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9 August 2007

Diana Ross & The Supremes Remixes

I have to be honest: I'm not usually a fan of remixing the classics. The problem is that the essence and soul of the originals are usually lost.

When I stumbled upon this Japanese compilation on amazon.com, I was immediately impressed by the lineup of remixers: Fantastic Plastic Machine, and Yasuharu Konishi of Pizzicato Five, to name a few.

And the result? Outstanding. Really.

Captain Funk's version of Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where Your Going To?) is done as a faux live 80's Punk/New Wave performance. (Sounds weird, but it totally works.) Force of Nature's rendition of I'm Coming Out deepens the beat, while retaining the song's signature melody. Yasuharu Konishi's You Can't Hurry Love is an infectious (electronic) go-go romp! The Boss, a song which has been remixed many times over the years, sounds fresh and contemporary when remixed by GTS.

And like the album itself, the cover art of Diana Ross & the Supremes Remixes tastefully pays tribute to one of music history's greatest groups.

images: Diana Ross & the Supremes Remixes cover art

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