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Atomic 80's: The Definitive Eighties Album

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Atomic 80's: The Definitive Eighties Album is a two-disc set -- with 37 tracks -- that provides a fairly accurate look at the state of early-'80s U.K. pop. There isn't much to distinguish it from other U.K-centric '80s packages, but it offers a relatively broad range of hits, combining massive hits (Talk Talk's "It's My Life," Culture Club's "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?," Dead or Alive's "You Spin Me Around," the Cult's "She Sells Sanctuary") with a handful of smaller successes that aren't quite as played out (Japan's "Quiet Life," the Human League's "Mirror Man," Blancmange's "Living on the Ceiling," the Teardrop Explodes' "Treason"). It's not definitive, but it isn't bad by any stretch of the imagination.

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