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Cherry Pop

Title - '‘Ain’t Nothing But A Party, The 12” Anthology’
Artist - Phil Fearon & Galaxy

This incredible, truly incredible double CD kicks off with the sedate dance floor track ‘Head Over Heels (Extended Version),’ but backs it up with one of Galaxy’s biggest-known hits Dancing Tight (Dance Mix).’ From there we get the Dance Mix of the dance floor hit ‘Wait Until Tonight (My Love),’ the Dance Version of ‘What Do I Do?’ and the brilliant 12” Version of the Modern Romancesque ‘Everybody’s Laughing.’

The bouncy fun of ‘You Don’t Need A Reason (M&M Mix)’ is next and is backed by the Extended Version of ‘This Kind Of Love,‘ and then both ‘I Can Prove It (Full Version)’ and the Raise The Roof Mix of ‘Ain’t Nothing But A House Party.’ And, trust me, the latter song is one of the highlights on this first disc. Reminiscent of everything Mel & Kim ever did (God Bless ‘em) it’s funky dance base beats are Stock, Atkin and Waterman-inspired the max! The first CD then closes out with ‘Burning All My Bridges,’ the instrumental known as ‘Il Gurnata’ and then finally ‘the 12” Version of ‘Fantasy Real.’

The second disc starts (funnily enough, as I mentioned the vibe before) with a Fun-Kim-Mel Mix of ‘Ain’t Nothing But A House Party,’ which has to be heard to be believed and is backed by both an Extended Version of ’Nothing Is Too Good For You’ and ’You Still Got My Love.’ The music that flashes you right back to the ‘80s in style continues onwards with the always-great-to-hear ‘What Do I Do? (Carnival Mix)’ and then both ‘Everybody’s Laughing (Sangria Mix)’ and ‘Sharing Love (Extended Version).’

Up next is the Instrumental version of ‘Dancing Tight,’ and that’s backed by both the Dub Mix of ‘Wait Until Tonight (My Love)’ and ’You Don’t Need A Reason (M&M Dub).’ And the double album is wrapped up in fine musical style with the Instrumental version of ’I Can Prove It’ and a smart A Cappella version of ’Ain’t Nothing But A House Party.’

Reviewed by: Russell A. Trunk CD Purchase Link