Happy People is a combination follow-up artist album and mixed compilation—the double-disc release contains every artist track he’s done since the First Time debut album, but like Forever Tel Aviv, is in a continuously mixed format, chock full of hand-picked favorites and remixes he’s done for other artists. The catch, however, is that its release is somewhat fragmented, mainly due to the unlicensed usage of samples from Britney’s “Gimme More” and Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.” It was allegedly allowed into the U.S. after the tracklisting was revised not to include the unlicensed content but then disappeared from distribution and hasn’t been heard from since. The album is still available on Israeli sites, though whether an order of it would make it across the Atlantic is iffy. The risk is totally worth it. Tracklisting includes five new tracks with longtime collaborator Maya, a reconstruction of Captain Hollywood Project’s “More & More”, and Offer Nissim remixes of Deborah Cox, Shirley Bassey, Kim Cooper, Suzanne Palmer, Tony Moran, Erin Hamilton and Christina Aguilera.
The Favorites: Love, More & More, Shine, Flame 2008