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Dance Divas: Funkology 3

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Funky Music Sho' Nuff Turns Me On - Yvonne Fair
  2. Bless You (Alternate Version) - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
  3. I Just Keep Thinking About You Baby (12' Version) - Ta Ta Vega
  4. Free Me From My Freedom/Tie Me To A Tree (Handcuff Me) (12' Version) - Bonnie Pointer
  5. Candy Man - Mary Jane Girls
  6. Save The Best For Me (Best Of Your Lovin') (12' Version) - Bunny DeBarge
  7. He's A Pretender - High Inergy
  8. Can't Shake Your Love (12' Version) - Syreeta
  9. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) (12' Version) - Milira
  10. Under The Influence (Mid-Day Vocal Mix 12' Version) - Vanity
  11. I'm Gonna Let My Heart Do The Walking - The Supremes
  12. Don't Leave Me This Way - Thelma Houston
  13. The Boss (12in EP Version) - Diana Ross


Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 27, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Motown
  • ASIN: B000006N0R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,112,176 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Many oldies compilations only include tracks that were big hits at the time that they were released. Often left off are good tracks by lesser known acts that for whatever reason failed to make a dent on the charts. This collection, the third in Motown's "Funkology" series is a notable exception. It includes seminal tracks like Thelma Houston's wonderful cover of "Don't Leave Me This Way" and Bonnie Pointer's controversial hit "Free Me From My Freedom/Tie Me To A Tree (Handcuff Me)." Tracks that seemed like much bigger hits than they actually were like High Ingery's "He's A Pretender" and "Candy Man" by the Mary Jane Girls are also included. Most importantly, this collection also includes rare sides by largely unknown artists such as Bunny DeBarge (of the group DeBarge with her only solo single) and the late Yvonne Fair (who had a small role in the movie "Lady Sings the Blues"). Tata Vega, who has probably been most widely heard as the singing voice of Shug Avery in the movie "The Color Purple," is represented with her biggest R&B single (peaking at #58) from her four Motown albums with her energetic recording of "I Just Keep Thinking About You Baby." To keep you snapping your fingers or tapping your feet, many of the songs in this album are the 12" dance versions. However, please take note that the version of "The Boss" by Diana Ross included in this compilation is a 1994 re-mix that with the exception of her vocals is very different from the original version. Admittedly nitpicking, there are some other lesser known Motown artists that I would've liked included in this title, such as Fizzy Qwick and Alfie. Perhaps they'll be included in a later collection. Motown, are you reading this?
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