I Could Fly (Oakenfold & Osborne Trance Mix)
03 If I Could Fly (LTJ Bukem’s Roll It Mix)
04 If I Could Fly (More Rockers Vocal Mix)
05 If I Could Fly (Smith And Mighty Feet On The Ground Mix)

INFO > During their heyday in the 1990s, the versatile production team of Paul Oakenfold and Steve Osborne dabbled in many genres: Balearic, downtempo, indie, pop, house, hip hop, and trance. For “If I Could Fly”, the title track to their 1996 album as Grace, the duo tackled drum ‘n’ bass—the results are pleasant enough; however, Oakey & Osborne wisely included a ‘Trance Mix’ on the single release to appease the Perfecto faithful. Proper D’n’B artists LTJ Bukem and More Rockers contribute remixes to the package, along with Smith And Mighty, who slow the pace considerably.