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Choice a Collection of Louie Vega Import

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Full title - Choice - A Collection of Classics. Another installment of Azuli Records DJ mix compilation series. Featuring 31 tracks selected by Louie Vega & featuring such artists as Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band, Melba Moore, Teletronics Ensemble, Touch, Joubert Singers, Lamont Dozier, D'Angelo, & more. 2004.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I'll Play The Fool
  2. Standing Right Here
  3. You X Me
  4. Without You
  5. Stand On The Word
  6. Going Back To My Roots
  7. Spanish Joint
  8. Atmosphere Strut
  9. Hot To Trot
  10. Don't Go Away
  11. Melting Pot
  12. Bra (Dance Ritual Session/Danny Krivit Edit)
  13. Umi Says
  14. You Can Do It (Baby)
  15. Draggin' My Heels
  16. Could Heaven Ever Be Like This
  17. Bostich
  18. Take A Chance
  19. Standing In Line
  20. Get On The Funk Train
  21. It's Good For The Soul
  22. Dancer
  23. I Wanna Rock You
  24. East Street Beat
  25. Time Warp/Nobody's Got Time
  26. No Way Back
  27. Din Da Da
  28. It's You
  29. Rich In Paradise
  30. Tittle Tattle
  31. Magnificent Dance


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 20, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: May 24, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Azuli
  • ASIN: B0001MLM1S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,831 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Choice series are getting well-established in the field of dance music. Similar in concept to the Grass Roots series by the Strut label, Azuli's Choice has really grown during the past year (counting 3 releases since last July and one more from Jeff Mills is coming in June). And the cd booklet is always very informative, including a short biography and the DJ's comments on individual tracks.
Louie's set starts with a light disco track by Dr Buzzard. Not really my cup of tea, but this track gets very interesting towards the end and is mixed into the smooth "Standing Right Here". Both are very relaxing disco songs. Vega brings the tempo up a bit with "Stand On The Word", a track that clearly was an inspiration to the MAW sound. The track that follows is a real classic... "Going Back To My Roots" is pure bliss and it was even included in Danny Krivit's Grass Roots! Things turn slightly jazzy with D'Angelo's "Spanish Joint". Very smooth track. A funkier song comes up next, "Atmosphere Strut", also appeared in Tenaglia's Choice. "Don't Go Away" is another winner here, with sweet female vocals, which is mixed with the excellent "Melting Pot". It is evident that the mix has progressed to become a lot better towards the end. Whoever is familiar with MAW's work (Louie Vega and Kenny Gonzalez), have great respect for songs such as "You Can Do It (Baby)" featuring the jazz guitar master George Benson. 4 stars
The second disc is slightly better in my opinion and more dancefloor-oriented. I first heard "Bostich" in Disco (Not Disco) 2 by Joey Negro and Sean P, and I was instantly impressed by its vibe. The vocals are very nice, catchy and... fast.
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Mr. Vega you have given me my fountain of youth. This is the type of music one can feel in order to get in touch of the music, in order to feel the music and let the music take control. That mix of Chocolate/Eddy Grant/Adonis brings tears to my eyes; Melting Pot is off the hook and the Clash PRIMO STUFF! Definate party. I have friends that have spoken of a lot of these tracks over the last 20 yrs and only you have put them all together on one disc. Bravo. You win my vote
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Damn, after reading 'Locotek's' review, he made change my mind about this album. He is right on! Dr. Vega did leave us wanting more on certain mixes. (how bout cutting Booker T's 'Melting Pot' right before it hits it's disco glory!? No!!!) That being said, it's still a great album and I still feel this 'Choice' IS THE BEST OF THIS SERIES!!! I can listen to it again and again, there's so many great tracks on here! Props for including tracks like Mos Def's 'Umi Says', which is a much newer selection, yet holds up in its own class, and how bout that Clash, gotta love it!

Disc 2 is definitely hotter, and if you listen closely, the tracks speak to each other lyrically.

Sick Mr. Vega, sick!
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Man I love this collection but the mixing renders this CD basically useless for a true collector. There is no excuse to cut a song to 1:22 minutes for the sake of blending. I'ts That East Street Beat is one of those rare songs that has never been released on CD. I was so happy to have this on CD but... Louie mutilated this fantastic track and cut it less than 2 minutes. On top of that he mixed it with the vocal version of Time Warp followed by the vocal version of no way back. Now if you hung out back in the Garage days you know that Larry only played the instrumental version. Also, the intro to Get On The Funk Train was cut. The hottest part of this track is the introduction. It starts with a whistle and builds into a fierce base coupled with the flawless vocals of the Birds of Paris sue, Stephanie, Sunny, Vicki and Joanne commanding you to "Get On the Funk Train" but again this was chopped by Mr. Vega. I gave this CD a 4 for content and a 2 for mixing. Still, some of these cuts are really hard to find in their full glory and so a mutilated version is better than none.
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