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Original Hits - 80s 12''
Original Hits - 80s 12''
Price: 13.76

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Be warned: Not all "Original", some 90s remixes here!, 26 Mar 2010
While I like the most of the tacks listed here on 6 CDs they are not all the genuine article! There are some tracks here which were given a "remix" treatment in the 1990s and sound nothing like their original mixes back in the 80s, look out for Blondie, Human League, Simple Minds and Heaven 17 1990s remixes here.

The Spandau Ballet track "True" is actually the album version! Most are original but have had their play time cut back to fit in more of the 72 tracks on here, Duran Duran's "Union of the snake" has had nearly a minute lopped off. I remember vinyl LP compilations in the 70s and 80s would deliberately shorten tracks in the same way, to fit more songs in.

I rather have the full version of the track at the expense of filling up CDs with more cut tracks.

I notice Erasure's "The Circus" is the 7" version, not the 12".

Audio re-mastering could have been done a lot better and so this compilation is let down further by poor audio quality on a lot of tracks, so I'll give this 3 stars for effort in putting this together but loses 2 stars for its 90s remixes, shorter running times on some tracks, and 7" versions.

Extended 80's
Extended 80's

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good track compilation let down by poor audio quality, 26 Mar 2010
This review is from: Extended 80's (Audio CD)
I like all the 12" tracks on this double CD compilation but unfortunately the enjoyment is marred by a poor mastering process on this compilation. I expected better from Music Club. Seriously, MP3 files with 128k bit rate would sound better! Far and away more inferior to the original vinyl versions which, in turn, sounded better then their 7" cousins back in the day. That said this is quite a different set of tracks that dont keep turning up over and over on other such 12" comps, for that alone its worth the price of admission and the reason why its gets three stars, not five as it would have got if it weren't for the disappointing sonic audio quality that you would expect from properly re-mastered CDs.

Ultimate Disco
Ultimate Disco
Price: 7.03

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare great slice of Disco cheese, 18 Feb 2010
This review is from: Ultimate Disco (Audio CD)
I'll admit I only bought this for the one track...Melba Moore's "Pick me up I'll dance" which is one of those hard-to-find gold nuggets but there are other tracks here worth mentioning because on closer inspection you'll find some real gems, largely from the 1970s, but also a few from the early 80s like Vicky D's uptempo classic "This beat is mine" from 1982.

Another rare find on this compilation is Johnny Mathis "Gone gone gone" a "Power Play" back in the day on Radio Luxembourg and the multi award winning disco classic "Got to be real" by Cheryl Lynn. Other notable mentions include "Bourgie Bourgie" by Gladys Knight and the Pips, "Dance little lady dance" by Tina Charles, the rare "Female Intuition" by Mai Tai, and the super-rare "Music is the answer" from Colonel Abrahms who later went on to score a massive top 10 hit in 1985 with "Trapped".

Mind you some of the usual disco chestnuts turn up here too, you've probably seem them on dozens of disco compilations already, "Never too much" from the late great Luther Vandross, "Boogie Wonderland" by EW&F, "Going back to my roots" Odyssey. There are other tracks which may be largely unknown but are well worth a listen, amoung this odd asortment "Weekend" by Mick (not Michael!) Jackson, "Finders Keepers" Chairman of the Board, and more.

The tracks have been remastered well so you get great sound quality and not only that but none of the tracks are re-recorded or recorded Live, they're all the originals.

I have to say this 3 CD set is a real treat and I would recommend it to anyone who lived through this golden era, or to those who may be curious to see what all the fuss was about. Go order it today.

Pop Muzik - The History
Pop Muzik - The History

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "There's always a good one missing", 7 Oct 2009
This review is from: Pop Muzik - The History (Audio CD)
The title of my review says it all about most "Greatest" "Best Of" "Ultimate" (and what ever other adjectives you're having yourself!) colletions, in that there is almost always at least one good track missing. I've seen this happen countless times.

In the case of "M" The History they've omitted "Thats the way the money goes" single from 1980, so this history collection is somewhat incomplete. However its interesting to see the B-side to Pop Muzik, "The M Factor" included here.

Overall a good buy but just beware of the "always one good track" missing syndrome.
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Dollar - Platinum Collection
Dollar - Platinum Collection

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Eighties collection, 18 Oct 2007
Between all the re-recorded material and the "drip drip" feed of Dollar originals come this classic collection, digitally restored and remastered to its original glory from the master tapes, with the help of 21st century hardware and software, hence the sonic audio quality is right up to today's standards.

All the early 80s favourites on the WEA label are here. Personally I would have paid more for the pure poptastic sounds of Dollar, so getting at this price is a steal! David Van Day and Therese Bazzar were formerly members of Guys N Dolls (who were harmonally challenged, especially at Live performances!) They broke away in the late 70s to form the duo Dollar (maybe they chose this name to try and break into the US market?).

Musically there's no mistaking the craft work of Trevor Horn, the man is a genius (check out the CD "Living in the plastic age" (1980) by his group The Buggles and ABC's "The Lexicon of Love" (1982)) he's well known in the music industry for agonising over a single track for months on end to acheive and produce complete pop perfection, which is precisely why, almost 30 years later, his hard work has paid off because these producions have stood the test of Time.

If you're into 80s music, or even if you're not, its still worth picking up this collection to see what all the fuss was about and no doubt you'll get hooked on the original "Videotech" "Hand Held in Black and White" "Give Me Back My Heart" "Mirror Mirror" "You Gimme some kind of Magic" and many more. Thanks to WEA for releasing this timless classic.

Earlier Dollar material ie from the late 70s, is not here, they can still be got, but I recommend you take a look for the original recordings (CD "Shooting Stars" on Amazon) of "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" (the best Beatles remake of its time, maybe even outdoing the original!) "Who were you with in the Moonlight", "Love's Gotta Hold on Me" "Shooting Stars" etc
Funnily enough their 1987 hit "O L'amour" is featured here too!

If you like this music you'll like Bucks Fizz, The Dooleys, The Nolans, Modern Romance, BA Robertson and many others that are worth our support on the WEA Platinum collecion range.

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