No less than 144 lesser known tracks from throughout the 1980s. OK, there are a few big hits on here such as Spandau Ballet's True, Ultravox's Vienna, Blondie's Atomic, Duran Duran's Girls On Film to name a few, but my love of this mega 80s multi CD box set are all the tunes that you won't find on every other 80s compilation album around.
Idol Songs: 11 of the Best is a compilation album by Billy Idol, released in 1988. It comprises all the singles released from his first three albums, Billy Idol, Rebel Yell and Whiplash Smile in non-chronological order. A limited edition version also contained a further four remixes. The album reached number 2 in the UK.
"Hard to believe, but Capitol's 2008 collection Idolize Yourself: The Very Best of Billy Idol is only the second Billy Idol hits album to be released in America, following the first – 2001's Greatest Hits – by just seven years. [~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide]
Realizing that their last albums weren't even close to being in league with their output from the '70s, Kiss made a conscious effort to get back on track with 1989's Hot in the Shade…
In the City is the third album by American soul/R&B group Tavares, released in 1975 on the Capitol label. Like the group's previous album Hard Core Poetry, it was produced by Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter and was well received by critics. Lead single "It Only Takes a Minute" was Tavares' most successful to that point, becoming their second to top the R&B chart and reaching #10 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album includes two cover versions; the Dan Hartman-penned "Free Ride" (a 1973 top 20 hit for The Edgar Winter Group) and "Nothing You Can Do", which originally appeared on the Average White Band's 1974 album AWB. In the City peaked at #8 on the R&B albums chart (their highest-placing album on this chart) and #26 on the pop chart.
Symphonic neo-prog featuring heavy melodic keyboards that compare favourably with ARENA, PENDRAGON and SHADOWLAND without actually aping them. Most of their material relies heavily on standard yet finely crafted pop structures. Formed in 1981, they have released five studio albums and one farewell live cd in 2000 before officially disbanding - it is said that at least four of their six members plus a new drummer continue making music under the name TYRO.