Various Artists

The '80s: New Dimension

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Even if the Bellevue label's extensive series of '80s-themed compilations contained all original recordings, it would not be recommendable. Regardless of price, the selections are too arbitrary, and many of the tracks originate from other decades. This particular volume, New Dimension, features versions of Ce Ce Peniston's "Finally" (from the '90s), Chic's "Le Freak" (from the '70s), Level 42's "Love Games," and Imagination's "New Dimension." The back of the disc notes that some of the selections are re-recordings, but there's no track-by-track notification. The listener won't know whether a specific song is an original or a re-recording until she/he hears it.

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