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on 5 June 2008
I was a bit reserved, when first heard about this band. After hearing Down Under, Overkill and Who Can It Be Now? my attitudes towards this band changed a lot. So, after listening those three songs over and over again, I decided to buy a compilation by this band and take a closer look..

This compilation starts with Men At Work's first #1 single, Who Can It Be Now? The song is nice, with great saxophone parts and maybe a bit paranoiac lyrics? Well, the song is however great choice for the starter of this compilation. It makes you want to hear more!

Then comes Down Under, the beloved and well-known song by the band (also a #1 single.) A happy story about a man, who travels around the world and is proud to be Australian. Like the saxophone in Who Can It Be Now? this song has a great flute parts, based around the tune of Australian children's rhyme..

Next song is called It's A Mistake, another well-known composition by Men At Work. The lyrics might be a bit odd, but who cares!? The song makes you happy, and that's enough!

The song following song is called Hard Luck Story (taken from Two Hearts album). The song has very different atmosphere, when compared to preceding three songs. A bit strange choice for this compilation, but it works at the place, where it's put to.

Followed up with sophisticated Still Life, these two songs from Two Hearts albums have chilled down the mood a bit. This song could have been a great closing song also, but it's good to have it here, since the next song warms up the ambience again.

After Still Life comes Underground, a single from band's debut album, Business As Usual. Underground is one of band's most underrated songs (alongside with Still Life, Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive and Two Hearts.) The song is quite danceable, but for some reason, it seems to be quite forgotten, when talking about this band.. Such a shame..

Then comes Upstairs In My House, a bit strange song, with cool vocals, though. This song isn't the one, that you are going to remember Men At Work, however.. (Nice guitar work, though..)

Next song is called I Like To, this is however the live version, which is slightly differing to the studio version, from Cargo. Cool vocals, huh? How can somebody sing that fast?!

Followed by High Wire (watch the music video, if you have time), I Like To and High Wire (and couple songs before these, Still Life, most notably) have changed your thoughts of this band, Men At Work isn't just jolly Australian band singin' "I come from a Land Down Under!" Song has a great refrain, by the way..

Then comes Maria, another song from band's last Two Hearts LP. Unfortunantly people weren't ready for the cold and sophisticated atmosphere of the album, and it was knocked out.. Such a shame.. The song however is nice ballad of girl called Maria, who lives in unhappy marriage..

Next song is called Be Good Johnny, one of the band's best (and most known) songs. The song is popularised by that TV-show, which name I already forgot.. But nice song, however!

Followed by one of group's most underrated songs, Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive, a nice song about a story, that everybody knows.. (The music video is great, by the way, watch it!) The lyrics might be a bit cold and strange, but you can dance to the song, so who cares?!
Overkill, is the next song in this compilation. Another song with a bit paranoiac and strange lyrics, but who cares, when the song is nice?

Next up, (Man With) Two Hearts, starter song of the album, by same name. Like every other song from that album, this one is also cold, sophisticated and a bit desperate. The world just wasn't ready for music like this, from their beloved band from Down Under..

After this comes Snakes And Ladders, another danceable and bouncy song. The lyrics are once again a bit strange, but it's understandable, since it's from Two Hearts LP..

The compilation closes with song called Down By The Sea. A calm and nice song, with cool vocals. This is one of those songs, that make you relax and imagine.. A good song to end with, don't you think so?

Well, as a conclusion I could say, that this compilation is one of the best, that I have ever bought and.. buy it today!!!

P. S. I tried to be as non-fanatic, as I could..
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on 18 April 2011
Absolutely love this album, can't stop playing this & i'm constantly singing the songs in my head. Definitely recommend this.
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on 14 November 1999
The worst thing about the move to compact discs is that my great collection of tapes are gathering dust and, in many cases getting lost somehow. Thankfully, I found it again in CD form here at Amazon.co.uk. This is such a brilliant collection - let's face it they made vegemite sandwiches a household snack. "Who can It Be Now", "Be Good Johnny" and "Dr. Heckyll and Mr. Jive" are all-time classics. They have a distinct early 80's sound that gets your foot tapping in no time flat. And if you were around in the early 80s, they arouse a flood of memories too. Same style, same distinct sound. If you are an 80s fan, you have to add this to your collection.
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on 10 June 2013
Having previously purchased "Business As Usual" back in 83 when "Down Under" was
topping the charts,I knew What kind of music i was letting myself in for.This CD
took me back to a better time music wise,when life seemed much simpler.The songs are excellent.the sound is of the highest quality,from start to finish.There are some little hidden gems in here,i have been playing it non stop in my car since buying
it.The music itself has not dated at all,and could have been recorded yesterday.
I would highly recommend this CD.
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on 1 November 2010
I really enjoyed listening to this band again. There's a lot of airplay on the local radio station in Durban of Men at Work. It's such a happy sound.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 4 November 2015
There are some songs that instantly transport you back to a period in your life and this band’s songs certainly do that for me. Men at Work were an Australian rock band with a very distinctive sound who formed in 1978. Their founding mainstay was Colin Hay on lead vocals and he really added to the band’s sound

They achieved national and international success in the early 1980's and in January 1983, they were the first Australian artists to have a simultaneous No. 1 album and No. 1 single in the United States Billboard charts, they achieved the same distinction of a simultaneous No. 1 album and No. 1 single on the Australian, New Zealand and United Kingdom charts. Similar success followed with their follow up albums, winning them several awards and accolades.

Men at Work have sold over 30 million albums worldwide. It is said that their phenomenal success inextricably created worldwide interest in Australia and Australian music. This compilation album gives a good introduction to their distinctive style and sound.
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on 11 July 2009
When I purchased this CD I was unaware of the type of music Men at Work did having only heard their hit singles. But, this album has a wide selection of their music all of which is worth listening to and which, I think, will grow on me as time goes by. Certainly their hits were associated with great times for me personally and yet this album has a timeless quality so much modern music does not have. Overall, I would recommend this CD for anyone who likes their well known numbers but is prepared to see Men at Work in a wider context utilising other styles of music.
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on 5 June 2013
It is one of the best cd's that I have brought in a long time,I remember the track down under which was very good,but the resdt iof the cd is very good.
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on 12 April 2015
Takes me right back. I was never an out and out fan and only ever owned 1 tape so some of this stuff is new to me. Great sounds from the 80s.
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on 23 December 2011
A good coverage of all their UK hits, and some of their more obscure stuff.
A great sounding band, with a unique style of their own
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