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Good Compilation, but collect carefully...
on 4 December 2012
As with all popular commercially labelled compilations such as the famous MINISTRY OF SOUND collections, you get sucked into buying more than one volume and in the case of the awesome and somewhat eclectic eighties playlists that have now lent themselves to MOS stretched out over 4 volumes, you suffer from slight misleading repeats and dire tracks that the 80's forgot - and for good reason.
As an 80's addict and DJ, I'm woefully compelled to buying this latest (and hopefully last) edition to happily conclude being a victim to the Anthems Electronic 80's journey.
By all means, buy this if you have the original and part 2, but be warned, if like me, you were coerced into eagerly buying the Anthems Alternative 80's album which sneakily perverts the same format and tweaked artwork from the original and it's excellent predecessor, you'll be miffed at the fact that some tracks exist on the Volume 3.
Talking Heads - And She Said and Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill springs to mind immediately. Also there are some real 'fillers' in here like 'Flash & The Pan - Waiting For A Train' that pad out the second CD making it a real coffee cup coaster at times. 'Jan Hammer's - Crockett's Theme' slows down the tempo and should of been the Miami Vice theme which would of added more balance.
Blondie appears with 'Heart Of Glass' which probably appears to be on nearly every 80's collection on the planet - even though my muso-mind forgives this song for being a 1970's classic.
All in all, the seductive shiny poolside skyscraper artwork this colourful packaging initially distracts the fact that mostly 70% of the album has been plucked from the 'usual suspects' of 'OMD' and 'Human League' and the introduction of 2 great songs from 'Erasure' and the belated introduction of the 80's Aussie rocksters - 'INXS'.
It remains for me to say this album is worth the cost of 2 pints of beer in your local pretentious bar, certainly worth nestling besides the others to complete a satisfying and let's hope, complete 4 Volume Electronic 80's collection from this franchise. I don't think there's much scope for Volume 4 since they've diluted most of the Electronic artists Greatest Hits already but never say never with MOS since I feel they could create a Anthems Electronic 80's Chilled volume if they thought about it...