If you are here to find an 80's compliation disc, with a same old bubblegum, upbeat soundtrack, littered with the corpses of acts from the Stock, Aitken & Waterman era, look away now!
It might be a shock to some people who think that "decent" 80's music is limited to Wham!, Culture Club and U2 - and "Alternative" 80's compliations seem to be chocka with New Wave numbers only, and sound almost idential - huge hits, huge artists, but offer nothing you cannot already find in a generic compliation. However, if you are looking for real 80's music, a compilation with more than one dimension, a good mix of genres and discover great tracks from artists you know (and great music from artists you don't), then stop your search!
I haven't been able to stop listening to this since I uploaded it onto my iPod - it's become the soundtrack of my morning commute. To me, this was worth it just to get my mitts on hard to find tracks like Monochrome Set (Monochrome Set), Big Area (Then Jericho) and Run Me Down (The Higsons), and also songs from well known artists that seem to be pushed to the sidelines by more popular tracks like Sound of the Crowd (Human League), Don't Tell Me (Blancmange) and Working with Fire and Steel (China Crisis) but the tracks, as they run compliment the next wonderfully, which makes this compilation even more enjoyable to listen to!
Though personally, I agree with an earlier review that Jona Lewie should not have been on there (I sense it's only because of a certain Scandinavian furniture store using it in an ad campaign might have something to do with the temporary surge in interest), and perhaps maybe an Associates track instead (Club Country, anyone?).
This takes me back to when I used to play with my mother's records, dressed top to toe in polka dots (I was obsessed with Strawberry Switchblade when I was very young) and record songs from the radio using a tape-deck when I was little - I am 28 now, and still learning about terrific music. Personally, the compliation would be perfect was it not for one or two tracks, but it's definately the best one out there by miles!