Sunday, December 18, 2016

KOOL & THE GANG Featuring LIBERTY X-Fresh (2004)

ORIGINAL POSTING DATE: December 18, 2016

As the last segment of my LIBERTY X 'liberation' party, here's a treat for both the LIBERTY X fans and the 80's r&b lovers! The KOOL & THE GANG crew joins forces with this British/Irish guy/girl pop group to throw some hip, modern-day flavor on the old-school classic I grew up listening to all through my childhood, though with a small twist: she's fresh and he's fresh. The KOOL crew respectfully provides the backup vocals in delivering both phrases (hearing them sing ' she's fresh ' with that distinctive echo sure brings back those golden memories again!), as one of the guys and one of the girls each alternate in taking turns on the lead vocal duties; that's a nice way to do that when there's a combo of male and female members. The regular 'Album Version' is fresh enough with its dynamite LIBERTY X pop punch, but the music gets even nicer with the trio of mixes that follow thereafter. The ''Motivo Pop Mix' is a sheer delight, it's more funkier electronic, spacey spark perking up my senses. But the one that I was looking forward to the most was the 'Bimbo Jones Remix'. Turns out to be the 6+ minute dance thriller is everything that I'd predicted; the groovy tribal rhythm will make you say, 'Now THIS is how you remix a hit from the 80's!', and I strongly would have to agree:

1. Fresh (Album Version)
2. Fresh (Brad Gilderman Remix)
3. Fresh (Motivo Pop Mix)
4. Fresh (Bimbo Jones Remix)

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