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Cutting Crew's 80's highlights collected
on 9 December 2003
"Cutting Crew" was formed in England in 1985 with "Nick Van Eede" (vocals), "Kevin MacMichael" (Guitars), "Colin Farley" (Bass), and "Marin Beedle" (Drums). After releasing three albums "Broadcast" (1986), "The Scattering" (1989), and "Compus Mentus" (1992), they quietly disbanded in 1993. The four-piece band scored a #1 hit in the U.S.A. back in 1986 with the smash "(I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight", but other than that they remained mainly as a 80's one-hit-wonder (I am not sure how they turned up in the UK and other European or East Asian markets.) Given the fact that Cutting Crew's last two albums have been out of print, this Greatest Hits compilation on the virgin records, which includes 16 tracks at a length of about 67 minutes, offers a unique opportunity for people, both young and old, to obtain a taste of Cutting Crew's musical endeavors. Unfortunately though, no songs from 1992's "Compus Mentus" are included, and the sound quality is not all too stellar by today's standards either. Moreover, the two versions of the track IJDIYAT on this disc are almost identical, making you think either there is a mistake in track selection, or the second version should not have been included. There has also been a more recent Cutting Crew "Best Of the 80's" compilation CD in the market, with more or less similar tracklisting, except that it misses the two very good 1990 B-sides "Everything But My Pride" and "Contact High", both included on the 1993 collection. On the other hand, on the 2000 CD, you instead get the extra tracks "The Broadcast", "Sahara", and "It Shouldn't Take Too Long". All said, I let you make your own choice as to which disc to purchase, assuming of course they are both in print when you read my review. Just recently several of the classic out-of-print albums from the 80's, and early 90's were reissued on various record labels (example: the 1992 solo debut album of Tony Hadley, the former Spandau Ballet frontman.) It is my personal hope and belief that now is high time Cutting Crew's 1992 Compus Mentus be given the treatment it deserves and to become available once again for the legions of their present and future fans.