Entry: Recommended Listening: Ashford & Simpson - "The Warner Bros. Years: Hits, Remixes & Rarities" Sunday, March 30, 2008


Legendary singing and songwriting duo, Ashford & Simpson, have at last received a two-disc greatest hits package worthy of their dance music contributions. A diversely talented team who also happen to be husband and wife  A & S have penned hits for artists as legendary as Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Chaka Khan, the 5th Dimension and Ray Charles. Several of the duos more notable compositions  "Ain't No Mountain High Enough"; "You're All I Need to Get By"; "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" were recorded by the immaculately paired Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell.

Now THIS is how a greatest hits package should be DONE!

As noted, the two-disc The Warner Bros. Years: Hits, Remixes & Rarities showcases the dancier side of Ashford & Simpson; disco standards like "Found a Cure", "One More Try", "Love Don't Make It Right" and "Over and Over" are all collected on Disc One in their full 12-inch forms. Disc Two remixes many of those selfsame tracks and boasts musical reworkings by dance music greats like Dimitri from Paris, Joe Claussell, Joey Negro and Tommy Musto. The remixers are respectful of the integrity of the originals, while also mindful of the unexplored possibilities inherent within those selfsame classics.

The Warner Bros. Years: Hits, Remixes & Rarities mostly spans the years of 1977-1980; two straight-ahead soul classics  "Have You Ever Tried It" and "Everybody's Got to Give It Up" are the exceptions and round out the otherwise uptempo compilation nicely. This collection serves as a brilliant summation of Ashford & Simpson's disco years and will please all but the most ardent of fans, who likely would've liked more of the duo's '80's hits (like "Solid") included.

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M.E. Grant
March 31, 2008   11:42 PM PDT
There's been a naughty interpretation of "Found A Cure" running though my head for the longest time...

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