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Gold & Platinum: Hits of the '80s, Vol. 2

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Despite the title, only four of the 14 tracks on Gold & Platinum: Hits of the '80s, Vol. 2 actually went gold or platinum according to the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA). But all of them reached the Top Ten on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1983 and 1985, and six of them went all the way to number one, so they definitely were hits of the '80s. More significant, the album boasts a much wider scope than most comparable collections, drawing tracks from four of five of the major record labels and including music from artists who usually withhold their work from compilations, such as Bruce Springsteen ("Cover Me"), Lionel Richie ("Running With the Night"), and Bryan Adams ("Run to You"). The broad cooperation comes about because the disc, issued by the Columbia House music club label Realm Records, is a benefit album for the music industry's favored charity, the T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer, and AIDS Research. The album may be another randomly sequenced sampler of big pop hits, but the selection is a cut above the average.

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