The third installment in Sandstone Music's Rock the First series is a brief sampler of some of the bigger hits of the '80s. Musically, it is split between new wave with Devo ("Whip It") and Men Without Hats ("The Safety Dance"), pop/rock with Laura Branigan ("Gloria") and Escape Club ("Wild, Wild West"), and dance-pop with Young MC ("Bust a Move"), Jody Watley ("Some Kind of Lover"), and Technotronic ("Pump Up the Jam"). The short running time makes it a less than essential purchase, but it might be enough for the casual fan of the decade who just wants a sliver of what made the decade what it was.
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AllMusic Review by Tim Sendra