Temptation (Brothers In Rhythm Remix) reviewed by Al Crawford

Virgin VSCDT 1446 [UK] (1992)
Total Running Time: 22 min 56 sec

  1. Temptation (Brothers In Rhythm Remix Edit) (4:00)
  2. Temptation (Brothers In Rhythm Remix) (6:55)
  3. Temptation (7" Backing Track) (4:00)
  4. Temptation (Brothers In Rhythm Instrumental) (4:00)
  5. Orchestral Theme From Temptation (3:55)

Yet another "updated for the 90s" mix. Quite what has gone wrong with the collective sense of rhythm of the nation that requires a song which nobody had trouble dancing to back when it was released in the early/mid 80s suddenly to have a mammoth thumping beat stuck over the top, I don't know, but here it is...

What Brothers In Rhythm have done to the track isn't too horrendous but it doesn't add anything either. There's some extra percussive and orchestral twiddles, some handclaps, a beefed-up beat and a housey piano bridge but it's still easily recognizable. Apparently H17 themselves must approve, since Glenn Gregory and female vocalist Carol Kenyon have both made regular TV appearances to promote it, but this remix offers nothing whatsoever over the original.

The full length remix sticks 2-3 minutes of worthless faffing around before the track, the "7" Backing Track" strips out the vocals and lead line (why? Is there any point whatsoever to including this track other than to fill space on the CD?), the instrumental strips out just the vocals (again, why, it's a very vocally oriented track?) and the pointless"Orchestral Theme" is just the orchestral backing track with the rest stripped out (you can even hear the rest of the track faintly in the background).

So, in short, this is a 5 track CD containing only one track that's actually worth listening to. Even that's barely worth the effort. Save your money and buy the (better) original version, either on the appropriate album (The Luxury Gap) or on the (sadly deleted) 3" CD single.

Erland Rating: -1