Friday, 5 September 2014

Perfecto Allstarz 'Reach Up (Papa's Got A Brand New Pigbag)'

Chart Peak: 6
This driving adaptation of Pigbag's 1982 hit by the famed Perfecto production/DJ/remix crew of Oakenfold and Osborne was both a huge club and pop hit... It stormed to No. 6 in March '95.
Side Three of vinyl and cassette versions ends with this groove-cramming eleventh track. It was yet another inclusion in the short list of dance tracks I liked in 1995, despite the creepy animated skeletons in the video. Mind you, at that time I was largely unfamiliar with the original 'Papa's Got A Brand New Pigbag' and my less sophisticated tastes at that time would in any case have been less keen on the jazzier elements of that track. With hindsight, though, this is a very simplified toned-down version of the song, with a load of reverb on the percussion, an organ overdub (not a bad idea) and vocal sample presumably added to give the song its title. It's not a bad version as such, but neither is it a very creative one and to claim it as an original work under a new title is hard to justify. It hasn't aged well.

Available on: Brazil Beats

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