This is the series put out by the very well known Time Life company. They've been doing compilations for as long as I can remember, and they always have been fairly expensive. My recomendation on this series so far is to avoid it. If you really want a Time Life series, buy the Rolling Stone set, otherwise go to the record store and buy cheaper compilations where you can get twice as much for the same money. The claim Time Life seems to like making is that each CD is equal to two full length LP's, yet that would be well over 70 minutes in my book, since I have Def Leppard's Hysteria on vinyl and it's 63 minutes long! Not only that, but I bought an eighties compilation from the UK as an import, and it cost me $20 and contained two discs, each longer than each disc in this series, sorry, that's false advertising.
As I've gotten more of this series, I'd have to say the first two discs (1980 and 1981) are some of the worst compilations I've ever bought. In hind sight I should have sent them back (though I did want "Fame" which is on one of them). The rest of the series is pretty good though, I'd recomend everything from 1982 onwards, although 1988 isn't all that great, and 1989 is back to the same quality in the series as 1980. If the cost was about $5 less I'd probably recommend it heavily, especially if you weren't so much into New Wave as you were into popular music. This series is very, VERY mainstream. I still prefer the Rolling Stone discs over these. Of course, if I was going to recomend anything, it would be Rhino's New Wave Hits or Richard Blade's Flashback Favorites. I'd say the series as a whole is a 4, unless you factor in cost, then it's a 3.
Title : Guitar Rock 1980-1981 Label : Time Life Medium : CD TTime : 69:21 Notes : A small paragraph about each bands and a few pictures. Reviewer: Charles R. Grosvenor Jr. Paid : $20 Rank : 4 out of 5. Track Listing -=-=-=-=-=-=- Title Artist(s) -=-=- -=-=-=-=- Call Me Blondie Shake It Up The Cars What I Like About You The Romantics Urgent Foreigner Keep On Loving You REO Speedwagon Love Stinks The J. Geils Band All Night Long Joe Walsh Cheap Sunglasses ZZ Top Tom Sawyer Rush Rock Brigade Def Leppard Hold On Loosely .38 Special Head Games Foreigner Tired Of Toein' The Line Rocky Burnette Don't Misunderstand Me Rossington Collins Band Flirtin' With Disaster Molly Hatchet Take It On The Run REO Speedwagon (Ghost) Riders in the Sky Outlaws Winning Santana Comments: It seems like all the early eighties CD's from Time Life needs to have the "Toein' The Line" song by Rocky Burnette on it, I personally don't understand their infacuation with it. There are however some great songs on here, until you near the end of the CD, with Molly Hatchet and Rossington Collins Band, it starts off strongly and then finishes so lamely... take five of the last six songs off the disc and you'd have a disc worthy of a 5 rating for sure. I'm not sure why they used Foreigner twice on here, though if anyone is deserving of inclusion on a guitar rock compilation, they are (for the eighties anyways).
Title : Sounds of the Eighties, The Early '80s: Take Two Label : Time Life Medium : CD TTime : 67:51 Notes : Pictures and descriptions of the groups and top chart position for all the songs. Reviewer: Charles R. Grosvenor Jr. Paid : $20 Rank : 3 out of 5. Track Listing -=-=-=-=-=-=- Title Artist(s) -=-=- -=-=-=-=- Love Stinks The J. Geils Band Heart and Soul Huey Lewis and the News Church of the Poison Mind Culture Club It's A Mistake Men At Work While You See A Chance Steve Winwood Saved By Zero The Fixx Sexy Eyes Dr. Hook Misunderstanding Genesis Sukiyaki A Taste Of Honey Our Lips Are Sealed Go-Go's Just Between You And Me April Wine Working For the Weekend Loverboy The Stroke Billy Squier Heartbreaker Pat Benatar Angel of the Morning Juice Newton Making Love Out Of Nothing At All Air Supply '65 Love Affair Paul Davis Baby, Come To Me Patti Austin and James Ingram Comments: It's amazing how across the board a Time Life CD attempts to be sometimes. I would have never thought of putting Loverboy and Juice Newton on the same CD, but I guess that's why these guys get the big bucks. (I'm sure you've seen plenty of other comments about their expensive discs on this compilation ranking, so I won't go into it again). I never thought of "Sexy Eyes" as having been an eighties song, it sounds sooo Disco oriented, and definitely next to a Genesis song, followed up by "Sukiyaki" which is another soft rock ballad, which is listed as having hit number 3 in 1980, though I must confess I don't remember it. The only reason I consider this a keeper, is because it has some songs I just don't have on CD yet like Genesis and Huey Lewis. As a plus, if I wanted to make an eighties soft rock compilation, there's plenty on here for me to use like "Making Love Out Of Nothing At All", which is one of those songs you expected the DJ to play at almost every dance. The liner notes are interesting, as they list the Fixx as new romantics alongside Duran Duran, which I find to be a rather humorous classification, and Dr. Hook as having scored the only country-rock disco hit (which I dare you to say without cracking up). All things considered, it's an OK CD, nothing special.
Title : Sounds Of The Eighties, 1980 Label : Time Life Medium : CD TTime : 70:35 Notes : A small paragraph about a couple of bands and a few pictures Reviewer: Charles R. Grosvenor Jr. Paid : $20 Rank : 2 out of 5. Track Listing -=-=-=-=-=-=- Title Artist(s) -=-=- -=-=-=-=- Crazy Little Thing Called Love Queen What I Like About You The Romantics Brass In Pocket The Pretenders Let's Get Serious Jermaine Jackson Sara Fleetwood Mac Call Me (Theme From "American Gigolo") Blondie Funkytown Lipps, Inc. Too Hot Kool And The Gang Little Jeannie Elton John Hit Me With Your Best Shot Pat Benatar Tired Of Toein' The Line Rocky Burnette Cars Gary Numan The Wanderer Donna Summer Cruisin' Smokey Robinson Fame Irene Cara Magic Olivia Newton-John He's So Shy Pointer Sisters Sailing Christopher Cross Comments: These discs have come out of order, this being the fifth or so I have received so far. They have gone from great to lousy. The only saving grace on this disc is the fact that it has "Fame" by Irene Cara on it, otherwise the disc is pretty uninspired. Let's face it, people don't really think of Kool and The Gang, Donna Summer, or Smokey Robinson when they think of the eighties. My guess is this disc (like 1981 by Time Life) was created by some aging Baby Boomer who couldn't let go of the fact that the sixties and seventies were long gone, so they dug up a few aging relics that were all but buried by 1980 and said, "Oh look, they still made albums in the eighties, they must have been cool songs." Too bad they didn't listen to them, and thank God for remote controls on CD players. Time Life bills the CD as a double length LP (as if people forget that a full length LP can be 60 minutes with both sides), if you cut the crap off the disc, you can come up with a total maybe 10 songs that aren't total crud, which is about 40 minutes. Certainly not worth paying more than twice the cost of a decent Rhino compilation which has better liner notes to boot.
Title : Sounds Of The Eighties, 1981 Label : Time Life Medium : CD TTime : 69:20 Notes : A small paragraph about a couple of bands and a few pictures Reviewer: Charles R. Grosvenor Jr. Paid : $10 Rank : 1 out of 5. Track Listing -=-=-=-=-=-=- Title Artist(s) -=-=- -=-=-=-=- Celebration Kool and The Gang Morning Train (Nine To Five) Sheena Easton Keep On Loving You REO Speedwagon Waiting For A Girl Like You Foreigner Slow Hand The Pointer Sisters A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do) Ray Parker Jr. and Raydio When She Was My Girl The Four Tops Being With You Smokey Robinson The One That You Love Air Supply Queen Of Hearts Juice Newton Jessie's Girl Rick Springfield Bette Davis Eyes Kim Carnes Kiss On My List Daryl Hall And John Oates Let's Groove Earth, Wind And Fire Super Freak (Part 1) Rick James This Little Girl Gary U.S. Bonds Gemini Dream The Moody Blues Crying Don McLean Comments: Whew! What's that smell? Oh, it's this month's disc from Time Life. Somewhere, in some god foresaken corner of the earth, some radio station might have been cursed with actually playing some of these songs. That thought makes me wake up screaming. This disc has some of the songs that remind me why people hate the eighties. Yes, they're all big name groups, but how many people remember "Crying" by Mr. American Pie Don McLean? How many people want to? "Let's Groove," "Jessie's Girl," "Slow Hand"? How many people out there associate the Four Tops with 1981? Or Smokey Robinson? "Celebration" is one of those songs I picture drunk secretaries at office Christmas parties dancing to, that, and hairy gold chained men lusting after them. I was talking with a Time Life representative about the Time Life series (they do have a habit of calling every now and then to sell people more discs) and the guy happened to say something to the effect of, "The Sounds of the Eighties series does seem to have some rather unpleasants discs in it" and I volunteered this disc and he made a sound which defies description. He did however convince me into buying the Rolling Stone series, which I had seen Martha Quinn plug once, so I know that has some cool stuff on it. Let's hope so. If you decide to buy this series, tell the rep. when you're placing your order to skip this disc.
Title : Sounds Of The Eighties, 1982 Label : Time Life Medium : CD TTime : 67:39 Notes : A small paragraph about a couple of bands and a few pictures Reviewer: Charles R. Grosvenor Jr. Paid : $10 Rank : 5 out of 5. Track Listing -=-=-=-=-=-=- Title Artist(s) -=-=- -=-=-=-=- Mickey Toni Basil Who Can It Be Now? Men At Work Shake It Up The Cars Freeze-Frame The J. Geils Band Heat Of The Moment Asia Harden My Heart Quaterflash Rosanna Toto I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near) Michael McDonald Up Where We Belong Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes Gloria Laura Brannigan 867-5309/Jenny Tommy Tutone Maneater Daryl Hall And John Oates Tainted Love Soft Cell I Ran (So Far Away) A Flock Of Seagulls Only The Lonely The Motels Keep The Fire Burnin' REO Speedwagon The Other Woman Ray Parker Jr. Eye In The Sky The Alan Parsons Project Comments: This came with a second disc, as a promotion to get you hooked on the series of discs which is why it's only $10, the rest will cost around $18 a piece, making them the most expensive compilation discs I own. However, unlike most other compilation discs I have, this disc has nothing but big hits from the eighties. It's fairly diverse in the music it picks, but Top 40 would be the best description. My biggest complaint is that the liner notes with the CD aren't what I would consider to be complete, there's only a description of a couple of groups. Worth the cash if you like the majority of the songs listed, definately a good party disc.
Title : Sounds of the Eighties 1980-1982 Label : Time Life Medium : CD TTime : 71:30 Notes : Descriptions of some of the bands and photos Reviewer: Charles R. Grosvenor Jr. Paid : $20 Rank : 4 out of 5. Track Listing -=-=-=-=-=-=- Title Artist(s) -=-=- -=-=-=-=- Abracadabra Steve Miller Band Do You Believe in Love Huey Lewis and the News Gypsy Fleetwood Mac Rapture Blondie Please Don't Go KC and the Sunshine Bamd I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) Daryl Hall and John Oates Dob't Talk To Strangers Rick Springfield Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) Christopher Cross All Out Of Love Air Supply On The Radio Donna Summer Upside Down Diana Ross Working My Way Back To You The Spinners Key Largo Bertie Higgins Caught Up In You .38 Special Hurt So Bad Linda Ronstadt Hearts Marty Balin Real Love The Doobie Brothers Shining Star The Manhattans Comments:
Title : Sounds Of The Eighties, 1983 Label : Time Life Medium : CD TTime : 74:41 Notes : A small paragraph about a couple of bands and a few pictures Reviewer: Charles R. Grosvenor Jr. Paid : $20 Rank : 5 out of 5. Track Listing -=-=-=-=-=-=- Title Artist(s) -=-=- -=-=-=-=- Cum On Feel The Noise Quiet Riot One Thing Leads To Another The Fixx (She's) Sexy + 17 Stray Cats Come On Eileen Dexys Midnight Runners Say It Isn't So Daryl Hall And John Oates She Blinded Me With Science Thomas Dolby China Girl David Bowie Time (Clock of The Heart) Culture Club Sexual Healing Marvin Gaye Maniac Michael Sembello Always Something There To Remind Me Naked Eyes Our House Madness Africa Toto Stand Back Stevie Nicks Jeopardy Greg Kihn Band Come Dancing The Kinks Too Shy Kajagoogoo True Spandau Ballet Comments: Another great disc from Time Life, these guys are the ones you measure other compilations against. There's no radical choices here, all very mainstream, top 40, instantly recognizable stuff. If you were more heavy into punk or new wave, forget it. This is a radio playlist from an eighties top 40 station from 1983, no doubt about that. Fun disc for background music at a get together (one of those "Oh wow, I haven't, like, heard this song in ages" discs). Most songs are on other compilations, the only one I don't think I've seen elsewhere is David Bowie's "China Girl" which I woulda thought was too big an artist to end up on a compilation, but I guess not.
Title : Sounds of the Eighties 1980-1983 Label : Time Life Medium : CD TTime : 68:23 Notes : Descriptions of some of the bands and photos Reviewer: Charles R. Grosvenor Jr. Paid : $20 Rank : 4 out of 5. Track Listing -=-=-=-=-=-=- Title Artist(s) -=-=- -=-=-=-=- I'm Coming Out Diana Ross Get Down On It Kool and the Gang Family Man Darly Hall and John Oates I Know There's Something Going On Frida Kids in America Kim Wilde Turning Japanese The Vapors Lies Thompson Twins More Than I Can Say Leo Sayer Just The Two Of Us Grover Washington Jr. &Bill Withers Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy Sammy Hagar Hold On Tight Electric Light Orchestra Fire And Ice Pat Benatar Fantasy Aldo Nova Games People Play Alan Parsons Project Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair) Sheena Easton Cool Change Little River Band An American Dream The Dirt Band The Sweetest Thing (I've Ever Known) Juice Newton Comments: Not a bad disc, lots of stuff on here that I haven't heard or remembered in ages. First the bad news, tracks one and two, skip them. Do that and you have a good compilation. The hard to find, Aldo Nova's "Fantasy" is one of those songs I forgot all about, a great track. "Your Love is Driving Me Crazy" by Sammy Hagar, I forgot Sammy even had a real hit before "I Can't Drive 55". Hard to find? Frida's "I Know There's Something Going On," depends on wether or not you want the last hit from the ABBA clan, I hated ABBA myself, (detest, loath, etc) but this one song is fine by me (plus it was produced by Phil Collins). I thought it strange that Time Life neglected to mention that "Turning Japanese" is a Brisith euphemism for masturbation, though they did summarize the song as a fascination of prisioner with a picture of a woman (guess that's a good enough clue for us Americans).
Title : Sounds Of The Eighties, 1984 Label : Time Life Medium : CD TTime : 72:09 Notes : A small paragraph about a couple of bands and a few pictures Reviewer: Charles R. Grosvenor Jr. Paid : $20 Rank : 5 out of 5. Track Listing -=-=-=-=-=-=- Title Artist(s) -=-=- -=-=-=-=- Ghostbusters Ray Parker Jr. Talking In Your Sleep The Romantics Jump (For My Love) Pointer Sisters Somebody's Watching Me Rockwell Missing You John Waite Out Of Touch Darly Hall and John Oates The Warrior Scandal You Might Think The Cars That's All Genesis Footloose Kenny Loggins Let's Hear It For The Boy Deniece Williams Caribbean Queen(No More Love...) Billy Ocean Hold Me Now Thompson Twins Karma Chameleon Culture Club Blue Jean David Bowie 99 Luftballons Nena The Glamorous Life Sheila E. Joanna Kool and the Gang Comments: "Somebody's Watching Me", there used to be a time that just having a close relative that was a big success almost guaranteed somebody a hit. In this case it was Michael Jackson, "Sidewalk Talk" (which isn't on here) was the other one that comes to mind for Madonna and some relative. Of course the other route to success would be a pop song on a popular movie, like "Ghostbusters" or "Footloose" (both are on here). This disc is great, (unlike some of the others in this series like 1980) it is definately for the pop minded though, certainly not a New Wave compilation by any stretch of the imagination. The only clinker on here would have to be Kool and the Gang, these guys deserved to be one hit wonders (though I think this wasn't the only one, how very sad for the pop world), at least it's at the end of the CD which makes it easy to tell when it's time to change the cd.
Title : Sounds of the Eighties 1983-1984 Label : Time Life Medium : CD TTime : 73:37 Notes : Comments and pictures on a few of the bands Reviewer: Charles R. Grosvenor Jr. Paid : $20 Rank : 5 out of 5. Track Listing -=-=-=-=-=-=- Title Artist(s) -=-=- -=-=-=-=- I Want a New Drug Huey Lewis and the News Head Over Heels Go-Go's Electric Avenue Eddy Grant Miss Me Blind Culture Club Cruel Summer Bananarama (Keep Feeling) Fascination The Human League Twilight Zone Golden Earring Promises, Promises Naked Eyes Love Is a Battlefield Pat Benatar She Works Hard For the Money Donna Summer Sunglasses at Night Corey Hart I Feel For You Chaka Khan One On One Daryl Hall and John Oates Puttin' On the Ritz Taco I'm So Excited Pointer Sisters Suddenly Last Summer The Motels Rock Me Tonite Billy Squier She's A Beauty The Tubes Comments: An excellent disc, these guys seem to do a much better job when they do they do these double year single length cd's opposed to some of the single year discs. There isn't a song on here I would put down, and I'm sure I could play it in mixed company without too much of a problem, one of my favorite discs in the series, almost makes up for the 1989 disc I got the month before!
Title : Sounds Of The Eighties, 1985 Label : Time Life Medium : CD TTime : 74:02 Notes : A small paragraph about a couple of bands and a few pictures Reviewer: Charles R. Grosvenor Jr. Paid : $20 Rank : 5 out of 5. Track Listing -=-=-=-=-=-=- Title Artist(s) -=-=- -=-=-=-=- Take On Me A-Ha We Built This City Starship Sleeping Bag ZZ Top Some Like It Hot The Power Station Everytime You Go Away Paul Young Walking On Sunshine Katrina And The Waves Relax Frankie Goes To Hollywood Sea Of Love The Honeydrippers I Want To Know What Love Is Foreigner Miami Vice Theme Jan Hammer The Heat Is On Glenn Frey California Girls David Lee Roth St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion) John Parr Everybody Wants To Rule The World Tears For Fears Broken Wings Mr. Mister Voices Carry 'Til Tuesday Freeway of Love Aretha Franklin Nightshift Commodores Comments: Yet another great disc, I love these CD's, this one has a couple of songs that haven't made it onto other compilations which probably should. Songs like "St. Elmo's Fire" and "Broken Wings" for instance, and especially "Sea Of Love" which has to be the coolest thing Robert Plant has done (it's so unlike his normal style, it's fresh, it's a great make-out song, better than "Thank You" from his 'Zepplin days). I didn't even remember the Commodores having a hit in the eighties, so this disc was really full of a lot of suprises and also a lot of fun songs. I have an uncle whose a DJ, and he has them ship them every other week now, I don't blame him.
Title : Sounds of the Eighties: The Mid-'80s Label : Time Life Medium : CD TTime : 72:07 Notes : Comments and pictures on a few of the bands Reviewer: Charles R. Grosvenor Jr. Paid : $20 Rank : 4 out of 5. Track Listing -=-=-=-=-=-=- Title Artist(s) -=-=- -=-=-=-=- Smuggler's Blues Glenn Fry Are We Ourselves? The Fixx If You Leave Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone) Glass Tiger Sister Christian Night Ranger King For A Day Thompson Twins Who's Zoomin' Who Aretha Franklin I Can Dream About You Dan Hartman All I Need Jack Wagner Owner Of A Lonely Heart Yes Self Control Laura Branigan Neutron Dance Pointer Sisters Cool It Now New Edition If Ever You're In My Arms Again Peabo Bryson Tonight She Comes The Cars Crush On You The Jets Two Of Hearts Stacey Q Secret Lovers Atlantic Starr Comments:
Title : Sounds of the Eighties 1985-1986 Label : Time Life Medium : CD TTime : 74:29 Notes : Comments and pictures on a few of the bands Reviewer: Charles R. Grosvenor Jr. Paid : $20 Rank : 4 out of 5. Track Listing -=-=-=-=-=-=- Title Artist(s) -=-=- -=-=-=-=- Higher Love Steve Winwood Head Over Heals Tears For Fears Obsession Animotion Lay Your Hands On Me Thompson Twins The Search Is Over Survivor Take Me Home Tonight Eddie Money with Ronnie Spector Axel F Harold Faltermeyer Amanda Boston There'll Be Sad Songs(To Make You Cry) Billy Ocean Party All The Time Eddie Murphy Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody David Lee Roth Rhythm of the Night DeBarge Oh Sheila Ready For The World All I Need Is a Miracle Mike + The Mechanics Your Wildest Dreams The Moody Blues Perfect Way Scritti Politti Throwing It All Away Genesis Cheerish Kool And The Gang Comments: Weird captilization on some of the songs on the back of the cd case, and weird how this is the only series of eighties discs seems to get better as the decade goes along. Most of the compilations I've bought tend to have all the good stuff in the early eighties instead of the late eighties. This is also one of the few discs I've ever owned with Eddie Murphy's only successful foray into the music business, "Party All The Time" which is a fun inclusion. The order of the songs is also pretty good, from upbeat songs to slow songs back to fast songs, no rap music. Overall it is a very conservative selection of mostly big name, mainstream bands from the eighties, not a song I didn't recognize. A definite improvement over the last two discs I was sent in the mail from Time Life (1980 and 1981 were miserable excuses for discs, deserving of a 0 if anything was).
Title : Sounds of the Eighties 1986 Label : Time Life Medium : CD TTime : 74:39 Notes : A small paragraph about each bands and a few pictures. Reviewer: Charles R. Grosvenor Jr. Paid : $20 Rank : 5 out of 5. Track Listing -=-=-=-=-=-=- Title Artist(s) -=-=- -=-=-=-=- Addicted to Love Robert Palmer Everybody Have Fun Tonight Wang Chung Don't Get Me Wrong The Pretenders Sara Starship So Far Away Dire Straits Rock Me Amadeus Falco Talk To Me Stevie Nicks Invisible Touch Genesis Glory of Love Peter Cetera Walk This Way Run-D.M.C. Word Up Cameo The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades Timbuk 3 Venus Bananarama Mad About You Belinda Carlisle Kyrie Mr. Mister Burning Heart Survivor Life In a Northern Town Dream Academy No One Is To Blame Howard Jones Comments: A great disc from Time Life, glad I didn't stop getting them after the first few discs of this series. Big hits, big names seems to be the common refrain of this disc. I would have perfered "Things Can Only Get Better" by Howard Jones over "No One is to Blame" and something, anything other than "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" which seems to be the most overplayed Wang Chung song, these guys did do better music than this. Nice change of pace also to hear something other than "Eye Of the Tiger" by Survivor. Overall a great disc if you liked top 40 music in the middle of the eighties. There wasn't much New Wave by this point of the decade, so I can't really picture them putting any on a disc from 1986. Definately better than the Billboard CD from 1986. Oh, and the version or "Rock Me Amadeus" is the German version (naturally) I don't think it's the normal radio edit, but I don't have too many copies of this song, so I can't say for sure which edit it is (no clues in the booklet either).
Title : Sounds of the Eighties 1986-1989 Label : Time Life Medium : CD TTime : 73:18 Notes : Descriptions of some of the bands and photos Reviewer: Charles R. Grosvenor Jr. Paid : $20 Rank : 2 out of 5. Track Listing -=-=-=-=-=-=- Title Artist(s) -=-=- -=-=-=-=- New Sensation INXS Opposites Attract Paula Abdul Together Forever Rick Astley Don't Rush Me Taylor Dayne Stuck With You Huey Lewis and the News Just Like Paradise David Lee Roth Poison Alice Cooper You Got It All The Jets Seasons Change Expose Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car Billy Ocean Need You Tonight INXS Let's Go All the Way Sly Fox Only In My Dreams Debbie Gibson Your Love The Outfield Move Away Culture Club Roam The B-52's Chains of Love Erasure Is This Love Survivor Comments: ... Zzzz... hphm.. what? Why'd you wake me? Oh, the CD is over. Thank God! There's like two or three somewhat loud songs to try and make up for the most boring sleep inducing music produced. Ever wonder why people think eighties music sucked? Make a tape of this one, remove Alice Cooper, INXS, Sly Fox and Erasure and you have a tape to remind yourself. Very slow and popish. Whoever put Alice Cooper on this CD must have been someone who was about 40 when this music came out, and said something like "I love all these songs, but I better put an Alice Cooper song on it to make it look cooler." Too bad the only cool thing on this CD was the Cooper tune. The CD is recent enough though to mention last year's (1996) problems in Van Halen in reference to David Lee Roth, so you'd think someone would be able to look back and remember something better from ten years ago.
Title : Sounds Of The Eighties, 1987 Label : Time Life Medium : CD TTime : 71:52 Notes : A small paragraph about a couple of bands and a few pictures Reviewer: Charles R. Grosvenor Jr. Paid : $20 Rank : 4 out of 5. Track Listing -=-=-=-=-=-=- Title Artist(s) -=-=- -=-=-=-=- Heaven is a Place On Earth Belinda Carlise C'est La Vie Robbie Nevil (I Just) Died in Your Arms Cutting Crew Head To Toe Lisa Lisa And The Cult Jam You Keep Me Hanging On Kim Wilde Shake Your Love Debbie Gibson Something So Strong Crowded House Midnight Blue Lou Gramm Here I Go Again Whitesnake I Think We're Alone Now Tiffany Let's Go! Wang Chung I Heard A Rumour Bananarama Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now Starship We're Ready Boston Talk Dirty To Me Poison Little Lies Fleetwood Mac Looking For A New Love Jody Watley Lean On Me Club Nouveau Comments: Debbie Gibson and Tiffany. If there are two words that strike fear into any music lovers when they think of the eighties (or at least a strong loathing) these are the ones. I could have given this disc a 5 otherwise, this compilation has a lot going for it, the best remake of "Lean On Me" (there have been much worse made since Club Nouveau popularized it), the best remake of "You Keep Me Hanging On" (which has been made a hit every decade since the fifties almost like clockwork), and one of my favorite Wang Chung songs, "Let's Go!". "Here I Go Again" is also the only Whitesnake song I've ever liked (video especially, I'm a perv ok?), so I'm more than happy to have it here, a true eighties power ballad if there ever was one.
Title : Sounds of the Eighties 1988 Label : Time Life Medium : CD TTime : 73:43 Notes : A small paragraph about each bands and a few pictures. Reviewer: Charles R. Grosvenor Jr. Paid : $20 Rank : 3 out of 5. Track Listing -=-=-=-=-=-=- Title Artist(s) -=-=- -=-=-=-=- Hazy Shade of Winter Bangles Simply Irresistible Robert Palmer Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley Will To Power Kokomo The Beach Boys Don't Worry, Be Happy Bobby McFerrin Every Rose Has It's Thorn Poison Make Me Lose Control Eric Carmen I Don't Want To Live Without You Foreigner I Get Weak Belinda Carlise Wild, Wild West The Escape Club Don't Be Cruel Bobby Brown The Loco-Motion Kylie Minogue Shattered Dreams Johnny Hates Jazz Perfect World Huey Lewis and the News The Flame Cheap Trick Foolish Beat Debbie Gibson Don't Shed A Tear Paul Carrack Hold On To The Nights Richard Marx Comments: An ok disc from Time Life, nothing to write home about here. If Mtv had a show called, "Here's the Mainstream" this would have been the contents for 70 minutes (minus commercials of course!). Even the one hit wonders (like Paul Carrack and Kylie Minogue) will be instantly recognized by most people, it's just a matter of, would you want to listen to these songs now. The answer for me is no, especially to "Don't Worry, Be Happy" (the Simpsons had a great parody of this song on Homer's car radio one day, "Out of Work, Need Money" which seems so appropriate now). Of course, there's some great tunes on here that I don't usually come across on eighties compilations like the Beach Boys, or my favorite Bangles tune, "Hazy Shade of Winter" the old Simon and Garfunkel tune that was spruced up for the very eighties movie "Less Than Zero" and Huey Lewis' last real hit, "Pefect World". Overall, the disc tends to highlight some of the most bland music on the radio at the time, I tend to program less than half the disc when I play it so maybe a three is too high a rating here.
Title : Sounds of the Eighties 1989 Label : Time Life Medium : CD TTime : 75:03 Notes : A small paragraph about each bands and a few pictures. Reviewer: Charles R. Grosvenor Jr. Paid : $20 Rank : 2 out of 5. Track Listing -=-=-=-=-=-=- Title Artist(s) -=-=- -=-=-=-=- The Look Roxette Sowing the Seeds of Love Tears for Fears So Alive Love and Rockets Toy Soliders Martika When I See You Smile Bad English Soldier of Love Donny Osmond Rock On Michael Damian Lost In Your Eyes Debbie Gibson When I'm With You Sheriff Funky Cold Medina Tone-Loc Walk the Dinosaur Was (Not Was) Once Bitten, Twice Shy Great White Right Here Waiting Richard Marx I'll Be Loving You (Forever) New Kids on the Block The Living Years Mike + the Mechanics Angel Eyes Jeff Healey Band Comments: Suck? What do Donny Osmond, Debbie Gibson, and thedNew Kids on the Block all have in common (besides being on this disc)? This disc starts off with three GREAT songs, has the decent remake of "Rock On" (from "Dream a Little Dream" and has "The Living Years" which was another great song. It also has "Funky Cold Medina" in place of "Wild Thing" which got too much airplay anyways. The rest of the music on here though could best be forgotten, which is close to half off it. If it wasn't for programmable cd players, I'd probably never play this disc. I would have sent it back, if it weren't for the fact that I don't see a lot of the good songs I mentioned on compilations very often (and don't have them on CD, just vinyl).
Title : Sounds Of The Eighties, The Rockin' Eighties Label : Time Life Medium : CD TTime : 71:51 Notes : A small paragraph about a couple of bands and a few pictures Reviewer: Charles R. Grosvenor Jr. Paid : $10 Rank : 4 out of 5. Track Listing -=-=-=-=-=-=- Title Artist(s) -=-=- -=-=-=-=- Another One Bites The Dust Queen Modern Love David Bowie Stray Cat Strut Stray Cats Middle Of The Road The Pretenders Walk Of Life Dire Straits I Didn't Mean To Turn You On Robert Palmer The Tide Is High Blondie Can't Fight This Feeling REO Speedwagon Shout Tears For Fears La Bamba Los Lobos Love Shack The B-52's Legs ZZ Top Manic Monday Bangles Down Under Men At Work Vacation Go-Go's Urgent Foreigner Hold Me Fleetwood Mac You Belong To The City Glenn Fry Comments: This disc isn't one of the normal CD's in the series, it's a promotional disc, which is why it was so cheap. This disc like the other discs in the series has a lot of big hit songs on it, and it spans the decade instead of sticking with a year. My complaint with this disc lies mostly with the fact that the songs were so mainstream that I already have all of these songs in some fashion, and the inclusion of "La Bamba" which I never cared for. Decent disc if you don't already have most of these songs on CD or just want them in one place. These certainly weren't one hit wonders.
Title : Sounds of the Eighties, The Late '80s Label : Time Life Medium : CD TTime : 74:25 Notes : A small paragraph about each bands and a few pictures. Reviewer: Charles R. Grosvenor Jr. Paid : $20 Rank : 2 out of 5. Track Listing -=-=-=-=-=-=- Title Artist(s) -=-=- -=-=-=-=- Tell It To My Heart Taylor Dayne Valerie Steve Winwood What I Am Edie Brickell and New Bohemians When Smokey Sings ABC Funkytown Psuedo Echo Out Of The Blue Debbie Gibson Waiting for a Star to Fall Boy Meets Girl At This Moment Billy Vera and the Beaters Could've Been Tiffany Jacob's Ladder Huey Lewis and the News In Your Room The Bangles Hungry Eyes Eric Carmen Is This Love Whitesnake Wait White Lion Carrie Europe Just Between You and Me Lou Gramm I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) Aretha Franklin and George Michael Never Gonna Give You Up Rick Astley Comments:
Title : Sounds of the Eighties, The Late '80s: Take Two Label : Time Life Medium : CD TTime : 74:06 Notes : A small paragraph about each bands and a few pictures. Reviewer: Charles R. Grosvenor Jr. Paid : $20 Rank : 2 out of 5. Track Listing -=-=-=-=-=-=- Title Artist(s) -=-=- -=-=-=-=- Change of Heart Cyndi Lauper Together Forever Rick Astley Everywhere Fleetwood Mac Electric Blue Icehouse Don't Disturb This Groove The System I'll Always Love You Taylor Dayne Say You Will Foreigner Eternal Flame Bangles Shake You Down Gregory Abbott Don't Be Cruel Cheap Trick Nothin' But A Good Time Poison Hangin' Tough New Kids On The Block Buffalo Stance Nenah Cherry Parents Just Don't Understand D.J. Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince Girlfriend Pebbles Roni Bobby Brown Always Atlantic Starr Lost In Emotion Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam Comments: