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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City - Box Set Box set, Soundtrack


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  • Audio CD (October 29, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 7
  • Format: Box set, Soundtrack
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00006SM6Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,132 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Although the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City takes place in the 1980s, its musical accompaniment leaps light years beyond the simplistic plink-plonking found on that decade's primitive gaming systems. GTA's whopping seven-CD soundtrack set (also available as individual volumes) culls the best of the decade of decadence's musical offerings. V-Rock, and Wave 103 spotlight the '80s musical mainstays, hairsprayed heavy metal and bursts of fizzy New Wave electro-pop, while saccharine love songs and mellow light rock populate the next two discs: Emotion 98.3 and Flash FM, respectively.

Volume 5, the appropriately titled Wildstyle Pirate, celebrates the origins of hip-hop and DJ culture; Fever 105 focuses on sizzling soul; and Radio Espantoso rounds out the set with upbeat Cuban jazz hybrids. With such differing styles, not every disc will appeal to every listener. And not every CD is mixed well--Fever 105 can be monotonous, and Emotion 98.3's tunes are overplayed. However, the best part about GTA is its often surprising musical selections: Tears for Fears' morose "Pale Shelter," the long mix of Grandmaster Flash's "The Message," and Mary Jane Girls' slinky "All Night Long." Throwing in lesser-known musical gems among the hits adds spice and unexpected turns, which redeem GTA's shortcomings and make this set a treat for everyone, not just fans of the game. --Annie Zaleski

Customer Reviews

All the kooky music of the 80's.
Anne McFadden
The cd runs like you're listening to an actual radio station complete with commerical breaks, though the commercial breaks are not that frequent.
Sal Paradise
A must buy for anybody who likes 80's music or just a fan of Grand Theft Auto.
Rene C. Garcia

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Donald Sullivan on August 6, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Every thing on this set is great except for the missing tracks. I'll explain everything that is omitted, for your information. The following songs are not included (at least on the version I bought):
from Wildstyle, "Get It Girl" by 2 Live Crew, "The Smurf" by Tyrone Brunson. From Flash, "Japanese Boy" by Aneka, "Video Killed The Radio Star" by The Buggles, "One Thing Leads To Another" by The Fixx. From Fever 105, "Last Night A D.J. Saved My Life" by In Deep. From VRock, "Cum On Feel The Noise" by Quiet Riot, "She Sells Sanctuary" by The Cult, "Working For The Weekend" by Loverboy, "God Bless Video" by Alcatrazz, "Fist Fury" by Lovefist. From Espantoso, "The Bullís Wrong" by Alpha Banditos, "Yo Te Mire" by Tres Apenas Como Eso. From Wave 103, "Love Missle F1-11" by Sigue Sigue Sputnik, "Cars" by Gary Numan, "Poison Arrow" by ABC, "Obsession" by Animotion. Some sections of songs have also been removed, like the ones in "Self Control" by Laura Branigan and "I Ran" by Flock of Seagulls. The stations K-Chat and Vice City: Pressing Issues have also been excluded, but I personally don't feel they are necessary for the soundtrack.
Otherwise this disc set is excellent, with the commercials, and the announcers in character, acting as if they are albums of greatest hits from their stations.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Brian Stuart on June 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Anyone disillusioned with the greed and exploitation of the music industry can take some solice in this fantastic box set. Seven great CDs for an even better price. Believe me, this is the definition of worth the money. With beautiful packaging and neat little extras to boot!
Yes, some will complain about the tracks left off the soundtrack. Some omissions are so glaring, that one has to assume many were contractually motivated. No matter, though, as the soundtracks are still absurdly comprehensive and offer a great sampler of 80's music with a healthy mix of big hits and underappreciated tracks. "Four Little Diamonds" has quickly become a personal favorite, as has the awesome Romeo Void track "Never Say Never". The broad variety of the seven discs make this a great addition to any CD collection, even if you haven't played the game. From post-disco dance tracks, to the cool of Latin Jazz, to the calculated excess of pop and hard rock, to the morose stylings of New Wave and the urban poetry of early rap, this soundtrack set embodies the surprisingly rich musical diversity of the much malligned 80's. I can't think of anyone putting out such an eclectic and complete set as this. This hits all its spots, and I highly recommend it.
Oh, and no. Aneka's "Japanese Boy" is most definetly not included in this collection. Trust me. I *actually* own the box set.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alejandro Albiar-Carmona on December 26, 2002
Format: Audio CD
After purchasing this MAIBATSU MONSTROSITY of a Box Set, it was clear to see this was an outstanding soundtrack! The music does it's magic of making you feel like your back in the 80's!
The Box set contains seven outstanding CD's, from seven radio stations in the game. And although the following soundtrack was done well, there was a PROBLEM! After comparing the game manual's listing of music to the soundtracks list, some of the music was MISSING! Songs like Japanese Boy from Flash FM, and others were no where to be found in the box set. And after looking to see if there was enough space on each CD, there was at least a half an hour left on what looked to be an 80 minute disc! And to make things worse, some of the radio stations were MISSING AS WELL...
Although they didn't contain music, the missing radio stations were the ones like kchat, and the other talk shows. From what I heard, the talk shows seemed hilarious on the PS2, and would've been a good addition to the collection! Overall, this soundtrack has been done well, but don't expetc ALL the songs from the game to be there!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David N Adams, III on December 8, 2002
Format: Audio CD
First off, this "soundtrack" contains 7 - count 'em - SEVEN cd's packed with great hits from the 80's. Not only that, but each cd has a different tone. SO whether you want punk rock, hip hop, or even latino, there's a cd for you.
What is also cool is that each cd has actual chat and commercials from the hit video game for PS2. And each cd, when used with a PC gives a access to a cheat code from the website.
What more could you ask for? A full color map? A map of the cities? Maybe a memory card with the game completed for you? That's asking for a bit much, but it's still a great soundtrack anyways. It even comes with a nice box for all the cd's.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 14, 2002
Format: Audio CD
First off, it's a great game. Then, a great expansion (Vice City). And to top it all off Rockstar Games and Epic Records, in association with SONY, have released a 7-CD SET! I grew up, and was a child of the 80's, and this is it. This covers all the greats from Frankie Goes to Hollywood to Michael Jackson. And to top it all off, there's some great tracks from the game itself. I don't care if you've never even heard of the video game, if you love the 80's, you have to buy this set!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Williams on May 22, 2007
Format: Audio CD
First of all, this is a great soundtrack to purchase for anyone who enjoys just driving around Vice City and listening to the radio. This is the reason why I bought it. However, there were a few disappointments. When I purchased the Grand Theft Auto Vice City Soundtrack Box Set, I expected every song from every music station to be included. Although most of the songs are included, a few were not. I feel that this is made up for, though, by the inclusion of DJ banter and various commercials from the game.

One thing that I feel would have improved this soundtrack set would be to include the K-Chat and VCPR stations. These were both favorites of mine (along with Wave 103).

Overall, I have to say that the GTA Vice City Soundtrack Box Set is a great buy if you enjoy the multiple radio stations, or if you simply want to add to your Grand Theft Auto collection! I was certainly satisfied.
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