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Monster 87 Hits

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The budget-line Monster 80s Hits series, put together by Platinum Disc, is distributed by Sony -- each volume in the series is hardly representative of the corresponding year, since all of the selections are plucked from Sony-distributed labels. To make matters worse, a lot of these songs barely cracked the Top 40 of the mainstream pop singles chart, meaning that the title of the series is a bit of a stretch. Monster 87 Hits includes Gregory Abbott's "Shake You Down," Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam's "Lost in Emotion," the Bangles' "Walking Down Your Street," Europe's "Carrie," and Dead or Alive's "Brand New Lover"; as with the other volumes in the series, it's far too random to be of much use for anyone other than wedding DJs.

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