'80s Gold

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All Music Guide - Rob Theakston
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rob Theakston
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: 3/7/2006
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 602498369159
  • Catalog Number: 000615302
  • Sales rank: 22,570

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Call Me (3:32)
  2. 2 Sailing (4:18)
  3. 3 Upside Down (3:39)
  4. 4 Celebration (3:42)
  5. 5 Bette Davis Eyes (3:47)
  6. 6 Jessie's Girl (3:13)
  7. 7 Endless Love - Diana Ross (4:27)
  8. 8 Waiting for a Girl Like You (4:34)
  9. 9 Centerfold (3:39)
  10. 10 Eye of the Tiger (4:06)
  11. 11 Up Where We Belong (3:52)
  12. 12 Maneater (4:32)
  13. 13 Come on Eileen (4:13)
  14. 14 Maniac (4:19)
  15. 15 All Night Long (All Night) (4:17)
  16. 16 What's Love Got to Do With It (3:46)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Don't You (Forget About Me) (4:22)
  2. 2 Everybody Wants to Rule the World (4:13)
  3. 3 Axel F. (3:01)
  4. 4 Take on Me (3:47)
  5. 5 Addicted to Love (4:04)
  6. 6 Holding Back the Years (4:13)
  7. 7 Higher Love (4:16)
  8. 8 Human (3:46)
  9. 9 Amanda - Boston (4:18)
  10. 10 Alone (3:39)
  11. 11 Heaven Is a Place on Earth (4:10)
  12. 12 Need You Tonight (3:03)
  13. 13 Seasons Change (4:54)
  14. 14 Could've Been (3:33)
  15. 15 My Prerogative (4:32)
  16. 16 Forever Your Girl (4:14)
  17. 17 Good Thing (3:19)
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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
Khalis Bayyan Composer, 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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