Thomas Dolby started his recording career playing keyboards for 'Bruce Woolley And The Camera Club' (who first recorded The Buggles 'Video Killed The Radio Star' and 'Clean Clean') back in 1979. Those early recordings, though competant, failed to set the world alight commercially and so Dolby decided to go solo. His subsequent synth pop transformation and 'Mad Professor' image soon began to pay dividens and his 'Europa And The Pirate Twins' single (though only a minor U.K hit) became an early 80's synth-pop classic. Dolby maintained this level of performance with further singles like 'Airwaves', 'Windpower', and the excellent, quirky and fun 'She Blinded Me With Science'. The combination of Dolby messing about with real-life 'Mad' professor Magnus Pike, just worked so well and the song was a massive U.S hit. Surprisingly, these excellent early records failed to do so well here in the U.k and it wasn't until Dolby released the first single from his second album the fast and danceable 'Hyperactive!' that he managed to break into the top twenty. Sadly, 'Hyperactive!' proved to be Dolby's only top twenty hit here. This most likely due to the fact that next single 'I Scare Myself' and parent album 'The Flat Earth' were both much less commercial and complex recordings and somehow the momentum was lost. Later records like 'Close But No Cigar' and 'I Love You Goodbye' were pretty decent but this compilation correctly chooses to focus in the main on Dolby's earlier and best recordings. If you have a love of 80's synth-pop you really should buy this.