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Albums from my collection that are 30+ years old from the 1980s.

30 Years On: War

30 Years On: War

U2: War Remember buying this album [or was it cassette, both are long gone, replaced by CD] at Wal-Mart of all places in early 1983. Never heard of them, but liked the name and the cover. “Seconds’ and ‘New Years Day’ got me hooked, and by the time that ‘Live At Red Rocks’ came out, I was a fan. They held me until ‘Joshua Tree’ but after that I kinda lost interest. Strange how you remember things, I also bought…

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30 Years On: The First 10 Years

30 Years On: The First 10 Years

Abba: The Singles: The First 10 Years It would become their last 10 years, only releasing a few items after this compilation. I never had any Abba LPs, just a lot of 45’s, so this double LP was quite the experience. Mainly to get better pressings of those worn out singles, this album showed me just how many great songs they had, and I do mean a LOT. 23 tracks and not one bad one in the mix. Yeah, some…

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30 Years On: Sweet Dreams

30 Years On: Sweet Dreams

Eurythmics: Sweet Dreams Another record I had to hunt down before it went global. ‘Jennifer’, ‘This City Never Sleeps’, ‘I Could Give You A Mirror’, and more. Just one of those albums I could listen to every week or two and still never tire listening to it. This was one [if not the first] CD I ever purchased, but of course still have the vinyl. Also, there was a Video Album released on VHS, with claymation Annie and Dave interspersed…

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30 Years On: Goodbye To You

30 Years On: Goodbye To You

Scandal: EP A five-track EP from late 1982, but every song is a winner. Even though ‘The Warrior’ is their biggest hit, these are about the best pop-rock songs around. All 5 tracks finally released on CD as part of a Playlist compilation. And that cover just screams 1983!

30 Years On: O Superman

30 Years On: O Superman

Laurie Anderson: Big Science ‘Good Evening, this is your captain. We are about to attempt a crash landing. Please extinguish all cigarettes.’ By all rights this album should not have been made, much less hold up all these years later. But damn, it does. I am sure my perception of ‘Big Science’ has changed over the years, but that would probably make Laurie happy, since I always considered this more of an art experiment than a bunch of songs. Oh,…

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30 Years On: Colour

30 Years On: Colour

Culture Club: Colour By Numbers After the wonderful ‘Kissing To Be Clever’ comes the best CC album. The following ‘Fire’ LP was too overproduced, and things went downhill from there. With “Colour By Numbers’ CC left behind the SKA and rap elements, and what was left was pure pop, and some downright stunning songs. Along with the vocal talents of Helen Terry, this is definitely more than the sum of its parts. ‘Karma Chameleon’, ok, a good song, but the…

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