"I'm Coming Out" - Quality Records Canada

Reviewed by Ken Melanson

Last year around pride day, James Collins was jumping for joy. His dream of releasing a CD of gay pride related songs, songs that have become "token gay songs" was finally a reality. After searching long and hard, Quality records agreed to release the CD.

Two weeks prior to pride day in Halifax, the CD came out here. My friend Gary was the first person I know to find it, but I agreed that it was a very good CD, if you're into dance music (which I am). The CD contains a number of songs (17), including such favorites as "It's raining Men", "Celebration", "Dancing Queen", "Constant Craving", and one of my personal favorites, "YMCA".

The CD comes in an assortment of pride colors, but the selection may vary from store to store in your area. (I have yet to find ALL the pride colors in my area, but I am sure they are around here some where). I have talked with people at all the major Canadian music stores, and they have said that the sales of this CD have been very good, which is very good for the people with AIDS society, who receive all the proceeds of this CD.

What I think makes the boldest statement about this CD is that on the cover, are a lesbian couple, and a gay male couple, naked and wrapped in a pride flag. Similar images grace the back of the jewel case as well. To me, I've always thought this was an awesome way to get people's attention, not to mention the male couples are quite cute, but that's just my opinion.

As far as I know, this CD is only available in Canada, since it is a Canadian compilation (so I am told), however I am not 100% sure on this, so you maybe able to get it in the US and other places, but don't take my word for it. If you are in Canada though, I suggest you go to a record store and pick yourself up a copy, you'll feel a bit of pride, have an awesome CD to listen too, and be helping a good cause. The CD costs between $16.99 to $24.99 (Canadian) and the tape costs between $9.99 and $14.99 (Canadian). The tapes don't have the pride colors on them.

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