Anthems: Electronic '80s, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Following the success of their first Anthems: Electronic 80s compilation, the Ministry of Sound label returns with another collection incorporating the best synth pop, New Romantic, and indie dance tunes of the colorful and inventive decade. Alongside number ones from the Human League, Kraftwerk, and the Communards, there are iconic tracks from Spandau Ballet, Eurythmics, and Duran Duran, one-hit wonders Kim Carnes' "Bette Davis Eyes," New Musik's "Living by Numbers", and less familiar material from the likes of Devo, Laid Back, and Re-Flex. Highlights from the first disc include Talk Talk's gloriously atmospheric "It's My Life," Scritti Politti's reggae-fused "The Word ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Following the success of their first Anthems: Electronic 80s compilation, the Ministry of Sound label returns with another collection incorporating the best synth pop, New Romantic, and indie dance tunes of the colorful and inventive decade. Alongside number ones from the Human League, Kraftwerk, and the Communards, there are iconic tracks from Spandau Ballet, Eurythmics, and Duran Duran, one-hit wonders Kim Carnes' "Bette Davis Eyes," New Musik's "Living by Numbers", and less familiar material from the likes of Devo, Laid Back, and Re-Flex. Highlights from the first disc include Talk Talk's gloriously atmospheric "It's My Life," Scritti Politti's reggae-fused "The Word Girl" and Frankie Goes to Hollywood's anthemic "Welcome to the Pleasuredome." Erasure's infectious hi-NRG pop classic "A Little Respect," Altered Images' impossibly uplifting "I Could Be Happy" and the Communards' chart-topping cover version of "Don't Leave Me This Way" provide the standouts for Disc Two, while Simple Minds' Brat Pack staple "Don't You Forget About Me," Stock, Aitken and Waterman's finest moment, Dead or Alive's "You Spin Me Round Like A Record," and New Order's brooding, bass-heavy "True Faith" are the choice cuts from the third disc. However, as the first compilation gathered many of the decade's biggest electro hits, this second volume seems to struggle to fill its 60 tracks. Indeed, it's hard to see quite how the likes of Billy Idol's "White Wedding" and the Stranglers' "Golden Brown" fit into the genre, which makes the lack of Pet Shop Boys and Depeche Mode, arguably two of the biggest synth pop groups of the '80s, even more puzzling. But even though it suffers from occasional padding, Anthems: Electronic '80s, Vol. 2 is still a consistently enjoyable retrospective of one of the most influential and innovative musical eras.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/2010
  • Label: Ministry Of Sound Uk
  • EAN: 5051275033724
  • Catalog Number: 7503372
  • Sales rank: 54,827

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Don't You Want Me - The Human League (3:58)
  2. 2 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics (3:35)
  3. 3 The Model - Kraftwerk (3:40)
  4. 4 Souvenir - Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (3:31)
  5. 5 Only You - Yazoo (3:10)
  6. 6 It's My Life - Talk Talk (3:52)
  7. 7 Girls On Film - Duran Duran (3:27)
  8. 8 Instinction - Spandau Ballet (3:38)
  9. 9 Ghosts - Japan (4:29)
  10. 10 The Word Girl - Scritti Politti (4:23)
  11. 11 Let Me Go - Heaven 17 (4:17)
  12. 12 Golden Brown - The Stranglers (3:27)
  13. 13 Glittering Prize - Simple Minds (3:58)
  14. 14 No Regrets - Midge Ure (4:01)
  15. 15 Dr. Mabuse - Propaganda (4:55)
  16. 16 Europe After the Rain - John Foxx (3:36)
  17. 17 Forbidden Colours (4:38)
  18. 18 We Are Glass - Gary Numan (4:45)
  19. 19 Love On a Real Train - Tangerine Dream (3:51)
  20. 20 Welcome To the Pleasuredome - Frankie Goes to Hollywood (3:41)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Relax - Frankie Goes to Hollywood (3:57)
  2. 2 Gold - Spandau Ballet (3:53)
  3. 3 Pearl In the Shell - Howard Jones (3:59)
  4. 4 A Little Respect - Erasure (3:27)
  5. 5 I Could Be Happy - Altered Images (3:31)
  6. 6 Don't Leave Me This Way - Sarah Jane Morris (4:49)
  7. 7 Living In a Box - Living in a Box (3:03)
  8. 8 Call Me - Go West (4:10)
  9. 9 The Politics of Dancing - Re-Flex (3:46)
  10. 10 Hold Me Now - Thompson Twins (4:45)
  11. 11 She Blinded Me With Science - Thomas Dolby (3:42)
  12. 12 Open Your Heart - The Human League (3:56)
  13. 13 King In a Catholic Style (Wake Up) - China Crisis (4:18)
  14. 14 Livingby Numbers - New Musik (3:25)
  15. 15 Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin) - Scritti Politti (3:34)
  16. 16 Sunset Now - Heaven 17 (3:40)
  17. 17 No.1 Song In Heaven - Sparks (3:30)
  18. 18 Dancing With Tears In My Eyes - Ultravox (4:05)
  19. 19 Beat Box - The Art of Noise (3:57)
  20. 20 Nobody's Diary - Yazoo (4:30)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Let's Dance - David Bowie (4:07)
  2. 2 Don't You (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds (4:20)
  3. 3 Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran (3:24)
  4. 4 Everything She Wants - Wham! (5:03)
  5. 5 And She Was - Talking Heads (3:38)
  6. 6 Locomotion - Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (3:44)
  7. 7 You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) - Dead or Alive (3:15)
  8. 8 I.O.U. - The Freeze (3:49)
  9. 9 Atomic - Blondie (3:47)
  10. 10 White Wedding - Billy Idol (4:12)
  11. 11 Jerkin' Back 'N' Forth - Devo (3:04)
  12. 12 I Ran - A Flock of Seagulls (3:40)
  13. 13 True Faith - New Order (5:52)
  14. 14 Getting Away With It - Electronic (4:13)
  15. 15 White Horse - Laid Back (3:55)
  16. 16 When Love Breaks Down - Prefab Sprout (3:46)
  17. 17 I Second That Emotion - Japan (3:43)
  18. 18 Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes (3:43)
  19. 19 This is Not America - Pat Metheny Group (3:49)
  20. 20 Avalon - Roxy Music (4:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Sylvian Vocals
Technical Credits
Tom Rush Composer
Tangerine Dream Producer
Altered Images Producer
The Art of Noise Producer
Arthur Baker Composer
David Bowie Composer, Producer
David Byrne Composer
Devo Producer
Thomas Dolby Composer, Producer
Bryan Ferry Composer
Debbie Harry Composer
The Human League Producer
Billy Idol Composer
Japan Producer
Kraftwerk Producer
George Michael Composer, Producer
Mark Mothersbaugh Composer
Gary Numan Composer
Steve Stevens Composer
Talking Heads Producer
Ultravox Producer
Midge Ure Composer
Pat Metheny Composer, Producer
Jimmy Destri Composer
Keith Forsey Composer, Producer
John Foxx Composer
Holly Johnson Composer
Laid Back Producer
Nile Rodgers Producer
Johannes Schmoelling Composer
Andy Taylor Composer
Giorgio Moroder Composer, Producer
Annie Lennox Composer
Billy Currie Composer
Anne Dudley Composer
Philip Oakey Composer
Walter Becker Producer
Tom Bailey Composer, Producer
Spandau Ballet Producer
Karl Bartos Composer
Jet Black Composer
Barry Bongiovi Producer
Charlie Burchill Composer
Richard James Burgess Producer
Jo Callis Composer
John Callis Composer
Warren Cann Composer
Gerald V. Casale Composer
Steve Churchyard Producer
Vince Clarke Composer
Peter Cox Composer
Steve Coy Composer
Alannah Currie Composer
Rhett Davies Producer
Jackie DeShannon Composer
Ralf Dörper Composer
Richard Drummie Composer
Edgar Froese Composer
Paul Fishman Composer
Derek Forbes Composer
Tim Friese-Greene Composer, Producer
Kenny Gamble Composer
David Gamson Composer, Producer
Val Garay Producer
Green Gartside Composer, Producer
Peter Gill Composer
Dave Greenfield Composer
Clare Grogan Composer
Stephen Hague Composer
Mark Hollis Composer
Peter Hook Composer
Trevor Horn Composer, Producer
Mike Howlett Producer
Leon Huff Composer
Ralf Hütter Composer, Producer
Johnathon J. Jeczalik Composer
Gary Johnson Composer
Steve Jolley Producer
Howard Jones Composer
Gary Kemp Composer
Jürgen Koppers Engineer
Simon LeBon Composer
Joe Leeway Composer
Steve Lipson Producer
Ian Little Producer
Eddie Lundon Composer
Ron Mael Composer
Russell Mael Composer
Tony Mansfield Composer, Producer
Arif Mardin Producer
Johnny Marr Composer
Lyle Mays Composer
Andy McCluskey Composer
Johnny McElhone Composer
Michael Mertens Composer
Alison Moyet Composer
Roxy Music Producer
Brian Nash Composer
Steve Nye Producer, Remixing
Mark O'Toole Composer
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Producer
John Punter Producer
Paul Reynolds Composer
Nick Rhodes Composer
John Robie Composer
Martin Rushent Producer
Alex Sadkin Producer
Ryuichi Sakamoto Composer
Steve Schiff Composer
Florian Schneider Producer
Ali Score Composer
Mike Score Composer
Gary Stevenson Producer
Tony Swain Producer
David Sylvian Composer
John Taylor Composer
Brian Tench Producer
Neil Tennant Composer
Colin Thurston Producer
Tony Visconti Producer
Greg Walsh Producer
Martyn Ware Composer
Donna Weiss Composer
Hugh Cornwell Composer
Kev Mastering
William Robinson Composer
Andy Bell Composer
Paddy McAloon Composer
Stephen Morris Composer
Marcus Vere Composer
Bernard Sumner Composer
Paul Morley Composer
Gary Daly Composer
Gillian Gilbert Composer
Paul Humphreys Composer
Tim Stahl Composer
Philip Wright Composer
Peter Revill Producer
Peter Burns Composer
Chris Cross Composer
Andreas Thein Composer
Peter Walsh Producer
Cass Mastering
Benjamin Arbiter Producer
Jean Jacques Burnel Composer
Steve Piggott Composer
Michael Anderson Composer
British Electric Foundation Producer
David A. Stewart Composer, Producer
Brian Keegan Composer
Jo Kerr Composer
Christoph Franke Composer
James Kerr Composer
Roger Taylor Composer
John Gulberg Composer
Timothy Lever Composer
Michael Percy Composer
Mike McNeil Composer
Anthony McDaid Composer
Ian Marsh Composer
E. Schultz Composer
Alfred Cleveland Composer
Nakia Matthewson Artwork
Glen Gregory Composer
Michael Chapman Producer
Phil Thornally Producer
De Syv Små Dværge Producer
Gerard McElhone Composer
David McKinven Composer
Fold7 Art Direction
Martin Cooper Composer
Stephen Worthy Liner Notes
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