Sunday, July 25, 2010

Compilation of the Week: The Edge Level 3

This might be a collection that many Front 242 fans are unaware of, but may consider picking up as it has a lesser-known remix of Headhunter. "The Edge Level 3" was part of the Hot Tracks DJ Subscription service and was released in 1997. Of course the standout track being Headhunter. The liner notes state that this cut was remixed by Robert Farrell based on the 12" Club mix. It reminds me a little of "Welcome to Headhunter" as it does mix a few bits from Welcome to Paradise, but otherwise it is its own mix. The liner notes go on to state:
"Robert takes this track beyond itself by adding lots of samples from other 80's classics such as George Kranz, Voyou ("Houseman!"), and others. An easy to use intro and break will make mixing this a breeze. Should work well in any retro or alternative set." (To me, Headhunter is anything but retro...!)
The liner notes also provide a survey for feedback and a loyalty saver coupon. The insert is surprisingly plain, but it does have great write ups for all the tracks presented, with BPM/Time/Intro/Break/Outro provided for each song. I also favor several of the other remixed tracks, "Walk Like An Egyptian" notwithstanding: Level 42, The Human League, OMD, and Dead or Alive. A very excellent disc! It can be pricey. I have seen it offered for up to $75.00 and I seldom see it offered on ebay. Good Luck!

The track list:

  1. Various Artists: "Jim's Edge Of The 80's Medley, Pt. 1"
  2. The Bangles: "Walk Like An Egyptian"
  3. Level 42: "Something About You"
  4. Heaven 17: "Let Me Go"
  5. The Human League: "(Keep Feeling) Fascination"
  6. OMD: "If You Leave"
  7. Front 242: "Headhunter"  BPM: 122.7 / Time: 7'03"  Intro: 32/32 (00")  Break: 32/32 (4'25") Outro: 32/32 (6'32")
  8. Dead Or Alive: "You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)"
  9. File 13: "Taste So Good"
  10. Cyndi Lauper: "She Bop"
  11. Berlin: "Sex"

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