Ministry of Sound: Anthems Electronic 80's / Various
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 12.9 x 14.3 x 2.49 cm; 180.02 Grams
- Manufacturer : Ministry of Sound Uk
- Manufacturer reference : 5051275029925
- Original Release Date : 2009
- Label : Ministry of Sound Uk
- ASIN : B002R5MQ30
- Number of discs : 3
- Best Sellers Rank: 40,724 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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UK three CD collection. This release charts the birth of synthesized pop music in the 1980s and ultimately the roots of contemporary electronic dance music. The importance and continued popularity of '80s pop is not to be underestimated, and the emergence of serious synthesized music producers in Kraftwerk, the Human League, Heaven 17, OMD, Yazoo, Ultravox, Talk Talk, Japan, Devo, Sparks, Gary Numan, New Order and the Pet Shop Boys, all of whom massively pushed the boundaries in experimenting with (mainly) Roland synths in this era, ultimately showed the way for the House and Techno producers of the '90s to the present day. Within this more serious side there was also some brilliant, pure Synthpop from the Thompson Twins, Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Thomas Dolby, Simple Minds, Propaganda, Erasure, China Crisis, Belouis Some, the Lotus Eaters, a Flock of Seagulls, Howard Jones, Blancmange and the Associates. Ministry of Sound.
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Seeing as it's supposed to be "electronic 80s", there are also a couple of notable absences - the first that springs to mind is that there's nothing on the CDs by The Sisters of Mercy. When someone says "electronic" and "80s" in the same sentence, they're the first band that pops in to my head.
Not all tracks will suit all tastes, but as there are 3 CDs, that doesn't matter so much as there is bound to be something for everybody on this inexpensive compilation. Now, back to my listening. M/A/R/R/S are instructing me to Pump Up The Volume, so I'm afraid I've simply got to comply with their request...
The sound quality and bass is very good and for a lot of the tracks an improvement on the sound quality of the original releases, I guess there is some remastering enhancement going on in the selection and transfer to this 3CD set.
4 stars (not 5) because of omission of some obvious classics, and also the fact that unlike most MOS CD sets, this is not a mix in the true DJ sense, ie no mixing going on. The songs are basically run like any other standard greatest hits album, which I was disappointed about (I assumed it would be a proper DJ'd mix compilation). But it is better than the many other 80s greatest hits albums even if it is not a true mix in the tradition of MOS.
So you'll love it, either because you already like Duran Duran, Human League, OMD and Japan, or because of the nostalgia value.
It's just a pity they don't do it on cassette too! :)