Rock On: 1980-1984

Various Artists

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Rock On: 1980-1984 Review

by Andy Kellman

Each volume of Excelsior's Rock On series provides an extremely arbitrary snapshot of the year that's being covered. Only 12 songs are on each disc, meaning that a good amount of space goes to waste, and there's little in the way of stylistic focus. Needless to say, these hastily patched-together budget-line discs shouldn't be considered suitable documentation for the years they are covering. This five-disc box includes the volumes covering the years 1980 through 1984, which feature plenty of new wave, mainstream rock, urban, and adult contemporary. Major hits from the likes of Billy Squier, Blondie, Ambrosia, Irene Cara, Juice Newton, and the Spinners can be found here. It's a cheap way to obtain a lot of popular music, but you won't necessarily be getting a good value.

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