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  • Writer's pictureMartin van Zeelandt / TCD

The Best of Stock, Aitken & Waterman Vol 1 (2024)

If you've been following this website, you know I love a bit of cheese. A bit of cheese never hurts anyone. And when I found this mix, focussed on the legendary producing trio Stock, Aitken and Waterman, it made me happy. Just by reading the title it took me back to the 80s. And I'm an 80s boy. Born in 1983, the year of our Lord, and I can conssider mysef to be an 80s baby, even though I was only 7 years old when 1990 hit. I did live most of my youth through the 90s, but the 80s, come on, you had to have been alive to experience the awesomeness.

The cheesier, the merrier, right? The 80s were good for that. And the music was slightly more innocent, compared to the present day top charting songs. And during the 80s, this trio dominated the charts all over the world. A handful of their songs were put in this appreciation mix, made by. Ste Mc Gee, His Trance mix got a review in February, and now this one deserves its own review.

This trio has got more than 100 UK top 40 hitd, and their recognisable sound resonated with audiences all over the world. They will mostly be known for making hits for Jason Donovan, Kylie Minogue, Rick Astley, Mel & Kim, and the list goes on. They knew how to make a hit, and everyone loved their music. And Ste Mc Gee selected 13 of their records and mixed it together. This will certainly be a trip down memory lane for those old enough to have lived through the 80s!

  1. Sonia - You'll Never Stop Me Loving You (Extended Version)

  2. Kylie Minogue - What Do I Have To Do (Between The Sheets Mix)

  3. Scarlet Fantastic - No Memory (Dennis Christopher Remix)

  4. Sybil - The Love I Lost (Kenwork 2021 Club Mix)

  5. Kylie Minogue - Better The Devil You Know (Dave Ford Remix)

  6. Dead Or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) (Metro 12'' Remix)

  7. Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up (Dario Caminita Remix)

  8. Donna Summer - This Time I Know It's For Real (Extended Version)

  9. Rick Astley - Together Forever (Disconet Remix)

  10. Bananarama - Venus (Dazwell Quantized Intro Edit)

  11. Gina G - Ooh Ahh (Just A Little Bit) (Dazwell Quantized Intro Edit)

  12. Lonnie Gordon - Happening All Over Again (Paul Morrell Extended Mix)

  13. Kylie Minogue - I Should Be So Lucky (Extended Version)

This is a very interesting and different mix, because you might have spotted some different versions of all time classics. Not your standard top 40 hit, but a different version. And some are OK, and some are absolutely bonkers anthems! It's a nice mixture of new and old, all coming together nicely.

To me, the old stuff is great. And it takes me back. The top 40 of the 80s is always something that you look back to, with fond memories. The music might have been a bit cheesier, happier, but that's the world we were living in. Life was different, and if you try to explain it to the kids, they would not believe it. We had top 40 songs where there was no swearing, and it was all about happy stuff.

Not a great fan of Kylie, or Rick, or DOA, or any of these artists, but whatever my opinion might be, they have made songs which will remain classics until the end of days. And they are songs you hear everywhere. They are our safe songs. No one will dislike a playlist if these are the songs on there.

But 'Happening All Over Again' is a big anthem for me, the biggest out of all of them. Yes, it's a newer version of this song, but it rocks.

A very nice mix, and can't wait for volume 2. I want to hear more of these appreciation mixes, especially by a trio who we all know, but don't hear much together in one mix. Thanks Ste Mc Gee for this mix, I feel like a young chap again!

DJ: Ste Mc Gee

Genre/Style: Pop, Eurobeat , Dance Pop

Mix Info: The Best of Stock, Aitken & Waterman Vol 1

Length Mix: 01:01:54

Tracks: 13 (thirteen)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): STREAM HERE

File Size: unknown

File Type: unknown

Audio: Stereo

Sample Rate: unknown

Release Year: 2024


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