Pop! – The First 20 Hits
This compilation album comprises Erasure's first twenty single releases, and went triple platinum within months of its release in 1992. This album was released as Erasure's popularity peaked, shortly after topping the charts with the excellent ABBA-esque. This is an absolutely indispensable member of any record collection, with twenty-one tracks of the highest calibre contained herein. Who Needs Love (Like That) finds itself in two forms: the original mix from Wonderland and the 1992 Hamburg Mix which open and close this album giving it a very circular feel. The other singles from Erasure's debut album are included in Heavenly Action and the phenomenal Oh L'amour. Pop! The First 20 Hits continues with all the singles from Erasure's albums up to Chorus with such classics as Sometimes, Ship Of Fools, A Little Respect, Chains Of Love, Stop!, Blue Savannah and Love To Hate You.
The 20 songs here are extraordinary, all classic arrangements, mad spiralling tunes, glorious singing and mondo disco stompo...This is a brilliant record, the compilation of the year and a sexy tune farm that you should leave to your grandchildren in your will.NME
There are very few weak points as you would expect from a greatest hits style album, but songs such as Chorus, Heavenly Action and Take A Chance On Me aren't quite in the same calibre as the other songs. Take A Chance On Me is the weakest song from the ABBA-esque; it hasn't aged well and the awful rap from MC Kinky doesn't help in the slightest, but this was the song that drove the EP to become Erasure's only number one single so it's inclusion here is entirely understandable. To appreciate the superior ABBA covers Erasure have done you will also need to purchase their chart topping EP.
If this is the only Erasure CD you own then you are really missing out as Erasure continued to write some amazing material after this release, with such classic singles like Always, Stay With Me and In My Arms only available on a rare Japanese version Pop! which contains an extra CD of singles up to 1997. Although subsequently eclipsed by the follow-up Total Pop! – The First 40 Hits, this remains masterful compilation that brilliantly showcases the incredible talent that is Erasure.
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