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Well, it looks pretty tasteful from first glimse at the cover artwork. Some clipart images of women dancing. Just three women, so must be one heck of a party they've gone to! Billed as 'The Greatest Ever Party,' let us see if that is actually true...
Spread over three discs and comprising 54 tracks, you do get a lot for your money. The first disc has a strong disco flavour, as Kool and The Gang do the overplayed 'Celebration'. I cringe at this, as it is the kind of song which is supposed to make people get up and go 'woh, Im so happy! Let's all have a party guys.' No thanks.
'Car Wash' is passable, though it drags and could have been trimmed by about thrity seconds, as could 'Lady Marmalade,' which is plodding and laborious to the extreme.
Some light relief can be found in the Pointer Sisters and Shalamar who succeed in providing two bonafide disco classics which do stand up to repeated listening.
Disc two continues, but takes us on a dancier route, as Blackbox power through with 'Ride On Time.' Holloway's much sampled vocals really lift the track. A bizarre appearance from reggae duo Chaka Demus and Pliers, who seem to have been licenced to every compilation album of late. 'Tease Me' has strong Carribean vibes and a good groove. Things nosedive swiftly though, as Black Lace and Lulu crop up. If these were played at my party, I would sue. Luckily, old timer Tom Jones raises the game with the impossibly silly 'It's Not Unusual.'
Disc three sadly brings out all the dance routine songs. So you can do 'The Macarena', which seems easy but always confuses at least one thick woman. Las Ketchup appear with their one hit wonder, before that wretched 'Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep' track arrives from nowhere. The song is vile, with naff vocals and it makes my skin crawl. There is no salvation on the third disc and 'Seven Tears' by the Goombay Dance Band is the final nail in the coffin.
Greatest Ever Party? Tell me who would want these songs at a party then check their hearing.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 I Got You (I Feel Good) - Brown, James (1)
2 Celebration - Kool & The Gang
3 Don't Leave Me This Way - Houston, Thelma
4 Dancing In The Street - Reeves, Martha & The Vandellas
5 Car Wash - Rose Royce
6 I Want You Back - Jackson Five
7 I Don't Believe You Want To Get Up And Dance (Oopa Upside Your Head) - Gap Band
8 You're The First The Last My Everything - White, Barry
9 Boogie Nights - Heatwave (1)
10 Lady Marmalade - Labelle
11 I'm So Excited - Pointer Sisters
12 This Is It - Moore, Melba
13 And The Beat Goes On - Whispers
14 Band Of Gold - Payne, Freda
15 Night To Remember - Shalamar
16 Knock On Wood - Stewart, Amii
17 Build Me Up Buttercup - Foundations
18 You To Me Are Everything - Real Thing
Disc #2 Tracklisting
1 Ride On Time - Black Box & Loleatta Holloway
2 Horny - Mousse T & Hot 'n' Juicy
3 Tease Me - Chaka Demus & Pliers
4 Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) - C & C Music Factory
5 Cotton Eye Joe - Rednex
6 Mambo No 5 - Bega, Lou
7 Mmmbop - Hanson (1)
8 Come On Eileen - Dexys Midnight Runners
9 Only Way Is Up - Yazz
10 I Feel Love - Summer, Donna (1)
11 Funkytown - Lipps Inc.
12 Pop Muzik - M (1)
13 Feels Like I'm In Love - Marie, Kelly
14 Agadoo - Black Lace (1)
15 Blockbuster - Sweet (1)
16 Shout - Lulu & The Luvvers
17 It's Not Unusual - Jones, Tom
18 Bye Bye Baby - Bay City Rollers
Disc #3 Tracklisting
1 Macarena - Los Del Rio
2 Time Warp - Damian
3 Ketchup Song - Las Ketchup
4 Grease Mega Mix - Travolta, John & Olivia Newton John
5 It's Raining Men - Weather Girls
6 This Ole House - Shakin' Stevens
7 Making Your Mind Up - Bucks Fizz
8 Lion Sleeps Tonight - Tight Fit
9 I Love To Love - Charles, Tina
10 Kung Fu Fighting - Douglas, Carl
11 In The Summer Time - Mungo Jerry
12 Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep - Middle Of The Road
13 Is This The Way To Amarillo - Christie, Tony
14 Mama Weer All Crazee Now - Slade
15 Swing The Mood - Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers
16 Superman - Black Lace (1)
17 Seven Tears - Goombay Dance Band
18 Puttin' On The Ritz - Taco