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The Best of Claudja Barry

Claudja BarryAudio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 24, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hot Productions
  • ASIN: B000001QJ6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,914 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. If I Do It To You
2. Boogie Woogie Dancin Shoes
3. Radio Action
4. (You Make Me) Feel The Fire
5. Take It Easy
6. The Two Of Us
7. Love For The Sake Of Love
8. I Will Follow Him
9. Sweet Dynamite
10. Work Me Over
11. Johnny, Johnny Please Come Home
12. Down And Counting
13. Dancin Fever

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The lady's greatest disco hits! November 11, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This, unfortunately is the only collection of Claudja Barry's material that is widely available, and it's quite comprehensive. From her biggest hit "Boogie Woogie Dancin' Shoes" to "Down and Counting", most of the biggest hits are here. The former peaking in the top 20 on the pop charts and both being huge hits on the dance charts.
Aside from the aformentioned cuts, the sultry "Love For The Sake Of Love", the torch-funk of "Sweet Dynamite", the energetic "Work Me Over" and "Radio Action" are all classic dance cuts which demonstrate not only her vocal talent and versatility but the progression (not the death) of "disco" from the mid 70s to the early 80s.
My only complaint is about the mastering. Although many of the original album reissues that I have from Hot Productions are well-done, the mastering [particularly] on "You Make Me Feel The Fire" is quite awful. It becomes extremely harsh and hissy half-way through the song (having the original 12" of this song, this obviously wasn't intentional). Also despite what they claim about the selections being mastered "From The Original Master Tapes" some seem to be taken from vinyl (ie. "Love For The Sake Of Love"). Although mostly the mastering is good, some of the flaws somewhat detract from the material.
Judging from some of the things she herself has said in the past; despite her talent and the strong production of Jurgen S. Korduletsch - she never really seemed to achieve the pop crossover success that she aimed for. Regardless of that, there is a lot of great stuff on here. Despite some of the flaws, this is essentially a great collection.
Fans of classic dance music would be wise to pick it up, since (unfortunately) many of the Hot Productions releases and reissues are gradually, one-by one going out of print.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars good collection, but disappointed by the edits April 15, 2005
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Claudja's hottest hits are here, but sometimes, over a minute or more is shaved off the 12" versions. the 3 tracks I noted were my faves "Radio Action," "Boogie Woogie Dancin Shoes" and "Down and Counting". Hot Productions compiles great dance artists, but more often then not, they pull this stunt of editing tracks. Also, several of the times for the songs listed on the CD card do not match up with the actual times on the CD.
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1.0 out of 5 stars low quality August 6, 2006
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should have been a crossover sensation October 18, 2003
A Kid's Review
Format:Audio CD
Claudja Barry is one the best vocals in Dance Club music. Her songs are warm and personal. I love all the songs especially "If I Do It To You", "Radio Action", "Work Me Over", & the sassy but classy "Down & Counting". It would be great if she started recording again, her voice she missed by many. Highly recommended!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice collection! April 14, 2005
By tpf2
Format:Audio CD
These songs are the long versions rather than radio edits so I'm glad I found her biggest hit "Boogie Oogie Boogie Woogie Dancing Shoes" in that form! If you like disco, get this album!
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