Here’s the fifth volume of the collection!!! Years: 1993-1994-1995 The tracks included are mixes or remixes from the original 12″ maxi-singles.
REVIEW This fifth Volume is reviewing the period between 1993 and 1995. Corona was an Italian Eurodance act, produced by Francesco Bontempi AKA Lee Marrow from 1993 to 2000, Francesco Conte and Paolo Dughero from 2000 to now. The first success of Corona was the song “The Rhythm Of The Night” in 1993/94. It is now known that Giovanna Bersola was the real vocalist for this track and that Olga Maria De Souza was only lipsyncing the words on stage and in the video. The project’s debut single was “The Rhythm Of The Night”. It was released in Italy in December 1993 on the DWA record label, and became an instant hit. It stayed at number 1 on the Italian music chart for thirteen consecutive weeks. However, the song was not released elsewhere until the following year. A remixed version of the song became a number 2 hit in the United Kingdom in September 1994. “The Rhythm Of The Night” contains samples from Bizarre Inc’s song “Playing With Knives” and Say When!’s “Save Me”. Sannie Charlotte Carlson, best known as Whigfield and also as Naan, is a Danish singer best known for the song “Saturday Night” (included in this volume), a hugely popular single during the summer of 1994. She rose to prominence when her single “Saturday Night” became the summer smash hit of 1994, thanks to extensive play in the clubs of the Mediterranean and the fact that it had a dance which many found easy to learn. It was also the single which prevented Wet Wet Wet from reaching a record-equalling 16th week at number 1 in the UK.She became the first ever non-UK or American artist to debut at No.1 in her first week in the UK Singles Chart. Her music was also very successful in Australia, Brazil, Venezuela, Canada, France, India, the Netherlands, the Nordic countries, The Philippines where it became a hugely popular and smash hit summer song of 1994 gaining a very decent cult status in recent years along with the songs of Ace of Base and Los Del Rio, and Spain during the 1995 Eurodance phenomenon. Her role in the Eurodance scene has been very significant and has played an important role in music coming from Italy and Scandinavia. Like the group Milli Vanilli, Whigfield was accused of not singing her own songs. This was because she did all her live performances lip synching (miming to a backing track). “Saturday Night” was produced by Larry Pignagnoli and Davide Riva, two Italian producers known for a variety of Eurodance projects, who usually worked with vocalists such as Daniela Galli (better known as Dhany), Annerley Gordon (aka Ann Lee) and Sandy Chambers. Another Pignagnoli project, Ally & Jo, featured a similar voice to Whigfield’s but different faces in the CD cover and led to the accusations. Sannie has performed live more recently, therefore proving her voice is her own. The Subsequent single of “Mr. Vain” (Culture Beat) was “Got to Get It”, also an European hit, and their second album Serenity was awarded at the ECHO award for being the Best-selling German Act Abroad, with more than two million copies sold. This also got Torsten Fenslau nominated in the same year at the Echo for being the Best Producer of the Year, who also walked away as a winner. Masterboy is a German eurodance group with notable success in Europe, Asia, Oceania and South America in the mid-1990s. They are one of the most representative group for 90’s “high energy” eurodance phenomenon, when this genre crossed over from dance clubs to the pop music arena. The main figures of Masterboy are Tommy Schleh and Enrico Zabler, which first met in a London club called “The Legends”. They started producing music in 1990 and their success grew up with the popularity of Eurodance. In 1992, lead vocalist Trixi Delgado became involved in the project. Their biggest hit was scored in 1993 with “Everybody Needs Somebody” (included in this volume). Other popular titles included “Feel The Heat Of The Night”, “I Got To Give It Up” (both from 1994) and “Generation Of Love” (1995). The history of Masterboy mixes with eurodance 90s phenomenon. They formed in 1990 and released their first album in 1991 “Masterboy Family”. In 1993 the “Everybody Needs Somebody” single achieved worldwide success becoming instant hit an mainstream charts. In 1994, the “Different Dreams” album consolidated the group as one of the most representative 1994 summer/winter high-energy phenomenon. La Bouche (French: The Mouth) was an Eurodance/Dance-pop duo formed by Frank Farian in Germany in 1994, consisting of Melanie Thornton and Lane McCray. Producer was Frankfurt-based Techno DJ Ulli Brenner. They scored two major worldwide hits in the mid-1990s with “Be My Lover” and “Sweet Dreams”. La Bouche’s debut single “Sweet Dreams” was released in 1994 and was a pan-European and Australian hit. It was followed by “Be My Lover” in 1995, which peaked at number one in Germany and Australia, while also reaching the Top 10 in fourteen European countries. It also peaked at number 27 in 1995 and number 25 in 1996 in the UK Singles Chart when re-issued in that year. Ace Of Base In May, “All That She Wants” continued to be a hit all around the world and topped the chart for three weeks in the United Kingdom. However, despite Mega Records’ hard efforts to secure a distribution deal in the United States the response was always the same: “this band will never work in the States”. Eventually, however, Clive Davis, founder of Arista Records, thought otherwise, and by the end of 1993 “All That She Wants” had made its way to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. In order to freshen up his first album for US release, Clive Davis insisted that some new tracks were recorded, including “The Sign” which became the new title for the album and the second American single. It was even more successful than the first, spending six weeks at #1 and becoming the best-selling single of 1994. It was also a major hit in Europe, peaking at #2 in the UK and Sweden and doing one better in Germany. PolyGram re-released the album under the name Happy Nation (US Version). German based Eurodance act produced by Team 33. Active from 1992 to 2003. Re-Activated in 2008. The first lineup (1992-1997) consisted of: Toni Cottura (Smooth T), Rodney Hardison (Rod D.), Stephan Browarczyk (Steve), Balca “Balja” Tözün (Vocalist) and Marie-Anett Mey. They released their first CD, NonStop! The Album in 1994. Their success really began with the track “Close To You” in 1994. The following singles “Take Your Chance” (included in this volume), “Pain”, “I Wanna B With U”, and “Celebration” proved to be big club hits as well. Alessia Aquilani (Alexia) is an Italian singer that started working for Italian producer Roberto Zanetti (better known as Robyx) in 1990, as a back-up singer to several of Zanetti’s eurodance acts on his DWA label, including Double You and Ice MC and notably featured on many of the latter’s biggest hits such as “Think About The Way” (on the Trainspotting soundtrack), “It’s A Rainy Day” and “Russian Roulette”. When Ice MC left DWA, Robyx turned his attention to Alexia, and the pair wrote the song “Me And You” (included in this volume) which included the vocals of Double You. The song was a big international hit and was followed the next year by “Summer Is Crazy” and Number One which again were international hits. Me & My (real names Susanne Georgi and Pernille Georgi) are a Danish Eurodance-Bubblegum sister duo signed under the EMI record label. They are best known for their first international hit song “Dub-I-Dub” (included in this volume). Before becoming Me & My, the two were known as “SuPer Sisters” (the word “SuPer” being a compound of the two singers’ first names). Towards the beginning of the 1990s they released two Danish-language albums and tried to enter the Eurovision Song Contest 1991, but unfortunately Susanne just being 15 and Pernille just being 17 at the time were too young to enter the contest. The song which they were supposed to sing, eventually finished 2nd in the Danish national final. Besides attaining a reasonable level of popularity in Europe, the duo have also gained fans around the world due to their songs “Dub-I-Dub” and “So Many Men” being licensed by Toshiba-EMI Ltd. (the Japanese division of EMI) for the popular arcade video game series, Dance Dance Revolution. Despite the tracks debuting in the games in 1999 and 2000 respectively, they are still firm favourites with players of the game, and “Dub-I-Dub” was included as one of several classic tracks on the tenth-anniversary DDR game, DDR X, released in May of 2008. John Paul Larkin (Died December 3, 1999), better known by his stage name Scatman John, was an American jazz musician and rapper who created a fusion of scat singing and dance music, best known for his 1994 hit “Scatman (Ski-Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop-Bop)”. A stutterer, John liked to say scatting was a process of “turning my biggest problem into my biggest asset”. Scatman John sold millions of recordings worldwide and was named “Best New Artist” in the Echo Awards in both Japan and Germany. He was a recipient of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Annie Glenn Award for outstanding service to the stuttering community and National Stuttering Association Hall of Fame. To advance his career in 1990, Larkin moved to Berlin, Germany. From there he discovered the appreciative jazz culture and started playing jazz gigs.Here he decided to add singing to his act for the first time, inspired by the standing ovation he received for his rendition of the song On the Sunny Side of the Street. Soon after, his agent Manfred Zähringer from Iceberg Records in Denmark thought of combining scat-singing with modern dance music and hip hop sounds. Larkin was resistant at first but BMG Hamburg was open. Larkin was mainly scared that listeners would realize he stuttered, so Judy suggested that he talk about it directly in his music. Working with dance producers Ingo Kays and Tony Catania, he recorded the first single, Scatman (Ski Ba Bop Ba Dop Bop), a song intended to inspire children who stuttered to overcome adversity. He adopted the new name and persona of Scatman John. In 1995, at age 52, Larkin became a worldwide star. Sales of his debut single were slow at first, but gradually reached #1 in many countries and sold over six million records worldwide. Scatman (Ski-Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop-Bop) which charted quite highly across Europe remains his biggest-selling and most well-known song. He later followed up with the song Scatman’s World entering the UK Singles chart at #10, which met lesser but still notable success, selling a million copies and charting highly throughout Europe. Following the success of these two singles, he released his debut album, also titled Scatman’s World, which entered the top 10 album charts in many countries including his then home Germany as well as in Switzerland, Finland and Norway, which eventually sold millions of copies worldwide. He began a promotional and concert tour of Europe and Asia. “At an appearance I did in Spain, the kids screamed for five minutes straight, I couldn’t start the song”, he once recounted. …And finally U96 is a dance music project formed by the German DJ and producer Alex Christensen and a team of producers called Matiz (Ingo Hauss, Helmut Hoinkis, and Hayo Panarinfo), known for a number of 1990s Eurodance hits. The name of the project comes from the film, Das Boot, about the German submarine U-96 from the Second World War. The project’s first hit “Das Boot” (1991) is a techno adaptation of the film’s title melody, which had been originally composed by Klaus Doldinger. An album of the same name was also released. Their next album, Replugged (1993) was inspired by the electro sounds of the 1980s and by ambient and disco music themes. It was less commercially successful than the first album, but provided a couple of Top 10 hits in “Love Sees No Colour” and “Night in Motion” (available in next volumes). The follow-up album Club Bizarre (1995) radically changed the sound of U96. The album was dominated by the Eurodance sound with influences of fast paced trance. The hit single releases from this album were “Love Religion” (with Daisy Dee) as well as the title track “Club Bizarre” (included in this volume) with harmonies, which was reused later by Brooklyn Bounce. TRACKS: CORONA – The Rhythm Of The Night (Annerley Gordon, Fracesco Bomtempi, Giorgiio Spagna) 1994 DWA (Dance World Attack) – DWA 01.07 Producced by Checco, Soultrain. WHIGFIELD – Saturday Night [12” Mix] 5:29 (Davide Riva, Larry Pignagnoli) 1993 Extreme Records – TM 022 Produced by Larry Pignagnoli MASTERBOY – Feel The Heat Of The Night [Free & Independent Mix] (Beatrice Obrecht, Enrico Zabler, Tommy Schleh, Stephan Krauss) Polydor – 853 837-1 Produced by Masterboy Beat Production CULTURE BEAT – Got To Get It [Extended Album Mix] 6:39 (Jay Supreme, Nosie Katzmann, Peter Zweier, Torsten Fenslau) 1994 Dance Pool – DAN 659618 6 Produced by Torsten Fenslau CO.RO. feat. TALEESA – 4 Your Love [Panoramix The Druid] 6:27 (Emanuella Gubinelli, Emanuele Cozzi, Maurizio Rossi) 1993 Propio Records – PR 1010 Produced by Co.Ro. LA BOUCHE – Sweet Dreams [Hola Mix] 4:49 (Amir Saraf, Mehmet Sönmez, Melanie Thornton, Robert Haynes) 1994 BMG Ariola Hamburg GmbH – 74321 19435 1 Produced by Click Production ACE OF BASE – The Sign [Long Version] 4:45 (Joker) 1993 Mega Records – MRCX 122636 Produced by Denniz Pop, Douglas Carr, Joker CAPPELLA – U Got 2 Let The Music [Pagany KM 1972 Mix] 5:23 (Antonio Puntillo, Gianfranco Bortolotti, Pierre Feroldi, Roberto Arduini, Steven Zucchini) 1993 Media Records – MR 612 Produced by Gianfranco Bortolotti FUN FACTORY – Take Your Chance [Take The Original Mix] 5:46 (Bülent Aris, Rainer Kesselbauer, Toni Cottura, Rodney Hardison) 1994 Regular Records – TTR 4103-0 Produced by Positive Groove ALEXIA – Me And You [Extended Euromix] 6:46 (Alessia Aquilani, Roberto Zanetti) 1995 DWA (Dance World Attack) – DWA 01.73 Produced by Robyx 2 BROTHERS ON THE 4TH FLOOR – Let Me Be Free [Extended Version] 5:21 (Bobby Boer, D-Rock, Dancability) 1994 Lowland Records – 2001629 Produced by 2 Brothers On The 4th Floor SCATMAN JOHN – Scatman [Third Level] 5:45 (Antonio Nunzio Catania, John Larkin) 1995 BMG Ariola Hamburg GmbH – 74321 25203 1 Produced by Antonio Nunzio Catania, Ingo Kays ME & MY – Dub I Dub [Extended Version] 4:31 (Pernille Georgi, Susanne Georgi) 1994 EMI-Medley (Denmark) – EMI 8681132 Produced by Dean ‘N, Johnny Jam U96 – Club Bizarre [Club Mix] 5:18 (Alex Christensen, Hayo Panarinfo, Helmut Hoinkis, Ingo Hauss) 1995 Guppy – 851 665-1 Produced by Matiz, AC 16