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NOW That's What I Call The '80s

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20 hits from the 80's when Pop was popping to 'Billie Jean'- Michael Jackson, 'Uptown Girl' - Billy Joel, 'Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go' - Wham!, 'Girls Just Want To Have Fun' - Cyndi Lauper, 'Hungry Like The Wolf '- Duran Duran, 'Don't You (Forget About Me)' - Simple Minds, 'Abracadabra'- Steve Miller, 'Let's Dance' - David Bowie, 'Who Can It Be Now?' - Men At Work ,'Total Eclipse Of The Heart '- Bonnie Tyler and more.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
  2. Uptown Girl - Billy Joel
  3. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - Wham!
  4. Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
  5. Hungry Like The Wolf - Duran Duran
  6. Don't You (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds
  7. One Thing Leads to Another - The Fixx
  8. Abracadabra - Steve Miller
  9. Shakedown - Bob Seger
  10. Every Breath You Take - The Police
  11. Here I Go Again - Whitesnake
  12. Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
  13. Rockit - Herbie Hancock
  14. Let's Dance - David Bowie feat. Maynard James Keenan & John Frusciante
  15. Who Can It Be Now? - Men At Work
  16. Everybody Wants to Rule the World - Tears for Fears
  17. Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield
  18. Heaven - Bryan Adams
  19. What About Love - Heart
  20. Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 11, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: March 11, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • ASIN: B0012K1INU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,184 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When I ordered this set, I got it due to the overall quality of the "Now..." series as far as song selections and especially the sound quality. Like many others have said, most of the music here can be found on other collections but a few songs stood out for me, so I thought I would chance it although I own 90% of this music in a remastered format already. This disc was made in 2008 and I figured the songs would have the latest mastering available at the time. Boy, was I wrong. For example, Billy Joel's 'Uptown Girl" sounds like it was from the first cd release and not the remastered version. Several of the other songs sound the same way. Little bass, alot of tinny treble and just no real quality. You hear the difference of volume levels, crispness, sound quality of the master tapes, and whether songs were remastered or not throughout this disc. It is so sad as all these songs are remastered now and as I stated, I expected them to be of 'sound quality' here.

How can this cd differ so much from '80's Hits' of the same series as far as sound quality? The sound quality of the '80's Hits' compared to this one is like night and day but yet made by same company and part of the 'NOW' series.

Another note is that many of the songs are single versions, which I sort of expected but was hoping for album versions of a few. No dice. The only real gem here is Simple Minds with the extended version of 'Don't You Forget About Me". Overall I was disappointed with this disc.
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WOW!!!!! What a wonderful trip down memory lane...you remember, the time when MTV ACTUALLY PLAYED THESE VIDEOS!!!! and you didn't NEED a satellite dish or a more expensive cable deal in order to watch videos on MTV!!! Each one of these songs is a gem. I truly enjoy the full-length longer version of the Simple Minds classic "Don't You Forget About Me" I truly hope that this will start a new market for the NOW compilation franchise as to where they will branch out and do more 80's cds and find a way to always have an extended version/remix version of an 80's fave on it.
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Track listing according to the UK amazon (also half the price):

Disc: 1
1. Elton John - I'm Still Standing
2. a-ha - Take On Me
3. David Bowie & Mick Jagger - Dancing In The Street
4. Nik Kershaw - I Won't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
5. Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder - Together In Electric Dreams
6. Duran Duran - A View To A Kill
7. Spandau Ballet - Gold
8. Matthew Wilder - Break My Stride
9. DeBarge - Rhythm Of The Night
10. Simply Red - Money's Too Tight (To Mention)
11. Scritti Politti-Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin)
12. The Cure - The Lovecats
13. Soft Cell Say Hello, Wave Goodbye
14. Genesis - Mama
15. Paul McCartney - No More Lonely Nights
16. Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time
17. Yazoo - Only You
18. Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush - Don't Give Up
19. Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight

Disc: 2
1. The Proclaimers - I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
2. The Bangles - Walk Like An Egyptian
3. Run-DMC feat. Aerosmith - Walk This Way
4. Billy Idol - Rebel Yell
5. Katrina & The Waves - Walking On Sunshine
6. The Housemartins - Happy Hour
7. Fine Young Cannibals - Good Thing
8. George Michael - Faith
9. Womack & Womack - Teardrops
10. Lionel Richie - Dancing On The Ceiling
11. The Communards - Don't Leave Me This Way
12. Erasure - A Little Respect
13. Climie Fisher - Love Changes (Everything)
14. Johnny Hates Jazz - Shattered Dreams
15. Level 42 - Lessons in Love
16. Bobby Brown - My Prerogative
17. Cameo - Word Up!
18. Gwen Guthrie - Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent
19. Soul II Soul feat. Caron Wheeler - Keep On Movin'
20. Neneh Cherry - Manchild
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The "Now" series of CDs has become very popular over the past few years. Although I'm not much of a fan of the regular "Now" CDs, I was glad to see that an 80s version had been released. Growing up in the 80s, these songs contained on this CD remind me of listening to my car stereo. This great CD is loaded with some classic 80s songs as well as some good overlooked tracks as well.

Favorites such as Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl" and Rick Springfield's "Jessie's Girl" highlight the line-up. Some of the lesser-known songs include Bob Seger's "Shakedown" and Herbie Hancock's "Rockit". I do think some of the songs could have been replaced with better material. Almost every 80s compilation I've seen undoubtedly has Duran Duran's "Hungry Like the Wolf" included, and this CD is no different. I would have liked to have seen the Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" included here.

Overall, I do like this CD, but I wish some different songs could have been added. Hopefully, there will be a second disc released in this series.
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if they release something like NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL 80's SYNTH-POP, or NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL 80's 12" MIXES, then i'd buy it. But this collection is ok too, especially if you're new to 80's music and love the NOW series. But for avid 80's fans though, most of this stuff will be in your collection already, and New Wave fans have the extensive JUST CAN'T GET ENOUGH series.

But anyway, apparently this disc has the extended version(almost 7 minutes long) of Simple Minds' DON'T YOU FORGET ABOUT ME. I noticed it as i was seeing which songs i might want to download(legally here at amazon mp3 downloads of course). It said album only though so i wasn't able to, but i won't hold it against the cd. 4-stars...i guess.
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