Twelve Inch Eighties is the successful 3CD range by Crimson Productions, compiling extended alternate mixes of some of the biggest hit singles of the 80s. Each themed release is housed in a sleek 3CD digipak with abstract imagery representative of early dance label releases. These carefully selected titles across the range bring together the finest eighties pop, dance and disco, amongst other genres, in all their full 12” single glory. When The Going Gets Tough is a collection of extended Pure Pop excellence.
"Pop Classics - The Long Versions 2" is the second compilation of this series by Arcade of a Dutch multimedia concern, which started off as a record label specialized in compilations. This compilation include 23 songs of the most famous successes of 80's, like "Sussudio" by Phil Collins, "Through The Barricades" by Spandau Ballet, "The Promise You Made" by Cock Robin and many more.
It does not take very long to realize that this is a nicely put together record. The singing is intense in somewhat of a Springsteen/David Eugene Edwards (Woven Hand) manner, but unique from them. The surrounding instrumentation weaves in and out in a folk rock manner at times and works as a full throttle rock band at others. The Singer-Songwriter category does not quite do justice to the songs. I would say rock fans will like this more than people wanting straight folk, but it has a good general appeal to both the crowds seeking lighter thoughtful material and those that want a good rock beat. The music is rather universal and what is truly interesting is that the California duo behind this band has historically done so much better in Europe than in the US. While I often can understand why some great European born music may not translate as well in the US (and vice versa), I have never understood why several great US bands (Wipers, 16 Horsepower) do so much better in Europe. Add this band to that list, as US listeners need to join in. I believe this album of eleven original songs comes with a bonus CD containing a full live set. (David Hintz)
Cock Robin is an US pop rock band, mostly popular in the 1980s, particularly in continental Europe, where it achieved major success, notably with the single "The Promise You Made". The band was founded by singer-songwriter Peter Kingsbery in 1982, disbanded in 1990, and reformed in 2006. Cock Robin is the first album by band Cock Robin and was released in 1985. It was a Top 10 hit album in numerous European countries whereas it charted only at #61 in the United States Top 75. The singles "When Your Heart Is Weak" and "The Promise You Made" met with the most success in Europe, and still get regular airplay on adult contemporary and pop music stations in countries like France, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands…
Cock Robin is a U.S. pop-rock band, mostly popular in the 1980s, particularly in Europe where they were to become famous. The band was founded by singer-songwriter Peter Kingsbery in 1982, split up in 1990, and was reformed in 2006. Named after a 17th century story titled "The Marriage of Cock Robin and Jenny Wren", the band formed in California and was signed to CBS Records. Cock Robin's first, self-titled album was produced by Steve Hillage and, although largely ignored in their native country, as with the majority of their output, was an overnight success in Europe, especially in France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and the Netherlands, where the singles "When Your Heart Is Weak", "The Promise You Made" and "Thought You Were on My Side" became big hits, and the album itself a chart-topper. "When Your Heart Is Weak" was the band's only chart single in the U.S., where it reached #35 in the late summer of 1985. It also became a Top 20 hit and radio favorite in South Africa in early 1985.
3 CD collection of Love songs including Chrise Rea, Tina Turner, a-ha, Simply Red and many others. Released on March 10, 2017 on Warner.