Here’s the first volume of the collection…
The tracks included are mixes or remixes from the original 12″ maxies.
This first volume is taking a look at the period between 1990 and 1992.
Michael Münzing and Luca Anzilotti formed Snap! in 1989 under the aliases Benito Benites and John “Virgo” Garrett III, as they thought that the public had negative preconceived ideas of German music. Their first hit “The Power”, a combination of house and hip hop elements, contained a number of unauthorised samples, taking the drum loop from “King of the Beats” by Mantronix, the rap from “Let the Words Flow” by Chill Rob G and the classic line “I’ve got the power” from “Love’s Gonna Get You” by Jocelyn Brown. It was initially released in the United States through Wild Pitch Records, but after Chill Rob G threatened legal action, the rap was re-recorded by Turbo B (Durron Maurice Butler), and additional vocals were recorded by Penny Ford (though the woman in the video is Jackie Harris), Jocelyn Brown’s vocals were replaced by a female studio singer in 1999. The single rocketed to number 2 in Germany in March 1990, and spent two weeks at number 1 in the United Kingdom, becoming the first rap single to top the chart. It later reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was certified platinum.
Then we have the dutch Twenty 4 Seven, produced by Ruud van Rijen with the hit “I Can’t Stand It” which there is also an early version rapped by MC Fixx It instead Captain Hollywood that it is the best known and which is included in this volume.
Another smash hit from 1990 was “It’s On You” by M.C. Sar @ The Real McCoy; “M.C. Sar.” is a pun based around the ‘M.C.’ appelation (Master of Ceremony) and Caesar (the Roman emperor). There was no person called M.C. Sar. O-Jay added in “& The Real McCoy” as kind of a gimmick, since the recorded vocals (by O-Jay) were mimed in the videos by “Shampro”. It was their second single after a rap cover of the Technotronic classic “Pump up the Jam”. “It’s On You” was released and contributed to expand their success in Europe.
Guru Josh was was not exception to become a smash hit with his acid house track “Infinity” who first released the song in his own label “Infinity Records” on 1989 and later 1990 with Deconstruction.
Ian Colin Campbell AKA Ice MC met in 1989 in Italy Roberto Zanetti, singer, composer (as Savage), and producer (as Robyx). Their first single called “Easy”, made in a hip-house style, came out in 1989. It became successful all over Europe during 1990, reaching the top 5 in Italy and the top 3 in Germany.
In 1991 2 Unlimited a popular Eurodance duo was founded by Belgian producers Jean-Paul De Coster and Phil Wilde. “Get Ready For This” was first released as an instrumental in spring 1991 and received an immediate success (#2 in the UK charts). Conscious of their popularity, Wilde & De Coster wanted a more accessible, formatted formula for their project to grow. Raymond Lothar Slijngaard was then contacted to write lyrics and add a rap to the track. On his suggestion, Anita Dels (a singer from the Amsterdam club scene) joined in as the female vocalist. The new re-version of “Get Ready For This” was released in september 1991 and helped to perpetuate the success of 2 Unlimited around the world.
Gianfranco Bortolotti an italian producer and founder of one of the most important and popular Dance labels around the world, Media Records, produced to Antico the track “We Need Freedom” which was a big success all over Europe. Another sucessful productions by Gianfraco Bortolotti was Cappella, 49ers and Gigi D’Agostino.
In this year Army Of Lovers, a Swedish dance music group that was formed in 1987, released “Crucified” which was one of the biggest selling European singles of 1991 and stayed at #1 on the Eurochart for eight consecutive weeks. The name of the band alludes to a documentary “Armee der Liebenden oder Revolte der Perversen” about the German gay rights activist Rosa von Praunheim, the title of which in turn alludes to the Theban Band.
Rozalla’s career took off when the dance anthem “Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good)”, penned and produced by Band of Gypsys (Nigel Swanston and Tim Cox), reached number 6 in the UK Singles Chart in 1991. The track soon crossed over to international charts and reached the Top 10 in many European countries. It also reached number 37 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US the following year.
William Naraine (Double You) was another Robyx production and released at the beguining of 1992 “Please Don’t Go”, a dance version from a KC and the Sunshine Band song, earned many gold and platinum records in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia. The record also sold in North America (top ten maxi sales), in Israel (#12), and in the UK (n° 2 on the Cool Cuts Chart).
The same year Opus III were a techno and house music group from England who had success on the UK Singles Chart and on the U.S. Dance charts. Their debut album, “Mind Fruit”, produced the track “It’s a Fine Day”, a cover of a 1983 single by Jane, which topped the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart in 1992 and reached number five on the UK Singles Chart. The song, now considered a house music classic, is the basis of Orbital’s 1992 track “Halcyon” and its album version “Halcyon – On & On” included in their second eponymous album; the “la la la” section of the “It’s A Fine Day” chorus was backmasked and sampled throughout the song.
Finally, and even in 1992 Felix released the track “Don’t You Want Me”, which samples Jomanda’s “Don’t You Want My Love” and credited as Felix Featuring Jomanda (co-produced by Rollo and Red Jerry), went to number one on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. It also reached number 6 in the UK Singles Chart in this year.
SNAP! – The Power [12″ Version] 5:45 – (108,9 BPM)
(Benito Benites, John “Virgo” Garrett III)
1990 Logic Records – 612 938
Produced y Snap!
TWENTY 4 SEVEN – I Can’t Stand It [Hip House Remix] 6:13 – (122,7 BPM)
(Ruud van Rijen) 1990
BCM Records – BCM 12395
Produced by Ruud van Rijen.
M.C. SAR &
THE REAL McCOY – It’s On You [Extended Version] 5:43 – (118,7 BPM)
(Olaf Jeglitza, Quickmix) 1990
ZYX Records – ZYX 6289-12
Produced by Freshline Allstars, Jay Rapper, Quickmix.
ROZALLA – Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good) [Club Mix] 6:19 – (132 BPM)
(Nigel Swanston, Tim Cox) 1991
Pulse-8 Records – 12 LOSE 13
Produced by 3MI.
ANTICO – We Need Freedom [Twilight Zone 12″] 5:28 – (120 BPM)
(Luca Cittadini, Max Persona, Roberto Arduini) 1991
Baia Degli Angeli – BDA 004
Produced by Gianfranco Bortolotti.
GURU JOSH – Infinity [1990’s… Time For The Guru] 7:32 – (125 BPM)
(Paul Walden) 1990
Deconstruction – PT 43476
Produced by Guru Josh.
ICE MC – Easy [Extended Revolution Remix] 5:44 – (97,8 BPM)
DWA (Dance World Attack) – DWACL 004
Produced by Robyx.
DNA feat. SUZANNE VEGA – Tom’s Dinner [12” Version] 5:10 – (99 BPM)
(Suzanne Vega) 1990
A&M Records – AMY 592
Produced by Lenny Kaye, Steve Addabbo.
2 UNLIMITED – Get Ready For This [Rap Version] 5:56 – (126 BPM)
(Jean Paul De Coster, Phil Wilde) 1991
Byte Records – BYTE 12006
Produced by Jean Paul De Coster, Phil Wilde.
OPUS III – It’s A Fine Day [12” Version] 5:29 – (125 BPM)
(Edward Barton) 1992
PWL International – PWLT 215
Produced by Opus III.
FELIX – Don’t You Want Me [Hooj Mix] 5:55 – (128 BPM)
Hooj Choons – Hooj 012
Produced by Felix.
ARMY OF LOVERS – Crucified [The Nuzak Remix] 8:04 – (122,1 BPM)
(Alexander Bard, Anders Wollbeck, Jean-Pierre Barda) 1991
Ton Son Ton – SONL 17
Produced by Alexander Bard, Anders Wollbeck, Per Adebratt.
DOUBLE YOU – Please, Don’t Go [Club Mix] 6:11 – (120 BPM)
(Fracesco Alberti, Franco Amato, William Naraine, Harry Wayne Casey & Richard Finch) 1992
DWA (Dance World Attack) – DWA 00.46
Produced by Robyx.