100 Essential CDs – Number 35 –Gloria Gaynor – The Very Best Of

The Very Best Of– Gloria Gaynor (Polydor 1993)  A compilation album from the lady who back in 1976 was officially crowned “Queen Of The Discos” and who is still with us today, probably performing one of her hit songs  somewhere on this planet as I write this.  Her “coronation” was performed at the nightclub “Club …

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Essential CD Countdown

100 Supremes 70’s Greatest Hits & Rare Classics 1991 99 Various Artists More Rock N Roll Love Songs 1991 98 Tina Turner Simply The Best 1991 97 Erasure Pop! The First 20 Hits 1992 96 Stevie Wonder Songs In The Key Of Life 1976 95 Martha Reeves & Vandellas Compact Command Performances 1986 94 Duffy …

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100 Essential CDs – Number 14 – 60 More Classic Dance Hits Of The 70s

60 More Classic Dance Hits Of The 70s (Connoisseur Collection 1991) This three CD compilation was one of the first CD box sets I ever bought, thrilled to replace my 7″ and 12″ vinyl collection of many of these classic tracks.  I continually regret my decision to chuck away the vinyl but this has been …

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100 Essential CDs – Number 20- Rhythm Divine 2

Rhythm Divine 2 (Dino 1991) I did own this CD compilation’s predecessor, the unsurprisingly named Rhythm Divine on vinyl.  There were quite a lot of tracks squeezed on over four sides and that compression and the fact that it was in the latter days of vinyl when the industry wanted everyone to purchase CDs meant …

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Donna Summer: The Thrill Goes On – Nik A Ramli (2012) – A Real Life Review

What is the right thing to do when just as your biography is going to press the subject dies? Do you hold back publication and revise its contents? I think I would probably say yes to this. Do you carry on and publish anyway after all, knowing that not many readers will know when a …

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100 Essential CDs – Number 89- Various Artists – Chilled Disco

Chilled Disco – Various Artists (Smart 2002) I picked up this 16 track double CD from a bargain bin in my local Asda Supermarket not too long after its release.  It is very sparse in information about the tracks but for me it was a bit of a gem of a find and I have …

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100 Essential CDs – Number 82– The Essential Collection – Dionne Warwick

  The Essential Collection – Dionne Warwick (Global 1996) UK Chart Position – 58 Released to shift some units for the Christmas market in 1996 and no doubt accompanied by a TV advertising campaign I favour this 48 track two CD collection over other greatest hits compilations for this artist.  We get one album of …

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100 Essential CDs – Number 62 – Jimmy Somerville – The Singles Collection 1984-90

The Singles Collection 1984-1990 (London 1990) UK Chart Position – 4   This 17 track album was released six years into the hit making career of Jimmy Somerville by which time he had scored hits as lead singer in two groups, Bronski Beat and The Communards and had success as a solo singer.  It brought …

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100 Essential CDs – Number 76 –Chaka Khan – Life Is A Dance: The Remix Project

Life Is A Dance: The Remix Project  – Chaka Khan (Warner Bros 1989) UK Chart Position – 14 The remix- Discuss.  I had to do a little bit of research to find out how remixing came about.  I wasn’t that surprised to see that the originators were the top Reggae producers of the 70’s who …

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100 Essential CDs – Number 4 –Fame– Grace Jones

Fame- Grace Jones   (Island 1978) What’s this then?  Two consecutive Grace Jones studio albums in the Top 5 Essential list.  I’m making no apologies for this.  After the superb “Portfolio” we were offered more of the same and I for one lapped it up.  Released a year after the debut, sales were lower and …

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