This CD is competing in a very crowded market - there are many other 80s orientated compilations available - but in the age of the iPod and ubiquitous CD burners, the value of a compilation can be measured in terms of the tracks that you do not already own. On this basis it is relatively straightforward to decide whether this CD is for you.
The Real Eighties attempts to differentiate itself through judicious use of 7" and 12" versions of popular early 80s tracks from an interesting mix of mostly British artists. For me, the approach is successful. There are tons of fantastic tracks on this album and surprisingly few duds. Most importantly even though I already own a number of compilations from this era I did not already own most of the tracks (and where I did this album provided a different, usually better, version). Highlights include Ghost Town by the Specials, Ghosts by Japan, Heaven 17's (We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang, the 12" version of Wordy Rappinghood, a live version of Psycho Killer, the wonderful 12" version of Wood Beez amongst many others.