Thursday, 18 May 2017

All Mixed Up! Volume 16 - ABBA (Epic / Sony) (2017)

Well look what just dropped?...

It's been a few months since I compiled one of these little beauties but here we are again with volume 16 of the AMU series. And a right corker it is!!!

If this is the first time that you've come across this collection then I'll briefly explain... 
I put this series together to highlight various legendary artists and remixers work through their legendary careers. Basically the cream of the crop remixed, remade, remodelled. 

This one has been a labour of love for me as ABBA have been part of my musical landscape since a very early age (a long, long time ago before you ask...) and still get played regularly. "The Visitors" album is an absolute classic in my eyes while the rest of the albums rank highly too.

This collection comes with a bit of a twist as firstly just by looking at the tracklist you'll notice that this is not a run of the mill best of collection. Included are many album tracks and b-sides such as "Like An Angel Passing Through My Room", "Just Like That" & "I Am The City" (if you don't know what a B-Side is then ask someone older) alongside well known classics such as "Dancing Queen", "Knowing Me, Knowing You" etc.

Secondly, the whole collection has been remixed by esteemed Dutch producer, remixer and DJ Matt Pop. This fine remixer has produced some exquisite unofficial remixes of ABBA all of which I've included here. They're not radically changed to make them indistinguishable from the originals, in fact Matt's remixes enhance them and bring them bang up to date (even though I hasten to add that their music is timeless anyway). 

As a bonus to the remixes I've also included "Story Of The Heart" which was originally released by the Benny Andersson Band and currently features on the new Steps album "Tears On The Dancefloor" alongside two megamixes for those who fancy a non-stop dose of one of the best bands in the world...EVER!!!!!! 

Play it loud!!

1. Dancing Queen (Matt Pop's Getting In The Swing Mix)
2. Knowing Me, Knowing You (Matt Pop Remix)
3. If It Wasn't For The Nights (Matt Pop Remix)
4. The King Has Lost His Crown (Matt Mix)
5. Super Trouper (Matt's Feeling Like A Number 1 Mix)
6. Me And I (Matt Pop's Words & Music Mix)
7. Just Like That (Matt Pop Mix)
8. Dum Dum Diddle (Matt Mix Remaster 2012)
9. When All Is Said And Done (Matt's Still Striving For The Sky Mix)
10. Should I Laugh Or Cry (Matt Pop Mix 2015)
11. Like An Angel Passing Through My Room (Matt Pop Mix)
12. My Mama Said (Matt Pop Flared Funk Mix)
13. Hey Hey Helen (Matt Pop Mix)
14. Suzy Hang-Around (Matt Mix Remaster 2012)
15. The Day Before You Came (Matt Mix)
16. Under Attack (Matt Mix)
17. I Am The City (Matt Pop's Vibrant & Electrified Mix)
18. Story Of A Heart (Matt Pop Video Edit)
19. Arrival (Matt Mix)

Bonus Tracks:

20. Matt Pop Megamix (Part 1)
21. Matt Pop Megamix (Part 2 : NRG Express)


Friday, 12 May 2017

NOW Dance '86 - Various Artists (Virgin / EMI) (1986)

Ding ding! Round 2!!!
Next up, a classic compilation from way back in 1986.

NOW Dance '86 was released on the 8th November 1986, two weeks prior to "NOW 8" being released and a week before the CD only edition "NOW That's What I Call Music '86".

The double album follows on from the very first NOW Dance album released in May 1985 and again featured twenty 12" mixes from the cream of 1986's dance scene. Unlike it's predecessor which had more of an underground theme NOW Dance '86 is a lot more chart friendly.

It features 3 number ones from Diana Ross, The Communards & Boris Gardiner along with an absolute belter of a tracklist full to the brim with classics.

As this edition was only released on double vinyl and cassette at the time I have sourced the correct mixes from digital sources to compile the album, 

Get the point? Good. 
Let's dance. 

Record 1 Side 1

1. Diana Ross - Chain Reaction
2. Jermaine Stewart - We Don't Have To...
3. Communards - Don't Leave Me This Way
4. Five Star - Can't Wait Another Minute
5. Midnight Star - Midas Touch

Record 1 Side 2

1. Gwen Guthrie - Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent
2. Farley "Jackmaster" Funk - Love Can't Turn Around
3. Timex Social Club - Rumors
4. Joyce Sims - All And All
5. Ca$hflow - Mine All Mine

Record 2 Side 1

1. Aretha Franklin - Who's Zoomin' Who?
2. Tavares - Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel
3. Paul Hardcastle - Don't Waste My Time
4. Jaki Graham - Breaking Away
5. Grace Jones - Pull Up To The Bumper

Record 2 Side 2

1. Sinitta - So Macho
2. Bronski Beat - Hit That Perfect Beat
3. MC Miker "G" & Deejay Sven - Holiday Rap
4. Phil Fearon - I Can Prove It
5. Boris Gardiner - I Wanna Wake Up With You


Alison Moyet - Hoodoo (CBS / Sony) (1991)

Howdy peeps!
It's been a while since I last posted and I promised I would make it a bit more regular - I know, I'm crap. But at least I'm here again...

Today's post is of one of my all time favourite albums. Alison "Alf" Moyet released her third solo offering "Hoodoo" back in 1991. The album passed me by completely at the time and I only purchased a copy of it around 10 years later after I'd purchased "The Singles" collection as I was intrigued by the quality of work released after her 2nd long player "Raindancing".

Released on the 22nd of April 1991 "Hoodoo" reached a peak of number 11 on the UK album charts and featured 4 singles:

"It Won't Be Long" (#50)
"Wishing You Were Here" (#70)
"This House" (#40)

"Hoodoo" was also released as a promotional only single in America.

The album is an absolute gem with so much emotion and passion in the entire set. My particular favourites are the achingly beautiful "Find Me" (the song gives me goosebumps everytime I hear it) and the exquisite "Hoodoo" (a karaoke favourite of mine - true)!

This is the deluxe 2 disc edition which includes the 11 track original album plus a bonus 14 extra tracks including a plethora of demos, remixes, b-sides and live tracks.


Image result for alison moyet hoodoo

Disc 1 :

1. Footsteps
2. It Won't Be Long
3. This House
4. Rise
5. Wishing You Were Here
6. Hoodoo
7. (Meeting With) My Main Man
8. Back Where I Belong
9. My Right A.R.M.
10. Never To Late
11. Find Me

Disc 2 :

1. Take Of Me
2. Back Where I Belong (Polite Mix)
3. Back Where I Belong (Soft Mix)
4. Come Back Home
5. Hoodoo (Extended Version)
6. Hoodoo (Starlight Dub)
7. Hoodoo (Single Version)
8. Hoodoo (Instrumental)
9. It Won't Be Long (Live At The Town And Country Club, London 1991)
10. Wishing You were Here (Live At The Town And Country Club, London 1991)
11. Never Too Late (Live At The Town And Country Club, London 1991)
12. Find Me (Live At The Town And Country Club, London 1991)
13. (Meeting With) My Main Man (Live At The Town And Country Club, London 1991)
14. Dig A Hole (Demo)


Tuesday, 3 January 2017

All Mixed Up! Volume 15 : George Michael - The Definitive 1982 - 2016 (Innervision / Epic / Sony / Virgin / Agean)

Following on from the tragic news that another of my lifelong heroes had passed away on Christmas Day 2016, it's taken me some time to actually take in the enormity of George Michael's death and realise how much of an impact he had on my life.

Along with Pete Burns passing in November 2016 both artists impacted my life immeasurably but in very different ways, the main connection being that they have created a soundtrack to my life from my childhood right through to the present. As with many other fans the feeling of loss is enormous. It feels like I've lost a close friend...

It's taken some time to do this but I felt the urge to make a compilation of George's finest works - starting with his earliest as one half of Wham! and then moving onward to his outstanding solo work which started with "Careless Whisper" in 1984 right up to the present day.

As a singer and songwriter George has left an outstanding legacy through his music, visuals and charity work. This musical genius will live on forever in my heart and hopefully yours as well.

Rest In Peace George.
You Have Been Loved.

Part One:

1. Wham! Rap (Enjoy What You Do?) (Unsocial Mix)
2. Young Guns (Go For It!) (12" Version)
3. Bad Boys (12" Mix)
4. Club Tropicana
5. Nothing Looks The Same In The Light
6. Blue (Armed With Love)
7. Wake Me Up Before You Go Go
8. Careless Whisper (Extended Mix)
9. Freedom (Long Version)
10. Last Christmas (Pudding Mix)
11. Everything She Wants (Remix)
12. Like A Baby

Part Two:

1. I'm Your Man (Extended Stimulation)
2. A Different Corner
3. Battlestations
4. Where Did You Heart Go?
5. The Edge Of Heaven
6. Wham! Rap '86
7. I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) (Duet With Aretha Franklin)
8. I Want Your Sex (Monogamy Mix)
9. Hard Day (The Shep Pettibone Mix)
10. Faith
11. Father Figure
12. One More Try
13. Monkey (Extended Remix)
14. Kissing A Fool

Part Three:

1. Praying For Time
2. Freedom '90
3. Waiting For That Day
4. Fantasy
5. Cowboys And Angels
6. Mothers Pride
7. Heal The Pain
8. Soul Free
9. Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me (Duet With Elton John)
10. Somebody To Love (With Queen)
11. Killer / Papa Was A Rollin' Stone
12. Too Funky (Extended Mix)

Part Four:

1. Jesus To A Child
2. Fastlove (Part II - Fully Extended Version)
3. Spinning The Wheel (Forthright Club Mix)
4. Older
5. I Can't Make You Love Me
6. You Have Been Loved
7. Star People '97 (Forthright Club Mix)
8. The Strangest Thing '97 (Radio Mix)
9. Outside
10. As (Jonathan Peters Extended Club Mix) (Duet With Mary J. Blige)
11. If I Told You That (Duet With Whitney Houston)

Part Five:

1. Freeek!
2. Shoot The Dog (Explicit Album Version)
3. Amazing (Full Intention Club Mix)
4. Flawless
5. Round Here
6. John And Elvis Are Dead
7. Roxanne
8. An Easier Affair
9. This Is Not Real Love (Duet With Mutya Buena)
10. Let Her Down Easy
11. White Light
12. December Song (I Dreamed Of Christmas)


Wednesday, 23 November 2016

NOW That's What I Call Music 10 - Various Artists (Virgin / EMI / Polygram) (1987)

Good evening peeps, how we all doing?

Sat here this evening thinking what to do with myself, and then bam it hit me! Why not chuck a new post on and cheer you lovely lot up...

It's getting close to the silly season again and with it all comes a multitude of new releases all vying for your attention hoping to get that coveted Christmas number 1.

Rewind back to my giddy childhood days (1987 to be exact), when this little gem was released on November the 23rd. I was so excited I could have possibly had a little white wee wee in response to seeing the double paged add in my coveted Smash Hits magazine. The reason for this excitement you ask? Well, as the last NOW regular release was back in Spring I assumed (again wrongly) that the series was finished. (Not counting NOW, Smash Hits that was released prior to this). There were in fact, even rumours abound that after this particular volume they were not going to make anymore (sob!)... how wrong were we eh?!

This is my second favourite NOW of the main series. Not necessarily because of the tracklisting, although there are some classics in there and a few gems that are still blasted through my trusty Samsung S7 (Oooh, get her!), but because of the artwork. Neon lights and all things shimmery made my Christmas '87 all the more sparklier!!!!

The album includes number 1's by M/A/R/R/S "Pump Up The Volume", T'Pau "China In Your Hand" and Los Lobos' "La Bamba" but nothing can compete with the final track. It was an unusal way to finish the album off. Firstly because it was a Christmas track and secondly because it was released the same day as NOW 10 - the seminal "Fairytale Of New York" by The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl.

Enjoy peeps!!!!!

Download here :

The full track listing can be found via the following link:

Thursday, 20 October 2016

All Mixed Up! Volume 14 - Donna Summer (Casablanca / Warner Bros) (1975 - 1997)

My final post for today is from the undisputed Queen Of Disco - none other than the legendary Miss Donna Summer. There isn't much I can add to what has already been said about the original disco diva that hasn't been said a million times before....

From the seductive tones of 'Love To Love You Baby' to the sheer powerhouse vocals featured on
'I Will Go With You' - this collection includes my particular favourites in their fullest forms including the 17+ minute epic that is 'MacArthur Park Suite' and the devastating 11+ minute version of
'No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)' with Barbara Striesand.

Enjoy and I will see you soon...

1. Love To Love You Baby
2. I Feel Love
3. Last Dance
4. MacArthur Park Suite
5. Hot Stuff
6. Bad Girls
7. Walk Away
8. Dim All The Lights
9. On The Radio
10. No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)
11. I Feel Love (Patrick Cowley Remix)
12. Unconditional Love (Extended Version)
13. Dinner With Gershwin
14. Love Is In Control (12" Extended Remix)
15. This Time I Know It's For Real
16. I Don't Wanna Get Hurt
17. Loves About To Change My Heart
18. When Love Takes Over You
19. Breakaway (Extended Power Mix)
20. State Of Independence (Murk Club Mix)
21. Carry On (Definitive Mix)
22. I Will Go With You (Hex Hector Extended Vocal Mix)

Link :

All Mixed Up! Volume 13 - Bros. (CBS / Sony) (1987 - 1990)

Next up, the reunion of the year...

As recently confirmed both Matt & Luke AKA Bros have reunited with big plans to perform at the O2 Arena in the not too distant future... Back in their heyday of the late 80's they were the biggest boy band around, dominating the UK charts and many a fans bedroom. What better way to relive those heady days of Bros. mania than with a little trip down memory lane...

1. When Will I Be Famous? (The Infamous Mix)
2. Drop The Boy (The Shep Pettibone Remix)
3. I Owe You Nothing (Club Mix)
4. I Quit (The "Turn On" Mix)
5. Drop The Boy (Art Mixing)
6. Too Much (Extended Version)
7. Chocolate Box (Swing Mix)
8. Madly In Love (Joe Smooth Club Remix)


Production - Pet Shop Boys / Various Artists (2016)

Well good afternoon me lovelies. It's been quite some time since I posted but there has been good a lot going on. What with moving to Lanzarote with my partner and settling in over the past few months. We're finally getting there and life is good.

Now that I actually have a few hours spare I though it was about time that I got my arse into gear and rebooted my blog... off we go then!

First up is a little compilation that was originally compiled and posted by DJ Shelf on one of my favourite blogs Methods Of Dance. The artwork was conceived by artist Harry3 and pays homage to previous Mark Farrow / PSB visuals,

This almighty compilation brings together the best of the Pet Shop Boys production and remix work with various artists throughout their astounding career. The track listing is impressive in itself featuring the likes of Eighth Wonder's major top 10 hit from 1988, "I'm Not Scared" and moving onto the likes of Liza Minnelli, Dusty Springfield, Electronic, Blur, Yoko Ono, Pete Burns, Rammstein and Madonna to name but a few... eclectic is the word.


Link :


Tuesday, 26 April 2016

All Mixed Up! Volume 12 - Prince (WEA / Warner Bros / Paisley Park / NPG) (1982 - 1995)

I have no words to describe the loss of this musical genius.
The music will speak for itself....

Rest In Peace.
Prince Rogers Nelson.
7th June 1958 - 21st April 2016.

Gone but will undoubtedly never be forgotten.

Part I : 1982 - 1986
1999 - Parade

1. 1999 (Extended Version)
2. Little Red Corvette (Dance Mix)
3. When Doves Cry
4. Let's Go Crazy (Extended Version)
5. I Would Die 4 U (Extended Version)
6. Take Me With U
7. Purple Rain
8. Raspberry Beret (12" Version)
9. Pop Life (US Extended Version)
10. Kiss (Extended Version)
11. Girls & Boys (12" Mix)
12. Mountains (Extended Version)
13. Anotherloverholenyohead (Extended Version)

Part II : 1987 - 1990
Sign 'O' The Times - Batman

1. Sign 'O' The Times
2. U Got The Look (With Sheena Easton) (Long Look)
3. If I Was Your Girlfriend
4. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man
5. Alphabet Street (This Is Not Music, This Is A Trip...)
6. Glam Slam (Shep Pettibone Remix)
7. I Wish U Heaven (Parts I, II & III)
8. Batdance (Vicki Vale Mix)
9. Partyman (The Video Mix)
10. The Arms Of Orion (With Sheena Easton)
11. Scandalous
12. The Future (William Orbit & Mark Moore Remix)
13. Electric Chair (William Orbit Remix)

Part III : 1990 - 1995
Graffiti Bridge - The Gold Experience

1. Thieves In The Temple (Remix)
2. New Power Generation (Funky Weapon Mix)
3. Gett Off (Extended Remix)
4. Cream (NPG Remix)
5. Diamonds And Pearls
6. Money Don't Matter 2 Night
7. Thunder
8. My Name Is Prince (12" Club Mix)
9. Sexy M.F. (12" Remix)
10. 7
11. Peach
12. Letitgo (Cavi' Street Mix)
13. The Most Beautiful Girl In The World (From 'The Beautiful Experience')

Bonus Track:

14. The Purple Medley (Full Length Version)

Link to Parts I, II & III

Saturday, 12 March 2016

All Mixed Up! Volume 11 - Atomic Kitten (Virgin / Innocent) (1999)

OK, I couldn't resist one last post today.

My final offering today is a mini selection from 90's girl group Atomic Kitten.
Masterminded by Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark front man Andy McCluskey the group went on to achieve significant success releasing 17 top 40 singles in the space of  5 years.
The biggest of these was "Whole Again" which became the 13th biggest selling single of the 00's.

This mini selection features the five singles released from their debut album "Right Now" back in 1999. On initial release the album reached a peak of number 39 in the UK charts. However following on from the massive success of "Whole Again" the album was
re-released hitting a peak of number 1 and selling in excess of 600,000 copies in the UK alone.

Enjoy this slice of pure pop!

That's my lot for today, have a great weekend you fabulous bunch and thanks for checking me out!
Big cubby cwtches. xxxxxxxxx

1. Right Now (Solomon Pop Mix)
2. See Ya! (Sleazesisters Anthem Mix)
3. I Want Your Love (Sleazesisters Anthem Mix)
4. Follow Me (Solaris Classic Disco Mix)
5. Whole Again (Original Mix)


All Mixed Up Volume 10 - Dead Or Alive (Epic / Sony) (1984 - 1990)

Following on from the shocking news today confirming that Pete Burns has passed away as a result of a massive cardiac arrest, I thought it would be fitting to pay tribute to a true icon in the only way I know how...

I am utterly devastated as I have grown up with Dead Or Alive since my formative years way back in 1984. I've always loved Pete for his music as well as his dry sense of humour and sharp wit,

My heart goes out to his family, friends and fans alike.

RIP. Gone but never forgotten... ever!

The original post :

I have been a massive fan of Burns & Co. since the release of their only number one single "You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)" way back in late 1984. Unfortunately most would only ever recognise Dead Or Alive by that track which is a shame because they released some stunning work over the years. If you need any guidance then try and get hold of a deluxe edition of their hits package "Evolution". It's a mighty fine collection.

The track list for this particular collection brings together some of their greatest work in remix form along with some rarer imported or unreleased mixes, The Naughty XXX Mix of "Something In My House" and the Flip Out Mix of "Rip It Up" are amongst those that never saw an official release - listening to the former you'll understand why - hahahah... 

I love this band to bits even after all these years. If you take the chance to side step "You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)" and are a big fan of 80's club / PWL stuff then you're going to love it too.

1. The Mighty Mix (Part 1)
2. Come Home With Me Baby (12" Version)
3. Brand New Lover (The Dust Monkey's Love Bubble Mix)
4. My Heart Goes Bang (Get Me To The Doctor) (Extended Mix)
5. Something In My House (Naughty XXX Mix)
6. Lover Come Back (To Me) (Extended Remix)
7. In Too Deep ("Off Yer Mong" Mix)
8. Misty Circles (Dance Mix)
9. You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) (Murder Mix)
10. Baby Don't Say Goodbye (Club Mix)
11. I'll Save You All My Kisses (The Long Wet Sloppy Kiss Mix)
12. Turn Around And Count 2 Ten (The Pearl & Dean " I Had A Disco Dream" Mix)
13. The Mighty Mix (Part 2)
14. Rip It Up (Flip Out Mix)

Link :

All Mixed Up! Volume 9 - Kylie Minogue (1987 - 1992) (PWL / Mushroom)

It's the weekend at last- woo hoo! (punches the air)...
Hope you're all well...

Next up in the AMU series is only the Princess Of Pop - Kylie!!!!!

Coming to prominence in the UK via Australian daytime soap "Neighbours" in the mid 80's as tomboy Charlene Mitchell, Kylie fast became a major hit with teen audiences.

As the story goes Kylie and her Neighbours colleagues attended a charity gig in Australia and went down a storm when an encore was demanded by their Aussie fans. With nothing prepared Kylie led the troop in a rousing rendition of Little Eva's hit from yesteryear "The Loco-Motion". With a rapturous response from the audience on the day the Australian public demanded that Kylie record and release it as a single. Promptly accepting the challenge a single was recorded and released reaching number 1 in Australia for 7 weeks and becoming one of the biggest sellers of the 80's there.

Fast forward to 1987 and Kylie was on route to visit The Hit Factory owned my Messrs. Stock / Aitken / Waterman to record a follow up single, Unknown to the trio of producers at the time legend has it that they were unprepared for the pocket rocket turning up and they duly knocked up her 2nd single (her debut in the UK) "I Should Be So Lucky" in 20 minutes. Kylie proceeded to belt out the single in one take and duly left to return to Australia...

On release "I Should Be So Lucky" raced to the top of the UK charts where it remained for a solid 5 weeks.

What followed over the next 4 years was a fantastic collection of classics that still stand up today.

This collection features remixes / alternative takes of every single one of those singles from "The Locomotion" right up to her final single with PWL "Celebration". Also included are rare and unreleased mixes of album tracks earmarked for release that never were.

There's more Kylie goodness here than you shake a shitty stick it at!!!!

Enjoy! xxxxxxx

Part One

1. I Should Be So Lucky (The Bicentennial Mix)
2. Got To Be Certain (Ashes To Ashes)
3. The Loco-Motion (The Sankie Remix)
4. Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi (Moi Non Plus Mix)
5. Made In Heaven
6. All I Wanna Do Is Make You Mine
7. It's No Secret (Extended)
8. Hand On Your Heart (Dub)
9. Just Wanna Love You
10. We Know The Meaning Of Love
11. Step Back In Time (Walkin' Rhythm Mix)
12. What Do I Have To Do? (Remix)
13. Shocked (DNA Mix)
14. Word Is Out
15. Keep On Pumpin' It Up (Astral Flight Mix)
16. If You Were With Me Now
17. Do You Dare (New Rave Mix)
18. Finer Feelings (Brothers In Rhythm 7" Mix)
19. Closer (Edit)
20. What Kind Of Fool (Heard All That Before) (Tech No Logical Mix)
21. Celebration (Have A Party Mix)

Part Two

1. Got To Be Certain (Extended)
2. Kylie's Smiley Mix (Extended)
3. Getting Closer
4. Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi (The Revolutionary Mix)
5. Made In Heaven (Made In England Mix)
6. Especially For You (Duet With Jason Donovan)
7. Hand On Your Heart (The Great Aorta Mix)
8. Wouldn't Change A Thing (Your Thang Mix)
9. Tears On My Pillow
10. Better The Devil You Know (The Mad March Hare Mix)
11. I'm Over Dreaming Over You
12. The Loco-Motion
13. What Do I Have To Do? (The Pump & Polly Mix)
14. Shocked (Harding / Curnow Mix)
15. Say The Word (I'll Be There)
16. Keep On Pumpin' It Up (Angelic Remix)
17. Give Me Just A Little More Time (12" Version)
18. Do You Dare (NRG Mix)
19. Finer Feelings (Brothers In Rhythm 12" Mix)
20. Closer (The Pleasure Mix)
21. What Kind Of Fool (Heard All That Before)
(No Tech No Logical Mix)
22. Got To Be Certain (Out For A Duck, Bill, Platter Plus Dub)

Part Three

1. Better The Devil You Know (Movers & Shakers 12" Mix)
2. The Loco-Motion (Chugga Motion Mix)
3. Glad To Be Alive (7" Mix)
4. The Loco-Motion (12" Master)
5. Hand On Your Heart (Heartache Mix)
6. Step Back In Time (Harding / Curnow Mix)
7. What Do I Have To Do? (Extended LP Mix)
8. Word Is Out (Dub 1)
9. No World Without You (Original 7" Mix)
10. Do You Dare (Italia 12" Mix)
11. Especially For You (Original 12" Mix)
12. Wouldn't Change A Thing (Yoyo's 12" Mix)
13. Never Too Late (Oz Tour Mix)
14. Better The Devil You Know (Dave Ford Remix)
15. Step Back In Time (Original 12" Mix)
16. One Boy Girl (12" Mix)
17. Word Is Out (Summer Breeze 12" Mix)
18. Live And Learn (Original 12" Mix)
19. Right Here, Right Now (Tony King 12" Mix)
20. Finer Feelings (Brothers In Rhythm Dub)
21.Celebration (7" Mix)

Part Four

1. What Do I Have To Do? (Movers & Shaker 12" Mix)
2. The Loco-Motion (Girl Meets Boy Mix)
3. Made In Heaven (Heaven Scent 12" Mix)
4. Wouldn't Change A Thing (Espagna Mix)
5. Better The Devil You Know (Alternative 7" Mix)
6. Things Can Only Get Better (Original 12" Mix)
7. The Loco-Motion (Kohaku Mix)
8. Let's Get To It (Tony King 12" Mix)
9. What Kind Of Fool (Heard All That Before)
(Pete Waterman's 12" Master Mix)
10. I Should Be So Lucky (Extended Mix)
11. The Locomotion (7" Mix)
12. Hand On Your Heart (Smokin' Mix)
13. I Am The One For You
14. Step Back In Time (Tony King Remix)
15. Too Much Of A Good Thing (Original 12" Mix)
16. If You Were With Me Now (Orchestral Mix)
17. Finer Feelings (Brothers In Rhythm Ambient Reprise)
18. Celebration (Good Times Mix)


Sunday, 28 February 2016

NOW That's What I Call Music 5 - Various Artists (Virgin / EMI) (1985)

For my final offering today we skip a volume and head straight to the 1985 summer release for NOW 5.

Again the album reached a peak of number one in the summer for 5 weeks on release 5th August 1985.

The album originally only contained one number one represented by Sister Sledge's ode to Sinatra - "Frankie".

Record 1 Side 1

1. Duran Duran - A View To A Kill
2. Scritti Politti - The Word Girl
3. Harold Faltermeyer - Axel F
4. Fine Young Cannibals - Johnny Come Home
5. Dead Or Alive - In Too Deep
6. Stephen 'Tin Tin' Duffy - Icing On The Cake
7. Kool & The Gang - Cherish
8. Paul Young - Everytime You Go Away

Record 1 Side 2

1. Marillion - Kayleigh
2. Bryan Ferry - Slave To Love
3. David Bowie & The Pat Metheny Group - This Is Not America
4. Simple Minds - Don't You (Forget About Me)
5. The Power Station - Get It On
6. China Crisis - Black Man Ray
7. Phil Collins - One More Night

Record 2 Side 1

1. Sister Sledge - Frankie
2. Mai Tai - History
3. Simply Red - Money's Too Tight (To Mention)
4. Steve Arrington - Feel So Real
5. Jaki Graham - Round And Around
6. The Conway Brothers - Turn It Up
7. Loose Ends - Magic Touch
8. Paul Hardcastle - 19*

Record 2 Side 2

1. U2 - The Unforgettable Fire
2. The Style Council - Walls Come Tumbling Down
3. Katrina & The Waves - Walking On Sunshine
4. Gary Moore & Phil Lynott - Out In The Fields
5. The Damned - The Shadow Of Love
6. Howard Jones - Life In One Day
7. Jimmy Nail - Love Don't Live Here Anymore

*Again I have done my best to emulate the original pressing as best I can. Unfortunately (or not depending on your taste) I've not been able to find a digital copy or otherwise of The Commentators parody single "N-N-Nineteen (Not Out) which was based on Paul Hardcastle's seminal "19" (peaking at number one just prior to NOW 5's release). In it's place I have added "19". Although not an accurate portrait of NOW 5, I personally think that "19" only adds to the greatness that is Record 2 Side 1.

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NOW That's What I Call Music 3 - Various Artists (Virgin / EMI) (1984)

Following on from Volume 2 what else were you expecting next?

Capitalising on the previous two volumes, NOW 3 was released in the scorching summer of 1984 - on the 23rd of July to be exact...

It kind of goes without saying that the album topped the UK charts - for an almighty 8 weeks at that.
Only containing 3 number ones, the reason being that one of them, Frankie Goes To Hollywood's "Two Tribes" had a stranglehold on the peak position for a staggering 9 weeks. The others were Duran Duran and Wham!

Volume 3 was the first of many volumes to incorporate the now infamous balls (behave!) and lighting streak motif that became synonymous with the brand through the 80's and into the early 90's.

It was released on double album / cassette, video selection and laserdisc.

Again the edits included on this album are replicated to be identical if not exactly the same as those on the original pressing.

Record 1 Side 1

1. Duran Duran - The Reflex
2. Nik Kershaw - I Won't Let Sun Go Down On Me
3. Sister Sledge - Thinking Of You
4. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Locomotion
5. Ultravox - Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
6. Howard Jones - Pearl In The Shell
7. Blancmange - Don't Tell Me
8. Phil Collins - Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)

Record 1 Side 2

1. Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Two Tribes
2. Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel - White Lines (Don't Do It)
3. Special AKA - Nelson Mandela
4. Womack & Womack - Love Wars
5. The Style Council - You're The Best Thing
6. Bob Marley & The Wailers - One Love / People Get Ready
7. Bronski Beat - Smalltown Boy

Record 2 Side 1

1. Queen - I Want To Break Free
2. Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time
3. Alison Moyet - Love Resurrection
4. The Bluebells - Young At Heart
5. Bananarama - Robert De Niro's Waiting
6. Propaganda - Dr. Mabuse
7. Tina Turner - What's Love Got To Do With It
8. The Flying Pickets - When You're Young And In Love

Record 2 Side 2

1. Wham! - Wake Me Up Before You Go Go
2. Thompson Twins - You Take Me Up
3. The Weather Girls - It's Raining Men
4. Gary Glitter - Dance Me Up
5. The Art Company - Susanna
6. Madness - One Better Day
7. David Sylvian - Red Guitar

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NOW That's What I Call Music II - Various Artists (Virgin / EMI) (1984)

So today I've decided to head back to the 80's for another trip down memory lane.

NOW, That's What I Call Music II (or NOW 2) was released on the 26th March 1984.
Following on from the major success of the first volume released in December of the previous year, NOW 2 became an even bigger success than it's predecessor. Reaching a peak position of number 1 on the UK chart and staying there for 5 weeks, NOW II was released as a double album / cassette along with a video selection (VHS and Betamax) and finally on laserdisc.

This volume was the first to be compiled by Ashley Abram who carried out the task in hand right up to NOW 81.

The purpose of posting this is because so many NOW fans have repeatedly requested for the first 9 volumes to be reissued but to no avail from the NOW team...

Most of the tracks are identical to the edits used on the original pressing, only a minority are slightly longer than those used. If you can't tell which ones then it's a job done good,


Record 1 Side 1

1. Queen - Radio Ga Ga
2. Nik Kershaw - Wouldn't It Be Good
3. Thompson Twins - Hold Me Now
4. Matt Bianco - Get Out Of Your Lazy Bed
5. Carmel - More, More, More
6. Madness - Michael Caine
7. The Flying Pickets - Only You

Record 1 Side 2

1. Nena - 99 Red Balloons
2. Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
3. Tracey Ullman - My Guy
4. Matthew Wilder - Break My Stride
5. Julia & Company - Breakin' Down (Sugar Samba)
6. Joe Fagin - That's Living Alright
7. Hot Chocolate - I Gave You My Heart (Didn't I)
8. Snowy White - Bird Of Paradise

Record 2 Side 1

1. Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Relax
2. Eurythmics - Here Comes The Rain Again
3. Howard Jones - What Is Love
4. The Smiths - What Difference Does It Make
5. Fiction Factory - Feels Like Heaven
6. Re-Flex - The Politics Of Dancing
7. Thomas Dolby - Hyperactive!
8. China Crisis - Wishful Thinking

Record 2 Side 2

1. David Bowie - Modern Love
2. Culture Club - It's A Miracle
3. The Rolling Stones - Undercover Of The Night
4. Big Country - Wonderland
5. Slade - Run Runaway
6. Duran Duran - New Moon On Monday
7. Paul McCartney - Pipes Of Piece

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Sunday, 21 February 2016

1990 Alternative Anthems - Part I : Urban / Soul (Various Artists / 1990)

Howdy Peeps!

First part of a double whammy for today. After having a scout through the old collection yesterday I found absolutely tons of old classics from yester-year. From 26 years ago to be precise - doesn't time fly?!!!!!

1990 was the year I left school to become a fully fledged adult (of sorts). At the time I had just started my first of many stints with HMV and my taste expanded rapidly. 1990 was the year that music exploded in every direction with everything from the Manchester scene kicking into gear to the rave scene going overground and becoming a force to be reckoned with.

I've split the two parts into distinctive themes as everyone has their own preferences from way back... This has been a great nostalgia trip for me today, I hope it is for you as well...

Much love & cwtches, xoxoxoxoxoxoxox


First up, let's make it funky...

1. The Adventures Of Stevie V - Dirty Cash (Dime & Dollar 12" Mix)
2. Beats International - Won't Talk About It (12" Version)
3. The Chimes - Heaven (Intense Music)
4. Was (Not Was) - Papa Was A Rollin' Stone
5. Living Color - Love Rears It's Ugly Head (Soulpower Mix)
6. Bobby Brown - Every Little Step (Extended Version)
7. Chad Jackson - Hear The Drummer (Get Wicked)
8. Neneh Cherry - I've Got You Under My Skin (In Deep Mix)
9. Soul II Soul - Jazzie's Groove (Remix)
10. Mantronix Featuring Wondress - Take Your Time (Club / Dub)
11. JT And The Big Family - Moments In Soul
12. The Family Stand - Ghetto Heaven (Extended Version)
13. Bell Biv Devoe - Poison
14. Jamie J. Morgan - Walk On The Wild Side (Extended Version)
15. Queen Latifah - Mama Gave Birth To The Soul Children
16. Diana Brown & Barrie K. Sharpe - The Masterplan
17. The Jungle Brothers - What U Waitin' 4
18. The Chimes - Heaven (Summer Breeze)

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1990 Alternative Anthems - Part II : Indie (Various Artists / 1990)

Part II covers the more indie / underground / baggy side of 1990...


1. The Shamen - Hyperreal (Orbit)
2. Primal Scream - Come Together (Terry Farley Mix)
3. The Soup Dragons - Mother Universe
4. James - Come Home (Extended Flood Mix)
5. The Stone Roses - Fools Gold 9.53
6. Happy Mondays - Step On (Oakenfold Remix)
7. That Petrol Emotion - Hey Venus (Mad Thatcher Disease Mix)
8. The Soup Dragons - I'm Free (Long Version)
9. Soho - Hippychick (Extended Version)
10. Coldcut Featuring Queen Latifah - Find A Way
11. The Beloved - Hello (Honky Tonk)
12. 808 State - Cubik (Original)
13. Nine Inch Nails - Head Like A Hole (Opal)
14. LFO - LFO

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Saturday, 20 February 2016

All Mixed Up! Volume 8: Depeche Mode (1981 - 1994 / Mute)

The best remixes of Depeche Mode 1981 - 1994 makes for an unexpected change of track for the AMU series. Volume 8 brings together the best of their 12" works / remixes from all the singles. Starting with debut "Dreaming Of Me" from 1981 and working through to 1994's "In Your Room" from my all time favourite album of theirs "Songs Of Faith & Devotion", there is a treasure trove of mixes here...

These mixes and a colossal amount of others can be found on their DMBX 1 - 6 box sets...

There's a bonus track of a 34 minute Mecha-Mix included as well.
What more could you want?!!!

There will be a few more posts coming in the next few days so keep your eyes and ears peeled...


Disc 1:

1. Dreaming Of Me
2. New Life (Remix)
3. Just Can't Get Enough (Schizo Mix)
4. See You (Extended Version)
5. The Meaning Of Love (Fairly Odd Mix)
6. Leave In Silence (Longer)
7. Get The Balance Right (Combination Mix)
8. Everything Counts (In Larger Amounts)
9. Love In Itself 3
10. People Are People (Different Mix)
11. Master & Servant (Slavery Whip Mix)
12. Blasphemous Rumours
13. Somebody (Remix)
14. Shake The Disease (Remixed Extended)
15. Something To Do (Metal Mix)
16. Fly On The Windscreen (Extended)
17.But Not Tonight (Extended)
18. It's Called A Heart (Extended)

Disc 2:

1. Stripped (Highland Mix)
2. A Question Of Lust (Minimal)
3. Black Celebration (Black Tulip Mix)
4. A Question Of Time (New Town Remix / Live Mix)
5. Strangelove (Maxi Mix)
6. Never Let Me Down Again (Split Mix)
7. Behind The Wheel (Shep Pettibone Mix)
8. Little 15
9. Personal Jesus (Holier Than Thou Approach)
10. Enjoy The Silence (Hands & Feet Mix)
11. Policy Of Truth (Beat Box)
12. Happiest Girl (Kiss-A-Mix)
13. World In My Eyes (Oil Tank Mix)
14. I Feel You (Renegade Soundwave Afghan Surgery Mix)
15, Walking In My Shoes (Grungy Gonads Mix)
16. Condemnation (Paris Mix)
17. Rush (Amylnitrate Mix)
18. In Your Room (Zephyr Mix)

Bonus Track:

19. The Mecha-Mix - (34 minutes)

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Saturday, 6 February 2016

Herb Alpert Featuring Janet Jackson With Lisa Keith - Diamonds / Making Love In The Rain (1987 / A&M)

Following on from my previous post many of you hawk-eyed Janet aficionado's may have noted one omission that was released between "Let's Wait Awhile" & "The Pleasure Principle"...


Released on the 14th March 1987 "Diamonds" was the 2nd release from Herb Alpert's "Keep Your Eye On Me" album. It followed the title track into the UK top 30 hitting a peak of 27. The track was a much bigger hit in the US where it peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 1 on the US Dance / Club Charts.

"Making Love In The Rain" was the third and final single from the same album and features Lisa Keith on main vocal with Janet on backing. The track failed to crack the top 40 in the UK and was a moderate hit reaching number 35 on the Billboard 100.

Final track "Keep Your Eye On Me" was released as the lead single from the album and was the most successful of the three released in the UK hitting the Top 10 on release.

All three tracks were produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, long time collaborators with Miss Jackson.

Herb also featured on the "Cool Summer Mixes" of Janet's "Nasty" and is a co-founder of A&M Records - Janet's first label.

1. Diamonds (Dance Mix)
2. Diamonds (Instrumental)
3. Diamonds (Beats Dubcapella)
4. Diamonds (Cool Summer Dance Mix)
5. Diamonds (Dub Version)
6. Diamonds (7" Edit)
7. Diamonds (Cool Summer Mix)
8. Making Love In The Rain (7" Remix)
9. Making Love In The Rain (Extended Version)
10. Keep Your Eye On Me (Extended Version)

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Janet Jackson - Control - 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (A&M / 1986)

Time to break away from the club anthems for a while and on to something else...

Janet Jackson's "Control" was released on the 4th February 1986 and was preceded by the first single "What Have You Done For Me Lately" in January of the same year. That was when I first heard of Michael's relatively (to me anyway) unknown younger sister. On first hearing the single I was blown away as it was a millions miles away from "Thriller" in musical terms - in addition to being like nothing else around at the time either...

Then a couple of months later following the release of "Nasty" & "When I Think Of You" I managed to get my first listen of what I thought was Janet's first album - it might as well have been as her two previous releases, the eponymous "Janet Jackson" & "Dream Street" caused barely a ripple in the UK. It simply blew my mind! Tracks bordering on epic length, interludes, ass shaking beats and an unmistakable attitude that confirmed that Ms. Jackson had truly found her feet and was about to become a force to be reckoned with (how little we knew at time)...

Although the album contains only 9 tracks it spawned 7 top  60 UK hits (6 in the US of which 5 hit the Billboard Top 5). The tracks were released as follows (UK chart positions) :

What Have You Done For Me Lately (#3)
Nasty (#19)
When I Think Of You (#10)
Control (#42)
Let's Wait Awhile (#3)
The Pleasure Principle (#24)
Funny How Time Flies (When You're Having Fun) (#59)

But that's not all. Each respective single (with the exception of "Funny..." which didn't have one) came with spectacular visuals, the sharpest choreography and Miss Jackson centre stage - she was (and still is) mesmerising....

The album reached the milestone of hitting it's 30th anniversary this year and so far there hasn't been any talk of re-releasing it as a deluxe edition - that's where I come in...
I've attempted to put together a definitive collection of this absolute masterpiece which includes the original studio recording alongside a plethora of mixes from the original 12" releases.
Further to this I've also included several mixes that were released at the time of "Design Of A Decade 1986 - 96". I've also included the stand alone single "Start Anew" that was released in Japan only in 1985 and was to be considered as part of the "Control" album prior to release but was eventually dropped from the tracklisting.

Finally, you can view Miss Jackson in all her glory as there are links to 5 of the videos released from 'Control'

I hope you enjoy this as much as I do...

Disc 1 : The Original Studio Album

1. Control
2. Nasty
3. What Have You Done For Me Lately
4. You Can Be Mine
5. The Pleasure Principle
6. When I Think Of You
7. He Doesn't Know I'm Alive
8. Let's Wait Awhile
9. Funny How Time Flies (When You're Having Fun)

Bonus Track :

10. Start Anew (Stand Alone Single - Japan Only 1985 Release)

Disc 2 : The Original 12" Mixes

1. Start Anew (Extended)
2. What Have You Done For Me Lately (Extended Version)
3. Nasty (Extended)
4. When I Think Of You (Dance Remix)
5. Nasty (Cool Summer Mix - Part One)
6. Control (Extended Version)
7. Let's Wait Awhile (Remix)
8. The Pleasure Principle (The Shep Pettibone Long Vocal Remix)
9. Nasty (Cool Summer Mix - Part Two)
10. Control (The Video Mix)

Disc 3 : The Original Edit / Dub / Accapella Mixes

1. What Have You Done For Me Lately (Edit)
2. What Have You Done For Me Lately (Accapella)
3. What Have You Done For Me Lately (Dub Mix)
4. Nasty (7" Edit Of The Remix)
5. Nasty (Accapella)
6. Nasty (Instrumental)
7. When I Think Of You (Extra Beats)
8. Control (Edit)
9. Control (Dub Mix)
10. Control (Accapella)
11. The Pleasure Principle (The Shep Pettibone Dub Edit)
12. The Pleasure Principle (Accapella)
13. The Pleasure Principle (The Shep Pettibone 7" Edit)

Disc 4 : '95 Remixes

1. When I Think Of You (David Morales House Mix '95 7" Mix)
2. When I Think Of You (David Morales Classic Club Mix)
3. When I Think Of You (David Morales Jazzy Mix UK Edit)
4. The Pleasure Principle (Legendary Radio Mix)
5. The Pleasure Principle (Legendary Club Mix)
6. The Pleasure Principle (Nu Flava Vocal Dub)
7. The Pleasure Principle (Banji Dub)
8. The Pleasure Principle (D.T. Twilo Dub)
9. When I Think Of You (Deep Dish Chocolate City Mix)
10. When I Think Of You (Deep Dish Quiet Storm Dub)
11. When I Think Of You (Dished Out Bums)

The Videos :

What Have You Done For Me Lately
When I Think Of You
The Pleasure Principle

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Sunday, 31 January 2016

dj'aead Presents Anthems '95 - Part 2 (1995 / Various Artists)

I'm back and fully refreshed after two weeks in the sun recharging my batteries.
Did ya miss me?

Well as promised I have put together the second instalment of anthems from 1995. This part covers the more house / commercial side than that of part one. Many of these tracks are well known already as they were massive back in the day. Others are possibly less apparent to you, but I can guarantee that as soon as you hit this playlist the good times will come flooding back.

I'm off to rub some lotion in my brown bits...


1. Human League - Filling Up With Heaven (Hardfloor Vocal Mix)
2. Everything But The Girl - Missing (Todd Terry Club Mix)
3. Bobby Brown - Two Can Play That Game (K-Klassic Mix)
4. De'lacy - Hideaway (Deep Dish Remix)
5. Janet Jackson - When I Think Of You '95 (Deep Dish Chocolate City Remix)
6. Bobby Brown - Humpin' Around (K-Klass Mix)
7. Screen II - Hey DJ (Catherdral Stab)
8. Madonna - Love Don't Live Here Anymore (Mark!'s It's A Girl Dub)
9. Sam Ellis - Club Lonely (Three In One Mix)
10. Loni Clarke - U (K-Klass Klub Mix)
11. M People - Open Up Your Heart (Master Mix)
12. D. Mob Featuring Cathy Dennis - Why? (Monster Mix)
13. Sphinx Featuring Sabrina Johnston - What Hope Have I? (Big Mix)
14. Shiva - Freedom (K-Klassic Mix)
15. The Nightcrawlers - Put The Feeling On (MK's Dub Of Doom)
16. The Ethics - La Luna (Original)
17. Mr. Roy - Saved (Mr. Roy's 12" Middlewicket)
18. Strike - U Sure Do (Guest Mix)
19. The Todd Terry Project - Weekend (Dancing Divaz Club Mix)
20. The Original - I Luv U Baby (Dancing Divaz Club Mix)
21. Livin' Joy - Dreamer (Club Mix)
22. Simply Red - Fairground (Rollo & Sister Bliss Club Mix)
23. Grace - Not Over Yet (Dancing Divaz Remix)
24. Blondie - Union City Blue (Diddy's Power & Passion Mix)
25. New Atlantic Featuring Berri - Sunshine After The Rain (2 Cowboys Club Mix)
26. MC Sar & The Real McCoy - Another Night (Club Mix)
27. Nush - U Girls (JX Mix)
28. BB Club - Play This House (Aquarius Teased & Pleased Mix)
29. Corona - Baby Baby (Lee Marrow Extended Mix)
30. Patric - Love Me (Mars Plastic Remix)
31. Clubhouse Featuring Carl - Light My Fire (RAF Zone Remix)
32. Pulp - Common People (Motiv 8 Club Remix)
33. Erasure - Fingers & Thumbs (Cold Summers Day) (Tin Tin Out Remix)
34. Jam & Spoon Featuring Plavka - Find Me (Odyssey To Anyoona)

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Wednesday, 13 January 2016

So We're Off On Holibobs...

A very early good morning to you all.

I'm typing this at stupid o'clock in the morning (3.15am) waiting to check in before heading off to Lanzarote for 2 weeks of sun, sea, taramasalata and whatever else takes my fancy...

With that in mind normal service will resume on my return. Should you wish to follow my escapades (or just check out my white bits out - of which there are currently a lot) then you can still find me on G+ and Facebook.

Catch you all soon. Look after yourselves...
This cubby is off to catch some rays. Laters!

Cubby cwtches as always.

Al. Xxxxxxxx

Sunday, 3 January 2016

dj'aead Presents Anthems '95 - Part 1 (1995 / Various Artists)

As promised yesterday, we're heading backwards slightly to 1995. This year in my legendary clubbing days holds a multitude of good memories and classics.

There are so many to choose from that I've had to split it up into two parts of which this one covers the more bouncy classics ranging from the heavier house classics to the ultimate in techno and trance anthems...

Part two will follow shortly but in the meantime enjoy!!!

1. Friends, Lovers & Family - Tribute (Bucket & Spades)
2. Hyperlogic - Only Me (Red Jerry Mix)
3. Li Kwan - Point Zero
4. Cygnus X - The Orange Theme
5. The O.T. Quartet - Hold That Sucker Down (Happy Daze Mix)
6. Castle Trancelot - Indoctrinate (Original Mix)
7. Grace - I Want To Live (Rollo & Sister Bliss Big Vocal Mix)
8. Size 9 - I'm Ready (Remix Version)
9. Mory Kante - Yeke Yeke (Hardfloor Mix)
10. The Human League - Filling Up With Heaven (Hardfloor Dub Mix)
11. N- Trance - Turn Up The Power (Dark Mix)
12. Movin' Melodies - Lemon Project (Grapefruit Mix)
13. Kristine W. - Don't Wanna Think (Rollo's Raw Mix)
14. Shamen - Destination Eschaton (Hardfloor Mix)
15. Mary Kiani - When I Call Your Name (Hardfloor Vocal)
16. Rollo Goes Mystic - Love, Love, Love - Here I Come (Big Mix)
17. Tall Paul - Rock Da House (Original Mix)
18. Hi-Lux - Feel It (Full On Mix)
19. Artemisia - Bits & Pieces
20. TWA - Nasty Girls (Rollo's Nasty Mix)
21. Sister Bliss - Oh! What A World (Big Bold Brassy Mix)
22. Escrima - Deeper (Matt Darey Mix)
23. Quartzlock Featuring Lonnie Gordon - Love Eviction (Watermill Club Mix)
24. Billie Ray Martin - Your Loving Arms (Diss-Cuss Vocal Mix)
25. Gems For Jem - Lifting Me Higher (Tall Paul Mix)
26. Sleaze Sisters - Let's Whip It Up (You Go Girl)
(Sleaze Sister Anthem Mix)
27. Escrima - Train Of Thought (12" Mix)
28. Tin Tin Out Featuring Espiritu -
Always Something There To Remind Me (Tooley St. Mix)
29. Diss-Cuss - Save The Day (Emma Road Mix)
30. Felix - Don't You Want Me (Candy Girls Mix)
31. Mrs. Wood - Joanna (V2 Remix)
32. Diddy - Give Me Love (Tony De Vit Remix)
33. Xpansions '95 - Move Your Body (Blu Peter Mix)
34. Elevator - Ha!
35. Rizzo - Housework (Original Mix)
36. JX - You Belong To Me (JX / Red Jerry Mix)
37. Jones & Stephenson - The First Rebirth ('95 Red Jerry Mix)
38. Marmion - Schoneberg (Marmion Remix)
39. Jens - Loops & Tings (Fruit Loops Mix)
40. Westbam Vs. Red Jerry - Wizards Of The Sonic
(Red Jerry '95 Original Mix)

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Saturday, 2 January 2016

dj'aead Presents Anthems 1996 - The Soundtrack To My (Club) Life - (1996 / Various Artists)

Happy New Year folks! I hope you all had a great time...

So, are we all feeling a little depressed now the party season is over? Well fear not because you still have a full weekend of fun and frolics left before heading back to work on Monday (well I have anyway)...

Jumping forward from 1994 to 1996 for this post I've managed to line up some more scrummy treats for you (if you have enough room to stuff them in)...

Fear not, as I will be returning to 1995 very soon but with such a massive amount of anthems I may have to do it in two parts...

For now just push the furniture back, roll back the carpet, pump up the bass and enjoy!

1. Donna Summer - State Of Independence (Murk Club Mix)
2. Livin' Joy - Don't Stop Movin' (Club Mix)
3. H2O Featuring Billie - Nobody's Business (Euro Vocal)
4. George Michael - Spinning The Wheel (Forthright Club Mix)
5. Duke - So In Love With You (Full Intention Club Mix)
6. Mrs. Wood Featuring Eve Gallagher - Heartbreak (Working Hard Mix)
7. Wildchild - Renegade Master (Original)
8. Todd Terry Featuring Martha Wash & Jocelyn Brown -
Keep On Jumpin' (Rhythm Masters Thumpin' Mix)
9. The Beloved - Satellite (Freedom Vocal)
10. Happy Clappers - I Believe (12" Master)
11. Alcatraz - Giv Me Luv (Original Mix)
12. Michael Jackson - They Don't Care About Us (Love To Infinity's Anthem Of Love Mix)
13. Juliet Roberts - I Want You (Monster Club Mix)
14. Stretch 'N' Vern Present "Maddog" - I'm Alive (12" Version)
15. Club 69 - Diva (The Male Diva Parts I & II)
16. Tori Amos - Professional Widow (Armand's Star Trunk Funkin' Mix)
17. CJ Bolland - Sugar Is Sweeter (Armand's Drum & Bass Mix)
18. Kristine W. - One More Try (Rollo's Big Mix)
19. The Beloved - Ease The Pressure (Club Vocal)
20. Huff & Puff - Help Me Make It (Deep Mix)
21. Robert Miles - Children (Dream Version)
22. Louise - Arms Around The World (Rated PG Club Mix)
23. Gina G - I Belong To You (12" Extended Mix)
24. Spice Girls - Wannabe (Vocal Slam)
25. JX - There's Nothing I Won't Do (JX / Red Jerry Club Mix)
26. Faithless - Insomnia (Monster Mix)
27. Roxy Music - Love Is The Drug (Rollo & Sister Bliss Monster Mix)
28. Space Kittens - Storm (Disco Mix)
29. Mr. & Mrs. Smith - Gotta Get Loose (Trilogy Mix)
30. Candy Girls Featuring Sweet Pussy Pauline - Fee Fi Fo Fum (12" Mix)
31. Movin' Melodies - Indica (Original Mix)
32. Natural Born Grooves - Forerunner (Experts Remix)
33. Transformer 2 - Just Can't Get Enough (Goodfello's Mix)
34. Billie Ray Martin - Honey (Chicane Mix)
35. Lil Mo' Yin Yang - Reach (Basement Jaxx "Firecracker" Mix)
36. Sandy B. - Make The World Go Round (Deep Dish Mix)
37. Love Tribe - Stand Up (Alcatraz Robs The Bank)

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Monday, 28 December 2015

dj'aead Presents Anthems 1994 - The Soundtrack To My (Club) Life - (1994 / Various Artists)

Hey you guys!!! Hope you all had an awesome Christmas / time off work etc...
Well it's been a few more weeks in the making but here is part two of my clubbing nostalgia trip.
This time we take a trip back back to 1994 and into the heady clubbing days of the mid 90's...

There are classics galore here - some well known, others as long forgotten gems but all have been weaved into my psyche one way of another. There's something for everyone ranging from the skippiest house to the bounciest continental grooves of the year...


1. Blur - Girls & Boys (Pet Shop Boys 12" Mix)
2. Alison Moyet - Whispering Your Name (Extended)
3. Degrees Of Motion - Do You Want It Right Now (King Street Mix)
4. Crystal Waters - 100% Pure Love (Club Mix)
5. Gabrielle - We Don't Talk (Cleveland City House Mix)
6. M People - Renaissance (Master Mix)
7. Tom Jones - If I Only Knew (T-Empo "Live In Las Vegas" Club Mix)
8. T-Empo - Saturday Night, Sunday Morning (Club Mix)
9. Judy Cheeks - Reach (Brothers In Rhythm Club Mix)
10. Kylie Minogue - Confide In Me (Big Brothers Mix)
11. Degrees Of Motion Feat. Biti - Shine On (Radiant Mix)
12. Aftershock - Slave To The Vibe (12" Club Mix)
13. Boy George - Miss Me Blind (Return To Gender Mix)
14. East 17 - Around The World (Overworld Mix)
15. MC Sar & The Real McCoy - Runaway (Junior'sSound Factory Mix - Vox Up)
16. Madonna - Secret (Junior's Luscious Mix)
17. Grace Jones - Slave To The Rhythm (D. Monster Mix)
18. Michelle Gayle - Sweetness (West End Mix)
19. K-Klass - What You're Missing (Universal '94 Mix)
20. Janet Jackson - Throb (Morales Legendary Club Mix)
21. Gloworm - Carry Me Home (Rollo's Rushin' Mix)
22. Dannii Minogue - Get Into You (Arizona Club Mix)
23. Isha D. - Stay (Original Mix)
24. Our Tribe Featuring Franke Phaoroh & Kristine W -
Love Come Home (Judge Jules & Michael Skins Remix)
25. Spirits - Don't Bring Me Down (Original Club Mix)
26. Pet Shop Boys - Liberation (E-Smoove Mix)
27. Alex Party - Don't Give Me Your Life (Classic Alex Party Mix)
28. 3rd Nation - I Believe (Our Tribe Remix)
29. Rollo Goes Camping - Get Off Your High Horse! (Big Bold Brassy Mix)
30. Baby D. - Let Me Be Your Fantasy (Dancing Divaz Club Mix)
31. New Power Generation - The Good Life (Dancing Divaz Mix)
32. Cappella - Move It Up (House Mix)
33. Blondie - Atomic (Diddy's 12" Mix)
34. Rising High Collective - Tangled In My Thoughts (Hardfloor Mix)
35. Erasure - Always (Cappella Club Mix)
36. Cappella - U & Me (Techno Kingdom & Champagne)
37. Blue Bamboo - A,B,C, & D (Rampant Weed Full On Mix)
38. 2 Cowboys - Everybody Gonfi Gon (Valencia Mix)
39. Haddaway - Rock My Heart (Extended Mix)
40. Motiv 8 - Rockin' For Myself (Club Mix)
41. O.T. Quartet - Hold That Sucker Down (Builds Like A Skyscraper)
42. DJ Miko - What's Up (4 Blondes Mix)
43. DJ Pierre - We Gonna Funk (DJ Pierre's Original Mix)
44. Pet Shop Boys - Absolutely Fabulous (Our Tribe Tongue In Cheek Mix)
45. 2 Unlimited - The Real Thing (Extended 12")
46. CB Milton - It's A Loving Thing (Continental Club Mix)
47. Anticappella - Move Your Body (Laser Break Extended Mix)
48. JX - Son Of A Gun (JX / Red Jerry Mix)
49. Way Out West - Ajare (Full Mix)
50. Mrs. Wood - Whodunnit? (Hardbag  Mix)

And if I don't see you before then have a cracking New Year! See you all in 2016....
Much love and cubby cwtches as always.... xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo


Sunday, 6 December 2015

dj'aead Presents Anthems 1993 : A soundtrack to those early clubbing days. (1993 / Various Artists)

Well it's been a while since my last post hasn't it? I know, I'm terribly shoddy with my time keeping!

So to make up for my tardiness I've got a bumper selection of anthems that were prominent to this new arrival on the gay scene way back.... These anthems were the soundtrack to my life during my first days of coming out to the whole world. While not a definitive selection (there are too many to choose from), this selection holds many a happy memory of my early clubbing days. From The Riverside Hotel (The Scene) on the one side of my home town to The Kings Cross (sadly no more) and onwards to both Exit and Club X (also gone) right over the other side of Cardiff.

This track list holds so many good memories for me... I hope they will for you to - wherever you were clubbing...

1. The Goodmen - Give It Up (Batacuda Refrescante)
2. Pet Shop Boys - Go West
    (Ming's Gone West - First Movement Parts I & II)
3. Sunscreem - Perfect Motion (Boys Own Mix)
4. Lulu - Independence (Brothers In Rhythm Club Mix)
5. Mariah Carey - Dream Lover (Def Club Mix)
6. Sister Sledge - We Are Family (Sure Is Pure '93 Remix)
7. Janet Jackson - If (Brother In Rhythm House Mix)
8. Dina Carroll - Special Kind Of Love (Brothers In Rhythm Remix)
9. RuPaul - Supermodel (Couture Mix)
10. West End Featuring Sybil - The Love I Lost (12" Mix)
11. Robin S. - Luv 4 Luv (Stone's Club Mix)
12. The Flavour - No Matter What You Do (I'm Gonna Get With You)
     (The Tesko Development Vocal Club Mix)
13. Lisa B. - Fascinated (Diss-Cuss Mix)
14. Inner City - Good Life (CJ's Living Good '93 Club Mix)
15. M People - One Night In Heaven (Master Mix)
16. Dannii Minogue - This Is It (One World 12" Mix)
17. Haddaway - What Is Love (Club Mix)
18. Freddie Mercury - Living On My Own (No More Brothers Mix)
19. Staxx - Joy (Lovejoy 12")
20. Tina Turner - Disco Inferno (Beatmasters 12")
21. D:Ream - Things Can Only Get Better (D:Reamix)
22. K-Klass (Let Me Show You (Klub Mix)
23. X-Press 2 - Say What! (London Underground Mix)
24. Alex Party - Read My Lips (Saturday Night Party)
25. Atlantic Ocean - Waterfall (Pegasus 4)
26. Urban Cookie Collective - The Key, The Secret
      (Glamorously Developed Mix)
27. Rising High Collective Feat.. Plavka - Fever Called Love
      (Hardfloor Remix)
28. Snap! Feat. Niki Harris - Do You See The Light (Looking For) (12")
29. Fluke - Groovy Feeling (Make Mine A 99)
30. Interactive - Koma
31. Haddaway - Life (Mission Control Mix)
32. Culture Beat - Anything (Grosser Club Mix)
33. Cappella - U Got 2 Know (A La Carte Paris Mix)
34. 2 Unlimited - Maximum Overdrive (Extended)
35. Urban Cookie Collective - Feels Like Heaven (Extended To The Max)
36. Cappella - U Got 2 Let The Music (Pagany KM 1972 Mix)

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Sunday, 6 September 2015

a-ha - Living A Boys Adventure Tale (1985 / 2010)

With the release of their new album Cast In Steel after a 5 year hiatus into early retirement, a-ha are back and firing on all cylinders...

I've been a fan of the group since the third release of "Take On Me" way back in 1985 along with the epic video. I kind of left them on the back burner after their first greatest hits album "Headlines & Deadlines" back in 1990 but then took a new interest after Foot Of The Mountain was released as their "final" studio album back in 2009. Ploughing through their back catalogue I found many lost gems that I can't believe I missed the first time around...

Doing a singles track list seems a bit pointless here. If you even remotely like the band the chances are you've probably got one of their Greatest Hits compilations already. Instead I've decided to mix it up a bit.

Of course there are a few classic singles (some of which were only minor hits) but there are plenty of classic album tracks that in my opinion are just as good, if not better than their more well known work...

1. Living A Boys Adventure Tale
2. Early Morning
3. Summer Moved On
4. There's Never A Forever Thing
5. Rolling Thunder
6. Crying In The Rain
7. The Weight Of The Wind
8. The Bandstand
9. You Wanted More
10. Mother Nature Goes To Heaven
11. Dark Is The Night
12. Forever Not Yours
13. I Call Your Name
14. Angel In The Snow
15. Lifelines

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All Mixed Up! Volume 7 : Five Star (Tent / BMG / Epic) (1985 - 1991)

Afternoon peeps! Hope you're all having a great weekend...

Time for a bit of 80's nostalgia for my next post as we head back to the mid 80's for some unadulterated feel good dance from Romford's finest - that's Five Star to those who haven't got a clue who I'm on about...

Lauded as the next Jackson 5 back in the day, siblings Denise, Doris, Lorraine, Stedman & Delroy Pearson released 24 singles between 1983 - 1991. 21 of them making the Top 75.
The band have recently seen a bit of a revival across the 80's festival scene as has Denise with her debut solo album "Imprint" which has received rave reviews across the music press...

Disc 1.

1. Shine (New Jack Mix)
2. Hot Love (Full Rub)
3. With Every Heartbeat (12" Mix)
4. There's A Brand New World (Extended Mix)
5. Rock My World (Extra Terrestrial Mix)
6. Another Weekend (Friday Night Mix)
7. Somewhere Somebody (The Pettibone Remix)
8. Whenever You're Ready (The New York Mix)
9. The Slightest Touch (The Pettibone Touch Mix)

Disc 2.

1. If I Say Yes (Extended Mix)
2. Rain Or Shine (Remix)
3. Find The Time (Midnight Mix)
4. Can't Wait Another Minute (12" Mix)
5. System Addict (M&M Remix)
6. R.S.V.P. (Urban Remix)
7. Love Take Over (The Limited Edition Remix)
8. Let Me Be The One (Philadelphia Remix)
9. All Fall Down (M&M Remix)


Tuesday, 25 August 2015

All Mixed Up! Volume 6 : Rollo & Sister Bliss (1992 - 1997)

Whether working together collectively under the guise of Faithless for over the best part of 20 years, as solo artists or as a formidable remix duo, Rollo & Sister Bliss have attained a mighty catalogue of classic tracks & mixes that span the euphoric days of the early 90's right up to present day.

Racking up countless number 1's on the UK dance charts along the way, no further introduction is required...

Disc 1 :

1. Gloworm - Carry Me Home (Rollo's Rushin' Mix)
2. Felix - Don't You Want Me (Hooj Mix)
3. Kristine W - One More Try (Rollo's Big Mix)
4. Sister Bliss - Oh, What A World! (Big Bold Brassy Mix)
5. T.W.A. - Nasty Girls (Rollo's Nasty Mix)
6. Sphinx - What Hope Have I (The Big Mix)
7. The O.T. Quartet Featuring Franke Phaoroh & Kristine W. - Love Come Home
(Judge Jules & Michael Skins Remix)
8. Ian Wright - Do The Right Thing (Rollo 2-1 Up Mix)
9. Pet Shop Boys - Can You Forgive Her (Rollo Remix)
10. Rollo Goes Camping - Get Off Your High Horse (Big Bold Brassy Mix)
11. The O.T. Quartet - Hold That Sucker Down (Builds Like A Skyscraper)

Disc 2 :

1. Faithless - Don't Leave (Euphoric Mix)
2. Roxy Music - Love Is The Drug (Rollo & Sister Bliss Monster Mix)
3. Simply Red - Fairground (Rollo & Sister Bliss Remix)
4. Donna Summer - I Feel Love (Rollo & Sister Bliss Mix)
5. Grace - I Want To Live (Rollo & Sister Bliss Big Vocal Mix)
6. Rollo Goes Mystic - Love, Love, Love - Here I Come (Big Mix)
7. Faithless - Salva Mea (Way Out West Mix)
8. Frankie O' Moiraghi Featuring Amnesia - Feel My Body (Rollo's Higher Mix)
9. Kristine W. - Don't Wanna Think (Rollo's Raw Mix)
10. Livin' Joy - Dreamer (Rollo's Big Mix)
11. Faithless - Insomnia (Monster Mix)

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Monday, 24 August 2015

The Best Of Stock, Aitken, Waterman - The 12" Mixes (PWL / London / Fanfare / Chrysalis / Supreme) (1984 - 1990)

I love a good 12" and Messrs S.A.W. along with mixmasters Phil Harding & Ian Curnow produced some sublime 12" remixes throughout the 80's and early 90's.

Consistently slagged off by the "serious" journalists back in their heyday for producing what was described as "chart fodder", a nostalgic look at their material confirms that they produced and remixed a wealth of quality stuff. And all emanating from The Hit Factory.

I've tried to showcase some of the less obvious tracks and minor hits along with a few well known classics as most of you will already know and / or have the mega hits already (however if you do fancy a second set then let me know)...

Personal favourites for me are Sinitta's "I Don't Believe In Miracles", Mel & Kim's "F.L.M." and Bananarama's "I Can't Help It". Hope you enjoy it!

Disc 1 :

1. Dead Or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) (Murder Mix)
2. Hazell Dean - Searching (12" Version)
3. Bananarama - Venus (Extended Version)
4. Mel & Kim - Respectable (Club Mix)
5. Sinitta - I Don't Believe In Miracles (Club Remix)
6. Jason Donovan - Nothing Can Divide Us (Great Scott! It's The Remix)
7. Rick Astley - Together Forever (Lover's Leap Mix)
8. Kylie Minogue - Wouldn't Change A Thing (Espagna Mix)
9. Donna Summer - Love's About To Change My Heart (Extended Remix)
10. Sonia - You'll Never Stop Me From Loving You (Extended Version)

Disc 2 :

1. Dead Or Alive - My Heart Goes Bang (Get Me To The Doctor) (Extended Remix)
2. Mel & Kim - F.L.M. (Extended Version)
3. Bananarama - I Can't Help It (Extended Club Mix)
4. Samantha Fox - Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now (Extended Version)
5. Princess - I'll Keep On Loving You (Original Full Length Album Version)
6. Brother Beyond - He Ain't No Competition (12" Version)
7. Stock, Aitken, Waterman - Roadblock (Extended Version)
8. Big Fun - Blame It On The Boogie (12" Remix)
9. Sonia - Counting Every Minute (The King's Counting House Mix)
10. Lonnie Gordon - Happenin' All Over Again (Hip House Mix)

Disc 1 Link :

Disc 2 Link :