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Ministry of Sound: Guilty Pleasures

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Sweet Talkin' Woman - Electric Light Orchestra
    2. Private Eyes - Hall & Oates
    3. Abracadabra - Steve Miller Band
    4. Self Control - Laura Branigan
    5. You're the Voice - John Farnham
    6. Africa - Toto
    7. Islands in the Stream - Dolly Parton/Kenny Rogers
    8. Heartbreaker - Dionne Warwick
    9. I've Had the Time of My Life - Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
    10. My Favourite Waste of Time - Owen Paul
    11. Bridge to Your Heart - Wax
    12. Heartache Avenue - Maisonettes/The Maisonettes
    13. Break My Stride - Matthew Wilder
    14. Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield
    15. Cuddly Toy - Roachford
    16. Waiting for a Star to Fall - Boy Meets Girl
    17. Feels Like Heaven - Fiction Factory
    18. Broken Wings - Mr. Mister
    19. Eternal Flame - Bangles
    20. Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Let's Hear It for the Boy - Deniece Williams
    2. Flashdance...What a Feeling - Irene Cara
    3. 9 to 5 - Dolly Parton
    4. Sign of the Times - Belle Stars
    5. Everything She Wants - Wham!
    6. Why - Carly Simon
    7. Dare Me - The Pointer Sisters
    8. Pop Muzik - M
    9. Zoom - Fat Larry's Band
    10. S-S-S-Single Bed - Fox/F.O.X.
    11. Star - Kiki Dee
    12. Let Your Love Flow - The Bellamy Brothers
    13. Arms of Mary - The Sutherland Brothers
    14. Can't Fight This Feeling - REO Speedwagon
    15. All Out of Love - Air Supply
    16. She's Like the Wind - Wendy Fraser/Patrick Swayze
    17. Sara - Starship
    18. Waiting for a Girl Like You - Foreigner
    19. More Than a Feeling - Boston
    20. Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): MOSCD 249

  • Credits

    Taking over from where Sony left off, Ministry of Sound's Guilty Pleasures is the first compilation in five years to be officially affiliated with the concept created by BBC DJ Sean Rowley back in 2004 which has since spawned its own Camden Town club night, prime-time ITV show, and regular Sunday afternoon radio slot. But while indie kids have embraced the idea of "reclaiming the songs it's shameful to love," the whole Guilty Pleasures brand has come under fire from unapologetic fans of its previous material, who claim the whole idea reeks of musical snobbery. Indeed, it's hard to see how such iconic hits from such celebrated and respected artists like Dolly Parton ("Nine to Five"), and Dionne Warwick ("Hearbreaker") can be seen as shameful, while the Bangles ("Eternal Flame") and Electric Light Orchestra ("Sweet Talkin' Woman"), both fine purveyors of well-crafted melodic pop, are unlikely to leave you embarrassed should an unexpected guest call round to inspect your record collection. Indeed, the 40 soft rock/AOR-based tracks on this two-CD compilation might not be the most credible or world-changing examples of '70s and '80s music, but the likes of Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes' Dirty Dancing theme "I've Had the Time of My Life," Boy Meets Girl's "Waiting for a Star to Fall," and Mr. Mister's "Broken Wings" have all been sampled by the likes of Black Eyed Peas, Mylo, and Tupac, while several remain as relevant as ever thanks to recent appearances in TV adverts (the Bellamy Brothers' "Let Your Love Flow"), Glee (Rick Springfield's "Jessie's Girl," Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'"), and famous "literal video" YouTube clips (Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart"). Sure, there are a few cheesy power ballads (Patrick Swayze's "She's Like the Wind," John Farnham's "You're the Voice"), and corny Dad-rock anthems (Boston's "More Than a Feeling," Foreigner's "Waiting for a Girl Like You"), but they're hardly akin to confessing a liking for Black Lace or "The Birdie Song." While Guilty Pleasures' track list is unashamedly enjoyable, the concept behind it is a rather bittersweet one, which ultimately smacks of pretentious and patronizing musical snootiness. ~ Jon O'Brien

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