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The Best of the Village People: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection
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In order to understand how much a few reviews here knew about the Village People, and about this specific collection, and thus how much reliable a few of them they can be to craft your own guesswork and decide whether to purchase this cd or not, you may want to consider that some of these reviews complain that "Go West" is a track missing from the compilation.
Well, it is not. It is only missing (arguably overlooked) by the Amazon list of tracks. But it is NOT missing from the actual, physical disk.
Isn't it cute, to review a cd you didn't even purchase, in order to suggest whether the others should or shouldn't purchase it?
Now, it happens I have purchased the cd indeed. So I do know "Go West" does is in it.
And I am here to say: you should buy this cd too. Now, baby.
Then, of course, many of these reviews are concerned with labeling the Village People as "homosexual" or as "a gay group". That's not a new one. The New Yorker was busy a few months ago assessing whether Gogol was gay, rather than one of the greatest Russian writers ever. Many critics were busy for decades trying to understand whether Shakespeare was gay - unsuccessfully busy, by the way. Many guys tried to claim Ernest Hemingway was gay - because also if you are not, who told you you could not be such all the same, very very very very secretly? Isn't it?
I must say that if the Village People were gay, that's fine to me: because I am not, so I just couldn't care less about what they preferred sexually. In order to listen to their music, I am not required to share more than their music, and to judge them only after that.
Because when I purchase a cd, I want to listen to the music, not to the gossip.Read more ›
But all that pales when placed next to the vibrancy of this brief but solid collection of 10 singles. Like all of the best radio confectionary creampuffs, the songs here convey a kooky innocence (the Navy had to let in on the joke before they backed off their decision to use "In The Navy" as a recruitment jingle) that remains timeless. And in the post-AIDS decades, the more obvious 70's call to the disenfranchised like "San Francisco" and "In Hollywood" are even poignant.
Deny it if you dare, but secretly you know this stuff is great. Just see if your limbs don't start contorting into the alphabet next time "YMCA" gets played on some football arena PA or at your next company party. I double dog dare ya.
PS: You may want to get the version of this from the Casablaca/Mercury release dated 1998. That CD contains "Go West" and drops the 12 mix of "YMCA."
RATING: THREE COSTUMES
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REPLACES ALL OF MY ORIGINAL RECORDS WITH THE BEST VILLAGE PEOPLE HITS.Published 3 months ago by Anglzel
All the songs kind of sound the same, but in this case, that's not so bad. You can't help but feel good listening to YMCA or Macho Man.Published 3 months ago by little old monster
I loved the movie " Can't Stop The Music " and now I can listen to all the Village People's hit songs.Published 6 months ago by Randy