"So Hot! This is High Energy! I have flown and traveled to all the great dance palaces of the world, but this collection of Hi-NRG tops the lot - right inside your home or car! You don't stand a chance if you cant dance! Jump to it" Moola. High Priest of DJ
(hehehe)" I'm really going to have to guess here, there aren't any dates on these comps until vol 5 in 1986. This must be around early 1984 judging from the tracklist.
Around this time I was blissfully unaware of the trend emerging here, I only knew these tracks from my mom who taught aerobics - so for the first 2 years this was just "aerobic music" to me.
Still there are a lot that I remember from this album: Fun Fun,Eveleyn Thomas,The Flirtations,Marsha Raven, Hazell Dean, Miquel Brown, Eartha KittCafe Society and Gloria Gaynor.
The sound was BIG as it was leaps and bounds beyond disco, exciting new things to do with synths and even some "breakdance" scratchings in there. Mixed by Gary "Zipps" van Riet (who later defected to Eurobeat - hehehehe) and quite well too.
20 Tracks capturing the genre perfectly - nice artwork on the front and back covers, the "fantasy" cover themes were kept right through almost to the end. A good start for the series I must say.
Just a note about the intro here - Karl Kikillus was a chart show (well we only had 1 chart show) presenter in the 80s (Pop Shop - Bwahahaha) so it really was a big plug for them to have Karl on the comp, clever media work, also featuring Moola for credibility.
[center]SPECIAL THANKS AND RESPECT TO SOUTH AFRICAN MUSIC LEGEND/RECORD PRODUCER "PATRICK VAN BLERK" FOR BRINGING HIGH-ENERGY DOUBLE DANCE TO SA in the 80's!
Side One High Energy Theme - Karl Kikillus. [/center]
Happy Station - Fun Fun. Primitive Desire - Eastbound Expressway. High Energy - Evelyn Thomas. Earthquake - The Flirtations. Catch Me - Marsha Raven Side Two Searchin' - Hazell Dean. So Many Men So Little Time - Miquel Brown. Somebody to love - Cafe Society. When You Walk In The Room - Ramming Speed. Desire - Paul Parker. Side Three Where Is My Man - Eartha Kitt. Just Another Broken Heart - Dororthy Moore. Skiing In The Snow - Laura Pallas. Countdown - Rofi & The Lovetones. Evergreen - Hazell Dean Side Four I Am What I Am - Gloria Gaynor. He's A Saint He's A Sinner - Miquel Brown. Emergency - Laura Pallas. Jelous Love - Hazell Dean. Living My Own Life - Earlene Bentley.
[center] Label: Principal Records Catalog#: HEDD 1 Format: 2 x Vinyl, LP, Mixed Country: South Africa Released: 1984 Genre: Electronic Style: Hi NRG, Disco Credits: Artwork By [Back] - Hans Van Der Vegte Artwork By [Front] - Mark Day