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Ultimate Hits: Ultimate Disco

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This edition of the budget-line Ultimate Hits series features an enjoyable cross-section of disco hits. Many of these songs are beyond tired -- "Y.M.C.A." and "Celebration" are wedding reception cartoons, while "Car Wash" and "Love Machine" are staples of "hits and dusties" FM radio. But collections like Ultimate Hits: Ultimate Disco can still be effective, since the disco era relied so heavily on that kitschy, catchy union of superficial satisfaction and totally durable groove. "Get Up and Boogie," Silver Convention urges; "Shake Your Groove Thing" says Peaches & Herb. They were proclamations in brown fabric and pink neon, shouted across red gel dancefloors and undeniable bottom-end rhythm. And by the time Ultimate Hits gets to "Love Machine" and "Jungle Boogie," there's a primal element to the beat.

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