Telstar followed up Dance Hits ’94 – Volume 1 with a second edition during late 1994. By now the market was approaching its peak. 40 more unlimited dance hits to add to the pile.
There are no surprises in the opening waves. Tony Di Bart’s dreamy The Real Thing is followed by the frantic Maxx and Club House before D:Ream’s UR The Best Thing crashes down. Alex Party’s Read My Lips continues to thrill me; its breathless wordy undertones a true delight. Then a brief diversion: Time Frequency’s losing-it bring on the the goose pimples banger Such A Phantasy followed by Moby’s incredible Hymn. And go back to the old routine with Reel 2 Real’s I Like To Move It, CJ Lewis’ Sweets For My Sweet, Bitty McLean’s Dedicated To The One I Love and East 17’s pounding It’s Alright.
Degrees Of Motion featuring Biti – Shine On: an example of radiant house music. Next comes Motiv8’s uplifting Rockin’ For Myself and JX’s crucial Son Of A Gun while K-Klass bang the ivory keys on Let Me Show You. There’s an Italian project in the house: Deadly Sins and We Are Going On Down. Plus a sax stomper for Black Machine as they keep the momentum hot on How Gee. Get some heaven with Chubby Chunks’ Testament 4. The piano riff is identical to the Masters At Work house remix of Madonna’s Erotica. A flood of nightclub memories come back when I hear The OT Quartet’s mesmerising Hold That Sucker Down. We round off the first disc with one Eurodance’s most unheralded tracks, CB Milton’s evocative It’s A Loving Thing. Great synth action.
CD2 was born to follow. Dance energy from the start with 2 Unlimited’s The Real Thing [a nice touch and nod to Tony Di Bart] and Cappella’s Move On Baby. Gloworm imbues Carry Me Home with religious fervour while Eternal’s superslick Stay Our Love is one of the highlights of the Louise era. The evergreen sleaze of R Kelly comes to the fore on the grinding Your Body’s Callin’. Truly booty. Funky, funky: there’s a nice jazzy groove to US3’s Cantaloop; touched by the spirit of Quincy Jones. The laidback vibe continues with Haddaway’s I Miss You (Club Mix). Opus III tries to recapture past glories on When You Made The Mountain. Jury’s out. Remember David Grant and Jaki Graham’s Could It Be I’m Falling In Love? Out Now! is your friend. Worlds Apart do a passable cover.
Get ready to rumble as PJ and Duncan AKA wig out on Why Me? Go smooth with EYC’s Number One and M People’s wistful take on Don’t Look Any Further. Try out Jody Watley’s poignant new jack swing of When A Man Loves A Woman and then pump the rhythm with Clock. Loveland’s Let The Music (Lift You Up) is self-explanatory while Denise Johnson [ex-Primal Scream] drops the pulsating Rays Of The Rising Sun. The house gets gradually progressive on 4 You from 4th Measure Men before the BPMs slip right down with N-Trance and Kelly Lloreanna’s slowed-down Set You Free. That just leaves for Juliet Roberts’ workmanlike I Want You and Credit To The Nation’s defiant Teenage Sensation. Enough is enough.
Moby – Hymn (Extended Mix)
Eternal – Save Our Love
US3 featuring Rashaan – Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)
Time Frequency – Such A Phantasy (Radio Mix)
Clock – The Rhythm (Radio Mix)
Lest we forget
CB Milton – It’s A Loving Thing
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Hi Paul, Thanks for the heads up about the Masters At Work remix of Erotica. I like it! Also, I do like the CB Milton track, a shame it didn’t do better.
I hadn’t spotted this and the first volume on here before. You’re right about the market being at its peak, but I never realised how saturated it had become. Telstar alone produced 3 single dance albums, 2 doubles and a Hits album between February and July, then, perhaps weirdly, not a single dance compilation until Best of Dance 94. Add to that 3 Energy Rush albums (with a double cd looming to be swiftly followed by Dance Massive), 2 Dance Zones, 2 Dance to the Max, 1 Best Dance Album In The World Ever, 2 Now Dance, 1 from the Arcade label and undoubtedly a few others not on the tip of my tongue!
I never thought much of this compilation, there were better ones out there. Too many albums with similar track listings. Dance Zone 2 lifted several from this, including a butchering of Hold That Sucker Down.
I wonder if the Dance Zone series was the catalyst for the growth in dance double cds in 1994? Seemed odd at the time having a single cd volume 1 and a double cd for volume 2. By 1995 they all went back to single cds again, except Dance Zone.
1994 really was a flooding of the shops – you certainly could have a point re Dance Zone. Think these Dance Hits would have worked better as one single CD volume of not-that-popular tracks – at least some exclusives / less common tracks could have been offered
Agreed. If you haven’t come across Telstar’s “Ultimate Dance Album” (paving the way for their second Hits album that year), please do. I’d be interested in your comments!
I have another thought. When I consider lots of dance compilations in the early 90s, many of them featured obscure non-chart tracks. I’m not belittling the tracks – in 1992 dance compilations seemed to feature a larger than normal percentage of tracks you’d unlikely ever hear anywhere else.
1994 – all companies trying to compile the same sort of compilations and trying to load their albums with chart hits.
The Hardcore series would never have been what it was if it had picked the latest hits.
Perhaps compilations had changed, but dance compilations that were a bit more risky fared better than safer compilations a few years later.
Hi Andrew – totally agree. Hardcore would not have worked with a load of chart bangers. The class of 1992 were very different to the 1994/1995 era.
One for you, Paul. “Move On Baby” by Cappella on this features a slightly more abrupt fade in than normal, presumably lifted from Dance Zone 1, where there’s an issue with the very start of the track.
Telstar used the same version for Best of Dance 1994, Ultimate Dance HIts 94, Smash Hits 94, yet used a proper version with the correct start for Greatest Hits of 1994. Odd.
Thanks Andrew – think Greatest Hits Of 1994 was after Smash Hits 1994 which makes it even more odd!