François K - Choice: A Collection of Classics

François K - Choice: A Collection of Classics
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Recording Location:
Addis Ababa Studios; Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Club/Dance, Post-Disco, Disco, Garage, House
Choice: A Collection of Classics

London's Azuli label followed Frankie Knuckles' contribution to the Choice: A Collection of Classics series in 2002 with another fine double-disc set of varied obscurities and bona fide classics selected by dance music luminary François K. François assembles a fun jumble of tunes (unencumbered by boundaries) that spans chronologically from the early '70s through the early '90s and sequences it with finesse. The subtitle of the series is a little misleading -- not all of these tracks are classics, at least not in above-ground non-dance communities. Though the average consumer might be a little miffed about the fact that this set isn't packed solid with instant jaw-droppers, a steady quality that serves the flow is kept throughout. Chicago house gets a fair representation with Frankie Knuckles' lewd Jamie Principle vocal number "Baby Wants to Ride," Lil' Louis' "Do U Love Me," and Fingers Inc.'s "Never No More Lonely" leading the way. Shalamar's opening "Right in the Socket" and Sylvester's "Over and Over" highlight the disco herd. Floor-friendly cuts from jazz figures (Donald Byrd's "Love Has Come Around," Deodato's "Super Strut") and R&B greats (Teddy Pendergrass' "Only You," René & Angela's "I Love You More") also play a prominent role. The packaging doesn't explicitly state the fact that each song appears in full -- a fact that no doubt appeals to dance aficionados who'd love to have some of these songs in their full glory, with great sound to boot. Though it's a compilation and not a mix, the track-to-track flow is natural and makes it all function as an enjoyable listen from beginning to end.

Right in the Socket / Dick Griffey / Leon Sylvers III / Kevin SpencerFrançois K feat: Shalamar6:46
You Can't Hide (Your Love From Me) / David JosephFrançois K feat: David Joseph6:41
Koro KoroFrançois K feat: No Smoke5:25
I'm Not Gonna Let You (Get the Best of Me) / Colonel Abrams / Marston FreemanFrançois K feat: Colonel Abrams5:14
Baby Wants to Ride / Frankie KnucklesFrançois K feat: Frankie Knuckles / Jamie Principle8:51
Only You / Kenny Gamble / Leon HuffFrançois K feat: Teddy Pendergrass7:54
Choosing You / Lenny WilliamsFrançois K feat: Lenny Williams6:10
Over and Over / Nickolas Ashford / Valerie SimpsonFrançois K feat: Sylvester9:24
Super Strut / DeodatoFrançois K feat: Deodato8:54
Funky Nassau / Tyrone Fitzgerald / Frank MunningsFrançois K feat: The Beginning of the End5:20
Koke, Pts. 1 and 2François K5:20