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Back 2 the 80’s Volume 1 | 80’s Dance Megamix

Party Favorz is back with Back 2 the 80’s, a monster mix of commercial dance classics from the era. After releasing the Trash Disco series last year, I knew I had to move a decade up as the genre that defined “dance” and “disco” has substantially changed with the introduction of the drum machine and synthesizers. You’ll notice the snare drum is prominent in many of the songs as it was used for timing and transition throughout most of the songs. It’s easy to pick up on as this was a mainstay of the dance genre of the era.

Even though these took over a week to put together, the actual process was fairly easy. The very DJ friendly (unauthorized) remixes by DJ services like Ultimix, Razormaid, and Hot Tracks (among the most popular) were designed for easier transitions between songs in a live setting. I won’t bore ya’ll with how a lot of this was achieved but it was not unlike what I was doing with two Nakamichi tape decks at the time.

The only song that was poorly structured and frankly a hot mess was “Freeway of Love” by Aretha Franklin. It starts off easy enough but quickly loses its timing by 1/8 beat throwing off the entire mix. Because it was unusually long for a mix during this period, it required a great deal of editing which I had to do manually to get it to work. The end result was flawless and well-worth the effort.

Back 2 the 80’s is a two-part set with the second one dropping tomorrow. After the massive success of the of my previous 80’s efforts (Pure Energy, Pump Up the Volume, and Hit That Perfect Beat) I’m guessing these will satisfy your Reagan-era dance lust.

Album: Back 2 the 80’s pt. 1
Artists: Various
Genre: 80’s Dance
Length: 2:15:18

1. Paula Abdul – Straight Up (Ultimix)

2. Pebbles – Girlfriend (Hot Classics Remix)

3. Janet Jackson – Pleasure Principle (Ultimix)

4. Duran Duran – All She Wants Is (Ultimix)

5. Nu Shooz – Point of No Return (Ultimix)

6. Timex Social Club – Rumors (Hot Tracks Mix)

7. Pebbles – Mercedes Boy (Ultimix)

8. Shannon – Let The Music Play (Ultimix)

9. Debbie Gibson – Electric Youth (Ultimix)

10. Gloria Estefan – Get On Your Feet (Ultimix)

11. Taylor Dayne – Tell It To My Heart (Ultimix)

12. Company B – Fascinated (Ultimix)

13. Janet Jackson – Nasty (Cool Summer Mix Part One)

14. Karyn White – Secret Rendezvous (12” White House Remix)

15. Neneh Cherry – Buffalo Stance (Funkymix)

16. Paula Abdul – Cold Hearted (Cold Hearted House Mix)

17. Dan Hartman – We Are The Young (Hot Tracks Mix)

18. INXS – I Need You Tonight (Ultimix)

19. Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up (Hot Tracks Mix)

20. Jets – Crush On You (Ultimix Remix)

21. Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) (Ultimix)

22. Natalie Cole – Pink Cadillac (Hot Tracks Mix)

23. Samantha Fox – I Wanna Have Some Fun (Ultimix)

24. Anthony & The Camp – What I Like (Hot Tracks Mix)

25. Gwen Guthrie – Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ On But The Rent (Mark S. Berry & Tony Prendatt 12” Club Mix)

26. Bananarama – Cruel Summer (Hot Tracks Mix)

27. Pretty Poison – Catch Me (I’m Falling) (Ultimix)

28. Breakfast Club – Right On Track (Ultimix)

29. Jermaine Stewart – We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off (Ultimix)

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