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  • Audio CD (10 Nov. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00O4Q8G3E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 795 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Product Description

BBC Radio 2's Sounds Of The 80s is a unique collection of tracks recorded by some of the biggest artists around, every track is a cover version of a song from the 80s and has been carefully chosen by the artist specifically for this album. All the tracks are previously unreleased.

Artists include Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Olly Murs, Passenger and London Grammar.

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Interesting collection of 80's remakes, some more successful than others. The standout in my opinion is Sophie Ellis Bextor's take on New Orders True Faith. Also Kylie Minogue does a decent remake of Bette Davis Eyes, but it can't top the original Kim Carnes version. Will Young, Birdy, Christina Perri & Sam Smith have interesting takes on their covers. Alas a lot of the cover versions lack spark!
And just to let you know, New Order's True Faith is one of my all time faves!
Also I'm a little tired of artists taking a fun upbeat tune and slowing it down to a trickle, this is a bad trend!
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By Alison TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Jan. 2015
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I am so glad I stumbled upon this album. As a child of the 80s all of these songs are familiar to me and my eclectic tastes in music means that this collection is a great one for me to enjoy!

If you are expecting a faithful reproduction of the songs then this is not for you. These tracks are modern covers - some are similar but some are really quite different.

I love the album!
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I am a teenager of the 80's, and although I was a huge 80's music lover, my tastes have changed and now I like to hear these songs less frequently. Don't get me wrong I can still dance to the originals when they come on in a bar, but alas I wasn't one for having loads of 80's albums and putting them on rather than something more modern.

Saying that, and on hearing some of the songs being played on the radio, I had to have the album. I enjoy the interpretation that other artists can bring to a song no matter how I may have enjoyed the original.

Some tracks may be liked more than others, but this collection is a great addition to my album collection.
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What a great album. I have always loved 80s tracks and there are some great covers here.. Ed Sheeran, Sam smith, Dolly Parton !!!
I don't know who came up with the suggestions for the covers but they are pretty inspired.
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I have always remembered the 80's as being a happy time with most of the songs being very upbeat and happy feel good tunes. I feel that this is a morose and depressing collection of covers. I felt thoroughly miserable by the end of the two CD's. I will definitely go back to the originals!
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Some great interpretations of classic songs, but just slowing the original down, or adding extra acoustic guitar-work doesn't always make the interpretation better. But well worth listening to. Excellent matchings of artists and songs!
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Mixed bag really. Very disappointed with the quality of the Dolly Parton 'Lay your hands on me' - it was recorded at Glastonbury I think and was one of the reasons I bought the disc but it is poor quality. Some excellent stuff, some a bit dreary.
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I love the 80's. I own several 80's compilation albums so I was really looking forward to this reworking of classic 80's songs bu modern day artists, but the result is a mixed bag. Some are great (Level 42, Sophie Ellis) some suck but most are just OK.
I do agree with another reviewer that many are simply slowed down ballard versions of traditionally upbeat numbers. Listening to Madonna's "Lucky Star" or Whitneys "How will I know" reduced to a drawl is not a good sound.
Worth a listen if you can grab it cheap enough.
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