Tim in our office has a theory (which we may well have misunderstood) that while iPod cuture could have decimated compilation culture, the instant availability of all music ever and the overwhelming choice at all of our fingertips could eventually make compilation albums more essential than ever.
Sometimes you don't want a shuffle — all you want is for someone to do the work for you and surprise you with some amazing tunes.
From its title '70s Dinner Party' could easily have been just another infuriatingly ironic, so-bad-it's‑good effort for the Justin Lee Collins generation but the triple CD sidesteps the obvious choices and oozes warmth and affection. It's been on the office stereo every day for the last week and we have been seriously considering buying two extra stereo systems, putting one CD in each and supergluing each drawer shut, ensuring that nothing but '70s Dinner Party' is ever played.
The best portion of the 54-track blowout is the middle of CD3, which goes like this.
In fact all that's missing is a bit of Racey, but you can't have everything.