This series has always gone up to circa 1993, although the main objective of Liebrand was to obtain/clean up/remaster old analogue masters, that’s not so much an issue in the digital age.
― Siegbran, Monday, 1 October 2018 16:05 (six months ago) Permalink
Yeah, the first two comps have some 90s house and Eurodance too, these comps are mostly disco/boogie/R&B, but Liebrand pretty much puts anything he likes on them.
― Tuomas, Monday, 1 October 2018 18:45 (six months ago) Permalink
Have to say tho, even though I still buy every yearly comp in this series, it's running out of steam a bit at this point. There's still gems in all of them, but the original point, which was to compile 12 inch mixes that are not so easily available in digital format, doesn't seem to work that much anymore... The last few entries in the series have included a lot album versions and extended mixes that are pretty easy to find on other comps and reissue CDs, and some of the classic 12 inches still missing from it, such as anything by Prince, he clearly hasn't managed to acquire the rights for, as otherwise they would've appeared on the comps ages ago.So at this point the series is mostly just Liebrand compiling his favourite dance tracks he can license... Which of course is still nice, since he has a good taste.
― Tuomas, Monday, 1 October 2018 18:54 (six months ago) Permalink
There are indeed others that do this well, last years The Men In The Glass Booth was great.
― Siegbran, Monday, 1 October 2018 19:08 (six months ago) Permalink
I don't know how much it applies to more recent volumes but apart from the selection and sometimes exclusive edits the key thing is the tracks are from the 'best' masters he could source. That means ideally (but not always) from original tapes and in particular not tarnished by the various excesses modern remastering.
― the sun-dried raisins of muesli (Noel Emits), Monday, 1 October 2018 19:13 (six months ago) Permalink
Baffled by the inclusion of 'Salva Mea', great though it is, on this when everything else (afaik) is pre-90s.
Yeah, that stuck out for me too.
First glance would see me choosing between Fern Kinney, Chaz Jankel, Janis Ian, Talk Talk or Colonel Abrams but lots of other great tracks too.
― groovypanda, Tuesday, 2 October 2018 14:30 (six months ago) Permalink
Everyone who hasn't heard it yet should listen to "Madman's Discotheque", it's ridiculously awesome! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ru0IMV-A2W0
― Tuomas, Tuesday, 2 October 2018 15:07 (six months ago) Permalink
Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.
― System, Saturday, 6 October 2018 00:01 (six months ago) Permalink
I think today it's between -
Rose Royce - R.R. Express 12:02The Reddings - The Awakening (Part 1 & Part 2) 3:33MFSB featuring The Three Degrees - Love Is the Message 11:34
Honourable mentions -
Chaz Jankel - Glad to Know You (12" version) 6:40Fern Kinney - Groove Me (long version) 8:55André Cymone - The Dance Electric (long version) 5:36
― the sun-dried raisins of muesli (Noel Emits), Saturday, 6 October 2018 13:49 (six months ago) Permalink
Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.
― System, Sunday, 7 October 2018 00:01 (six months ago) Permalink
these compilations are so great. i feel like i've only scratched the surface with them though.
― macropuente (map), Sunday, 7 October 2018 04:02 (six months ago) Permalink
I'm really hoping, now that Prince's estate has finally approved the release of rarities and reissues from his vaults, that Liebrand would get the rights for some of the rarer 12 inch mixes. For example, the extended versions of "America" and "La La La Hee Hee Hee" have never been released in digital format, AFAIK. It'd be nice to get a proper release of Liebrand's own unofficial remix of "Sign o' the Times" too, it's dope.
― Tuomas, Sunday, 7 October 2018 17:17 (six months ago) Permalink
What is the best classic 12" dance tune on Ben Liebrand's "Grand 12-Inches 4" compilation?
― ArchCarrier, Monday, 8 October 2018 07:33 (six months ago) Permalink