|Produced by Phil Collins and Hugh Padgham|
|Released on 1985|
|no chart information|
|Find it at GEMM|
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T his is placeholder product, released during a lull in the cyclone to keep Phil’s face in record stores. The disc compiles a half-dozen extended remixes of songs that had appeared on various 12-inch records over the years (thus the clever title). If you’re thinking to yourself, “I thought all records were 12 inches,” then save yourself the heartache and buy something else instead. This is really aimed at record collectors and DJs rather than the regular music fan. Collectors will appreciate getting all the remixes on a single disc (even if it isn’t a particularly generous helping) while DJs may well find some of the extended versions more conducive to dancing. However, it’s a risk playing these at parties, since the original versions are so familiar to listeners that they may be thrown off by the changes. Or maybe I’m the only one who actually listens to the music when I’m dancing. Anyway, back to the disc. “Sussudio” is probably the best “fast” dance track on here, “One More Night” the better slow dance. Unfortunately, the goofy mix of “Who Said I Would” is less suited to the material than the original arrangement, with electronic gremlin voices and even more horns turning the track into a dated ode to ‘80s indulgence. Truth be told, I never liked the idea of remixes, and had always hoped the trend would go the way of the rolled-up sports jacket sleeve. Instead, it’s earned a measure of legitimacy, with artists co-opting the DJs in branded remixes. That wasn’t the case when these remixes came out; back then, they were called a dance mix, club mix or extended remix rather than some ridiculous bit of braggadocio like “professor willy’s heavenly buttermilk pancake mix” or whatever constitutes cleverness these days. I know some listeners think that mixing music is the same as making music, but all it really does is glut the market with crap. Remixes are the musical equivalent of reality TV: cheaper to make than hiring real writers and actors but just as profitable. And don’t get me started on TV. All of which has nothing to do with 12”ers, but I guess my attention wandered during one of those three-minute electronic-percussion-taffy-stretching segments.
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PHIL COLLINS --
Hugh Padgham -- mixing (6)
John "Tokes" Potoker -- mixing
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