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Dance - Released January 1, 1996 | Virgin Catalogue

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In the 1980s and '90s, a lot of dance music spotlighted female singers with thin, weak voices who seem on the verge of death. But house music has often been a home to expressive, big-voiced divas who can truly wail -- a fine example being Paris Gray of the duo Inner City. Along with producer/composer Kevin Saunderson, Gray was responsible for some of the most rewarding dance music of the late '80s and early '90s. Inner City's debut album, Big Fun (titled Paradise in the U.K.), is full of house gems that enjoyed extensive dance club exposure, including "Good Life," "Do You Love What You Feel," "Ain't Nobody Better," and the title song. While Saunderson's production is decidedly high-tech, Gray's warm, passionate singing is mindful of dance music's heritage and underscores its soul and gospel roots in a delightful way. Unfortunately, Inner City never crossed over to the R&B or pop markets as Virgin Records hoped -- an irony considering that Big Fun is so much more individualistic and soulful than most of the generic efforts that dominated black radio in 1989. © Alex Henderson /TiVo
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Dance - Released January 1, 2003 | EMI Gold

Except for a debut album that ranks as one of Detroit techno's finest moments, all of Inner City's prime achievements were in the singles realm. The 15-track compilation Good Life: The Best of Inner City lays all of them out in perfect condition, beginning with the earliest -- and highest performing -- tracks, "Good Life" and "Big Fun," a pair of uplifting gems from the uncommonly moody Detroit club scene of the '80s. The union of Kevin Saunderson's productions and Paris Grey's vocals was surely one of the most inspired of any in electronic dance music: Saunderson's melodies were tight and simple, but harmonically tweaked and backed by pulsing, studded basslines that deftly implanted the same tag line in a different portion of the brain; Grey's vocal style blended an outboard disco diva with the girlish flirtations of electro singers like Shannon or Lisa Lisa. With neither of the group's three albums in any danger of reissue, Good Life is the natural choice for fans, including all of Inner City's 11 chart entries on Virgin, along with four of the best album tracks. Fortunately, the additions include the sparkling "Good Life" remake called "Paradise," but unfortunately, the adventurous "Ahnongay" doesn't make it. For that, look to the low-profile Inner City compilation released by Saunderson's KMS imprint. © John Bush /TiVo
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House - Released July 17, 2020 | Armada Music Albums

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Dance - Released January 1, 1990 | EMI Catalogue

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House - Released August 24, 2017 | KMS RECORDS

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Dance - Released January 1, 1992 | EMI Catalogue

"..Paris Grey's soulful vocals are as fierce as ever, and the album's techno-gospel theme is an interesting idea...There are some great moments on PRAISE...beautiful songs carried by their vocal harmonies.." © TiVo
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House - Released September 6, 2019 | Armada Music Bundles

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Dance - Released October 6, 2003 | [PIAS] Recordings

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House - Released March 11, 2019 | KMS RECORDS

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House - Released August 24, 2017 | KMS RECORDS

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Dance - Released January 1, 1989 | UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)

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House - Released November 1, 2019 | Armada Music

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House - Released August 24, 2017 | KMS RECORDS

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Dance - Released January 1, 1990 | EMI Catalogue

Inner City escaped the dreaded sophomore curse with its consistently enriching second album, Fire, which provides such inspired, gospel-influenced house music treasures as "My Heart's Not Here With You," "Lovelight," "What Does It Take," and "That Man (He's All Mine)." Like its predecessor, Big Fun, Fire shows Paris Gray to be a singer of depth and substance and Kevin Saunderson to be an inventive, distinctive producer. Inner City's vision remained positive, and "Hallelujah" and "Unity" are fine examples of the uplifting "love/peace/togetherness" theme that's common in house music. Though Saunderson liked to call Inner City's music "techno-house," both Big Fun and Fire are very melodic and accessible albums lacking the type of abrasiveness associated with techno. Once again, Inner City fared well in club and dance-music circles, but unfortunately, enjoyed little exposure in the R&B and pop markets. © Alex Henderson /TiVo
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House - Released August 24, 2017 | KMS RECORDS

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Techno - Released October 14, 2016 | KMS RECORDS

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Techno - Released July 12, 2019 | Armada Music

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House - Released August 28, 2020 | Armada Music

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House - Released August 28, 2020 | Armada Music

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House - Released August 24, 2017 | KMS RECORDS