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The Best Garage Anthems Ever

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Genre: Compilation / Artist: Various Artists / Audio CD released 2000-09-18 at Virgin

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      24.09.2001 00:25
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      2000 was the year that garage really exploded in the UK, and from its general lack of appearance in the upper reaches of the charts of late, it seems - like Britpop did in 1995 - to have peaked, but that doesn't prevent the odd fantastic new tune appearing on the scene. Garage is, in my opinion, one of those genres which people are 100% into or despise everything to do with. Therefore, it's hard to see where this compilation fits in: it's commercial and unmixed, and so may not appear to true garage-heads, and people who dislike garage will equally steer well away. The double CD reads like a who's-who of the UK garage scene over the last few years; as the title suggests it's basically like a greatest hits of garage. Like all greatest hits, therefore, there's plenty of good material which will sound familiar to most fans, and a splattering of tracks which are more dubious. It's probably worth mentioning what lets this CD down firstly; just a few tracks that appear clearly out of place. Firstly, WHAT on earth is TrueSteppers' dire 'Out of your mind' (yup, the one with an ex-Spice Girl on vocodered lead vocals) doing here? It's a pop tune. Later on the second CD, Emma Bunton emerges with Tin Tin Out on 'What I Am' - luckily though the track is a fantastic remix which completely alters the original rather naff version. Oxide & Neutrino's 'Bound 4 Da Reload' another track which doesn't really fit in; as at the time when it was released, it still sound a bit of a novely record. CD1 is essentially a round up of garage tracks making it big over the summer of 2000, when this album was originally released. Highlights include: > LONYO-SUMMER OF LOVE An effortlessly laid-back tune; smooth, silky vocals over a minimalist garage beat. THE garage tune of last summer? > AZZIDO DA BASS-DOOMS NIGHT Irritating at first (you'll know what I mean when you hear it) but wo
      rks at its best in a nightclub rather than on the home stereo. > DJ LUCK & MC NEAT-LITTLE BIT OF LUCK Underground hit which became massive at the start of 2000. Great because it retains that underground feel to it, rather than having been specifically remixed to become a hit. Also listen out for: > CRAIG DAVID-7 DAYS (SUNSHIP RMX) > RICHIE DAN-CALL IT FATE > ZED BIAS-NEIGHBOURHOOD CD2 meanwhile focuses more on the classics, many of which have had chart success some time before garage really took off in the last couple of years. Tina Moore's 'Never Gonna Let You Go' was a crossover hit years ago, yet manages to sound as fresh today and fits in fantastically with the CD. Other good tracks are: > Y-TRIBE-ENOUGH IS ENOUGH Never a commercial smash but a much respected garage tune, featuring the sublime vocals of part-time MJ Cole vocalist Elizabeth Troy. Wonderful. > AMIRA-MY DESIRE Another track which has been kicking around for years, but is constantly being reissued and remixed. The Dreem Teem remix featured here does it justice. > DJ LUCK AND MC NEAT-AIN'T NO STOPPING US Third single from Luck & Neat, and in my opinion their finest. Very laid back vocals from JJ. > ARTFUL DODGER-REWIND Single which launched Craig David's career, and unquestionably an all-time garage classic, possibly even the defining moment of the genre. Kept off the Christmas #1 in 1999 by Cliff Richard (!) Also good: > DREEM TEEM VS NENEH CHERRY-BUDDY-X > WOOKIE-WHAT'S GOING ON > TRUE STEPPERS-BUGGIN' --- Basically for the casual garage fan therefore, it's difficult to argue with this compilation. If you like the R&B/garage crossover music then this is worth checking out. My only complaint would be that there is no representation of MJ Cole, who has been a pinnacle figure in bringing garage into the mainstream. Aside from that though, this is
      good stuff.

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      14.01.2001 21:58
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      There are 40 tracks, all of an excellent standard. Of course, they are al now old, but this is what I like about the album, these are the soneds that stay as timeless always played in the clubs, even though they have been out in them for a few years. This includes 'Right Before My Eyes' - N'n'G featuring Kallaghan, DJ Dee-Kline - 'I don't Smoke', Doolally - 'Straight From The Heart', Oxide and Neutrino - ' Bound 4 Da Reload' and many many more. The Artful Dodger features a lot on here as well. Its the perfect album to get geared up to go out to, while your grooming yourself or putting on your make up or gel. This is definitely a A-List CD. There is no doubt. No fill up tracks. All the best. Which is surprising for Virgin! DJ Luck and MC Neat have two songs on it. Its completely worth the money you pay for it. Soif you lik ethe tracks, GET IT!!

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      29.08.2000 22:15
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      Being a Garage fan I didn't own any Garage cd's until today, I knew basically what I wanted so I went to town and brought this cd, it's a totally wicked cd and if you like Garage music, then you are guaranteed to love this album. It cost me £15.99 from Virgin and is a double cd. Each cd has 20 tracks of the best Garage tunes around at the moment. Including artists like Dreem Teem, Artful dodger, B15 Project, Craig David, DJ Luck & MC Neat, Truesteppers and many more, it's a very enjoyable listen. I've played it twice already at full blast. (my poor next door neighbour!!). It's great if you're about to go out to the pub or out clubbing, it will really get you in the mood, although I bet you'll get there and think you've already been, as you'll probably hear the tunes again and again and again. The cover is red and black, and quite cool actually, so if you're looking for it, you won't miss it. If you are a huge Garage fan, just like me, then I suggest you pop down to your local music retailers and have a look, trust me, you'll love it.

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Seven Days - David, Craig
      2 Freak Like Me - Tru Faith & Dub Conspiracy
      3 Summer Of Love - Lonyo
      4 Flowers - Sweet Female Attitude
      5 Out Of Your Mind - True Steppers & Dane Bowers/Victoria Beckham
      6 Woman Trouble - Artful Dodger & Robbie Craig/Craig David
      7 Girls Like Us - B15 Project & Crissy D/Lady G
      8 Call It Fate - Richie, Dan
      9 Neighbourhood - Zed Bias
      10 Dooms Night - Azzido Da Bass
      11 Little Bit Of Luck - DJ Luck & MC Neat
      12 Coochy Coo - Encore & Stephen Emmanuel/Eska
      13 Sing A Long - Shanks & Bigfoot
      14 Wonderin' - Ray, Lily & Onyx Stone
      15 Movin' Too Fast - Artful Dodger & Romina Johnson
      16 Straight From The Heart - Doolally
      17 Right Before My Eyes - N&G & Kallaghan
      18 Masterblaster 2000 - DJ Luck & MC Neat
      19 I Don't Smoke - DJ Dee Kline
      20 Bound 4 Da Reload (Casualty) - Oxide & Neutrino
      21 Rewind The Crowd Say Bo Selecta - Artful Dodger (1)
      22 Buggin' - True Steppers & Dane Bowers
      23 Buddy X - Dreem Teem & Neneh Cherry
      24 Love Bug - Ramsey & Fen/Lyndsey
      25 Destiny - Dem 2
      26 What's Going On - Wookie
      27 Ain't No Stoppin' Us - DJ Luck & MC Neat
      28 Never Gonna Let You Go - Moore, Tina
      29 Stop Playing With My Mind - Tucker, Barbara & Darryl D'Bonneau
      30 Feel It - Inaya Day
      31 R U Sleeping - Indo
      32 Back Together Again - Priest, Maxi
      33 What I Am - Tin Tin Out & Emma Bunton
      34 Bomb Diggy - Another Level
      35 Theme - Dreem Teem (1)
      36 My Desire - Amira
      37 Enough Is Enough - Y-Tribe
      38 Joyrider (You're Playing With Fire) - Colour Girl
      39 Spend The Night - Lewis, Danny J.
      40 Gabriel - Davies, Roy Jr.