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Retro: Active, Vol. 7: Rare & Remixed

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The seventh volume of the Retro: Active series, as the Hi-Bias label claims, features nine extended, club, and otherwise alternate mixes of ‘80s singles that are making their first appearance on a commercial compact disc. Several staples of the series appear once more, including Echo & the Bunnymen (“Bedbugs & Ballyhoo [Club Mix]”), Tears for Fears (“Suffer the Children [Remix]”), a-ha (“Stay on These Roads [Extended Remix]"), and OMD (“Dreaming [The William Orbit Remix ]"). Collectors of Shep Pettibone mixes will be pleased with the inclusion of Wang Chung's “Let’s Go.” One track that has held up remarkably well (instrumentally, at least) is the Danse Society's “Heaven Is Waiting,” present here in dance-mix form.

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