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Released: 16th October 2000.

There can be no denying that Pete Waterman has been one of the major influences in the music world for nearly 20 years now. This compilation of the acts he has produced serves to be the comprehensive and best summary of pop music possibly ever made.

Everyone will know at least one song on it. There are instantly recogniseable tracks from Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan, Rick Astley, Bananarama and Steps. There are also those, which, I for one, had heard before, but had forgotten about, like Nik Kershaw, Brother Beyond and Donna Summer.

This album is not without its faults, with below standard efforts from Westlife and Musical Youth. Despite the condemnation many of the acts and, indeed, of Waterman himself, for supposedly destroying the credibility of the music industry, this pales in comparison to what he has achieved.

He has been responsible for some of the best and most recognisable, happy pop songs ever, which, in the end, is what music should foremost be about - to make people smile and dance.

* * * * (Rob Lynch)

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