RELAX! The Ultimate 80's Mix

It works like this. The decade after the previous, everyone looks back on it, cringing at its tackiness, from fashion to music. But, allow more time to pass and it all comes back again in reminiscent waves. Yes, I know the retro cash-in is mostly financially fuelled as well as due to the lack creativity (like the oft regurgitated 70s look & style), but for those who actually lived in these eras rehashed for mass consumption, it means far more. Let's face it, pop music of the 80's had so much more talent and individuality behind it, most of the hits from that time still kicking ass, big time. This collection of 40 great tunes (give or take a few klunkers, like
Fiction Factory), is a double disc continuous mix extravaganza of what made that decade such a blast. Gary Numan, Visage, Kraftwerk, Eurythmics, ABC, New Order, Bronski Beat, Thompson Twins, Dead Or Alive, Yazoo, Yello, Blondie, Soft Cell, Ultravox, Adam & The Ants, A-Ha, Paul Hardcastle, Men At Work, Culture Club, Duran Duran, Frankie Goes To Hollywood and more-more-more! It's a great experience encapsulating some fine memories within brilliant songs. And if you weren't around during that time, do yourself a favour and check this disc out - you'll realize how empty most of today's pop acts really are, if you didn't know it before. (The cover artwork is a take on the highly popular Frankie Goes To Hollywood "Frankie Says: Relax!" T-shirts that everyone wore - nice touch).

6 / A
- PB




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

A - Multiple Listening Possibilities
B - Deserves Another Spin
C - Once Should Suffice