Various Artists

Hardest Hits [Box]

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Not to be confused with any of the five single-disc volumes that made of SPG's original Hardest Hits series, this is a three-disc box from the same label and recycles roughly 60 percent of the same series. Regardless, it's a cheap way to obtain over 40 songs from the '80s, most of which were released during the decade's earliest (new wave) years. Not everything was a hit, a fact that makes the box more intriguing for open-minded listeners who don't recognize all of the track titles. Highlights include Japan's "Life in Tokyo," Thomas Leer's "International," the Nails' "88 Lines About 44 Women," the Chameleons UK's "Swamp Thing," Duran Duran's "Planet Earth," and Vicious Pink's "Cccan't You See."

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
4:07
2
6:37
3
5:55
4
6:34
5
5:59
6
5:15
7
4:17
8
3:06
9
5:59
10
4:13
11
3:56
12
3:49
13
4:12
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