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The 1950s were fun, the 1960s were wild, and the 1970s were decadent. But the 1980s? The 80s were big: Big hair; big shoulder pads; big, booming music; and big changes. MTV, compact discs, and digital sampling were brand new, and FM radio blasted the hits of the day to nerds, preppies, and punks alike.
Now, with the first new volumes of our flagship series since 2012, Eric Records is embracing the 80s in a big way. Just like weve done with the 60s and 70s, 80s Essentials & Beyond (Hard To Find 45s on CD, Volume 15) brings you the best of the 80s and early 90s in big, audiophile-quality sound. And not only do these songs SOUND better than they ever have before, but many are also presented in rare radio edits and hit single versions. Two of the best the single versions of the S.O.S. Bands funky Take Your Time (Do It Right) and Cliff Richards soaring We Dont Talk Anymore have never been heard on a U.S. CD before now.
But thats just the start of the ultimate 80s experience weve crafted. Fully packed with 78 minutes of music and five #1 hits, Hard To Find 45s on CD, Vol. 15 also includes great songs like Tracey Ullmans big girl-group production They Dont Know, Charles & Eddies big pop-soul duet Would I Lie To You (radio edit) and Baltimoras big, bizarre dance track Tarzan Boy (rare single version). Add to that big pop ballads from teen-fave stars like Glenn Medeiros Nothing s Gonna Change My Love For You, which spent 25 weeks on the chart, and Richard Marx s #1 hit Right Here Waiting. And, perhaps the biggest of them all, Meatloaf, with the rare single version of his comeback chart-topper, Id Do Anything For Love (But I Wont Do That).
Sure, the 80s were big, but it was also the last time that we all listened to the same music. Before the internet took us in a million different directions, radio and MTV music videos brought us together. That was a special time, when a stomping folk song like The Proclaimers 500 Miles could be heard next to a reggae groove like UB40s Red Red Wine and a high-volume ballad like Roxettes It Must Have Been Love. With 80s Essentials & Beyond, Eric Records recaptures that magic... and the sound quality for all these songs is the best youll ever hear! But dont take our word for it: check out the SOUND SAMPLES below.
Includes a 12-page booklet with complete song-by-song annotation and liner notes by Greg Adams.
ALL TRACKS TRUE STEREO / ORIGINAL 45 RPM SINGLE VERSIONS
|play||1.||RED RED WINE||UB40||#1||10/88|
|play||2.||IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE||Roxette||#1||6/90|
|play||3.||IM GONNA BE (500 Miles)||The Proclaimers||#3||8/93|
|play||4.||SINGLE VERSION U.S. DEBUTTAKE YOUR TIME (Do It Right) (Part 1)||The S.O.S. Band||#3||8/80|
|play||5.||RARE SINGLE VERSIONSTEPPIN OUT||Joe Jackson||#6||12/82|
|play||6.||RARE ON CDTHEY DONT KNOW||Tracey Ullman||#8||4/84|
|play||7.||RARE SINGLE VERSIONTARZAN BOY||Baltimora||#13||3/86|
|play||8.||SINGLE VERSION DEBUTWE DONT TALK ANYMORE||Cliff Richard||#7||1/80|
|play||9.||BIG UK & EUROPEAN HITMOONLIGHT SHADOW||Mike Oldfield||#4/UK||7/83|
|play||10.||NOTHINGS GONNA CHANGE MY LOVE FOR YOU||Glenn Medeiros||#12||6/87|
|play||11.||ONE MORE TRY||Timmy -T-||#1||3/91|
|play||14.||PASS THE DUTCHIE||Musical Youth||#10||2/83|
|play||15.||RARE SINGLE VERSIONSATURDAY LOVE||Cherrelle with Alexander ONeal||#26||4/86|
|play||16.||RARE RADIO EDITWOULD I LIE TO YOU?||Charles & Eddie||#13||11/92|
|play||17.||RARE RADIO EDITAFTER ALL (Love Theme From Chances Are)||Cher & Peter Cetera||#6||5/89|
|play||18.||RARE RADIO EDITINTO THE NIGHT||Benny Mardones||#11||9/80|
|play||19.||RIGHT HERE WAITING||Richard Marx||#1||8/89|
|play||20.||RARE SINGLE VERSIONID DO ANYTHING FOR LOVE (But I Wont Do That)||Meat Loaf||#1||11/93|
Chart positions taken from Joel Whitburns Record Research series of Billboard chart books.