A lot of album versions rather than the hit singles!,
This review is from: Greatest Hits Of New Romantic (Audio CD)
Whilst this box-set does include some braver tracks/artists than several in this compilation genre it is a shame that the versions are not listed (although you can deduce from the MP download version). Whilst its nice to have "Sensoria" 12" here, the album versions of "Crushed By The Wheels" and at least 1 Simple Minds/Spandau Ballet track don't have the same energy as the "original hit" version. "Neon Lights" is also the long album version, though, as per "Sensoria", I'm really happy to see it on a mainstream market CD set.
Also the compiler has accidentally put the instrumental/dub "Love & Dancing" mix of Human League's "Love Action" on here, instead of the vocal version...hmmmm.
As with v/a compilations relative volumes are not levelled properly during compilation, although this was particularly only evident on a few tracks here (a very quiet "Karma Chameleon" opens proceedings, and a very loud "Wild Boys" on CD3 as examples).
Insert booklet is very simple, just track-listing/credits and some advert cover-shots of other EMI Best Ofs.
It is a pretty good set, mixing the usual suspects with a few more unusual, even if it omits anything by Depeche or Eurythmics!
However at full price there are plenty of other, and arguably better thought-out, 80's compilations, and even some stronger budget ones. Oddly the digital download version excludes all 3 Kraftwerk tracks (as well as re-ordering some of the others).