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Like,Omigod! 80's..Culture Box Box set, Compilation


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  • Audio CD (July 19 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 7
  • Format: Box set, Compilation
  • Label: Rhino-Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000068ZVP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #98,686 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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OK, OK, it has no Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, U2, Prince or Madonna. Get over it. One, there's no hope in hell that those artists' record companies would let them on a compilation like this. And two, if you're even thinking about buying this set and you don't own at least three CD's from each of those artists, you're warped. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.)
On the positive side, you probably don't have albums by Trio, Thomas Dolby, or Billy Crystal, to name just three. And tracks by those 3 artists, amongst over a hundred others will bring you back over twenty years within a few notes.
As they did with the "Have A Nice Decade" 70's box set, Rhino has again produced an eclectic amalgam of multi-format music of a decade, mixing #1 hits with almost obscure novelties. Where else will you get Pete Townshend of the Who on the same CD as rapper Kurtis Blow? Each CD has more variety than any US radio station.
The concentration in the box set is clearly on top 40 material. Fair enough, since Rhino has already put out the "Just Can't Get Enough" series for people whose tastes favoured The Cure, The Smiths, Depeche Mode, REM, New Order etc. for those with more eccentric tastes.
Two things become apparent in retrospective looking back at music of the 80's.
One is how quickly video took off (to paraphrase Bob & Doug McKenzie). The first 2 CD's are pre-MTV, the last 5 after it started, and suddenly looks were as (or rather more) important than music. ("Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles - the frist ever MTV video - is included, although it was released in late 1979.) Could A-Ha or Duran Duran or Stray Cats have made it big in America in the pre-video era? Unlikely.
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By Leann on Dec 18 2004
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I love 80's music and I personally favor it alot more than the music of today. When I first heard of this box set, I couldn't believe that there were 7 discs! I plan on buying this set once I have enough money saved up. A few of my favorite songs off the box set are Pac-Man Fever (that's how I came up the name for my title of this review!), Video Killed the Radio Star, Weird Science (I actually have the movie), Electric Avenue and many others. I grew up in the 80's as a child at the start of the decade and then became a teenager near the end. I often wish it was still the 80's and want to bring back the decade. If I can't physically be back in the 80's, then this is the next best thing. Yes, unfortunately the 80's decade is gone, but the music itself will never go away. To me, it will always will be like a "Candle in the Wind".
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Be forewarned, the sugar-coated empty calories found in the LIKE, OMIGOD... box set from Rhino will just leave you wanting more. 142 tracks across seven CDs and it just scratches the surface on a shallow, yet oddly endearing decade.
LIKE, OMIGOD... hits almost all of the popularly acknowledged high points, including "867-5309/Jenny," "Tainted Love," "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," - as well as great novelty numbers and underground tunes like "Pac-Man Fever," "Da Da Da," and "Turning Japanese." While not in strict chronological order like Rhino's 70s set, HAVE A NICE DECADE, LIKE, OMIGOD... is well-sequenced and provides a relatively satisfying trip - as well as a great set for any party. No need for "random play" here - just load this set, hit "play" and dance away.
While this set is almost certainly a one-stop shop for the music fan simply looking for a well-balanced 80s collection, the completist and discerning collector will no doubt view this as the tip of the iceberg. Those such as myself, more enthralled with the simultaneous New Wave movement, will find lots more to love (approximately 300 tracks worth - with minimal duplication) in Rhino's 15-volume JUST CAN'T GET ENOUGH 80s collection. Even then, LIKE, OMIGOD... will spur you on to fill up your shopping cart with with entire albums by Billy Squier, Duran Duran, The Fixx, Pretenders and more.
The only downside to be found is that LIKE, OMIGOD... also forces the listener to take the bad with the good (or the worse with the bad?), presenting end-of-the-decade stinkers such as New Kids on the Block and Richard Marx toward the end of the seventh disc. For this listener, those musical tragedies are still too recent, too terrible to revisit with any degree of nostalgia.
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I can't tell you how many 80's compilations I have and, aside from each of them usually having the same couple songs, like The Fixx or Squeeze, (which isn't on here), you're always surprised when you listen to a compilation by which songs you hear that you never knew the name for and all of a sudden you're "like, omigod! (no pun intended) That's THAT song!?! I KNOW that song!" LOL...hearing a lot of these brought back some great eighties memories for me, even though I was only a kid back then. This compilation had most of my fave 80's songs on it, so I could just copy the one or two songs off my other compilations, make one CD out of them, and sell the rest. I advise anyone who's interested in this to do the same. But read Amazon's list of songs first, if you haven't already, to make sure your favorites are on here. Definitely worth the money, considering you're getting seven CD's, so it equals out to about ten dollars or so per CD, (I got mine for $73). As further proof, I'm letting my co-worker listen to disc 6 right now and she's so impressed, she's downloading it to her hard drive at work and will be purchasing it with her next check to bring it home! :-p If you love 80's, get this compilation. No collection is complete without it. Plus, the awesome booklet it comes with gives you a little info on each song, a historical timeline following the songs, and many many many colorful photographs! Impressive and worth it!
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