For those of us who missed it, the suspicion engendered last year by the 'summer of love's tenth anniversary revisionists should be eased by the release of the three CDs that make up [B]'ffrr Classics

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For those of us who missed it, the suspicion engendered last year by the ‘summer of love’s tenth anniversary revisionists should be eased by the release of the three CDs that make up ‘ffrr Classics…’. Listening to acid house anthems like Jamie Principle‘s ‘Baby Wants To Ride’ or the Nightwriters‘Let The Music Use You’, it’s easy to imagine that the parties soundtracked by their pulsating precision were as epochal as the clique of ’88 claim.

Pete Tong‘s pioneering ffrr imprint was one of the few labels to capitalise on the house outbreak back in the mid-’80s, just as its first stars, like D-Mob and Frankie Knuckles, were turning a scene into a musical revolution. As such, the first CD of this compilation is a glittering blast of dot-matrix drums and camp exhortations, with Lil Louis‘ salacious ‘French Kiss’ remaining a paradigm of house hedonism.

Despite the raucous sonic mix of CD2 – including Orbital, Underworld and One Dove‘s lush ‘White Love’ – the compilation, like the movement, becomes less interesting after Together‘s ‘Hardcore Uproar’. The final CD is pure tack-o-rama, all pink bras and blinding strobes, with little of the sensuous [I]ilan [/I]which throbbed through the early club hits. But at least – as the penultimate track attests – the beat goes on.