Razor and Tie compilation CDs

In 1990, Razor and Tie put out their first CD - a 1970s pop compilation called Those Fabulous '70s. It was the first-ever compilation of AM-radio-friendly up-the-middle pop, and it did well enough to make Razor and Tie a viable corporate entity. In 1990-1991, they put out five more compilations, all cut from a similar cloth as Those Fabulous '70s.

All six of their 1990-1991 compilations have fun track listings, but none have particularly good sound quality. Most of these tracks sound better elsewhere.


Those Fabulous '70s (1990) - Front | Notes 1 | Notes 2 | Notes 3 | Back | CD

Those Funky '70s (1990) - Front | Notes 1 | Notes 2 | Notes 3 | Back | CD

Those Rocking '70s (1991) - Front | Notes 1 | Notes 2 | Notes 3 | Notes 4 | Notes 5 | Back of CD 1 | Back of CD 2 | CD 1 | CD 2

Disco Fever (1991) - Front | Notes 1 | Notes 2 | Notes 3 | Notes 4 | Notes 5 | Back of CD 1 | Back of CD 2 | CD 1 | CD 2

More Fabulous '70s (1991) - Front | Notes 1 | Notes 2 | Notes 3 | Notes 4 | Notes 5 | Back | CD

Sweet '70s Soul (1991) - Front | Notes 1 | Notes 2 | Notes 3 | Notes 4 | Notes 5 | Back of CD 1 | Back of CD 2 | CD 1 | CD 2


The actual Razor And Tie catalog, circa 1993 - 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8


Beginning in 1993, Razor And Tie teamed up with Warner Special Products to produce their compilations. As a result, the sound quality improved dramatically over their 1990-1991 compilations.

I dissected many of the following Razor And Tie collections in gory detail, and I can conculde the following:

Easy '70s (1993) - Front | Notes 1 | Notes 2 | Notes 3 | Notes 4 | Notes 5 | Back | CD 1 | CD 2


I have track-by-track mastering notes for a few of the Razor And Tie collections that were mastered by Steve Hoffman. My notes show what earlier and later CDs use the same analog transfer as what's on the Razor And Tie discs.


Totally '80s Disc 1 (1993; Razor And Tie/Warner Special Products OPCD-4544)

1. Take On Me - a-ha 3:50

Based on Warner Special Products' 2-CD Night Beat (1988)

So is Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 2 1985 (1994), JCI's Only Dance 1985-1989 (1995), Madacy's Rock On 1985 (1996; is digitally exactly 1.5 dB louder than Sounds Of The Eighties), Time-Life's 2-CD Modern Rock Vol. 9 Mid-'80s (2000; digitally identical to Sounds Of The Eighties), and Time-Life's Ultimate Love Songs Collection Feelin' Good (2005).

2. Hot Hot Hot - Buster Poindexter and His Banshees of Blue 3:50 [LP mix faded early to the length of the 45]

Not sure where this came from

3. Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run) - Billy Ocean 3:44 [US 45 version]

Based on Warner Special Products' 3-CD After Hours (1990)

So is JCI's Only Dance 1985-1989 (1995).

4. Walk Like An Egyptian - Bangles 3:25

Based on Columbia's Bangles single-album Different Light (1986)

So is Cema's Entertainment Weekly Presents Rock Archives Vol. 2 (1990; digitally exactly 0.218 dB louder than Different Light), JCI's Only Rock 'N Roll 1985-1989 (1994), Rhino's Hang The DJ 1986 (1996; differently-EQ'd digital clone of Different Light), and EMI's Rock 'N Roll Relix 1986-1987 (1998; differently-EQ'd digital clone of Different Light)

5. Who Can It Be Now? - Men At Work 3:23

Not sure where this came from

Warner Special Product's 2-CD Punk (1996) uses the same analog transfer as Totally '80s.

6. Addicted To Love - Robert Palmer 3:57 [video version that's possibly used on the UK 45; it's missing a beat on the intro]

Based on Island's 2-CD The Island Story (1987; this disc marks the first appearance of this version in the US, and possibly worldwide)

So is Time-Life's 2-CD Rock Dreams (1993).

7. Karma Chameleon - Culture Club 4:14 [proper length; there are also versions on CD running too short at about 3:59 and about 4:06; has tiny noise at very tail of fade]

Based on Rhino's Billboard Top Hits 1984 (1992, no noise at tail of fade)

So is Warner Special Products' 2-CD Good Times (1991; RE-1 reissue; has a tiny noise at very tail of fade), and Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 6 1984 (1995; differently-EQ'd digital clone of Billboard with lots of added compression).

8. Jump (For My Love) - Pointer Sisters 4:00 [45 version]

Based on Warner Special Products' 2-CD Feel Good Rock (1989)

So is Warner Special Products' 2-CD Good Times (1991), Warner Special Products' 2-CD Ultimate Party Album (1992; differently-EQ'd digital clone of Good Times), and JCI's Only Rock 'N Roll 1980-1984 (1995).

9. Wild Thing - Tone-Loc 4:25

Based on Delicious Vinyl CD single for "Wild Thing" and, probably, the Loc-ed After Dark full-length CD

10. Everybody Have Fun Tonight - Wang Chung 4:17 [true 45 edit, but suffers from tape drag; starts at 129.3 BPM and slows to 128.5 BPM by end of song]

Based on Warner Special Products' 3-CD After Hours (1990)

So is Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 4 1986 (1994; digitally identical to Totally '80s after 0:38) and JCI's Only Dance 1985-1989 (1995). All of the above suffer from tape drag. The version on Rhino's Like Omigod is a homemade attempt to recreate the 45 edit from better tape sources, but is incorrect because it misses the second edit and instead fades early. The 45 edit doesn't exist on CD in a good-sounding version; best to do your own edit from the LP version on the 1997 Greatest Hits, which sounds great.

11. Walking On Sunshine - Katrina And The Waves 4:00

Not sure where this came from, but it's kinda compressed here

The same analog transfer is used for Time Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 2 1985 (1994), JCI's Only Dance 1985-1989 (1995), Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Essential '80s (1998; differently-EQ'd digital clone of earlier Sounds Of The Eighties), and Time-Life's 2-CD Modern Rock Vol. 3 1984-1985 (digitally exactly 0.4 dB louder than earlier Sounds Of The Eighties).

12. Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield 3:14

Based on Rhino's Billboard Top Hits 1981 (1992)

So is Time-Life's Rock Dreams (1993), Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 8 1981 (1995; differently EQ'd digital clone of Billboard), and Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 24 Everything '80s (2002; digitally identical to earlier Sounds Of The Eighties).

13. The Heat Is On - Glenn Frey 3:46 [left/right channels swapped]

Based on Warner Special Products' 3-CD After Hours (1990), which also has its left/right channels swapped.

14. Wild Wild West - Escape Club 4:02 [45 version]

Based on the promo CD Atlantic's Year In Review 1988 (1989)

So is JCI's Only Rock 'N Roll 1980-1984 (1995), Warner Special Product's 2-CD Punk (1996), and Madacy's Rock On 1988 Endless Summer Nights (1998; digital clone of Only Rock 'N Roll 1980-1984).

15. Heaven Is A Place On Earth - Belinda Carlisle 4:06

Not sure where this came from, but it runs about 0.6% slower than just about all other CDs with this song

16. She Works Hard For The Money - Donna Summer 4:11 [45 version]

Based on Warner Special Products' 3-CD After Hours (1990)

So is Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 11 1983-1984 (1995; differently-EQ'd digital clone of Totally '80s), and Madacy's Rock On 1983 Sweet Dreams (1998; digitally exactly 1 dB louder than Totally '80s).

17. Always Something There To Remind Me - Naked Eyes 3:41 [45 mix with drums over the intro, which is used on all CD versions and later pressings of LP]

Based on Warner Special Products' 3-CD After Hours (1990)

18. Too Shy - Kajagoogoo 3:41 [LP version]

Based on Warner Special Products' 3-CD After Hours (1990)

19. Missing You - John Waite 4:04 [45 mix]

Based on Time-Life's obscure 4-CD Great Love Songs Of The 70's And 80's Vol. 3 Missing You (1991)

20. Sexual Healing - Marvin Gaye 3:58 [LP version]

Based on Time-Life's obscure 4-CD Great Love Songs Of The 70's And 80's Vol. 3 Missing You (1991)

So is Time-Life's 2-CD Body Talk (1994), JCI's Only Love 1980-1984 (1995), and Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 26 Rolling Stone 1982-1983 (1995; digitally exactly 0.4 dB quieter than Totally '80s).

Totally '80s Disc 2 (1993; Razor And Tie/Warner Special Products OPCD-4544)

1. What I Like About You - Romantics 2:58

Cuts off the first 0.06 seconds of the opening note! Bad!

Based on Capitol's Sedated In The Eighties Vol. 1 (1993), which keeps opening note intact.

2. Centerfold - J. Geils Band 3:39

Based on EMI's J. Geils Band album Freeze-Frame

So is JCI's Only Rock 'N Roll 1980-1984 (1994), Warner Special Products' 2-CD Rock This Way (1995), Disky Europe's 8-CD Greatest Hits Of The '80s (1998), and Disky Europe's other 8-CD Greatest Hits Of The '80s (2002).

3. She Blinded Me With Science - Thomas Dolby 3:42 [promo 45 version]

Based on the rare first CD pressings of Thomas Dolby's The Golden Age Of Wireless; later pressings included the 5:09 version

So is EMI's Living In Oblivion Vol. 1 (1993) and Cema's Greatest Hits Of The 80's Vol. 4 New Wave Hits (1994; digital clone of Living In Oblivion).

4. Rock This Town - Stray Cats 3:26 [LP version]

Based on Warner Special Products' 2-CD Vendetta Good Times (1991)

So is Time-Life's Guitar Rock Vol. 13 The Early '80s (1994; digitally exactly 0.9 dB louder than Totally '80s), Warner Special Products' 2-CD Rock Box (1994; L/R channels shifted by a sample; screws up soundstage, even for this mono song), JCI's Only Dance 1980-1984 (1995), Madacy's Rock On 1982 (1996), Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Essential '80s (1998; digitally exactly 0.9 dB louder than Totally '80s), and Universal's Pure '80s (1999; differently EQ'd digital clone of Only Dance 1980-1984 but with added compression)

5. Electric Avenue - Eddy Grant 3:51

Seems to be based on Sony's Big Hits Of The 80's (1993)

So is JCI's Only Rock 'N Roll 1980-1984 (1994).

6. 99 Luftballons - Nena 3:55 [German lyrics]

Not sure where this came from

There are differently EQ'd digital clones of Totally '80s on Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 6 1984 (1994) and Time-Life's 2-CD Modern Rock Vol. 5 Dance (1999).

7. Waiting For A Girl Like You - Foreigner 4:35 [45 version]

Based on common '80s-era CD pressing of Atlantic's Foreigner collection Records

So is Sandstone's Cosmopolitan Vol. 1 (1992), Time-Life's 2-CD Rock Dreams (1993), Time-Life's 2-CD Body Talk (1994; digitally exactly 0.1 dB quieter than Cosmopolitan), JCI's Only Love 1980-1984 (1995), and Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 8 1981 (1995; digital clone of Cosmopolitan but with extra compression).

8. Gloria - Laura Branigan 3:52 [promo 45 version]

Based on Warner Special Products' 2-CD Feel Good Rock (1989)

So is Warner Special Products' 2-CD Ultimate Party Album (1992) and JCI's Only Rock 'N Roll 1980-1984 (1994).

9. Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Tears For Fears 4:14

Left and right channels are correct

Not sure where this came from

Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 2 1985 (1994) uses same analog transfer as Totally '80s, as does Time-Life's Modern Rock Vol. 3 1984-1985 (1999; digitally exactly 0.1 dB quieter than Sounds Of The Eighties).

10. (I Just) Died In Your Arms - Cutting Crew 4:37 [original LP mix, I think]

Based on Virgin's Cutting Crew album Broadcast

So is Sony's 3-CD Feel The Love (1994), EMI's Living In Oblivion Vol. 3 (1994; differently EQ'd digital clone of Broadcast), Cema's 2-CD Cool Rock (1995; digitally identical to Living In Oblivion), Warner Special Products' 2-CD Reflections Of Love (1996), EMI's Retro Lunchbox Gooey Love Songs (1997; digitally identical to Living In Oblivion), and EMI's Rock 'N Roll Relix 1986-1987 (1998; digital clone of Broadcast).

11. 867-5309/Jenny - Tommy Tutone 3:46

Based on Sony's Hard Rocking '80s (1993) but the tail of the fade on Totally '80s is a second or two shorter

So is Richard Blade's Flashback Favorites Vol. 5 (1993; differently EQ'd digital clone of Hard Rocking '80s with added compression), Time-Life's 2-CD Rock Dreams (1993; shorter fade than Hard Rocking '80s), Sony's 2-CD Read The Hits (1994; differently EQ'd digital clone of Hard Rocking '80s), JCI's 18 Screamers From The '80s (1995), Sony's Living In The '80s (1995; differently EQ'd digital clone of Hard Rocking '80s), Realm's 3-CD Greatest Hits Of The '80s Vol. 1 (1995; differently EQ'd digital clone of Hard Rocking '80s), Sony's 2-CD Rock Almanac Vol. 1 The 1980s (1995; differently EQ'd digital clone of Hard Rocking '80s), and Warner Special Products' 2-CD Punk (1996).

12. Ghostbusters - Ray Parker, Jr. 4:06

Based on Rhino's Billboard Top Hits 1984 (1992)

So is Warner Special Products' 2-CD Ultimate Party Album (1992), JCI's Only Rock 'N Roll 1980-1984 (1994), Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 6 1984 (1994; differently EQ'd digital clone of Billboard), Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 31 Movie Hits Of The '80s (1996; differently EQ'd digital clone of Billboard), Madacy's Rock On 1984 Sunglasses At Night (1998; differently EQ'd digital clone of Billboard), and Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Essential '80s (1998; differently EQ'd digital clone of Billboard).

13. Morning Train (Nine To Five) - Sheena Easton 3:21

Based on Warner Special Products' 2-CD Feel Good Rock (1989)

14. Only In My Dreams - Debbie Gibson 3:55 [45 mix]

Not sure where this came from

The same analog transfer is used for Priority's Eighties Greatest Rock Hits Vol. 11 Teen Idols (1994) and JCI's Only Rock 'N Roll #1 Radio Hits 1985-1989 (1996).

15. Sunglasses At Night - Corey Hart 3:57 [45 version]

Not sure where this came from

16. All I Need Is A Miracle - Mike And The Mechanics 3:43 [45 length]

Based on Warner Special Products' 2-CD Night Beat (1988)

So is Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 12 1985-1986 (1995; differently EQ'd digital clone of Totally '80s)

17. St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion) - John Parr 4:11

The first note is cut off here, which was the case for the 45, the LP, and most CD releases

Based on Warner Special Products' 2-CD Night Beat (1988)

So is Warner Special Products' 3-CD After Hours (1990; digitally exactly 2.2 dB louder than Night Beat) and JCI's Only Rock 'N Roll 1985-1989 (1994).

18. Queen Of Hearts - Juice Newton 3:26

Based on Warner Special Products' 2-CD Good Times (1991)

19. Broken Wings - Mr. Mister 4:39 [45 edit but fade is a little shorter than the 45]

Based on Time-Life's rare 4-CD Great Love Songs Of The '70s & '80s Vol. 3 Missing You (1991)

So is JCI's Only Rock 'N Roll 1985-1989 (1994).

20. Keep On Loving You - REO Speedwagon 3:20

Based on Time-Life's 2-CD Rock Dreams (1993)

So is JCI's 18 Rock Classics (1994; differently EQ'd digital clone of Totally '80s), Time-Life's Guitar Rock Vol. 4 1980-1981 (1994), JCI's Only Love 1980-1984 (1995), Simitar's Love Rocks 5 After Midnight (1998), and Realm's 3-CD Greatest Hits Of The '80s Vol. 3 (2002; differently EQ'd digital clone of Rock Dreams).


Awesome '80s Disc 1 (1994; Razor And Tie OPCD-4551)

1. Another One Bites The Dust - Queen 3:36

Based on Hollywood's Queen Greatest Hits (1992)

So is Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 1 The Rockin' Eighties (1994), Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 25 Rolling Stone 1980-1981 (1995), PolyGram's Pure Funk Vol. 2 (1999; differently EQ'd digital clone of GH with added compression), Rhino's Rhino Instant Party Disc (1999), and Rhino's Like Omigod (2002).

2. Love Shack - B-52's 4:18 [45 version]

Based on track 1 ("Edit") from promo CD single but with polarity inverted

3. Maneater - Daryl Hall And John Oates 4:32

Based on Warner Special Products' 2-CD Night Beat (1988)

4. Come On Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners 4:03 [LP version lacking fiddle intro]

Missing some of bass drum hit on opening note

Not sure where this track came from

EMI's Rock 'N Roll Relix 1982-1983 (1998) is digitally exactly 4.077 dB quieter than Awesome '80s.

5. Venus - Bananarama 3:39 [:10 shorter than the 45 or LP]

Based on London's Bananarama Greatest Hits Collection (1988)

So is Sandstone's Rock The First Vol. 1 (1992), Priority's Rock Of The '80s Vol. 4 (1993), and Simitar's Number Ones Party Time (1998).

6. Down Under - Men At Work 3:43

Not sure where this track came from

7. Relax - Frankie Goes To Hollywood 3:56 [LP mix]

Not sure where this track came from, but is likely based on FGTH's Welcome To The Pleasuredome

So is EMI UK's 2-CD Now 26 (1993), Sony's 2-CD Pop And Wave Vol. 5 (1994), Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 2 1985 (1994), JCI's Only Dance 1985-1989 (1995), and Universal's Pure '80s (1999; differently EQ'd digital clone of Awesome '80s with added compression and truncated fade).

8. Whip It - Devo 2:40

Based on Warner Bros's Devo Greatest Hits (1990)

So is Priority's Rock Of The '80s Vol. 1 (1990), Sandstone's Rock The First Vol. 3 (1992), JCI's Only Dance 1980-1984 (1995), Warner Special Products' 2-CD Punk (1996), and Madacy's Rock On 1980 Too Hot (1998).

9. Do You Really Want To Hurt Me - Culture Club 4:24

Not sure where this track came from

JCI's Only Rock 'N Roll 1980-1984 (1994) uses same analog transfer as Awesome '80s

10. Maniac - Michael Sembello 4:06 [early fade of soundtrack version]

Based on Warner Special Products' 3-CD After Hours (1990)

So is Warner Special Products' 2-CD Good Times (1991; digitally identical to After Hours).

11. Let's Dance - David Bowie 4:09 [slightly incorrect recreation of 45 edit]

Based on Ryko's Changesbowie (1990)

So is Rykodisc's Bowie The Singles 1969-1993 (1993; digitally identical to Changesbowie), Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 26 Rolling Stone 1982-1983 (1994; digitally exactly 0.4 dB quieter than Changesbowie), Madacy's Rock On 1983 (1996; digitally exactly 0.1 dB quieter than Changesbowie), Time-Life's 2-CD Modern Rock Vol. 21 Club '80s (2001; differently EQ'd digital clone of Changesbowie), and Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 24 Everything '80s (2002; differently EQ'd digital clone of Changesbowie with added compression).

12. Tainted Love - Soft Cell 2:40 [45 version]

Not sure where this track came from

13. Mickey - Toni Basil 3:27 [45 version faded :11 early]

Not sure where this track came from

So is JCI's Only Dance 1980-1984 (1995), JCI's Only Rock 'N Roll #1 Radio Hits 1980-1984 (1996), and Warner Special Products' 2-CD Punk (1996).

14. Talking In Your Sleep - Romantics 3:55

Based on Rhino's Billboard Top Hits 1984 (1992)

So is Time-Life's 2-CD Rock Dreams (1993; truncated fade), Warner Special Products' 2-CD Rock Box (1994), Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 6 1984 (1994; differently EQ'd digital clone of Billboard), and Time-Life's 2-CD Modern Rock Vol. 3 1984-1985 (1999; differently EQ'd digital clone of Billboard).

15. My Prerogative - Bobby Brown 3:31 [45 edit]

Not sure where this track came from, but is likely the "CHR Edit" from promo CD single

JCI's Only Rock 'N Roll 1985-1989 (1996) uses same analog transfer as Awesome '80s.

16. Freeze-Frame - J. Geils Band 3:57

Based on Warner Special Products' 2-CD Good Times (1991)

So is Warner Special Products' 2-CD Rock Box (1994), Priority's I Love Rock And Roll Vol. 4 Hits Of The 80's (1996), and Madacy's Rock On 1982 (1996; digitally exactly 1.5 dB louder than Good Times).

17. Rhythm Of The Night - DeBarge 3:50 [Runs faster than 45 or LP version]

Based on Warner Special Products' 2-CD Night Beat (1988)

So is Warner Special Products' 2-CD Rockin' USA (1994)

18. We Built This City - Starship 4:55

Based on Warner Special Products' 2-CD Night Beat (1988)

So is Warner Special Products' 2-CD Rock This Way (1995)

19. Let's Hear It For The Boy - Deniece Williams 4:20

Based on Rhino's Billboard Top Hits 1984 (1992)

So is Warner Special Products' 2-CD Rockin' USA (1994), JCI's Only Dance 1980-1984 (1995), and Time-Life's Solid Gold Soul Vol. 26 Mid-'80s (2000; differently EQ'd digital clone of Billboard).

20. Don't Worry Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin 3:49 [45 edit]

Not sure where this track came from

Warner Special Products' 2-CD Sweet Love (1996) uses same analog transfer as Awesome '80s.

Awesome '80s Disc 2 (1994; Razor And Tie OPCD-4551)

1. We Got The Beat - Go-Go's 2:31 [45 mix, used on all CD versions of the song and later pressings of the vinyl Beauty And The Beat LP]

Based on Warner Special Products' 2-CD Night Beat (1988)

So is JCI's Only Dance 1980-1984 (1995) and JCI's Only Rock 'N Roll #1 Radio Hits 1980-1984 (1996).

2. Straight Up - Paula Abdul 4:10

Based on JCI's Hot Moves (1989)

3. Der Kommissar - After The Fire 4:08 [45 version]

Not sure where this came from

Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 16 The Early '80s (1996) is a differently EQ'd digital clone of Awesome '80s, and Madacy's Rock On 1983 Vol. 2 (2005) is a very harshly EQ'd digital clone of Awesome '80s.

4. Shake It Up - Cars 3:34

Based on Warner Special Products' 3-CD After Hours (1990)

5. Love Is A Battlefield - Pat Benatar 4:10 [45 version]

Based on Time-Life's 2-CD Rock Dreams (1993), but Awesome '80s cuts off opening sound that's present on Rock Dreams

So is Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 11 1983-1984 (1995; differently EQ'd digital clone of Awesome '80s and also cuts off opening sound) and EMI's Rock 'N Roll Relix 1982-1983 (1998; digitally exactly 3.165 dB quieter than Awesome '80s and also cuts off opening sound).

6. Working For The Weekend - Loverboy 3:42

Based on Columbia's Loverboy collection Big Ones (1989)

So is Sony's Forever Rock Vol. 3 (1996; differently EQ'd digital clone of Big Ones), Time-Life's Guitar Rock Vol. 24 The '80s Take Two (1996; differently EQ'd digital clone of Big Ones), and Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 18 The Early '80s Take Two (1996; differently EQ'd digital clone of Big Ones).

7. Shout - Tears For Fears 4:06 [45 version]

Not sure where this came from

8. I Feel For You - Chaka Khan 4:06 [45 version]

Not sure where this came from

JCI's Only Rock 'N Roll 1980-1984 (1994) uses same analog transfer as Awesome '80s, and Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 11 1983-1984 (1995) is a differently EQ'd digital clone of Awesome '80s.

9. Rosanna - Toto 4:00 [45 version]

Based on Warner Special Products' 2-CD Love Songs (1988)

10. Stand Back - Stevie Nicks 4:48 [LP version, hit mix, not the remix on Timespace]

Not sure where this came from

11. Walk This Way - Run-D.M.C. 3:42 [45 version]

Not sure where this came from

12. Need You Tonight - INXS 3:03

Probably based on Kick, because the word "kind" cuts out where it would run into "Mediate" on the album. The true 45 has an uncut "kind", as on the promo disc Atlantic's Year In Review 1987.

13. One Thing Leads To Another - Fixx 3:15 [LP mix; runs about 0.6% too fast]

Based on Warner Special Products' 3-CD After Hours (1990)

So is Warner Special Products' 2-CD Ultimate Party Album (1992), JCI's Only Dance 1980-1984 (1995), Warner Special Products' 18 Modern Rock Classics (1996; digitally identical to Only Dance), and Time-Life's 2-CD Modern Rock Vol. 1 1982-1983 (1999; digitally identical to Only Dance).

14. Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody - David Lee Roth 4:19 [45 version]

Not sure where this came from

Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 12 1985-1986 (1995) is differently EQ'd digital clone of Awesome '80s.

15. You Keep Me Hangin' On - Kim Wilde 4:15

Based on Time-Life's 2-CD Rock Dreams (1993); both Rock Dreams and Awesome '80s cut off the first 0.25 seconds of the intro

So is MCA's Greatest Rock Hits Of The '80s (1996; digitally exactly 1.9 dB quieter than Rock Dreams but has intact intro) and Time-Life's 2-CD Modern Rock Vol. 5 Dance (1999; digitally exactly 0.4 dB quieter than Rock Dreams but has intact intro).

16. Heat Of The Moment - Asia 3:49

Based on Geffen's Asia target CD

So is Time-Life's 2-CD Rock Dreams (1993; digitally exactly 1.2 dB louder than Asia target CD), Time-Life's Guitar Rock Vol. 13 The Early '80s (1994; digitally exactly 1.2 dB louder than Awesome '80s), Priority's Rock Of The '80s Vol. 14 (1994), Time Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 5 1982 (1994; differently EQ'd digital clone of Awesome '80s), Warner Special Products' 2-CD Rock This Way (1995), Madacy's Rock On 1982 (1996; digitally exactly 1.2 dB louder than Awesome '80s), and Time-Life's Classic Soft Rock Vol. 10 Heat Of The Moment (2007).

17. The Warrior - Scandal featuring Patty Smyth 3:52 [LP version]

Levels drop from beginning to end

Not sure where this came from

Warner Special Products' 18 Screamers From The '80s (1995) uses same analog transfer as Awesome '80s.

18. Keep Your Hands To Yourself - Georgia Satellites 3:25

Not sure where this came from

These all use the same analog transfer as Awesome '80s: JCI's Only Rock 'N Roll 1985-1989 (1994), Warner Special Products' 2-CD Rockin' USA (1994), Warner Special Products' 18 Screamers From The '80s (1995), Time-Life's Guitar Rock Vol. 18 The Heavy '80s (1995; digitally exactly 1.4 dB louder than Only Rock 'N Roll), and Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 28 Rolling Stone 1986-1987 (1995; differently EQ'd digital clone of Only Rock 'N Roll).

19. C'est La Vie - Robbie Nevil 3:26 [45 version]

Based on Rhino's Billboard Top Hits 1987 (1994)

So is Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 9 1987 (1995; differently EQ'd digital clone of Billboard but with added compression).

20. I Want To Know What Love Is - Foreigner 5:00

Based on Warner Special Products' 2-CD Love Songs (1988)

So is JCI's 18 Rock Classics (1994), JCI's Only Rock 'N Roll 1985-1989 (1994), and Simitar's Love Rocks 3 Love Time (1998).


Forever '80s Disc 1 (1994; Razor And Tie A2-25069)

1. One On One - Daryl Hall And John Oates 3:59 [45 length]

Based on RCA's Rock And Soul Part 1 (1983)

So is RCA's record-club-only various artist collection Tender Moments (1991; too loud and clips; also hastens tail of fade by about 10 seconds).

2. Africa - Toto 4:58 [LP version]

Not sure where this came from

Cema's Greatest Hits Of The 80's Vol. 1 Turbo Mania (1994) uses same analog transfer as Forever '80s.

3. I Get Weak - Belinda Carlisle 4:52 [LP version]

Based on MCA's Belinda Carlisle collection Her Greatest Hits (1992)

So is Time-Life's 2-CD Body Talk Vol. 5 Sealed With A Kiss (1996; differently EQ'd digital clone of Forever '80s), Madacy's Rock On 1988 (1996; digitally exactly 2 dB louder than Her Greatest Hits), and Razor And Tie's 2-CD Make You Sweat (1998).

4. Just Once - Quincy Jones Featuring James Ingram 4:32

Not sure where this came from

5. Her Town Too - James Taylor And J. D. Souther 4:27

Has truncated fade

Not sure where this came from

These use same analog transfer as Forever '80s: Time-Life's 2-CD Body Talk Vol. 9 Magic Moments (1996; differently EQ'd digital clone), Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 16 The Early '80s (1996; differently EQ'd digital clone), Sony's Hits Of 1981 (1999; digitally exactly 4.2 dB louder than Forever '80s)

6. Everytime You Go Away - Paul Young 4:27 [Edit of LP mix, not true 45 version]

Based on Sony's Paul Young collection From Time to Time (1991)

So is Priority's Eighties Greatest Rock Hits Vol. 6 Agony And Ecstasy (1993, with added compression), Time-Life's 2-CD Body Talk (1994; digitally exactly 3.6 dB quieter than Priority disc), Warner Special Products' 2-CD Night Songs (1994, with added compression), Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 2 1985 (1994, with added compression), Time-Life's 2-CD Body Talk Vol. 1 Forever Yours (1996; differently EQ'd digital clone of Priority disc), JCI's Only Rock 'N Roll #1 Radio Hits 1985-1989 (1996, with added compression), Warner Special Products' 2-CD Sweet Love (1996, with added compression), Warner Special Products' 2-CD Touched By Love (1997, with added compression), and Time-Life's 2-CD Classic Soft Rock Vol. 9 Cool Night (2007).

7. Voices Carry - til Tuesday 4:21 [LP mix]

Based on Priority's Rock Of The '80s Vol. 5 (1993), which in turn is based on Voices Carry but with a slight amount of added compression.

So is Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 2 1985 (1994), Warner Special Products' 2-CD Punk (1996), and Time-Life's 2-CD Modern Rock Vol. 3 1984-1985 (1999; digitally exactly 0.4 dB louder than Sounds Of The Eighties).

8. I Can Dream About You - Dan Hartman 4:10 [LP length]

Based on MCA's rare Dan Hartman disc I Can Dream About You (1984); it's a full-length studio album, not a greatest hits collection

So is Sandstone's Cosmopolitan Vol. 4 (1992; fades about a second earlier than the others), Sandstone's Rock The First Vol. 5 (1992), Warner Special Products' 2-CD Lost In Love (1994), Cema's 2-CD Cool Rock (1995; digitally identical to Rock The First), Time-Life's 2-CD Body Talk Vol. 5 Sealed With A Kiss (1996; differently EQ'd digital clone of Rock The First), Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 15 The Mid-'80s (1996; differently EQ'd digital clone of Forever '80s, possibly with added NR), and Simitar's Love Rocks 6: Hot Nights Dim Lights (1998).

9. Nite And Day - Al B. Sure! 3:51 [promo 45 version]

Not sure where this came from

10. Total Eclipse Of The Heart - Bonnie Tyler 5:28 [slightly early fade of commercial 45 version]

Based on Sony's various artists collection After The Love (1991)

11. Slow Hand - Pointer Sisters 3:52

Not sure where this came from

12. The Lady In Red - Chris DeBurgh 4:16

Not sure where this came from

13. At This Moment - Billy Vera And The Beaters 4:17 [has spoken intro]

Not sure where this came from

Same analog transfer is used for EMI's Rock 'N Roll Relix 1986-1987 (1998).

14. Shake You Down - Gregory Abbott 4:05

Based on Columbia's various artists collection The Heart Of Soul (1988)

So is Realm's Gold And Platinum Vol. 4 (1988; digitally exactly 1.2 dB quieter than The Heart Of Soul), Sony's After The Love (1991; digitally exactly 1 dB louder than The Heart Of Soul), Priority's Eighties Greatest Rock Hits Vol. 13 Soft Sounds (1994; digitally exactly 0.3 dB louder than The Heart Of Soul), Time-Life's 2-CD Body Talk Vol. 1 Forever Yours (1996; differently EQ'd digital clone of The Heart Of Soul), Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 20 The Late '80s Take Two (1996; differently EQ'd digital clone of The Heart Of Soul), and Time-Life's Body Talk The Language Of Love (1998).

15. Self Control - Laura Branigan 4:04 [LP and long 45 version]

Not sure where this came from

Fades a few seconds early

Same analog transfer is used on Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 15 The Mid-'80s (1996; differently EQ'd digital clone)

16. Carrie - Europe 4:33

Not sure where this came from

Same analog transfer is used on Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 19 The Late '80s (1996), Time-Life's 2-CD Body Talk Vol. 20 Heart And Soul (1998; differently EQ'd digital clone of Sounds Of The Eighties).

17. Suddenly - Billy Ocean 3:51

Not sure where this came from

Same analog transfer is used on Time-Life's 2-CD Body Talk Vol. 2 Just For You (1996; differently EQ'd digital clone)

18. Eternal Flame - Bangles 3:55

Based on Columbia's Bangles album Everything (1988)

Forever '80s Disc 2 (1994; Razor And Tie A2-25069)

1. I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near) - Michael McDonald 3:41

Not sure where this came from

2. Cherish - Kool And The Gang 4:19 [edit of 12" single version]

Not sure where this came from

Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 12 1985-1986 (1995; differently EQ'd digital clone of Forever '80s)

3. When I See You Smile - Bad English 4:17

Not sure where this came from

4. Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) - Christopher Cross 3:54

Not sure where this came from

These are all differently EQ'd digital clones of Forever '80s: Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 14 1980-1982 (1995), Time-Life's 2-CD Body Talk Vol. 3 Moonlit Nights (1996), Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 31 Movie Hits Of The '80s (1996), and Time-Life's Another Lost Decade At The Movies (2005).

5. Always - Atlantic Starr 4:00 [45 version]

Not sure where this came from

Time-Life's 2-CD Body Talk Vol. 5 Sealed With A Kiss (1996; differently EQ'd digital clone of Forever '80s)

6. True - Spandau Ballet 5:35 [commercial 45 version]

Has left/right channels reversed

Based on Chrysalis's Spandau Ballet collection The Singles Collection (1985), which has its left and right channels reversed on most (all?) tracks

So is Cema's 2-CD Cool Rock (1995; differently EQ'd digital clone of The Singles Collection) and Madacy's Rock On 1983 Sweet Dreams (1998; differently EQ'd digital clone of The Singles Collection), both of which have their left and right channels reversed

7. Angel Of The Morning - Juice Newton 4:09 [LP length]

Is taken from vinyl and has noise reduction!

The Capitol Juice Newton disc Greatest Hits And More (1987) inexplicably used a needledrop of "Angel Of The Morning". It was a very good needledrop, and didn't use any noise reduction, but was still a needledrop nonetheless. Odd for a song on the same label that was only six years old at the time...

The Cema Special Markets' cheapie 10 Best Series Greatest Hits (1992) is based on Greatest Hits And More, but with the addition of noise reduction. It's not unbearable, but it's noticeable on the fade. Compare the fade of Greatest Hits And More to the fade of 10 Best Series Greatest Hits for a rare, crystal-clear example of before/after noise reduction.

Forever '80s is based on 10 Best Series Greatest Hits (1992).

So is Time-Life's 2-CD Singers And Songwriters Vol. 13 1979-1989 (2001; digitally identical to 10 Best Series Greatest Hits).

8. Right Here Waiting - Richard Marx 4:24

Not sure where this came from

9. Tonight I Celebrate My Love - Peabo Bryson And Roberta Flack 3:30

Not sure where this came from

10. Can't Fight This Feeling - REO Speedwagon 4:49 [the LP has a 13-second-long fade; the 45 has a 7-second-long fade but is otherwise identical to the LP version; Forever '80s has a 12-second-long fade]

Based on Epic's REO Speedwagon collection The Hits (1988), but with a 1-second-shorter fade

So is Cema's Entertainment Weekly Presents Rock Archives Vol. 2 (1990; fade shortened to 9 seconds), Priority's Eighties Greatest Rock Hits Vol. 5 From The Heart (1992; way too loud and clips a lot), Time-Life's 2-CD Body Talk Vol. 9 Magic Moments (1996; differently EQ'd digital clone of The Hits), Time-Life Body Talk The Language Of Love (1998; differently EQ'd digital clone of The Hits), and Time-Life's 2-CD Classic Soft Rock Vol. 4 More Than A Feeling (2006; differently EQ'd digital clone of The Hits).

11. All I Need - Jack Wagner 3:30

Not sure where this came from

These are all differently EQ'd digital clones of Forever '80s: Time-Life's 2-CD Body Talk Vol. 6 Only You (1996), Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 15 The Mid-'80s (1996), and Time-Life's 2-CD Classic Soft Rock Vol. 2 Ride Like The Wind (2006)

12. Baby Come To Me - Patti Austin with James Ingram 3:35

Not sure where this came from

13. You're A Friend Of Mine - Clarence Clemons and Jackson Browne 4:51 [LP version]

Based on Sony's 2-CD Read The Hits (1994)

So is Realm's 3-CD Greatest Hits Of The '80s Vol. 1 (1995; differently EQ'd digital clone of Read The Hits) and Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 17 The Mid-'80s Take Two (1996; differently EQ'd digital clone of Forever '80s)

14. I'll Always Love You - Taylor Dayne 4:31 [LP length]

Based on Arista's Tell It To My Heart (1987)

So is Sandstone's Cosmopolitan Vol. 2 (1992), Priority's Eighties Greatest Rock Hits Vol. 13 Soft Sounds (1994; digitally exactly 0.5 dB louder than Tell It To My Heart), Time-Life's 2-CD Body Talk Vol. 2 Just For You (1996; differently EQ'd digital clone of Cosmopolitan), Time-Life's Body Talk Hearts Together (1998; differently EQ'd digital clone of Cosmopolitan), and Time-Life's Body Talk Vol. 22 Forever Love (2001; digitally identical to Forever '80s)

15. 65 Love Affair - Paul Davis 3:54 [LP length]

Not sure where this came from

These are all differently EQ'd digital clones of Forever '80s: Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 18 The Early '80s Take Two (1996), Time-Life's 2-CD Singers And Songwriters Vol. 7 1980-1982 (2000), and Time-Life's 2-CD Classic Soft Rock Vol. 9 Cool Night (2007).

16. Baby I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley (Free Baby) - Will To Power 4:08

Based on Realm's Gold And Platinum Vol. 6 (1989)

So is Sony's Oldies But 80's (1994; digitally identical to Forever '80s), Realm's 3-CD Greatest Hits Of The '80s Vol. 1 (1995; differently EQ'd digital clone of Forever '80s), and Warner Special Products' 2-CD Sweet Love (1996).

17. Heaven - Warrant 3:58 [LP version]

Not sure where this came from

18. Never Gonna Let You Go - Sergio Mendes 4:15

Based on A&M's Classics Vol. 18 (1987)

So is Time-Life's 2-CD Body Talk Vol. 4 Together Forever (1996; digitally exactly 1.206 dB quieter than Forever '80s), and Time-Life's Body And Soul Vol. 16 Romantic Interludes (1999; differently EQ'd digital clone of Forever '80s).


Back To The '80s (1994; Razor And Tie DR 7075)

1. The Look Of Love - ABC 3:32

Based on Mercury's ABC anthology Absolutely (1990)

So is Priority's Rock Of The '80s Vol. 2 (1992), Sandstone's Rock The First Vol. 6 (1992), Sony's Richard Blade's Flashback Favorites Vol. 2 (1993), Warner Special Products' 18 Modern Rock Classics (1996; digitally identical to Absolutely), EMI Virgin PolyGram UK's 2-CD Now The Millennium Series 1982 (1999), and Realm's 3-CD Greatest Hits Of The '80s Vol. 3 (2002).

2. The Tide Is High - Blondie 3:50 [45 version]

Based on Rhino's Billboard Top Hits 1981 (1992), but Back To The '80s EQ's out the tape hiss

So is Warner Special Products' 2-CD Rockin' USA (1994), and Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 1 The Rockin' Eighties (1994).

3. I Ran (So Far Away) - A Flock Of Seagulls 5:05 [CD-era LP version and UK 12 inch version]

Probably based on Jive's A Flock Of Seagulls Best-Of

So is Cema's Greatest Hits Of The 80's Vol. 4 New Wave Hits (1994), SPG's Classic Alternative Vol. 1 (1994), Universal's Retro Lunchbox Squeeze The Cheeze (1997), and Simitar's Number Ones The '80s (1998).

4. Upside Down - Diana Ross 3:41 [45 version]

Based on Rhino's Billboard Top Hits 1980 (1992); all CDs listed here have a glitch at 0:29 that wasn't on the vinyl 45

So is Rhino's Billboard Top Dance Hits 1980 (1992; digitally identical to Billboard Top Hits 1980), Rhino's Disco Years Vol. 5 (1992; digitally identical to Billboard Top Hits 1980), Time-Life's Sounds Of The Seventies Vol. 38 Celebration (1994), Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 14 1980-1982 (1995; differently EQ'd digital clone of Billboard Top Hits 1980), and Time-Life's Sounds Of The Seventies Vol. 47 '70s Dance Party 1979-1981 (1997; differently EQ'd digital clone of Billboard Top Hits 1980).

5. Somebody's Watching Me - Rockwell 3:59 [45 version]

Based on Warner Special Products' 3-CD After Hours (1990)

6. Hold Me Now - Thompson Twins 4:17 [promo 45 length]

All CDs listed here have tape drag that slows the track from 108.4 BPM at the beginning to 107.1 BPM at the end.

Based on Warner Special Products' 3-CD After Hours (1990)

So is Warner Special Products' 18 Modern Rock Classics (1996; digitally exactly 2.4 dB quieter than After Hours).

7. In A Big Country - Big Country 3:55 [45 version]

Not sure where this came from

Runs about 0.7-0.8% faster than most other CDs

8. Only The Lonely - Motels 3:15

Based on Capitol's Motels best-of No Vacancy (1990)

So is Priority's Eighties Greatest Rock Hits Vol. 2 Leather And Lace (1992), Sandstone's Cosmopolitan Vol. 6 (1993), EMI's Living In Oblivion Vol. 2 (1993), Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 5 1982 (1994; differently EQ'd digital clone of Priority disc), JCI's Only Love 1980-1984 (1995; fade is about a second shorter than other discs), Madacy's Rock On 1982 (1995), Time-Life's 2-CD Body Talk Vol. 11 After Dark (1997; digitally exactly 2 dB quieter than Living In Oblivion), EMI's Rock 'N Roll Relix 1982-1983 (1998; digitally exactly 2.606 dB quieter than Rock On 1982), and Time-Life's 2-CD Modern Rock Vol. 1 1982-1983 (1999; differently EQ'd digital clone of Priority disc).

9. Word Up - Cameo 4:20

Not sure where this came from

10. You Belong To The City - Glenn Frey 5:51 [LP and commercial 45 version]

Probably based on Sandstone's Cosmopolitan Vol. 4 (1992)

11. Fame - Irene Cara 3:49 [45 version]

Based on Rhino's Billboard Top Hits 1980 (1992)

So is Rhino's Billboard Top Dance Hits 1980 (1992; digitally identical to Billboard Top Hits 1980), Time-Life's Sounds Of The Seventies Vol. 38 Celebration (1994), Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 7 1980 (1995; digitally exactly 0.378 dB quieter than Billboard Top Hits 1980), and Time-Life's Sounds Of The Seventies Vol. 47 '70s Dance Party 1979-1981 (1997; differently EQ'd digital clone of Billboard Top Hits 1980).

12. Breakout - Swing Out Sister 3:48

Probably based on Swing Out Sister single-album It's Better To Travel

So is Priority's Rock Of The '80s Vol. 10 (1994; a tiny amount of compression added), EMI's Rock 'N Roll Relix 1986-1987 (1998; differently EQ'd digital clone of It's Better To Travel), and Time-Life's Modern Rock Vol. 4 1986-1987 (1999; digitally exactly 2.3 dB quieter than Priority disc).

13. Obsession - Animotion 3:55 [45 version]

Based on Warner Special Products' 2-CD Night Beat (1988)

So is Warner Special Products' 3-CD After Hours (1990; digitally exactly 1.8 dB louder than Night Beat), JCI's Only Rock 'N Roll 1985-1989 (1994), and Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 12 1985-1986 (1995; differently EQ'd digital clone of JCI disc).

14. When She Was My Girl - Four Tops 3:23

Not sure where this came from

15. Something About You - Level 42 3:45 [45 version]

Based on Polydor's Level 42 anthology Level Best

So is EMI Virgin PolyGram UK's 2-CD Now 1985 (1993), Priority's Rock Of The '80s Vol. 10 (1994; tiny amount of compression added), Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 17 The Mid-'80s Take Two (1996; differently EQ'd digital clone of Priority disc), and Universal's Pure '80s (1999; lots of added compression).

16. Rock On - Michael Damian 3:22

Not sure where this came from

17. She's A Bad Mama Jama - Carl Carlton 3:57 [45 version]

Not sure where this came from

The same analog transfer is likely used for Universal's Pure Funk Vol. 2 (1999; lots of compression added) and Time-Life's Solid Gold Soul Vol. 29 Make It Funky (2001).

18. Head To Toe - Lisa Lisa And Cult Jam 4:12 [This fades to digital silence before coming back with a false ending. If you truncate this at the digital silence, it's the true 45 version and runs 4:02]

Not sure where this came from

The same analog transfer is likely used for JCI's Only Rock 'N Roll 1985-1989 (1994) and Time-Life's Sounds Of The Eighties Vol. 9 1987 (1995; differently EQ'd digital clone of JCI disc but about 6.5 dB louder and clips a lot).

19. Jeopardy - Greg Kihn Band 3:48

Not sure where this came from

Madacy's Rock On 1983 Sweet Dreams (1998) is digitally exactly 1.8 dB quieter than Back To The '80s.

20. Rock Me Amadeus - Falco 3:12 [This is the "American Edit" side of the 45, and plays at the true 45 pitch]

Not sure where this came from

This is the only disc I have with the "American Edit" that's taken from a tape source and plays at the proper speed. The Falco 45 tracks are surprisingly hard to find on CD with decent sound - the "Canadian Edit" from the other side of the 45 is on Universal's More Pure '80s (2000). All the other compilations with "Rock Me Amadeus" either play at the wrong speed or use a different edit than what's on the 45.


Other Razor And Tie compilations released in the same time frame: