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NOW 80's Dancefloor / R&B AND FUNK Limited Red + White Vinyl 2LP Set

by Various Artists

Release Date: 17 May 2024

Format: LP Double Vinyl

Label: NOW

£24.99

Various Artists NOW 80’s Dancefloor / R&B AND FUNK Limited Red + White Vinyl 2LP Set

Overview:

NOW Music is proud to present the fourth in our ongoing series of vinyl compilations, NOW That’s What I Call 80s Dancefloor. Each edition features an essential collection of tracks representing key genres of 1980’s Dance music. This volume, featuring 30 tracks across 2 LPs pressed on hot red and white vinyl, presents the best from the era of R&B & Funk.

The first side opens with the era-defining ‘Word Up!’ from Cameo, followed by two legendary vocalists - Barry White with his ’87 smash ‘Sho’ You Right’, and James Brown with ‘Living In America’ from the ‘Rocky IV’ soundtrack. Although originally released in the ‘70s, the next pair were massive as ‘rare-groove’ classics and set dance-floors on fire in 1987 - Maceo And The Macks with ‘Cross The Tracks’ and the Jackson Sisters with ‘I Believe In Miracles’. Huge Chart hits from Jermaine Jackson, Kool & The Gang and The Gap Band close out Side A.

Side B finds its’ groove with two of the decades’ best from Alexander O’Neal with ‘Fake’ from his Jam & Lewis produced ‘Hearsay’ album and Aretha Franklin’s ‘Freeway Of Love’ from her superb album ‘Who’s Zoomin’ Who’, whilst the rest of this side features some of the slickest dance-floor fusions from Sheila E., Oliver Cheatham, The S.O.S. Band, and early 80s Britfunk from Freeez with the sublime ‘Southern Freeez’.

LP2 kicks off with a run of tracks that build on a foundation of funky R&B in conjunction with electronic beats and hooks – including ‘Let It All Blow’ from the Dazz Band, Sly Fox with the huge hit ‘Let’s Go All The Way’ and Rockwell with guest vocals from Michael Jackson on ‘Somebody’s Watching Me’. Funk pioneers Sly & Robbie & Shinehead scored their biggest crossover hit with ‘Boops (Here To Go)’, and UK Funk achieved major chart success for Level 42, and Shakatak.

The final side celebrates some of the decades’ new R&B superstars - Bobby Brown, and Jody Watley both achieved global success, Natalie Cole enjoyed a renaissance with ‘Pink Cadillac’ amongst other hits, and Keith Sweat, Pebbles, René & Angela and Vesta Williams are all featured with their signature floor-fillers.

Featured Tracks:

LP1 - SIDE A:

1. Cameo - Word Up!

2. Barry White - Sho' You Right 

3. James Brown - Living In America 

4. Maceo And The Macks - Cross The Tracks (We Better Go Back) 

5. Jackson Sisters - I Believe In Miracles 

6. Jermaine Jackson - Let's Get Serious

7. Kool & The Gang - Get Down On It

8. The Gap Band - I Don't Believe You Want To Get Up And Dance (Oops, Up Side Your Head)

LP1 SIDE B:

1. Alexander O'Neal - Fake 

2. Aretha Franklin - Freeway Of Love

3. Sheila E. - A Love Bizarre (Pt. I)      

4. Oliver Cheatham - Get Down Saturday Night 

5. Freeez - Southern Freeez

6. The S.O.S Band - The Finest 

7. Mtume - Juicy Fruit

LP2 – SIDE A:

1. Dazz Band - Let It All Blow

2. Sly Fox - Let's Go All The Way 

3. Flash and The Pan - Waiting For A Train

4. Rockwell - Somebody's Watching Me

5. Rick James - Super Freak 

6. Sly & Robbie & Shinehead - Boops (Here To Go)

7. Level 42 - Lessons In Love 

8. Shakatak - Down On The Street

LP2 – SIDE B:

1. Bobby Brown - My Prerogative 

2. Keith Sweat - I Want Her         

3. Pebbles - Girlfriend

4. Natalie Cole – Pink Cadillac

5. Jody Watley - Looking For A New Love

6. René & Angela - I'll Be Good 

7. Vesta Williams - Once Bitten Twice Shy

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