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12" 80S Alternative [Box set]

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (15 Aug 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: UMC
  • ASIN: B0055SIFOU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,644 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Blue Monday (12" Version)New Order 7:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Welcome To The Pleasuredome (An Alternative To Reality)Frankie Goes To Hollywood 9:39Album Only
Listen  3. Memorabilia (Extended Version)Soft Cell 7:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Suffer The Children (Remix)Tears For Fears 4:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Nowhere Girl (12" Version)B. Movie 6:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Every Lover's Sign (New York Mix)The Lover Speaks 5:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Brilliant Mind (12" Mix)Furniture 7:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Absolute (Alternate Version)Scritti Politti 6:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Living In Another World (Extended Remix)Talk Talk 8:57Album Only
Listen10. The First Picture Of You (12" Version)Lotus Eaters 5:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. NightporterJapan 6:46£0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Bela Lugosi's Dead (12" Version)Bauhaus 9:32Album Only
Listen  2. Love Like Blood (Extended 12'' Mix)Killing Joke 6:41Album Only
Listen  3. Eloise (Extravagant Mix)The Damned 9:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Wasteland (Anniversary Mix)The Mission 7:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Lucretia My Reflection (Extended Remix)The Sisters Of Mercy 9:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Cities In Dust (Extended Version)Siouxsie And The Banshees 6:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Every Angel (Extended Version)All About Eve 5:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. April SkiesJesus And Mary Chain 3:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Liberator (12" Extended Mix)spear of destiny 5:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Telephone Thing (Unedited Version)The Fall 4:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Hot Hot Hot!!! (Extended Mix)The Cure 7:03£0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Up On The Catwalk (Extended Version)Simple Minds 7:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Bring On The Dancing Horses (Extended Mix)Echo And The Bunnymen 5:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. In A Big Country (Pure Mix)Big Country 6:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Faron Young (Truckin Mix)Prefab Sprout 4:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Cut Me Down (Extended Remix)Lloyd Cole And The Commotions 6:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Greatness And Perfection Of Love (Remixed Version)Julian Cope 3:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Heartbeat (New York Remix (Clean Version))The Psychedelic Furs 8:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Frequency 7 (Dance Mix)Visage 5:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Bostich (N'est-Ce Pas)Yello 4:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. How Much Are They? (12" Version)Holger Czukay 4:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Our Darkness (Remix)Anne Clark 6:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Yashar (John Robie Mix 1)Cabaret Voltaire 7:29Album Only
Listen13. P: MachineryPropaganda 9:23Album Only


Product Description

BBC Review

This three-CD set celebrates the alternative side of popular music in the 1980s, covering a trio of broad genres: new wave, goth and indie. The usual suspects are rounded up, and the songs selected are - as the title so accurately conveys - 12" mixes. So the listener gets over seven minutes of Simple Minds' Up on the Catwalk, almost a full 10 minutes of Propaganda's P: Machinery, and lengthy versions of Frankie's Welcome to the Pleasuredome and Talk Talk's Living in Another World.

Iconic offerings rub shoulders with significantly rarer numbers. Kicking off everything is the original 1983 cut of New Order's Blue Monday, still the biggest-selling 12" of all time. Its crystalline beats are as perfectly sharp today as they were almost 30 years ago. Closing the same CD - disc one, with synths dominating proceedings - is the extended remix of Japan's Nightporter, a hardly-heard version of the Catford-born band's 1982 hit. Between these points are fantastic tracks from Soft Cell (Memorabilia), The Lotus Eaters (1983's top 20 single The First Picture of You), and Scritti Politti (another top 20 success, 1984's Absolute).

The goth disc begins with Bauhaus' Bela Lugosi's Dead - the influential Northamptonshire gloom-rockers' debut single of 1979 is showing its age a bit, but remains a nostalgic treasure. Post-punk combo Killing Joke follow with Love Like Blood, which - some 27 years after its original release - is probably still their best-known number. The Sisters of Mercy and Siouxsie and the Banshees are expectedly included, with Lucretia My Reflection and Cities in Dust respectively (the latter being its makers' debut single release in the US), and the 11-track CD two closes with The Cure's Hot Hot Hot!!! - something of a flop for such a successful band, having peaked at 45 in the UK, but a highlight of the band's excellent 1987 LP Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me (which reached number six).

Disc three collects tracks by Big Country, Julian Cope, Visage, Yello, Echo & The Bunnymen and Prefab Sprout; each number is a classic of a kind, albeit not always representative of the band's commercial peak. Prefab Sprout's Faron Young, for example, missed the UK top 40 by some distance, even though it does open their fine album of 1985, Steve McQueen. To these ears it's the least essential of this release's discs, but personal taste will obviously determine which one enjoys the most spins. And there's certainly enough variety and quality across these 35 songs to appeal to the widest possible audience.

--Mike Diver

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Product Description

Disc: 1

1. Blue Monday
2. Welcome To The Pleasuredome
3. Memorabilia
4. Suffer The Children
5. Nowhere Girl
6. Every Lover's Sign
7. Brilliant Mind
8. Absolute
9. Living In Another World
10. The First Picture Of You
11. Nightporter

Disc: 2

1. Bela Lugosi's Dead
2. Love Like Blood
3. Eloise
4. Wasteland
5. Lucretia My Reflection
6. Cities In Dust
7. Every Angel
8. April Skies
9. Liberator
10. Telephone Thing
11. Hot Hot Hot!!!

Disc: 3

1. Up On The Catwalk
2. Bring On The Dancing Horses
3. In A Big Country
4. Faron Young
5. Cut Me Down
6. The Greatness And Perfection Of Love
7. Heartbeat (New York Remix
8. Frequency 7
9. Bostich
10. How Much Are They?
11. Our Darkness
12. Yashar
13. P: Machinery


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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THEIR BEST YET ! 15 Aug 2011
Format:Audio CD
I was lucky enough to have this cd set delivered a couple of days early.

Whatever 'alternative' might mean to you (less mainstream? indie? not Duran Duran?) 12"/80s have again hit the right balance between the 'well known' and 'less well known' tracks, which was a strength of their 12" dance & 12" grooves compilations. There is plenty there for the casual buyer who wants to listen to some classic 1980s tracks from the likes of New Order, Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Soft Cell (Memorabilia, cracking track), and again plenty to keep those who prefer the more obscure tracks from the greatest decade ! Not everyone will have heard of the likes of Anne Clark & Yah Wobble, but there is not a single filler on this compilation.
As it becomes harder & harder to compile a good quality 12" compilation that offers something different, you have to credit the 12"/80s team. We all have our favourite alternative tracks that maybe didn't make it onto this compilation, She Sells Sanctuary for me, but in light of the fact that many such tracks are almost impossible to licence (or far too expensive to do so in the case of the rarer Frankie Goes To Hollywood & Propaganda mixes)they have still managed to unearth some unexpected treasures.
Also good to see some of the lesser, but nevertheless fantastic, hits from the likes of Soft Cell, Julian Cope & The Cure.

Spot on, and I can't wait for 12"/80s alternative volume 2.............
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 80s are back...Again!! 15 Aug 2011
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Have to agree with the previous reviewer - this is a killer collection and of huge interest to those of us who remember and bought the singles when they were released. I always tried to buy the 12 inch version of a single, not only because 7 inch singles tended to wear out quicker but because I really felt I was getting great value. The formula was always pretty basic - repeat choruses, loop certain parts of the mix and play around with the vocals. Nothing mindblowing but an alternative to the 3 minute single version. There's some great stuff here - I have to admit to having a preference for CD3 which is categorised as the guitar disc. But that's not to take anything away from discs 1 and 2. Many of the tracks are unfamiliar to me but that makes the package superb value. With getting on for 4 hours music this is the finest foray yet into the era of the extended remix. With a stagnant and predictable music industry obsessed with autotuned pretty boys, girls dressed like slappers and hideous (c)rap music this is a welcome nostalgia trip.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some great versions of great songs. 4 April 2013
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This is a great addition to any fan of 80s music, particularly new-wave style tracks. Think Blue Monday in terms of very successful tracks, plus slightly more left-field greats like Furniture.
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Oakey
Format:Audio CD
Not my favourite selection of 12"s compared to all other releases in this series. And what an opening......the ultimate 12" of all time (and one of my all-time favourite songs), New Order's Blue Monday is here in its remastered butchered form, with several of the first beats missing (as on all the post-Substance NO compilations)! To me, this opening destroys the listening experience of the other tracks. The selection can also be commented on (would anyone have filed FGTH under 'alternative' back in the days?). Still, not too many usual suspects here, so definately worth to buy if you're into extended versions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars overlook the repetition and you'll appreciate what remains 4 Oct 2011
By Daniel W. Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
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I'd have to say that this time around, the 12"/80s series has give a bit of thought into bringing more goodies that have never been on CD before. Sure, we have to deal with some stuff that has been available on CD repeatedly, such as Blue Monday by New Order, Love Like Blood by Killing Joke, Bela Lugosi's Dead by Bauhaus, etc. But still, there are plenty of standouts here, including the 12" versions of Lover Speaks, Japan, The Mission, All About Eve, Jesus & Mary Chain, The Fall, Prefab Sprout, and Lloyd Cole, plus many others. Let's hope the series keeps up this trend and comes up with more unique track listings for future volumes that don't simply mirror the dozens of other compilations out there. Track times:

CD1

1-1 New Order - Blue Monday (1983 12" Version 7:29
1-2 Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Welcome To The Pleasuredome (An Alternative To Reality) 9:39
1-3 Soft Cell - Memorabilia (Extended) 7:45
1-4 Tears For Fears - Suffer The Children (Remix) 4:20
1-5 B-Movie - Nowhere Girl (12" Version) 6:30
1-6 Lover Speaks, The - Every Lover's Sign (New Extended Mix) 5:53
1-7 Furniture - Brilliant Mind (Extended Mix) 7:00
1-8 Scritti Politti - Absolute (Version) 6:12
1-9 Talk Talk - Living In Another World (Extended Remix) 8:57
1-10 Lotus Eaters, The - The First Picture Of You (12" Version 5:29
1-11 Japan - Nightporter (Extended Remix) 6:46

CD2

2-1 Bauhaus - Bela Lugosi's Dead (Original 12" Mix) 9:32
2-2 Killing Joke - Love Like Blood (Version) 6:41
2-3 Damned, The - Eloise (Extravagant Mix) 9:31
2-4 Mission, The - Wasteland (Anniversary Mix) 7:39
2-5 Sisters Of Mercy* - Lucretia My Reflection (Extended Remix) 9:48
2-6 Siouxsie & The Banshees - Cities In Dust (Extended Eruption Mix) 6:48
2-7 All About Eve - Every Angel (Extended) 5:50
2-8 Jesus And Mary Chain* - April Skies (12" Version 3:59
2-9 Spear Of Destiny - Liberator (Extended Mix) 5:17
2-10 Fall, The - Telephone Thing (Extended Mix) 4:19
2-11 Cure, The - Hot Hot Hot !!! (Extended Remix) 7:03

CD3

3-1 Simple Minds - Up On The Catwalk (Extended Version 7:36
3-2 Echo And The Bunnymen* - Bring On The Dancing Horses (Extended Mix) 5:48
3-3 Big Country - In A Big Country (Pure Mix) 6:19
3-4 Prefab Sprout - Faron Young (Truckin' Mix) 4:41
3-5 Lloyd Cole & The Commotions - Cut Me Down (Extended Remix) 6:06
3-6 Julian Cope - The Greatness And Perfection Of Love (Remixed Version) 3:23
3-7 Psychedelic Furs, The - Heartbeat (New York Remix) 8:16
3-8 Visage - Frequency 7 (Dance Mix) 5:04
3-9 Yello - Bostich (Full Length Mix) 4:33
3-10 Jah Wobble / Jaki Liebezeit / Holger Czukay - How Much Are They? (12" Version) 4:45
3-11 Anne Clark - Our Darkness (Remix) 6:26
3-12 Cabaret Voltaire - Yashar (John Robie Mix 1) 7:29
3-13 Propaganda - p: Machinery (Polish) 9:23
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Little Too Late 26 Aug 2014
By Aparato SuperSonico - Published on Amazon.com
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Too Little Too Late: This compilation should have been released 5 or 8 years ago roughly at the same time as the others. Half of the tracks found here you probably have from other compilation CDs if not the originals. of the remaining 50%, there are maybe two or three at most that would have been hard to find, but the rest are just filler, non-hit, obscure and deservedly so B-side forgettable tracks. I happen to own 12"/80 and 12"/80/2 which contain the bulk of what i wanted. Had this CD appeared many years ago, I would have grabbed it, but since they fell asleep at the wheel, I'd recommend it only if you don't have anything and are just beginning to get curious about 80s remixes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great 80s music 23 Feb 2014
By Andrew Minjares - Published on Amazon.com
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Some of the song titles are not what they are. They are tiltled wrong. All in all it is a great 80s cd.
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