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Trax Records: Queer Trax

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Rolled out with several other Trax anthologies, thanks to an association with the revived Casablanca label, Queer Trax is a 23-track live mix from King D -- which turns out to be no more or less thematically queer than any given arrangement of Trax releases -- that relies on '80s classics and a few latter-day (and inferior) inclusions. Each track gets a couple minutes before King D moves on; this obviously means that you get to hear more material, but the downside is that the highlights are fleeting. The relatively definitive 20th Anniversary Collection is, in all aspects, easier to recommend; it's a more appropriate starting point, and the cuts are allowed more room to breathe than they are on this mix. Those who are a little more familiar with the label will still hear plenty to enjoy on Queer Trax, even if most of the best moments -- Robert Owens' seductive "Bring Down the Walls," Frankie Knuckles and Jamie Principle's lewd "Baby Wants to Ride," Jungle Wonz's "Time Marches On" -- have appeared on a few other compilations. Two pleasant surprises: Santos' "Work the Box," produced by Adonis ("No Way Back"), and Ron Hardy's "Sensation," one of the few tracks credited to the legendary Chicago DJ.

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