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on 7 February 2003
I would say this is one of the best compilations I've ever bought, since I am a big fan of 80's synthesiser pop and new Romantic music.
Contained here are the well known synth classics, the breezy Gary Numan's "Cars", the poignant Bronski Beat's "Smalltown Boy", the Axel F theme from Beverley Hills Cop and the surreal, catchy Art of Noise's "Close To The Edit"
However there are plenty of other less-well known synth classics here such as Godley and Creme's ominous ghost story "Under Your Thumb", The Assembly's tear-jerking and bravely honest tale of unrequitted love "Never Never" the Thompson Twins' three offerings, the uplifting "You Take Me Up", the tongue-in-cheek "Love On Your Side" and the thoughtful "Hold Me Now".
There is also the paranoid Tears for Fears "Mad World" (I prefer this one to their other loud songs) cold Visage's "Fade To Grey" and the poignant "Wishing I had a photograph of you" by Flock of Seaguls. The electronic musical landscapes are truly absorbing and cold, but yet very relaxing and purifying. Plus there is some wonderful infectious dance numbers like "Living on the Ceiling" the mellow "Imagination" and the tongue in cheek "Pop Muzik"
Well worth picking up to listen to some real creative and expressive music done from the soul.
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on 17 April 2002
This album's tag line is the best of electronic, synth and new wave. Is it? Well, no. But it isn't a bad album.
This is not the kind of album you would want to sit down and listen to, but the kind of album to stick on when the radio is no good and you are doing the washing up.
Does the content fulfil the description, well no again. The best of new wave? - a-ha were hardly new wave, and how can any album claim to be the best of electro pop without including tracks by Kraftwerk or Depeche Mode? And how can they justify 3 Thompson Twins tracks?
For a journey back to the 80s, including a couple of stops at the 70s, this is a worthwhile purchase. But lets hope that if Electric becomes a franchise, that they include more pioneering synth music and less fillers.
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on 5 March 2015
Could be a greatest hits of the 80s album, I have always loved about half of these tracks and have several on albums by the artists, but a load more are by artists who really were 1 hit wonders, Without the songs on this album most of the music now would not exist, it is the basis for all the samples used for the hits now.

A great album from 30+ years ago that still sounds quite fresh, half of these tracks would be hits if released now
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on 2 May 2013
A great CD, bringing back some lovely memories of the 80s. If you were into Electronic music, Human League, Gary Numan, Thompson Twins, you won't get a much better collection.
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on 18 December 2006
This is all that was great about the eighties electronic music. Forget high school reunion albums, this is the definitive '80's.

For the 30 going on 40 somethings out there, this will bring back the memories of the good, cool, and sometimes plain weird of the '80's.

If you can lay your hands on copy don't let it get away. Put on your baggy pleated trousers and pointy shoes, have a wedge haircut and don your makeup (purely for the boys!), and dream 'new romantic'.
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on 2 January 2015
Great album great music in the eighties you must buy it!!!
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#1 HALL OF FAMEon 25 April 2002
This double-set does include some great moments- but as with 'Electric Dreams' etc. is very unimaginative and closer to a 'Now'-album of that period.
'Cars' is the rather great opening track- though why it jumps seven years to Erasure's acoustic-'Sometimes' I don't know ('Oh L'amour' would have made a superior choice). 'Relax' is far too overfamiliar- along with 'Two Tribes' it represents more a best of Eighties album- rather than synthpop. Eurythmics dabbled in keyboards following the retro-Tourists and before becoming retro playing rock'n'r'n'b. Terrible song though...The inclusion of a Thompson Twins song demonstrates a lack of understanding of the period; why do we get three of their catchless empty pop? Did Tom Bailey compile this?...'Fade to Grey' was the Visage song that Midge Ure wrote. Belious Some was always excerable- the inclusion of Howard Jones is also troubling- if we're going to go for the mediocre, where is Nik Kershaw?...'Smalltown Boy' is one of the better Jimmy Sommerville moments, along with 'Disenchanted'; you can see they were rather influenced by Giorgio Moroder...ABC's 'The look of Love' is great, as ever, if rather indebted to Chic. 'Take On Me' is still charming and synthy- though not as great as anything off their dark industrial album 'Scoundrel Days'...The choice of 'I Second that Emotion' by Japan smacks of cheapness; this dates from their Ariola-Hansa period. Who endlessly reissued this material when 'Ghosts' broke them; how a Smokey Robinson song that sounds like something from Bryan Ferry's 'Another Time, Another Place' related to 80's synthpop I don't know! 'Cantonese Boy' & 'Methods of Dance' would have made better choices...'Reward' is a great pop song- but is closer to the world of Dexys or 'Absolute Beginners' by The Jam than synthpop...Another terrible Thompson Twins song from 'Into the Gap' follows, then the novelty single 'Da Da Da' and finally the great Art of Noise track 'Close to the Edit'- which the Prodigy sampled on 'Firestarter'.
Disc Two opens with 'Mad World' off the very great 'Hurting' and Yazoo's 'Only You' is very nice (though 'Don't Go' & 'Situation' are much closer to that blend of synth & soul)...'Are Friends Electric?' is very obvious and its use in the Sugababes 'Freak Like Me' is part of the reason for this wave of nostalgia. Still great though (perhaps 'Planet Rock' should have been included to pre-empt this notion of 'mash-up', 'remix' or 'bootleg'?)...More horrors await- the banal 'Victim of Love' from 1987, the terrible Fiction Factory, the awful 'Einstein a go go' and ANOTHER Thompson Twins song!!!...All is not lost- Japan's 'Quiet Life' betters Roxy Music's 'Angel Eyes' and Bowie's 'Boys Keep Swinging'. While Yello's 'Oh Yeah' remains an absolute total classic and will make you all wistful for 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' (?) Why we get a Sparks song from 1973's 'Kimono My House' is beyond me- 'Number One Song in Heaven' is closer to synthpop. If we're going back that far, why not include Can, Kraftwerk or Donna Summer?...Blancmange were terrible and the Assembly were rather bland; as for A Flock of Seagulls!!!!! The album concludes with more one-hit wonders like 'Pop Muzik'; why no 'Funky Town' or Klark Kent?
Lots of obvious artists are missed: New Order (Blue Monday or Confusion), Chic, Associates, Depeche Mode!!!, Suicide, Propaganda, Cabaret Voltaire, The The, Scritti Politti, Simple Minds, Heaven 17, The Human League, BEF etc. This is just a functional accompaniement to Saturday night top ten list nostalgia and fails to capture anything but the populist element to that period. Pity, as there was much more futuristic and progressive music- which the Rough Trade & Uncut compilations capture. This is just another unimaginative compilation with the same old songs as usual, excepting those they couldn't license and had to pad out with 3-THOMPSON TWINS SONGS!!!!!!
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on 28 September 2014
Trip down memory lane, great sounds!
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on 16 January 2015
Great choice Thank you
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