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Anthems: Electronic '80s, Vol. 2

Anthems: Electronic '80s, Vol. 2

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


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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Ministry Of Sound Uk


Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Sylvian   Vocals

Technical Credits

Tom Rush   Composer
Tangerine Dream   Producer
Altered Images   Producer
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
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
Cleveland   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
Stephen 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
Dave Stewart   Composer
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
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
Benjamin Arbiter   Producer
Jean Jacques Burnel   Composer
Steve Piggott   Composer
Michael Anderson   Composer
British Electric Foundation   Producer
David A. Stewart   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
Nakia Matthewson   Artwork
Glen Gregory   Composer
Michael Chapman   Producer
Phil Thornally   Producer
Syv Små Dværge   Producer
Gerard McElhone   Composer
David McKinven   Composer
Peter Walsh   Producer
Fold7   Art Direction
Martin Cooper   Composer
Stephen Worthy   Liner Notes

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