The U.K.-based Old Gold label's A Kick Up the Eighties series offers a wide range of '80s pop spread across ten volumes. Generally speaking, the series tends to favor the first half of the decade over the latter, and none of the discs follows a particular theme like many of these deals tend to. Rather, each installment adheres to a certain randomness without making huge stylistic leaps. If you simply must have that one song that you can't find anywhere else, odds are good there will be more than just the one song for you to enjoy. And if you're simply an obsessive collector of '80s compilations, this series works as a decent U.K. counterpart to Rhino's Just Can't Get Enough series, as there isn't a great deal of overlap between the two. Fans of the series' initial two volumes would likely turn their heads in horror when glancing at the track listing of the third volume, subtitled Love and Pride. With the mainstream likes of Matthew Wilder's "Break My Stride," Rick Springfield's "Human Touch," and Hall & Oates' "Maneater," along with the novelty status of Ray Parker, Jr.'s "Ghostbusters," Culture Club's "Karma Chameleon," and Deniece Williams' "Let's Hear It for the Boy," the disc is obviously taking a guilty pleasure angle that fans of more subversive bands would have difficulty digesting. Altered Images' "Don't Talk to Me About Love," Slade's "My Oh My," and Men at Work's "Down Under" are also included.
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AllMusic Review by Andy Kellman