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Here cometh another fine collection of eighties hits, grouped together on this CD album. There are 31 songs on this album and you get three discs of twelve inch remixes. The extended versions are perfect for people who are doing eighties theme nights or perhaps for the casual listener who wants to indulge in some memories.
Disc one gets off with the epic 'Gold' by Spandau Ballet. Overblown and exuberant, Hadley's vocals are the selling point and yes it is catchy, but it's also rather annoying. The song, even in the short version, was too long and it has been overused for various tv advert campaigns. I prefer 'Girls On Film' by Duran Duran, where Le Bon sounds so cool and the snapping camera sound effects add to the mise en scene.
More glamour can be located in ABC. where the slick Martin Fry delivers a powerful and manly vocal. Tears For Fears' 'Everybody Wants To Rule The World' is very self absorbed though and in my mind overproduced, despite a nagging melody.
Hitting disc two, we find ourselves in synth territory with the sublime 'Don't Go' by Yazoo. Moyet's blusey vocals stampede through with such force that you feel that the earth is moving. At the other end of the spectrum, Jimmy Sommerville turns in a piercing and harrowing vocal on the amazing 'Smalltown Boy.'
For something funky, check out the stunning Fine Young Cannibals, where a soulful turn from Roland Gift lifts the song to an exciting level. 'Johnny Come Home' is dancey, moody and powerful stuff. If you want your dance even poppier, then Yazz's 'Only Way Is Up' will hit the mark. Her surprisingly confident vocal shows warmth and is well tempered against the catchy melody.
As we approach disc three, I must warn of the creepy 'Abracadabra' by Steve Miller. The processed vocals add depth, though the song spooks me and it makes my spine tingle. For something calmer, Lionel Richie ticks all the boxes on sex appeal, pop and soul and an ability to fill a dancefloor.
The late great Robert Palmer rocks things up on 'Addicted To Love' which is a party fave, thanks to the angst ridden chorus. He is a much missed singer. Be sure to check out Kim Wilde who revamps 'Keep Me Hanging On.' The pop remake is pretty good, strong production and a thunderous bassline cement the appeal. The album closes with the thoughtful 'Crockets Theme' by Jan Hammer, which is a mellow and moving instrumental.
Thumbs up to a classy album of solid tracks.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Gold - Spandau Ballet
2 Girls On Film - Duran Duran
3 Poison Arrow - ABC - U.S. Remix
4 Living On The Ceiling - Blancmange 12"
5 Love And Pride - King
6 Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Tears For Fears - Extended Version
7 New Song - Howard Jones
8 Dance Hall Days (Remix) - Wang Chung
9 Cry - Godley & Creme - Extended Version
Disc #2 Tracklisting
1 Don't Go - Yazoo
2 Smalltown Boy - Bronski Beat 12" Mix
3 Victim Of Love - Erasure
4 Rip It Up - Orange Juice
5 What! - Soft Cell Extended Version - Original 12" Edit
6 Johnny Come Home - Fine Young Cannibals Mark Moore 12" Version
7 Money-Go-Round (Parts 1 & 2) - The Style Council Original Full 12 Inch
8 Lullaby - The Cure Extended Mix
9 Nelson Mandela - Special A.K.A.
10 Pass The Dutchie - Musical Youth Extended Mix
11 Treason (It's Just A Story) - The Teardrop Explodes Remixed Version
12 The Only Way Is Up - Yazz, The Plastic Population
Disc #3 Tracklisting
1 Abracadabra - Steve Miller Band
2 Addicted To Love - Robert Palmer 12"
3 Dancing On The Ceiling - Lionel Richie Album Version
4 I'm Coming Out - Diana Ross Album Version
5 Unconditional Love - Donna Summer, Musical Youth Long Version
6 Super Freak - Rick James 12-Inch Mix
7 Kissing With Confidence - Will Powers
8 Baby I Don't Care - Transvision Vamp Abigail's Party Mix
9 You Keep Me Hangin' On - Kim Wilde
10 Miami Vice Theme - Jan Hamme