Various Artists

Best of Club Classics, Vol. 1

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If listeners are able to excuse the hot-pink packaging, they'll find that Best of Club Classics, Vol. 1 ranges very far to find the highest-visibility club hits during the roughly 15-year period that spans 1990 and 2004. The focus shifts from end-of-the-millennium house (Basement Jaxx, Stardust, Armand Van Helden, Paul Van Dyk) on the first disc to throwback disco (Byron Stingily, Paul Johnson, Joi Cardwell) on the second. Roughly half of the inclusions deserve the title of club classic, and the compilers are able to walk the line between commercial and independent acts, diva-led and producer-driven tracks, without stumbling.

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