Various Artists
12” / 80s / 2

Reviewed by: Andrew Unterberger
Reviewed on: 2005-10-07

Posted 10/07/2005 - 08:10:39 AM by carlamudpie:
 having been a 16 - 18 year old girl when i used to drive the 1/2-hour to waterbury, ct's brass city records to find all these 12"s (although in retrospect it seems to me like just one impossibly long summer), i can't believe (although i should, with nostalgia & cataloguing the way it is) these have all been collected together. how my pre-college self would have killed for someone to hand me a mix, instead of the hours i spent trying to get the right mix onto a tape (cutting off songs here, leaving a 4-minute end gap there). question? did bruce springsteen's 'dancing in the dark' get added to either collection? because it was there, people. oh yes it was. and also, having been there & done that, i can quietly vouch for kid creole's place on the collections. he was there the first time around. (you know, everyone wanted the next prince.) thanks for the entertaining review, sir.
Posted 10/09/2005 - 07:14:31 AM by cosmokane31:
 In a practical sense, the reason for extended 12" mixes was to facilitate DJ mixing with the intros and outros. Of course, the fact that record companies released these mixes to the public made them fair game as listening material outside the dancefloor context, and you're right, they are fascinating in their excess (do we really need four only slightly different mixes of "Vogue"?).