- Audio CD (July 23 1999)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Best of
- Label: Rhino-Atlantic
- ASIN: B00000JFV5
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #51,260 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|1. Get Down Tonight (Original Single Version)|
|2. That's The Way (I Like It) (Original Single Version)|
|3. Blow Your Whistle|
|4. Sound Your Funky Horn|
|5. Queen Of Clubs|
|6. I'm A Pushover|
|7. Shotgun Shuffle|
|8. I'm So Crazy ('Bout You)|
|9. Rock Your Baby (Single Mix)|
|10. (Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty|
See all 16 tracks on this disc
|1. Keep It Comin' Love|
|2. It's The Same Old Song|
|3. Do You Feel Alright (Singel Edit)|
|4. Who Do Ya Love|
|5. Do You Wanna Go Party (Full-Length Album Version)|
|6. Please Don't Go|
|7. I Betcha Didn't Know That|
|8. Yes, I'm Ready|
|9. Let's Go Rock And Roll|
|10. All I Want|
See all 15 tracks on this disc
If you want some kitschy fun, that disc has it in spades. This double CD has lots of retro fun, also -- in fact, too much.
The double set has too many unremarkable songs, and lots of filler. Three (count 'em -- 3) versions of "Please don't go," including one in Spanish ("Por Favor no te Vayas"); An instrumental version of "Rock Your Baby," (wherein the Sunshine Band erroneously mistakes themselves for Duke Ellingtons orchestra), and covers of great motown hits like "Same Old Song" and "Dancin' in the Street."
All told, the single disc has all of the great KC tunes you remember from the radio of your youth (or every Bar Mitzvah and /or wedding you've ever been to) without all the useless filler.
You can listen straight thru without having to skip skip skip, skip skip skip, to the bootie . . .
Like one of the other reviewers, I am especially grateful for the inclusion of "I Betcha Didn't Know That." The lyrics to that song go way beyond the usual party songs we expect, and they help produce a ballad that's as beautiful as the more popular "Please Don't Go." In fact, I mostly like this collection for the less popular songs, as the mega-hits appear on literally dozens of other CD's.
I still hope The Painter comes out on CD. That album went mostly unnoticed, and I've never seen any of its songs on CD. However, it's KCSB's most diverse album and definitely worthy of a second chance.
Disc one starts with the original 1975 single, one of disco's (and, by extension, the 1970s) most explosive, assertive musical moments. Bandleader/leadsinger Harry "KC" Casey jumps from a sparking guitar solo and pounding drums to ask the world if its ready for a brand newer beat. "Get Down Tonight!" is exhortation as well as invitation, completing in disco the mix of the gospel and blues Ray Charles spent his early career forging. Rock theatrics, JBs groove, Spectorian production and Miami salsa joined then to form disco's hedonistic music and message.
In the extended mix closing Disc 2, legendary DJ Tom Moulton dismantles, reassembles and stretches pieces of the original hit across its incessant bass/drum beat. You hear sparse piano jazz, guitars conversing in Morse code, horns leading a charge then pulling back in rhythm. Moulton rethinks a classic pop single, providing a composing lesson to dance to.
In between those versions Rhino tells KC & The Sunshine Band's story through its remarkable string of 1975-78 hits: propulsive grooves like "I'm Your Boogie Man," "Keep It Coming Love," and the "That's The Way (I Like It)" turn horn riffs and female chants into sexy, trashy,and gritty songs in disco's heydey. Even their lone ballad hit, "Please Don't Go" (the first #1 of the 80s) packs big band production punch and a near carnival riff repeated throughout the song.
In the margins you hear the Sunshine Band's showcase sharp Kool & The Gang-style disco-funk ("Shotgun Shuffle," and their version of George McCrae's hit, "Rock Your Baby.") You also hear should-have-been-hits like "Who Do You Love?Read more ›