Title - 'Club Homage'
Artist - Jimmy Somerville
In celebration of Jimmy Somerville's acclaimed comeback disco album of last year, Homage, the dance-floor dance-off continues with Club Homage, a stunning compilation of extended versions and promotional remixes of the most popular floor-filling tracks from the parent album.
For those not in the know about the UK hitmaker, Jimmy Somerville is a Scottish pop singer and songwriter who sang in the 1980s with the pop groups Bronski Beat and The Communards, before going on to have a very successful solo career. Indeed, he is known in particular for his falsetto singing voice, which he puts to great use here on this remix album.
Containing no covers, although some of the album track titles might seem familiar to you trust me, they won't be once heard, these are the mixes that were the spearhead of Jimmy's new found popularity across the clubs of Europe. All of these particular versions of these tracks are released on CD for the very first time here on Club Homage.
1. 'Travesty (Extended Version)'
2. 'Strong Enough (Tom Moulton Mix)'
3. 'Overload (Felix Gauder Remix)'
4. 'Back to Me (Extended Version)'
5. 'Travesty (Robbie Leslie Mix)'
6. 'Strong Enough (Extended Version)'
7. 'Overload (Extended Version)'
8. 'Some Wonder (Extended Version)'
9. 'Lights Are Shining (Radio Remix)'
10. 'Strong Enough (John Winfield Remix)'
11. 'Travesty (Sebus & Larzo Remix)'
The album begins with the orchestra backed 70's "pops" of
'Travesty (Extended Version)' before heading into the funk and slap bass of 'Strong Enough (Tom Moulton Mix)' which is backed by both the soaring electro-based 'Overload (Felix Gauder Remix)' (complete with uber climactic funky horns), and then the poppier sounds of his first UK single release from the album, 'Back to Me (Extended Version).' Another version of 'Travesty (Robbie Leslie Mix)' is next, and finds the beats sped up somewhat, the RPM's taken for a faster spin, and that's followed by another 'Strong Enough (Extended Version)' and another 'Overload (Extended Version).'
Personally, the latter two songs don't need to me on here, for once you've covered the track - and in some style - why have another crack at it? Don't get me wrong, it does work for a couple of the done-twice (even done three times!) versions here on Club Homage, but surely Jimmy could have delved into other tracks left out from the original album: like the heavy boogie of 'This Hand,' or the funky slow jam of 'Learned To Talk'? I mean, I get that this is Somerville's "homage" to the gay club scene of the 70's combined with the entire evolution of disco and dance recordings thereafter, but surely remixes of 11 different tracks would have made this a more saleable item?
Anyway, moving on and with the guiding hands of arrangers Colin Smith, Simon Elms and music director Sally Herbert, we next get the gentle pop and glide of 'Some Wonder (Extended Version),' which is in turn backed by the faster mid-tempo slinkier pacing of 'Lights Are Shining (Radio Remix). This new remix album is then rounded out by both yet another version of 'Strong Enough (John Winfield Remix)' (a harder, vocally punched reworking this time), and then an electro version of 'Travesty (Sebus & Larzo Remix).'
The black vinyl effect CD of Club Homage is packaged in a Limited Edition deluxe high-gloss, gold embossed, mini-gatefold sleeve to complement the design of the original Jimmy Somerville Homage album. Both releases, in their music and their collectable packaging, are a veritable homage to all things disco, of that have no doubt. I just wish he hadn't reworked some songs into their collective graves here, that's all.
CD Purchase Link @ Cherry Red Records