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12"/80s/Dance [Box set]

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (27 Feb 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: U.M.T.V.
  • ASIN: B000CSTK0G
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,777 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Everything She Wants - Wham!
2. If You Let Me Stay - Terence Trent D'Arby
3. Theme From S-Express - S-Express
4. You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) - Dead Or Alive
5. Heaven - The Chimes
6. I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) - Daryl Hall, John Oates
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. I Feel Love - Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte, Patrick Cowley
2. Big Fun - Inner City
3. Love Can't Turn Around (I Can't Turn Around) - "Jackmaster" Funk Farley, Jessie Saunders
4. I.O.U. - Freeez
5. I Wonder If I Take You Home - Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, Full Force
6. Roadblock - Stock Aitken & Waterman
See all 10 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Single Life - Cameo, Larry Blackmon
2. Last Night A D.J. Saved My Life - Indeep
3. Somebody's Watching Me - Rockwell, Curtis Anthony Nolen
4. Treat Her Like A Lady - Albert Phillip McKay, Ralph Randolph Johnson, The Temptations
5. Love Town - Booker Newberry III
6. All Night Long (All Night) - Lionel Richie
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Let's Dance 16 Mar 2006
By DL Productions UK TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Family Records have now set quite a precedence with their 80s compilations: must have good 80s music, a la 12" but not too poppy. So how did they do with this instalment? Not bad really, just Wham which is a little questionable.
This 3CD set has 34 hot 12 inches - which should be enough to get any retro party started. CD1 is mainly pop dance music, with S-Express' massive 1988 hit "Theme From S Express", which still sends shivers down my spine like it was a new entry! Other treats come in the form of Terrence Trent D'Arby's funky "If you let me stay", which still has really nice memories for me. Not really a bad start could have been better though!
CD2 is the dance CD, with Chicago techno pioneers Inner City really ripping up those 80s clubs with "Good Life", still has a very happy vibe today, and doesn't look out of place! Other favourites of mine include that alarm clock driven "Beat Dis" by Bomb Da Bass (they're still great in my opinion) and the kings of dance music (Coldcut) remix "Paid In Full" for Eric B and Rakim. This is the best CD in my opinion, and the 808 on the cover was the main tool of dance music back in the 80s.
CD3 is your soul and funk CD - so great for those slo-jams at the end of the night. Classics like Oliver Cheatham's "Get Down Saturday Night" are here; and well apriciated. A nice addition to this CD is the chilled out vibes from Michael Jackson's producer Quincy Jones, with his latin "Ai No Corrida". I did find the inclusion of Lionel Richie a bit too "cheesy" but that's me.
Altogether not a bad CD, but not as good as the 12"/80's compilations we've had over the past 18 months.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 6 Oct 2006
By Mark
Format:Audio CD
I've only just got this compilation but I wish that I got it upon it's release as there are so many good songs throughout this 3 cd set and all of them taking me back to my youth. Granted that they are not all great but even so they are still essentially a part of the 80's sound and the fact that I haven't heard some of the extended mixes before is an extra bonus for me.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quality or Quantity? 19 Mar 2006
Format:Audio CD
The previous 12" 80's compilations from Family Recordings are ultimately frustrating affairs, this being no exception. Digging out the diamonds from a mountain of coal seems to be the order of the day. I'm not sure what the 'aim' is from the compilers. If it's to provide us with top notch 12" mixes of our yesteryear that we may have missed, something I have longed for someone to release since I left my teens - but where are the quality mixes?
In this installment there are probably a slack handful of top-notch mixes - namely by Coldcut (Paid in Full, Shep Pettibone (Something About You) and Patrick Cowley (I Feel Love) and kudos to Family for having the balls to use up nearly 16 minutes of a CD for the aforemention Donna Summer classic.
Those aside, I wonder what the hell is going on. The first CD - Pop (so is it Pop or is it Dance? Make up your mind!) The cash in opener of Dead Or Alive is topical, and surprisingly, not a bad version of the 80's kitch Pete Burns. But the Chimes? Heaven? Never heard of it. An 8 minute mix that only livens up in the last third. Only the standout mix of the CD from Level 42 saves the day. The second CD - Club is equally as confusing. The inclusion of the likes of Inner City - Big Fun has been done to death on countless compilations, when the much better mixed Good Life (Oh where is the Mike 'Hitman' Wilson mix?!) is sadly not chosen. Why, oh why the laborious Stock Aitken Waterman 'Roadblock' gets an airing I have no clue. The second CD saved by I Feel Love, and the shorter extended mix of Farler 'Jackmaster' Funk's Love Can't Turn Around - beat those vocals! Not forgetting Paid in Full and Beat Dis.
The last CD you may is coaster fodder. Barely a decent mix among them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I recently bought this compilation CD and was very surprised at some of the amazing 12" versions, on it, classics like Donna Summers I feel Love, a 16 minute remix of that classic number 1 from 1977, as well as Ai No Corrida, I can't go for that (No can do), You spin me right round ( Like a record Baby), this CD is packed with other surprises like Love can't turn around, so if you are an 80's 12" version freak, like myself, I urge you to purchase this CD and take the greatest of pleasure listening to it, all I can say is enjoy this action packed CD!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Now' thats what I call... an essential mix! 19 Nov 2008
By BD VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The series of 12" 80's era CD box sets highlight just what a rich tapestry of output this period had, and reading through the reviews, also how opinions divide so much over track listings.

Dealing with the track listing issue, I won't be doing a track by track analysis as others have already done so (no point in repeating others work), and I reckon if you are looking at the items page, the track listing, and my review, you will already know if this album is what you want, and if you know or like the tracks or not.

The albums in the 12" series seem to average between 30-40 tracks, so back in the day (let alone now at collectors' fairs) to buy all of the tracks included would cost at least a 120 or more. You can now buy a collection for a tenth of that price. So by my reckoning, if you buy any of these compilations and you have only a few that you like, or get hold of an old favourite that is totally unavailable by any other means, you are quid's in. For me the ultimate compliment to this series, are the other pale imitators that have been subsequently released by other labels, in a bid to cash in on the success and quality of the 12" series of albums.

Ignore the critics, these albums represent outstanding value for money, and for those of us who where around at the time (or maybe wish they were) the 12" series of CD's represent an outstanding opportunity to acquire a collection of quality tracks that realistically, would be otherwise virtually impossible to achieve.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Flashback..
brought back some memories when I was tapping in the clubs, great disc....
Published 9 days ago by GARY
5.0 out of 5 stars 80s DANCE CLASSICS!
The headline says it all really.the only thing better than 80s dance tracks is the extended versions! Read more
Published 7 months ago by SCOTT TRUELOVE
5.0 out of 5 stars great compilation!
Another fantastic compilation from the Family Recordings Various Artists collection. I hope to find more and grab them as they come out; they're worth the cost!
Published 12 months ago by W. B. Kiehl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great '80's Music
This CD has some Great music from the 1980's that is hard to find anywhere else! Some of the hard to find songs on this CD include 'All Night Long' and 'Somebody's Watching Me'.
Published on 30 Dec 2011 by Kevin C. Turner
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes me want to organise my own 80s party!
The 80s was a strange decade in terms of twelve inches. Some acts did whatever they could to put out some valuable additions to their singles and albums. Read more
Published on 24 Dec 2011 by Melvin
5.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all
Just got my copy of the compilation and i like it very much because the remixes are just great and i am hearing some for the first time. Read more
Published on 7 Mar 2010 by Gabriel Ominyi
3.0 out of 5 stars not fantastic!
Its the typical CD, you see the advert on TV and think wow i remember every song on there...then you buy it and you only know about 10 songs from 35! Read more
Published on 16 April 2006 by K. Sutton
3.0 out of 5 stars Wasted Opportunity...
This could have been so good but alas it is not..
There is so much crap on here that it overshadows the moments of greatness... Read more
Published on 22 Mar 2006
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