Strange at it may seem at first glance, this innocuous-looking album from Telstar is the only place to find a number of 7″ versions on CD.
The Dance Chart was released shortly before the summer of 1987 with the vinyl version having a slightly different tracklist – The Gap Band’s Big Fun, Kim Wilde’s You Keep Me Hangin’ On and Midnight Star’s Midas Touch being replaced by Respectable [Mel and Kim], Girl’s Ain’t Nothin’ But Trouble [DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince] and Say I’m Your Number One [Princess] on the CD.
The all-important single edits are:
Freeez – I.O.U. Essential freestyle that got a new lease of life in ’87.
Timex Social Club – Rumors. A glorious slice of weekender funk.
Whistle – Just Buggin’. Silly yet addictive hip hop.
The Concept – Mr DJ. A strange oddity based on a radio show phone-in that’s best listened on headphones late at night. Features the unforgettable Liz.
You also get the 7″ mix of Male Stripper [which can also be found on another Telstar release – The Greatest Hits of 1987 – itself another goldmine of radio hit goodness].
Other memorable moments include house classic Jack The Groove from Raze, Taffy’s Italo anthem I Love My Radio and Grace Jones’ intense Private Life. Throw in some perfect pop from Five Star and Princess with a tightly edited Wham Rap and you’ve got yourself a fine compilation.
Timex Social Club – Rumors
Man 2 Man Meets Man Parrish – Male Stripper
Lest we forget
The Concept – Mr DJ