Best of House Music, Vol 1_ First off I must admit that I am already at an advantage with this album because I have 5 of the tracks on vinyl (You Used To Hold Me, Can't Get Enough, Fantasize Me, Move Your Body and Jack Your Body). So I already knew half the album when I bought it! This album features predominantly Chicago artists which gave a big lift to the Chicago Scene, since the album was released on a major label. With this album's release the rest of the nation could now see what the House Music fuss was all about. If you happen to be curious just buy the album and you will see...
Gotta Have House - Best of House Music, Vol 2_
_ Once again we get a treat with this installment of the Best Of House Music series. This time from a New York/New Jersey point of view. On this compilation there only 2 Chicago artists + 1 Chicago producer. The other tracks are performed, produced or remixed by people in the NY/NJ circle (which is the great equalizer since club and radio DJs in Chicago were playing alot of NY/NJ tracks along with their home-grown tracks). The ones that really do it to me are "Work It To The Bone" and "Shake Your Body"--these are my "Jackin'" tracks. For the more melodic/spiritual side of the House I also go for "Love Is The Message" and "If You Should Need A Friend". Let me make a small confession concerning the latter song: I have an old mix, from 1989, recorded from a college radio station that has that song in it. I eventually found out who that was when I bought the album. Now, Blaze is one of the most acclaimed House groups, and they're still going strong! Listening to this album takes you to the time when House Music was everywhere in Chicago and everywhere it was it was phat! Im sure the New Yorkers and the New Jersey heads are feeling what I'm saying...if you are shouts out to you--you're represented really well on this album!!!
Best of House Music, Vol 3_ The third installment in the Best Of House Music series features yet more twists and turns. This time Detroit is invited in. One of the most recognizable tracks at the time was included on this compilation-and rightfully so: "Strings of Life". And, of course you can't have Rhythm is Rhythm on the album without the other breakout sensation, Inner City: "Good Life was getting much airplay on Chicago radio, especially on the college stations. The included version of "Rock To The Beat" by Reese has that original Detroit Techno feel to it--before everything got 'distorted'. New York, New Jersey and Chicago influences are still evident, and there is even some representation another adopted home of House, London. "Voodoo Ray" is another track that stands the test of time because it's just that dancable! This is a trip down memory lane that is just as enjoyable as the other two. You can't go wrong with this album...House Music All Night Long!
House Hallucinates: Pump Up the World, Vol 1_
_ This CD features music from one of the heavyweight Chicago labels of the 1980s, TRAX Records. In 1988 Hot Mix 5, DJ International and TRAX were the labels that were the most sought after, especially once the records were played on radio. Eventually the major labels started to take notice of what was coming out of Chicago and started to release compilations. A&M picked up on the Acid House vibe and release a compilation with solely TRAX artists: House Hallucinates! In order to take away the mystery I will give a short track listing: 1. Sleazy D - "I've Lost Control" 2. Phuture - "Acid Tracks" 3. Jungle Wonz - "Time Marches On" 4. William S. - "I'll Never Let You Go" *a personal favorite* 5. Jackmaster Funk - "Jack The Bass" *another favorite* 6. Maurice Joshua - "This Is Acid" 7. Lidell Townsell - "As Acid Turns" 8. Jack Frost - "Clap Me" 9. Mr. Lee - "Pump Up Chicago" *there is also Pump Up New York/London, depending on which version of the album you get* 10. Phuture - "Phuture Will Survive" Now that the mystery is over I can give you the summary. This album will get you hooked! Most of the tracks are simple but very easy to dance to, and that's what makes the album work so well. Besides, House Music was created for the clubs, so when you get this don't forget to turn the volume up!