Casey Kasem Presents: America's Top Ten - The 80's New Wave

Casey Kasem Presents: America's Top Ten - The 80's New Wave

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This is an average collection of new wave hits from the '80s that doesn't differ much from similar packages that have been released by Billboard or Entertainment Weekly. The only difference between this and a host of similar compilations is Casey Kasem's name attached to it. Among the 20 tracks are the original early MTV hits "Tainted Love

Overview

This is an average collection of new wave hits from the '80s that doesn't differ much from similar packages that have been released by Billboard or Entertainment Weekly. The only difference between this and a host of similar compilations is Casey Kasem's name attached to it. Among the 20 tracks are the original early MTV hits "Tainted Love," "Here Comes the Rain Again," "One Thing Leads to Another," and "Everybody Wants to Rule the World."

Product Details

Release Date:
05/20/2003
Label:
Top Sail Productions
UPC:
0805667189729
catalogNumber:
71897
Rank:
49868

Tracks

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Duran Duran   Composer
Joe Jackson   Composer
Holly Johnson   Composer
Holly Knight   Composer
Annie Lennox   Composer
Alfie Agius   Composer
Tom Bailey   Composer
Ed Cobb   Composer
Martin Cooper   Composer
Mikey Craig   Composer
Cy Curnin   Composer
Alannah Currie   Composer
Ivan Dorschuk   Composer
Andrew Farriss   Composer
Nick Feldman   Composer
Chris Foreman   Composer
Martin Fry   Composer
Peter Gill   Composer
Rupert Greenall   Composer
Morten Harket   Composer
Roy Hay   Composer
Jack Hues   Composer
Chris Hughes   Composer
Michael Hutchence   Composer
Chrissie Hynde   Composer
Joe Leeway   Composer
Frank Maudsley   Composer
Mark O'Toole   Composer
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark   Composer
Roland Orzabal   Composer
Paul Reynolds   Composer
Ali Score   Composer
Mike Score   Composer
Ian Stanley   Composer
David Steele   Composer
Dave Stewart   Composer
Jamie West-Oram   Composer
Mark White   Composer
Adam Woods   Composer
Roland Gift   Composer
Ira Robbins   Liner Notes
Carl "Chas Smash" Smyth   Composer
Jon Moss   Composer
Doug Haverty   Art Direction
Chuck Gullo   Executive Producer
Peter Wolf   Composer

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Casey Kasem Presents: America's Top Ten - The 80's New Wave 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Top Sail’s recent pair of collections, one featuring 70s classic rock, and this one featuring 80s new wave hits, are an interesting contrast. Both catalog the commercial spin of underground movements; 70s classic rock having been, to a large extent, a by-product of underground rock of the late 60s, and 80s new wave having been a commercial spin-off of late-70s punk rock. What separates them, however, is the humanity and lasting listenability of the music. ¶ The guitar-fueled rock of the 70s retains an earthy presence that, while certainly of its time in many ways, still shows much of the music’s original vitality. In contrast, 80s new wave, or at least many of the cuts anthologized here, feel contrived. Perhaps it’s an inability to separate these tracks from the embryonic videos that gained them play on a pre-geologic MTV. How can anyone hear A Flock of Seagull’s "I Ran (So Far Away)" without thinking of Mike Score’s haircut? Or a-ha’s "Take On Me" without remembering the accompanying animated/live-action video? Perhaps it’s just the disposable nature of so many of these bands - the count of one-hit wonders is lengthy. ¶ Nearly every one of these tracks is likely to make you think more of the video that made it a hit than where you were or who you were with the first time it played. And perhaps that’s a mark of just how well this volume is selected, since they show just how influential style and video were for top-40 new wave of the 80s. Since many of these tracks were produced to sound mechanical, it’s no surprise that they retain that feeling today. But what might have sounded innovative in 1982, now sounds like an over-reliance on synthesizers. What still stands out, though, are the remarkable vocalists (Annie Lennox, Boy George, Roland Gift, and Chrissie Hynde, among others) who often fronted these bands. Top Sail’s stuffed nearly 80 minutes of music on this disc, providing your retro-80s party non-stop dancing action!