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  • Audio CD (8 Sept. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00MQG8V9S
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Planet Earth (Night Version) - Duran Duran
  2. To Cut a Long Story Short (12'' Version) [2010 Remastered Version] - Spandau Ballet
  3. Thieves Like Us - New Order
  4. All Stood Still - Ultravox
  5. Slippery People (Live) - Talking Heads
  6. Living On the Ceiling (Extended version) - Blancmange
  7. Walk Out to Winter (Extended Version) - Aztec Camera
  8. New Song (New Version) - Howard Jones
  9. White Horse (U.S. Edit) - Laid Back
  10. Is It a Dream (Extended Version) - Classix Nouveaux

Disc: 2

  1. It's My Life (Extended Mix) - Talk Talk
  2. Smalltown Boy - Bronski Beat
  3. Our Lips Are Sealed (Special Remix Version) - Fun Boy Three
  4. Cruel Summer - Bananarama
  5. Johnny Come Home - Fine Young Cannibals
  6. Never Stop (Discotheque) - Echo & the Bunnymen
  7. Cccan't You See (Exxx-tended Mixxx) - Vicious Pink
  8. Just What I Always Wanted (Mix) - Mari Wilson
  9. Life in a Northern Town (Extended Version) - Dream Academy
  10. If I Was (Extended Mix) [2010 Remastered Version] - Midge Ure

Disc: 3

  1. Take On Me (Extended Mix) - A-Ha
  2. Money's Too Tight (To Mention) [The Cutback Mix] - Simply Red
  3. Imagination (12" Version) - Belouis Some
  4. Don't Leave Me This Way (Son of Gotham City Mix) - The Communards
  5. Each Time You Break My Heart (Dance Mix) - Nick Kamen
  6. The Politics of Dancing (Extended Version) - Re-Flex
  7. Big in Japan (Extended Mix) - Alphaville
  8. Living in a Box (Club Mix) - Living In A Box
  9. We Close Our Eyes (Total Overhang Club Mix) - Go West
  10. Some Like It Hot (Mix) - The Power Station

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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.
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Great CD that combines some fantastic 80's music that I've never found in 12" dance format before. As with the majority of CD's there are a couple of duff tracks but it's easy enough to forward through those. Definitely recommended if you grew up with the 80's music.
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The mark of a great 12 inch version is where it's at least as good as, and preferably better than, the original single.

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!
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If you were around in the 80's you either loved Synthpop or hated it. I loved it and this is a good introduction to the genre if you weren't around then. Not definitive but will point you in the direction of groups and artistes to hear. For the money it is great value.

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.
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Some really good and rare records and versions of popular songs. Really worth it for the price. Coulda done without a couple of the more cheesy numbers like Mari Wilson but still worthwhile purchase if you like the era.
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Great variety of stuff, some classic 80's 12 inches. Many memories of listening to a lot of these in my mate Melyvn's technics system! Don't love every track, but 3 CD's worth for little more than a £5 - it's a bargain!
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The sleeve is dreadful; you can't get one CD out without the others falling into each other and then you end up with your fingerprints over the disc.

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! :-)
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its a brillant c.d album but i really hate the carboard sleeve you try to get the c.d out but the carboard rips not good the c.ds should be in a proper plastic case like c.ds always been
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