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After branching out from their more familiar dancefloor anthems into chillout, acoustic pop, and R&B, Ministry of Sound's latest compilation covers the funk, soul, disco, and hip-hop sounds of the '80s groove scene. Featuring 51 tracks from artists as diverse as Earth, Wind & Fire , Hall & Oates , and A Tribe Called Quest , it's a comprehensive collection of songs from a genre usually ignored by other retrospectives. There are classic Top Ten singles from Chaka Khan and Rufus , McFadden & Whitehead , and the Jacksons , recently sampled tracks that have been given a new lease on life from Patrice Rushen , Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam , and Shannon , and some rather obscure additions from the likes of Michael Wycoff , Keni Burke , and Mtume . Highlights from the first disc include the powerful gospel vocals of Jocelyn Brown 's “Somebody Else's Guy,” Sister Sledge 's classy string-laden disco ballad “Thinkin' of You,” and Luther Vandross ' joyously uplifting “Never Too Much.” Mantronix 's club classic “Got to Have Your Love,” Run-. 's influential “It's Like That” (the original rather than the Jason Nevins remix), and Indeep 's anthemic “Last Night a DJ Saved My Life” provide the standouts for disc two. The sensual soul of Marvin Gaye 's “Sexual Healing,” Bill Withers ' effortlessly summery “Lovely Day,” and Sly & the Family Stone 's funk-rock standard “Family Affair” are the choice cuts from disc three. 80s Groove showcases the best old-skool urban music from both the . and ., and is a refreshing antidote to the countless new wave, electro-pop, and rave albums that usually dominate the decade's nostalgia market.


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