The less extensive the original material is when a band splits up, the more prosperous the posthumous portfolio of remixes and re-edits most probably will be. FGTH with only two original but countless remix albums are a prime example how to enshrine an erased band for decades with dozens of new and updated song versions.
Well, Eighth Wonder are not such a big shot, neither in name nor considering their works: this 80s band around Patsy Kensit did not release much more than one studio album. Therefore the basis for a compilation is so small that “Cross My Heart” comes in two and “I’m Not Scared” even in three different versions, where 10”- and disco mix are truly quite similar. What is more, all the remixes lack that certain indefinable something: they are mostly longer versions with a deviant backbeat and cute little sound effects, just like they used to do it in the eighties. I don’t consider that really worthwile, therefore the anthology would predominantly be interesting for hunters and gatherers of 80s rarities and very big fans of the band.
Yet especially the gatherers might complain that the anthology contains roughly only half of Eighth Wonder’s existing remixes. And will probably start a discussion about “why this track and not the other one”? Personally I would not go for a Volume 2 of this collection, simply because it can only end up in more variations of the same old tracks – which are, even according to 80s standards, neither pearls of songwriting nor haunting melodies you would want to hear over and over again.
At least the album comes with a good sound, far better than the CD adaptation of their studio album “Fearless” which was also enhanced with remix recordings. So after all and regarding all aspects, one can end up with a medium rating for this CD.