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Anthems: Electronic '80s

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The Ministry of Sound label's Anthems: Electronic '80s collects 60 U.K.-centric new wave/electro-pop nuggets over the span of three discs. Compilations of this sort (generic title, budget artwork) rarely deliver on such a grand scale, but Anthems’ compilers have shown their love for the genre by cherry-picking the cream of the crop from the era. Ultravox, Tubeway Army, Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Joy Division, Paul Hardcastle, Giorgio Moroder, A Flock of Seagulls, and Blondie may have shared airtime on underground radio, but their appearance on anything other than a 90-minute mixtape handcrafted in the bedroom of an angst-filled, wavy-haired teen is a joy to behold.

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 4:37
2 3:24
3 3:19
4 4:06
5 3:45
6 3:29
7 5:30
8 3:27
9 4:46
10 2:59
11 5:16
12 4:06
13 3:38
14 3:26
15 3:40
16 3:42
17 3:41
18 3:34
19 3:49
20 4:38
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