Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1985-1989

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This box set simply packages together five previously released compilations, each devoted to one of the last five years of the 1980s. The series, under the auspices of Entertainment Weekly magazine (which did not exist in the '80s), was compiled by the Buddha reissue subsidiary of BMG, but it employs tracks licensed from other labels as well. The title is a misnomer, at least as far as its adjective goes: All the included tracks were hits, reaching at least the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, but these are not the greatest hits of each year or of the period as a whole. Each volume does contain a few of that year's biggest hits among its 12 selections, however, and of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This box set simply packages together five previously released compilations, each devoted to one of the last five years of the 1980s. The series, under the auspices of Entertainment Weekly magazine (which did not exist in the '80s), was compiled by the Buddha reissue subsidiary of BMG, but it employs tracks licensed from other labels as well. The title is a misnomer, at least as far as its adjective goes: All the included tracks were hits, reaching at least the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, but these are not the greatest hits of each year or of the period as a whole. Each volume does contain a few of that year's biggest hits among its 12 selections, however, and of the actual 60 greatest hits of 1985-1989, 12 are included, among them two of the half-decade's 20 biggest singles, the Bangles' "Walk Like an Egyptian" and REO Speedwagon's "Can't Fight This Feeling." Because of budget considerations and licensing restrictions, compilations like this one tend to skip the biggest stars, and that's true here. Only six of the top 20 singles artists of the period are represented: Billy Ocean, New Kids on the Block, the Bangles, Richard Marx, Debbie Gibson, and Huey Lewis and the News. Meanwhile, tracks like one-hit wonder Autograph's "Turn Up the Radio," which are on several other '80s collections, are here, too. All of which is to say that, as usual with budget-priced, miscellaneous compilations of old hits, the customer is the best judge of this set's value. Look down the song list, consider the price, and decide whether there are enough of your old favorites to justify the purchase. If so, they are presented here in good sound, probably mixed in with some songs you'd just as soon forget.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/23/2001
  • Label: Buddha
  • UPC: 744659982323
  • Catalog Number: 99823

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Power of Love - Huey Lewis & the News (3:55)
  2. 2 Freeway of Love - Aretha Franklin (5:54)
  3. 3 Neutron Dance - The Pointer Sisters (4:14)
  4. 4 Walking on Sunshine - Katrina & the Waves (3:57)
  5. 5 California Girls - David Lee Roth (2:49)
  6. 6 We Built This City - Starship (4:58)
  7. 7 Turn up the Radio - Autograph (4:35)
  8. 8 Can't Fight This Feeling - REO Speedwagon (4:51)
  9. 9 And We Danced - The Hooters (3:50)
  10. 10 Broken Wings - Mr. Mister (4:45)
  11. 11 Sugar Walls - Sheena Easton (3:57)
  12. 12 Miami Vice Theme - Jan Hammer (2:27)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Walk This Way - Run-D.M.C. (5:13)
  2. 2 Walk Like an Egyptian - Bangles (3:25)
  3. 3 Addicted to Love - Robert Palmer (4:03)
  4. 4 Word Up - Cameo (4:20)
  5. 5 Rock Me Amadeus - Falco (3:21)
  6. 6 Future's So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades - Timbuk 3 (3:23)
  7. 7 Take Me Home Tonight - Ronnie Spector (3:32)
  8. 8 Sara - Starship (4:23)
  9. 9 Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone) - Glass Tiger (4:07)
  10. 10 No One Is to Blame - Howard Jones (4:11)
  11. 11 Life in a Northern Town - The Dream Academy (4:18)
  12. 12 Kyrie - Mr. Mister (4:15)
Disc 3
  1. 1 The One I Love - R.E.M. (3:19)
  2. 2 Touch of Grey - Grateful Dead (4:32)
  3. 3 Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now - Starship (4:31)
  4. 4 Here I Go Again - Whitesnake (4:36)
  5. 5 Don't Dream It's Over - Crowded House (3:55)
  6. 6 Heart and Soul - T'Pau (4:03)
  7. 7 I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) - George Michael (4:02)
  8. 8 Shake You Down - Gregory Abbott (4:06)
  9. 9 Lost in Emotion - Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam (5:09)
  10. 10 Shake Your Love - Debbie Gibson (3:44)
  11. 11 Touch Me (I Want Your Body) - Samantha Fox (3:43)
  12. 12 Should've Known Better - Richard Marx (4:05)
Disc 4
  1. 1 You Got It (The Right Stuff) - New Kids on the Block (4:14)
  2. 2 Tell It to My Heart - Taylor Dayne (3:40)
  3. 3 Make Me Lose Control - Eric Carmen (4:47)
  4. 4 Together Forever - Rick Astley (3:26)
  5. 5 Need You Tonight - INXS (3:04)
  6. 6 Wishing Well - Terence Trent D'Arby (3:33)
  7. 7 Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car - Billy Ocean (4:45)
  8. 8 Parents Just Don't Understand - DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince (5:14)
  9. 9 Nite and Day - Al B. Sure! (4:05)
  10. 10 Seasons Change - Exposé (4:17)
  11. 11 Waiting For a Star to Fall - Boy Meets Girl (4:33)
  12. 12 Don't Worry, Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin (4:50)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Back to Life (However Do You Want Me) - Soul II Soul (3:42)
  2. 2 She Drives Me Crazy - Fine Young Cannibals (3:37)
  3. 3 Bust a Move - Young MC (4:25)
  4. 4 Funky Cold Medina - Tone-Loc (4:10)
  5. 5 Kiss - Tom Jones (3:31)
  6. 6 Angel Eyes - The Jeff Healey Band (4:23)
  7. 7 Heaven - Warrant (3:57)
  8. 8 Rock On - Michael Damian (3:22)
  9. 9 So Alive - Love and Rockets (4:14)
  10. 10 The Living Years - Mike + the Mechanics (5:30)
  11. 11 Toy Soldiers - Martika (4:46)
  12. 12 Right Here Waiting - Richard Marx (4:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tone-Loc Track Performer
Gregory Abbott Track Performer
The Art of Noise Track Performer
Rick Astley Track Performer
Bangles Track Performer
Boy Meets Girl Track Performer
Cameo Track Performer
Eric Carmen Track Performer
Crowded House Track Performer
Michael Damian Track Performer
Taylor Dayne Track Performer
The Dream Academy Track Performer
Sheena Easton Track Performer
Falco Track Performer
Fine Young Cannibals Track Performer
Aretha Franklin Track Performer
Debbie Gibson Track Performer
Grateful Dead Track Performer
The Hooters Track Performer
INXS Track Performer
Love and Rockets Track Performer
Martika Track Performer
George Michael Track Performer
Eddie Money Track Performer
New Kids on the Block Track Performer
Billy Ocean Track Performer
The Pointer Sisters Track Performer
David Lee Roth Track Performer
Soul II Soul Track Performer
Starship Track Performer
Whitesnake Track Performer
Jan Hammer Track Performer
Bobby McFerrin Track Performer
Katrina & the Waves Track Performer
Glass Tiger Track Performer
Ronnie Spector Track Performer
Los Bukis Track Performer
Al B. Sure! Track Performer
DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince Track Performer
Howard Jones Track Performer
Richard Marx Track Performer
Mechanics Track Performer
Huey Lewis & the News Track Performer
Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam Track Performer
The Jeff Healey Band Track Performer
Technical Credits
Conway Twitty Composer
Gregory Abbott Composer
Eric Carmen Composer
David Essex Composer
Jerry Garcia Composer
Debbie Gibson Composer
John Hiatt Composer
Robert Palmer Composer
Joe Perry Composer
Brian Wilson Composer
Jan Hammer Composer
Ellie Greenwich Composer
Robert Hunter Composer
Albert Hammond Composer
Mike Love Composer
Marc Bolan Composer
Anne Dudley Composer
Phil Spector Composer
Matt Aitken Composer
Larry Blackmon Composer
Jeff Barry Composer
Eric Bazilian Composer
Simon Climie Composer
Johnny Colla Composer
Kevin Cronin Composer
Terence Trent D'Arby Composer
Elliott Federman Mastering
Neil Finn Composer
Chris Hayes Composer
Rob Hyman Composer
Johnathon J. Jeczalik Composer
Tomi Jenkins Composer
Howard Jones Composer
Jani Lane Composer
Huey Lewis Composer
Lewis A. Martineé Composer
Richard Marx Composer
George Merrill Composer
Narada Michael Walden Composer
Dennis Morgan Composer
Sean Oliver Composer
Kimberley Rew Composer
Shannon Rubicam Composer
Danny Sembello Composer
Maurice Starr Composer
Liam Sternberg Composer
Mike Stock Composer
Steven Tyler Composer
Peter Vale Composer
Diane Warren Composer
Pete Waterman Composer
Allee Willis Composer
Ina Wolf Composer
Young MC Composer
Michael Ross Composer
Prince & the Revolution Composer
Matt Dike Composer
Mathieu Bitton Art Direction
Robert McFerrin Composer
Michael Leeson Composer
Alex Miller Executive Producer
Peter Wolf Composer
Grant Composer
Michael Lawrence Ross Composer
Matt William Dike Composer
Marvin Bruce Young Composer
Jeffrey Cohen Composer
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