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The Best of the Village People: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection

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Editorial Reviews

The perfect single-disc Village People collection! The original smash version and a 12" mix of Y.M.C.A. join their hits In the Navy; Macho Man; Go West , and Ready for the '80s plus Key West; San Francisco (You've Got Me) , and more.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

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


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 21, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B00005NGZ8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,664 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This cd has all your favorite village people songs from the hits such as "YMCA" and "In the Navy" to other great songs like "Can't Stop the Music" These songs really showed what 70s music was about. If you are a fan of disco or pop music this is a must.
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OK.

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.
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If the Casablanca record label was the Monarchy of the Disco Nation, The Village People were their finest ambassadors. More than any of the prefabricated disco machines that the decade produced, it is the VP's cavity provoking bubble-gum dance records that made strobe lights and disco balls accessible and acceptable to party people of all stripes. Add in the undeniable fact that the innuendo laden singles and their stereotyped get-ups made gay subculture visible and you can actually add the term "culturally significant" to the Village People's list of accomplishments.
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."
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The Village people were the music group of the Disco era of the 1980's.
This CD brings back many memories of the Disco music and the style of the great 1980's. Any Disco music and Villiage people fan will love this CD.
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This brought back so many memories. It also made me get up and dance, excercise I badly needed. I enjoyed every minute of it.
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I love my VP CD as the songs in it helps me to workout better. The tempo of the songs are a real heart starter and love exercising to the song In the Navy as well as the song Can't Stop the Music. If you really want to feel the burn purchase the Best of the Village People CD and get started.
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This is an interesting disc, and I purchased it because I can remember them singing live. The story, which I don't know if its true or not, is that this was a group of singers, not being very successful, came up with the hook of being homosexual. The songs are as good as I remember, and if you are interested in music, this would be a good disc for your collection.
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I bought this after hearing YMCA on an oldies station. It made me want to dance and longed for those disco days. So, I ordered this CD. Very glad I did, not only does it have the standard popular songs, but a few that I had forgotten about that are meaningful. You won't go wrong adding this to your CD collection.
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