Old-school house heads will have the majority of the tracks compiled on House That Jackin' Built: The Roots of '80s Chicago House, released by the U.K. Harmless label's Backbeats division. However, even they would have to acknowledge that the set offers something more than typical beginners' fare. Like other Backbeats releases, this is a thoughtful, budget-priced release that appeals to a wide spectrum of listeners. Most of the selections are indisputable classics, including Mr. Fingers' "Can You Feel It" (the vocal version), Marshall Jefferson's "Move Your Body," Farley Jackmaster Funk & Jesse Saunders featuring Darryl Pandy's "Love Can't Turn Around," and Ralphi Rosario featuring Xaviera Gold's "You Used to Hold Me." Some of the selections -- such as Joe Smooth's "Promised Land" and Housemaster Boyz & the Rude Boy of House's "House Nation" -- are less common but certainly worth owning. This is a quality sampling of mostly 1985-1987 house.
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AllMusic Review by Andy Kellman