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Blaze - Best Of
It's nearly impossible to distill the brilliance of Blaze into a single disc, considering that their contributions to house music rank them as one of the genre's central figures.  Yet Freddy Sanon has done an excellent job of capturing the highlights of their career to date, selecting a batch of songs that are sure to inspire any fan of soulful dance music.

Stretching as far back as the epic early singles "If You Should Need A Friend" and "Reachin'," this set documents Blaze's growth as a production outfit.  Strong, uplifting lyrics were always their strength, but the lush arrangements of "Fantasy" and "Accaliberation" reflect continued artistic development, incorporating influences from jazz and classic soul.

Being able to celebrate fifteen years in an industry that does not foster longevity among its artists is a notable accomplishment in itself, yet it appears that Blaze's best work could still be ahead of them.  "Elevation," from last year's Natural Blaze disc, stands as one of their most progressive efforts, conjuring images of a modern day Earth, Wind and Fire.  The lone new cut, "So Thankful," features Leroy Burgess and is as strong as anything they've recorded.

Needless to say, this is an essential purchase for all house fans.  It may even capture the imagination of listeners who operate under the false impression that all house is mechanical and unfeeling. If this music doesn't touch your spirit, you're likely the one devoid of soul. 

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Released 2002 on Handcuts

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Selected Tracks:

Elevation
Reachin'
If You Should Need A Friend
Moonwalk

Fantasy
So Thankful

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