"This, unfortunately is the only collection of Claudja Barry's material that is widely available, and it's quite comprehensive. From her biggest hit "Boogie Woogie Dancin' Shoes" to "Down and Counting", most of the biggest hits are here. The former peaking in the top 20 on the pop charts and both being huge hits on the dance charts.Aside from the aformentioned cuts, the sultry "Love For The Sake Of Love", the torch-funk of "Sweet Dynamite", the energetic "Work Me Over" and "Radio Action" are all classic dance cuts which demonstrate not only her vocal talent and versatility but the progression (not the death) of "disco" from the mid 70s to the early 80s. My only complaint is about the mastering. Although many of the original album reissues that I have from Hot Productions are well-done, the mastering [particularly] on "You Make Me Feel The Fire" is quite awful. It becomes extremely harsh and hissy half-way through the song (having the original 12" of this song, this obviously wasn't intentional). Also despite what they claim about the selections being mastered "From The Original Master Tapes" some seem to be taken from vinyl (ie. "Love For The Sake Of Love"). Although mostly the mastering is good, some of the flaws somewhat detract from the material. Judging from some of the things she herself has said in the past; despite her talent and the strong production of Jurgen S. Korduletsch - she never really seemed to achieve the pop crossover success that she aimed for. Regardless of that, there is a lot of great stuff on here. Despite some of the flaws, this is essentially a great collection. Fans of classic dance music would be wise to pick it up, since (unfortunately) many of the Hot Productions releases and reissues are gradually, one-by one going out of print. Hopefully someone out there will issue a remastered version of Claudja's greatest hits, as much of her work has gone out of print in recent years. Which is a pity because many of these songs, and many of her LPs are great examples of classic dance music."
Good collection, but disappointed by the edits
Daniel W. Kelly | Long Island, NY United States | 04/15/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Claudja's hottest hits are here, but sometimes, over a minute or more is shaved off the 12" versions. the 3 tracks I noted were my faves "Radio Action," "Boogie Woogie Dancin Shoes" and "Down and Counting". Hot Productions compiles great dance artists, but more often then not, they pull this stunt of editing tracks. Also, several of the times for the songs listed on the CD card do not match up with the actual times on the CD."
Mario A. Ortiz Rdz | México | 08/06/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
UNFORTUNATELY ANOTHER POOR QUALITY CD-R YES I SAID CD R"
Should have been a crossover sensation
Daniel W. Kelly | 10/18/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Claudja Barry is one the best vocals in Dance Club music. Her songs are warm and personal. I love all the songs especially "If I Do It To You", "Radio Action", "Work Me Over", & the sassy but classy "Down & Counting". It would be great if she started recording again, her voice she missed by many. Highly recommended!!!"
tpf2 | 04/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"These songs are the long versions rather than radio edits so I'm glad I found her biggest hit "Boogie Oogie Boogie Woogie Dancing Shoes" in that form! If you like disco, get this album!"