Virgin - 2001 - 144 minutes
Hot on the heels of its genre jumping predecessor comes the second instalment of what's best described as either a nerd's delight or a ready-made record collection for slackers. The 'Sampled' series gathers together the songs which have inspired the chart offerings/club hits of recent years with Volume One featuring the grooves behind such artists as Moby (Vera Hall's 'Troubled So Hard'), Modjo (Chic's 'Soup For One') and Spiller (Carol Williams' 'Love Is You').
Ludicrously eclectic and more obscure than its predecessor, Volume 2 finds Chris Rea, Googie Rene and Dream Academy shacking up with the likes of John Barry, The Delfonics and Parliament. You may have some of them already but finding vinyl copies of Ecstasy, Passion & Pain's 'Touch & Go' and Bill Wither's 'I Can't Write Left Handed' that don't look like a saucer or an ice rink could prove quite a challenge. In a perfect world we'd have one of these every month of the year.
Tracklisting CD1: Pino D'Angio: Ma Quale Idea - The Delfonics: Ready Or Not Here I Come (You Can't Hide From Love) - Bob Marley: Sun Is Shining - The Chi-Lites: We Are Neighbours - Locksmith: Far Beyond - Carrie Lucas: Dance With You - Barry White: You See The Trouble With Me - Stargard: Wear It Out - Ecstasy, Passion & Pain: 'Touch & Go' - Teddy Pendergrass: You Can't Hide From Yourself - Machine: There But For The Grace Of God Go I - Michael Zager Band: Let's All Chant - Gwen McCrae: All This Love That I'm Giving - Michael Wycoff: Lookin' Up For You - Chris Rea: Josephine - Blake Baxter: Brothers Gonna Work It Out - Spandau Ballet: Chant No 1 (Don't Need This Pressure On) - Dream Academy: Life In A Northern Town
Tracklisting CD2: Lalo Schifrin: Jim On The Move - Engelbert Humperdinck: From Here To Eternity - Bill Withers: I Can't Write Left Handed - Jean Jacques Perrey - E.V.A. - Googie Rene: Smokey Joe's La La - S.O.U.L: Burning Spear - Detroit Spinners: It's A Shame - The Fatback Band: Wicky Wacky - The Average White Band: Stop The Rain - Cymande: The Message - Kool & The Gang: Summer Madness - Michael Jackson: Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day - Grant Green: Sookie Sookie - Parliament: P Funk (Wants To Get Funked Up) - Bessie Jones: Sometimes - Ennio Morricone: For A Few Dollars More - John Barry: Golden Girl