Various Artists

Sounds of the Eighties: 80's Blockbusters [1999]

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Sounds of the Eighties: 80's Blockbusters is a 12-track dip into the pool of the 1980s put together by Time/Life. As the title says, each song here was a blockbuster. There is a mix of ballads ("Sara" by Starship, "Broken Wings" by Mr. Mister, and "True" by Spandau Ballet), sleek new wave ("Hungry Like the Wolf" by Duran Duran, "The Tide Is High" by Blondie), and random '80s pop ("Freeze Frame" by the J. Geils Band, "Love Is a Battlefield" by Pat Benatar). There is really no logical reason behind the track list, but the songs are all solid hits and sound good played back-to-back. Not an essential purchase to be sure, but it is fun and sounds great blasting out of a mini-van's stereo system. Extra points for including Tracey Ullman's super-cool girl group pastiche "They Don't Know."

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