Back to the 80s [Sony 2-Disc]

This compilation from Sony U.K. contains 40 songs on two discs, offering a wide -- and rather random -- spread of hits from the 1980s. There's a broad stylistic range at play, so it has collectors in mind. Since it's from the U.K., there are several inclusions that won't be familiar to the average American music fan, unless he or she is an Anglophile. Highlights include Adam & the Ants' "Prince Charming," the Human League's "(Keep Feeling) Fascination," Frankie Goes to Hollywood's "Relax," Altered Images' "Happy Birthday," Culture Club's "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me," and -- oddly, tucked at the very end and very out of place -- Europe's thunderous "Final Countdown." ~ Andy Kellman

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