- Audio CD (Oct. 1 1993)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Atco
- ASIN: B000002JM2
- Other Editions: Audio Cassette
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #121,517 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|1. Never Let You Go|
|2. Sincerely Yours|
|3. Love Games|
|4. Let Me Be The One|
|6. Take It While It's Hot|
|7. Victim Of Love|
|8. Hooked On You|
"Never Let You Go", clocking in at a little over six minutes, is two minutes overlong, using that excess time for filler noises.
In contrast, "Sincerely Yours" which was the single from the album to make the Billboard charts and it isn't that bad, as it starts with a Spanish guitar before yielding to the Expose-type keyboards. Upon hearing the melody of the opening line, "Dear I write you this letter. to show you how our love means to me," I instantly thought, "AHA! The Supreme's 'You Keep Me Hangin' On." They crib that melody all right. Still, there's a slight Latin flavour in the song that pardons its obvious derivative roots.
"Love Games" incorporates a few video game sounds, a few old school rap scratches, and is about a louse who plays around. The snide spoken line "If you wanna go play games. Why don't you go and ask your daddy for a quarter" seems well deserved. Game over, bucko!
"Let Me Be The One" is a filler ballad that mimics the Expose song plus tries to mirror another one--"Seasons Change". "Heartbreak" contains the usual flurry of synth effects, like glass smashing and staccato vocal dubbing.
The title track begins with "It's time to jam." followed by shrill tinny horns. This is kind of an upbeat mimic of Expose's mid-paced "Let Me Be The One" and has echoes of Miami Sound Machine's early material. This song actually isn't that bad.Read more ›
"Victim Of Love" was the first single released, but included here is a re-recorded version which is superior to the original (which can be found on one of the "Freestyle's Greatest Beats" compilations). The second single, "Hooked On You" was actually released twice, this version is the one that was released the second time around. "Take It While It's Hot" is my favorite track on the album and is jam-packed with latin freestyle energy - try not to dance and sing along! The fourth single "Never Let You Go" is fiercly remixed with cool beats and vocal treats. "Sincerely Yours" is more radio-friendly and received the most airplay out of all the singles.
The great thing about this album is that the songs are longer than 3-minute radio versions but shorter than 8-minute remixes. Most fall between 5-6 minutes, so they include all those juicy beats in the middle of the song that really get you groovin' but don't go on forever. Definately a must-have for any freestyle music collection!
Hooked on You was bumpin at the Warehouse in Portland circa 1986.
This album reminds me of the days when I sported Esprit, Generra paisly shirt, Guess jeans with the multicolored pockets, Troop Jackets, and Calvin Klein Obsession perfume. Damn, those were some fun times.