Pure 80's Rocks CD (2002)

Artist: Various Artists

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Product Overview


Label Polygram Label Group
SKU 60556201
UPC 731458496229
UPC 14 00731458496229
Format CD
Release Date 5/21/2002
Author Various Artists
Technical Info
Producer Jeff Moskow (Compilation)
CatalogID 584 962
Lable Name UTV
Released 05/21/2002
Original Release 2002
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00731458496229
Album Notes and Credits
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
UTV's Pure series of compilations has had singular success for the television-advertised reissue division of Universal, especially since the word doesn't mean much of anything in this context, other than being a marketing brand. There have been three Pure compilations of music from the 1980s -- Pure 80's, More Pure 80's, and Pure 80's Hits -- and now there is Pure 80's Rocks, which is to say, hard rock/heavy metal anthems from the '80s. As is typical with compilations, this is more a collection of songs by minor performers than of major ones, who tend to resist having their work included on such releases. So, there is nothing here from Guns N' Roses, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Van Halen, or M?tley Cre, but plenty of material by the likes of Y&T, Kingdom Come, Triumph, and Autograph. That said, it isn't all one-hit wonders, as attested by the presence of Judas Priest, Kiss, and Foreigner, and compilation producer Jeff Moskow has employed two people to license tracks from other labels. All the majors are represented, as well as some smaller firms. And these really are hits: 16 out of 18 made the pop charts, ten of them in the Top 40 and two topping the charts, and 17 made Billboard's Album Rock Tracks chart, three of them hitting number one there. One gets a good sense of the kind of pop-metal that was successful in the '80s before Metallica took metal in a different direction and the grunge of the early '90s buried the hair bands of the '80s. Pure 80's Rocks is a good album for anyone who stood up in a bleacher seat at an arena and jammed a thumb onto a portable lighter during Poison's "Every Rose Has Its Thorn." And, for better or worse, there are several million of them. ~ William Ruhlmann
Disc 1
1 Fantasy - Aldo Nova
2 Rock In America, (You Can Still) - Night Ranger
3 Living After Midnight - Judas Priest
4 Lick It Up - Kiss
5 Round And Round - Ratt
6 Summertime Girls - Y&T
7 Get It On - Kingdom Come
8 Nobody's Fool - Cinderella
9 Every Rose Has Its Thorn - Poison
10 Ballad Of Jayne, The - L.A. Guns
11 Fight The Good Fight - Triumph
12 Stone Cold - Rainbow
13 Twilight Zone - Golden Earring
14 Here I Go Again - Whitesnake
15 Turn Up The Radio - Autograph
16 Don't Say You Love Me - Billy Squier
17 No One Like You - Scorpions
18 Juke Box Hero - Foreigner
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