This list consists of compilations that have fewer than 3 CD's reviewed for a series. Compilations can be discs that are marketed as strictly eighties songs or compilations that came out during the eighties that consist of popular music at the time. Please no country/rap/classical or other non-mainstream compilations.
Title : Electricity - 18 Synth Pop Hits Label : Music Collection International MUSCD 008 c1993 UK TTime : 73:21 Notes : Focus On UK Chart Positions. Some Photos. Reviewer: James M. Miller KCWU 88.1 FM Paid : $17.50 Rank : 5 out of 5 Track Listing -=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Title Artist(s) -=-=-=- -=-=-=-=- The Sound Of The Crowd Human League The Thin Wall Ultravox Quiet Life Japan Is It A Dream? Classix Nouveaux Underpass John Foxx Never Never Assembly Lawnchairs Our Daughters Wedding Nobody's Diary Yazoo Electricity O.M.D. Play To Win Heaven 17 In The Name Of Love (88 Remix) Thompson Twins No Regrets Midge Ure To Cut A Long Story Short Spandau Ballet Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You) A Flock Of Seagulls Einstein A Go-Go Landscape Always Something There To Remind Me Naked Eyes We Are Glass Gary Numan Comments: -=-=-=-=- A great compilation of early 80's synth pop and new wave hits. Eight tracks were UK top-ten charters and the other ten tracks are exceptional in their own merit. For anyone who loves beautiful, well-composed tracks, this CD is a must-have. My favorite cut is John Foxx's - 'Underpass' which was huge over in Germany -- (I happened to be living there in '89...). In addition, the inclusion of the dance-floor-friendly Thompson Twins '88 Remix is a nice bonus.
Title : Electric Dreams Label : Polygram TV 2CD 525 435-2 c1995 Polygram TV, UK TTime : CD-1: 76:24 CD-2: 74:17 Notes : Photos and UK Chart Position. Reviewer: James M. Miller KCWU 88.1 FM Paid : $19 Rank : 4 out of 5 Track Listing -=-=-=-=-=-=- Title Artist(s) -=-=- -=-=-=-=- CD-1: Blue Monday (Original 12") New Order Love Is A Stranger Eurythmics Mirror Man Human League Tainted Love Soft Cell Victim Of Love Erasure If I Was Midge Ure Heart Of Glass Blondie Mad World Tears For Fears Come Live With Me Heaven 17 Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin) Scritti Politti Living On The Ceiling Blancmange Situation Yazoo Careless Memories Duran Duran Quiet Life Japan All Stood Still Ultravox Chant No. 1 Spandau Ballet Talk Talk Talk Talk We Close Our Eyes Go West The Politics Of Dancing Re-Flex -=-=- CD-2: Together In Electric Dreams G. Moroder &Phil Oakey Enola Gay O.M.D. Change Tears For Fears Fade to Grey Visage Never Never Assembly Are 'Friends' Electric? Gary Numan Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You) A Flock Of Seagulls Wishful Thinking China Crisis I'm In Love With A German Film Star The Passions Don't Go Yazoo Torch Soft Cell Is It A Dream Classix Nouveaux Treason (It's Just A Story) The Teardrop Explodes Love On Your Side Thompson Twins Change Your Mind Bill Sharpe &Gary Numan Sgt. Rock (Is Going To Help Me) XTC Wouldn't It Be Good Nik Kershaw Love Shadow Fashion Vienna Ultravox Comments: -=-=-=-=- Thirty-eight tracks! Twenty-eight of these were UK top-ten charters. I picked up this compilation for the amazing Sharpe-Numan track, "Change Your Mind" and for the classic Tears For Fears cuts: "Mad World" and "Change." Color photos abound in the six-page booklet. A nice compilation if you don't already own too many 80's collections since you'll see many of these 'standard' tracks on other CDs which flood the marketplace.
Title : Flashback Cafe Vol. 1 Label : Oglio Records TTime : 65:54 Notes : Song listing with copywrite info. Reviewer: ? Paid : $13 Rank : 5 out of 5 Track Listing -=-=-=-=-=-=- Advice for the Young at Heart Tears for Fears Don't Dream It's Over Crowded House Life In A Northern Town Dream Academy Feels Like Heaven Fiction Factory Shattered Dreams Johnny Hates Jazz A Good Heart Feargal Sharkey Cruel To Be Kind Nick Lowe All Of My Heart ABC Doot Doot Freur Moments In Love Art of Noise Always The Sun The Stranglers Under The Milky Way The Church Heaven The Psychedelic Furs Love Plus One Haircut One Hundred Oblivious Aztec Camera Comments: -=-=-=-=- This is the best compilation of eighties music I own. It has a lot of songs that were popular then but don't get much airplay now, even on mix stations and "Flashback" radio shows. There were a number of songs on this album that I hadn't heard of when I bought it, but there isn't a song on it that I don't like now. I've seen many of the songs on other compilations, but most of those weren't as good as this one. Definitely a bargain!
Title : Funk Classics of the 80's Label : Rebound Records Medium : CD TTime : 52:09 Notes : Song listing with copywrite info. Reviewer: Charles R. Grosvenor Jr. Paid : $4 Rank : 3 out of 5. Track Listing -=-=-=-=-=-=- Title Artist(s) -=-=- -=-=-=-=- Super Freak Rick James Atomic Dog George Clinton You Dropped a Bomb On Me The Gap Band Freakshow on the Dance Floor Bar-Kays Stomp The Brothers Johnson Call Me Skyy The Breaks Kurtis Blow So Fine Howard Johnson She's A Bad Mama Jama Carl Carlton Push It Salt-n-Pepa Get Down On It Kool and the Gang Da' Butt E.U. Comments: If you don't like funk at all, stay away. There's about five songs on here though that were decent cross over hits, songs that hit the pop charts as well as the R & B Soul charts, so it's a pretty decent compilation even for those who aren't familiar with music outside of the main stream.
Title: Geffen Vintage 80s Vol. 1 Label: Geffen TTime: 57:12 Notes: A small story with the song titles as dialog. Paid : $12 Rank : 4 out of 5. Track Listing -=-=-=-=-=-=- Title Artist(s) -=-=- -=-=-=-=- Dance Hall Days Wang Chung French Kissin' Debbie Harry Riding With The King John Hiatt Sex (I'm A...) Berlin Goin' Southbound Stan Ridgeway Ways To Be Wicked Lone Justice Knocked Down, Made Small (Treated...) Was (Not Was) Our House Madness No More Words Berlin A Million Miles Away The Plimsouls Take Me To Heart Quarterflash Emotion In Motion Ric Ocasek Desire Gene Loves Jezebel Everybody Have Fun Tonight Wang Chung Comments: This disc is a lot of fun to listen to, although I wouldn't pull it out at a party, some of the selections are a little too off the beaten path. What's really nice about this disc is the inclusion of Was (Not Was) and Quaterflash, neither of which are easily found on compilation discs.
Title: Geffen Vintage 80s Vol. 2 Label: Geffen TTime: 57:12 Notes: A small story and some cartoon pictures of typical eighties items Paid : $12 Rank : 4 out of 5. Track Listing -=-=-=-=-=-=- Title Artist(s) -=-=- -=-=-=-=- Heat Of The Moment Asia Harden My Heart Quarterflash I Look For Love John Hiatt In Love With Love Debbie Harry Whirly Girl OXO Take My Breath Away Berlin Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy Sammy Hagar Is This Love Whitesnake If I Could Turn Back Time Cher It Must Be Love Madness Let's Go Wang Chung What I Am Edie Brickell &New Bohemians Out Of Mind Out Of Sight Models Why Me? Planet P Project Comments:
Title : The Greatest Hits of the 80s Label : Star Direct Medium : CD TTime(1): 62:18 TTime(2): 63:10 TTime(3): 63:54 TTime(4): 61:29 Notes : Song listing with copywrite info. Reviewer: Charles R. Grosvenor Jr. Paid : $12 Rank : 3 out of 5. Track Listing(1) -=-=-=-=-=-=- Title Artist(s) -=-=- -=-=-=-=- Never Gonna Give You Up Rick Astley Manic Monday Bangles C'est La Vie Robbie Nevil Let's Go All the Way Sly Fox Call Me Blondie Is There Something I Should Know Duran Duran Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now Starship Careless Whisper George Michael Geno Dexy's Midnight Runners Total Eclipse of the Heart Bonnie Tyler Green Door Shakin' Stevens Kayleigh Marillion Vienna Ultravox Tell It To My Heart Taylor Dayne Don't Dream It's Over Crowded House The Final Countdown Europe Track Listing(2) -=-=-=-=-=-=- Title Artist(s) -=-=- -=-=-=-=- Walking On Sunshine Katrina and the Waves Down Under Men at Work Broken Wings Mr. Mister Tonight I Celebrate My Love Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack License to Kill Gladys Knight If I Was Midge Urge Our Lips Are Sealed Fun Boy Three Girl You Know It's True Milli Vanilli Living in A Box Living In a Box Kids In America Kim Wilde Too Shy Kajagoogoo French Kissing in the USA Debbie Harry Love Train Holly Johnson Love Plus One Haircut 100 Making Your Mind Up Bucks Fizz He Ain't My Heavy, He's My Brother The Hollies Track Listing(3) -=-=-=-=-=-=- Title Artist(s) -=-=- -=-=-=-=- The Power of Love Huey Lewis and the News Running Up That Hill Kate Bush Golden Brown The Stranglers It Started With a Kiss Hot Chocolate On Our Own Bobby Brown Axel F Harold Faltermeyer Ghost Town The Specials She Makes My Day Robert Palmer Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go Wham System Addict Five Star Sexy Eyes Dr. Hook Pass the Dutchie Musical Youth Intuition Linx Going Back to My Roots Odyssey Love Changes (Everything) Climie Fisher Your Love Is King Sade Track Listing(4) -=-=-=-=-=-=- Title Artist(s) -=-=- -=-=-=-=- Give It Up K.C. and the Sunshine Band Boxerbeat Jo Boxers 9 to 5 Sheena Easton Crying Don McLean Letter From America The Proclaimers All the Love in the World Dionne Warwick Could It Be I'm Falling In Love David Grant &Jackie Graham 19 Paul Hardcastle You Take Me Up Thompson Twins I Think We're Alone Now Tiffany I Won't Let the Sun Go Down On Me Nik Kershaw True Spandau Ballet Sign Your Name Terence Trent D'arby I Owe You Nothing Bros Go Wild in the Country Bow Wow Wow Crockett's Theme Jan Hammer Comments: This is a British Import 4 cd multiset, I ranked the set as a whole since it's not available in any other way. It's one of those large double cd holders that has cd's on both sides of the inner divider, which is a nice use of space in a cd rack, opposed to two large cd holders. As a whole the set isn't all that great, it's got a lot of soft songs (especially disc 4) and a few songs that really just don't belong anywhere but the cutting room floor. Maybe in the UK some of these songs were bigger, but "He Ain't My Heavy, He's My Brother"? Come on, it took over 25 years to cross that Atlantic? I don't think so. There's also some songs that sound very un-eighties, like "Shakin' Stevens". I might have scored the set higher if Milli Vanilli hadn't been on it as well, that kind of put it over the edge for me. The first two discs in this set are pretty good, be prepared though to use the skip button on a few tracks.The fourth cd is probably the worst, it has a lot of overly soft songs, fluff like "I Think We're Alone Now" by Tiffany and KC and the Sunshine Band, whom were more of a seventies group. I also question the inclusion of two not so great themes from movies, namely Bobby Brown's "On Our Own" which isn't too bad really, the first movie soundtrack had better songs, and Gladys Knight's "License to Kill", I just don't understand why that's on here. If you can score it cheap, I'd grab it, but I certainly wouldn't pay normal import prices for a set like this.
Title : The Greatest Hits of the 80's, Volume 1 Label : Platinum Medium : CD TTime : 44:53 Notes : None Reviewer: ChuckyG Paid : $5.00 Rank : 4 out of 5 Track Listing -=-=-=-=-=-=- Title Artist(s) -=-=- -=-=-=-=- Always Something There To Remind Me Naked Eyes I Can Dream About You Dan Hartman Suddenly Last Summer The Motels Arthur's Theme (The Best You Can Do) Christopher Cross Total Eclipse Of The Heart Bonnie Tyler Africa Toto Eye In The Sky Alan Parson's Project (I Just) Died In Your Arms Cutting Crew Harden My Heart Quarterflash Missing You John Waite Comments: This is a great soft album without being too soft. I love all these songs and I've been playing it quite a bit. I really don't find fault with any individual song, and the arrangement is ok, though I would have spaced out "Arthur's Theme" and "Total Eclipse of the Heart" as it tends to get a bit slow around there, otherwise a great disc.
Title : The Greatest Hits of the 80's, Volume 2 Label : Platinum Medium : CD TTime : 42:46 Notes : None Reviewer: ChuckyG Paid : $5.00 Rank : 3 out of 5 Track Listing -=-=-=-=-=-=- Title Artist(s) -=-=- -=-=-=-=- Talk Dirty To Me Poison Rock Me Tonight Billy Squier You Belong To The City Glenn Frey Can't Fight This Feeling REO Speedwagon Take Me Home Tonight Eddie Money Once Bitten Twice Shy Great White Fire And Ice Pat Benatar Some Like It Hot Power Station We Built This City Jefferson Starship Sister Christian Night Ranger Comments: This disc has some songs I can't usually find on compilations like "Fire and Ice" or "Rock Me Tonight." The only problem with this compilation is the glam rock stuff like Poison and Great White which just doesn't fit the disc right. Otherwise not a bad disc.
Title : The Greatest Hits of the 80's, Volume 3 Label : Platinum Medium : CD TTime : 45:41 Notes : None Reviewer: ChuckyG Paid : $5.00 Rank : 2 out of 5 Track Listing -=-=-=-=-=-=- Title Artist(s) -=-=- -=-=-=-=- Pump Up The Jam Technotronic Celebration Kool &The Gang C'est La Vie Robbie Nevell Jump (For My Love) The Pointer Sisters Sidewalk Talk Jellybean Head To Toe Lisa Lisa &Cult Jam Let's Go All The Way Sly Fox Ghostbusters Ray Parker Jr. Caribbean Queen (No More Love On...) Billy Ocean Don't Worry Be Happy Bobby McFerrin Comments: Ummmm... "Pump up the Jam"??? Come on, this belongs on a disco compilation from the ninties. At least they put it first on the CD so it's easily skipped. Otherwise, the disc is fun, has a lot of big hits, and the second worst song on the disc ends it, so it gives you a signal to flip it when everyone in the room groans audibly when it comes on.
Title : Greatest Rock Hits of the 80's Label : MCA Medium : CD TTime : 41:44 Notes : None Reviewer: Heather Back Paid : $7.00 Rank : 4 out of 5 Track Listing -=-=-=-=-=-=- Title Artist(s) -=-=- -=-=-=-=- I Think We're Alone Now Tiffany Safety Dance Men Without Hats You Keep Me Hanging On Kim Wilde Right on Track Breakfast Club I Can Dream About You Dan Hartman Heaven is a Place on Earth Belinda Carlisle Wouldn't It Be Good Nik Kershaw Pass the Dutchie Musical Youth Everybody Have Fun Tonight Wang Chung Love is Like a Rock Donnie Iris Comments: Not a bad CD. I've been getting much more picky about what CDs I actually buy and I figured I liked over half the songs and didn't already own them... I also have no plans to buy an entire Tiffany album or that Musical Youth album, so it was a good buy. Additional Comments: It's not too bad...but I haven't listened to the whole thing yet. I mainly was looking for the Man w/o Hats full version. Much of this is available elsewhere, but I don't think that I've seen the Breakfast Club's track on any other compilation. Plus, for $5.00 (at Circuit City) it was WELL worth it.
Title : The Hard Rocking '80s Label : Sony Special Music Products Medium : CD TTime : 40:37 Notes : Just a track listing with approximate running times. Reviewer: Charles R. Grosvenor Jr. Paid : $8.00 Rank : 4 out of 5. Track Listing -=-=-=-=-=-=- Title Artist(s) -=-=- -=-=-=-=- (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right... Beastie Boys 867-5309/Jenny Tommy Tutone Poison Alice Cooper Hey Baby Henry Lee Summer Wango Tango Ted Nugent And We Danced Hooters I'm Not Your Man Tommy Conwell and The Young Rumblers Cherokee Europe Jungle Boy John Eddie Burnin' For You Blue Oyster Cult Comments: Overall a good hard rock selection from the 80's. Jungle Boy was the track that I didn't remember until I heard it, and actually is one of those songs I've always wanted. The choice and positioning of material also makes this a great disk to leave on and not have to worry about. I would have opted to leave the Ted Nugent song off the disk, as it isn't one of his best songs (his work with the Damn Yankee's is much better.) The overall sound quality is also good.
Title : Hit That Perfect Beat Volume 1 Label : OGLIO Records TTime : 58:12 Notes : Track Listing with Running Times Reviewer: Charles R. Grosvenor Jr. Paid : $12 Rank : 5 out of 5. Track Listing -=-=-=-=-=-=- Title Artist(s) -=-=- -=-=-=-=- I Love A Man In A Uniform (Long Vers) Gang Of Four Endicott (Extended Remix) Kid Creole &The Coconuts Situation (Extended Version) Yaz Who Needs Love (Like That) (Mex Mix) Erasure Blue Monday (Razomaid Remix) New Order Living On Video (Vocal Remix) Trans-X Sex (I'm A...) (12" Remix) Berlin Animal Song (Cross Country Version) Europeans Major Tom (Coming Home) (Club Vers) Peter Schilling Comments: -=-=-=-=- All the songs on this disc are extended versions and dance mixes, which makes this disc a lot of fun to play (if you already have some of the songs on other compilations) and the arraignment is pretty good. What makes this disc unique is that the songs pick right up where the last one ends, there is almost no audible pause in the music, which makes it idle for a party (like an eighties flashback nite). Some of the mixes are a little long however, which does make it a little hard on the ears for casual listening, but it's bearable.
Title : Hit That Perfect Beat Volume 2 Label : OGLIO Records TTime : 61:51 Notes : Track Listing with Running Times Reviewer: Charles R. Grosvenor Jr. Paid : $13 Rank : 5 out of 5. Track Listing -=-=-=-=-=-=- Title Artist(s) -=-=- -=-=-=-=- The Safety Dance (Ext. Club Mix) Men Without Hats Gratitude (Ext. Dance Vers.) Danny Elfman Room At The Top (Ext. Mix) Adam Ant West End Girls (Original Bobcat Vers.) Pet Shop Boys World Domination (Ext. Version) The Belle Stars You Spin Me 'Round(Like A Record) Dead Or Alive Weird Sceince (Ext. Dance Mix) Oingo Boingo One Thing Leads To Another (Remix) The Fixx Hit That Perfect Beat (12" Remix) Bronski Beat Comments: -=-=-=-=- Love the spacing arrangment so there is no dead time between songs, especially with my CD player, which lets me add a delay if I wanted it. Great for a party, especially a dance party. The Pet Shop Boys mix is a little longer than I would like, but I expect that from them after Absolutely Fabulous (they have a wicked annoying 8 minute mix on the cd single). My only problem with the compilation is that it's hard to pick a song not to place on a 100 minute tape so I can make a copy for the car!
Title : Into The Eighties Label : GTV Medium : CD TTime : 78:38 &74:52 Notes : Legal Notices with Top Rankings for UK Reviewer: Charles R. Grosvenor Jr. Paid : $20 Rank : Disc 1, 4 out of 5, Disc 2, 3 out of 5. Track Listing -=-=-=-=-=-=- Title Artist(s) -=-=- -=-=-=-=- Two Tribes Frankie Goes To Hollywood Every Breath You Take The Police Sometimes Erasure Girls On Film Duran Duran Shout Tears For Fears Call Me Blondie Don't Go Yazoo I Go To Sleep The Pretenders How Soon Is Now The Smiths Geno Dexy's Midnight Runners Ghost Town The Specials Our Lips Are Sealed Fun Boy Three House Of Fun Madness Do You Really Want To Hurt Me Culture Club Golden Brown The Stranglers It's My Life Talk Talk The Look Of Love ABC Gold Spandau Ballet Love Plus One Haircut 100 No More I Love You's The Lover Speaks -=-=-=-=- Blue Monday New Order The Model Kraftwerk Temptation Heaven 17 I Second That Emotion Japan Enola Gay Orchestral Manoevers In The Dark Echo Beach Martha And The Muffins Sound Of The Crowd The Human League Pop Muzik M Somewhere In My Heart Aztec Camera I Don't Want To Talk About It Everything But The Girl You're The Best Thing The Style Council Is Vic There Department S Go Wild In The Country Bow Wow Wow Crash Primatives The Killing Moon Echo And The Bunnymen Down In The Tube Station At Midnight The Jam I Can't Stand Up Elvis Costello And The Attractions Einstein A Go-Go Landscape Vienna Ultravox Comments: Disc 1 of this set is really great, The Smith's hardly ever make it onto an eighties compilation, which makes this disc earn praise alone. The price was also great, though I'm sure not everyone will find it that cheap. The first disc contains the most popular of the tunes on this set, and would go over pretty big in any social setting. Disc 2, while containing some gems (Kraftwerk's The Model for instance) also contains some really poor choices like Einstein A Go-Go. It's fun listening anyways, just have the remote control for your CD player handy for some of the selections.