'80s Gold

'80s Gold

     
 

Beneath the flourish, extravagance, and pretension that saturated the pop charts during the '80s lay a culture rich in innovation that brought about the rise of truly groundbreaking music and an indomitable spirit of independence, not to mention nationwide networks that fostered originality and valued substance over style. That side of things is nowhere documented in …  See more details below

Overview

Beneath the flourish, extravagance, and pretension that saturated the pop charts during the '80s lay a culture rich in innovation that brought about the rise of truly groundbreaking music and an indomitable spirit of independence, not to mention nationwide networks that fostered originality and valued substance over style. That side of things is nowhere documented in '80s Gold. However, there was such an overabundance of highly polished, catchy tunes in such a wide variety of genres that it's nearly impossible to document it all (though there have been more than enough earnest attempts) without leaving a sense of exhaustion. This two-disc, 33-song collection represents some of the best of the best of the decade, as every single song on here was a number one Billboard Hot 100 chart hit at one point or another. And to its credit, Universal presents a wide scope of sounds and styles here. Case in point: where else can one find Blondie sitting right next to Christopher Cross' smooth "Sailing" anthem next to Diana Ross next to Rick Springfield and have it all make sense? There is literally something for everyone here, from new wave to new jack, and while it's easy to point out all of the obvious omissions, the quality control is so high that it's quite easy to forget about what's missing and simply enjoy what's here. Most fans of '80s music will already have most of these tunes on other compilations, but those looking for an awesome starting reference point will find that '80s Gold is an excellent edition to any pop collection.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/07/2006
Label:
Hip-O Records
UPC:
0602498369159
catalogNumber:
000615302
Rank:
4883

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Call Me
  2. Sailing
  3. Upside Down
  4. Celebration
  5. Bette Davis Eyes
  6. Jessie's Girl
  7. Endless Love  - Diana Ross
  8. Waiting for a Girl Like You
  9. Centerfold
  10. Eye of the Tiger
  11. Up Where We Belong
  12. Maneater
  13. Come on Eileen
  14. Maniac
  15. All Night Long (All Night)
  16. What's Love Got to Do With It

Disc 2

  1. Don't You (Forget About Me)
  2. Everybody Wants to Rule the World
  3. Axel F.
  4. Take on Me
  5. Addicted to Love
  6. Holding Back the Years
  7. Higher Love
  8. Human
  9. Amanda  -  Boston
  10. Alone
  11. Heaven Is a Place on Earth
  12. Need You Tonight
  13. Seasons Change
  14. Could've Been
  15. My Prerogative
  16. Forever Your Girl
  17. Good Thing

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

a-ha   Track Performer
Paula Abdul   Track Performer
Belinda Carlisle   Track Performer
Joe Cocker   Track Performer
Christopher Cross   Track Performer
J. Geils Band   Track Performer
Heart   Track Performer
Robert Palmer   Track Performer
Lionel Richie   Track Performer
Diana Ross   Track Performer
Rick Springfield   Track Performer
Survivor   Track Performer
Tears for Fears   Track Performer
Tiffany   Track Performer
Tina Turner   Track Performer
Steve Winwood   Track Performer
Bernard Edwards   Conductor
Daryl Hall   Track Performer
Nile Rodgers   Conductor
Bobby Brown   Track Performer
John Oates   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Buffy Sainte-Marie   Composer
Christopher Cross   Composer
Lou Gramm   Composer
Debbie Harry   Composer
Lionel Richie   Composer,Producer
Rick Springfield   Composer
Steve Winwood   Composer,Producer
Deodato   Composer,Producer
Frank Sullivan   Composer
Bernard Edwards   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Keith Forsey   Composer,Producer
Daryl Hall   Composer,Producer
Clive Langer   Producer
Jack Nitzsche   Composer
Gene Page   Arranger
Jim Peterik   Composer,Producer
Nile Rodgers   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Ellen Shipley   Composer
Giorgio Moroder   Composer,Producer
Michael Sembello   Composer,Producer
Bobby Brown   Composer
Curt Smith   Composer
Ronald Bell   Composer
Terry Britten   Composer,Producer
George "Funky" Brown   Composer
James Anthony Carmichael   Producer
Andy Cox   Producer
Harold Faltermeyer   Composer,Producer
Andrew Farriss   Composer
Val Garay   Producer
Gene Griffin   Composer,Producer
Mick Hucknall   Composer
Chris Hughes   Composer,Producer
Michael Hutchence   Composer
Jimmy Jam   Producer
Will Jennings   Composer
Seth Justman   Composer,Producer
Tom Kelly   Composer
Neil Kernon   Producer
Robert John "Mutt" Lange   Producer
Oliver Leiber   Composer,Producer
Stewart Levine   Producer
Terry Lewis   Composer,Producer
Graham Lyle   Composer
Lewis A. Martineé   Arranger,Producer
Robert "Spike" Mickens   Composer
Ron Nevison   Producer
Rick Nowels   Producer
Michael Omartian   Producer
John Oates   Composer,Producer
Keith Olsen   Producer
Roland Orzabal   Composer
Teddy Riley   Composer
Kevin Rowland   Composer
Steve Schiff   Composer
Charles Smith   Composer
David Steele   Producer
Alan Tarney   Producer
Dennis "D.T." Thomas   Composer
Russ Titelman   Producer
George Tobin   Producer
Donna Weiss   Composer
Alan Winstanley   Producer
Roland Gift   Composer,Producer
Vartan   Art Direction
Gavin Lurssen   Mastering
Kevin Adams   Composer
Sara Allen   Composer
Lois Blaisch   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Jimmy Lee Patterson   Composer
Neil Moss   Composer
Sara Cody   Liner Notes
Chris E. Thomas   Producer
Tom Scholtz   Composer,Producer
Frank Sullivan   Producer

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