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Euro Club Mix '97

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The European school of disco proved to be much more durable than its detractors could have possibly imagined. In the late 1970s, those who hated Eurodisco insisted that it wouldn't survive past 1980. But it endured. The names, faces, and production styles changed, as did the terminology. But the European disco beat refused to go away -- a lot of the hi-NRG and dance-pop that came out of Europe in the 1980s and 1990s was an extension of what artists like Donna Summer (who did a lot of recording in Munich, Germany), Giorgio Moroder, Silver Convention, Cerrone, Love & Kisses, and the Munich Machine had done in the late 1970s. Focusing on club favorites from 1995 and 1996, Euro Dance Mix '97 reminds us that disco fever was still alive and well in Europe in the mid- to late 1990s. Not every artist on this compilation is European, but then countless New York and Miami natives have demonstrated that you don't have to be from Berlin, Stockholm, or Paris to embrace a Euro-dance beat. Regardless of whether an artist is from Europe or North America, Euro Dance Mix '97 shows listeners what they could have expected to hear had they wandered into a European dance club in 1997 -- and that includes hi-NRG favorites (Ixiomara's "ABC of Love," Real Hype's "Train of Love," Feel Good's "I Really Love You," Melanie Bender's "Dreamlover," and Gale Robinson's "Love, Joy and Passion") as well as jungle items like Magic Land's "Loose Hard" and Jungle Style's "Love in the Morning" (which incorporates dancehall elements). Meanwhile, singer Nick Scott acknowledges dance-pop's history with his 1996 cover of "More Than a Woman," which is enjoyable even if falls short of the excellence of the versions that the Bee Gees and Tavares recorded in 1977. Euro Dance Mix '97 is fairly diverse and unpredictable, and yet everything flows together nicely. All things considered, this is one of the stronger Euro-dance compilations of 1997.

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