High Fashion Dance Music (Vol.2)

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I feel extremely privileged to have chanced upon this one recently, released on the Belgian label Dureco Benelux in 1983, compiled and impeccably mixed together by Ben Liebrand and Fritz Van Swoll, liberally embellished with 808 rimshots and Linndrum hand-claps, this is wonderfully evocative snapshot of the hi-NRG electronic dance music of the period.

Only a couple of tunes I already knew, because they crossed-over to the UK charts: Freeze‘s “I.O.U” and Clubhouse‘s remarkable collision of Steely Dan’s “Do It Again” with Jacko’s “Billy Jean”, described as a ‘medley’ here, but actually an early ancestor of the ‘bootleg remix’.  The rest is all new to me (maybe they were hits on the continent, or else briefly fashionable club anthems of the period) although I can tell some of these have been sampled since, particularly “Huevo Dancing” by Fresh Face.

Well if this is volume 2, then I need to hunt-down volume 1, along with that ‘Sound Effects and Linndrum fills’ album advertised on the sleeve…

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Published in: on October 7, 2009 at 8:51 am  Comments (2)  
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  1. Hello,thanks for this great Cover,I’m a great fan from ben liebrand.I have a lott of mixes from him.greatings from switzerland

  2. Hello i have volume 1 and 3 all mixed from ben liebrand,show at this blog is verry Interest.

    http://studio57-disco-soul-funk-maxis.blogspot.com/

    greatings


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