Hits ’93 – Volume 4 (Telstar / BMG, 1993)

Hits 93 V4

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The fourth volume of Hits ’93 was released at the end of November. It contained 21 tracks, eight of which featured on its immediate rival Now That’s What I Call Music 26 [Cappella, The Shamen, 2 Unlimited, Culture Beat, Urban Cookie Collective, Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince, Bjork and David Arnold, SWV]. Remixes of a further two songs from the latter were also included here [Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Lisa Stansfield]. And yes, they still had CD walkmans and selection of albums to give away.

Now 26 got Pray [a summer smash] while the Hits team were bang up to date with Take That’s storming version of Dan ‘I Can Dream About You’ Hartman’s Relight My Fire. Lulu in tow. The heat is on with Cappella’s crazy Euro beat of U Got 2 Let The Music. The return of Relax: 10 years on. Thankfully it’s the updated MCMCXCIII: harder and faster. Dawn raids and 8.00am bedtimes – all soundtracked by Elegant Slumming. The taut M People Master Edit of Moving On Up is sheer joy. Keep smiling with The Shamen’s ear-grinning Comin’ On Strong. And then time to subject yourself to Maximum Overdrive and Mr Vain one after the other – just like another compilation I could mention.

Haddaway followed What Is Love with the the thought-provoking Life. It’s a hard one to love. Urban Cookie Collective up the quality with the addictive rush of Feels Like Heaven while Time Frequency’s Real Love is a classic banger of the era. The ever-present Boom! Shake The Room is followed by the interesting Be Boy Mix of Lisa Stansfield’s So Natural. And on Magnet, Espresso Logic: the new LP by Chris Rea. Lead single Julia is upbeat and good-spirited, a tribute to his daughter. Bjork and David Arnold’s Play Dead is next, her most Sugarcube-like solo vocal. Would have worked on Stick Around For Joy.

The sequencing on this compilation would benefit from an Abram intervention. It’s back to the dancefloor with the thudding trance sound of Captain Hollywood Project. More And More. Get in line with The Grid’s relentless Texas Cowboy while it’s over to a disco sound on Lovestation’s glittery Best Of My Love. A popular inclusion: SWV’s supremely lush Right Here (Human Nature Mix). A 60s throwback: Oui 3’s laidback take on Buffalo Springfield’s For What It’s Worth. Rappers’ delight. On the last carriage are Right Said Fred and the fading Bumped! One for the road: Bitty McLean’s meaningful Pass It On.

Favourite tracks
The Grid – Texas Cowboy

Cappella – U Got 2 Let The Music (Brescia Edit)

Chris Rea – Julia

Lest we forget
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Relax (MCMCXCIII)

Missing tracks and other thoughts
A decent selection but too much overlap with the Now release. Some fresh blood:

The Prodigy – One Love. First fruits of The Jilted Generation.
Lemonheads – Into Your Arms. Future wedding song.
The Breeders – Cannonball. The last splash.
Shara Nelson – One Goodbye In Ten. Sweet R&B.
Cypress Hill – When The Shit Goes Down. Féile heroes.

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