Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Various Artists - Red Hot + Dance (1992)

A compilation album produced by the Red Hot Organization, an organization dedicated to raising money and awareness to fight the onslaught of HIV/AIDS. A sequel of sorts to 1990's Red Hot + Blue, this CD doesn't have a theme, but has many remixes of dance hits ca. 1992 plus some George Michael songs that were scrapped along with his plans for a Listen Without Prejudice, Vol 2 release. This CD gets bonus points from me for having Keith Haring cover art. This is a fun trip down memory lane; I should listen to this more often.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #52

  • Too Funky - George Michael: Good tune. Surprised it wasn't a hit.
  • Do You Really Want to Know - George Michael: This might have been a hit, but it is explicit about HIV/AIDS so no radio station would have touched it in 1992.
  • Happy - George Michael: He steals his own backing tracks from I Want Your Sex and ends up with a weaker track.
  • Supernatural (Original Arms House Mix) - Madonna: Not really a song that lends itself to a dance remix. Like most of Madonna's work in the early '90s, this isn't very good.
  • Crazy (If I Was Trev Mix) - Seal: this is such a great song, it would take an absolute idiot to mess it up. That's not the case here. Not much of a remix; sounds a lot like the version you're heard before with the addition of a decent guitar solo.
  • Set Adrift on Memory Bliss (Richie Rich Mix) - PM Dawn: it's funny to hear a remix of a song that is basically a remix in itself (of Spandau Ballet's True). I like True, I like Set Adrift on Memory Bliss, I like this remix.
  • Change (Metamorphosis Mix) - Lisa Stansfield: I've always liked Stanfield's voice. This song doesn't disappoint.
  • Apparently Nothin' (The Re-Rub) - Young Disciples: I really dig the bass line on this song. Unfortunately, the singer's voice doesn't do anything for me. That's hard to get past.
  • Peace (Nu-Mix) - Sabrina Johnston: Great song. Great remix. It's difficult to sit still.
  • Thank You (Falettin Me Be Mice Elf Agin) (Todds CD Mix) - Sly and the Family Stone: I love remixes and covers, but leave Sly and the Family Stone alone. Don't mess with perfection.
  • Gypsy Woman (Joey Negro's Mindmix) - Crystal Waters: not a horrible song, but this isn't the best remix
  • Unbelievable (The Hovering Feet Mix) - EMF: this song is overplayed, but this isn't a bad remix.
  • Theme from Red Hot + Dance (Gothic Mix) - tomandandy: Sounds like they wanted one more track for the CD and asked these guys to do a song that sounded kinda like Massive Attack but not as good.
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None; I don't even remember buying this CD.

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