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Hed Kandi: Back to Love, Vol. 3

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The Back to Love series released by the Hed Kandi label looks back to the U.K. dance scene's "Summer of Love" era. The Back to Love title references a popular London club night from the era that sought to embody the essence of 1989. The majority of the songs come from 1988-1989, though there is also a noticeable variety of songs from earlier and later years. Even if the songs weren't released during the late '80s, however, they certainly sound like it. This third volume is a bit disappointing after the spectacular second volume, but it still has its impressive moments, some of the more notable being A Guy Called Gerald's "Voodoo Ray," Ce Ce Peniston's "Finally," Frankie Knuckles' "Your Love," Inner City's "Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin'," and Incognito's "Always There." The inclusion of Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel's "White Lines" is a strange inclusion, perhaps alluding to the Summer of Love's notoriety for excessive drug use. Each of the volumes features two discs that sadly aren't mixed DJ style. A great collection of music for anyone who cherishes the style of dance music that made the U.K.'s Summer of Love such a special time.

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