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Club Classics Vol. One

Soul II Soul

1989

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Club Classics Vol. One

Rating

2.86

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Sounds like what I would hear in a hotel lobby

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Like the female vocals. When the dude starts singing on the third track I had the urge to skip but held on. The general sound is fairly nostalgic for me. Goes down easy but not my favorite.

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hasn't aged well

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Memories of being in the dance clubs come flooding back!

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so far it's pretty good. I can see this is an influential album. There are several songs I recognized and several beats that I can tell have been sampled by some of my favorite artists years down the line. This is a cool record.

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Pretty average. The man's voice kept sounding like Monster Mash which threw me

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Some good songs, Back to Life and Jazzie's Groove were bangers. Other tracks were filler to me. Rapping with a heavy London accent has always seemed a little off to my American ears; nothing wrong with it, just not what I'm used to. Decent album, but definitely a product of its time and it hasn't aged well in my opinion. 2.5/5.

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I’m a little upset by this album. I have very few 1 star albums, and almost this whole work was so dreadfully boring that I thought I’d finally found another super-dud. But then Back to Life just had to go and be a bop, so this album earns its second star.

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Pretty much sounded like a typical 80s/90s club album to me. Nothing special.

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It's dreadful and I hate it. Without the singles, it's a 1. Some songs sound like sung by drunk uncle, self-congratulatory throughout. Lame beats. Awful lyrics. Bad.

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1*. Hated it. Smug, lazy raps, all about themselves. Really weak production. Getting drunk uncles to sing is not a vibe. Bad. 'Back to Life' is a belter though.

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"Club Classics Vol. 1" is the Fruity Pebbles of music. It's technically breakfast but is utterly devoid of nutritional value. It's just bright colors and empty calories. Soul II Soul managed to put out an album that's technically music but utterly devoid of musical value. It's just bright colors and empty lyrics.

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Very groovy, reminds me of GTA SA for some reason.

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very groovy and very nice sounding!

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Soul muy animado. Un megahit.

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5

Great collection

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Production is very clean and sounds like it could have been produced today. Tends to blend together pleasantly, and the vocals are really beautiful! "Back to Life" was a huge hit for a reason - it's hypnotizing, catchy, and very well produced. Overall early house music isn't much to my taste, but I understand why it was so popular and innovative for its time. 4/5.

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этот альбом - очень хороший пример клубной музыки, который в свое время создал немало шума, причем не на пустом месте. минималистичный бит драм-машин заставляет самопроизвольно качать головой, фанковые сэмплы добавляют мелодичности, а вокал, клавиши и бас заканчивают микс изумительным, во многом соуловым грувом, что вместе заставит резвиться в танце даже самого заплесневелого задрота. в итоге мы получаем совершенно нестыдный, культовый и влиятельный хаус презент, треки которого даже спустя 30 лет без презрения окружающих можно ставить и на домашних вечеринках, и в больших клубах.

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It's 9/10, beatiful vocal and instrumental, but it's not masterpiece

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Production: 13/20 Songwriting: 9/20 Innovation: 11/20 Bangers: 15/20 Emotional response: 15/20 =63 Banging

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Très bon album de funk, les chansons instrumentales sont incroyables!

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If there's an album that defines 1989 musically, this is it.

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Nothing remarkable, but overall it was enjoyable to listen to, found myself nodding my head, tapping my foot, and enjoying it in the background. Great vocals and production.

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Some bloat but a really great album. Jazzie B acting as the master of ceremonies conducting his hip-hop, jazz, soul leaning in whichever way he sees fit.

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Some really great stuff here, but it’s too repetitive

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Seminal dance music album that melded soul and R&B with house and reggae. It's legacy and influence is such that it still sounds like it could have been recorded yesterday.

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Great rhythms and beats throughout. Nice vocals, some interesting lyrics. Holdin on, keep on movin, happiness, jazzies groove

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Liked It not my usual listen

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I have not listened to these guys in ages. Great combo of simple beats and electric vocals. The lyrics are simple and unspectacular, but the solos and harmonies are infectious. Well, at least when the women (Caron, Rose, Do'Reen) are the focal point (less enamored when the men are front and center). Both the band and album are so appropriately named - funky soul and you could fill up a night at a club playing these tracks. Everybody knows Keep on Movin and Back to Life (a definite classic) but spend some time with Feel Free, Fairplay, Happiness or African Dance.

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I like the beats, and would listen to it again. 8/10

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7/10.

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Back to life and Jazzie's groove were my favorite tracks

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A record that I own, but don't spin nearly as much as I should. Smooth, funky, and beautifully orchestrated. Caron Wheeler's vocals (unsurprisingly on the big singles) are a real stand out. String arrangements are lush and sophisticated. This really is a precursor of Massive Attack a few years later, although perhaps with a little less grit and less depressive/gloomy. I really enjoyed listening to this. If this had been made even two years later, it would have been based on grainy loops rather than drum machines, but this really is an album a few years ahead of its time.

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Very influential, on a wide variety of bands and singers. Must have seemed like it was from the future, cos it doesn't sound dated at all!

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Absolute classic in back 2 life, rest so so

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A fine definition of British 90s cross over dance music . Enjoyed the nostalgia and positive vibes .

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4.25

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Black British confidence

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I really enjoyed this! Super fun, funky jams

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"Back to Life" - forever a classic. "Dance" was my discovered gem, a bop.

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3.3

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Great vibes.

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It's alright, not a general fan but I can't say anything here is bad.

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The music, rhythm and vibe is what makes this album excellent. Creative and energetic.

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s'ite

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Not my vibe but not too bad.

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Ok

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House music with a few interesting moments, but not particularly exciting on the whole.

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Keep On Movin'

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C’est bon, il y beaucoup de diversite et les chansons s’ecoutent bien en travaillant. 3.25

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Dug this one. Was great to work to

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sounds very 90s for something that came out in the 80s

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Who needs Red Bull?

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Back to Life es conocida. El resto, bueno, no está mal. Pero un poco rollo. 3.

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Stands up pretty well i think

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Enjoyed the beats and bass lines conjured up by this album of soul. There are some misses on here or less enjoyable at least so gets a solid 3* from me.

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Kinda fun, but ultimately a wash. I'm guessing the UK club scene in the late 80's/early 90's was a fun time, but it doesn't translate well to home media.

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false

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Funky grooves and rhythms. Does what it says in the tin. Some of the uplifting lyrics are pretty awful but happy to forgive this.

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Cool grooves, particularly Keep on Movin', I do feel however that something is lost in the move from the 'club' to the living room.

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good funky grooves.

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What a great British R&B album! I've never been a huge fan of R&B, so it explains why I haven't heard of this album, but I was pleasantly surprised with the music. Chill-out music that you can still dance to if you want.

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Goed album, lekker zomers met natuurlijk back to life als ultimate banger. Denk dat ik er een paar nummers van ga bijhouden maar echt vaak terug luisteren, nee dat niet.

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3 wederom niet super hype maar wel leuk om naar te luisteren. veel hetzelfde (omdat ik er niks van ken wss) maar goed voor in de background while (t)werking

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68. Desculpa o atraso, Patrícia. Mas a verdade é que não esperava sair tão afetado deste nosso casual encontro. Percebi que sou um escritor sem histórias para contar. Não há nada mais doloroso. Penso se não será melhor apenas encostar-me a um lado e aí ficar, estrada desimpedida. Grâce à toi, comecei a colecionar pessoas. Obrigado, Patrícia. Talvez tenha um novo propósito. Veremos nos próximos dias. MotA: Feeling Free "Don't stop, like the hands of time"

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I don't know why this wasn't really my cup of tea. I could understand one or two song on one of my dance mixes, but it sounds a little flat compared to newer EDM. I appreciate the roots of where it was, and where it went, but not my favorite jam.

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Love this album. Classic. Haven't heard it in many years...does it hold up? Did not recognize most songs. It was pretty decent though.

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The one song you know from this group only shows up in the Deluxe Edition of the album, which is not something I usually pay attention to. Turns out the a capella tracks from that song are just better anyway. Best track: Back to Life

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I used to really love this album but having not listened to it for a long time, I actually found it pretty dull. Maybe it hasn't aged well. Or maybe I haven't aged well.

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🦍🐷🐫🐗🐮🐻🦨🐸

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Reminds me of the music played in lobbies of chic hotels trying to be cool. Maybe because this club music IS cool?Good dance beats that get in your head and stay there.

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This lovely set of tracks got interrupted 4 different times. I will listen to this again some day when I know I won't get bothered. Mid rating not its fault

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6/10. this had some nice beats, but none of the performances were really outstanding and it never really hooked my attention.

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Nice and mellow, groovy soul.

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-I think we have different definitions of club classics -Very Soul -Does have a groovy beat -I had to scan through the songs because it was too long and didn't have enough time -Will try to give it another listen when I have the chance -I think we have different definitions of club classics -Very Soul -Does have a groovy beat -I had to scan through the songs because I didn't have enough time to listen all the way through -From what I did hear I liked, Feeling Free, Dance, Back To Life -Most songs did have a good beat to dance and groove to

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Average. But, the song Back To Life will forever be a bop.

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Enjoyed Feel Free.

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Pleasant album. Very danceable. Nice grooves.

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Ballsy move, naming your album that. Glad it worked out.

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Meh i dunno

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-"Keep on Movin'" is quite catchy -"African Dance" has a great beat and someone is jamming on some wind instrument -"Feel Free" has some chunky bass stuff -"Jazzie's Groove" is grooving with a big bassline and drum beat

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nice. One Mega hot and the rest are not less good. early 90's pop/

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Very much an 80-90s sound. Smooth and easy listening with a couple of 'classics' intermixed. At some point I'm expecting Paula Abdul to start singing....

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To be completed

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swinging, confident, summertime sounds

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House-y.

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Old school

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bruh bassics

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Groovy. Would likely tear up the club to these tunes

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Claaaasic

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Good album but a bit confusing Wich tracks were bonus

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Fun album albeit not my genre. It sounds specifically dated - so much so it feels cool again.

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Best Song: Back to Life. Angelic singers serenading you with soul. Worst Song: Feeling Free. Feels like a dude just talking over a beat in front of a captive audience. Overall: The music grooves, the backup singers are killing it, it's honestly just the main male vocals that drag the album down. The male vocals sound really dated, and are delivered with a sort of impassivity that doesn't jive with the rest of the output.

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was great when it was released. I remember it well. Over time, I've lost interest in most of the songs... but there are a few classics. 3/5

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ni trop chiant ni vraiment mémorable

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Bof au début mais en fait cool.

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Pretty good, remember a lot of these tracks from middle school

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Some good bops. Some of the tracks get a little repetitive though

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Way too long an album but it's funky and very 90s type sound. 6/10

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alright, liked the overall sound/energy of the album but the tracklist began to drag towards the end, 6/10

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fine

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Great album. A bit patchy and dated in places but I remember how good it was when it came out

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I wanted to turn it off after 2 songs but I'm glad i stuck with it 3

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Good but not something I would listen to again.

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was fine, what you'd expect of 90s 'club classics' nothing I'd bump again specifically

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Just not enough of a structure and beat to be enjoyable, too stripped down, mostly just some percussion in the background

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When started listening thought it would be better than it was. Felt like a lot of filler. A cappella album version of 'back to life' pretty boring. Bonus version of tracks better.

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Pretty cool, but not something I'm going to return to. Funky and enjoyable. The big hits on the album like "Back to Life" didn't do a whole lot for me.

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Not the most fun collection. Some stand-outs that were mildly interesting, but this feels like a very sad club.

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Snoozefest. Thin musically. Glad when over.

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What on earth is this...! Keep On Movin' - Strong Opener. Fun beats and feel Fairplay - Wow this is the most annoying vocals I've ever heard on a track ever. Sorry, Rose Windross Holdin' On - This track has awful vocals too, but ends strong. Feeling Free - This is my shit. Great beat, fun raps. African Dance - Excellent. Jazzy Flute Dance - Also excellent. Feel Free - Oh okay here we go back to horrible shit. This lady is making my ears bleed. Happiness - Chill groove Back to Life - This one I've actually heard before. Great. Jazzie's Groove - Maybe my favorite one. So great. Makes London seem cool, and that's saying something. Ambition (Rap) - This album is at its best when people are rapping instead of singing. All the remixes on the 10th anniversary bonus content are also great. Many are better than on the original album itself. There's too much that I find grating her, so I cannot in good faith give it a high rating, but the good tracks are gold.

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This is sample fodder, and not much else.

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Reasonable background music. Strong last two songs, otherwise, not particularly great.

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a mix of sublime and shite - the rapping is woeful.

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"Back to Life" is still groovy but the album doesn't grab me.

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All over the place. Wasn’t my jam for the most part.

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Album okay aber nichts für mich vom Musik Stil

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No.

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A couple of gems buried in drivel.

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Album had leuke momenten maar ik vond het wel echt lang en wat tegenvallen met momenten

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Not my cup of tea

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two absolute bangers. but the rest is soooo slow.

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Not my thing.

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Ehhh, not really my thing. I liked "African Dance" and "Feel Free" (plus "Ambition" which was a bonus track) but the rest didn't do much for me. "Dance" which was basically "African Dance" with a spoken vocal sounded almost like a parody. I wanted some Flight of the Conchords type lyrics. Oh, well.

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One of the good things about researching an album before you listen to it is you that know what the bonus tracks are so that you can skip them. There is a lot of good dance music out there. This just isn't part of that. Not a lot of ideas going on here.

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It was ok, I guess. A lot of the songs started to sound the same after a while. “Jazzie’s Groove” I could not stand. A song or two of this style would be good to hear as a palate cleanser. But a whole album? Pass.

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Calling this album "Club Classics" feels like a bold move; I couldn't see myself enjoying most of these songs in a club context. Shoutout to African Dance though.

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Um álbum que têm uma linha condutor e as canções giram a volta desta linha nos mais diversos géneros, tendo músicas de soul, rap até a eletrónica. Isto a certo ponto torna-se uma desvantagem para alguém que não goste de um gênero em específico. No geral um bom album para os interessados e que gostem destes generos, infelizmente eu não sou o público alvo. Nota: 3/10

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The guy's voice kind of reminded me of Jemaine from Flight of the Conchords. This was okay, but didn't love it. 2 stars.

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Another album strengthening my argument that this list is way to Anglocentric. That being said, while this album is incredibly dated, it has a certain simple charm as an early 90s dance/r&b hybrid sort of thing. Generally inoffensive and fairly pleasant but it gets old fast.

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5th October 2021 Listened during the day in Spain. Not too bad, definitely a vibe but didn't grab me.

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Nada relevante

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Didn’t expect to enjoy this - and I was right for the most part. Super not distinguishable from any other early 90’s techno-pop acts. The layout of the album confused the crap out of me as well as it bounced around between different versions of the same songs. The best song on the album is the single - but why they went with a mostly acapella version before the more pop friendly remix later on the album I’ll never understand. That song saved it from being a one star. (Also odd that the acapella version is called “Back to Life” when that lyric wasn’t added until the full version - which ironically then tags on the sub title “However Do You Want Me” which was all over the first version. Hurts my brain. Favourite track: “Back To Life (However Do You Want Me”

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Expecting worse given the album art fairly inoffensive music. Just dull

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Not my cup of tea

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5/10

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Yep, sounds like the 90s

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I didn’t enjoy this. Didn’t hate it but it’s just not doing anything for me.

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Not a fan. The songs were rather boring.

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Okay but really feels a bit like hotel music on more than a couple of tracks

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Nothing too special to my liking with this one. Some of the songs are catchy and upbeat but it doesn’t really grow past that. It felt mainly like background noise as I was listening. 3.7/10

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Não chega a ser envolvente para ser lembrado.

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DIdn't age well, and wasn't that great to start of with.

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Dance music is most definitely not my thing but overall... this is pretty good. At its best it's soulful with great production especially for the 80s - I mean...you know it's the 80s but also kind of not? :P I remember "Back to Life" being the big hit and I like it far better now than in my mullet days. Other highlights for me are "Fairplay" - smooth yet with a fantastic groove - and the instrumental "African Dance" with flute solo throughout works even if the electronic percussion does get repetitive. But the parts of this album that I don't love aren't necessarily bad by any means (e.g. "Holdin' On") they're just more of a standard club/dance beat that don't hold my interest as songs and that's my overall feel here... Overall it's not really something I feel like is or would be an "active listen" for me; good party music perhaps. My rating is totally a personal thing - if you're more into dance/r&b this is probably like a 9/10 4 or 5 star. 5/10 2 stars

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this type of music has just never been something interesting to me. i liked maybe one or two songs but other than that it just dragged on and was background noise.

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Ci sono canzoni belle tipo 'Keep on Movin' e canzoni un po' più noiose, un bel mood comunque. Mi piacciono le due feat. Caron Wheeler. Salvano l'album.

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Nothing special.

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This one wasn’t quite for me, I might have liked a couple of the songs when I was a teenager in the early 90s but not so much now.

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This was... not very good. Holdin' On was out of tune. Some of these were palatable, but I mostly did not enjoy.

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A bit boring. Impressive if some of the samples are original though.

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Started strong, took a bad turn

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more like "90s dance tutorial background music" classics

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They're definitely club classics, just not ones I know! Interesting beats abound, not my thing though.

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No.

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Not a big fan of this one. Songs got old quick I didn't make it all the way through.

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Not for me thanks.

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Not for me, just not my style

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Did not know the original of "however do you want me" had no music

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TRASH

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absymal

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Not my cup of tea

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Really don't care for this one. I listened to a lot more of it than I usually do for my 1 star albums because I liked the second track. But it looks like that was the only track with that lineup and I really really dislike all the rest. Just not my style at all. The music makes me nervous and annoyed.

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I thought clubs in the 80s were going to be way more exciting with how much Cocaine they were doing. Apparently I was wrong, they listened to slow elevator music. I guess the only way they could dance to this was with stimulants.

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Weird "club" music, sounds like it's older than it is

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Didn't enjoy

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Repetitive and cloying, mainly thanks to bargain-bin beats and the most British vocals you can find. Some tracks on the back half manage to eke their way into mildly catchy territory, but after the absolute slog of the first half the LP needs a lot more than a few bangers to atone for its sins.

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Club Classics Vol. One by Soul II Soul (1989) With mindlessly repetitive but appropriately pounding computer-generated beats, directionless melodic lines, far-too-infrequent chord changes, faux orchestral flourishes, shallow cookie cutter lyrics, primitive production gimmicks, and with a male lead vocalist who simply cannot sing, this seemingly random collection of wildly popular British club ‘music’ is suitable only for atmospheric distraction while one’s brain and soul are otherwise occupied with more important matters like scoring, drinking, posing, leering, snorting, checking one’s watch, counting one’s cash, making sure the exits aren’t obstructed, or trying to get the attention of the waitress. 1/5

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dont like

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Ok 2 The whole album sucks, and then the remix of "Keep On Movin'" comes and brings the best beat I've ever heard. A 1 though, because the remix doesen't count.

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nope

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Like it more than I thought I would. Groovy sounding but not in a funk or disco way. Very early 90s rnb.

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