EIGHTIES - Various
The resurgence of '80s collections seems to be the biggest of the bunch.
Here 52 tracks are crammed onto three discs with a range of pop and rock
songs to choose from. Disc 1 gets its title from ABC's The Look
Of Love and contains some truly great '80s hits like Fade To Gray
(by Visage), Da Da Da (by Trio) and Addicted To
Love (by Robert Palmer). Dexy's Midnight Runners deliver
the expected (and over-included) Come On Eileen. Girls like Swing
Out Sister, Edie Brickell and Hazel O'Connor turned up
fpor the party, and big girl's blouse of another gender, Marilyn,
with his cheeky hit Calling Your Name. It's good to see old rockers
like Deep Purple and Rainbow also made it, as well as Style
Council. The misplaced jazzy Shakatak's Down On The Street
labels disc 2 and offer great rock-pop additions like Jam, Big Country,
The Rainmakers, The Chords, Teardrop Explodes, Iggy Pop, Status Quo
and Squeeze. Cher's classic If I Could Turn Back Time
has aged very well. Shakatak's contingent is joined by that of
Level 42. Wang Chung relives those Dance Hall Days
and Joan Armatrading chooses to Drop The Pilot. Reggae-pop
comes from the Aswad hit Don't Turn Around. Disc 3, The
Only Way Is Up, kicks off with Cameo's funky Word Up.
Kool And The Gang, Atlantic Starr and Sam Brown adding
to the mix. Grace Jones, Amazulu and Quincy Jones breezes
by with Black's Wonderful Life a truly incredible song.
Robbie Robertson is included and Joe Cocker & Jennifer
Warnes do their Officer And A Gentleman hit, Up Where We
Belong. Rick James' Superfreak (which MC Hammer
later borrowed for his Can't Touch This) is one funky tune. A wide
selection for a great decade.
5 / A
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