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Hits Remixes & Rarities: The Warner Brothers Years Original recording remastered

4.8 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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Two CD Compilation Boasts Lush, Soulful Originals, Impossible To Find 12" Versions And Sensational Contemporary Remixes Of Signature Tracks From R&B's Most Enduring Duo! Rhino's compilation featuring unforgettable originals and 12" versions on Disc 1 followed by inspired contemporary remixes on Disc 2. As songwriters, Ashford & Simpson gave the world classics including "I'm Every Woman" and "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing." As performers they deliver sonic ecstasy, celebrated to the max on this innovative set.The phenomenal R&B performing and songwriting partnership made their Warner Bros. recording debut with 1973's Billboardr Top 20 LP Gimme Something Real.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 26, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00108YG1A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,041 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Patrick Frierson on February 27, 2008
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Soul music's Romeo and Juliet timeless contributions to music cannot be explained anymore than it already has but, this collection is more than essential. Ashford and simpson brings togther their best and hard to find tracks and remixes on this bangin two disc set. It's great to have their best dance tracks readily avialiable again - since these tracks will put a hurtin' on your pockets if you ever try to collect the original 12" singles.

ORIGINALS ;

"Over and Over" and "Stay Free" (you won't find a better song about freelance romanacing than this!) are back on CD after being out of print for a few years. "Tried, Tested, and found true" and "One more try" are tough and smooth slices of proto disco. You can't do no wrong with their flagship disco anthem "Found a Cure". "Bourgie Bourgie" is avliable on other anthologies but, it blends in smooth with the rest of the tracks. "Nobody Knows" is a tight fusion of blues & soul with a discofied production style. The originals is classic material all the way.

REMIXES;

I Thought I wasn't gonna like this disc because much of the time, remixes never matches the quality of the originals. I was dead wrong because Tom Moulton, Joey Negro, M&M, Joe Clausell were dead on point with their remixes. I loved how they maintained all of the key musical elements of the originals while bringing a fresh ear and sound into the mix "without compromising the integrity of the originals" as stated by Valarie Simpson herself in the liner notes. Tom Moulton Mix of "Found a Cure" is bound to go down as one of many line of his classic remixes but, all of the remixes sound great and worth repeated plays.

I like how Nick and Val took time to acknowledge the remixers for seeing their songs from a different light.
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Just when I thought i had the best Remix/OG CD SET! If you want to know what a remix should be, get this ASAP. I can not stop playing it 'over & over'. I play this more than the new CD's I have. Every song is GREAT. Give them a Grammy for Remixers!! This is better than Verve Remix! Glad they have some 12'inch of some classic stuff as well. My favorites in order are: REMIX... 1. Bourgie Bourgie 2. Over and Over Regular Version...1. It Seems To Hang On (12" Disco Mix) 2. Don't Cost You Nothing (12" Disco Mix)... but the whole project is GREAT.
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I have to agree with the previous reviewers -- this collection is simply fantastic. It's a retrospective of the R&B duo's '70s dance-oriented material on Warner Bros. The first CD features original album versions and 12" mixes of classics such "Found a Cure", "It Seems to Hang On" and "Over and Over". Then there is the second disc, which is the deal-closer. It includes outstanding new mixes of a few of the classics heard on disc one.

This CD is everything a compilation should be: crisp remastering, informative and well-written liner notes, and superb packaging. Ashford & Simpson are probably best known for their stellar songwriting, but their own music is just as good. And this collection is proof of that. Highly recommended.
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Took me a while to decide to buy this Compact disc. Driven by my curiosity
for the Tom Moulton mix of "Found a Cure" I purchased it. I have been listening to it over and over. "It seems to hang on" and "Send it" are my other favorites. Honestly, the whole collection is excellent. A must have for the Ashford and Simpson fans!!!
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I had been trying to get my hands on the 12" remix of "Don't Cost You Nothin'" since I first heard it on WAMO in Pittsburgh over 20 years ago. This CD is spectacular, and the remixes are fantastic.
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By Kathy on March 29, 2008
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I put off buying this album for a while. I was so sure I would hate the remixes, I didn't want to spend that much money on it. I shouldn't have waited. These remixes are actually good! Ashford & Simpson's music was NOT destroyed! I still like the originals better, but this a GREAT album!

It's great to finally have "Everybody's Got To Give It Up" and "One More Try" on CD! (I still wish A&S would release "I Wanna Be Selfish" on CD, along with something new.) I love the 12" versions of every song; I can't pick a favorite.

The liner notes were interesting, and I enjoyed reading what A&S had to say about the remixes.

If you're an A&S fan, buy this album. You will not be disappointed!
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Whilst the selection of songs may not be complete (where is Solid?), it is a great lesson in how to blend notes, voices and instruments into something exquisite.
The remixes are great in that they maintain the original instruments instead of adding "boom-boxes" like most remixes today. The best remix of this kind is still Fantasy from Earth, Wind and Fire (Shelter DJ mix)...

Enjoy.
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The original version of "Bourgie Bourgie" and the remix by genius Joe Claussell are reason enough to buy this comp. You can't improve on the beauty of the original, but you can make it longer and more dramatic, and Mr. Claussell did just that! I haven't been able to get past that one track for 2 days now. A & S, thanks for your comments on the remixes--I like knowing how you feel about them. If you two can create an instrumental this beautiful and time-tested, how about a whole cd of instrumentals? Beautiful strings and melody--this tune takes me WAY back!
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