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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...
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Ministry of Sound returns to its "Electronic" compilation series after a 2 year gap that they tried and failed to fill with Anthems Alternative 80s.

It's a case of the law of diminishing returns I'm afraid for what I would predict might be the last of this series. Volume three suffers more than the previous volumes from licensing restrictions apparently limiting the song selections. Plus, it seems to have been compiled by some sort of LastFM-type algorithm rather than a human. And as for the dude who wrote the liner notes, the less said about him the better: some sort of lame attempt to appeal to the Hollister generation, maybe? And he doesn't seem to have listened to the CDs either. He uses about 10% of the word-count reminiscing about a song that's not even on here (Simple Minds "Don't You Forget About Me").

What of the music? The usual suspects feature across the three discs: New Order ("Confusion" - Substance re-recording, not the original, sadly), Joy Division, Human League, Nu Shooz, Yello, Herbie Hancock ("Rockit"), Jan Hammer, Harold Faltermeyer, Visage, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Ultravox, Gary Numan, Erasure. Like these artists or not - you would expect to find them on an electronic pop compilation, so fair do's. Then there's the unexpected, though still worthy inclusions: Swing Out Sister, Joe Jackson, Talk Talk, The Dream Academy, Blondie, Go West, The Cure, Roxy Music, Tears for Fears, The Associates, Animotion, Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel AND Phil Lynott/Midge Ure's "Yellow Pearl" (an old "Top of the Pops" theme tune many will remember)...but, good though these artists are they're not exactly the first names that would spring to mind to feature on an episode of "Synth Britannia", are they? And then padded out with the likes of Wang Chung, The Thompson Twins, Duran Duran, King, INXS - well, you can see why this compilation lacks the character of the first two.

Whilst Anthems - Electronic 80s and Anthems Electronic 80S 2 largely satisfied, number three just makes me want to go and check out the Chromatics' LP.
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on 10 April 2014
Another somewhat dissappointing outing from MOS, which has clearly been compiled by people who either did'nt live through the 80s or have no concept as to what electronic music is (or 'was' back then). Literally half of the compositions on here are certainly not what anyone would call electro or synthpop in any sense whatsoever, with the compilers simply throwing together a bunch of generic 80s hits onto three discs and hoping that the MOS name will 'shift units' regardless of relevant musical content. It's so shoddy that I'm surprised 'The Birdy Song' does'nt get an outing (at least it was synth-based !). Depeche Mode still don't feature for a third time so quite clearly some kind of rights issue is involved.

Would like to have seen the likes of The The (This Is The Day), The Assembly (Never Never), New Order (Technique, not Confusion !), PhD (I Won't Let You Down), Trans-X (Living On Video), Jon & Vangelis (I'll Find My Way Home), Japan (Methods of Dance or Life In Tokyo), PSBs (It's A Sin or Left To My Own Devices), David Sylvian-Ryuichi Sakamoto (Bamboo Houses), Bauhaus (Kick In The Eye), Bowie (Ashes To Ashes, not China Girl !), Siouxie ('Israel', not Dear Prudence !), Godley & Creme (Under Your Thumb), Peter Gabriel (Games Without Frontiers, not Sledgehammer !), Yazoo (Bring Your Love Down), The Cure (A Forest or Charlotte Sometimes, not The Walk !), Cabaret Voltaire (Just Fascination), H20 (I Dream To Sleep) and even the cheesy Aneka hit 'Japanese Boy'. the list goes on.

There are certainly around 30-odd genuinely good 'electro' selections on here so it's not a complete dead loss (so you are only getting around one-third's worth of 'electronic' 80s stuff). On the whole this is yet another missed opportunity by MOS and no doubt volume 4 (should it ever materialise) must strive to do a lot better then this, given the vast amount of relevant material out there.
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on 30 December 2012
I like these 80's compilation CD's and Ive been lucky to receive them as xmas present's the last three years.
Although the music is great on the three cd's I feel more care is needed when they do the booklet.
They mention how the 80's relied on music video's to sell the music and blockbuster movies.
Its here they make a rather large mistake.
They mention John Hughes' 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' and the swiss duo 'Yello'. The song to that movie by Yello is 'Oh Yeah' and not the included 'The Race' which was released some three years after Oh Yeah.
For this,I removed one star as 'Oh Yeah' would have been a nice addition.
Its that big of a song,I still own the Yellow vinyl of Oh Yeah.
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It difficult to be negative about a compilation CD as you know what songs are on it so you make the choice to buy, however, a good mix this probably isn't.

I have the previous two of these and think they are loads better, I like a lot of these songs but there are plenty of songs that I don't think even made the charts.

Not one of the Ministry of sounds finest compilations, but as I said I knew what I was buying
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on 15 March 2015
If you have volumes 1 and 2 , then you have to buy this volume as well. Just full of classic 80's tracks instantly recognisable and lots that you may have liked but forgotten.
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on 2 December 2012
yet again the 3rd cd in this series no Depeche Mode tracks either Mos don't own the right to add Dm tracks to the cds or the record company that own the rights to the tracks won't let them have tracks on the cd???
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on 26 April 2014
Anthems electronic 80,s 3 is an enjoyable mix of 80,s music. The CD was delivered on time and in excellent condition. The service I received was excellent .
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on 27 December 2012
I must admit that when I received this as a present, I was thinking "oh". I do like the 80's and have a reasonable knowledge of 80's music, but I was looking at the tracks and I could only recognise the first few tracks on each disc. But having played it, I do recognise most of the tracks, just not the track titles and I was pleased to note that I do not have most of the tracks on my other 80's compilations, and even the ones I do already have are not on many of my CDs (with possible exception to "Two Tribes"). I do like listening to "new" things once in a while, so this was well worth a listen. The only thing I would say is that it has probably also got a fair bit of 80's pop as well, but it is still a good compilation to add to my collection.
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on 22 July 2013
Although I have a lot of the songs on the album I just wanted a set of 80s albums to create a playlist from an this album did not disappoint so I bought all three in the collection and enjoyed them all. Cloud player makes it easier to randomise across all nine disks as well.
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