Music Review: The Power of One 2 LP Set

Ask someone what the rarest piece of Pokémon music is, and they’ll probably say the soundtrack to Pokémon Live. While that’s definitely one of the rarer ones (I think you need to give up a major organ or something to get a copy, seeing as how I don’t have one), there are definitely rarer ones, such as the double LP set of remixes for Donna Summer’s “The Power of One” from the second movie.

Before I go on, I should probably explain something. LP is short for “long playing”, and refers to type of vinyl record (your parents can fill you in on what a record is) that is 12 inches in diameter and spins at 33 1/3 revolutions per minute (as opposed to 45 or 78). Even during the dead vinyl era (from the early 1990’s to a few years ago), it was common for dance and urban music to be pressed onto vinyl and distributed to club DJs and radio stations. This format was often used because many DJs felt the sound produced by records was better suited to this type of music.

In any case, this double LP set was released in 2000 for play on radio and in clubs. There are eight tracks in this set (two per side), four of which are not found on the Power of One remix CD maxi-single, also released in 2000:

  1. The Power of One (Jonathan Peters Club Mix)
  2. The Power of One (Jonathan Peters Radio Mix)*
  3. The Power of One (Tommy Musto Vocal Mix)
  4. The Power of One (Musto Beats)*
  5. The Power of One (Jonathan Peters Sound Factory Club Mix)
  6. The Power of One (Jonathan Peters Drum-A-Pella)*
  7. The Power of One (Tommy Musto Gel Dub)
  8. The Power of One (Jonathan Peters Sound Factory Dub Mix)*

*Tracks marked with an asterisk are exclusive to this set

1. The Power of One (Jonathan Peters Club Mix)

This is a good remix to start off with. Peters makes good use of drums and instruments to give the song an important and urgent feel to it.

2. The Power of One (Jonathan Peters Radio Mix)

This is basically a shortened version of the first track. The shortening of the track gives it a very “traileresque” feel-like it was designed to be used in a trailer or other promotional media for the film.

3. The Power of One (Tommy Musto Vocal Mix)

One of my favorite aspects of remix is the ability of one to transform a song. This one takes a thoroughly turn-of the-century song and makes it sound like a late-70’s disco classic, complete with saxophone, piano, and backup singers.

4. The Power of One (Musto Beats)*

As the title implies, this is a sampling of drum beats from the third track, worth an occasional listen.

5. The Power of One (Jonathan Peters Sound Factory Club Mix)

As the title suggests, this remix has a more industrial feel and a heightened urgency as well. The synthesized strings in the first mix have been replaced by synthesized beats, and the song feels a lot more like something you’d hear in a late-night dance club.

6. The Power of One (Jonathan Peters Drum-A-Pella)

This is pretty much the same as track 5 above, but with some of the instruments removed. As a result, this remix is even more percussive, to the point of almost sounding like it came out of Stomp.

7. The Power of One (Tommy Musto Gel Dub)

I’m kind of conflicted on this one. I like how it sounds, but it doesn’t use much (if any) of the original song. It’s basically a series of repeated phrases and a bunch of record scratches, with some stereo phasing effects thrown in for good measure.

8.The Power of One (Jonathan Peters Sound Factory Dub Mix)

This is easily the darkest tone of any song on this album. Peters throws just about every remix trick in the book at this one. With heavy drums, crazy chording, and a runaway beat, this is right up there with some of the darker remixes of Don’t Say You Love Me. I must admit, I like it, but it’s definitely not for everyone.

Overall, there isn’t a terrible need for most people to get this, since the best tracks are already on the CD maxi-single version. Still, it might be worth it for those of you who need a complete Pokémon music collection to go out and find this.

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10 Responses
  1. Lucario04 says:

    This is very interesting. I personnally never even knew pokemon music was on records. but you find something new every day I guess. Maybe I should go get this considering I have a record player?

  2. Joninpikachu says:

    ive heard these songs on the pokemon radio.I thought they where okay. But obvisley could be better.

  3. Trogdor says:

    …if anybody can find some of the rare music, post it on the forums. I’m really interested to hear it.

  4. Romeo32 says:

    oh, rare music, awesome! i wanna hear it! I wonder if it’s as good as it is rare…

  5. BlueButter says:

    Huh. Did someone play any of these songs in a club?
    That would be totally awesome. xD

  6. yoshi1001 says:

    Given that the sleeve has a bit of wear, I’d say they were at least taken to a club a few times.

  7. Bianca-Latias Fan says:

    I’d love to hear one of these at a club! I’d sing-along and my friends would ask, “Where have you heard this before?” My answer… “Pokemon! HEHE!”

    Also, I’d REALLY appreciate it if anyone knew where I can find the Italy style background music from Pokemon Heroes. It’s one of my faves.

  8. yoshi1001 says:

    You can find it on the Japanese soundtrack for the movie.

  9. Bianca-Latias Fan says:

    Thank you soooo much Yoshi! :)

  10. joec says:

    The only thing more amazing that a Pokémon song getting this many remixes is that it was actually played at clubs. Yeow! Those were the days, eh? (And the old man in me giggles that there are young folks who never played an LP.)