A value-priced collection of compilations which feature the music of the '50s through the '80s, Definitive Records' A Year in Your Life series presents a fun and eclectic mix of the sounds that defined the babyhood of the baby boomers through the adulthood of the me generation. Ranging across a variety of pop and R&B influence styles, each CD in the series highlights the music of a single year. Historical tidbits and a musical trivia quiz are also included in the liner notes. This volume has quite a few fun songs that inspire nostalgia, but it also casts a pretty wide net. The blues rock of the Fabulous Thunderbirds on "Tuff Enuff" makes for strange bedfellows with the Bangles "Walk Like an Egyptian" and Mr. Mister's "Kyrie." Songs by Toto, Steve Winwood, Loverboy, and Billy Idol help round out the mix.
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AllMusic Review by Stacia Proefrock