Released in june 1993
Label: Dance Pool
Culture Beat was formed in the late 80's and gained a fair amount of success during this period of time with a couple of hit singles and an album released in an european version and in an US version. However we had to wait until 1993 when the group revolutionized the whole eurodance world with their immense hit single Mr. Vain. Now up until this period, eurodance was still connected with a some what underground scene. Rhythm Is a Dancer by Snap, made an example of what could come and artists like 2 Unlimited, Captain Hollywood and DJ Bobo did what they could to spread the sound of eurodance. When Mr. Vain was released, they didn't have to fight any longer.
Mr Vain climbed the charts all over the world gaining huge success were ever it was released. The powerfull melody with the strong lead sining act by Tanya Evans and the characteristic rap part by Jay Supreme took the world by storm. No questions asked, just pure energy from the very first second. During the summer of 93 the group, that a side from Jay and Tanya also featured the producers Torsten Fenslau, Nosie Katzman and Peter Gräber, grew in to one of the biggest eurodance acts of the current time. The album came out in june 'bout the same time as Mr Vain was released. Got To Get It came out in september and Anything got released in december.
The album containes all the hit singles in various versions. The version of Mr Vain that was featured on the album is probably the most known version of the song despite the fact that it never got released on a single. The version on the album is 05:31 long and the version in the music video is an shorter and edited variant of that very same version. However the lead track of the maxi single is a 04:17 minutes long version called Special Radio Edit. Why the album version never got released on a single is a question that remaines to be answered. The album version of Got To Get It is also a unique version that didn't reach the maxi single. The versions on the single endures of different strings/organs and a different bass sound. The third single Anything also got a couple of changes. The album version is similar to the Introless version of the single however there is a slight difference in the length of the songs and in various instruments. For instance the album version features a simple bass while the Introless version contains a rolling bass line.
The Serenity album is very unique in many ways. A side from the fact that none of the hit songs reached an actual single release, the album containes songs in many different styles of electronic dance music. Rocket To the Moon would definitely fall under the style of trance during the early 90's and Adelante is a pure house track. Just two of the tracks are under 5 minutes long. When I listened to the album back in the 90's, I actually didn't like it all. When I put it on today, I enjoy every second!
("Can't shake this monkey of my back..." is a line taken out of the rap part in Got To Get It)