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***¾ Electropop Essentials audio

Kraftwerk, Visage, Soft Cell, Talk Talk, Eurithmics, The Fixx, Devo, Yello, Blancmange, Japan, Heaven 17, The Normal, Wire, Wall of Voodoo, Bronski Beat, Magazine.
"The packaging and liner notes for this collection will give Rhino Records little competition, but the tune selection makes this disc outstanding. 16 songs brilliantly recreate an era from approximately 1978 through 1984 in which avant-garde and do-it-yourself attitude willingly embraced the beat of the dancefloor. If your collection is weak in electropop, this is an excellent place to begin."

***½ VH1-The Big 80s audio
Spanning 1980 to 1986 - A-Ha, Men Wthout Hats, Gary Numan, Nena, Go Go's, Culture Club, Dead or Alive, Blondie, the Cars, ...
Includes newwave and synthpop classics like A-Ha's Take On Me, Men Without Hats' Safety Dance, Gary Numan's Cars, Dead or Alive's Brand New Lover, Go-Go's We Got the Beat, Nena's 99 Red Ballons, and other classics that every 80s music lover should own.

***½ VH1- More of The Big 80s audio
Spanning 1980 to 1986 - Dexys Midnight Runners, Devo, A Flock of Seagulls, Thompson Twins, Peter Schilling, Animotion, ...
"The music video show The Big 80's premiered on VH1 in Oct of '94, and many wondered if it was too soon for waxing nostalgic on the '80s. Apparently not! The Big 80's quickly became one of their highest rated programs and inspired the release of the hugely succesful The Big 80's CD. VH1 More of The Big 80's take us on another trip back to the decade when hair, fashion and image were as big as the music."
-- Lee Chesnut, CD cover notes

***¾ Millennium 80'S New Wave Party audio
Dexys Midnight Runners, Devo, A-Ha, A Flock of Seagulls, Thompson Twins, Eurythmics, Modern English, Soft Cell, The Cars, Madness and many more. 20 songs.
All the newwave dance hits of the 80s on one CD. Mainly a collection of songs that usually play in an 80s dance nightclub.

***¼ Top Ten Hits Of The 80'S audio
Duran Duran, Arcadia, Kate Bush, Kim Wilde, Marillion, Kraftwerk, Stranglers, Dexys Midnight Runners, Kajagoogoo and more. 20 songs.

A more refined selection of new wave, synth-pop, atmospheric and progressive rock hits of the 80s.

***½ Postpunk Chronicles : Scared To Dance audio
Echo & the Bunnymen, The Stranglers, Heaven 17, Ultravox, Magazine, OMD, Iggy Pop, Japan, Simple Minds, and more. 16 songs.

The rise of the neo-romantics underground post-punk movement. A good intro to some darker, less commercial, post-punk classics.

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