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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: #95,445 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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You want your '80s! Fer sure! This is the mother of all tributes to the era of skinny ties, Reaganomics, and Pac-Man! Seven CDs, 142 hit songs, from New Wave to Pop to R&B to Hip-Hop to Novelty, including an incredible 49 #1 tracks! Starring Queen, New Edition, Duran Duran, Richard Marx, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Men At Work, Toto, The Cure, Culture Club, Cyndi Lauper, Bryan Adams, Simple Minds, Bangles, New Kids On the Block...and many more. Plus a 90-page book with hundreds of historical photos, facts, and memories from the decade that wanted it all! Limited edition sculpted rubber cover! Approx. 10 x 8 x 3/4 inches. 2002.

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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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My biggest gripe is this: there are seven CDs in this package, and my CD player only holds five CDs! :-(

OK, seriously, this is quite a comprehensive collection of 80's music, and just about every genre is represented to some extent. There's Eddie Rabbit, Blondie, New Edition, Dexy's Midnight Runners, Devo, Simple Minds, Duran Duran, just to name a few. Of course, though, it is heavy on the pop numbers, and it certainly brings back memories of high school for me, particularly since the collection seems to lean heavily toward early to mid '80s music. There's not much on it after 1987, which doesn't bother me personally, but I would have liked, for example, "We Didn't Start the Fire," by Billy Joel.

Indeed, that is the one problem with this collection, but that can be said for any collection. For all the wonderful songs on there, so many more were left off. There's nothing by A Flock of Seagulls, Journey, Michael Jackson, Madonna, and each artist that is there is represented only once. Why was The Thompson Twins represented with "Lies" and not "Hold Me Now" or "Doctor Doctor"? Where was Howard Jones? Still, it was well worth the money.

Now, I just need a CD player with more spaces . . .
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OK I have about 250 different CDs that pertain just to the 80s whether they are full albums or compilations or soundtracks.
With that said, this boxset was STILL A MUST TO HAVE!
7 discs 142 songs hours and hours of pure pop pleasure!
Here's a Breakdown:
British 80s New Wave:
Dead or Alive, Duran Duran, Culture Club, Wang Chung, The Vapors, Madness, Eurythmics, so much more!
American Rock:
Hall and Oates, Rick Springfield, Foreignor, Night Ranger, Scandel, Stray Cats, etc.
Killer Movie Tunes:
Tunes from Beverly Hills Cop, Empire Strikes Back, Breakfast Club, Flashdance, American Gigilo, and more!
Headbanging:
Scorpions, Queen, Quiet Riot, Twisted Sister, and more rock!
World Rock:
Canada: Bryan Adams, Corey Hart, etc.
Austrailia: Men at Work, INXS, Crowded House, etc.
Eastern Europe: Nena, Jan Hammer, and more.
Holland: Taco
Scotland: Big Country, Simple Minds.
Classic TV Themes:
Miami Vice, Hill Street Blues and Greatest American Hero.
Early Hip-Hop:
Laid Back, Kurtis Blow, Run-DMC, Timex Social Club, etc.
The Novelty Hits:
Billy Crystal (his song is still Marvelous), Pac Man Fever,
Frank Zappa with Moon Unit with that gnarly tune like omygod.
Art of Noise featuring the novel digital MC, Max Headroom.
R&B in the 1980s:
Billy Ocean, Pointer Sisters, New Edition, DeBarge, Deniece Williams and other greats!
Songs for Sunshiny Days:
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Walking on Sunshine, Don't Worry Be Happy, Sailing, Everybody Have Fun Tonight and more!
Plus you get a fantastic book with an Eighties timline as well as more info about each artist in the collection!! Lots of pics and info to while away the hours.
The package is beautiful and the selection well picked! This could be an heirloom! Your very own 80s pop culture time capsule!
So go buy it now!! Play Ms. Pacman, and learn to breakdance!!
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