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100 Garage Classics

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Offering hours of music for an economical price, 100 Garage Classics is a mammoth 100-track compilation of garage favorites new and old spread out across five discs. The album is another in a long-running series of Pure Garage releases, and anyone familiar with that brand should have a good idea of what to expect. The album boasts a number of mainstream acts such as Estelle, Little Boots, and Jay Sean, whose hit singles are remixed by some of the U.K. garage scene's top hitmakers. For instance, three of the five songs that open the first disc of 100 Garage Classics (i.e., Wiley's "Wearing My Rolex," Ironik's "Stay with Me," H "Two" O featuring Platnum's "What's It Gonna Be") are remixed by the prolific English duo Agent X. Other first-rate remixers featured here are Sunship, Bump & Flex, the Wideboys, and MJ Cole. This first disc is the most contemporary of the five, featuring 20 of the hottest garage tracks at the moment with an emphasis on remixed versions of hits by mainstream acts. Following this first disc of cotemporary material are four discs comprised of garage favorites from yesteryear. Highlights of the second disc include Artful Dodger's "Please Don't Turn Me On," All Saints' "Never Ever," and Cleptomaniacs' "All I Do." Highlights of the third disc include DJ Pied Piper's "Do You Really Like It?," So Solid Crew's "21 Seconds," and Artful Dodger's "Woman Trouble." Highlights of the fourth disc include CJ Bolland's "Sugar Is Sweeter," Azzido da Bass' "Dooms Night," and Craig David's "Fill Me In." Highlights of the fifth disc include Todd Edwards' "Saved My Life," Masters at Work's "To Be in Love," and All Saints' "Black Coffee." Though only one of the five discs on 100 Garage Classics is comprised of contemporary material, those in the market for an abundance of garage favorites from a decade or so ago should be pleased with the value presented by this mammoth Pure Garage collection.

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