Then: Totally Oldies '80s Again, Vol. 7

Then: Totally Oldies '80s Again, Vol. 7

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The second '80s-focused entry in Varese Sarabande's Then: Totally Oldies series mixes it up more than some '80s comps, still concentrating on the new wave salad days of the first half of the decade, but reaching as far as 1988 and 1989 to include Icehouse's sleek AOR standard "Electric Blue" and the Cult's

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The second '80s-focused entry in Varese Sarabande's Then: Totally Oldies series mixes it up more than some '80s comps, still concentrating on the new wave salad days of the first half of the decade, but reaching as far as 1988 and 1989 to include Icehouse's sleek AOR standard "Electric Blue" and the Cult's rampaging "Fire Woman." This gives the collection a bit more diversity, even if there are a lot of familiar tunes at its core, songs like "Centerfold," "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)," "Whip It," "Walk Like Egyptian," "Down Under," and "Broken Wings" that regularly show up on '80s comps. What distinguishes this one is that there's some interesting choices in the margins, things that make up for the inclusion of the hideous Stars on 45 medley that stops the disc dead in its tracks about halfway through. Discounting that, there are some good things that don't appear all that much on standard '80s collections, such as Get Wet's "Just So Lonely," Benjamin Orr's "Stay the Night" (giving this collection a grand total of two Cars-related cuts), Pat Benatar's anthemic "We Belong," Love and Rockets' college favorite "No New Tale to Tell," and the Korgis' "Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime," which was revived earlier in 2004 by Beck on the soundtrack for Michel Gondry's brilliant film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. All of these inclusions help make Then: Totally Oldies '80s Again, Vol. 7 a better than average '80s collection.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/11/2004
Label:
Varese Fontana
UPC:
0030206654622
catalogNumber:
066546
Rank:
79990

Tracks

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Devo   Producer
John Lennon   Composer
Love and Rockets   Producer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Mark Mothersbaugh   Composer
Ric Ocasek   Composer
Peter Wolf   Producer
Daniel Ash   Composer
David J   Composer
Bryon Davis   Producer,Concept
David Foster   Composer
Andy Kim   Composer
Pete Burns   Composer
Matt Aitken   Composer,Producer
Roy Thomas Baker   Producer
Jeff Barry   Composer
Gerald V. Casale   Composer
Peter Cetera   Composer
Peter Coleman   Producer
Steve Coy   Composer
Iva Davies   Composer
Paul DeVilliers   Producer
Billy Duffy   Composer
Jaap Eggermont   Producer
Larry Fast   Composer
Neil Giraldo   Producer
Kevin Haskins   Composer
Colin Hay   Composer
Seth Justman   Composer
David Kahne   Producer
Matthew King Kaufman   Producer
Larry Klein   Producer
John Lang   Composer
Tim Lever   Composer
David Lord   Producer
Cary E. Mansfield   Producer,Concept
Peter McIan   Producer
Bob Mothersbaugh   Composer
Alan Myers   Composer
Dan Navarro   Composer
John Oates   Composer
Benjamin Orr   Composer,Producer
Richard Page   Composer
Gary Philippet   Composer
Phil Ramone   Producer
Bob Rock   Producer
Mike Shipley   Producer
Liam Sternberg   Composer
Mike Stock   Composer,Producer
Ron Strykert   Composer
James Warren   Composer,Producer
Barry Blue   Arranger,Producer
Steve George   Composer
Mike Percy   Composer
Bill Pitzonka   Producer,Liner Notes,Art Direction,Concept
Robert Casale   Composer
David Eric Lowen   Composer
Peter Burns   Composer
Ian Asbury   Composer
DJ Andy Anderson   Liner Notes
Peter Alan Waterman   Composer,Producer
David J. Haskins   Composer
Timothy Lever   Composer
Michael Percy   Composer

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Then: Totally Oldies '80s Again, Vol. 7 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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This is a fine complement to Varese's first volume of '80s hits, providing a second helping bona-fide stars (Bangles, Cars, Pat Benatar), and one- (and possibly two-) hit wonders. The latter are particularly valuable, as collecting them on CD, especially the original single mixes, can be tough and pricy. In addition to true one-hit wonders like Dead or Alive ("You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)") and Total Coelo ("I Eat Cannibals"), the song list features bands whose flirtation with chart success only hints at their rich catalog and history. Artists like J. Geils, Devo, Greg Kihn, The Cult, and Love and Rockets all have album catalogs well worth exploring beyond these hits. It's amazing to think back to a time when this much variety - new wave, rock, soul, could all be heard on the same radio station (not to mention a time when MTV played videos end-to-end). A generous 18 tracks make this a good party record, and song-by-song chart info and liner notes fill out the story for collectors.