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
- PB

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6 - Volcanic
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temp.
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished

A:Multiple Listening Potential
B:Deserves Another Spin
C:Once Should Suffice

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