Not to be confused with any of the five single-disc volumes that made of SPG's original Hardest Hits
series, this is a three-disc box from the same label and recycles roughly 60 percent of the same series. Regardless, it's a cheap way to obtain over 40 songs from the '80s, most of which were released during the decade's earliest (new wave) years. Not everything was a hit, a fact that makes the box more intriguing for open-minded listeners who don't recognize all of the track titles. Highlights include Japan
's "Life in Tokyo," Thomas Leer
's "International," the Nails
' "88 Lines About 44 Women," the Chameleons UK
's "Swamp Thing," Duran Duran
's "Planet Earth," and Vicious Pink
's "Cccan't You See."