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The Best of Village People

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Includes every hit- Y.M.C.A.; In the Navy (both also here in bonus 12" dance versions); Macho Man; Ready for the '80s; Go West; San Francisco (You Got Me) , and more.

OK, "Macho Man," after you are "In the Navy" and you've spent the night at the "Y.M.C.A" in New York City, you should "Go West" to "San Francisco" where they "Can't Stop the Music" and then, when it gets too foggy, head out for some sun in "Key West." All the great Village People classics are in this collection. Whether you fancy yourself the Construction Worker or the Native American, you'll be happy with this raucous collection of grandly cheeky hits. These are big disco songs, with thinly veiled innuendoes; the flamboyant and triumphant lyrics will get you on your feet, arms in a "Y," in no time. --Beth Bessmer

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Y.M.C.A.
  2. Macho Man (12' Version)
  3. Can't Stop The Music
  4. San Francisco (You've Got Me)
  5. In Hollywood (Everybody Is A Star)
  6. Ready For The 80's (12' Version)
  7. Key West
  8. In The Navy
  9. Fire Island
  10. Go West (12' Version)
  11. Village People
  12. Hot Cop
  13. In The Navy (12' Version)
  14. Y.M.C.A. (12' Version)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 22, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: March 22, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Casablanca
  • ASIN: B000001E40
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,479 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By David W. Coleman on August 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Producer Jacques Morali had a vision for a group that would speak out for the concerns and sensibilities of the (then) unsung Gay populace that was struggling to find a voice in the late 70s. Village People was the end product of that vision. Ads were taken out and actors were hired to play 6 arch-typical (or stereotypical) Gay male types; icons, if you will: A Soldier, A Biker, A Cop, A Construction Worker, A Cowboy, and An Indian. Four songs were constructed and made into an album: Village People. The songs celebrated four hotbeds of Gay male activity: San Francisco, Hollywood, Fire Island, and Greenwich Village. The songs were also trendsetting and funky, filling dance floors from coast to coast. This was the start of The Village People, and all four of those songs are included in this greatest hits package. That first album was really the creative zenith for the group. Lead singer Victor Willis soon took over as the lyricist for the guys, and he came up with a big, big song for the follow-up album. Macho Man gave The Village People their first crossover success, going top 10 on three charts. To me, it was their last song worth a damn, but the Macho Man album did so well, it was ripe to be cloned. And it was cloned not once, but twice, on the albums Cruisin' and Go West. Cruisin' contained the campy "Y.M.C.A.", which topped the charts and spawned the most ridiculous dance sensation since The Freddy! Go West had on it the cartoonish "In The Navy", which was picked up as a recruiting tool by the U.S. Navy, until it was explained to someone of high rank, just what it was about the Navy that The Village People were championing! After a great first album, The Village People's three follow-ups all had one big hit and a host of other songs that we'll magnanimously refer to as "filler.Read more ›
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 29, 2002
Format: Audio CD
THE VILLAGE PEOPLE, of course, were not an organic band; they were deliberately created through a series of auditions and then costumed, choreographed, and unleashed in a collection of images that might have been dreamed up by gay erotic artist Tom of Finnland: muscular with theatrical costumes cut to show every possible bulge, voices that screamed with an excess of testosterone, and both unexpectedly combined with a bouncy beat. The result is a type of musical camp unlike anything heard before or since, and I'm still amazed that they got away with it.
Given the somewhat flabbergasting nature of the band, its easy to overlook the music--but strange to say, given the homoerotic slant, their recordings remain a staple of everything from highschool proms to stadium sports events: fun, and funny, and excessive, and extremely memorable. The sound is aggressive, to say the least, and determinedly so, and all the hits are here, and all of it packed with as much unsubtle innuendo as possible. There's "YMCA," and who among us can't jump up and immediately do the contortions required to spell out the letters? Not to mention, of course, speculate on the impact the Village People might have had on that venerable organization. There's the notoriously homoerotic "Macho Man" and the infamous "In The Navy," which poses the musical question 'What am I going to do on a submarine?' Many of the more popular recordings are presented in what is described here as the 12" versions--and what more can we say about that? For the most part, each recording blends over into the next, so the whole thing plays like one long leather bar dance floor mix.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Matthew G. Sherwin HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 26, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is one major Village People CD that their fans cannot afford to be without! We get great songs by the group and there are even a few 12 inch single versions of some really great dancing numbers. The Village People sound great on this album and I always enjoy listening to this one.

The CD starts with their instant classic "Y.M.C.A.;" they sing this really well and the disco flavor of the music makes me want to dance! The tune has a great beat and I think you'll like this one, too, even if you're not a major Village People fan. Listen also for the twelve inch dance music version of "Macho Man;" this number celebrates masculinity and they sing this very well. The beat is solid and this is another great tune you can dance to easily.

"San Francisco (You've Got Me)" is both an ode to San Francisco and a song about the good quality of life for gay people in San Francisco; and "In Hollywood (Everybody Is A Star)" is a campy, fun tune about a guy's dreams of becoming a major Hollywood star! Many people will be able to relate to "In Hollywood (Everybody Is A Star);" and it's very well done with good percussion and great tempo changes all along the way.

"In The Navy" continues that Village People sound with a solid underlying beat and fun, campy lyrics that actually work rather well. There's also a twelve inch dance version of their incredible "Go West;" "Go West" was always one of my very favorite Village People numbers. "Go West" sounds relentlessly optimistic and very energetic. They sing and harmonize on "Go West" to perfection.

"Hot Cop" is a cool song about the seductive nature of a cop; and the album ends strong with the twelve inch version of "Y.M.C.A." Great!

Village People fans will love this generous CD with its mixture of regular length and twelve inch dance versions of classic Village People songs. Put this on the CD player and crank up the volume!
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