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Steaming hot '70s soul-rock from London! You Sexy Thing is a hit all over again after its prominence in both Boogie Nights and The Full Monty , and it's just one of seven R&B hits in this collection. Also among the 19 tracks: Every 1's a Winner; Emma; Disco Queen; So You Win Again; Don't Stop It Now; Are You Getting Enough Happiness? , and more.

1. You Sexy Thing
2. It Started With A Kiss
3. Brother Louie
4. Girl Crazy
5. So You Win Again
6. Put Your Love In Me
7. Love Is Life
8. I'll Put You Together Again
9. No Doubt About It
10. Every I's A Winner
11. Emma
12. I Gave You My Heart (Didn't I)
13. You Could Have Been A Lady
14. Disco Queen
15. Don't Stop It Now
16. A Child's Prayer
17. What Kinda Boy You Looking For (Girl)
18. I Believe (In Love)
19. Are You Getting Enough Happiness

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 20, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B000006MVA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,273 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Eric V. Moye on March 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
It has been a long long time since I had the chance to listen to anything by Hot Chocolate, since my vinyl is all stored away in a closet. I forgot how much I missed these guys. H.C. was everywhere on the radio in the seventies, with good reason. Happily, this collection has most of their best work.
The poignant "Emma", even leaving the 'message' aside shows their vocal abilities; deep and lush. But these fellas surely could burn down the house, and did so: "Every One's a Winner" is a classic, as is the now over-used "You Sexy Thing". They jam through "Don't Stop it Now", and "Could've Been a Lady" and even "Disco Queen". One of my personal favorites is "So You Win Again" for every one of us lucky guys who has been crushed by some gal (not to be confused with the similarly titled and messaged Hank Williams classic).
Good stuff.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Horton on February 3, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is a decent collection of Hot Chocolate goodies, but please be aware that the version of You Sexy Thing on this disc is the REMIX, not the original. I wonder why they didn't just put both of them on here... Anyway, I recommend either "Every 1's a Winner - The Very Best of Hot Chocolate" (red cover) or "Best of the 70's - Hot Chocolate" instead of this one.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Lewis on October 21, 2007
Format: Audio CD
As everyone else has said this is an excellent album of music from a great band. But there's something missing.

I have this album on vinyl. There is a (quite good) song on the vinyl called "Confetti Day" which is conspicuous by its absence on this CD. I wonder what happened to it. Why would they drop this song from the CD?

Otherwise an excellent album. If you like this kind of music, then there is much to like here.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 26, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Hot Chocolate, remarkable for being the first black British group to have continued success, made a carefully costructed, catchy brand of funk and soul music. Everyone knows You Sexy Thing because of its inclusion in The Full Monty, but most of the other 18 songs are well worth hearing too.
Hot Chocolate, fronted by the songwriter Errol Brown, didn't have a lot to say musically, but were at their best when their songs were emotional pop narratives, like Emma, It Started with a Kiss, and the anti-racist polemic Brother Louie. The major hits So You Win Again and the eponymous song are just pleasant light funk.
It's worth buying if you enjoy their biggest hits (and they stacked up an impressive number of them), but it's hardly an essential addition to one's collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jukebox Dave on December 11, 2011
Format: Audio CD
HOT CHOCOLATE-VERY BEST OF HOT CHOCOALTE: Remembered today mainly for their biggest hit, the exuberant booty call YOU SEXY THING, England's racially mixed RNB outfit HOT CHOCOLATE actually produced a half dozen funk-infested dance inducers during the disco era (a tag they were above). ERROL BROWN's pleading vocal cascades and tortured screams fueled the doomed heroine ditty EMMA, while DISCO QUEEN and EVERY 1'S A WINNER pumped out irresistably fleshy bump 'n grind grooves. Almost as interesting as their own chartbusters were two group penned tracks that scored big for rock artists...YOU COULD HAVE BEEN A LADY was APRIL WINE's breakthrough and interracial love song BROTHER LOUIE sold a cool million in the hands of one hit wonders THE STORIES. While not held up today in the same light as American ensembles KOOL & THE GANG or EARTH, WIND & FIRE, HOT CHOCOLATE could deliver the goods, leaving behind this sturdy catalogue of cool soul party starters.

RATING: FOUR WHIPPED CREAMS
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By John D. Muir on September 13, 2012
Format: Audio CD
This is a good single disc overview of Hot Chocolate's best work. Errol Brown has an instantly recognizable voice and he and Tony Wilson wrote some great songs. They had considerable success in the UK, but less in the US, although 'You Sexy Thing' has become a cult classic, appearing in many different connections. Ironically, 'Brother Louie' was Brown and Wilson's biggest US hit, but not by the band itself; a cover version by the American group Stories reached number one.

This album is full of good songs. Besides the funky mid-tempo numbers with which Hot Chocolate is primarily associated, a particular favorite of mine is the ballad 'I'll Put You Together Again'. Brown's soulful rendition makes me wish he'd moved more in this direction, but I guess the market dictated otherwise.

If you want a representative album of 1970s British funk, you can't do better than this.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Martin L. King on March 10, 2007
Format: Audio CD
this joint was bumpin' for the most part, however, for me, i would've focussed more on their 70s material and left out a great bit of that 80s stuff. YOU SEXY THING is one of the groovinest songs i have ever heard period. i also love EMMA, the original BROTHER LOUIE, DISCO QUEEN (sampled like crazy), and others i cannot think of, dang!!!!! if you that british thing in your funk/rock music, then you will dig this for sure. if you prefer their earlier material, then find a collection that focuses on that. the one i saw omits BROTHER LOUIE, which is a no no for me.
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Sound is good but could be better.

Good selection.

Contain the ORIGINAL COMPLETE VERSION Of "Are You Getting Enough Hapiness?" (Time: 5:52), very hard to find in others compilation of Hot Chocolate, along with "It Started With The Kiss" both from the album "Mystery" (1982).

The version of "You Sexy Thing" is NOT the original 1977. It's a remix of Ben Liebrand 1987.

I bought it new, very cheap. Acceptable .

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