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Anthems: Electronic '80s, Vol. 2 [Digipak]


  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Don't You Want Me - Human League
    2. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics
    3. Model, The - Kraftwerk
    4. Souvenir - Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
    5. Only You - Yazoo
    6. It's My Life - Talk Talk
    7. Girls on Film - Duran Duran
    8. Instinction - Spandau Ballet
    9. Ghosts - Japan
    10. Word Girl, The - Scritti Politti
    11. Let Me Go - Heaven 17
    12. Golden Brown - The Stranglers
    13. Glittering Prize - Simple Minds
    14. No Regrets - Midge Ure
    15. Dr. Mabuse - Propaganda
    16. Europe After the Rain - John Foxx
    17. Forbidden Colours - David Sylvian/David Sylvain/Ryuichi Sakamoto
    18. We Are Glass - Gary Numan
    19. Love on a Real Train - Tangerine Dream
    20. Welcome to the Pleasuredome - Frankie Goes to Hollywood
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Relax - Frankie Goes to Hollywood
    2. Gold - Spandau Ballet
    3. Pearl in the Shell - Howard Jones
    4. Little Respect, A - Erasure
    5. I Could Be Happy - Altered Images
    6. Don't Leave Me This Way - Sarah Jane Morris/The Communards
    7. Living in a Box - Living in a Box
    8. Call Me - Go West
    9. Politics of Dancing, The - Re-Flex
    10. Hold Me Now - Thompson Twins
    11. She Blinded Me with Science - Thomas Dolby
    12. Open Your Heart - Human League
    13. King in a Catholic Style (Wake Up) - China Crisis
    14. Livingby Numbers - New Musik
    15. Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin) - Scritti Politti
    16. Sunset Now - Heaven 17
    17. No.1 Song in Heaven - Sparks
    18. Dancing with Tears in My Eyes - Ultravox
    19. Beat Box - The Art of Noise
    20. Nobody's Diary - Yazoo
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Let's Dance - David Bowie
    2. Don't You (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds
    3. Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran
    4. Everything She Wants - Wham!
    5. And She Was - Talking Heads
    6. Locomotion - Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
    7. You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) - Dead or Alive
    8. I.O.U. - Freeez/The Freeze
    9. Atomic - Blondie
    10. White Wedding - Billy Idol
    11. Jerkin' Back 'N' Forth - Devo
    12. I Ran - A Flock of Seagulls
    13. True Faith - New Order
    14. Getting Away with It - Electronic
    15. White Horse - Laid Back
    16. When Love Breaks Down - Prefab Sprout
    17. I Second That Emotion - Japan
    18. Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
    19. This Is Not America - David Bowie/Pat Metheny Group
    20. Avalon - Roxy Music
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): MOSCD214

  • Credits
    Producer
    Engineer

    Liner Note Author: Stephen Worthy.
    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. ~ Jon O'Brien

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