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Released in 2011 by the Spectrum label (via Sanctuary and Universal UK), this two-disc set is one of the best Shalamar anthologies. The first disc contains 19 tracks, mostly single and album edits of the group’s A-sides from 1977’s “Uptown Festival Medley” through 1987’s “Games.” With the exception of “Dancing in the Sheets” — its inclusion likely a licensing issue, since it appeared on the Footloose soundtrack, a Columbia release — the disc has every song a casual fan needs. The second disc is packed with 13 12” versions, almost all of which trump their album-bound and radio-edit counterparts on disc one.

Customer Reviews

Shalamar greatest hits

A classic CD from a classic group every bit a reminder of how
Music can get you out of your chair and on the dance floor

I owe you one

Fabulous album with all the great foot tapping hip gyrating tunes you'd expect to hear from this disco sensation act.
Buy it!! You won't regret it

A must buy

Fantastic compilation of tunes that defined a genre and a decade.

don't buy this and you will miss out on one the finest bands of the time!


Formed: 1976 in Chicago, IL

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

Shalamar was the creation of Dick Griffey, the booking agent for the television R&B program Soul Train, and British R&B producer Simon Soussan. The group's first single, the 1977 Motown medley "Uptown Festival," featured a bevy of faceless studio musicians; once it became a hit, Griffey decided to form a performing group under the name Shalamar. Through Soul Train, Griffey found Jody Watley, Jeffrey Daniels, and Gerald Brown, the three vocalists that became Shalamar; Brown was quickly replaced by...
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