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12 Inch Dance: 80s Synthpop [Box set]

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (8 Sep 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00MQG8V9S
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Planet Earth (Night Version) - Duran Duran
2. To Cut A Long Story Short (12'' Version) [2010 Remastered Version] - Spandau Ballet
3. Thieves Like Us (12" Version) - New Order
4. All Stood Still (12'' Version) - Ultravox
5. Slippery People (Live) - Talking Heads
6. Living On The Ceiling (Extended Version) - Blancmange
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Disc: 2
1. It's My Life (Extended Mix) - Talk Talk
2. Smalltown Boy (12" Version) - Bronski Beat
3. Our Lips Are Sealed (Special Remix Version) - Fun Boy Three
4. Cruel Summer (12" Version) - Bananarama
5. Johnny Come Home - Fine Young Cannibals
6. Never Stop (Discotheque) - Echo & The Bunnymen
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Disc: 3
1. Take On Me (Extended Mix) - A-Ha
2. Money's Too Tight (To Mention) [The Cutback Mix] - Simply Red
3. Imagination (12'' Version) - Belouis Some
4. Don't Leave Me This Way (Son Of Gotham City Mix) - Communards
5. Each Time You Break My Heart (Dance Mix) - Nick Kamen
6. The Politics Of Dancing (Extended Version) - Re-Flex
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. D TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This review is for: 12 Inch Dance: 80s Synthpop(3CD)

This isn't exactly a Synthpop collection. It's more of a general 80s 12" collection with some Synthpop included. So I will review it on that basis and forgive the slightly misleading title. At first glance, this looks like more of the same. The typical 80s tracks we see time and time again from Duran, Spandau, Bronski Beat, Go West etc. However, on closer inspection there are some exciting gems here:

Mari Wilson "Just What I Always Wanted" 12" version FOR THE FIRST TIME ON CD EVER!!! Just that one track sold this collection to me.

When I looked down the track list, I also saw Communards "Don't Leave Me This Way (Son Of Gotham City mix)" included and assumed that rather than have the full 13:36 mix that this would be the same 10:21 truncated edit that appeared on the 1988 "For A Friend" CD Single and the recent 2012 Edsel deluxe edition 2CD "Communards". The fact that Edsel included the same edit made me think that the master tape for the full version must have been lost. So, I had given up on any hope of that one appearing on CD. However, I was astounded to find that this is actually the full 13:36 version FOR THE FIRST TIME ON CD EVER!!! So, this is another huge bonus! This mix is my favourite mix of the song and has been on my "CD wants list" ever since the disappointing edit appeared on the "For A Friend" CD single in 1988! So, I've only had to wait 26 years to finally cross that one off my list! I'm sure that many Communards fans will be just as excited as I am.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars There's a couple of real crackers on here! 14 Sep 2014
Format:Audio CD
The mark of a great 12 inch version is where it's at least as good as, and preferably better than, the original single.

In the case of Smalltown Boy, the original was the 12 inch, with the 7 inch a poorly edited substitute. The longer track starts slowly, with just voice and electric piano, plaintively singing in a way you can really hear the hurt in Jimmy Bronski's voice. It builds to where the single comes in, but that's a couple of minutes after the track began. It's a Bona fide classic and well worth the price of admission alone.

Others have mentioned the Mari Wilson track, which is nice, but a typically stretched out version of the single, with an extended instrumental beginning before it loops round to the first verse.

The power station track has some great backwards forwards stuff in the intro too.

All in all, for the current price of under £8 it's well worth the wedge!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not synth-pop 22 Sep 2014
By MD
Format:Audio CD
No Depeche Mode, no Human League, no OMD: this is not "synth-pop". A rip-off if you're really looking for synth pop.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star 16 Sep 2014
Format:Audio CD
This does not have the full version of dont leave me this way
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