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Music for a Hot Body, Vol. 3

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Vol. 3 of TSR's excellent Music for a Hot Body series follows the same formula as the two previous volumes. A sexy, well-toned young woman in fitness attire graces the cover, and the music is an exuberant, nonstop dance mix designed for both dance floors and gyms. Once again, the main focus is European-flavored Hi-NRG, a style that TSR didn't embrace exclusively in the 1980s, but one that was definitely a high priority for the L.A.-based indie label. Like before, TSR uses the series to promote its own catalogue, reminding us how impressive that catalogue is by including such dance-floor hits as Fun Fun's "Happy Station," Vivien Vee's "Heartbeat," Lime's "Gold Digger," and Lana Pellay's aggressive, Dead or Alive-inflected "Pistol in My Pocket" (which brings a rock edge to Hi-NRG). These are pearls which received a lot of support in Europe, where many club DJs were big Hi-NRG supporters throughout the 1980s. They were also well received in gay and Latino clubs in the U.S. (which isn't to say that a lot of American dancers who are neither gay nor Latino didn't get into them). Those who appreciate the first two volumes of Music for a Hot Body will also find a lot to admire about this LP.

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