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Box Selection: Their 8 RAK Albums 1974-1983

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Hot Chocolate 13/1/2011

Review

If it seems that getting eight CDs for the price of three is too good to be true, you're partially correct. While the packaging on this catalog presentation of Hot Chocolate's first eight recordings for RAK is handsome, it is strangely deceptive. Despite the box with photographic representations of all eight covers, the CDs are actually housed in a single four-disc jewel box. As for the music, there is little to argue with. This box contains brand-spanking-new 24-bit remasters of the RAK catalog -- a creative, commercially (as well as critically) successful run of hit singles and albums. Disc one packages Cicero Park and Hot Chocolate; disc two, Man to Man and Every 1's a Winner; Going Through the Motions and Class are on disc three; finally, Mystery and Love Shot close it out. There are 62 tracks in all. Some of the hit singles that were released during this period (all included here) are "Emma," "Disco Queen," "You Sexy Thing," "Put Your Love in Me," "Man to Man," "So You Win Again," "Mindless Boogie," "Don't Turn It Off," and many more. There is no unreleased material included in this package and the smash "Brother Louie" and other early singles are absent because they predate the album releases. Also lacking are the killer 12" mixes that were released in small numbers and/or to club DJs. What is here represents only the commercially issued album catalog. A second compilation of only alternate mixes, 12" versions, remixes, alternate takes, and demos is certainly warranted. ~ Thom Jurek
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Cicero Park Hot Chocolate 4:38
  3. 2 Could Have Been Born In the Ghetto [Theme From Love Head] Hot Chocolate 5:47
  4. 3 A Love Like Yours Hot Chocolate 3:27
  5. 4 You're a Natural High Hot Chocolate 3:6
  6. 5 Emma Hot Chocolate 3:49
  7. 6 Changing World Hot Chocolate 4:29
  8. 7 Disco Queen Hot Chocolate 3:32
  9. 8 Makin' Music Hot Chocolate 3:43
  10. 9 Funky Rock 'N' Roll Hot Chocolate 4:45
  11. 10 Bump and Dilly Down Hot Chocolate 2:57
  12. 11 Hello America Hot Chocolate 3:22
  13. 12 The Street Hot Chocolate 5:3
  14. 13 Call the Police Hot Chocolate 3:54
  15. 14 You Sexy Thing Hot Chocolate 4:2
  16. 15 A Child's Prayer Hot Chocolate 3:48
  17. 16 A Warm Smile Hot Chocolate 5:21
  18. 17 Amazing Skin Song Hot Chocolate 4:2
  19. 18 Love's Coming On Strong Hot Chocolate 3:39
  20. 19 Lay Me Down Hot Chocolate 3:25
  21. 1 Dollar Sign Hot Chocolate 2:54
  22. 2 Heaven is In the Back Seat of My Cadillac Hot Chocolate 5:16
  23. 3 Living On a Shoe String Hot Chocolate 4:18
  24. 4 Sugar Daddy Hot Chocolate 5:26
  25. 5 Man To Man Hot Chocolate 4:28
  26. 6 You Could've Been a Lady Hot Chocolate 4:22
  27. 7 Sex Appeal Hot Chocolate 4:4
  28. 8 Harry Hot Chocolate 3:57
  29. 9 Don't Stop It Now Hot Chocolate 2:59
  30. 10 Seventeen Years of Age Hot Chocolate 3:53
  31. 11 Every 1's a Winner Hot Chocolate 4:48
  32. 12 Confetti Day Hot Chocolate 4:39
  33. 13 Sometimes It Hurts To Be a Friend Hot Chocolate 5:21
  34. 14 So You Win Again Hot Chocolate 4:29
  35. 15 Stay With Me Hot Chocolate 4:5
  36. 16 Runaway Girl Hot Chocolate 3:23
  37. 17 I'm Gonna Make You Feel Like a Woman Hot Chocolate 3:39
  38. 18 Put You Love In Me Hot Chocolate 5:42
  39. 1 Love is the Answer One More Time Hot Chocolate 2:55
  40. 2 Going Through the Motions Hot Chocolate 5:46
  41. 3 I Just Love What You're Doing Hot Chocolate 6:33
  42. 4 Dreaming of You Hot Chocolate 5:20
  43. 5 Dance (Get Down To It) Hot Chocolate 4:41
  44. 6 Mindless Boogie Hot Chocolate 8:53
  45. 7 Night Ride Hot Chocolate 6:7
  46. 8 Congas Man Hot Chocolate 4:14
  47. 9 Love Me To Sleep Hot Chocolate 3:56
  48. 10 Losing You Hot Chocolate 4:17
  49. 11 Gotta Give Up Your Love Hot Chocolate 3:37
  50. 12 Walking On the Moon Hot Chocolate 5:34
  51. 13 Green Shirt Hot Chocolate 3:35
  52. 14 Children of Spacemen Hot Chocolate 4:3
  53. 15 Brand New Christmas Hot Chocolate 4:21
  54. 16 Are You Getting Enough of What Makes You Happy Hot Chocolate 4:14
  55. 1 Girl Crazy Hot Chocolate 3:17
  56. 2 Mystery Hot Chocolate 3:43
  57. 3 Are You Getting Enough Happiness Hot Chocolate 5:49
  58. 4 No Tears Hot Chocolate 3:46
  59. 5 Chances Hot Chocolate 3:57
  60. 6 It Started With a Kiss Hot Chocolate 4:1
  61. 7 You'll Never Be So Wrong Hot Chocolate 4:26
  62. 8 Emotion Explosion Hot Chocolate 3:59
  63. 9 One Nights Not Enough Hot Chocolate 4:15
  64. 10 Sexy Caribbean Girl Hot Chocolate 5:23
  65. 11 Let's Try Again Hot Chocolate 4:25
  66. 12 Secret Hideaway Hot Chocolate 3:9
  67. 13 Tears On the Telephone Hot Chocolate 3:9
  68. 14 Jeannie Hot Chocolate 3:40
  69. 15 I'm Sorry Hot Chocolate 4:38
  70. 16 Friend of Mine Hot Chocolate 3:39
  71. 17 Touch the Night Hot Chocolate 5:12
  72. 18 Love is a Good Thing Hot Chocolate 3:51
  73. 19 I Gave You My Heart (Didn't I) Hot Chocolate 3:40

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