"Anyone who has tried to collect "DIVINE" on CD has found that not only do all the compliations sound terrible, but they are ALL from vinyl... EXCEPT this one...The producers of this set have actually taken the time to track down the master tapes, for everyevery single song and the results are perfection. In addition, all the mixes on this compilation are the extended versions making this worth the asking price! I highly recommend it to anyone who has been burned in the past...sets. - jw"
The Biggest Disco diva
A. Griffiths | London | 05/20/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"There seem to be so many Divine collections on the market, but this one has most of the important tracks of Divine's legendary "singing" career. Actually, he only ever had one proper album ("Jungle Jezebel"), which encompassed nearly all of the famous Bobby O produced early hits, but here they are teamed with the second wave of hits that came with the Stock Aitken and Waterman productions like "You think You're A Man". It's nice to also see the lesser known songs like "Shout It Out" and the slightly slower tempo "sexy" number "T Shirts and Tight Blue Jeans". Hey, Divine can be seductive too!...hmm. The versions here are quite good mixes (you would go mad trying to list all the countless variations and remixes of this material that are out there), so this seems to be the album to go for. Just don't play it all in one sitting...! His first disco hit, "Native Love" can be a mindblowing experience when heard for the first time, as it's quite unlike anything else, but then the trademark repetitious beat that reappears on every subsequent track might give your brain an overload. Just don't mention "I Feel Love"..."
It's Simply DIVINE !!
Schroeder (DJ WACK O) | California | 05/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Classic 80's dance traxx are what you will find here on "The Best Of Divine". The unforgettable hit, "NATIVE LOVE" really makes you shake your jungle thing. The classic, "SHOOT YOUR SHOT" has that Donna Summer rift that everyone & their brother has used. "LOVE REACTION" (the New Order ripoff). "I'M SO BEAUTIFUL (MY FAVORITE) is a classic dance trak with X-ELENT words that everyone should adhere to. "YOU THINK YOUR A MAN" has a good beat & you can dance to it (more HAIRSPRAY please). You will not be disappointed with the classic 80's NRG that DIVINE supplies on all of these traxx. Disco was never dead, it was just reborn & is still alive. These CLAS-SICK wax traxx are 4ever yours on this incrediable edible CD. Oh Mr. Eggman won't you please buy me "The Best Of Divine" ? Thanks Schroeder (DJ WACK "O")"
I ain't your Aunt Jemima and, honey, you ain't my pimp!
Johnny Heering | Bethel, CT United States | 03/05/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Divine, of course, was best known as John Waters' leading "lady" in several of his films. But he also had a career as a post-disco dance music diva. Sure, he couldn't sing worth a lick, but that's besides the point. He managed to be entertaining on his records by force of his personality. These songs were recorded in the 1980s, in the "hi-NRG" style that was popular in gay dance clubs at the time. They are fairly entertaining, with Divine spouting some ridiculous lyrics, but the musical backing tracks tend to sound pretty much the same. This is probably the best Divine CD available, if you're looking for one."
I'm gonna ...
Johnny Heering | 02/06/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ow... What a pleasant surprise when I bought this CD. I was a Divine fan for her films (mainly in John Waters' first cult flicks - see Pink Flamingos). Also, I was a fan of 80s italo disco, or eurobeat, whatever you call it. Good for me, Divine's music is bad and nasty eurodisco. Produced by Bob Orlando and these guys who worked with Dead or Alive... You cannot live without it. Tell ya."