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B-52's: Party Mix [Warner Bros., 1981]
Six remixes, three from album two on side one and vice versa. Its implicit equation of party and disco offends old new-wavers, but at EP list for half an hour's music the extravagance is recommended. Hyped sound doesn't hurt this music, the stretches revolve around breaks or sound effects silly enough to belong, and two of the remakes are condensations. Fess up--wouldn't you love to own a "Dance This Mess Around" that begins "I'm not no limburger"? A-