DIVINE: Jungle Jezebel

Divine….really, what more needs to be said? It’s been remastered, it has remixes, a great booklet with lots of info, and it’s about time.

I first heard Divine in the early ’80s, and it was “Love Reaction” that was my introduction to his music. As soon as I heard it, I knew that this was someone I was going to have to get more music from. The obvious New Order sound, the deadpan vocals…..awesome! I taped the song off of the radio and down to the record store I went. I found a few “12 singles and took them home and loved them as well. Now I have not only those singles and their remixes in one collection, but it sounds even better than before. The songs are still terrific, “Shoot Your Shot,” “Native Love,” which I played to death when I was a DJ, and “Shake It Up.” The songs still make me want to dance and now, having the remixes remastered and on a second disc, I can get more of the music I missed and can hear them finally. This is a collection that will take you back in time and still make you jump up and dance, probably more than you might be able to do anymore…lol.

I am so happy that an album that was hard to find back in the ’80s has now been made available again, and is even better with the improved sound and the second disc of remixes. Grab a copy and make Divine proud of your impeccable taste.

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DIVINE: Maid In England: CD

DIVINE born Harris Glenn Milstead (October 19, 1945 – March 7, 1988) was an actor, drag artist, and singer who came to prominence having appeared in many of independent filmmaker John Waters early films including Mondo Trasho (1969), Multiple Maniacs (1970), Pink Flamingos (1972) and Female Trouble (1974). The compilation Maid In England, released in 1988, was the performers fourth and last LP and features several Hi-NRG and Disco hits including the 1984 UK top 20 hit “You Think You’re A Man,” as well as “I’m So Beautiful” (both produced by Stock/Aitken/Waterman) and remixes of “Walk Like A Man” and SAM COOKE’s “Twistin’ The Night Away.”

This album came out shortly after DIVINE had passed away from an enlarged heart and became a big seller for good reason too. This album is stuffed full of great songs that just beg you to get up and dance and sing along to. The few clunkers are “Give It Up,” “Show Me Around,” “Twistin’ The Night Away,” and “Little Baby,” but the winners are so good that you just accept that there are going to be a few mediocre tracks and just keep on dancing. The album just has a joy to it and once you put it on you will have a hard time trying to stop the smile from starting, and the happiness that you will feel. The sound is greatly improved and is nice and clear with everything sounding better than previous attempts of putting these tracks out in the past. The jewel cased CD contains a twelve page booklet; with a biography, relevant UK discography and full-page reproductions of those classic single sleeves. The three bonus remixes, “Hey You! (The Trumpet Mix),” “I’m So Beautiful (12” Mix),” and “Walk Like A Man/Man Talk (12” Mix)” are a definite pleasure to have as well.

This is a very welcome release with something for Hi-NRG, Disco, pop and new wave fans alike. This truly is a “Divine” release!

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