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Beach Angel (2006) Retail CD
This compilation is just about as good as it gets. 3 CDs packed full with great tunes, starting more laid back, loungy, then growing into a blasting display of funky house, and finally moving on to some great classics of yesteryear. After the very good "Tokyo Disco", Mark Doyle once again proves why he is the master, and this is up to par with the wonderful Beach House 04.04 and 04.03 (I didn't really like BH 04.05 which I thought was a bit of a filler, too loungy and without the typical Doyle edge).
It is rather funny, but I think CD1 is the weaker of the bunch. There are quite a few good tunesmore… here, don't be mistaken. This is music to listen in a sunny morning, when you're starting to sip margaritas and when the sun is shining brightest. My favorites are "One True Love" and "Always by my side", mainly because I love the vocals on both tracks and also because Eric Kupper is the master at making it sound oh-so-groovy. "This Way", "Turning", "Bonafide" and "Don't Let Love Weigh you Down" are also top-notch tracks. The others are ok, not amazing. I'd say this is a 4-star CD. Someone here said "consistent". I agree as this is a very tight group of tracks...
CD 2 is the one. As Mark writes on the sleeve: "takes the tempo up a notch as the third cocktail works its way into the bloodstream". Dab Hands' track is really cool and reminds me a lot of the atmosphere on Fatboy Slim's famous Brighton Beach set, which I love. Deepsky's "Ghost" might be my favorite tune in the whole box, a mellow groover with beautiful vocals and feel. It is followed by Andy Caldwell's "Brand New Day" which is no less amazing, once again great vocals and nice grooving bassline. The presence of "Sean" here puts me off though - it is also on Beach House 04.05 (an year-old record!) and on Mark's Tokyo Project CD1...come on, it is a good track but how many times do I have to buy it? The outputs of The Cuban Brothers and Mr. Grooves & Vergas are rather average for my taste, and then Ian Pooley has a track with nice vocals, followed by a massive tune by Peyton together with Eric Kupper - Peyton hardly ever gets it wrong, especially with Kupper's pianos! The last three tracks on the CD are all really good, "Back to Me" a solid mellow groover, "Changes" and "Devotion" showing the full range of Seamus Haji's skills, with this mix of "Devotion" being way better than the one found on Stereo Sushi 8. All in all, a very good disc, with just a few glitches. This is the one to put on when things start to move in the afternoon and the ladies want to dance...
CD 3 is a very good mix of Mark's former achievements. Being a fan of the Beach House series, I own every one of these tracks, but it is a pleasure to listen to them one more time, in a very thoughtful sequence. The only one I'm not really keen on here is "Flower Power", but that's just me - I find it dull and repetitive. My favorites are the great "Ever After" (Bonnie Bailey is something else), "Never" by Ray Roc with the great bassline and gorgeous vocals, the very funky and soulful "Back Together" and the amazingly beautiful "Central Reservation" by Beth Orton. If there were 6 stars, i'd give this CD all of them. If you want to know what the summer feels like, this is the disc...
overall a very good output by the Fierce Angels, as my title says, this is a perfect companion for a hot summer. Mark seems to have found his rhythm and groove once again, let's hope he keeps going like this.
|1||Turning - Cloud (2)|
|2||This Way - Monroe, Hollis P.|
|3||Miracles - Afromystic|
|4||Freeway - Tarot & Marbach|
|5||Some Kind Of Wonderful - Robina|
|6||Come Together Love Better - Wyatt, Marques & Gina Rene|
|7||We've Got Joy - Earnshaw, Richard|
|8||Bonafide - Druw & Perez|
|9||One True Love - Studio Apartment|
|10||Always By My Side - Clique & Bonnie Bailey|
|11||Don't Let Love Weigh You Down - Hardsoul & Amma|
|1||Do Your Own Thing - Dab Hands (1)|
|2||Ghost - Deepsky & Jes|
|3||Brand New Day - Caldwell, Andy|
|4||Sean - Aya|
|5||My Love Is Alive - Cuban Brothers|
|6||U Make Me Happy - Mr. Groove & Vergas|
|7||Balmes - Pooley, Ian|
|8||Falling - Peyton (1)|
|9||Back To Me - Majello, Emilia|
|10||Changes - Def E|
|11||Devotion (A Bit More Lovin') - Haji & Vegas|
|1||Music And Wine - Blue 6|
|2||Summer Love - FAC 15|
|3||Lovely - Solstice (3)|
|4||Surrender - Petalpusher|
|5||It's You It's Me - Kaskade|
|6||Never (Past Tense) - Ray Roc|
|7||Ever After - Bailey, Bonnie|
|8||Love Forgotton - Man Called Adam|
|9||Flower Power - Flower Power (1)|
|10||Back Together - Hardsoul|
|11||Central Reservation - Orton, Beth|
- Beach Angel (2006) Retail CD
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