The second half of the DIVA Tribute focuses on Erasure’s output from the mid-90’s and on. Their writing remained sharp and focused like the uplifting rally cry of “Freedom,” the absolutely beautiful “Sacred” “Be With You” and “If I Could Fall in Love With You”.
While I skipped over their remake of Cerrone’s “Supernature” a song for all intents and purposes did not need to be remade by anybody for any reason but their delectable choice to re-do Blondie’s “Rapture” and Peter Gabriel’s “Solsbury Hill” were solid tributes to the originals. In particular “Rapture” taken from the “Cowboy” album had only one remix of the song by Matt Darey who was huge in the Trance community. Coming in at a breakneck speed of 137 BPM, it was never my cup of tea. Revisiting it after all these years has allowed me to really appreciate it. The remix was of its time and listening to it in the car makes me want go 80 down I-85. It’s a different kind of fun from the original version.
People have been suggesting an Erasure entry into the Diva Hall of Fame for I don’t know how long as a companion to the Pet Shop Boys sets I made back in 2007. I was always unsure of those sets (now combined into one) until its release in 2009. I never thought I could do Erasure justice but I’ll be damned if I haven’t pulled it off (pat on back).
We are scraping the bottom of the barrell for the DIVA series inductees. I never really had a list but picked artists that had a strong gay following and that I personally digged. I’ve got three more new inductions coming up next and then I’ll start on some ladies who deserve a refresh. Expect two or three by the end of the month.
Album : Erasure | The DIVA Tribute pt. 2
Genre : Dance
Year : 2017
Total Time : 2:04:30.00
- Rapture (Matt Darey Mix)
- Freedom (Mark Picchiotti Guitar Vocal Mix)
- Sacred (Chris Cox Club Mix)
- Fingers and Thumbs (Cold Summer’s Day) (Sound Factory Remix)
- Elevation (BT Remix)
- Moon & The Sky (JC’s Heaven Scent Radio Re-Work)
- Sunday Girl (Riffs & Rays Club Edit)
- I Could Fall In Love With You (Monteverde Vocal Extended Mix)
- A Whole Lotta Love Run Riot (Wayne G & Andy Allder Atlantis Anthem)
- Reason (JRMX Remix)
- In My Arms (Dekkard Vocal Mix)
- Don’t Say Your Love Is Killing Me (RH Factor Vocal Club Mix)
- Solsbury Hill (Manhattan Clique Extended Remix)
- Oh L’Amour (Almighty Essential Mix)
- Be With You (Moto Blanco Club Mix)
- Chains Of Love (Wayne G & Porl Young Mix)
- A Little Respect (Wayne G & Andy Allder Hurdy Gurdy Club Mix)
- Gaudete (Dave Aude Extended Club Mix)
- Sometimes (Love To Infinity Club Mix)
- Victim Of Love (Vixen Vitesse Mix)