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80's [Universal]

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80's [Universal] Review

by James Christopher Monger

Universal's cleverly titled 80's compilation rounds up 52 radio hits from the decade, including selections culled from multiple genres. Highlights include Big Country's rousing "Fields of Fire," Robbie Robertson's slickly produced yet strangely evocative "Somewhere Down the Crazy River," Cher's revealing aircraft carrier anthem "If I Could Turn Back Time," and Dickensian new wavers Dexys Midnight Runners' relentlessly catchy "Come On Eileen."

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 The Jam 02:53 Amazon
2 Big Country 03:29 Amazon
3 The Rainmakers 03:36 Amazon
4 The Chords 03:13 Amazon
5 The Teardrop Explodes 02:42 Amazon
6 Iggy Pop 03:34 Amazon
7 Status Quo 04:35 Amazon
8 Squeeze 03:52 Amazon
9 Lloyd Cole and the Commotions 03:14 Amazon
10 Graham Parker & the Rumour 03:02 Amazon
11 Cher 03:53 Amazon
12 Aswad 03:18 Amazon
13 Shakatak 03:16 Amazon
14 Level 42 03:56 Amazon
15 Curiosity Killed the Cat 03:48 Amazon
16 Wang Chung 03:55 Amazon
17 Joan Armatrading 03:33 Amazon
18 Captain Sensible 03:27 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Kevin Rowland & Dexys Midnight Runners 04:01 Amazon
2 ABC 03:29 Amazon
3 The Style Council 03:20 Amazon
4 Swing Out Sister 03:43 Amazon
5 Edie Brickell & New Bohemians 04:55 Amazon
6 Hazel O'Connor 03:10 Amazon
7 Marilyn 03:57 Amazon
8 Animal Nightlife 04:20 Amazon
9 Bucks Fizz 04:06 Amazon
10 The Christians 04:30 Amazon
11 Steve Winwood 04:05 Amazon
12 Visage 03:49 Amazon
13 TriO / Trio 03:19 Amazon
14 Julian Cope 03:32 Amazon
15 Deep Purple 04:10 Amazon
16 Rainbow 03:14 Amazon
17 Robert Palmer 04:20 Amazon
18 Coast To Coast / Coast to Coast 02:31 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Cameo 04:14 Amazon
2 Kool & the Gang 03:36 Amazon
3 Quincy Jones / Charles May 04:11 Amazon
4 Colonel Abrams 04:00 Amazon
5 Atlantic Starr 03:36 Amazon
6 Amazulu 03:01 Amazon
7 Jan Hammer 03:24 Amazon
8 Rick James 03:18 Amazon
9 Grace Jones 05:05 Amazon
10 Electribe 101 04:38 Amazon
11
Cry
Godley & Creme 03:56 Amazon
12 Joe Cocker / Jennifer Warnes 03:46 Amazon
13 Sam Brown 04:00 Amazon
14 All About Eve 03:04 Amazon
15 Black 04:47 Amazon
16 Robbie Robertson 04:57 Amazon
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