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Top Of The Pops '99 Vol.2

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Genre: Compilation / Artist: Various Artists / Audio CD released 1999-09-13 at Universal Music TV

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      02.03.2009 20:35
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      On the whole, a very enjoyable album from 1999

      Despite the fact that compilations can quite often be a marketing ploy to get you to buy something that you actually don't need to, there is something distinctly magical about Top Of The Pops. Their 1999 compilation album featured a nice selection of some of the most fun music to have graced the floors of the legendary TV music show that is sadly no longer with us, and the result is a clever combination of hits on 2 discs.

      The first disc has a curious combination, and isn't full of the most obvious choices, making it a typical Top Of The Pops whereby some of the tracks are a more insightful music decision as opposed to a popularity contest. It starts off boppy with Steps and Love's Got A Hold On My Heart, continuing with Shania Twain and then Alice Deejay. Not the most obvious combination of tracks, but it works well and sets up the rest of the disc quite well. I like Summer Son from Texas, an underrated song in my book, and the remaining tracks on the disc are mixed very well. Some are lesser known, such as Yomanda's Synth and Strings and Saltwater from Chicane, but S Club 7's Bring It All Back, Secret Smile from Semisonic (great track!) and, strangely, Adam Rickitt's Breathe Again, all fit well and are well known.

      Disc 2 also has a good combination, woth Ronan Keating kicking it off with When You Say Nothing At All. Then comes a string of catchy and popular tunes from artists such as Westlife, Boyzone, Another Level, B*Witched and Honeyz, as the bands take over for a bit with the odd solo artist getting a look in every few tracks or so. Britney is in there with Sometimes and Billie gets a look in with Honey To The Bee, although I wasn't a fan of this track. I found this a very strong disc, although it actually tailed off towards the end instead of getting stronger. Pete Heller's Big Love and 3 Jays' Feeling It Too are recognisable to listen to, but in terms of name recognition, they aren't as strong as some of the others on here.

      Overall, I was quite impressed by the careful selection of the majority of the tracks on here. Sure, there are some I wasn't a fan of, but it is as I always say with compilation albums - it is hard to please everyone, and compilations are set to give a good variation in style and popularity, aiming for a balanced set of music on one production. This is a decent offering, one I am glad to listen to. Recommended on the whole!

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Love's Got A Hold On My Heart - Steps (1)
      2 That Don't Impress Me Much - Twain, Shania
      3 Better Off Alone - DJ Jurgen & Alice Deejay
      4 Launch - DJ Jean
      5 Summer In Space - Cosmos (1)
      6 Sun Is Shining - Marley, Bob & The Wailers
      7 Mucho Mambo (Sway) - Shaft (2)
      8 Rendez Vu - Basement Jaxx
      9 Summer Son - Texas
      10 Feel Good - Phats & Small
      11 Bring It All Back - S Club 7
      12 Mamma Mia - A-Teens
      13 Mickey - Lolly
      14 Breathe Again - Rickitt, Adam
      15 Synth And Strings - Yomanda
      16 Saltwater - Chicane & Maire Brennan
      17 9pm (Till I Come) - ATB
      18 Secret Smile - Semisonic
      19 When You Say Nothing At All - Keating, Ronan
      20 Sometimes - Spears, Britney
      21 I Want It That Way - Backstreet Boys
      22 Swear It Again - Westlife
      23 You Needed Me - Boyzone
      24 From The Heart - Another Level
      25 Blame It On The Weatherman - B-Witched (1)
      26 Honey To The Bee - Billie (2)
      27 We Like To Party - Vengaboys
      28 Doodah - Cartoons (2)
      29 At The River - Groove Armada
      30 Ohh La La - Wiseguys
      31 Straight From The Heart - Doolally
      32 Taboo - Glamma Kid & Shola Ama
      33 Love Of A Life Time - Honeyz
      34 Private Number - 911 (1)
      35 Say It Again - Precious (1)
      36 So Many Ways - Campbell, Ellie
      37 Tonite - Supercar
      38 Big Love - Heller, Pete
      39 Feeling It Too - 3 Jays