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12 Inch Dance: 80s Synthpop Box set
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This isn't exactly a Synthpop collection. It's more of a general 80s 12" collection with some Synthpop included. So I will review it on that basis and forgive the slightly misleading title. At first glance, this looks like more of the same. The typical 80s tracks we see time and time again from Duran, Spandau, Bronski Beat, Go West etc. However, on closer inspection there are some exciting gems here:
Mari Wilson "Just What I Always Wanted" 12" version FOR THE FIRST TIME ON CD EVER!!! Just that one track sold this collection to me.
When I looked down the track list, I also saw Communards "Don't Leave Me This Way (Son Of Gotham City mix)" included and assumed that rather than have the full 13:36 mix that this would be the same 10:21 truncated edit that appeared on the 1988 "For A Friend" CD Single and the recent 2012 Edsel deluxe edition 2CD "Communards". The fact that Edsel included the same edit made me think that the master tape for the full version must have been lost. So, I had given up on any hope of that one appearing on CD. However, I was astounded to find that this is actually the full 13:36 version FOR THE FIRST TIME ON CD EVER!!! So, this is another huge bonus! This mix is my favourite mix of the song and has been on my "CD wants list" ever since the disappointing edit appeared on the "For A Friend" CD single in 1988! So, I've only had to wait 26 years to finally cross that one off my list! I'm sure that many Communards fans will be just as excited as I am.Read more ›
In the case of Smalltown Boy, the original was the 12 inch, with the 7 inch a poorly edited substitute. The longer track starts slowly, with just voice and electric piano, plaintively singing in a way you can really hear the hurt in Jimmy Bronski's voice. It builds to where the single comes in, but that's a couple of minutes after the track began. It's a Bona fide classic and well worth the price of admission alone.
Others have mentioned the Mari Wilson track, which is nice, but a typically stretched out version of the single, with an extended instrumental beginning before it loops round to the first verse.
The power station track has some great backwards forwards stuff in the intro too.
All in all, for the current price of under £8 it's well worth the wedge!
Like others, my only real criticism is the nasty, cheap packaging which is fiddly and likely to scratch the discs if you are not careful. However, don't let that put you off buying the music.
Whatever, though, only bought it to get the autorip cheaper than buying the digital version (which makes no sense to me but hey-ho).
Four stars means I like it according to the tool-tip. And I do, from what I've heard of it so far.
Edit 24Feb - up'd to five stars; the music is stellar. Who cares about the packing! :-)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you love 80s music, then extended versions are even better! A nice selection here, and all by the original artists.Published 3 months ago by Ms H.M.Stafford
Great little 80s dance album full of little 12" gems for collectors. Great value. Lots of tracks you will want to own. The bonus of a continuous mix at the end. Read morePublished 3 months ago by DJ C