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

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All Music Guide - Campbell
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."
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Campbell
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."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/2003
  • Label: Top Sail Productions
  • UPC: 805667189729
  • Catalog Number: 71897
  • Sales rank: 92,932

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tainted Love (2:39)
  2. 2 One Thing Leads to Another - The Fixx (3:23)
  3. 3 Our House - Madness (3:19)
  4. 4 Here Comes the Rain Again (5:04)
  5. 5 Good Thing (3:22)
  6. 6 Relax (3:56)
  7. 7 If You Leave (4:26)
  8. 8 The Reflex (4:22)
  9. 9 I Ran (So Far Away) - A Flock of Seagulls (3:43)
  10. 10 Everybody Wants to Rule the World (4:11)
  11. 11 Do You Really Want to Hurt Me (4:23)
  12. 12 Be Near Me - ABC (3:37)
  13. 13 Don't Get Me Wrong - Pretenders (3:49)
  14. 14 The Safety Dance (4:34)
  15. 15 Steppin' Out - Joe Jackson (4:22)
  16. 16 Lay Your Hands on Me (4:22)
  17. 17 What You Need (3:34)
  18. 18 Take on Me - a-ha (3:45)
  19. 19 Obsession (3:59)
  20. 20 Everybody Have Fun Tonight - Wang Chung (4:44)
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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good collection of 80s new wave hits

    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!

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