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100 Hits: Boogie Nights

Artist: Various

Label: Demon

By Duncan Payne | 25 September 2017

Demon Music’s relentless pursuit of providing back catalog music repackaged as budget compilations continues with this latest 5 CD set in their 100 Hits series. And, as far as this particular range goes, Boogie Nights is up with there with their very best.

100 songs for a fiver is a good bargain in anyone’s language provided there is enough decent content to be found and thankfully, on this occasion, there is. Sub-headed ‘100 Disco Anthems’, the title of the album is slightly misleading for a couple of reasons; not every track was a hit and not every track could be described as a disco anthem either. ‘Dance To The Music’, while being perfectly danceable, pre-dates the birth of disco as a genre by some six years. For the most part, however, the songs match the description even if the term ‘anthem’ is pushing it a bit.

This collection is unlikely to appeal to connoisseurs of disco given that most of the tracks on offer are the edited versions and that a good number were mainstream-friendly. By that I am referring to songs by the likes of Baccara, The Dooleys, Boney M, The Nolans and Leo Sayer. Nevertheless, there are some real gems included, some of which are rarely found on either disco-themed compilations.

‘Pick Me Up I’ll Dance’, ‘Cherchez La Femme’, ‘Lovin’ Is Really My Game’, ‘Keep On Dancing’ and ‘Ain’t That Enough For You’ by Melba Moore, Dr Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band, Brainstorm, Gary’s Gang and John Davis & His Monster Orchestra respectively are all bona fide disco cuts with integrity, not to mention the likes of ‘Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now’ and ‘Native New Yorker’, which are worth the retail price alone.

No doubt this CD set will sell well to nostalgia seekers or those who are looking to update their music collections, and it would be a great bargain for starting out wedding DJ’s looking to get their hands on a swathe of recordings at a knockdown price. Equally, it serves well as an introduction to the genre for the novice. But serious disco fans will already possess full length versions of the purer tunes on offer and if you fit that particularly category this set will not be worth more than a cursory glance.

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