Various Artists

Funkin' 80's

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This European compilation from Telstar TV compiles 42 tracks, most of which will be familiar to devoted R&B fans in the U.S. The two discs are spread rather evenly across the entire decade, including plenty of classic-minded soul, electronically-enhanced post-disco, ballads, uptempo grooves, and even a little bit of rap. Even if you have a fair portion of what's here, there's enough depth to warrant immersion. No set could possibly offer a definitive view, so you can't knock the compilers at all. Highlights include Loose Ends' "Hangin' on a String (Contemplating)," Freeez' "I.O.U.," Evelyn "Champagne" King's "Love Come Down," Soul II Soul's "Keep on Movin'," Hall & Oates' "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)," Level 42's "Lessons in Love," and Midnight Star's "Midas Touch."

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
5:57
2 3:03
3 3:44
4 3:55
5 3:57
6 3:36
7 3:47
8 3:24
9 4:01
10 4:03
11 4:08
12 3:23
13 3:48
14
4:21
15 3:44 Amazon
16 3:35
17 3:13 Amazon
18 3:04
19 2:57
20 3:32
21 3:44
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