The Best of Heatwave [Griffin]

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Don't be fooled by the title. The Best of Heatwave is, instead, a lot of Heatwave favorites remixed beyond recognition. A bizarre assortment of remixers -- including pre-Fatboy Slim Norman Cook, house producer Simon Harris (of "Bass (How Low Can You Go)" fame), and two members of reggae band Aswad -- take on a good portion of Heatwave's back catalog, and the results are drab. The likes of "Boogie Nights," "Mind Blowing Decisions," "Always and Forever," and "Razzle Dazzle" are run through a battery of over-familiar breakbeats heard in dozens of other rap and house hits of the late '80s and early '90s. No highlights. There's no justification for the disc's existence.

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