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August 24, 2015

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Miles

Thanks for the shout out Alex, nice to know I inspired a post. I also remember well how Deee-Lite mania went global in 1990, at the time I was a hardcore kid but it seemed everyone was blasting their classic "World Clique" album everywhere you went and I was hooked too. Fast forward to last week when I find "The Very Best of Deee-Lite" for £1 in a charity shop and decide it's worth checking out because (and somewhat bizarrely) the majority of the 20 tracks are taken from the 2nd & 3rd albums. Having never listened beyond "World Clique" I figured 25 years Peter was as good a time as any to pick up the thread!
Rhino are well know for their reissues and It's actually a really well put together comp with several pages of great sleeve notes, clearly some love went into it and a lot of belief in the strength of their 3rd album from which 9 of the 20 tracks are taken! Following 7 classics from "World Clique" you get just 4 from its follow up "Infinity Within" which does have, as you suspected, an eco-friendly and politicised standpoint although musically it's hard to see why it failed as it's essentially "World Clique Part 2", even featuring Bootsy and Maceo Parker again plus the likes of Fred Wesley and (Funkadelic / Talking Heads collaborator) Bernie Worrell.
Third album "Dewdrops in the Garden" is also good, despite the absence of Towa Tei (he's on one track). It's an eclectic mix of styles which maybe put people off but worth checking out for "Apple Juice Kissing" alone which samples The Clash's "Justice Tonight" & "Armagideon Time"!

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