ESG

ESG

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This self-titled 1991 release was beefed up with two of the three tracks from ESG’s 1981 debut (the funky post-disco classic “Moody” and the sampled-to-death “UFO”) and the two best cuts from the group’s four-track 1987 EP (the best of the pair being “Standing in Line,” spun at the Paradise Garage by legend Larry Levan). The majority of the remaining seven tracks, which clock in at just short of 30 minutes, cannot compete with those high points, though the bobbing “Erase You” boasts the same level of stinging, playful attitude as “You’re No Good,” and “I Wanna Dance” carries some surprisingly effective contrast between its liquid funk bassline and bluesy guitar flicks. In 2011, the album was reissued by the Fire label, which also overhauled the artwork.

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