Disco, like most pop music forms, thrived in the singles format. Many of the style's best songs were issued as stand-alone releases, not on single-artist albums. The Best Disco Album in the Universe, while quite a hyperbolic title (after all, that means it must be better than The Best Disco Album in the World), is also a confounding one, since it's actually an 11-volume set sold in individual installments. None of the 11 discs can be considered the best in the universe, but when you put them all together, you have an extensive and decent body that covers platinum smashes as well as enduring underground favorites. The fourth volume of the series features Odyssey's "Use It Up and Wear It Out," the System's "You Are in My System," Ecstasy, Passion & Pain's "Touch and Go," the Average White Band's "Pick Up the Pieces," Jackie Moore's "This Time Baby," and Yaz's "Situation."
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AllMusic Review by Andy Kellman