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Go-Go'sAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (October 5, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1990
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000001I0L
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,229 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Our Lips Are Sealed
2. Cool Jerk
3. We Got The Beat
4. Head Over Heels
5. Get Up And Go
6. Vacation
7. Beatnik Beach
8. You Thought
9. I'm The Only One
10. This Town
11. Lust To Love
12. Mercenary
13. How Much More
14. Turn To You

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Cute and perky, the Go-Go's bounced on the scene with "We Got the Beat" as if they were leading a new wave pep rally. As Greatest Hits documents, their energy was at its peak with their debut album, especially on its other hit, "Our Lips Are Sealed." Later hits like "Vacation" and "Head Over Heels" could still get 'em out on the dance floor, but also characterized a bit of a mood swing for the band. Troubled by their quick rise to fame, the Go-Go's couldn't sustain the pace because of pressures outside and within their band's structure (the subject of "Head Over Heels"). Regardless, Greatest Hits can manage to evoke more than just nostalgia with "This Town," "Lust to Love," and "Cool Jerk." --Steve Gdula

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51 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Than Just the Synth-Pop Hits November 22, 2004
Format:Audio CD
When I look back at the Go-Go's career in the 1980s, there are two interesting things that come to mind. The first is that the Go-Gos 80s career really only spanned a three year period from 1981 through 1984 in which they produced three albums ("Beauty and the Beat", "Vacation", and "Talk Show"). The second is that the Go-Gos were really much more than a "novelty" act. The Go-Gos got the reputation for being a novelty act probably because they were an all-female group that really appealed to the hey-dey of MTV's video days. But when you start to listen to much of the music made by the Go-Gos, you will really discover that this was a creative group that made some very good music. The collection "Go-Gos Greatest" includes 14 tracks from the three albums made by the Go-Gos in the 1980s and help to really give you a good feel for the music made by the group.

The Go-Gos were a quintet of five women - Charlotte Caffey, Belinda Carlisle, Gina Schock, Kathy Valentine, and Jane Wiedlin. Belinda is often the best known of the Go-Gos as she went on to have a very successful solo career in the late 80s. However, much of the creativity of the Go-Gos emulated from lead guitarist and keyboardist Charlotte Caffey. While all of the Go-Gos would contribute to songwriting at one point or another, Charlotte would emerge as the lead songwriter with Jane as the secondary one (she authored 11 of the 14 tracks included on this collection - Jane would contribute to 7 tracks). Caffey would also go on to do some songwriting for Belinda Carlisle after the split of the Go-Gos.

The Go-Gos career was smack in the middle of the synth-pop revolution.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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The Go-Go's formed in 1978 and emerged from their ska punk roots to become goddesses of pop punk when "We Got the Beat" became an underground hit in 1980. The pop scene greeted The Go-Go's with a certain amount of surprise, it seemed, because the all-female band could play instruments and wrote most of their own songs. The contrast between their punk sensibility and their perky, poppy demeanor made for a curious, memorable image that suited the glossy cynicism of the 1980s. "Go-Go's: Greatest" is a best-of album covering the band's chart-topping hey day in the 1980s. The 14 tracks represent the 3 albums The Go-Go's recorded before their breakup in 1985. The ladies' line-up on "Greatest" is: Charlotte Caffey, lead guitar and keyboards; Belinda Carlisle, lead vocals; Gina Schock, drums and percussion; Kathy Valentine, bass guitar, rhythm guitar, and backup vocals; and Jane Wiedlin, rhythm guitar and backup vocals.

From 1981's "Beauty and the Beat", we have the #2 hit "We Got the Beat", the #20 hit "Our Lips Are Sealed", and "How Much More", "Lust to Love", and "This Town". From 1982's "Vacation", there is the #8 hit title track "Vacation", along with "Get Up and Go", "Cool Jerk", and "Beatnik Beach". 1984's "Talk Show" is represented by the #11 hit "Head Over Heels", #32 hit "Turn to You", and "You Thought", "I'm the Only One", and "Mercenary". "Head Over Heels" is undeniably sophisticated pop punk, in defiance of those tempted to write off The Go-Go's as a bubblegum band. The "Talk Show" album generally has a lyrical and musical sophistication beyond The Go-Go's 2 previous albums. It's pretty darn good music. Among the non-hits in this collection: "Lust to Love" is a solid rockin' love song that manages to create a sense of anticipation.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Once a Go-Go fan always a Go-Go fan! April 28, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Formed in the late 70s, the Go-Go's quickly became the poster women for the women in rock movement. Their popularity, launched with the release of their first album, Beauty and the Beat, quickly ended in the mid-80s with the departure of Wiedlin quickly follwed by Carlisle and Caffey.
As for solo efforts, Carlisle emerged as the heavy hitter, but largely remains popular in overseas and all but forgotten in her home land. Don't second guess other solo Go-Go projects. Caffey formed the Graces in 1989 with then unknown singer Meredith Brooks. Wiedlin has done her own work and fromed fRosted but as been recently concentrating on her acting career.
But this is all to say that the Go-Go's formed the foundation for all of these women's talents. Greatest showcases all of their hits from their three albums, Beauty and the Beat, Vacation and 1984's Talk Show.
Included in this package is a reworked version of their 1982 cover version of Cool Jerk. The new version showcases trends in music and should have been released as a dance club maxi single.
The Greatest album is just that...the greatest. Followed in 1994 with a box set, the Go-Go's never seem to fall out of the limelight. Check them out this summer as they relaunch their successful "reunion" tour across the land. Sources say a new album is in the works. What made the Go-Go's popular in the early/mid 80's could certainly work again!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great collection for any music fan July 7, 1999
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I am a major music collector, and this CD is definitely in my top ten. Just a good mixture of crunchy rock, harmonious pop, and melodic tunes. No matter what your musical tastes are, you'll probably enjoy this one a lot.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT CD
I RECOMMED GREAT CD -TIME PASS WITH GRATE PLEASURE LISTENING TO ALL THE SONGS AND GOING BACK TO OUR OLD TIME.
Published 1 month ago by gladys g guillen
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Seller of used CD's
This was a Christmas gift, CD was Like new as stated in ad. The person that received this loved it, what else can you say?
Published 6 months ago by M. Sanders
5.0 out of 5 stars Great vacation
At this point in my life, to replay "vacation" (I had heard it much as a kid/teen) is a great "vacation" song. Read more
Published 7 months ago by David Lew
5.0 out of 5 stars Pop punk chicks do the world.
Hey, an all chick punk band from the 80's. How can you go wrong? Most of their best stuff through the 80's in one place. Loved it.
Published 7 months ago by M. Sellers
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
A perfect collection of their greatest hits! I fell in love with these girls all over again! A must have for true GoGo's fans!
Published 8 months ago by bretzel2
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Summer CD
I chose this rating because this CD has many of the Go Go's Greatest Hits. It's a great CD for summer! Also, I like that it is not "Live". Fun CD!
Published 11 months ago by Miriam Rubbert
4.0 out of 5 stars great!
it was a gift for my mother... she was so surprised to open it up and look into the album of her glory days. great quality!
Published 12 months ago by larissa
4.0 out of 5 stars go gos
This set would get 5 stars if they didn't remix "Cool Jerk" all the other songs are the original mixes
Published 16 months ago by cw
5.0 out of 5 stars I listen to this more than I thought I would
I would recommend this to anyone who remembers the 80 and how many times you watched the videos for this music. Many happy memories
Published 19 months ago by Loy Jean Wertman
5.0 out of 5 stars GO GO's
Always good to have the original albums, but a mixes like this one have their place. I think it is comprehensive enough to cover most of the songs people recall. Read more
Published 20 months ago by David R. Farlow
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