Like It Is

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As a generally rewarding, remix-oriented collection spotlighting some of Imagination's triumphs, Like It Is succeeds on a number of levels. Club-oriented versions of "Changes," "Burning Up," "L.T.O. (Love's Taking Over)," the aforementioned "Just an Illusion" and other sleek tracks are highly recommended for die-hard fans. This collection functions easily as a "best of" and an introductory overview of Imagination's career up to 1989. The style of house music known as deep house (which makes vocal personality the focal point instead of production, and draws heavily on late-'70s soul/disco) is a strong influence on many of these remixes. Thankfully, Imagination's more uptempo songs often lend themselves to that approach quite nicely.

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