Another offshoot of Time Life's Sounds of the Eighties series, each volume of The Rolling Stone Collection covers a couple years of the decade and rounds up selections that are geared toward the tastes of the average Rolling Stone reader. The discs stray from the mainstream concentration of the mother series and blend college radio favorites with the kind of artists favored by the magazine's old guard. The 1988-1989 volume features Buster Poindexter's "Hot Hot Hot," John Hiatt's "Drive South," the Neville Brothers' "A Change Is Gonna Come," Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus," Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World," and R.E.M.'s "Turn You Inside Out."
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AllMusic Review by Andy Kellman