At first glance the horrendously garish cover design of this double disc repelled me somewhat. But then my memory jolted and twitched, remembering back in the 80s when the
High Energy vinyl releases were all the rage, giving punters the best club tunes mixed in a non-stop dance extravaganza. Like the Eurobeat compilations, High Energy contained songs of instantly recognizable quality, albeit names you never of, or would ever again. At that time my musical taste was far removed from the cheezy Euro disco tunes, but being an 80s child I can appreciate its historic relevance and memories associated with the mood of the time. Of the better known names on this 150 minute collection there are the likes of Bronski Beat, Modern Talking, Rick Astley, Hazel Dean, Divine, Mel & Kim, Silver Pozzoli and Freeez (remember that smasher I.O.U.?). Then there are the classic cheeze tracks like Boom Boom (Let's Go Back To My Room), Male Stripper, Slice Me Nice, Living On Video, Cha Cha Cha, Electrica Salas, Dolce Vita, Guilty and more, all by groups and artists you wouldn't recognize. Whether you heard them in the Prince Of Wales, Trammps or your school-, scout-, or town hall disco, you'll know them well. So, collectors of 80s compilations, look past the (deliberately crappy cover) and don't let this one slip by - unless of course you still have all those old vinyls filed next to your Pop Shops and soundtracks of Grease, Saturday Night Fever, Footloose and Top Gun.

5 / A
- PB


6 - Volcanic
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temperature
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished

A - Multiple Listening Possibilities
B - Deserves Another Spin
C - Once Should Suffice