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4.5 out of 5 stars
12"80s Electro:pop
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on 25 September 2009
Ever since volume 1 (released by Family Recordings) this series has always been one of the more thoughtful compilation projects out there, rather than chucking every one-hit wonder pop 12" from the decade onto CD.

Volumes 1 and 2 in particular were a nicely eclectic mix, including some rarities and unexpected inclusions (which you'd often forgotten how good they were). Volumes 1 and 2 also had the odd tracklisting error, or in one case, the track jumped in mastering (Aztec Camera) and was also not the mix listed (but a much rarer one).

This volume is again superbly focussed and compiled, even if some initial circulated tracklistings were completey wrong. We get a disc of classics, a breakbeat influenced disc and a disc that crosses electronic and indie/funk genres (is "Wheel Me Out" really electro-pop?). So generally top marks to the compiler, as this concept works really well.

However as with previous volumes there are some minor issues, the aforementioned track-time errors ("White Horse" is listed as a US Edit, but is only 3.50, not 5.50, and "Wheel Me Out" also suffers from a duration typo). Then there is the hint of mastering the odd track from vinyl. I guess there was no way around this, and the sources are clean/sympathetically-mastered, so it's still great to have Associates' "Club Country" original 12" on CD for the first time (I think) even with the odd quiet pop. The vast majority are from masters/digital sources ofcourse, so don't qorry!

Highlights also includes the rarer '2nd' 12" remix of "Close To The Edit" (does not feature any Prodigy-sampled "Hey Hey"s), an unusual choice, "Pleasure Boys" Dance Mix (for those who were rightly peeved it was missed off "The Anvil" reissue) and "Einstein A Go-Go 12"" (again, omitted from the bonuses on "From The Tea Rooms Of Mars..." 2005 reissue). Class acts aplenty across quite a diverse spectrum on this set, and really great sequencing/balancing of the songs.

If you are buying one 80s compilation set this year, then this is definitely the one to choose (4.5 stars really)!
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VINE VOICEon 10 February 2012
I make no apology for wearing the rose tinted specs when writing this review, after all I was probably wearing them when I decided to buy it! I own a few of these 12" 80's collections now and whilst some can I admit be a bit hit or miss, this Electro Pop edition is a good solid addition to the series.

For me the series of 12" 80's era CD box sets highlight just what a rich tapestry of output this period had for better or worse. Dealing with the track listing issue, I won't be doing a track by track analysis as I reckon if you are looking at the items page, the track listing, and mine and other reviews for this album, you will already know if this album is what you want, and if you know or like the tracks or not.

The albums in the 12" series seem to average between 30-40 tracks, so back in the day (let alone now at collectors' fairs) to buy all of the tracks included here would cost at least a £100 or more by my own reckoning. You can now buy a collection like this for around tenth of that price. So, if you buy any of these compilations and you have only a few that you like, or get hold of a rare old favourite that is totally unavailable by any other means, you are quid's in and so these collections represent excellent value. For me the ultimate compliment to this series, are the other pale imitators that have been subsequently released by other labels, in a bid to cash in on the success and quality of the 12" series of albums.

Ignore the critics, these albums represent outstanding value for money, and so I can accept the odd duffer, and for those of us who where around at the time that owned and lost these rare treasures from an increasingly appreciated era, didn't have the funds to buy them at the time, or are someone that wishes they were around at the time, the 12" series of CD's represent an outstanding opportunity to acquire a collection of quality tracks that realistically, would be otherwise virtually impossible to achieve.
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on 19 January 2014
It's a great collection with a few mixes I was not familiar with. It is also one of the only compilation's that features the original 12" Mix of Hard Times / Love Action by the Human League. To be honest I would have bought this CD just for that track.
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on 23 July 2015
I saw this when it came out but i thought it was too expencive to purchase at the time. Great compilation and it had some very good extended mixes which I had not heard in a long time.
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on 24 June 2015
Great album and some good memorable tunes more albums like this would b great. Keep them coming
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VINE VOICEon 6 November 2009
Interestingly the earlier bits of electro-pop (Human League, Simple Minds) are much more interesting and have lasted better then some of the latter (FGTH for example!). Why they have included some tracks, for example the Cure track on here, is beyond me as there is hardly a shortage of classy 80's electro pop to choose from. The one thing this series proves, more than anything else, is that the 12" format could be the biggest blessing or worst curse to a track depending on who got to work on it and what the purpose of the format was. The 'Talk Talk' 12" included just wrecks the track. 'Love Action' by the Human League is very good as the band have actually thought about what they are doing and did something imaginative with the 'B' side.

The 'street sounds' stuff is OK but just sounds like the rip off most of it was and really has dated badly. All in all a mixed bag and to a large extent a missed opportunity.
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on 17 October 2009
I have a few of the other 12' 80s compilations by this company, and I must say that this is the BEST one they have put out...bar none!!!!!
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on 7 November 2009
well done,3 discs of pure magic mixtures ,from hip hop beginnings to remade but reconisably eighties pure electro pop classics...clearer and crisper than i remember them.highly rated but beware !you may need to buy two copies,one for the car ,one for the house.more japan,heaven 17,tin tin duffy and is there any other mixes of the fantastic homosapien by pete shelly?i felt like a small excited child when the package was delivered and was not dissapointed on hearing this collection.thankyou.more of the same...
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on 23 November 2009
Not only that but your no 1 choice for any party that is choosy about it's music. Very varied compilation, the mixes are great and the sound quality is superb, no tape-hiss, just clean 80's synth sounds. I'd forgotten about the good 80's music! Shame on me.
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on 13 September 2009
recommended as there's some exceptionally rare to CD tracks on here - probably not available elsewhere, so top marks for the compilers - except for one glaring error............
The track by Trio is just called "Da Da Da" - not all that other rubbish that someone's included - I should know, I have the original 7 and 12 inch singles.
Still apart from this stupidity, a great compilation so well worth the price for 3 discs of 80's 12 inchers...
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