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 documentations for the years they are covering. Rock On: 1980 includes Blondie's "Call Me," Robbie Dupree's "Steal Away," the Spinners' "Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me Girl," Little River Band's "Cool Change," Ambrosia's "Biggest Part of Me," Rupert Holmes' "Him," and Christopher Cross' "Ride Like the Wind."
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AllMusic Review by Andy Kellman