Virgin – 2002 – 154 minutes

The Sampled Series turns three with a soundtrack that would grace even the most retentive record collector's birthday. This time we get the fuel behind such favourites as Stereo MC's 'Connected' (Jimmy Bo Horne's 'Let Me Be Your Lover'), Portishead's 'Sour Times' (Lalo Schifrin's 'Danube Incident'), The Avalanches' 'Frontier Psychiatrist' (Bert Kaempfert's 'My Way of Life') and De La Soul's 'Say No Go' (Detroit Emeralds' 'Baby Let Me Take You').

There are also 37 other cuts ranging from Chic and the O'Jays to Lulu and 80's pomp rockers Toto, all of which have been reworked and rewired for chart glory by the likes of Basement Jaxx, Fatboy Slim and Roger Sanchez. The only downside is that some of the shine is taken off Daft Punk's chrome domes when you realise that 'Digital Love' and 'Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger' will never quite pay off their debt to George Duke's 'I Love You Alone' and Edwin Birdsong's 'Cola Bottle Baby'.

Still, you'll be so busy throwing DJ shapes in front of your bedroom mirror and tilting your headphones just so that you won't dwell on it for too long. Compilations don't sound much better than this.

Harry Guerin

Tracklisting: CD1: Curtis Mayfield: Right on for the Darkness – Minnie Riperton: Inside My Love - Marlena Shaw: California Soul - Jimmy Bo Horne: (Let Me) Let Me Be Your Lover - Archie Bell & the Drells: Strategy - Detroit Emeralds: Baby Let Me Take You (In My Arms) - Edwin Birdsong: Cola Bottle Baby - Taana Gardner: Heartbeat - Diana Ross: Love Hangover - O'Jays: Backstabbers - The Chi-Lites: My First Mistake - Double Exposure: Everyman - Mighty Ryeders: Evil Vibrations -James Brown: Funky President (People It's Bad) - Quincy Jones: Summer in the City - Bert Kaempfert and his Orchestra: Tahitian Sunset - Gunter Kallmann Choir: Daydream - Lalo Schifrin: Danube Incident - The James Gang: Ashes, the Rain and I CD2: David McCallum: The Edge - Michael Viner's Incredible Bongo Band: Apache - Lulu: Love Love's to Love - Freda Payne: Unhooked Generation - Jimmy Bo Horne - Dance Across the Floor - Ohio Players: Funky Worm - Outlaw Blues Band: Deep Gully - Blue Mitchell: Good Humour Man - American Gypsy: Inside Out - Vernon Burch: Get Up - George Duke: I Love You More - Chic: You Can't Do it Alone - The Turtles: You Showed Me - Los Hombres: Let it All Hang Out - Bolivar: Merengue - John Barry and His Orchestra: Beat Girl – Ann Peebles: I Can't Stand the Rain - Bert Kaempfert: My Way of Life - Thomas Newman: Any Other Name - Toto: I Won't Hold You Back