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Hits Remixes & Rarities: The Warner Brothers Years [Original recording remastered]

Ashford & SimpsonAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)


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Biography by William Ruhlmann

Nickolas Ashford (b. May 4, 1942, Fairfield, SC) and Valerie Simpson (b. Aug 26, 1946, New York City) have two careers, as songwriters and as performers, with the former seemingly more important than the latter until the mid-'80s. The two met in 1964 and scored their first songwriting hit in 1966 with Ray Charles' recording of their "Let's ... Read more in Amazon's Ashford & Simpson Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 26, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00108YG1A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,996 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Over And Over
2. Have You Ever Tried It
3. Everybody's Got To Give It Up
4. One More Try
5. Tried, Tested And Found True
6. Send It
7. Top Of The Stairs
8. Don't Cost You Nothing
9. It Seems To Hang On
10. Found A Cure
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Found A Cure
2. It Seems To Hang On
3. One More Try
4. Bourgie Bourgie
5. Over And Over
6. Stay Free
7. Love Don't Make It Right
8. Tried, Tested And Found True
9. Stay Free

Editorial Reviews

Two CD Compilation Boasts Lush, Soulful Originals, Impossible To Find 12" Versions And Sensational Contemporary Remixes Of Signature Tracks From R&B's Most Enduring Duo! Rhino's compilation featuring unforgettable originals and 12" versions on Disc 1 followed by inspired contemporary remixes on Disc 2. As songwriters, Ashford & Simpson gave the world classics including "I'm Every Woman" and "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing." As performers they deliver sonic ecstasy, celebrated to the max on this innovative set.The phenomenal R&B performing and songwriting partnership made their Warner Bros. recording debut with 1973's Billboardr Top 20 LP Gimme Something Real.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TRIED, TESTED, AND FOUND TRUE TO SATISFY! February 27, 2008
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Soul music's Romeo and Juliet timeless contributions to music cannot be explained anymore than it already has but, this collection is more than essential. Ashford and simpson brings togther their best and hard to find tracks and remixes on this bangin two disc set. It's great to have their best dance tracks readily avialiable again - since these tracks will put a hurtin' on your pockets if you ever try to collect the original 12" singles.

ORIGINALS ;

"Over and Over" and "Stay Free" (you won't find a better song about freelance romanacing than this!) are back on CD after being out of print for a few years. "Tried, Tested, and found true" and "One more try" are tough and smooth slices of proto disco. You can't do no wrong with their flagship disco anthem "Found a Cure". "Bourgie Bourgie" is avliable on other anthologies but, it blends in smooth with the rest of the tracks. "Nobody Knows" is a tight fusion of blues & soul with a discofied production style. The originals is classic material all the way.

REMIXES;

I Thought I wasn't gonna like this disc because much of the time, remixes never matches the quality of the originals. I was dead wrong because Tom Moulton, Joey Negro, M&M, Joe Clausell were dead on point with their remixes. I loved how they maintained all of the key musical elements of the originals while bringing a fresh ear and sound into the mix "without compromising the integrity of the originals" as stated by Valarie Simpson herself in the liner notes. Tom Moulton Mix of "Found a Cure" is bound to go down as one of many line of his classic remixes but, all of the remixes sound great and worth repeated plays.

I like how Nick and Val took time to acknowledge the remixers for seeing their songs from a different light.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 20 STARS!!!! February 27, 2008
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Just when I thought i had the best Remix/OG CD SET! If you want to know what a remix should be, get this ASAP. I can not stop playing it 'over & over'. I play this more than the new CD's I have. Every song is GREAT. Give them a Grammy for Remixers!! This is better than Verve Remix! Glad they have some 12'inch of some classic stuff as well. My favorites in order are: REMIX... 1. Bourgie Bourgie 2. Over and Over Regular Version...1. It Seems To Hang On (12" Disco Mix) 2. Don't Cost You Nothing (12" Disco Mix)... but the whole project is GREAT.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Found the cure: buy this collection! March 8, 2008
By Tom
Format:Audio CD
I have to agree with the previous reviewers -- this collection is simply fantastic. It's a retrospective of the R&B duo's '70s dance-oriented material on Warner Bros. The first CD features original album versions and 12" mixes of classics such "Found a Cure", "It Seems to Hang On" and "Over and Over". Then there is the second disc, which is the deal-closer. It includes outstanding new mixes of a few of the classics heard on disc one.

This CD is everything a compilation should be: crisp remastering, informative and well-written liner notes, and superb packaging. Ashford & Simpson are probably best known for their stellar songwriting, but their own music is just as good. And this collection is proof of that. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Collection !!! March 27, 2008
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Took me a while to decide to buy this Compact disc. Driven by my curiosity
for the Tom Moulton mix of "Found a Cure" I purchased it. I have been listening to it over and over. "It seems to hang on" and "Send it" are my other favorites. Honestly, the whole collection is excellent. A must have for the Ashford and Simpson fans!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Yeah! March 21, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I had been trying to get my hands on the 12" remix of "Don't Cost You Nothin'" since I first heard it on WAMO in Pittsburgh over 20 years ago. This CD is spectacular, and the remixes are fantastic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!! March 29, 2008
By Kathy
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I put off buying this album for a while. I was so sure I would hate the remixes, I didn't want to spend that much money on it. I shouldn't have waited. These remixes are actually good! Ashford & Simpson's music was NOT destroyed! I still like the originals better, but this a GREAT album!

It's great to finally have "Everybody's Got To Give It Up" and "One More Try" on CD! (I still wish A&S would release "I Wanna Be Selfish" on CD, along with something new.) I love the 12" versions of every song; I can't pick a favorite.

The liner notes were interesting, and I enjoyed reading what A&S had to say about the remixes.

If you're an A&S fan, buy this album. You will not be disappointed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Pleasure March 23, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Whilst the selection of songs may not be complete (where is Solid?), it is a great lesson in how to blend notes, voices and instruments into something exquisite.
The remixes are great in that they maintain the original instruments instead of adding "boom-boxes" like most remixes today. The best remix of this kind is still Fantasy from Earth, Wind and Fire (Shelter DJ mix)...

Enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a musical gemm December 16, 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is THE must CD every disco-soul collector should have, the original versions and original promo only 12" versions were great, but the remixes on disc 2 are a wonderful addition made in the spirit of the original sound, no extra drumcomouters er samples, just the right remix of a classic should be (maybe a remix of Chaka Khan's "I'm every moman" should be as an addition on the album, or an album of Chaka's hits in the same production would be nice)

BUY BUY BUY BUY!!!!!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great remixes I can use in most soulful house clubs
I was searching for the Joe Claussell of Bourgie Bourgie and I definitely was not let down by this album. The sets I used it and others mixes at went over very well. Just buy it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Joseph McNair
5.0 out of 5 stars compilation done right!
Very nice to see a compilation done right! This 2-CD set has all the hits on the first disc (over 75 minutes of music!) plus some cool remixes and rarities on the second disc. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC!
I have been listening to this album for the past 6 months. That's just how great it is!
You will not be disappointed in this purchase if you have an appreciation for pure... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Love&Light
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!
LOVE this CD. Just got it today and can't stop playing it. The remixes are GEMS... they expand on the originals and bring them to new heights if that is possible. Read more
Published on December 26, 2010 by RI_SoulLover
5.0 out of 5 stars dj keith b
Some of their best songs were done after they left Motown. Two of my all time favorite artists!
Published on April 2, 2009 by Keith B. Avery
2.0 out of 5 stars Why so much compression?
As a lover of dance music I must say that the engineers went wrong in the remastering of this one. I bought it together with the 12 Grand Inches 5. What a difference! Read more
Published on October 4, 2008 by Jose T. N. Araujo
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT Collection & Stellar remixes
I was planning on purchasing this when it came out and ended up winning an A&S Trivia Contest and received it as a prize...thankfully NO ONE else got this PRIZE! Read more
Published on July 5, 2008 by wyldcat
5.0 out of 5 stars *Smiles Ecstatically & Utters Breathlessly*: Oh My, My!
Finding this gem made an ordinary shopping trip to my local music store something right up there with ecstasy. Read more
Published on May 1, 2008 by One World
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Mind-blowing remixes a must have 2cd set.
Yea I had the CD for a few days, and can not stop playing it! I am trying to not play it so much becasue i will get tired of it. I am a serious music collector, so I have tons of music to jam too but WOW this CD will get you and a party -happy mood. The music is just ALL THAT! If you listen... Read more
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