The first High Life of 1987 was released on double LP and a single CD. The following tracks are not on the CD: Split Mirrors – The Right Time, Manu Dibango – Makossa ’87 (Big Blow), Cretu + Thiers – School’s Out, Martin Stephenson and The Daintees – Boat To Bolivia, KTP – Certain Things Are Likely, Bananarama – Trick Of The Night.
Three of the songs were on the contemporary Now That’s What I Call Music 9 [Pepsi and Shirlie – Heartache, Boy George – Everything I Own, Curiosity Killed The Cat – Down To Earth]. Meanwhile Donna Allen’s Serious would end up on The Hits Album 6 but was not part of the CD version which makes its inclusion here a big plus. We kick off with Level 42 in their most successful era, the juggernaut Running In The Family. Pierre Cosso’s Face Your Life is deeply melancholic and followed by Kool and The Gang’s smooth and exciting Stone Love. And City Lights is William Pitt’s moody masterpiece of urban night driving.
Richard Sanderson digs the slush on Lovely Lady while Adriano Celentano Veronica Verrai is moodiness worthy of a giallo. After Donna Allen’s funky bomb, Gino Vannelli serves up a dark concoction on the After Hours non-sleeper Wild Horses. Time for the Communards to give You Are My World a re-boot; The ’87 mix has more oomph. Goosebumps to the fore on Berlin’s evocative You Don’t Know [3:30 German edit] and they stay raised for Yello’s synth-heavy Call It Love. Rosie Vela’s Magic Smile drifts by aimlessly before Phil Carmen’s rocked-out City Wills. Our final trick is turned by Fancy, the Italo wizard. Latin Fire is effortlessly great, sleek and slamming across the floor. End.
Berlin – You Don’t Know
Fancy – Latin Fire
Lest we forget
Communards – You Are My World (’87)