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The Remix Anthology (Expanded Edition)

Eighth Wonder Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (21 July 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cherry Pop
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,873 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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This 12 track collection brings together extended versions and remixes of all the band's singles. Three versions appear of the band's best-selling single ‘I'm Not Scared’ - Disco 
Mix, Little Louie Vega Mix and 10" Remix. The single peaked at #7 in the UK chart and was written and co-produced by The Pet Shop Boys. Two versions also feature of the band's other best known single ‘Cross My Heart’ - House Mix and Club Mix. The single was a #13 hit in the UK and top 20 across Europe. It also featured in the top 20 of the US Dance charts. 

This CD includes a newly designed sleeve, a comprehensive UK discography and extensive sleeve notes. The band was fronted by singer and film star Patsy Kensit. The band went on to enjoy widespread chart success across Europe, America and Japan. The band had five Top 5 hits in Japan including three #1's. This album features remixes by Little Louie Vega, David Leonard, Pete Hammond, Richard James Burgess, Alan Shacklock, Pet Shop Boys & Phil 
Harding. Included are two versions only previously available in the U.S. Cross My Heart - 
Club Mix & I'm Not Scared - Little Louie Vega Mix. 

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4.0 out of 5 stars Remixology! 21 July 2014
By blaahh
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A great little collection, which reminds you what a fab pop band Eighth Wonder were and the myriad of techniques used in 80s remix-o-rama. My only quibble is that it isn't a double CD collection - as there are many mixes missing that could have also been included, though you do get all the 1985-87 singles which are not readily available. Here's to a Volume 2 please!
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Eighth Wonder have definitely earned the right to be considered among classic artists of the 80s, even if they didn't have the longevity and status of big-name acts such as Madonna, Duran Duran and Culture Club. It doesn't mean we should ignore the lesser-known artists, and they make perfect choices for reissues on small indie labels.

Let's not brush aside the successes of Eighth Wonder. Stay With Me was No 1 in Japan and Italy, Will You Remember was No 1 in Japan and No 9 in Italy, When The Phone Stops Ringing was No 1 in Japan, I'm Not Scared reached No 1 in Italy, No 2 in Switzerland, No 5 in Germany and No 7 in the UK. Cross My Heart was No 6 in Switzerland, No 10 in Italy and No 13 in the UK. Baby Baby reached No 2 in Japan and No 13 in Italy, and Use Me hit No 3 in Japan.

In addition, the Pet Shop Boys were the writers and co-producers of I'm Not Scared; PWL's Phil Harding (the mixer on many Stock Aitken Waterman releases) was the co-producer and mixer of I'm Not Scared; and PWL's Pete Hammond (another familiar name on SAW releases) remixed Cross My Heart, Baby Baby and Use Me.

All that adds up to justification for revisiting the band's output in reissue form. Cherry Red has already remastered and reissued the album Fearless with some bonus mixes added, and now offers us this Remix Anthology including more of the band's 12" versions. Although a two-disc version and some more of the rarer mixes would have been nice for devoted fans, it's obvious that the label felt they also had to include the bigger and more obvious songs to appeal to the casual buyer. It does mean we do get some mixes that were already on Fearless, but we also get some great rarities.
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3.0 out of 5 stars For hunters and gatherers 25 Aug 2014
By Blagger
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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.
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