This long overdue set coincided with Polygram's mid-'90s reissues of R&B that fell under the corporate umbrella. This 1996 set covers the duo's 1978-1981 work with Polydor. In the late '70s, Herb Fame met up with a new Peaches, Linda Greene, and they began a four-year string of hits. The disco classic "Shake Your Groove Thing" perfectly captured the disco's near frantic party vibe. The anachronistic and charming ballad "Reunited" was the duo's biggest hit. What bogs The Best of Peaches & Herb down is the remarkable falling off of the quality. The later songs that capitalized on the formula, "Roller- Skatin' Mate" and the sweet to the point of nausea "Pledge My Love," are almost as good as the better known songs. But by the time the bland and derivative "Lovey Dovey (Girl & Guy)," "Freeway," and "Surrender" rolled around it is clear producer Freddie Perren was shooting blanks. The Best of Peaches and Herb also includes the disco version of "Shake Your Groove Thing." This doesn't offer any tracks from their long gone 1977 MCA album or the instant cutout they did for Columbia in 1983. But for a solid compilation, this is pretty good.
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AllMusic Review by Jason Elias